Buick Lesabre owners have reported 40 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Buick Lesabre based on all problems reported for the Lesabre.
Battery went down when clock left on because ignition was loose or faulty. So now I make sure clock is off when I shut it down. Car started up fine - drove it 6 miles - came back out to start it after an hour and nothing-no sound nothing-about 20 minutes later I tried it again and it started right up. There has been a grinding sound n cassette player with no cassette in it at one time. Dash lights lit up while driving so automatically thought there is short in dash board. Second time I put key in and nothing happened-no sound-nothing, when it finally decided to start this time I took to auto zone. First they said battery, but battery is pretty new, then another man said alternator. Got alternator from shop that rebuilds alternators and they don't think it is alternator. Rear defroster doesn't work and for some reason I think short or problem could be here, but not sure. I've driven it many times with dash lights on, knowing that nothing is wrong with car. Oil is good, cooling good, transmission good. It has to be an electrical problem. Alternator belt is not loose. Todate, the problem has not been fixed. I even thought it was key, so got second key and tried it - not the key.
See all problems of the 1999 Buick Lesabre .
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. While driving 50 mph, the engine lost power during acceleration and the battery and security warning lights illuminated. The vehicle restarted and the gears had to be changed before the vehicle resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the battery and alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the key needed to be reprogrammed. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. The VIN was not available.
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2001 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to defective tires. According to the invoice, the power steering pump and alternator drive belt were replaced.
See all problems of the 2001 Buick Lesabre .
Battery would not hold charge. Had a new computer put in. Did not help. Had a new alternator installed. Did not help. Car caught on fire after about a year of trying to find the cause. Fire marshall said the fuse box shorted and caught the insulation on fire which burned the fuel line into. Car is no longer a problem. Totally gone. Fire was so intense it melted the engine.
I have replaced all 4 window regulators twice. I have done research, and it appears many have the same issue. Buick claims to sell "luxury" this is far from luxury and is unsafe! driving 65mph and the windows just go down. . . . Then won't go back up! my car had to sit outside with both back windows down!.
Rear window regulator have malfunctioned for 3rd time in both rear windows. Oil leaking from valve/heads causing smoke under hood. Door controls shorted out,and electrical problems causing doors to lock and unlock without cause and switching from driver1 to driver2 and back while driving.
The windows of this car are undependable. In case of accident defective motors regulators do not work. All four windows are a problem. This is a safety issue as you would not be able to exit by a window if need be. This is a problem with many of the Buick Lesabre 2001. Buick manufacturing will not admit that there is a problem with their windows. Buick states that the cars are past warranty and therefore will not do any thing about it. I include these two sites as evidence to this fact and how wide spread this problem is. . Read more...
This is regarding recent replacement of both rear window regulators. Research has proven that many complaints have been filed over the years with no recall. I would hope for financial help, $1000 to cover the cost of repairs, as the minimum response; and also, I hope for a recall to help the many others who have suffered great financial costs and safety. I have been directed by my father, [xxx], original and present owner of this 2002 Buick, to help him be a responsible consumer/customer. My father of 88 years still believes in american made cars, especially in gm. He has been watching, like many americans, for a "come back" in the auto industry, especially the correction of problems that clearly has a large documentation of complaints as this one. I hope you will be able to honor his faithfulness in perhaps a small financial way, and perhaps even in a greater way through a recall. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
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I was driving on the highway a few days before December 3, 2011, and I heard a loud "pop" sound from the back seat of my car. On the 3rd, I was driving along and started hearing the sound of an open window in the back seat. I tried to close the back-right window with the power window control on the driver's door, but it didn't move the window (I heard the motor running, though). I then parked the car and got out to try to pull/push the window shut, but it would not stay all the way up. It had started with just an inch or so being open, but eventually it slid down so it was only about halfway up. . Read more...
Rear window does not work, motor is good, switches are good, regulator is good. What gm is telling me is that the door module has lost its program and I need to go to them to reset this at a cost of $125. They don't know why it could have lost the program, but it is quite popular. Just come in and spend money and it "might" work again. R u kidding? otherwise after the $125 I will have to pay $250 for a new module and they will be kind enough to reset the new one for free. . . . After a $375 plus tax payment!.
Both front and rear passenger windows failed to go up after put in the down position. Had to replace both widow regulator's at a cost of 450. 00. Only 60,732 miles on the car.
Rear door window right came down and will not go back up. Cable broke. Replaced regulator, rear dow window right bower r&r. Part 15231244 under extended warranty. If I had not purchased an extended warranty, this would have come out of my pocket. This is the fourth time they have replace parts for various windows in this car. Another window is having intermittent problems the dealer could not duplicate, so it will problably go too. This is happening too often and an internet search show many Lesabre owners are having similar problems multiple times.
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled while idling and eventually failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer five or six times because it would not start. Once a year, for the last three years, the battery and alternator were replaced. Currently, the vehicle will not start and the dealership determined the battery and alternator need to be replaced again.
When the vehicle was purchased, the left rear window regulator was not working. The previous owner said she had a mechanic "fix" it so it would not fall down, as dealer wanted $500. She also said she had replaced the right passenger window regulator. Since I have had it (about a year), the right rear regulator has quit. I also paid a mechanic to "fix" it so it wouldn't fall down. We do not use the back seat. This is a major problem with Lesabres through 4-5 years, yet Buick/gm refuses to issue a recall, only a sb on how to repair it.
#1 drivers side door window will not go down. Replaced drivers side front window regulator. Part 15231241. #2 driver's rear window will not work properly. Window regulator cable broken, replace regulator. Part 15231245.
The driver's side window intermittantly stopped working and the motor was replaced while the vehicle was still under warranty. Now the rear right side passenger window stopped working one day after it had been rolled down. It was looked at by the Buick dealer, and I was told it would cost well over $500. 00 to fix the window regulator and motor. I asked them at the time if there was a recall on the window motors, since I had already had to have one motor replaced, I was told no. I have since had to pull the window up manually, and tape it so it does not fall down. (not a pretty site). I feel this is a problem and am afraid it will happen to another window and will be forced also to fix that one at a hefty price. I believe there should be a recall on the window motor mechanisms.
After taking the vehicle to dealer for a recall repairs, vehicle was cutting off, and the check engine light was on. Vehicle idled roughly. Consumer told mechanic that this problem did not exist prior to bringing it in for the recall repairs, and was told that it would go away on its own. The vehicle transmission failed .
See all problems of the 1998 Buick Lesabre .
Failures: replace faulty general tires. Replace fuel pump 26000 miles. Eplace intake mainifold, eplace coil and spark plug wires at 52000 miles. Replace window regulators (4x's), replace transmission 63000 miles. Replace wheel bearing 74000 mi driven gently by a little school teacher - what a hunk of junk.
While driving vehicle stalled. Driver tried to restart the vehicle and was unable to do so. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that battery and alternator needed to be replaced and mechanic replaced them. However, the problem recurred.
The dash board buckled. Passenger window regulator broke drivers window regulator broke rear passenger window regulator broke rear drivers side window regulator broke passenger window regulator broke-again light button stuck on.
When left passenger side power window was let down consumer heard a cracking noise. The plastic window regulator broke. Dealership replaced the part. Also, dealer informed consumer that this was a common problem with this part, but they were still replacing it with the same part. The same defect also occurred on the right passenger's window. The outside temp sensor failed and as a result the indicator read the incorrect temperature.
Volt light came on while driving. Also, "check charge system" notice was displayed. Car began to stall. Just made it to nearest gm (chevy) dealer barlow Chevrolet inc rt 130 & fairview st,delran, NJ 08075. Had to wait 3 hours while new alternator/generator was located and installed.
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The wiring that controls all the electronics; air bags, battery, instruments, alternator, and lights failed while driving on a highway at 55 miles per hour between two large 18-wheeled trucks. It is just by the grace of god that the truck driver in front pressed his brake lights because he saw I was having trouble with the car which enabled me to manuever and pull to the shoulder of the road. I feel this vehicle is unsafe and should be taken off the road. I am prepared to travel to washington, DC or detroit or anywhere to make sure that my rights and the safety of the driving public is not jeopardized.
Since buying the car it has been in the shop more than out, have had problems traveling out of town ruined two trips. The window wipers were disconnected, alternator out, transmission out, dash rattles, motor under drivers seat is loose, and the air conditioner makes a high whine. The seat, and dash and transmission have been looked at three times and still not fixed. The car shifts hard into gear after replacing the transmission which took two times to the shop to fix. The tire light kept coming on during one of the out of town trips even though it was checked repeatedly.