"I've had this car for 5 yrs and put only 25k miles on it. Best feature is the power, especially from 30-45 mph when accelerating to pass. It's pretty good from start, but won't beat any sports car. This power is due to the axle ratio of close to 3:1 than to the 3.8L V6 @170 HP. I know because I've driven comparable weight car with 200HP 3.OL V6 DOHC and 3.7:1 axle ratio that doesn't approach the Regal's power. I like the styling, but if you're tall, you'd like an inch or two more headroom. Cup holders are poorly spaced, at least most forward one, interferes w/the shifter in low gear. A few things give it poor economy and reliability marks. The alternator is undersized for what the car needs, resulting in a reliable need to replace it after failure every 18-24 months. That's the worst. The flush door handles are poorly constructed, with a weak inner latch that, after 12 years is likely to break, causing you to have to open the car from the other door and reach over to open the broken-latch door from the inside. Costs $300 to repair from dealer. And, on my car, the horn went out, & because the actuator is a complex panel that costs more than $500 to replace, I had my mechanic wire a separate button to the console for $50 instead. Detroit insures a trip down the drain w/engineering failures like the horn, door latch, and alternator. Also, infrequently used passenger-side window motor replaced, which at 22,000 mi. was way out of line to have happen, but vehicle was out of time warranty, so no recourse for a fair no-cost fix. Very comfortable seats."
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