- Jan 1, 2013
- America's Dairyland
I guess I'm old enough at 47... After getting my kicks in a â€˜17 GTI for the last year and a bit, I decided to get back to a little more comfort and room. As may know, Buick has had a hard time selling the Regal TourX because of lack of interest in wagons and poor promotions. Most of them in the marketplace are 20-25% off and there are many â€˜18's still on the lots. It has a 2.0T engine left over from SAAB matched to a 8-spd Aisin transmission. I talked to 3 techs at the dealership and none of them remember working on them for issues over the last 2 years. My progression of cars over the past ~10 years has been: 2017 VW GTI SE 6Mâ€”fun fun fun and just enough room for the stuff I haul. I found myself being s hooligan on the twisty roads and kind of being a dick. I went fast in the curves and reasonable on straights. 53k miles and 4 trips to the dealer made me worry about out of warranty repair costs. 2017 Mazda6. Great car with a beautiful interior but needed a little more oomph, hence the GTI. Gas and oil changes kept it happy. 2014 Honda Accord Sport CVT. Great car but the seat was bad. Gas and oil. Got the Mazda for a song It went bye-bye. 2012 Honda Accord. Good price but big, floaty and boring. Beige interior stained easily. Owned for 8 months. Gas and oil. 2004 Buick Rainier. I'm not a truck guy and this thing was thirsty, got as part of the divorce. 155k miles when traded. 2005 MINI Cooper S. A go-cart with similar cargo capacity. 6spd Aisin sapped a lot of fun. Ex-still DD's it. I worked with a rural dealer who let me take a test drive without even asking if I had a drivers license. Very easy-going and honest. I worked with the owner directly and got a great deal on a â€˜19 Regal TourX Essence without a sunroof and without the extra safety package. I wanted LED lights and Bose. Ended up in my driveway this afternoon with 99 miles on the odometer. Much more comfortable than the GTI and just sporty enough. I took the backroads home to vary the revs and manually shifted frequently to take care of the break-in. After a few more miles and heat cycles I'll do a proper load from low to high RPM's to get the rings seated. Still not sure I'll change the oil before or at 5k, which will be my normal interval(7.5k recommendation). My stash is pretty good with leftover 502.00 oil from the VW. Since this is made in Germany by PSA, the 5w-40 and 0w-40 oil I have will get used in it along with some Dexos. Opel and Vauxhall manuals say this grade is fine. Probably stick with a PF64 due to the high bypass requirement and they're dirt cheap. The cargo space is massive, I think it's as much as the Rainier. But it handles like a car and has a Haldex AWD system. I didn't think I would buy another GM product and I feel like I sort of didn't. Opel is now owned by PSA and makes the car in Germany under license.