NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2000 Buick Regal (Page 1 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,314 miles

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2000 Buick Regal electrical problems

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2000 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Sep 092017


  • 160,000 miles


Ignition switch component with wire harness causes engine to shut down.all warning display lites flash on and off. If you use the left or right signal engine power cuts out. Very hazardouse when driving at normal highway speeds. Car will not start when this happens. I contacted dealership in bremmerton Washington they stated that my vehical VIN was not on the recall list please add this VIN to the recall list so appropriate repairs can be made this is a very dangerous situation and could be fatal to drivers.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #32

Jan 282017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle began to independently reduce speed without warning. The contact pulled over and shut off the vehicle, but it failed to restart. The contact stated that the front of the vehicle began to smoke and caught on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Clark Summit, PA, USA

problem #31

Apr 122016


  • miles
The miles and gear shift have stopped showing on the dash board. When in reverse when I put the car back into drive the headlights go dim until the car picks up speed. Also I have been having a recall on my car since October and have yet to receive a call, letter, email etc.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #30

Jan 102016


  • 158,000 miles


After driving about ten minutes into my trip last night at about 60 mph, my Buick Regal 2000 ended up losing the ability to accelerate. It then lost all power and left me stranded on the interstate. I lost the power steering, the instrument panel started flickering. This occurred in a work zone at about midnight. Within five minutes the flashers and lights also went totally dead. Even the trunk would not respond to my remote. The car lights and engine had been very strong and never gave any reason for concern. The key has been difficult to remove from the ignition cylinder for several years. This has been the only source of trouble with the car. The red security light on the instrument panel was illuminated - which is unusual - until the lights quit working. Could this have been a problem with the security system? we have not altered the factory security system. It is original. Very dangerous situation.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #29

May 052014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the ignition key was difficult to remove and remained stuck numerous times. The contact had to use the manual release button each time the failure recurred. The dealer informed the contact that the ignition switch and key needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the dealer indicated that the part was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #28

Aug 222012


  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. While driving 50 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 142,000. The VIN was not available.

- Forest Hills , NY, USA

problem #27

Jul 092015


  • 98,157 miles


I was driving my 2000 Buick Regal coming back from work, as I was driving and about ready to go into a steep turn, my stereo system first completely shut off, then everything else in my car failed as well, engine, power steering, etc. I was barely able to get it to the side of the road and when I tried to restart it, it barely turned over. Clearly there is an electrical problem in these vehicles and my car hasn't even reached 100,000 miles even.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #26

Feb 262015


  • 151,000 miles
Key sticks in ignition. Ignition switch failure caused loss of HVAC system, cruise control and rear window defogger.

- Medina , OH, USA

problem #25

May 012009


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the key would remain stuck in the ignition switch. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 042014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 41,500 miles
I was driving on a road at about 35 mph, I signaled to turned right and my vehicle went dead(the engine stopped-no steering or brakes.) fortunately, no one was driving behind me. I came to a halt and tried starting the engine multiple times, but all that happened was the dashboard lights would flash. Finally, I tried moving the turn signal up and down and it started! since then this has happened multiple times. This should not happen on a low mileage car or any car! I have almost gotten into multiple accidents!

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 042002


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 125,000.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #22

Oct 012013

Regal 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
On or around October 2013, I started experiencing difficulty in turn ignition switch off and removing key. Now its worsen where I spend anywhere 5 mins. To 15 min trying to remove the key. Only way I can do that is by turning the steering wheel or moving the gear selector back an forth till it decides it release the key.I thought it might have been the anti-theft in column that was locking up. I'm scheduled to have a new ignition installed after replacing the old key with a new key. I like to make sure this is covered before I sink anymore money into it. I depend on the car to make to doctor appointments and suck I often am late for because I"M in the parking lot playing spin the wheel. The other factor is steering wheel get extremely hot when driving at times. Where I have to put on gloves to drive. I replaced all the light bulbs in the socket last year all but the right front turn signal works. They tell me it possibly could be the module. Again, I don't have the funds to do extreme car repairs. Or reimburse me for the costs which is the right thing to do.

- Daytn, OH, USA

problem #21

Apr 112014


  • 94,608 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94608.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 082011

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles
There are multiple problems with this vehicle. One of my main complaints is the steering wheel is becoming very warm to the touch. Next, the key gets stuck in the switch and will not come out, causing the battery to run down. Also, the signal lights have gone out and are not repairable and the electrical windows have gone out due to rusting and are not repairable.

- Mound Bayou, MS, USA

problem #19

Jan 152014

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles
2000 Buick Regal. Consumer writes in regards to a defective ignition switch malfunction and requests reimbursement for replacement costs. The consumer stated his wife was driving, when the engine suddenly stopped. All of the instrument lights were flashing. His wife managed to make it home. His wife stopped driving the vehicle, so the consumer drove the vehicle, and a month later, the engine died at a stop sign. A few miles later, the engine stopped again, as he was turning off the highway. The steering and braking required considerable strength. As he drove four miles home, the vehicle stopped two more times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where a diagnosis revealed a defective ignition switch. Also, the oil pan gasket was replaced, due to an oil leak. Updated 06/05/14. Updated 08/07/14

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #18

Nov 112013

Regal 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Driving on the highway and all of a sudden, all the lights at the dashboard came on. Went to the nearest exit and park in a parking lot. Tried to restart the car again but would not. When clicking, all the lights at the dashboard comes and starts blinking and flashing. Checked and replaced a new battery but that was not the solution. Can start but when you engage or try to turn the turning signal either side, the car turns off. I had to tow my car to the garage where they put it on the machine and found out about a. fault ignition switch and the. Computer. Replaced all of the them but still. Some lights keep coming on.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 112013


  • 160,000 miles
I had stopped at store on way home from work. When I came out of store I noticed smoke coming from under the hood of my car. I popped the hood and saw my engine on fire and proceeded to try and put the fire out. I took my jacket off and started hitting the engine and this burned up my jacket and scorched my hand. An employee from the store came out with a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. The fire department was called but fire was out before they got there. It burned up the entire top and sides of my engine. Their was a recall that would have stopped this but I did not receive it.

- Joelton, TN, USA

problem #16

May 042012


  • 150,000 miles
2000 Buick Regal ls, when start car up, then drive the car for about 10-15 minutes and all the lights start flickering, and the car shut down, and I tries to start it back up, it cuts right back off I let it cool down for about an hour or 2 and it start right back up but the gear will not go out of park will not shift.

- Warner Robin, GA, USA

problem #15

Jul 072010

Regal 6-cyl

  • 90,115 miles
My 2000 Buick Regal 3.2L V6 ls stalls while I am driving. The engine shuts off while all the other electric services (lights, radio and air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate. I was not even aware of the situation until I tried to accelerate. This has happened five times over the last month. The car will restart after about 15 minutes(which leads me to the conclusion of a computer malfunction although no error code occurs). I have found this has occurred to others on the same vehicle by searching the internet (www.carcomplaints.com). the dealership shows no error codes in the computer analysis, but the vehicle is truly undependable and a safety issue.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #14

Jun 152010


  • 100,000 miles
My 2000 Buick Regal does great in winter, now in summer, it will just die going down the road. Sometimes you can go to the store go in an come out 30 minutes later or an hour and it wont start, kinda sounds like its out of gas but its not. It turns over but wont start and then if you wait long enough it will start right up"???? I have had the fuel pump checked it is fine. It does have a check engine light on and the code reads secondary air malfunction...??? nay suggestions" please email me at [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cuba, MO, USA

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