My Father-In-Law rebuilds cars, so when Hubby and I announced that I was pregnant the first thing FIL did was hunt for a suitable car for me (My beloved Ford Probe not being an acceptable "family car"). When told I was getting a Buick my first thought was, "A Buick? Those are cars for old folks." I couldn't have been more wrong.
Now, I'm not very car-smart and things like "high-end tourque", "differentials," and all those other terms mean pretty much diddly-squat to me. What I do understand is "power," "comfort," and "dependablity."
My Regal has those things in spades. Whenever I ask it to preform, it does. Accelerating, passing, you name it this dependable car will do it. It will easily hit 75mph by the end of an on-ramp, has power to spare for passing at any speed, and has often blown the unsuspecting competition out of the water at traffic lights, allowing me to at least pretend I'm cool.
This car's a comfy ride too. Because it's fairly heavy it handles Michigan's deplorable road conditions rather well. Pot-holes, gravel, general bumpiness, this car sticks to the road without me feeling like my brains are going to come rattling out of my ear at any second. The seats are cushy, everything is within easy reach (cup holders, switches, buttons, adjustment controls, etc), as far as the ride goes I have no complaints.
The stereo is pretty dang good too. Mostly I listen to alternative stuff turned up way too loud, and I'm happy to say I have yet to blow out a speaker or hear any distortion of the music. Best thing about the sound system to me is that all the important controls are on the steering wheel so I don't have to take my eyes off the road while taking a curve at 80mph.
The interior is spacious with plenty of room for almost anything, as is the trunk. My 6 foot tall brother can ride in the back seat without whinning that his knees are being crushed, and at 9 months pregnant I had room to spare in the driver's seat (even the seat belt still fit at that point in time). Onlu problem with the car's interior is that there's no way to open the trunk while you're in the car...No big deal if you have the keyless entry thinger on you, but a bit of a pain in the bum if you've forgotten something that's in the trunk and you don't have the keyless entry thinger on you.
Finally, this is one dependable little car. It's given me no problems other than needing to have it's brake pads and windshield wipers replaced. Heck, it even ran into a deer and came out of that match a winner with nothing more than a cracked bumper and some dings and dents (not someting that would have happened in a Geo).
All in all I'm very happy with my car.
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1997Model and Options:
Buick Regal LS, Automatic, Symphony Sound, Power everything