NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,482 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 steering problems

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2003 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 042017


  • 200,000 miles


My 03 Buick Regal ls will shutoff sometimes when turning left, or when using the turn signal. I can not find the paperwork, but I remember a recall for this about 5 to 8 years ago. We did have it addressed, but the problem has come back. Today's date is 1/9/17 and my wife had this happen again to her on 1/4/17 while making a left hand curve. She was not turning or using her turn signal. I only had it happen to me once while making a left turn using my turn signal. My mother also has an 03 Regal gs and also experienced this same problem. I contacted the dealer where I purchased the car and they told me there is no current recall nor was there ever one for this problem, but I know we had it addressed about 5 to 8 years ago.

- Graytown, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 062016


  • miles
Serpentine belt came off as I was driving down 65 S heading toward brandon from springfield, can't get belt on, and it won't even turn over without a jump.

- Taneyville, MO, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Aug 032015

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles


My ignition key wouldn't come to off position when I turn off the engine. Key wouldn't come out from the ignition cylinder and I had to leave the key in the car and manually lock the car. As a result it would drain the battery and the car is under a high risk of car being stolen and at the times the steering would get locked. Thank you

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 052014


  • 103,000 miles
Engine died while signaling a left turn going about 45 mph. Almost rear ended. Changed ignition switch module. No repeat recurrence.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #3

Oct 052004

Regal 6-cyl

  • 45,352 miles
At night if the high beam lights are on, and I meet a vehicle while moving through a right curve, the dimmer switch cannot be activated because it hits the back of the steering wheel. Since this occurs almost every time I drive at night to go home, I'm afraid it could blind another driver and cause an accident. I have gotten bad reactions from other drivers when I can't dim the lights and meet them on the road. (I don't want to be the victim of road rage.) I have experienced this problem since I bought the vehicle in 2004. The switch broke a few years back and it was replaced, but the new one still had the same problem. The dealership said that was the only model of switch in his catalog. It has a design flaw. It the turn signal handle was designed to be push away from the steering wheel instead of pulling it toward the steering wheel, there would be no problem.

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 022007

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,500 miles
Steering/linkage/drive shaft problem at 31,000 miles/3 years 11/06; 1/07. 2 occurrences of loud clunking noise when backing and turning out of driveway or any parking space. Does not happen every time. First time dealer lubed intermediate drive shaft, which cured problem for couple of months. Second time dealer could not hear noise, but said they would lube same part again. Noise was not fixed.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 072004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The intermediate steering shaft became loose, making it difficult to steer, especially on slower speed. The problem continued.

- Catskill, NY, USA

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