NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,555 miles

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1998 Buick Regal transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 102008


  • 142,774 miles


I was driving I smelled smoke then I seen smoke I got out the car seen small fire under the car then it exploded into a ball of fire.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 012003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I bought a 1998 Buick Regal used form glenn buige in lansing mi. With-in four months of owning this car the transmission started going out. It was shifting hard between the 1 and the 2 gear then it started not to shift at all if the car wasn't warmed up for fifteen min. Took it back to the dealer and they claimed that since there were no lights coming on and it tested all right there was no problem but they could put in a rebuilt transmission for 2,000. Somehow this did not make sense. After reading up and studies that I have done this is a on going problem that GM transmissions have and the company refuses to stand behind their product as well as all of the complains about their transmission.

- Lanisng, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 032001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased vehicle w/4000 miles, I was the first titled owner, 1st transmission went out with 30705 miles & was replaced under warranty. Second transmission went out with 53582 miles. I don't feel a car should need a new transmission at 30,000 miles let alone another one at 54,000. Something else must be wrong with the engine to need two transmissions in less than 3 years.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 242001


  • miles
Date of purchase was Sept 2000 used. Reported rotor brake warpage and transmission slippage. Rotors were turned but problem not completly gone. Mechanic dismissed transmission slippage as traction control activation. Transmission failed 7/22/2001.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 121999


  • miles
Noticed problem shortly after purchase but thought may be just the way the vehicle operated. Problem was intermittent and progressively got worse---when changing gears from reverse to drive, car would not engage and cause a jerking motion. The transmission was replaced with a rebuilt transmission (mileage 11,733) after repeated attemps failed to correct problem. Considered this a serious safety issue. Car is used daily in my profession as a public health nurse with the state of va. I make home visits where backing out into heavy traffic is necessary and at times the car would fail to engage properly making it impossible to move out of traffic's way. The rebuilt transmission is now again repeating this problem for which I returned to the dealer twice. They were unable to define problem while they test drove it--no action taken other than to call Buick(GM) who stated no other concerns have been noted.

- Lyndhurst, VA, USA

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