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2011 Buick Regal repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (2%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 146 repairs.

2011 Buick Regal repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (60%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 5 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2011 Buick Regal

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Buick Regal in Alabama, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Nov 2014

43000 mi
elec. system was intermittently shutting off & then coming on again (like a short) while driving -- dash lights, radio & even headlights. Dealer thought it had repaired car 4 weeks earlier, but then it happened again. 

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2011 Buick Regal 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Buick Regal in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2011 - Oct 2014
Oct 2012

11960 mi
Center console creaks and groans 
May 2013

16100 mi
Rear brake pads experienced separation; replaced under warranty Center console creaks and groans. The dealer eventually agreed to replace the console after I complained to GM Customer Service but that one also creaked exactly the same way after a couple of days use. Apparently it was a design flaw. 
Aug 2013

17940 mi
Rotors out of round and warped; machined to fix problem. 
Feb 2014

21700 mi
Car diagnosed with misfire. Dealer replaced sparkplugs, reset codes; problem repaired. 
Buick Regal in New York, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2014
Dec 2013

11000 mi
Drivers side heated seat element changed under warranty. Would shut off less than 30 seconds. This was done while I waited for it at Dealer. 
Jan 2014

11300 mi
Turbo charger had to be replaced under warranty. Metal vibrating noise noticed under load- only during accelerating. I had to drive the auto technician around to diagnose it. 3 days in dealer service. 11800 miles. 
Feb 2014

11700 mi
Engine light on for 2 days. OnStar diagnostics- emission system out of specs. Get car serviced. Engine idling rough. Wants to stall.Does not accelerate correctly. 
Buick Regal in Indiana, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

23000 mi
Replaced both seat heaters 
Buick Regal in Maryland, United States
May 2014 - Jan 2016
Jun 2014

46000 mi
Rotor out of round 
Jul 2015

50000 mi

US $500
warped rotors 
Jan 2016

55000 mi
Camshaft Actuator Sensor was replaced under warranty. 
Buick Regal in Ohio, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2014
Aug 2012

11000 mi
Tail lamp fogged with water 
Feb 2014

26300 mi
cam sensor replaced 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2012

26380 mi
Squealing noise when first put into gear with AC on. Assumed it was the belt 
Nov 2013

49600 mi
Noise coming from engine while idiling. Pulsating when breaking at highway speeds. 
Jan 2014

52440 mi
Previous noise while idling was the water pump and not the steering pump. 
Jul 2015

90560 mi

C $158
Made squealing noise with AC while idling in drive. 
Dec 2015

99820 mi

C $900
Squeaky and pulsating 
Buick Regal in New York, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2013
Jan 2013

39000 mi
Sagging head liner over rear window. Fixed under warranty, used epoxy and a magnet to secure it. Buick released a service bulletin for it. 
Buick Regal in Ohio, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2015
Apr 2013

10300 mi
An air duct end cap fell out. Repaired under warranty. 
Aug 2013

11500 mi
Drivers rear Window came off track, would not close. 
Oct 2013

12700 mi
Drivers Seat heater replacement 
Aug 2015

26000 mi
Had to replace rear rotors, warranty repair. 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Dec 2015
May 2013

18600 mi
Return line to turbo charger was dripping oil on a driveway. Minor leak not affecting engine oil level after 10,000 km. 
Nov 2013

24800 mi
Driver's seat heating element failed, replaced under warranty 
Apr 2014

29300 mi
Engine light was on, Intake Cam valve actuator replaced under powertrain warranty. 
Sep 2014

32860 mi
Pedal sensor failure,gear shifter and electric parking brake were not able to disengage. Repaired same day under OEM warranty. 
Nov 2014

35920 mi
Heating element on driver's seat failed, heating would not work and it would turn off automatically after one minute. 
Buick Regal in Arkansas, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2013

42000 mi
Replaced timing chain. Also belt tensioner. 
Buick Regal in Kansas, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2013
Mar 2013

19000 mi
Rattle in headliner 
Buick Regal in Georgia, United States
Mar 2012 - Jul 2014
May 2012

12000 mi
They had to replace serpentine belt and it still makes lots of noise when turning air conditioning on. 
Jul 2014

46000 mi
Belt tensioner very loud chirp squeal when turning a/c on. 
Buick Regal in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2014
Sep 2013

33000 mi

US $300
Drivers side seat heater needed to replaced. It would turn off after a minute or so. Dealer suggested new front rotors as they were starting to warp. Seat heater was covered under warranty. 
Aug 2014

39000 mi
When a/c was on and car was idle there would be a screeching belt noise coming from under the hood. When a/c was off noise would stop. Every time car was turned off the navigation clock would reset to incorrect time. 
Buick Regal in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

25000 mi
Misfire reported, dealer cleaned the fuel injectors but couldn't replicate Nav computer wouldn't save settings. A software update fixed the issue. 
Buick Regal in Michigan, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2014
Jun 2013

70000 mi

US $100
Service Transmission June 16, 2013 replace "Transmission Control Module". June 24, 2013 dealer clear codes in "DTCS" history. June 27, 2013 dealer service center found technical service bulletin #PI0442 Document ID: 2629205. 
Jul 2013

72500 mi

US $100
Replace Belt Tensioner and Serpentine Belt 
Dec 2013

84000 mi
Oil filter cap. 
Buick Regal in Georgia, United States
Jun 2011 - Feb 2014
Jul 2012

14000 mi
Rug on the floor became loose and protruded above door trim at the bottom of the drivers door. Trim was removed and the rug secured to the body. Trim was replaced. 
Aug 2013

22000 mi
Right rear door handle would stay out and allowed rainwater to enter the body of the door. Handle was replaced under warranty and I have not had a problem with it since. 
Dec 2013

25000 mi
Car's clock would not update to reflect the change of DST. Dealer had to search for a software update and install it before the clock would work correctly. This was the third time I went to the dealer for a repair. 
Buick Regal in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2015
May 2015

40500 mi
Infotainment screen would periodically go blank with radio, nav, and telephone inoperable. 
Aug 2015

46000 mi
Warped rotors have caused pulsating brakes since I bought the car 
Buick Regal in Arizona, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

39000 mi
Third time replacing the belt tensioner. 
Buick Regal in Indiana, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2015
Sep 2011

2000 mi
"Haze" on exterior chrome trim around windows. Trim replaced. 
Mar 2012

10000 mi
Chirping sound when A/C turned on, intermittent. It did not make the noise at the dealer's. 
Aug 2012

18500 mi
Intermittent chirping sound while A/C on and car in Drive, that dealer had not been able to duplicate on a previous visit. When it happened again I was near the dealer and took it in. They replaced a belt and a tensioning arm. 
Feb 2014

43000 mi
Driver's seat heater turns on very briefly, then turns itself off without heating seat. They diagnosed and had to order a part, still waiting. 
Mar 2014

44000 mi
parts came in a few days later to repair driver's seat heater, brought car back and problem fixed. Took 'em 2 days though. 
Aug 2014

51000 mi
Driver's power seatback adjustment switch stopped working. Dealer said seatback motor died, had to order the part. They let me keep the no-charge rental the whole time, so the 5-day wait was not a problem. 
Buick Regal in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

25000 mi
Belt needed adjustment 
Buick Regal in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2015

26220 mi
rattling in the turbo system 
Buick Regal in New York, United States
Aug 2011 - Feb 2012
Feb 2011

50 mi
dealer replaced catalytic converter with new 
Sep 2011

5213 mi
dealear replaced leaky fuel line to fuel rail 
Feb 2012

9000 mi
driver heated seat failed 
Buick Regal in New Jersey, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2014
Nov 2011

11000 mi
Dealer replaced the drivers seat heating element. Warranty work. 
Jun 2014

26000 mi
Replaced brake pedal assembly - brake pedal would hang and keep brakes engaged 
Buick Regal in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2011 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014

35700 mi
Air Bypass Valve Vacuum Tank had a leak. Dealer replaced it on warranty. 
Buick Regal in Ohio, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2013
Mar 2012

4000 mi
Passenger seat seatbelt anchor trim was disconnected. Technician was able to properly attach and snap into place in 10 minutes. Trim rattle now gone. 
Buick Regal in Texas, United States
Feb 2011 - Feb 2014
Apr 2012

23000 mi
Drivers heated seat feature quit working. 
Jan 2013

35300 mi
The engine has a very rough idle but very rarely. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. 
Jun 2013

43000 mi
Plastic inner liner rubbing on tire. 

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2011 Buick Regal 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Oct 2012
Jan 2012

1620 mi
door handles were sticking when I picked up this car new. Three new door handles were ordered, painted, and replaced. The driver door handle was fine and did not need replacing. 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Feb 2014

23560 mi
Passenger side rear turn signal burnt out. Virtually inaccessible to the consumer. Would have normally done this myself but had to take it into the dealer. Warranty. 
Jun 2014

28520 mi
Right rear turn signal light bulb burned out. It is difficult to replace any of the rear bulbs on the 2011 Regal, so I needed to take it in to the dealership, where they did the work under warranty. Low oil warning on central console kept appearing, but a check of the dipstick revealed normal level. Rear driver side door arm rest kept catching on the exterior door frame. Door alignment adjusted by dealer. 
Aug 2014

29760 mi
Gear shift linkage had to be replaced because the reverse gear lock out mechanism was not latching (i.e. could put car into reverse without pressing the latch button). NB: 6-speed manual transmission. Under hood liner was coming off the hood. Dealer replaced line with new one that was attached more securely. 
Feb 2015

32240 mi

C $50
Glove box would not remain latched shut 
Aug 2015

39700 mi
Could not disengage parking brake easily. Brake sensor home position needed recalibration. Under warranty 

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2011 Buick Regal 4dr Sedan

182-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Buick Regal in Michigan, United States
Jul 2013 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

43000 mi
Interior required replacement of door handle chrome and replacement of LT seat bottom finish molding 
Feb 2014

49000 mi
Timing belt was replaced. 
Mar 2015

72000 mi
The car would not advance past the 1st gear. Also, the car could not go in reverse. The transmission was totally rebuilt. The warranty costs to GM were between $4000 to $5000. 
Buick Regal in Minnesota, United States
May 2015 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

73000 mi

US $400
trunk lid would not open. Dealer aligned the trunk lid and replaced the trunk touch pad.  Glove box rattle. New rubber plugs were ordered and installed in glove box. Not related to problem, dealer flushed the transmission fluid. 
Buick Regal in Iowa, United States
Jul 2013 - Oct 2014
Mar 2014

52000 mi
Car was idling rough. Also it had killed earlier in the week. Dealer cleaned throttle body and injector cleaner and advised better gas. 
Jul 2014

58000 mi
Timing chain broke and bent all the valves. Car is currently being serviced, as this just happened. Turned out cylinder head had an oblong bolt hole that the belt tensioner bolted in to. Over time the bolt finally snapped, taking out the timing chain and valves. All new head, valves, water pump, tensioner. 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2014 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

51460 mi
Engine light came on. Would not go away. Took it to dealer. They replaced timing belt and fuel pump. It was a recall repair so no cost to me. 
Dec 2014

57040 mi
car was stalling, engine light came on, took it in, they replaced the exhaught cam shaft sensor, under warranty 
Mar 2015

58900 mi

C $130
car stalling and shuttering while driving and coming to to a stop. dealer called and said i needed an oil change because low on oil sensors not getting proper communication. I did not know that the Regal does not have a low oil sensor! 
Jul 2015

65960 mi
rebuilt the engine due to broken piston. Oil level was down 3 litres in 5000k's. So the stalling originally the problem was due to piston problem caused by low oil level. 
Buick Regal in North Carolina, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2015
Jul 2014

48700 mi
Water was leaking into the trunk from the left rear tail light mount. The dealer replaced a missing rubber grommet. They had much difficulty in obtaining the correct part. 
Buick Regal in Kansas, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2015
Nov 2012

30000 mi
Driver foot well trim loose, headliner loose by sunroof, LED pass fr door loose, radio randomly changes input. All but radio addressed, could not replicate radio problem 
Apr 2013

39000 mi
headliner loose by sunroof, Radio STILL randomly changes input. Replaced USB port. 
Sep 2013

48000 mi
Trans was acting like it was slipping, and very, very hard shifting. Hard downshift, too. Dealer unable to replicate problem. No repair made 
Aug 2014

68000 mi
We had noticed a loud rattle @ cold start for some time, they could not find prior. However, today they said the hydraulic tensioner for the timing chain was bad and the chain & tensioner need replaced. Also may have caused internal damage. 
Oct 2014

70500 mi
Solenoid valve and TCM Replacement. Car would get stuck in gear and would slam if it did shift. Threw engine svc code. Solenoid valve was stuck in on position. 
Buick Regal in New York, United States
Nov 2010 - Apr 2012
Oct 2011

16300 mi
cam shaft lifter plates replaced 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011 Car only had 358kms. Car stalled after start within 30 seconds. Intake cam phaser, actuator and solenoid needed to be replaced. 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

1240 mi
Noise on cold or warm engine start up. Dealer able to replicate noise and parts were ordered and changed. Actuator was changed to address the problem. USB jack was not working. When audio media was plugged in all that could be heard was static. Dealer had to replace USB connector. 
Buick Regal in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
Jun 2011

10540 mi
PAINT CHIPPING OFF FRONT BUMPER, GM REMOVED AND REPAINTED 
Mar 2012

24800 mi
Rotors needed to be turned 
Buick Regal in North Dakota, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

1000 mi
Factory forgot to install mechanism to lock gas cap lid. Dealer installed one. 
Buick Regal in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2011 - Aug 2014
Apr 2011

8680 mi
Rattle in rear lens. Fix by adjustment.  
Mar 2013

27900 mi
Replace automatic light sensor. Replace the electric element for the left front seat.  
Jun 2014

39680 mi
The motor icon is on for time to time 
Buick Regal in Missouri, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2014
Dec 2011

7000 mi
Driver's heated seat failed. Dealer did not have parts and they are on order. Still waiting for repairs to be completed. 
Jan 2012

8000 mi
Replaced seat heater element in driver seat. 
Sep 2014

17000 mi
Fuel injection module failed. Replaced module. Also performed a recall update to computer. 
Buick Regal in Indiana, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2012
Jan 2012

17300 mi
Drive seat heater element replacement 
Buick Regal in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2011 - Jan 2014
Dec 2012

29000 mi
driver seat heater not working, new heating element installed 
Buick Regal in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2013
Nov 2010

2300 mi
Seal on back rear tail light was temporarily replaced, ordered a new one that will be here in a few weeks. When driving with the car silent, a rattling noise could be heard from the back of the car. 
May 2011

8000 mi
iPod interface needed replacement because there is static after an hour of use. Driver's side heat seater overheats, to the point where it burns, when placed on the highest setting. This problem developed on its own, as the high setting worked fine during the beginning of ownership with the car. 
Buick Regal in Illinois, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2015
Oct 2012

7000 mi
A slight creak in the driver's side door when the body flexed. Rattle noise on drivebelt side of the engine. The drivebelt idler arm pulley was replaced. 
Apr 2013

11500 mi
On warm engine, a metallic sound was heard around the drivebelt area. Dealer could not replicate sound. 
May 2013

12000 mi
On warm engine, a metallic sound was present in the accessory drivebelt area. Timing chain, balance shaft chain and tensioners replaced. A metallic squeak is heard in the B pillar. Dealer found a clip making noise. 
Jun 2013

12000 mi
A metallic creak sound was diagnosed in the B pillar. A possible factory weld issue was identified as the culprit and insulation was added to the wall and cavity. The problem has been solved. 
May 2014

22000 mi
The engine was making a ticking noise on start up. It was diagnosed as a piece of the timing gear broke off and lodged itself in the engine where it could not be removed. The engine was replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2014

27000 mi
Driver's side seat heater was shorting out. 
Dec 2014

28000 mi
Power steering input pipe fitting was leaking. 
Oct 2015

38000 mi
At fuel fill up, just before the gas station pump shuts off, there is a thump heard in or near the fuel tank. 
Buick Regal in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2011 - May 2013
May 2012

8700 mi
Replaced worn rotors 
Buick Regal in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2015
Jun 2012

8000 mi
car would stall, dealer replaced the cam actuator sensor car would stall, dealer replaced the cam actuator sensor 
Nov 2012

11000 mi
Seat heater element failed 
Dec 2012

12000 mi
Battery would not hold a charge 
Nov 2014

26000 mi
Passenger seat heater not working 
Buick Regal in Illinois, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2013

32000 mi
Replaced Balance Chain Tensioner, fuel pump, and crank seal 
Jul 2014

46000 mi
Replaced radio to fix clock error and radio presets error. Rear mounted trunk lid switch (under emblem) was not working. Dealer replaced with new switch. 
Oct 2014

50300 mi
Repair driver heated seat relay. 

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