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Old 03-02-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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2011 Buick Regal



Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with the new 2011 Buick Regal?

My parents currently own a 2000 Camry (XLE) and are looking to change cars. My dad has considered many other options including BMW's.. Acura.. Lexus, Nissan, Subaru (..you get the point)

Any opinion on the new Regal would help. I know nothing about Buick or American cars in general...

I figured they can take a look into the domestic market (support the economy?)... he's retiring this year and looking for a soft ride that's easy to drive and reliable...


Thanks all...

- Adam
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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one thing the regal has going for it is that its not an american car...it just carries buick badges.

its actually an opel insignia from europe with some extra bells and whistles. however, considering that opel is a lower class of car in europe its funny that in north america buick would be considered more luxurious.

anyway, i would think its mechanically sound.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:29 AM   #3
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I haven't been able to open my rear passenger door for the last 2 years.
'06 Impala.......

The engine has been rock solid though 234,000kms on it.

and that's all I have to say about domestic.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:04 AM   #4
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Domestics finally got their shit together, started importing the good models from europe. Currently, I would buy domestic before I bought any of that japanese crap being sold at dealers (except the subaru's).

The Buicks are really nice cars, I drove one and I was very impressed.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:23 AM   #5
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I drove an Opel Insignia (wagon model) in Europe during a holiday last summer and I was very, very impressed with it. I was very impressed with the handling through the twisty mountain roads and highway cruising. It was a turbo diesel model and it had more than enough ‘get up and go’. The Buick Regal would be at the top of my list if I were looking for a vehicle in that segment.

As a side note, keep an eye out for the Korean manufacture’s too. They're coming out with some quality models packed with standard features....and they look sweet too! I know this is a German car fan club, but you also need to make some choices in life that meet your everyday needs both in efficiency and practicality so one can own a special toy for summer fun.

There's a new model coming to North America called the Kia Cadenza (known as the Kia K7 in Korea). Outside and in looks very upscale….über sweet comes to mind. Kia Canada headquarters had one in their showroom. I don't have any confirmation on availability for NA.
At a lower price point, the new Optima Turbo is also a sharp looking model. It's more on the sportier side compared to the slightly larger and refined Regal/Insignia and Cadenza though.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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My dad loved his Buick Regals .. they were pretty damn good cars. I don't know how reliable there engines are now but when Buick tried to make an SUV it was a complete flop and had many issues they decided to end the model 2 years after (as far as I know)
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I haven't been able to open my rear passenger door for the last 2 years.
'06 Impala.......

The engine has been rock solid though 234,000kms on it.

and that's all I have to say about domestic.
take the child safety off ..
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take the child safety off ..
hahahaha...that would be funny.
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Saw the Buick Regal at the auto show.. My father is also consideringt this car. Its based of the Opel Insignia (or something like that). Its actually the same car as the Opel, except with different name/badges.

The Buick is also currently made in Germany. I liked it from what I saw.. Was cozy.
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The GS model is totally badass!
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My '02 has been solid mechanically. some interior trim came off around the console shifter and the cup holder failed but other than that the 3800 motor is totally reliable.
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take the child safety off ..
OMG guys I just checked it and















































nope, doors ****ed.
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Wow... more positive feedback than I expected. He's on the fence between the Regal and a Maxima... I guess I'll have to see both cars in person
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After owning a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder.... I WOULD NEVER buy or even look at another Nissan again. I had nothing but problems, and what a pos to work on.

I owned a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville before and it was a good car besides the intake having a hole burned in it which was a common problem for the 3.8L V6. But I'm not a fan of North American vehicles though.


Why not go for a Volkswagen???
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I had one of those GM with a V6, and I were 40+ again I would get one again. Now having said that, if your dad can get a Lexus, let him go for it because resale is better. I am not a Lexus fan since most of them have that Toyotish feel except LS which is just too expensive. I have also driven the older LS 400, and they were just too solid, in fact the 97 LS 400 felt as any other German car. The Buick is good.
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