2012 Buick Regal drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,955 miles

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2012 Buick Regal drivetrain problems

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2012 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152014

Regal 4-cyl

  • 3,800 miles


Difficult to shift manual transmission in cold weather, along with gear noise. Took vehicle to dealer on Jan 16, 2015 and all they did was give us a copy of GM's corporate bulletin 03-07-29-004I: Manual transmission operating characteristics (Dec 19, 2014). This document told us to shift slowly in cold weather, but then we cannot shift it at all. Took vehicle to another dealer on Feb 20, 2015. The service manager test drove it and agreed there was a shifting issue. They replaced the transmission, which is much easier to shift. Unfortunately, we now have a vibration in 2nd gear.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 172014


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while decelerating from 35 mph, the vehicle violently jerked forward. The vehicle was taken to several different dealers. The first dealer was unable to diagnose the problem while the second stated that the shift adapter needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired but the failure worsened. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Sterling Hieghts , MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 292013


  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle turns off when going in reverse. Vehicle also makes weird sputtering noise when started. This has been happening since I bought the car brand new in 2011 but dealers can never replicate the problems!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 102012


  • 19 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle rpms idles high and the vehicle failed to accelerate over 45mph. Also, the contact mentioned that the doors failed to unlock with the remote control and as a result, she had to use the key to unlock the doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times who was unable to duplicate the failure but decided to reprogrammed the vehicle computer system as a safety precaution. The remedy failed to repair the problem. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 19 and the current mileage was 1,200.

- Midlothian , VA, USA

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