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10.0

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

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1998 Buick Regal engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Feb 012016

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the engine warning indicator continued to randomly flash. Also, once the vehicle was started, the engine would misfire and the vehicle would overheat. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a dealer. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) and 99V356000 (exterior lighting), but the contact was uncertain if the failures were related to the recalls. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #26

Aug 162016

Regal

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that oil was leaking onto the rear exhaust manifold and spark plugs. There was no warning indicator illuminated. The dealer was not called. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 135,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #25

Jan 282017

Regal

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While the vehicle was undergoing scheduled maintenance, the mechanic noticed an oil leak emerging from the rear valve cover. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired approximately one year ago for the front valve cover per a recall, but the failure recurred. The recall details were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Steelton, PA, USA

problem #24

Oct 182016

Regal

  • 133,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While parking the vehicle in the garage, the contact noticed smoke coming from the hood. The engine caught on fire without warning. The contact extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #23

Jul 272016

Regal

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact parked the vehicle and noticed smoke. She attempted to start the ignition and was informed by others that the vehicle was on fire. The failure was due to an oil leak in the engine compartment. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. There were no injuries. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V116000 (engine). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 012015

Regal

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact stated that there was evidence of an oil leak under the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #21

Feb 052016

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #20

Dec 112015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Tarboro, NC, USA

problem #19

Feb 272016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V701000 (engine) and 00099V356 (visibility); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Marietta, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 072016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 162016

Regal

  • 200,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that engine oil was leaking profusely on the exhaust manifold and the check engine light illuminated. The contact also stated that a quart of oil was provided weekly. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number:15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #16

Feb 172016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #15

Feb 062016

Regal

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while the vehicle parked and unoccupied, the vehicle ignited into flames. The fire department extinguished the flames and informed that the fire originated in the engine compartment. A police report was filed. The vehicle was deemed as destroyed and towed to a savage facility. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Clearfield, PA, USA

problem #14

Dec 072015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Marlboro, MA, USA

problem #13

Jan 012000

Regal

  • 30,000 miles
Notified of safety recall engine design flaw by GM. Recall #15V701. No parts available/unknown when parts will be available/keep engine out of garage due to fire possibility. My engine smokes lightly but continually when running and continues for a short time after ignition turned off. Various mechanics could not diagnose cause but said there was oil everywhere on the engine. Didn't trust the vehicle to drive outside city but engine always responded dependably except for oil leak. Finally get the cause but it can't be repaired because of parts not available and no indication as to when parts will be available. I can't sell or trade in this vehicle due to safety recall. Can't drive it long distances. Can't get information as to when parts, if ever, will be available. If vehicle does catch fire, insurance won't pay off due to safety recall indicating problem. I realize it's a 20year old vehicle but it only has 150,000 miles. At least I'm not worried about it taking my life....yet. I've already contacted everyone that I've been told to but no resolution yet. Any suggestions?

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #12

Sep 182015

Regal

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While driving 15 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle. The contact sustained neck injuries that required medical attention. The front passenger also sustained chest injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. Prior to the crash, the contact's vehicle was leaking oil. After the crash, the lights on the instrument panel failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- River Side, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 032015

Regal

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. While the contact's daughter was driving approximately 45 mph, she smelled a strong burning odor. The vehicle was pulled over and caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #10

Dec 102010

Regal

  • miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. While the vehicle was parked outside of the contact's residence, it caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed. There were no injuries. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) after the vehicle was destroyed due to the fire. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 162015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 132014

Regal

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire while parked with the engine off. The contact had driven the vehicle for approximately one hour prior to the failure. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire and a fire report was filed. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

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