really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,912 miles

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2000 Buick Regal steering problems

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2000 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 122018


  • 100,000 miles


Purchased this car spring 2017 paid in full to prior owner. Asked prior owner when test drove car how come all the service lights up and including air bag warning light on dash collum are lit up" owners response "not sure but has been like that for as long as can remember we don't think you should worry?" a week later notice the car wants to accelerate on its own? just bolts on my mom and I ? within that month both passenger right side doors front & back power windows will no longer work at all? steering wheel starts making a horrible sound and smell check steering fluid empty replaced fluid only to find out it just poor's out steering will lock up and can't drive most days? notice same issue with radiator? my far worse experience with this car was not knowing how heavy the trunk was as well as not knowing it will fall back shut on own? this happened to me unloading groceries one day crashing down on my head shoulders and mid back pinning me inside trunk dazed and hurt until my son saw me trapped and pulled trunk off my body? should of went to the E.R. was in astronomical amount of pain but didn't have medical insurance so treated myself at home? took 2 month's before bruising and swelling finally went down ? cut on my head took longer to heal? this has accured more than once and I'm absolutely terrified to go near the trunk at all now without my son to help me? interior light will stay on up to an hour after starting and driving the car making night driving dangerously difficult and fearful! passenger front seat has never worked can't adjust seating at all due to it being power seats? I'm terrified every time I get into my car worried it's going to malfunction resulting in hurting my family and I or anyone that could be involved in an accident caused by this monster of a car? please help me" this car is scary

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #13

Dec 132015


  • 194,985 miles
Vehicle interior lighting does not work in park, drive or when lights turned on, cluster, gear indicator, climate display, radio lighting does not work at all, when driving at night & windows fog up I have a hard time finding the temp. Buttons while seeing safely out windshield. My son pulled out cluster, noticed missing resistors are the cause. Driver side leather heated seat gets too hot when switched on, fear it could lead to fire. Rear strut snapped from rust/age. Son replaced both rear struts, noticed the strut to frame was rusting out where the welds have been made & was not supporting the vehicles weight properly. If these give out, the rear of the car will drop & loose control of vehicle, possibly puncturing the fuel tank causing leak/fire while steering while is parked or in motion, moving steering wheel 9 to 3 O'clock position is a very loud thud. Headlight combo switch has failed resulting of losing headlights, interior lights. Leaks oil, puddles of oil near plenum & top of motor. Its always leaked since owning it. Fuel leak inside of engine bay. My son has recently discovered a fuel leak once the motor is shut off. It appears it is the back fuel rail return line quick disconnect fitting that is leaking gas once the motor is shut off, realized the problem when I shut my car off, 5 mins later I started it & could smell gasoline from the heat vents. Shut it off. Opened hood, strong order of gas present. Removed plastic top engine cover & a very strong smell present. Traced the fuel lines & found gasoline dripping out of the rear fuel rail onto the motor. Son is replacing the O rings in the quick connect to correct the problem. After googling this is a common problem on w-bodys & has caused the vehicles to start a fire but has not been recalled. Can provide pictures taken of the leak if contacted

- Hugo, MN, USA

problem #12

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 #11

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 #10

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 #9

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 #8

Mar 012013

Regal 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles


2000 Regal Buick with low mileage didn't pass nh state inspection because of code P0440 evaporation emission control system. When looking at GM recall there were 248 other 2000 Buick recalls with the same issue reported to General Motors.this code has to do with the fuel system, gas lines and storage tank and can be very dangerous and catch the car on fire.I did call GM and filed a claim but they really don't care.also there is a steering/suspension steering linkage free play. When doing research on this there was a recall (76128) and 979 people also reported this issue.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #7

Jan 012008


  • miles
Experience an intermittent loss of power steering assist when making left turns, usually at low speeds. When trying to turn left out of a parking space experience higher resistance or in a few cases assists towards the right. If this happens while the vehicle is moving, a crash could result.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 262007

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,729 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Regal. The contact was unable to steer the vehicle and it was towed to the garage. The belt and pump were replaced. The failure recurred and the dealer replaced the steering rack assembly at the cost of $475.57. The third time, the contact noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. The dealer diagnosed the cause of the failure as an oil leak. They replaced the seal pump and hoses at the cost of $588.98. The current mileage was 41,286 and failure mileage was 26,729. Updated 12/12/2007 the dealer stated air bag light on. Updated 12/12/07

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 152003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
: the contact stated while driving 20 mph under wet road conditions, the vehicle's left wheel froze when trying to make a left turn. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who determined that the wheels locked when the steering wheel belt got wet. Updated 03/07/07.

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 312004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,500 miles


While backing out of parking space, turned wheel to the left. Heard and felt "clunking" sound from engine compartment. Vehicle would no longer turn to the left, however turned ot the right without problem. Vehicle diagnosis was that rack & pinion steering gear failed. Repair cost of $750. Consist of replace steering box, flush power steering system to remove debris, and re-align vehicle. Fortunately failure occured during low speed operation. If failure occured at normal highway speed, it may have resulted in severe injury. Safety dependant on the physical strength of the operator.

- Winsted, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 022000


  • 0 miles
Consumer has 1/8 inch of "play" in steering wheel where there is no vehicle control. Dealer has been unable to determine cause of both problems.

- Oakhurst, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 012002


  • miles
Consumer states the steering is very difficult to turn, after vehicle has been in reverse.

- West Helena, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 152002

(reported on)


  • miles
Steering wheel gets extremely stiff after a couple of miles of driving. Also, constant stalling while driving vehicle.

- Oakhurst, NJ, USA

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