2011 + Regal and GS Typical Concerns

jwmuscat

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2012 Buick Regal GS, 6spd manual. white diamond
My 2011 has 56K miles and has been well maintained but is not stock (catless dp, intake manifold spacers, Trifecta tune, lowered, k/n filter, snow shield remove on intake). I just replaced the rear struts for clunking noise. Anybody have to replace the struts this soon? Was it related to lowering the car?

Anybody have the transmission seal at the shifter leak? My mechanic says I need a new gasket. Anybody have oil leaking from the turbo? My mechanic noticed that also. I am out of warranty.
I've had oil leaking from turbo ~50K miles. Replaced under warranty
 

mikeg

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My 2011 has 56K miles and has been well maintained but is not stock (catless dp, intake manifold spacers, Trifecta tune, lowered, k/n filter, snow shield remove on intake). I just replaced the rear struts for clunking noise. Anybody have to replace the struts this soon? Was it related to lowering the car?

Anybody have the transmission seal at the shifter leak? My mechanic says I need a new gasket. Anybody have oil leaking from the turbo? My mechanic noticed that also. I am out of warranty.
I'm wondering if lowering the car by installing Eibach springs caused "premature" failure of the rear struts. If so, you would think the front struts are next.

Apparently, the oil leak in from the turbo seal is common and doesn't require replacement yet.
 

matsurocka

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It’s very very possible. Eibach makes dampners tuned to work with there springs. The problem with factory stuff is they are not engineered to work in the geometry change you made. At factory height they are “softer” with more intial give them get progressively firmer. Lowered cars need them to be firm where they are “soft”
A new set of shocks can go to shit real quick on a lowered car.
 

Heelraiser1

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I'm 40 years old and owned a 91' Mr2 turbo stick, a 90' Eagle Talon TSI AWD stick , a 91' Mustang 5.0 notchback manual, an 85' Mustang GT carburated, a tuned 98' Z28, and I bought my ex wife a brand new loaded Dodge Charger R/T back in 2006. I liked driving my friends 2001 Bimmer 325 I , and my nieces 2006 Volvo S90. But after all these great cars If I had to go out in one it'd be my 13' GS with the suspension turned on and the HK turned up to Audioslave and jamming gears to kingdom come. 😁
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'13 Turbo II (216)

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I had all of these issues and then some with my 2011 Regal RL6. Mostly engine and brake problems. Things got so bad to the point where GM finally replaced my vehicle with a 2013 Regal Turbo III, and gave me $8825 cash back on top of replacing the vehicle. It was a nightmare, but here is the shocking news.....

The Buick dealer, specifically the general manager, where I picked up my new car, stated that he had four 2011 Regals dropped off at their dealership as lemon buybacks in ONE MONTH! I was his 5th, and this has all started to happen recently, not over a long period of time. He told me they were all the 2011 Rüsselsheim built Regals, and the Rüsselsheim models only....none of the Oshawa models, and none of them 2012 or 2013. Even the finance manager at this same dealership turned in his 2011 Regal (Russelsheim) as a lemon. The general manager and finance manager stated that some of the cars had issues from the beginning, and mine was certainly one of them, with problems beginning at 4400 miles, but the bulk of problems were happening between 18,000 and 30,000 miles, and people have been coming in droves to replace their problematic 2011s, even if just for a trade-in/trade-up rather than a lemon buyback.

This is a bit alarming. It would almost seem to me that the 2011s built in Rüsselsheim have some sort of "shelf life" issue going on--good for about 2 years or 30,000 miles. I wonder how much more of this we're going to see. It's really a shame because it's such a beautiful car, and Regals, to me (even the base models), aren't inexpensive.

If you own a 2011 built in Rüsselsheim, or any other model having issues, my advice would be to contact GM right away and have them start a buyback. Granted, they were not easy to work with, and I did have to get an attorney (at no cost to me) to help me negotiate the deal I got, but we should never be tolerant or complacent of all these problems given the top dollar each of us has paid for our Regals. So far, other than the Intellilink system driving me nuts, my 2013 is great and "seems" to have all of the bugs worked out right from the get go. Time will tell, but it looks like the 2011 Rüsselsheim is just infected with glitches and bugs. :-/
Any updates on your '13s reliability?
 
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