2011 Buick Regal electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2011 Buick Regal (Page 2 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,696 miles

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2011 Buick Regal electrical problems

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2011 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Aug 192015


  • 59,374 miles


The car stalled today after reversing out of my parking spot and shifting into drive. This is the 3rd time in my 14 months of owning the car that this has happened. It only happens right after turning the car on. The steering goes out and the engine stalls, but the electronics remain on, it's a lot like what happens when you run out of fuel but my tank is full. The dealer cannot replicate the issue and will not do anything. They claim they've never heard of this issue before.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #10

Apr 162015


  • 95,115 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the front driver side turn signal, brake, and hazard lighting failed to illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician was unable to find a failure. The light bulbs were changed, but the failures persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 95,115.

- Bear , DE, USA

problem #9

Oct 152014


  • 53,000 miles
I bought this 2011 Buick Regal with about 53000 miles on it from a private seller. From the day I got it the stereo, clock, navigation have been a problem. The clock doesn't hold the time, stereo turns off my itself or sometimes makes a loud pop noise and doesn't work. The navigation is in the state of Washington, I live in N.Y. the drivers heated seat doesn't work. The bumper to bumper warranty was up 3000 mile ago, at this point. Later, the timing chain needed to be replaced. The motor made a loud knock and would surge, hesitate and stall. With the timing being off, the transmission wouldn't downshift and was hard to stop the car. Two months later the same symptoms re-occurred. The dealer charged me to diagnose and told me it was down 2 quarts of oil. They changed the oil 2 months prior. Now, I noticed the rear brakes are dragging and don't release sometimes. GM, Buick and two dealer won't do anything about any of this. An expensive car that is barely years old with all these problems. I've seen the service bulletins on all off these problems. No help from GM, just index card readers from the philippines who apologize every thirty seconds and make excuses!

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 282015

Regal 4-cyl

  • 57,658 miles


While stopped at a traffic light, the affected vehicle's throttle body failed, causing sever shaking, revving of the engine to approximately 1500 RPM, and eventually causing the vehicle to drive itself forward while my foot was firmly depressing the brake. It propelled, out of my control, approximately 3 feet forward. Had I not put the vehicle immediately into neutral while this was occurring, the vehicle would have travel further, out of my control. Had someone been in front of me at the intersection, or if I had not put the car in neutral, preventing the vehicle from entering the intersection, a vehicular collision would have occurred. The exact cause of the failure, per the dealership work order, was "throttle body internal intermittent short."

- Oxford Township, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 032014

Regal 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The passenger side light bulb melted. Bulb can not be replaced because housing is damaged. Contact the dealer and I was told this is not covered by any recalls. I would be responsible for any parts. This is definitely a factory defect and car is not safe to drive. I have ordered part and I'm still waiting for replacement from dealer.

- Somerset, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 242014

Regal 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Well first there are a few complaints, first few months, car alarm going off at random, then trunk popped at random, brought in two separate occasions to dealer for service was said to be fixed. Then left signal outage few occasions brought in with the other work, had no idea about the bulbs till this site, then radio on and off intermittent, battery or other car dies charges will drive all day end of day after a battery jump stutters as driving or feels like going to just die. Got home on 7/21/2014 and noticed all the recalls on news had no clue it was this make, model, year, etc., my 18 has driven on numerous occasions (god forbid) ! also I'm reading where this make takes off at random has happened numerous times in drive thru assumed I hadn't applied enough pressure to brake. I'm furious and honestly with young adult drivers scared to death now! ohhh and never received any recall info on this vehicle ever! oh and my key broke to only thing is it bent and had replaced ! and seat was loose also.

- East Haven , CT, USA

problem #5

Jun 022014

Regal 4-cyl

  • 43,507 miles


When starting the car in the morning, it acts dead, but the battery is okay. After a few tries it does start but then I have the dash light behaving crazy - emergency flashers on and various messages in my center dash. I reset everything to normal and am okay. Upon a restart later in the day, things are usually okay. Being a senior citizen I don't go very far but yesterday, as I was entering a traffic circle, the engine suddenly quit, a huge trailer truck was bearing down on me and luckily the car started back up just in time. The Buick dealer (darby) treated me rudely over a minor problem so now I don't know where to go or what to do for help on this issue.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 022013

Regal 4-cyl

  • miles
2011 Buick Regal. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical problems. The consumer stated the radio would come on and go off by itself, the speedometer was acting in an erratic and the vehicle would stall.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 212012


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Buick Regal. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts. The contact also stated that the vehicle would downshift independently despite the brake pedal not being depressed. The failure was recurring. In addition, the electrical system would intermittently fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4000.

- Bowling Green , OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 102012

Regal 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle would loose power sporadically. The contact stated the check transmission light or stability control light would illuminate on the instrument panel when the failure occurred. The vehicle never stalled, but the contact would loose power steering when the failure occurred. The dealer replaced the computer twice and was also looking at a possible transmission failure, but the vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was left with the dealer for more extensive inspection. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 17,000. Updated 7/12/12 the consumer stated while driving, all of a sudden the vehicle started to slow down. He lost all power to the steering and brakes. The transmission control valve arm was replaced. In May 2012, he was making a turn and the power steering went out, which left him with no steering, brakes or transmission. The consumer hit a fence post dragging the front bumper. The transmission was replaced. Updated 07/18/12

- Berkley Heights , NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 282012

Regal 4-cyl

  • 780 miles
Navigation system has failed three times including not accepting known addresses and sending you to a wrong address which in one case was a safety issue sending you into an area which was obviously an area of criminal activity that was nowhere near the doctors office we were trying to locate. It will not even accept my home address as a destination location. I have another navigation system in our other vehicle and also a portable system which accepts my address as a destination. I don't feel that this system can be counted on in an emergency and should be recalled or replaced.

- Conroe, TX, USA

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