really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,200 miles

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1996 Buick Regal electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 022018


  • miles


The contact owns a 1996 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the brake and ABS warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent facility for diagnostic testing and failure codes: C1265 (rear ABS motor circuit shorted to ground) and C1286 (ebcm/ebtcm failed to illuminate the red brake warning indicator) were located. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (don brown Chevrolet, 2244 S kings highway blvd, St. Louis, mo 63110, (314) 282-7887) where it was determined that the codes indicated that there was a rear motor short to the ground and the electric brake control module activated the brake warning indicators. Further diagnostic testing would be performed by the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 112005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Failure of both brake lights and turn signals. Emergency flashers operate so bulbs and wiring are ok. Fuses checked. Not repaired yet but was told it probably is a switch/component in the steering column.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles
When trying to start the vehicle, there was an explosion and the vehicle caught fire. The fire was put out by the consumer, however, it was nearly destroyed.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 232003


  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle caught on fire while parked, the fire department stated the fire was caused by an electrical short.

- Chadds Ford, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 211997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire. Rear end of vehicle was incinerated. Cause unknown. The automotive specialists have determined the origion of the fire was electrical or electric trunk release or trank light assembly failure.

- Manchester, NH, USA

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