NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,145 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2000 Buick Regal engine problems

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2000 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 232009


  • 170,000 miles


Engine compartment fire on a 2000 buck Regal 3.8L engine.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #6

May 102008


  • 97,000 miles
A fire broke started under the engine and quickly spread to the top and front seat. My son got out just in time, thank god. The car was totally burned. A month latter we received a recall notice stating a fire could happen. I have been conversing with alot of people and getting no where. I pray you can help me. My son was on his way to college and had everything he owned in the car. We had liability only so we lost it all. Thank you

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 252008


  • 117,000 miles
My son was driving when he noticed smoke from under the hood. He pulled over and flames engulfed the front of the car. It was a total loss. Al his belongings were inside as he was moving to college. I received a recall for this matter in the mail. VIN # and reason matches my car. I had liability insurance only so I lost everything. I had to pay for the parking lot damage also. My son was not injured thanks to his quick thinking and god. I paid $3000 for the car. We still trust G.M. but would like them to address this matter with me. Thank you,

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 052006

Regal 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


I drove my car to work then home. After being home for about 30 minutes someone was beating on my door telling me my car was on fire. I owned a 2000 Buick Regal. The engine compartment caught fire. It was a total loss.

- Burkburnett, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 142005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17 miles
1. trac off light / antilock light / chk eng soon light on 2. & 3. note: Vehicle was taken to authorized Buick dealership (brown & wood - 329 greenville blvd - greenville, nc 27834 (tel.252-355-6080)..following comments recorded on customer # 7536183 invoice # 152240 dtc C1218 pump motor circuit shorted to voltage. The problem does not always exist. The diagnosis at this time is all ok. Nothing checks faulty, but the ebcm is failing at times. Also may need a bpmv pack also. Quoted. Declined. Cleared dtc's. I would replace the ebcm first. ( cost for repair quoted approx $2500 which was declined due to further investigation by owner on whether this is a know issue. Vehicle has only 64,814 mi.) searched NHTSA site & noted item number 10017271. Issue also reported to GM @ 800-762-2737 in which file was opened for business case in effort to resolve with minimum cost to me as the customer.

- Pinetops, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 192005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Persistent oil leakage from engine and subsequent smoke from leakage. The automobile has been taken for servicing the problem five (5) times over the past two (2) years with no solution to problem.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 162000


  • miles
Popping/cracking from steering column, loose engine mounts, replaced steering column/knuckle, excess vibration/shudder, popping/cracking noises from steering wheel, undercarriage, suspension... dealer has not resolved.

- St. Pete Beach, FL, USA

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