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1999 Buick Regal Sedan

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12-07-1998: 1999 Buick Regal

Source: The Car Connection

by Bob Plunkett


JEROME, Ariz. -- We're scooting over Arizona's pine-covered Weaver Mountains on a winding route leading from Prescott to the cliff-hugging mining town of Jerome. But the car which is so deftly carving out a sure-footed course, cutting through hairpin curves in a taut line and bounding exuberantly up long grades at altitude is not some European sport sedan, but a domestic -- a mid-size Regal LS sedan -- from Buick.

Regal performs so well on this trek, in fact, that we have to keep reminding ourself that the wheels performing such maneuvers are attached to a family car -- from Buick!

This Regal shares a General Motors platform Pontiac Grand Prix and Oldsmobile Intrigue, Buick's sedan emerged last year as a new expression of a familiar label. However this Regal has moves unlike any previous Regal -- and no other Buick.

We feel this new generation Regal is better outside, inside and underneath. The Regal features a subdued yet sophisticated exterior fashioned with curving wedge-shaped forms, while the interior space is far more generous than earlier Regal models. The chassis has a set of engineering assets which give it the kind of precise road manners which closely mimics the agile nature of imports. It produces firm and controllable handling attributes, and reacts with clear athletic agility when asked to steer around slower road traffic.

Regal measures 1.5 inches longer in wheelbase than the previous generation, and it is more than two inches longer. Wheels are stretched to the outer limits of the rectangular body. The broad stance sets up a stable performance attitude which, when combined with a suspension that's independent at all four corners and a power-assisted rack and pinion steering system that's lively and quick, gives Regal the kind of aggressive handling on dreamed about by its predecessors.

This year's two trim offering begin with a base Regal LS, equipped with GM's 200-horsepower, 3800 Series II 3.8-liter V-6, and extend to the sporty GS. The same engine sits under the hood of the GS, with a mechanical supercharger added to delivery a healthy output of 240 hp.

Our evaluation of these two Regals on Arizona highways showed both engines are enjoyable to drive with comfortable seats and practical interior fittings. Buick's intent here is to make the Regal more appealing to those forty- something Boomers whose kids are no longer in tow, who seek dependable and affordable sedan transportation, which is more appropriate for carrying adults than a minivan. While offering four seats, Buick also decided to blend in a spark of performance, since the target buyers a no longer looking for a family taxi.

The Regal looks were designed to reflect the new performance profile. "We wanted an exterior shape that seems sporty but not faddish, certainly not extreme," the designer, Wayne Kady, confided. "Regal incorporates a number of Buick design cues, such as the oval grille, but it still makes its own statement."

The look appears mildly aggressive, with a wide stance and monotone treatment to trim elements, plus a subtle blackout of the sedan's B-pillar to evoke the image of a sporty coupe.

But who says a domestic GM sedan can't be sporty? Here are the valid reasons why the Regal feels so athletic. Regal's independent suspension checks undue body roll and forges a ride quality that's both soft and easy over potholes yet still firm in feedback to driver. The car's unibody structure has an underbody with extra bracing to develop more rigidity and torsional stiffness when the vehicle moves down the road. Also, higher shock absorber valving and more rigid chassis bushings increase ride isolation as larger new front and rear stabilizer bars reduce body roll.

Another noticeable feature is the quiet ride -- a Buick tradition. Now the ride is even quieter. Special engineering measures and insulation ward off bothersome road and engine noises.

In terms of power, Buick should be commended for offering not only a naturally aspirated engine with respectable power, but the kick-butt supercharged powerplant as well. Starting with the Regal LS, the improved 3.8-liter V-6 responds quickly when you tap the throttle. But you really get a kick in the pants when you add a supercharger to a smaller engine like the GM 3.8-liter V-6. Horsepower jumps to 240 hp, and provides a truly swift sedan that's also easy on fuel. Further, the torque generated from this horsepower climbs dramatically through supercharging -- to 280 lb-ft at 3600 rpm -- which means there's more punch available in the lower gears.

New safety features on both Regal models include a more efficient anti-lock disc brake system and a handy tire inflation monitor for Regal LS. Dual airbags with decreased power for Regal rank as an improved safety system, as do daytime running lamps.

Regal's interior arrangement functions well and there's ample space available, particularly head room -- so much that Texans can wear a cowboy hat without crimping the crown.

Interior comfort is also improved. The Regal's seats receive special attention, with added folds of plush layers and special contours to fit a body for more comfort. The interior plan delivers twin buckets up front (and, unlike other Buicks, there's no option for a front bench), with space for up to three on the back bench. Both Regals carry a lot of standard features, including air conditioning, power windows and door locks, full instrumentation and plush leather seats for the GS. Prices seem reasonable, too, starting around $22,500.

Those who test drive a Regal like we did are bound to come away more than a little bit impressed. While they may have expected the quiet ride and attention to comfort for which Buick is known, I'm sure they'll enjoy the added benefit of a car that handles much better, and with more power (especially on the GS) than they expected.


© 1998 The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Months

Buick Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2012. 6-Year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for 2013 model year and newer Certified Pre-Owned Buick vehicles (as of 6/24/13) .

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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