NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
167,735 miles

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1997 Buick Regal drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1997 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 082014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 140,359 miles


The service vehicle soon/ABS warning light/and trac off light lit and the car lurched as if the brakes were applied at the left front wheel. The error code was C1225, which is too much speed at the left front wheel. The bearing and sensor was replaced 3 times and the problem still occurred. The mechanic also replaced the ABS pump module (the electronic part of the ABS unit) and then had to upgrade the left front wheel bearing and sensor to another brand that was 2X as expensive. The ABS problem affected the steering (making it harder to steer and more noisy), and also affected the shifting of the transmission. The online warnings said that it could damage the transmission if not corrected. I even tried replacing the module of the traction control unit under the dash. This was a very time consuming and costly repair, as the left front bearing was replace a total of 4 times and two visits for the ABS module and programming. I see that another owner had similar problems at about 140,000 miles.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 222011


  • 195,111 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Buick Regal. The contact stated that he smelled oil coming from the front end of the vehicle while parking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The dealer did not diagnose a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated that they were not responsible for the failure. The failure mileage was 195,111 and the current mileage was 195,115.

- Detroit , MI, USA

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