Engine And Engine Cooling Problems of Buick Lesabre - part 1

Buick Lesabre owners have reported 51 problems related to engine and engine cooling (under the engine and engine cooling 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.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 1
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

The car was off and parked in our driveway. When the key was put in the ignition and turned on, a large explosion under the hood occurred. The car was immediately turned off and smoke started coming out from under the hood. After opening the hood, saw the engine was on fire so put it out with a fire extinguisher. Really heavy gas smell inside the car today (1 day later).

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 2
Failure Date: 10/24/2017

The vehicle in question is equipped with the 3800 series engine. The vehicle caught on fire while starting the engine. Family member owned a 2003 chevy impala with identical engine which caught on fire while he was driving home for work. Gm settled with them for a recall that was placed on the engine. I believe there is a major design flaw with this engine.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 3
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine cradle was severely corroded and needed to be replaced. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was not included.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 4
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated. In addition, once the vehicle reached the odometer mileage of 99,999, it failed. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 106,000.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 5
Failure Date: 03/16/2017

I went out to start the car to go to work and I heard a backfire, my husband came out wondering what that bang was. Smoke started coming out from the hood. He popped the hood to see what the problem was and flames came shooting out from under the hood. He closed the hood to smother the fire, we had to call the fire department' to put the fire out. The car is a total loss. Now we are without a car. Now what!!!! this car was well maintained and great working order before this happened.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2004 Buick Lesabre 6
Failure Date: 03/14/2017

The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle began to violently vibrate while the oil indicator light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 126,000.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2003 Buick Lesabre 7
Failure Date: 02/02/2016

"defective gaskets fire hazard" oil dripping from valve cover caught fire burning plug wires and 3800 v6 engine shroud'. I had parked the vehicle in my drive. I went inside home for 2 minutes. I came back outside to retrieve a soda when I discovered smoke billowing from under hood. When I released hood latch and raised hood flames shot out driving me to the ground. I quickly got a wash bucket nearby and was able to put out fire. I don't know the extent of damage. I found out that over 1300 gm vehicles have caught fire due to this problem. I reported the incident to Buick and was told a representative would contact me within 24 hours. 2 days pass no call and car sits in drive. I'm lucky I caught it as it could have caused a house fire as well.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 8
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

2002 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle non-accident related engine fires and is concerned. Consumer has previous complaint with different vehicle in artemis.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2000 Buick Lesabre 9
Failure Date: 10/10/2015

As I was driving my Buick Lesabre 2000 my windows lock up on me it was a very hot summer so the electrical windows with no go up and down. The engine is bad. 1490000 miles. Electrical system is problems. The car wiring is loose and can be a dangerous. I tried to pull window down and repair its manually frozen with no power. My seat are uncomfortable with hard iron wire.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 10
Failure Date: 10/07/2015

Beginning about August of 2015 until now, oct 2015, the engine of my Buick le sabre has begun to stop running while driving. When that occurs I lose my power steering and power brakes. Tonight (oct 7, 2015) it happened four times on the way home. I made it home safely fortunately but I will not drive the car again until it is fixed. Last week I had both a mobile mechanic and an auto shop (purcell) look at it and they can not diagnose the problem. They call it an intermittent defect. What I have experienced sounds exactly like the description of the experience of the automobiles that gm has recalled, although my year, make, and model are not on the list that I found on the internet. My experience is so similar that I want my ignition switch replaced by gm before I will drive the car again. Please advise. Thanks.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 11
Failure Date: 04/10/2015

The gas hand said it was full, when I drove off the parking lot. . I didn't get off the road, when the car ran out of gas. Cars blowing horns.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2004 Buick Lesabre 12
Failure Date: 03/07/2015

My 2004 Buick Lesabre keeps losing power while I am driving. This is the 4th incident in 2 months! the vehicle dies and the power steering locks. This is a dangerous situation as I was on hwy 190 and there is major work being done. I was driving over a bridge and their are barriers on both sides of the highway. Each time the incident occurs I get a crank but no start. My vehicle is then towed to a mechanic and I've been told that the crank shaft sensor and ignition module are bad. The sensor has been replaced twice within a weeks time and not three weeks after the module was replaced it is back at the shop today. I have no leverage under texas lemon laws because it is used vehicle and unfortunately I have to put my job before my safety because I have responsibilities. I am in a dangerous situation right now!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 13
Failure Date: 02/16/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle busted into flames without warning. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the intake valve didn't close and it ignited the fuel going into the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 136,000. Djr.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 14
Failure Date: 11/25/2014

My son was driving the 2002 Buick Lesabre from his apartment (less than a mile) and arrived at school (xavier university-cincinnati, OH). He noticed smoke coming from the hood and then smoke started coming in the cabin. He was able to put the vehicle in park and jump out. The fire department had to be called to douse the fire.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 15
Failure Date: 10/14/2014

My check ingine light wont go off and I was told I have mass air flow and now when I start it it misfires,my air conditioning doesnt work and the speedometer is reading crazy.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2005 Buick Lesabre 16
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

2014 car caught fire while driving on city street and had to be totaled by the insurance company.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2003 Buick Lesabre 17
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Well ive already put in one complaint so heres another. . Now I hve to replace another valve cover gasket,,this will b the second one within a yr. . Its dripping all my oil out&actually caught fire. Im scared of the car now. . I was already scared because of the dashboard is falling in or coming apart. . . Yall might not deel its serious,, but I do last time yall wanted me to pay for Buick to look at my car&I feel that is wrong. . I seriously need someone to get in contact with me about this matter. . .

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 18
Failure Date: 08/10/2014

Car went into cruise control on its own and would not dis-engage. Found out that the cruise control cable clip broke. Luckily we were able to stop the car and no one was hurt.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1993 Buick Lesabre 19
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Driving the car normally, and the engine suddenly quits, and with it, so does the power steering. Very dangerous, but I have been able to restart in neutral, luckily. Why??.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2003 Buick Lesabre 20
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

While driving on a 40mph road, the engine spontaneously lost power - the power steering and brakes also ceased to function as a result. The radio and lights were still on. After guiding the stricken car to a safe area, I turned the engine back on and was able to drive as normal. The issue repeated roughly a week later at lower speed while going over a speed-hump in a shopping center parking lot. Note: the issue occurred following the addition of apartment and mail keys to the keyring. I separated the additional keys from the car's key following the second incident. The issue has not repeated since.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 21
Failure Date: 06/25/2014

In approx 2010 my Buick Lesabre had issues starting and would occasionally stop operating during travel. All ignition functions would cease to work. Towed to Buick dealership to resolve and replaced ignition switch. This year a similar action happened where the car would not start. Again at the dealership the ignition switch was replaced. Is this ignition switch issue included in the gm recall?.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2002 Buick Lesabre 22
Failure Date: 03/30/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that upon initial start-up, the vehicle hesitated and appeared to misfire. The contact then suddenly heard a loud pop followed by a massive amount of black smoke coming from under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and the manufacturer were made aware of the failure and declined to provide a remedy to the contact. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,213.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 23
Failure Date: 03/05/2014

Was driving car and it started steering hard drove home approx 35 miles to find the k frame washers had rusted off and the engine was not being support. Has it fixed and same thing happened again going less than 5 mph and steering went out and on inspection the front and lower frame mounts had fallen and car has been parked every since because I can not find parts that are resonibly priced! I was on the interstate doing 70 mph 10 mins prior to the last incident could have been a bad result. Have read about these problems in a forum someone started on google, cant believe there was never a recall!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1994 Buick Lesabre 24
Failure Date: 01/28/2014

While merging onto i95 north my car shut completely off in the middle of moving traffic. I didn't even realize it was off until my little girl asked me to turn the radio back and my speed begin to decrease. It's very difficult to steer such a huge tank like my Lesabre when the power steering gives. It cranks right up after shutting off as if nothing is even wrong, but this has happened always in stop and go traffic. It bothers me because my car is all I have and it's the only transportation that I have for traveling with my little girl.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 25
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

Traveling about 65 - 70 mph I noticed my speedometer went 'wacky', meaning it went down to 0 - 20 mph and back up again to the speed I was traveling. Nothing else happened. The next time, maybe a week to a couple weeks later it did I it again, only I heard the doors unlock and it had died. Since then it has been happening more frequently. I have always been able to start it right back up. I can be out on the highway or in town. I usually put it into neutral, start it and keep going. It has happened as many times as 3 times a day, or it won't die for 3-4 days. I did have one especially dangerous situation with a semi-trailer truck behind me on the highway when the vehicle just died.


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