The Buick Regal is a well-honed, pleasant sedan brought over from GM's German Opel subsidiary. As such it conveys a typically European driving experience, with a taut and steady ride, sporty handling, and excellent fit and finish. Firm, supportive seats and tight rear accommodations are another European hallmark. The base four-cylinder engine is underpowered, but agile handling tends to help make up for that.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Buick Regal owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The internal part of the headlight connector on the passager side was burnt and the headlight did not light up. Not designed to be replaced, the connector had to be replaced, but at an elevated cost due to manpower for this job"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Turn signal warning that blub was out - failed"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's seat heater failed. Repaired under warranty"

John M., IN (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"drivers seat heater will not stay activated; it turns itself off after about 30 seconds"

Donald M., TX (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side of car failed to stay on - turned off after a short time"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side heated seat turns on but after 5 minutes turns off"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Electric seat heat failed"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heating element burned out but was covered by warranty"

Bryan C., FL (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"left rear direction light burned out"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Regal Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Part of previously mentioned issue"

Malcolm G., CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Brakes needed complete replacement. I was never aware of a problem. Car system/On-Star diagnostic service never reported a problem"

Malcolm G., CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Have had to have front, back, and all four rotors replaced a total of five or six times since I bought my car. The rotors were first replaced about six months after I bought my car. Just had back rotors and brake pads replaced a few weeks ago. This should not be happening so often"

Sally S., OH (2011 Buick Regal Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors easily become warped"

Alafia I., GA (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Corrosion in the rear calipers had caused a terrible squeaking noise upon applying the brakes"

Mitchell K., AB (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"On hot days, the brake pedal stays down, the brakes drag, and the brake lights remain on"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Screen display turns on and off by itself. In car light does not work"

George F., ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Locked up. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Locked up. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth would not let go of phone, even when car was off and I walked away, and into house. Had to go to other side of house before I could use my cell phone"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Regal Unsure Unsure)
Radio

"radio will change volume on its own, shut off...bluetooth has stopped working...may be amplifier or steering wheeel controls, dealer has no idea......amp is about $ 55 steering controls abour 300"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio stopped working. It was very expensive to fix"

Robert M., MA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Failed on startup one morning, without warning. Repaired at no cost to me under 100K mi. powertrain warranty"

John M., IN (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problem with variable valve timing solenoids going bad. Car still ran fine but check engine light was on. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Exhaust camshaft position sensor failed on holiday weekend. Enroute dealer find quickly on a Saturday afternoon. Bravo!"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer said I had debris in my engine and an oil leak. Recommend a new engine or rebuild. I took it to another mechanic who said it a new engine wasn't needed who told me to keep up on top of the oil changes"

Justin G., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine goes thru oil"

Michael S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Covered by extended waurenty"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic parts from the engine broke off into the fuel system, resulting in major damage and a full engine rebuild"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"theory was fuel pump went bad causing excessive oil consumption and dilution of oil so engine was rebuild new pistons and rings"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Noisy timing chain on 2.4L engine caused by prematurely wearing guides. Repaired at no cost by special warranty"

Robert B., BC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing belt tension pulls broke. Destroyed the engine and turbo at 47000 miles"

Frederick H., NC (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"The lines from the transmission to the oil cooler were leaking and had to have them replaced"

Jim M., CO (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cooling lines leaked at fittings, replaced lines & fittings"

James H., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"At about 40 mph if not accelerating firmly it will create a rough shift but not all of the time, mostly when the car is not warmed up"

Laird M., MN (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"transmission cooler lines leaking"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Heated seat unit replaced and computer system updated. Computer update made the temperature setting not match actual temperature"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver heated seat failure. Turns on, then off by itself"

George F., ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Sometimes the fan develops a mind of its own and either super heats the car or over cools it"

Alafia I., GA (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"can not find where the leak is coming from"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The check engine light has come on a number of times, I have had the dealer check it and replace parts with no satisfaction. GM and possibly all dealers are a waste of time and money"

Jim M., CO (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on"

Richard S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel injection throttle body became soiled by moisture & the engines electronic control system limited top speed to 35 mph. It did not limit RPMs"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission began to down shift, forcing me to exit the freeway. It then wouldn't engage and the car had to be towed. The transmission had to be replaced"

Kenneth M., CA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to put two transmissions in since bought car. Fortunately the second one was covered by GM"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed after transmission failure"

Michael S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"The two indicator lights come on together. The sensor had to be replaced and a wheel bearing had failed. The indicator lights are coming on again, indicating another failure. Vehicle may be 5+ years old but mileage is low"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Buick Regal CXL Unsure)

"ESC warning came on. Engine reduced power. Needed to replace engine part. Was covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"both front drive axles were replaced due to CV noise"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Not sure what exactly it was but suspension had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken and waited forever for replacement broken strut"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Turning manoeuvres at low speed triggered 'Service StabiliTrak' warning light. Replaced worn left front wheel hub"

Robert B., BC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"The resonator on the exhaust system was leaking and my Buick dealer told me that the whole exhaust system needed to be replaced at a cost of $2000 since no GM part is available for this system!!Therefore, I decided to ask to a small mechanic business to replace only the leaking resonator by cutting it at appropriate points on the exhaust system and soldering the new one. The cost for this job was only $200"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"I needed to replace the resonator, which is found on mid-way of the tail pipes. This particular car does not have a part number for the resonator because the ENTIRE exhaust system is one piece. The dealer cost is $1100.00. I complained to Buick and they replaced the system at no charge"

Henry S., NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"It's a loud engine engine even when running good. Also when the a/c is on there's a rattle coming from somewhere behind the vents"

Justin G., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise for right mirror. sound like rattling. Nothing can be done to correct it"

Robert M., MA (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipping"

Mark C., MI (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"It has to do with the entire electrical system this is the second time we have had it into the dealer.The windows and power door locks do not operate they had to replace the motors in both door windows"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Regal CXL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Jul 07 2016
Chafed harness wires may cause a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011 Buick Regal vehicles manufactured November 3, 2009, to March 25, 2011, equipped with 8-way power adjustable front seats. The power seat wiring harness may contact the seat frame, causing the wires to chafe.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and secure the wiring harness, and repair any chafed wires as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2017. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 30710.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V517000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42984
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Jul 05 2016
If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The recall began on October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V502000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8367
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:POWER ADJUST
Jul 23 2014
If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position may affect the drivers' control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Chevrolet Camaro, as well as certain 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles, equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats. In the affected vehicles, the bolt that secures the driver's and passenger's power front seat height adjuster may fall out causing the seat to drop suddenly to the lowest vertical position.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer distributed interim letters to owners on September 11, 2014. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14271.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V447000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 414333
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
Oct 04 2012
If the driver is not aware that a turn signal is not functioning properly, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other driver's may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Buick Regal and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal. If one of the two front turn signal bulbs burn out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 12212.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V484000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 120426
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