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Tour-X: 2018 vs. 2018.5

Rhetoric

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Reviving an oldish thread here... I've noticed that I keep seeing the fake wood look in the center console area of other 2018+ Regals. Mine is piano black everywhere, except for the front door panel areas. Is this a trim level or needle specific item? I couldn't find anything in search other than this thread, being remotely close. I do know the GS has different trim, so not including that one.

What trim did you get? Base, Preferred, or Essence?

My red needle Essence with DC1 + S&S has faux wood.
 

Jack GS

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Yep. You got it right.

There is a third cluster out there as well. An elusive red needle version with different DIC...

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I just came across one of these while browsing cars.com. Totally threw me off when I saw it and then I remembered this post. It has a build date of 06/19/2018 and here's the listing (for as long as it stays up anyway): 2018 Buick Regal TourX Preferred
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I just came across one of these while browsing cars.com. Totally threw me off when I saw it and then I remembered this post. It has a build date of 06/19/2018 and here's the listing (for as long as it stays up anyway): 2018 Buick Regal TourX Preferred

Judging by those pics, it looks like I appear to have the Preferred trim, gloss black center console trim? Kinda glad if so, I'm not a huge fan of the faux wood look.
 

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Regarding the 18 (top) and 18.5 (bottom) gauge clusters, is it possible to swap the guts from one unit to the other? I like the smooth finish of the 18.5 but I have the 18. Are the actual clusters (gauges/digital panel) inside the pods the same dimension?
 

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Regarding the 18 (top) and 18.5 (bottom) gauge clusters, is it possible to swap the guts from one unit to the other? I like the smooth finish of the 18.5 but I have the 18. Are the actual clusters (gauges/digital panel) inside the pods the same dimension?
Sadly, no.
The newer cluster has more info coming from other modules and is unlikely to be backward compatible.
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Skynet

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Sadly, no.
The newer cluster has more info coming from other modules and is unlikely to be backward compatible.
I'm not looking for a complete swap. I just want the shell. Before I purchase a used 18.8+,I wanted to know if the 18 guts will fit in the newer shell.
 

D2R

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I'm not looking for a complete swap. I just want the shell. Before I purchase a used 18.8+,I wanted to know if the 18 guts will fit in the newer shell.
My pal sold his 18, so I can't compare the dimensions and the marker position of the gauges. However, I don't see why it would be different though.
Sorry for not much help.
 

saab93driver

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Regarding the 18 (top) and 18.5 (bottom) gauge clusters, is it possible to swap the guts from one unit to the other? I like the smooth finish of the 18.5 but I have the 18. Are the actual clusters (gauges/digital panel) inside the pods the same dimension?
You might want to just look into changing out the current cluster to a same year GS cluster. It's plug and play when you get it from Whites. You will still have red needles but it's a totally different gauge package and might give you the look you want without having to take chance the other swap won't work. 2014-2020 Uplevel / GS Cluster Upgrade and Retrofit.

You are in, I think, uncharted territory. If you still want to do it maybe you can find someone who has done a swap that is willing to sell you their white needle stock cluster so you can try. Several of us with white needles have made the switch to the GS cluster. I have the one I took out but I'm holding onto it for now - sorry. A guy on FB Buick Regal TourX/Buy Sell group, had one for sale a year ago, never did say if he sold it.

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Skynet

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You might want to just look into changing out the current cluster to a same year GS cluster. It's plug and play when you get it from Whites. You will still have red needles but it's a totally different gauge package and might give you the look you want without having to take chance the other swap won't work. 2014-2020 Uplevel / GS Cluster Upgrade and Retrofit.

You are in, I think, uncharted territory. If you still want to do it maybe you can find someone who has done a swap that is willing to sell you their white needle stock cluster so you can try. Several of us with white needles have made the switch to the GS cluster. I have the one I took out but I'm holding onto it for now - sorry. A guy on FB Buick Regal TourX/Buy Sell group, had one for sale a year ago, never did say if he sold it.

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I thought about this a while ago and I do like the digital cluster, however it's a bit pricey right now. I was looking for a different alternative with the flat face and probably get the GS digital cluster later.
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GoinManta

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Reviving an oldish thread here... I've noticed that I keep seeing the fake wood look in the center console area of other 2018+ Regals. Mine is piano black everywhere, except for the front door panel areas. Is this a trim level or needle specific item? I couldn't find anything in search other than this thread, being remotely close. I do know the GS has different trim, so not including that one.

White needle with the faux wood.. I was wondering if the interiors in euopre were all Piano Black or this wood ? OR was the wood thing ONLY US and "Country Tourer" in europe.
 

PrincipalDan

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White needle with the faux wood.. I was wondering if the interiors in euopre were all Piano Black or this wood ? OR was the wood thing ONLY US and "Country Tourer" in europe.
I'm white needle and I haven't got any faux wood. Just that carbon fiber imitation. I would have loved faux wood -reminds me of the mid 80s when I was growing up.
 
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