The Buick Regal GS is a great value for the money. Way sportier than most people would give it credit. You will shock many car owners (including 5.0 Mustang GTs). Recommend a used GS for a young adult looking to buy their first car. Very reliable (mine has 147,000 miles and still going strong) and the supercharged engine makes it a joy to drive. Turn traction control off and you will light up the front tires. Even though
it will go 0-60 in 6.7 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 14 seconds stock it's 4 door body will fly under most cop's attention. The Insurance is rediculously cheap...think about who usually drives a Buick. Take one for a test drive...you will be surprised! It should be easy to find a babied buick that has yet seen its potential.
After four months of ownership, I still love this car. I was looking for a daily commuter car that's fun to drive, yet won't have horrible gas mileage. The little turbo engine is surprisingly quick, plus it has a manual transmission (the real kind with three pedals!). The factory suspension setting better than most sedans, but in the "GS" mode, handling is fantastic. I plan to do some auto-cross racing in the spring.
I usually don't haul kids, but I can comfortably fit my three kids in the back seat (ages 10, 8, 5) when needed. However, I doubt there would be room for three kids if one was in a car seat.
2004 Buick Regal LS
2004 Buick RegalJim - Carmel, Indiana12/31/2007
Very nice ride with touring suspension and traction control. Very comfortable car. Great leather seats. Power is there but not super quick off the line. Gas milesage is not quite at ratings of 20 and 30. More like 18 and 28. For the price, hard to beat.