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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,683 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1996 Buick Regal electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 052005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,050 miles


After turning the ignition to start the vehicle there was an explosion, the engine was on fire. The fire department was called, and the fire was extinguished. This vehicle was not included in the intake manifold NHTSA recall 96V116000. The egr valve was inoperative and on another occasion the vehicle had to be jump started.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 032002

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
While driving at any speed, the vehicle would intermittently stall. Just before the vehicle stalled, the check engine and battery light had come on. The vehicle had been to the dealer three times for this problem, but the dealer was unable to resolve the problem. The stalling would also occur when making left turns.

- Farmington, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 011997


  • miles
Car all recalled 6/96. Complained to dealer and GM. They said shorted ignition wires are normal.

- Monroe, NY, USA

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