really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
437,278 miles

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1998 Buick Regal engine problems

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Oct 212015


  • miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was not yet notified of the recall. The contact called the manufacturer and they were unable to determine when the parts and the permanent remedy for this condition would become available. The contact was unable to determine when the recall repair would be completed. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152015

Regal 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving into the driveway at about 5 mph, there was smoke emitting from underneath the hood, without any warning. The contact lifted the hood and the engine immediately burst into flames. The fire department attempted to extinguish the fire however, the flames were excessive and the vehicle burned completely. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot and deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact stated that after the fire, she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 the (engine and engine cooling. The failure mileage was not provided. Updated 03/16/16;05/11/18

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While making a right turn at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was unable to be restarted and was towed to the contact's residence. The failure recurred eighteen times over a period of three months. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 177,000. Updated 09/02/14 the consumer stated when the brakes would stall, the steering and brakes would fail as well. Updated 09/16/2014

- Williams Town, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 122014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


My son received a vehicle recall from GM on his Buick Regal for potential compartment fire. He brought the car into a local dealership to have the recall work completed. Approximately three weeks later on April 12th my son drove his car 15miles to work and notice immediately after getting out of the car smoke coming from under his hood. He raised the hood and saw fire on his engine. He immediately dropped the hood down and called the fire department.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 052014


  • 69,000 miles
Just as the current GM recall my Buick Regal suddenly loses all power while driving. The 1st time this occurred I was on the interstate going 60 mph at night, 1st all the dash lights flashed on, then my headlights, power steering, all electronics and engine died! luckily I was able to make it to the emergency lane! once, I was able to pull my frightened self together, the car started right back up and I was able to get off the interstate and make it home very cautiously. In the days following, I tested it just driving very close to home and continuously had the same problem, somewhat seeming to occur more often when I used my turn signal, these incidences of total power failure occurred @ speeds of 0-35 mph, since I was unwilling to put it back on the interstate. When performing a simple internet search for a solution to this problem, I quickly found that I was not the only to have this problem, some with a 1998 Buick Regal just as myself, and others with a similar make & model (still GM) and close to the same year, well before 2003. After taking the car to a mechanic & getting a new alternator and blower motor, the car died yet again before I even made it out of the parking lot. It was suggested to me to try the new alternator before replacing the ignition and related parts which are quite pricey on this vehicle which has 1 of those chips in the key. This problem has yet to be solved and I wonder if the current recall is even more overdue than thought. Please help! do not wait until myself, my children or others suffer fatal consequences! this vehicle is new to me, has very low mileage and is in otherwise in great condition and also has a satisfactory carfax report. My sincerest thanks!

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 312013

Regal 6-cyl

  • 193,500 miles
When I put my turn signal on the dash warning lamps light up and the vehicle engine stopped running, this happened several times even when in park, you turn the signals on and the vehicle dies, if you cycle it a couple of times it operates fine until the vehicle is shut off and standing for a little while then it will start the problem all over again.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 202011

Regal 6-cyl

  • 9,999,999 miles
The vehicle was involved in an engine compartment fire. Buick admits the recall but refuses to repair damage caused by fire.

- East Bethel, MN, USA

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