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Automatic Transmission Problems of Buick Lesabre



Buick Lesabre owners have reported 37 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Buick Lesabre 1
Failure Date: 12/18/2009

I was driving back home from a friends house and had the car parked in my drive way and it was left running and it was in park then I went out to leave and the car was running for about 3 min sitting there and I put it into reverse and it would not move no matter what so I tried all the gears it wouldn't work so I shut off the car let it sit for about 5 min and started it up then put it into reverse again and it did then I drove about 50-100 ft and it felt like it was slipping and then just the other day I went out to start it and it was still in park and it sounds like a powersteering pump with no fluid and it sounds like a big nest of bees and I checked the fluid level and the fluid was burnt and there was debris in the fluid so the car don't work. So my family had to go buy a new car when we are broke and now I have no way to get to work. There was nothing done to resolve the failure yet im going to go buy a new transmission.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Buick Lesabre 2
Failure Date: 07/08/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. While driving between 45-50 mph, the vehicle shook excessively. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent transmission shop and the technician stated that the failure was contributed to the inner wear in the transmission. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 84,892 and current mileage was 86,000. Updated 8/28/09 updated 09/09/jb.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 3
Failure Date: 12/29/2007

I was in my driveway and put the shift in reverse, but it did not stay there. Instead it went back to drive and the accelerator was stuck on my 1997 Buick Lesabre traveled about 4 feet at high speed and struck a small tree. My insurance company totaled the car. My insurance premium went up for an accident that was not my fault. Can you give me the web site of a similar car and year in an accident in 2003 in California? thank you, nikolaos (nick) caravasos.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Buick Lesabre 4
Failure Date: 06/01/2007

Failure of transmission mount.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 5
Failure Date: 01/10/2007

-the contact stated that while driving his 2002 Buick le sabre (failure mileage: 60000) at 25 mph the vehicle began to hesitate. When applying the accelerator the vehicle hesitates and didn't seem to increase speed. Updated 02/16/07.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Buick Lesabre 6
Failure Date: 11/20/2006

At approximately 24,000 miles I started feeling a harder than normal shift between second and third gears. By the time the odometer reached 26,000 miles the shift was somewhat severe with a pause between second and third. I took the car to the local dealer who supposedly installed some type of "kit" which did not eliminate but greatly reduced the problem. I now have 37,000 miles on the car and the problem is getting progressively worse once again as well as hard shifting between first and second and sometimes when I shift from drive to reverse while the car is not moving. I have not returned to the dealer because I am now 1000 miles over the warranty and the first time I took it in the dealer told me the repair would take one day and kept it nine days. I emailed Buick with a complaint but got no reply.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Buick Lesabre 7
Failure Date: 01/14/2006

: the contact stated while pulling out from a stop sign or stop light, going 10-15 mph, the vehicle would not immediately accelerate. The vehicle eventually accelerated; sometimes taking 15-30 seconds and up to five minutes. The vehicle has been to the dealership five times. The dealership ran diagnostic tests and the tests failed to show any codes to indicate a problem. Updated 08/28/06.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Buick Lesabre 8
Failure Date: 08/06/2005

Consumer stopped on an incline waiting on a traffic light and discovered when removing foot off the brakes vehicle rolled back. Consumer put vehicle in first and second gears and it still rolled back. This only occurred on inclines. Had not been to dealer, no repairs were done. . Called dealer service department, and they said there was nothing they could do. Consumer used onstar and the diagnostic module and they found that nothing was wrong with the engine, and instructed consumer to call dealership. Had not contacted manufacturer.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 9
Failure Date: 12/22/2004

On my 2001 Buick Lesabre, the transmission went out. Since we had an extended warranty, they are replacing it with a used transmission, which is a concern since I do not know how many miles it will have on it. In any event, I do not think a transmission should go out at 50,000 miles, and since it had other problems which caused it to end up at the dealership, I am concerned taking it any distance. The reason I purchased a Buick was reliability, but it has been the most unreliable car I have owned (I am 53), and I have never had a transmission go out and have owned cars since I was 18.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 10
Failure Date: 11/24/2004

Left windshield wiper failed during a strorm, increasing the risk of a crash. Informed dealer that wiring would have to be replaced. The 25704865 arm, where it connects to the transmission motor shaft stripped the threads. This part was replaced, not the wiring.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 11
Failure Date: 09/10/2004

I took my 1999 Buick Lesabre to the local Buick dealer, hancock Buick-columbia,s. C. For recall work that you listed. My car was perfect before they did the recall work and after they did the recalls my car jumped and skipped between 32 mph and 38 mph. They kept my car for two weeks and when I got it back on oct. 11 they made me pay $282. 00 to get my car. General motors have not helped me. They did the recall work you ordered, made mistakes and charge me for the mistakes they made. I would appreciate any help you could give me. My VIN #1g4hr52k6xh431566 and my gm file # 1-257816624, I told general motors that the dealer I bought my car from would verify that my car was fine before they worked on it. Thank you very much.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 12
Failure Date: 06/24/2004

While driving, the consumer noticed the vehicle would not gain any speed when the accelerator was applied. The vehicle would jerk into gear or perform erratically. Please provide details.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 13
Failure Date: 03/12/2004

A fire ignited from under the hood and vehicle exploded. Vehicle was parked and turned off when the explosion occurred. The fire was caused by a ruptured intake manifold. The vehicle had not been started the two days prior to the fire. When the consumer turned the key in the ignition she heard a loud explosion which was followed by smoke a flame coming from under the hood. The vehicle transmission shifted hard and shuttered when in overdrive. The dealer replaced the converter assembly, valve body, pressure control and reprogrammed the power train controller.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 14
Failure Date: 03/08/2004

My 2002 Buick Lesabre is in the shop at this moment getting a very expensive repair due to the failure of the intake system due to the use of the recommended fluids. An internet search showed me that there have been thousands of these complaints and Buick refuse to do anything about it. What can I do, what have you done, and why hasn't a class action suit been started to rectify this abominable situation? thank you. Dr. Gerald m. Levitt.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Buick Lesabre 15
Failure Date: 01/15/2004

While the vehicle was in park and running, the vehicle shifted to drive without warning and pinned the consumer between the house and the vehicle. The consumer suffered minor back injuries.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Buick Lesabre 16
Failure Date: 08/15/2003

The vehicle will slow down and stop. The power steering tightens up and it just stopped. . The panel will light up and the vehicle will die . This vehicle has been to the dealers three times. The first time dealer said nothing was wrong. Contacted gm then, and gm told dealer what to do. They did diagnostic testing and no codes were found. This started happening on August 15, 2003.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 17
Failure Date: 05/09/2003

I have a 2002 Buick lasabre, with 49000 miles on it. The transmission has gone bad on it, the tie rods are wore out and now, the rotors have rusted and are falling apart.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 18
Failure Date: 03/28/2003

The transmission was replaced at 7000 miles, and again at 26,000 miles. . . . .

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 19
Failure Date: 01/19/2003

2/9/2001 purchased Buick Lesabre 1/19/2003 transmission shifted itself from reverse to drive when exiting owners garage. 34,000 miles on car 1/27/2003 advised by Buick dealer that transmission had been replaced with a new transmission. Returned to owner at this time. 1/28/2003 "new" transmission self destructed at 25 mph. Buick dealer advised that a foreign object had caused damage. 1/31/2003 car with third transmission returned this date. We're seriously concerned about driving this vehicle given these circumstances.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 20
Failure Date: 08/29/2002

Various Buick dealers have been unsuccessful in correcting the problem. Dt.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Buick Lesabre 21
Failure Date: 10/15/2001

There is resistance and a momentary delay when shifting. The vehicle has been taken to dealer several times. The vehicle has been at the dealer since January and the dealer can not duplicate the problem. Consumer states that a mount was replaced, however there is still a bang when shifting from park to drive, drive to reverse and park to reverse.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 22
Failure Date: 02/19/2001

When accelerating vehicle will have a harsh downshift, causing vehicle not to go into second gear, but go back into first gear. Contacted dealer. Cannot fix problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 23
Failure Date: 10/15/2000

Vehicle would experience a rollback after releasing brake pedal on a incline. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that nothing was wrong with vehicle. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Buick Lesabre 24
Failure Date: 07/18/2000

While driving on the highway vehicle completely shut off. Consumer was able to start up but only for the vehicle to turn off again. This occurred on 3 different occasions on the same day. There were no prior warnings to vehicle shutdown. Dealership could not duplicate any problems or remedies to defect.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 25
Failure Date: 06/15/2000

Transmission bangs as it shifts gears.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 26
Failure Date: 05/10/2000

Initially when put into reverse the transmission will not shift. The consumer has to shift the vehicle several times before it will go into reverse.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 27
Failure Date: 05/02/2000

Rental car: NHTSA recall 99v08900 and manufacturer's recall 99011. Stopped at a stop sign in a parking lot, turned the vehicle off, consumer got out, and left wife in the passenger side. Vehicle had rolled down the hill. Transmission shift lever was in the reverse position.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 28
Failure Date: 04/01/2000

While driving on highway noticed vehicle was surging up and down on its own. Took it to a local mechanic they found out that vehicle indeed surged, replaced control valve body assembly. Also had to have transmission rebuilt at owner's cost.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 29
Failure Date: 03/22/2000

99 v 089 000/fmvss 102/transmission: vehicle experience a sudden surge while at a total stop on a incline waiting on exiting traffic to move; the surge causes the vehicle to hit another vehicle bumper a 1987 Volkswagen gti. Dealer/mfr contacted.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 30
Failure Date: 12/01/1999

When turning the steering wheel the wheel appears to click or knock. This begam shortly after I had the vehicle in to have the transmission repaired as it was shuddering after stopping and starting. I contacted the service people at the boise larry miller Buick place, where I had transmission fixed. I was told it was not serious and they would check it when I brought it in for service. But it concerns me, and I need to know if it is serious.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 31
Failure Date: 06/21/1999

Vehicle experienced failure of the recall component prior to repair (99v-089) which resulted in vehicle nott shifting out of park and rolling into mail box. Mjs.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 32
Failure Date: 06/02/1999

Never complete failure, but transmissions surge,d, and more dangerously, apparently slipped into neutral randomly with no warning.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 33

Buick dealer said there was a recall on this vehicle for transmission. But consumer needed to contact manufacturer to send recall notice. Manufacturer stated that dealer should mail the recall notice. No one ever mailed consumer the recall notice. Consumer contacted dealer and Buick customer service 6 times. The dealer is midpoint Buick, 17801 virgil goode highway, po box 887 rocky mount, va 24151 540-483-5860.