NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Buick Regal (Page 2 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,767 miles

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2004 Buick Regal electrical problems

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2004 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Aug 152013


  • miles


The vehicle began randomly dying while driving at speeds under 35mph or idling at a stoplight. This happened once prior to Aug. '13, but the frequency increased. There was no indication when this would occur and no warning until the loss of steering and acceleration. As the frequency increased the vehicle was taken to a mechanic, but with no service engine light, there were no repair codes to isolate the issue. They were unable to fix. The problem worsened and the instrument cluster began flashing randomly. The only way to stop the flashing was to push the hazard switch, but the vehicle still died. The mechanic replaced the ignition switch in Jan. 2014. Since then the vehicle has died twice while driving, again with no warnings. Today this happened at a low speed on a major highway almost causing the vehicle behind to rear-end me. Please look into this situation as it appears there have been others with a similar issue. This is a safety issue for the owners of the vehicles and other driving around them.

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #6

Oct 112006


  • 24,524 miles
First time my car stalled and had the ignition switch replaced was 15 months after purchasing it from a Buick dealer. Beginning 9/2011 car began stalling at many and various times. I attempted to have this repaired - taking to my Buick dealer on many occasions and to my local auto mechanic making repairs as suggested and still my car continued to stall, most recent time of stalling - Oct. 2013 - had Buick dealer again check and research technical documents to see what could be causing this problem - Buick could not find anything even after I asked them 'could it be my ignition switch' and was told no. I took my car to my local auto mechanic again and after doing lots of testing - he replaced my ignition switch. Car has not stalled since. As I understand it - my ignition switch could fail again and I am requesting that my make and model be reviewed and included in the 'recent' GM ignition switch recall.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 162011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle would jerk without warning. The contact mentioned that the keys would dangle from the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 126,000.

- Richlands, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 112014


  • 97,650 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the ignition module failed, causing the vehicle to stall sporadically and without warning. The contact would shift from park to neutral before attempting to restart the vehicle. Additionally, the instrument panel lights would flicker independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the problem. The failure later recurred and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the ignition switch was repaired but to no avail. The dealer then stated that the ignition cylinder. Would need replacing however, the part was not available to complete the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97650.

- Kresgeville, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 242012

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
1st time vehicle wheels and steering completely locked up when making a right turn blocking traffic and had to be towed after police and no one could release it. After having towed the vehicle to my home. I was able to release the lock and tested it before I decided to drive it to a gas station for gas. As I pulled out of the gas station the vehicle locked up again blocking two lanes of traffic coming at me on a 4 lane county road. I sent a letter to GM reporting the problem and the repair that was done, but I am very concerned that there may be other vehicles on the road that could end up with many deaths. And I am not confident that my problem has been solved.

- Mount Laurel , NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 212008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,129 miles
2004 Buick Regal stops while driving. Key was stuck in ignition and repaired at local dealer in macon. Vehicle now shuts off while driving at speed at 45 mph or more.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 142005

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles
Complaint regarding air bag light & low tire light came on several times consumer had vehicle service and once off the service lot all dash lights came on. The turn signal and wiper motor had to be replaced. The hub assemblt harness had to be repalced. The check engine light illuminated along with the no trac and ABS light.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

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