2012 Buick Regal GS

For years, I often wondered when Ford and General Motors would see the light and realize that some of their European offerings would work well here in the US market. Not only would a strategy such as this save development costs but it would be a boon for enthusiasts not enamored by the usual condominium-sized SUVs and rental fleet mid-sized sedans which are the bread and butter of US manufacturers. With the restructuring of GM and demise of Saturn, Buick was the de facto brand to foist Opels on the North American scene, albeit rebadged as Buicks. The first example of this was the resurrection of the Regal nameplate, a rebadged Opel Insignia. I’ve driven the 2.4 liter version with a 6 speed automatic and have to say, I came away impressed. It drove a bit like a slightly more refined Volkswagen Passat. It was by no means underpowered and you can tell this wasn’t your typical American car, as its German heritage shined through in both fit and finish and ride quality. Now Buick has introduced a hot version of the Regal for 2012, the GS. After laying eyes on this car at the Washington, DC Auto Show, I was impressed. While we are not getting the turbocharged, all-wheel drive V6 version of the Opel Insignia OPC, the GS packs a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine good for 270 horsepower, albeit without all-wheel drive. Also included in the package is an available 6 speed manual transmission, Brembo brake calipers and a tuned suspension package.

2012 Buick Regal GS on eBay

This 2012 Buick Regal GS is in absolutely perfect condition and nearly new, showing less than 500 miles on the odometer (It will be driven between now and the end of the auction). There is no body damage and no mechanical faults that we are aware of. The original owners manual, window sticker, and all other documents from the original sale will be included in the sale. Original MSRP – $38,490.00

Below is a list of factory equipment followed by options

Factory Equipment:

5 YR / 100,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty
4 YR / 50,000 Mile Bumper to Bumper Warranty
2.0L HO Turbo Ecotech DOHC 4-Cylinder w/ VVT
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Interactive Drive Control System w/ Sport & GS Modes
Hiper Strut Front Suspension
Antilock Brake System, 4 Wheel Disc
Brembo Front Brakes
Stabilitrack-Stability Control System w/ Traction Control
Airbags
Daytime Running Lamps
Rear Child Seat Anchors
Rear DR Locks, Child Security
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Regal GS Bodywork
Wheels 19” Alloy
Power Dual Heated Mirrors
HID Headlamps
Regal GS Interior
Power Outlets (2) 12V
8-Way Adj. Driver Seat; 4 Way Lumbar
8-Way Adj. Passenger Seat; 4 Way Lumbar
Dual Climate A/C
Air Filtration System
Bluetooth
Cruise Control
Front Heated Seats
Carpeted Mats
Driver Information Center
Leather Wrap Steering Wheel
Passive Entry; Push Start
Power Windows & Locks
Rear Park Assist
Remote Keyless Entry
Steering Column; Tilt & Telescopic
Steering Wheel Controls
Universal Garage Door Opener
AM/FM/XM Stereo CD Player
USB Port
Premium 9-Speaker System
Front Parking Assist

Options

AM/FM/Stereo w/ CD & MP3 Playback + NAVIGATION w/7” Color Touch Screen
Power Sunroof
20” Polished Alloy Wheels
Carbon Black Metallic
All Weather Mats (Front & Rear)

Modifications:

Tinted Glass (5% sides and rear; 35% on windshield)

I’m glad to see this seller isn’t price gouging like some people do with recently introduced models. I think black works well and gives the GS a more sinister look when combined with the polished 19” wheels. While it may be front wheel drive, if I was in the market for an entry level luxury sedan, I would choose this over a C class, 3 series or Acura TL, simply because you don’t see as many of these on the road and frankly, the styling is more cohesive than any of the aforementioned choices. There is one problem with the Buick Regal GS, other than the lack of rear or all-wheel drive. The Cadillac ATS will be on sale this summer and available with the same 270 horsepower four cylinder engine and choice of 6 speed manual or automatic driving the rear wheels or all four wheels. Plus the styling is even better in my opinion than the Regal. Still, I can’t help but applaud Buick for offering such a cool car. Ten years ago, I would have never guessed their product lineup would have been transformed this much.

-Paul

2011 Opel Insignia

Even though it’s a brand of which most Americans are unaware, Opel has had a long history in the United States. First being sold under their own badge through Buick dealers in the 1960s and 1970s, Cadillac tried their hand at rebadging the Opel Omega as their compact executive entry, the Catera. While the Catera was a huge improvement over Cadillac’s last attempt at a small car, the Cimarron, fewer than 100,000 were produced during its lifespan from 1997 through 2001.

Saturn was the next division to grab the Opel torch, offering the L series, followed by the Aura, midsized sedans based on the Opel Vectra chassis. It also offered rebadged versions of the GT (Sky) and Astra, before the divisions untimely demise in 2010. Now Opel products have found their way back stateside by Buick dealers yet again, as the Regal has returned, this time a rebadged Insignia, which was the Vectra’s replacement.

I’ve always wondered how hard it would be to simply rebadge the Regal back to its Opel roots. Apparently some industrious owner went ahead and answered that question outside of Chicago, offering up the remainder of their lease on a 2011 Regal (Insignia).

2011 Opel Insignia on eBay

The owner is going back to Europe, and no longer needs it. Very unique car -over $15,000 invested, including suspension and wheels.

The car gets endless attention, as it is the only one like it in America. Winning bidder must have good credit and is responsible for arranging swap thru ALLY. Lease transfer can be done only after this auction is paid for in full. This car has everything including Bluetooth, XM, DVD player, etc. Gets 30MPG on regural unleaded. Payment $440/month with $14k buyout in 08/14.

I’ve driven the new Regal with the 2.4 non turbo engine and the 6 speed automatic, which is what powers this car. I was impressed by how refined it was for a four cylinder, having plenty of pickup off the line and being geared well to deal with most traffic situations. You could instantly tell you were in a German car from the minute you climbed behind the wheel, and it had a feeling of quality about it that kind of split the middle between a Volkswagen and a Mercedes.

The lease payment for this particular vehicle seems on the high side, so I’d question what the original purchase price of this car was originally. Still, if you just have to have an Opel stateside, you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to a new car. I guess it just matters if you can deal with driving a car with a Buick badge on it or not. If not, there are plenty of lease deals on 3 series BMWs and C class Mercedes-Benzes that undercut $440 a month.

-Paul