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If you still think of Buick as a brand for octogenarians with a taste for whitewall tires and vinyl roof treatments, it's time for a reboot. The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan. That European feel is no coincidence, since the Regal is based on a German design from GM’s Opel division.
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There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2014 Buick Regal has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2014 Buick Regal owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Bad sensor on dashboard allowed the display to go dark without notice; to get real bright, again without notice. After three denials, Buick dealer in stalled new sensor. Problem seems to be resolved”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

“Display screen stopped working. After multiple failures, dealer replaced radio. System has frozen once since then. After the car had not been operated for a half hour, the display began working again. Dealer not sure what can be done to fix. It”

T B., IN (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Display screen occasionally went blank. Dealer replaced a cable feeding screen. The repair was not successful. Dealer then reprogrammed system. Repair successful. Repair covered by GM”

B F., IL (2014 Buick Regal Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Part of sensor problem. Now fixed”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“The system does not operate smoothly with my iPod. It hangs up on songs and requires a lot of attention to get it functioning, making it dangerous to operate while driving. It does not remember the last song played so it restarts each time”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Frequent problems with reading my ipod. It locks up, fails to read the music list, fails to play at times, goes quiet at times, generally poor function”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“All radio controls failed to turn volume down or turn radio off”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Incoming calls will connect, I can hear the caller, but they can not hear me. Took to dealer several times, not able to fix. They blamed Apple. However, it is the car since non-apple phones had the same problem. Dealer still not able to fix. Very annoying”

Elizabeth R., NJ (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Incoming calls on my iPhone connects, and I can hear caller but caller can not hear me. Happens on both of my 2012 Regals. Dealer blamed Apple, but when improved it happened on Androids they tried to fix. Had a 'billetin' from GM but that did not solve,the problem. Annoying and unsafe”

Elizabeth R., NJ (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“System kept rebooting itself”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intellilink, radio, display screen all work as a unit”

B F., IL (2014 Buick Regal Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The system does not function properly, it is difficult to use and is dangerous because it requires so much attention and distracts from safe driving. It is slow to respond and is very poorly designed in my opinion”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Took possession of Buick after dark and did not notice gap between right front bumper area and panel--dealer has looked at it twice and not corrected--probably only needs a clip to repair”

M D., MS (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front quarter panels on both sides of car detached from bumper fascia. Repaired by dealer, but later became detached again on drivers side”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“right & left front fenders keep coming loose at joint with front bra”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Driveshaft or axle

“Wheel bearing went bad at 30000 miles”

Frank B., OH (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
4WD/AWD components

“Indicator light came on for rear axel. Had to have the rear axel serviced at the dealer”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Seal on moon roof failed”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Water leak in the trunk”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Wheel bearings

“noise in wheel bearings that kept getting worse dealer told me it was because of hitting a pothole needed a new bearing fixed under warranty”

Martin C., IN (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

“Steering wheel was "sticking" slightly (Fine movement would pop) didn't happen all the time, but was a concern. Issue found was slop in the mount of one of the struts”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“They do not seem to be bright enough”

Frank B., OH (2014 Buick Regal Premium II 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“I drive so infrequently that the calipers developed rust, making the car breaking process not as smooth as it was”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

“Blown seals caused oil leakage”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“problems with A/C turning on when heat was turned on”

John S., MI (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Intake boost sensor went out cause check engine light to come on”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Buick Regal Premium I 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

Transmission leaks

“Due to wrong length screw used at initial assembly..had to replace transmission housing and repair. I was licky, I did not experience transmission failure had the problem diagnosed and repaired by the dealer after noticing fluid on garage floor”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Buick Regal GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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STEERING
Jul 02 2014
If any of the components separate, the vehicle may have a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and the steering gear and/or the lower control arm and the lower ball joint to separate.
What should you do:
GM began to notify owners on June 27, 2014, and dealers will inspect the fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14378.
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: 14V409000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 106
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Feb 21 2014
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
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: 14V092000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 355
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