NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,420 miles

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1998 Buick Regal electrical problems

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While driving approximately 15 mph on normal road conditions, the power steering failed when proceeding to make a turn. The contact exerted more effort to turn the steering wheel. The failure occurred intermittently. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The authorized dealer was notified. Through research, the technician discovered NHTSA campaign id number 03V527000 (steering;rack and pinion). The contact experienced failures identical to the ones mentioned in the recall. The failure and current mileages were 62,000. The ABS motor failed which prevented the rear brakes from working and also the ignition switch was faulty which caused the vehicle to stall when using the left turn signal. Updated 03/04/09.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Jan 092008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While driving 1-5 mph, the vehicle would constantly stall. In addition, the vehicle stalled while driving in reverse. The contact stated that the vehicle would shut off when the check engine light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after it stalled. The failure mileage was 92,900 and current mileage was 92,988. Updated 02/15/08. The consumer has experienced other problems with the vehicle such as steering gear failure, which the rack and pinion was replaced. Air condition failure, transmission torque converter, which the entire transmission was overhauled. The ignition switch shorted out. The right front window regulator was replaced. Updated

- Horizon City, TX, USA

problem #3

May 112006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
Operation of the turn signals cause the car to stall affecting the power steering and ABS. This happened while on interstate C-470 at 65 mph while using the turn signal to make a lane change. The steering was almost locked and the brakes were very hard to push. Once off the highway the car restarted with no problems. Drove straight to the dealership where later, they stated that it was a bad ignition switch. Cost to replace this was just over $400.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 292004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
While driving at 25 mph the vehicle stalled when the left turn signal was engaged. The vehicle was restarted, but lost power brakes and steering within 5 seconds. The consumer was able to pull to the side of the road and engage the emergency brakes. Following this, the consumer restarted the vehicle and drove home. The vehicle stalled again while the consumer was pulling into the driveway. The vehicle was then towed to a dealership, who indicated that this failure was caused by a bad ignition switch. The ignition switch was replaced.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,100 miles
Intermittently while driving and turning to the right or left vehicle stalled. Vehicle was taken to dealer, and dealer could not duplicate or correct the problem. Independent repair shop replaced the ignition switch, and vehicle was working fine. Vehicle also stalls when slowing down for a complete stop. Consumer has to shift vehicle to neutral in order vehicle to restart.

- Waterville, OH, USA

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