hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,117 miles

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1997 Buick Regal electrical problems

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1997 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 212006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles


Unable to remove key from ignition. The safety mechanism that prevents the ignition key from being removed from the ignition switch while driving has malfunctioned, thus keeping the ignition key captive when driver is ready to exit the vehicle. When vehicle shifted into "park" the doors unlock as expected (confirming proper operation of the park switch), but the ignition switch does not allow the key to be rotated to the extraction position. After a seemingly random amount of time after putting the vehicle in park, a small click is heard in the steering column, the key can then be rotated to the extraction position, and the key can be removed from the ignition switch. The colder the temperature, the longer the driver must wait for the key to be released. Typical wait times before the key can be removed from the ignition switch are between 1 second to 10 minutes.

- Winnebago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 172004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,350 miles
I was driving and when I went to use the turn signal the car stalled and it started right back up again but when I use my directionals the car stalls, no matter where I am. I think is a dangerous situation because when your on a highway and want to use your turn signal your car will just stall out and cause an accident. I have read alot of complaints like mine and I think it should be recalled for that. I think it is the ignition switch.

- East Providence, RI, USA

problem #1

Nov 212003


  • 105,000 miles
While driving on the highway vehicle stalled without warning. When this occurred vehicle lost power steering/brakes, and the automatic door locks engaged. Dealership indicated this was caused by wiring failure in the ignition switch. The ignition switch was replaced. This was a common problem with this model vehicle. 1997 Buick Regal engine stalled when turn signal was used. Dealer told consumer that the engine stalled as a result of ignition switch circuit overload. Consumer feels that this is a very dangerous problem.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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