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Buick LeSabre

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  • sonet1sonet1 Posts: 7
    The day I left the dealer and was traveling down the road I rolled the power window down and then tried to roll it back up but it would not stay in the window track leaving a big gap at the top. Had to drive back to dealer and wasted the rest of the day waiting to get that fixed. I should have seen right away that this vehicle was a lemon but I thought surely old GM wouldn't send out a vehicle from the factory that would cause me problems. Well I sure learned a lesson!!
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,703
    these stories are awfully hard to believe.

    My LeSabre, 2003, Limited, has been great. It get 32 or so on highway interstate driving. It's roomy. It hasn't leaked. It doesn't rattle. It has tires that the dealer rebalanced with force balancing and drive great. Michelins, with chrome wheels. Leather interior in soft, pleasant two-tone mauve.

    Like the arm rest with cup holders on the bench seat. No center console to bump my leg against. I just sprawl out and enjoy the drive.

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  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    I'd guess the steering column may need to be tightened and greased.
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  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    All those LeSabre problem stories are typical problems on this car. Unfortunate that they all seem to happen on the same car. The manifold has been a well-discussed problem; the water leak too. And the window regulators are junk. It just seems some vehicles are cursed while others are not (different days, different shifts, different batches of parts at the assembly plant?).
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    If it happens when stepping on the brake, I'd have them check the brake calipers. I had this same problem on an '85 Camaro, went away after a brake job.
  • gabtechgabtech Posts: 2
    First of all, I would like to congratulate all of this board's members for their information. I am considering buying a 03 LeSabre, Custom, with 24,000 miles. It is a GM certified car. I have been reading the postings as back as page 22. I have read about vibration, flooding, and some electrical issues. Should I purchase it, get an extended warranty, is it a good buy ($13,995), how can I make sure that all the TSBs (59) been done? Is there any real advantage of it having a GM certification on it? I have test driven it and do feel a vibration at 65 mph. Could it be the tires or something else? Also, I tried pressing the recirc button on the A/C and it would not light up. Is this a cause for concern? I am excited about this car, but I am scared because I've been going through hell with my KIA Optima 2001. I always get a Check Engine light every three weeks and have to drive to the dealer 30 miles away, and the window regulators go out every six months. I would like to the replace the KIA with the Le Sabre. I thank-you in advance for any help you can provide.
  • Sounds like there might be some issues with that car. The price doesn't seem too bad but why even consider a car that isn't perfect? Be especially leery of the air cond problem. That control head (the buttons you push for the different funtions..air cond, vent ,heat etc) is VERY expensive to replace, and it can work and not work for periods of time till it finally goes totally bad so check it closely.
    Oh and warranties and being a certified car sound comforting when buying car but remember they only as good as dealer behind them. Good luck
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,703
    If the car has 15inch wheels and standard tires, the cyclic tire vibration is not as likely a factor. That's a 16 inch item.

    The air conditioning should go into recirculate mode within 45 seconds or so when the recirculate button is pushed. Turn the blower up to 4 or 5 in normal mode, then push the button. If the light doesn't come on, it probably is not getting a connection from that button through the "data link" and the unit is probably not working right. If dealer wants to sell the car, have them replace the unit with a new one and check the guarantee that it covers this for another failure later. Lots of warrantees have holes in them you can drive atruck through -- like the block that cracked is not covered because warranty covers only lubricated parts...

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,703
    If the car has 15inch wheels and standard tires, the cyclic tire vibration is not as likely a factor. That's a 16 inch item.

    The air conditioning should go into recirculate mode within 45 seconds or so when the recirculate button is pushed. Turn the blower up to 4 or 5 in normal mode, then push the button. If the light doesn't come on, it probably is not getting a connection from that button through the "data link" and the unit is probably not working right. If dealer wants to sell the car, have them replace the unit with a new one and check the guarantee that it covers this for another failure later. Lots of warrantees have holes in them you can drive atruck through -- like the block that cracked is not covered because warranty covers only lubricated parts...
    Unless this is a Buick dealer with a good reputation, I'd look for another car...

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  • gabtechgabtech Posts: 2
    Thanks for the advice, I don't have any experience with this dealership. I have just verified that the tires on it are 16" General. I am just waiting to see what it would cost to insure it. I will bring the vibration and the A/C issues to their attention if I decide to go with it. Any tips on bringing the car down in price because of these two issues, or at least a break on the GM service contract? Because of my very bad credit, I will have my wife finance it, but she is 24 and I am 25. I am just hoping she will get a break with the insurance company because she is a female nurse and the car is a four door, not sporty, model.
  • gweilogweilo Posts: 118
    My Dad has(I believe) a '01 LeSabre. it has around 25k miles. He has a shimmying that dealers say is due to bad tires, supposedly due to infrequent rotation. He suspects alignment etc. Even if tires weren't rotated enough, seems premature to me. Any thoughts?
    He also had an issue iwth brakes making a nsaty ABS noise under normal circumstances. Typical?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,703
    No. Take it to a Dealer who has the Road Force Balancer by Hunter 9700. That will test each tire/wheel combination for unequal crush under load.

    It's possible the rear tires have worn from not being rotated at 6-8000. My 93, and 98 LeSabres both tend to do that. I find keeping high air pressure in the rears makes them more likely to wear that way. Lower pressure makes them more compliant.

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  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    Can you enlighten me on the difference in the 15 and 16 inch tires on the Lesabre(reference the vibration problem)? I am not doubting you but where does your information come from?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,703
    That was what I understood from the service manager at my dealer when we first went about checking my tire/wheel combinations.

    The 225s that I have are wider than the standard tire. The tires should have about the same rolling diameter; so I would think the height of the tire for 15 inch rims is taller. The larger rim means less height for the tire itself and less room for flex.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,703
    Antilock noise;

    Check that the tires are all at the same pressure and check that all tires are the SAME size and brand. A difference in rolling size can cause the antilock brake to kick in. It thinks one tire is locking up because it's rolling more slowly.
    Had friends on 2000 LeSabre where a damaged tire was replace with a different size by Cincinnati tire store, 205 instead of 215 maybe. When going down driveway and putting on brakes, antilocks kicked in.

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  • I tried, with the help of a friend who works on trucks all day, to replace my aging serpentine belt. Unfortunately, it's unclear to me how excactly the belt is to be removed, since the engine mount is in the way. Any suggestions would be helpful, as my mechanically-inclined friend was almost ready to consider pulling the studs that help bolt the engine to the engine mount bracket (probably not the solution). Anyone who has done this on this model, I'd appreciate the input.
  • My LeSabre intermittently throws the 0171 code (I'm pretty sure that's it), indicating that it's running lean, which I've been told can be traced to the O2 Sensor. This car happens to have two, however, and no one seems too sure of which one it might be, if any. The light usually comes on cold mornings before the engine has warmed up, and will stay on usually until I start the car again later that day or the next. The light then stays off for weeks on end at times. Also, my car runs its best when the air is damp or humid, for some reason (definitely more responsive). My highway mileage is awesome, but local I'm suffering (15 mpg or so). I've read that O2 sensors can really put a wrench in local mileage. Is this true? Anyone with any knowledge, please weigh in on this. Also, how hard are the O2 Sensors in this car to remove and replace? I like to do these things myself when possible.
  • Post #940 is also in regards to my '97 LeSabre.
  • Hey, Stan13--Bet you got tired of waiting for me back in June '02 to tell you more about the MBQuart speakers I had installed in the used '00 LeSabre Limited I'd just bought (had 30K miles). Sorry! I assume the info is no longer of use. Will be happy to give info if anybody's still interested.

    Now have 65K on this '00 Limited. Great road mileage (30-31), my wife loves the dual power front seats. Ride improved hugely when the original eqpt 15" Generals wore out and I replaced them with 88K-warranty Michelin XRadials.
    I'd get another LeSabre Limited with dual power seats without a second thought.

    BUT I did have concerns immediately with a slightly harsh, stuttery upshift from the cruising gear (about 1750 rpms) to the next lowest gear about 2300 rpms. Had to punch the gas harder than I should have to get the next upshift (to just under 3K rpms). The prob has become slowly but steadily worse, and is especially bad when I'm at about 45 or 50 mph and head up a very slight incline. The tranny immediately bucks and slurs. Have to hit the gas fairly hard to get a clean upshift to either of the two higher gears. I'd love to keep this car until it has about 120K on it. But the tranny is scaring me right now.

    Any thoughts? Anybody else dealt with this? What will repairs cost? Am I looking at a major tranny overhaul?

    Again, apologies to Stan13 about sound.

    Giants515
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