NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,632 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2003 Buick Regal brakes problems

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2003 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 162016


  • miles


The contact owned a 2003 Buick Regal. While driving 5 mph, the brakes malfunctioned and another vehicle struck the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the back, the entire right side of the body, the foot, and the neck. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown. Updated 11/29/16 updated 12/13/16.

- Sardis, MS, USA

problem #5

Mar 082016


  • miles
On the early morning of 03/08/2016 around 5:50am on my way to work, the car lost all power as I was trying to turn left on to a county road. I was able to steer the car out of traffic coming from the opposite direction and almost went down the ditch due to the steering was very hard to turn. I put the car in neutral and restart the car continuing to get to my destination. At the next intersection, this happened again as soon as I used the turn signal (I was turning right this time). I restart the car again after put it in neutral. This problem is now will occur each time I use either turn signal left or right. I consider this is a safety problem because accident can occur if someone didn't know how to react when it happen the 1st time on a busy road.

- Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #4

Jun 142014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 201,789 miles
The vehicle engine shut down and had to be restarted while rolling. Every event usually involved turning and braking at the same time, but occasionally shut down while idling at stop lights. It appeared to be similar to the ignition recalls that have been made on other vehicles, but not on this particular model. It has occurred several times and at least two to three times while turning onto on ramps to freeways. It always requires shifting into neutral to restart and very stiff steering because power steering is disabled. This has occurred in traffic and presented very hazardous conditions. I believe the ignition is at fault, but cannot say positively. Usually occurs when the car has been driven for some time and the engine has been running quite some time and is considerably warm. Under hot conditions it occurs more often.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152014

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 09/16/14

- Tarentum, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 172014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while inspecting the vehicle, he noticed that the brake line was completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was advised that the brake line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Tarentum, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated upon inspection, it was determined that the brake lines and the frame were covered with rust. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were not available.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

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