Went to Seattle / Vancouver BC this past weekend.
National Car Rental Reservation : Large Car.
Drove it Thursday to Monday. 677 Miles driven.
Impala was the first choice. I asked about upgrading to Park Avenue, it
was $99 a day. The Large car was $55 a day, but I was getting it for
$29 a day. I got a good travel agent.
Tell the counter guy I'll take the Impala if you got one - Berry Red or
Fills out the paper work, then we go downstairs to the pick up area at
HF - Got a reservation for a Large car, hopefully Impala.
Clerk - Or first available.
HF ( Pointing to the stalls )- I see two Impala's over there.
Clerk - Those are reserved.
HF - Well...... maybe one is RESERVED for ME !
Clerk - We got a Rendezvous ready now.
HF - I don't want a Rendezvous, we want a " car " with a trunk.
Clerk - You'll have to wait then.
So we wait a few minutes, Looking over at the Impala I notice its the
base model with the 3400 V6.
MMmmm some nice Devilles in the next row - oh wait those are $99 a day.
After about 6 minutes we see amber DRL parking lights approach the
booth, car dripping wet, 04 Buick Regal LS - hey that has a 3800 V6 ! I
hope we get that.
Clerk - We got a Regal ready.
HF - I'll take it, its faster than the Impala's you got sitting over
Silver / Graphite Interior, Power everything, Auto Climate Control, AM-
FM -CD. Leather seats, no lumbar adjust thank god.
Ride & handling was good, Although hard to tell on Interstate 5 around
Seattle area - due to poor quality pavement that made the tires roar
like a lion. I would hate to live there & have to drive that road
Didn't bother with checking the gas mileage for this car.
Drove in both wet & dry conditions. V6 had 205 Horsepower / 230 Torque
Acceleration was good. Better than the 1991 3800. Loads of legroom up
front. Headroom was fine, but a higher seat setting and your head would
brush the door frame opening but cleared the headliner still.
The radio sound was decent - I didn't bring any CD's. I programmed the
Volume speed control to OFF.
Visibility - Front & Rear was good.
Exterior Power Mirrors - Big, Good rearward vision. Interior mirror had
reading lights on the bottom which were very bright.
Good trunk space, flat floor & deep. Fold down rear seat. Non intrusive
trunk lid hinges.
Wet Arm Wipers ( Washer Jets on the wiper arm ) really flooded the
A green " Cruise " light, lights up on the dashboard when the desired
speed is set.
You know me, there ARE some grievances ---------~~>>>>
Intrusive footwell for drivers left foot at the far left side of
floorboard. Toes also hit lower dash trim.
The Auto Climate Control, while it worked just fine, setting it while in
motion was risky. You have to push a paddle button for the Blower
Setting, the Temperature setting and the Air Flow setting ( where the
air comes out from ). etc. 10 different buttons in all.
Plus while pushing the buttons you have to watch the digital settings /
bar graph readings to see that you got the settings you want.
Here we go with the Power Driver Seat again - Unfortunately it was a
back killer for me. It would of been a super comfortable seat if only
the side bolsters on the backrest were 2 to 3 inches further out. There
were pressing to hard against my sides. The seat cushion was great, firm
support. The tennis racquet style headrests--- well lets use them as
tennis racquet and not headrests, they were useless.
DRL's & Automatic Headlights --- GRrrrrr. At night - you had to turn the
headlight switch dimmer down to " MIN " every time you got out of the
car. This way, when you hit the Lock button on the Remote Keyless Fob
the headlights and tailights would go out immediately. If you left the
switch set near or on " MAX " the exterior lights would stay on for a
loooong time. When you would start up again at night you would have to
then turn the headlight switch dimmer up to MAX again so the gauge
cluster could be seen again..
Wiper delay --- When turned to the delay cycle position the wipers would
make the jerky single sweep at a unusual high rate of speed.
With the floorshift & center console there is no room to put anything.
The storage armrest was good, but there was no room to set a map or road
atlas anywhere. The door panel pockets were too small. One AAA book
filled it. It was too narrow for sun glasses. The flip out cup holder in
the console was ready to flip your cup out on turns & hard stops. The
bottom of the front seats had plastic trim right down to the carpet
making it difficult to tuck things down next to the seats.
There is no P R N D L1 L2 indicator on the console trim plate for the
Its a digital read out on the dash.
The console armrest for leaning on & holding the wheel with the right
hand was way too low and too far back. The storage area under the flip
up ashtray door, although it was deep - you had to reach way in to
retrieve anything behind the ashtray. In doing so it looked like you
were elbow deep in a barracuda's mouth. And forget about visually seeing
anything you had in there.
The Climate Control unit is to low in dashboard.
No Climate Control buttons on the steering wheel hub - only radio
Fog Lights - Who lit those candles? Not to bright.
Elbow OFF Door Sills - Impossible to rest your left arm on top of the
door sill with the window up.
Visors are to small.
Kilometer numbers on speedometer very small to read.
While in Vancouver Canada I didn't see any Canadian Tire Stores or Ian,
our GM Mechanic.
04 Buick Regal LS - another car I can cross off my To Buy List.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
3800 V6 ( C ), Black/Slate Grey
~~~The Former Fleet ~~~
89 Cavalier Z 24 convertible
78 Holiday 88 coupe
68 LeSabre convertible
73 Impala sedan