Buick Regal owners have reported 9 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).
When backing out of a dark area (such as a garage) into bright light, or when leaving a dark tunnel into bright light, the backup display or forward navigation display become unusable due to contrast ("washout") issues. The system in the Buick is a single sensor system (it also controls the automatic head lights) that requires 20-30 seconds to adjust contrast after a transition from dark to light. This 20-30 second delay is critical when backing up because you lose the view offered by the review camera unless you stop while the system adjusts. There are many situations where you can't stop backing (especially for 30 seconds) once you have started. The "washout" of the display when using the navigation map is also a potential safety issue. If trying to follow the map/directions when exiting a tunnel (the tunnel is dark enough to require the auto headlights to turn on) you lose the ability to see the map for 20-30 seconds while the system adjusts to the change in lighting. At the very least this causes a distraction for the driver trying to follow the map. Buick touts the backup camera and the big navigation display as vehicle safety aids, but the implementation is flawed and a danger to the driver or others.
Vehicle was left unattended securely in our home garage. Upon seeing vehicle in the morning we noticed the sunroof was shattered. There was no falling debris to have caused this, no abnormal weather conditions, and no one around the vehicle the entire time. Vehicle was taken to dealer who refused warranty repair. Upon further investigation the 2015 model year Buick Regals have a recall for this exact issue but not the 2014s.
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Vehicle was left unattended securely in our home garage. Upon seeing vehicle in the morning we notice the sunroof was shattered. There was no falling debris to have caused this. Upon further inspection the 2015 model year Buick Regals have a recall for this exact issue but not the 2014s.
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15v701000 (engine) and 00099v356 (visibility); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.
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Back-up lights - visibility lighted by back-up lights is terrible. The back-up lights are very dim and directed upwards instead of back onto the pavement as they should be. The stop lights actually give more light than the back-up lights. The first month I had the vehicle I had several near misses because I could not see the vehicles in back of me. I can actually see better shining a flashlight behind me than I can to see with the back-up lights. I took the car to the dealership requesting brighter bulbs to be installed insstead of the ones that are in there, and the dealer shop manager told me that they could not do it because the space inside the back-up lights would not allow enough ventilation. After inspection, she agreed that they were dim but that it looked like it was a "design flaw". The hole in the body made for the back-up lights is too small. General motors need to correct this before somebody either gets run over or ran into and someone is seriously injured. If they cannot correct the defect then they need to be forced to install sensors to detect something or someone behind you. I complained to general motors customer service and they they said that they spoke to the dealership in decatur, IL where I took it, and that they said the lights were operating as designed. Really? they were designed to be too dim? they refused to fix the problem. They also said if I added an additional back-up light that it would void the warranty. This is a catch-22 situation that is destined for a bad collision or worse and somebody is injured or killed. Several times I almost ran into another car because there was not enough light to see them. The brake lights actually gave more light then the back-up lights. Each several times I was backing up in a parking area and there was a car right behind me. Luckily my wife looked out the window to help me.
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Bought the vehicle on 2/28/2015 from rick hendrick Buick GMC in duluth GA. Around the beginning of June 2015 my air vent on the drive side was coming out of the dashboard. I took my vehicle to the dealer on 06/10/2015. They said they had to order a new one. I took the car back to the dealer on 6/13/2015 to get the vent replaced. Since then there has been a very strong ordor(smell) coming from the vents. It smells like a strong finger nail polish. Sometimes the smell gets way to strong and I have to roll the windows down. The smell happens at random times, at different places, and it only lasts for about 20 seconds each time it happens. Sometimes it happens multiple times while driving to work or long distances. I took my car to the dealer on 8/8/2015 and they looked under the car, cabin filter and for leaks. They took the vehicle for a 10 minute max test drive and could not duplicate the smell. I called the gm Buick executive office at 866-636-2273 on 8/11/2015 at 5:44pm and filed a complaint about the smell. They stated I would get a call from the customer service manager at the dealer within 2 business days. On 8/19/2015 at 5:31pm and was told I had to speak with my case worker, was transferred to a voice mail, and left a voice mail. I still to this date have not received a phone call. Also the defroster is not working on my car. I have turned it up to 78 degrees on full blast and had to keep it on during my entire trip to work just to keep the frost from forming on my windshield and blocking my view, which could cause me to crash. It happens on a regular basis either in the morning or at night. All my cars I have owned have never had this issue; where I have to keep the defroster running during an entire 30 minute drive.
From the purchase of our 2013 Buick Regal in the spring of 2014 (vehicle was a new leftover), we experienced condensation building on the outside (bottom portion) of the windshield. We would use the defroster but that did not clear the build up. We turned off the recirculation and tried all settings to no satisfaction. Normally on clear and less humid days there was no condensation build up. However when the day was humid and a higher dew point, the build up would present itself. We normally used the windshield wipers to clear the window for visibility, but at times the entire windshield will fog up quickly and almost completely. This presents a very dangerous situation in traffic being that we have found it difficult to deal with the problem while driving (being that at times it covers the windshield quickly). Throughout the winter months of 2014 through 2015, we seldom drove this vehicle and used our trailblazer for driving. Thus we did not experience too much of a problem during that time. However this year we will be relying on the 2013 Buick Regal throughout the winter and are very concerned with the condensation buildup problem. As stated there are times when the windshield quickly fogs up.
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I have experienced multiple wiper failures with wipers stopping in upright position in drivers view.
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It was pouring down rain yesterday. I was driving to work, with my windshield wipers on as usual. Out of nowhere, my left windshield wiper stop working and I lost visual of the road. It was so dangerous, almost had an accident. I couldn't go to work because of the problem. I stop my car nearby until it stop raining. My safety was at risk.
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|Power Window problems||
|Windshield Wiper/washer problems||
|Exterior Rearview Mirror problems||
|Interior Rearview Mirror problems||
|Side/rear Glass problems||
|Rearview Mirror problems||
|Window Regulator Failed problems||