5th Generation (2011—2017) Regal Problems

This generations ranks 13th out of 21 Buick generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (43%), interior (19%), and the electrical (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Brakes Failed to Engage 1 complaints at an average of 4,020 miles in the 2012 Buick Regal.
  2. Timing Chain Issue 5 complaints at an average of 78,970 miles in the 2011 Buick Regal.
  3. Timing Chain Broke 1 complaints at an average of 81,000 miles in the 2012 Buick Regal.

What Regal Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Buick model years.

Watch out for the 2012 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2017 1 0 364 0.4
2016 3 1 530 1.32
2015 3 0 826 1.5
2014 11 2 1047 6.35
2013 6 2 1167 2.65
2012 12 4 1089 12.35
2011 63 4 957 11.23
2010 0 0 76 0.0
2009 0 0 50 0.0

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