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Pros: Power and pick up like my old V8.
Cons: To much electronic control and the heater leaks hot air when in the VENT position
Advice: Watch your speed going down hill. No engine braking in OD and a bit in 3rd.I drove my Regal from Rochester NY to Los Angeles, and back again and a better ride for the money is not to be found. The trunk was full as was the back seat because we expected to be away for up to 4 months. The 3800 V-6 provided lots of passing power on the 2 lanes and interstates and decent MPG too. At the end of the day there was none of the buzzing found in some cars this size. A few negatives: it needs more engine braking down hill, In 3rd I was often coasting over the posted speed limit requiring brakeing, and lastly, when it rains water drips into the drivers side when the window is open the slightest bit. Once on I-10 it was 80 - 85 MPH all the way and my Regal wasn't breathing hard. I'm no expert but curvy road handling was well done. Never felt like I was going to lose it.
Pros: Speed, Speed, Speed
Cons: Space, Space, Space
Advice: Make sure its roomy enough for you and kidsI bought this car in Sept of 2002, got the abboud edition GS. The only problem is its not enough space for me. Other than that best sedan to own. Supercharged and Superfast.
Pros: Supercharged 3.8 V6
Cons: Weight (weighs 3500 lbs.) you can really tell in hard cornering
Advice: Test drive it, floor it once, and I guarantee you'll like itI bought a '97 regal gs, fell in love with it, put 100k on it in less than 4 years, and bought a 2002 regal gs. i'm only 19, not the stereotypical buick customer. It's fast enough to race someone (not that i'd ever do that ;) and comfy enough for a long trip. What camry do you know of that will smoke the front tires? The engine is a dream, is very very durable (i put my old regal through purgatory and back, kept on going past 100k). People are now into souping up their cars, making them faster, only problem is that it voids the warranty. Buy a regal gs and you won't have to do anything to it. Not many cars can do 0-60mph in about 6.4 secs stock can they? It corners awesome (although in a hard corner, you can feel the car's bulk pushing the tires), and on a hard corner the rear end will give before the front end does (that 3.8 is pretty hefty). If there are any people who like to tune, the gs is easy to fix up. I've got an open exhaust and a smaller pulley on the supercharger and have been dyno'd at 304 front wheel hp, more than enough to leave an '03 Bullitt Mustang in the dust. Two words of advice if you buy a regal gs: ALWAYS use premium fuel, no matter what the price goes up to, and second is get better tires. I bought Michelin X-One's and they're a harder rubber than the Goodyear Eagles, which won't wear off as quick while they're smoking on asphalt. If you think the price is too high, take a test drive and take a look at all the standard features, then you'll understand the price. One last thing, it's governed at 112mph ;) any more questions about it, you can email me...
Pros: Comfort and ride
Cons: no sunglass holder like the accord
Advice: get the leather interiorWhat a surprise. My previous cars were Accord and Camry. Both high-quality, dependable drives. But I wanted something just a little bigger and more comfortable. I found a great deal on a Regal program car. Now, this is a comfortable car. Just a pleasure to drive. The looks are refined and clean. No clutter -- inside or out. The 3.8 engine is perfect for highway driving.It's powerful and not to be confused with peppy.
Pros: Interior quality and the Monsoon high wattage stereo system.
Cons: Somewhat a little mundane on exterior styling.
Advice: Sure you could get that BMW or Audi but for the money this car has much more value. I really didn't need a $500+ monthly lease payment. I have better use for my money!This is my second Regal GS. I previously had a 1999 Regal GS. I considered the Maxima SE but found I got a lot more for the dollar with the Regal. Excellent car and I am only 36 years old so forget the stereotyping of Buick buyers.
Pros: Horses are there when needed.
Cons: Distance is too great between arm rest and steering wheel.
Advice: Drive hard for a deal with your retailer. Let them know your considering other cars first.Steps up to the plate and delivers power, performance with looks and comfort. It's got the whole package at a pretty nice price too.
Pros: Excellent handling.
Cons: Engine compartment layout.
Advice: Forget the GS. Who wants to buy premium gas?While this car doesn't get much respect from the Nipponophants in the magazine industry, it is none the less an excellent vehicle. I have driven all of the Japanese competitors and found them wanting. This car handles as well as an Accord, but is so quiet that you don't realize it. It out accelerates the Altima and interior quality is far superior. This car is like driving a rocket. I think I experienced time-dialation. The stereo is excellent. The ride is smooth. The car is a keeper.