Buick Lucerne - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Buick Lucerne owners have reported a total of 987 problems for their cars built in the
6 model years
listed in the chart below.
The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Buick Lucerne.
The 2006 Buick Lucerne cars have the most problems reported (363 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Buick Lucerne

The following chart shows the 23 most common problems for Buick Lucerne cars.
The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system
(290 problems).
The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (81 problems).

Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Buick Lucerne of an older model year to newer model years
since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems.
In order to compare the reliability across Lucerne model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the
problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year.
A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Buick Lucerne model year;
S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Lucerne Model Years

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Buick Lucerne
is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year