Gasoline Engine Problems of Buick Lesabre - part 1

Buick Lesabre owners have reported 57 problems related to gasoline engine (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   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 1
Failure Date: 01/15/2007

Throttle valve plate sticking. The gas pedal has to be stepped on hard when you first start up after setting a while. I'm told this is a common problem with the unit uses on many of their vehicles mine is on a 2001 Buick Lesabre with a 3800 engine. Waldecker pontiac, brighton, mi told me this item wasn't covered on the extended warranty I purchased (6yr/100000 mile) I had 94,000 miles on the vehicle but the problem has been around for at least 10000 miles. I now have 101600 I'd like to know why it wasn't a warranted item. This also could be construed a safety item as when you step hard on the pedal the car surges forward slightly. I'm aware of it so I automatically hit the pedal and release.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 2
Failure Date: 10/05/2006

98 Buick Lesabre. 3. 8 driving up hill, down hill, coasting, it doesn't matter. 1 or 2 times a week the engine just dies. Sometimes I can catch it full throttle and it will pick up and run fine. Or throw it in on the fly and restart instantly. New fuel pump and filter usually starts good. Some times I have to stop cranking it after 5 sec 1,2,3 times before it starts. This only happens 1 time every week or two. I can't let anyone else drive the car for fear they will pull out in front of a truck and the car will quit.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 3
Failure Date: 02/08/2004

While driving anti freeze leaked from engine head gasket.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 4
Failure Date: 05/26/2002

While driving at 70mph engine died. Contact dealer who replaced engine, in which a connect rod had broken. Consumer stated that the connect rod broke and destroyed the engine, crankshaft and a/c compressor.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1997 Buick Lesabre 5
Failure Date: 02/15/2002

This 1997 Buick le sabre , in very good condition , exploded with a fireball and sending plastic "shrapnel" and engine cover parts out to a radius of 24 feet. Thank god none of the three people trying to start the car with the hood up were standing over the engine bay. The resulting repairs were $700 and my long time extremely competent group of mechanics were all baffled and could not explain why or how such a thing was even possible on such a system (I. E. Late model fuel injection , starting a cold engine. Referenced in ea02-030.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 6
Failure Date: 02/13/2002

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 7
Failure Date: 01/03/2002

Consumer heard a loud bang and smoke started coming from under the hood, flames were coming from the bottom of the vehicle, experienced engine surging prior to fire, claim 42-1441-081.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Buick Lesabre 8
Failure Date: 01/02/2002

Consumer states that the vehicle will automatically shut off with out any notice. Contacted dealer. Nlm.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 9
Failure Date: 12/29/2001

Consumer started the vehicle and a fire started in the engine compartment, claim 15-3100-237.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 10
Failure Date: 12/29/2001

Consumer started vehicle and the wiring caught on fire, fire started in engine compartment upon starting the vehicle, claim 15-3100-237.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 11
Failure Date: 12/18/2001

While driving, vehicle caught fire under the engine, fire fighter put out fire with a co2 extinguisher, claim 59-v971-469.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 12
Failure Date: 12/18/2001

While driving, vehicle caught fire under the engine, claim 59-v971-469.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 13
Failure Date: 12/10/2001

There was a huge pop, vehicle would not start and started to smoke, consumer opened the hood and it caught on fire on the top of the engine, claim 38-j837-871.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 14
Failure Date: 11/13/2001

Vehicle was driven 4 blocks, while sitting at a red light, consumer could see smoke coming from the hood, then a fire started in the engine compartment, claim 20-5437-956.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 15
Failure Date: 11/13/2001

Vehicle was driven approximately 4 blocks and while sitting at a light, smoke became visible from the hood, then a fire started in the engine compartment, claim 20-5437-956.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 16
Failure Date: 11/09/2001

Consumer stated vehicle had been parked for several days, when the vehicle was finally started the motor cranked slowly as if the battery was low, and then the engine backfired loudly and did not start, fire was detected under the hood, upon examination of the engine, a disclosed failed plastic air intake most likely was the result of the backfire, fire from backfire escaped the ruptured plenum and spread to the rest uf the underhood area and eventually to the passenger area of the vehicle.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 17
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Vehicle caught on fire in driveway, claim 30-v502-462.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 18
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment while sitting in the driveway, claim 30-v502-462.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 19
Failure Date: 10/06/2001

Consumer was in the garage and turned key to vehicle and noticed the engine was on fire, claim 22-v628-103.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 20
Failure Date: 10/06/2001

Consumer turned the key in the ignition and noticed that the engine was on fire, claim 22-v628-103.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 21
Failure Date: 09/26/2001

While consumer was parking vehicle, he could smell something burning, claim 05-4681-265.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 22
Failure Date: 09/26/2001

While parking vehicle, consumer could smell something burning, experienced fire in engine compartment, claim 05-4681-265.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 23
Failure Date: 05/23/2001

Vehicle was sitting in garage when it caught on fire, the majority of the house burned down, there were fire and police reports taken, claim 04-1284-911.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1998 Buick Lesabre 24
Failure Date: 05/23/2001

Vehicle was sitting in garage when it caught on fire in the engine compartment, causing damage to the majority of consumers house, claim 04-1284-911.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Buick Lesabre 25
Failure Date: 04/27/2001

Vehicle experienced fire, possibly started in left front of the engine compartment, claim 36-a176-319.



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