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5.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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1996 Buick Regal body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1996 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 011998

Regal

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased my car in 1998 and soon after that the paint started to peel. In about 2000 I finally researched it online and found out to look at my VIN number, and if the 11th number was a '1' that it was painted in Canada and that they trouble with bad primer up there. A lot of people had sued for a new paint job. GM closed that plant down. I went to maaco here and was told that since the primer was bad, they would have to strip that all off too, and the whole job was more than I could afford. Also, ever since I've had the car, the brakes have made a horrible noise on stopping, mainly in warm weather. All mechanics think it is very odd and have tried to fix it several times. Two mechanics have actually stopped the noise but it returns promptly. It doesn't seem to impair the braking ability. It's a good old car and now has 93,000 miles without other complaints, but is embarrassing to drive with 1/2 of its paint missing. It looks like a cow.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Feb 022003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
On 02/02/03, I noticed a large piece of my hood was exposed due to peeling paint. (the gray metal of the car's structure is exposed) the car is a 1996 Buick Regal purchased in 12/99. I am concerned that the areas surrounding the peeling paint will continue to peel away resulting in no white paint on the hood. Upon researching how to repair this, I came upon information that GM had/is having a concealed, latent manufacturing defect. (the photos I viewed showed that I am heading to becoming another victim to GM's paint problems) I contacted Buick corporation and was told that the warranty for the repairs had expired. I brought to their attention the discovery rule and that it was impossible for me to know of GM's latent dpaint defect until the paint literally started peeling off of my vehicle. And I still was not aware of a problem until I conducted a search engine on the internet. Apparently a story was done by dateline nbc in 11/97 about the issue. (once again, my car was purchase 12/99) the representative repeated that the warranty had expired and ended the conversation. I am angry because I am about to make my final car payment and this issue was never brought to my attention. Do I have any recourse?

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

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