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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2005 Buick LaCrosse (Page 1 of 3)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,888 miles

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2005 Buick LaCrosse electrical problems

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2005 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

Oct 152014

LaCrosse

  • 132,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving various speeds, the headlamps failed to illuminate. The check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle lost power and stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the battery was replaced; however, the failure recurred. In addition, the battery wire connector caught on fire after the battery was replaced. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #57

Mar 012016

LaCrosse

  • 179,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact had to wait approximately 3 to 7 minutes before the vehicle could be restarted and driven. The vehicle was only able to be driven for short amounts of time before it would stall again without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle's main computer was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,000....updated 06/30/16

- Lasayette, LA, USA

problem #56

Nov 152015

LaCrosse

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000. Updated 06/15/16

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #55

Mar 232016

LaCrosse

  • 111,400 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

March 2016 drove car over local highway to local mall and parked. Returned to car after shopping to head home and car would not start. Appeared to be dead. Called towing company. When they opened the hood to attempt to jump start, noticed horrible burning smell and tow driver pointed out that wires appeared burned and shared that something was very wrong. Towed car to own repair shop. It was found that the fuse box in the engine was completed fried along with the attached wiring affecting the computers, etc. Suggested call to insurance company as would cost thousands of dollars to fix and even then no guarantee it would work properly again. Insurance company declared car total loss and would not pay as it came under the 'mechanical failure' clause. Upon further investigation found that there is a recall 14V755 that displays only when searching by VIN. The recall still displays that 'remedy not yet available'. also found entries in safercar.gov of same situation happening to others with the engine catching fire. Never received notice of this recall. Unaware of this recall, was having an issue with the lights not working properly 8/2015 and had own repair shop replace this module on 8/2015 which corrected the problem. Car in overall excellent condition and now rendered useless.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

problem #54

Mar 292016

LaCrosse

  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle lost power and the steering wheel locked without warning. The contact slowed down, stopped, and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who performed an ignition switch recall repair on the vehicle. The dealer did not do anything and stated that the recall was for the key and not the ignition. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact back to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 153,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #53

Mar 172016

LaCrosse

  • 153,043 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred only when driving over a bump in the road. In addition, the ignition switch failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the ignition key was replaced, but the ignition switch was not replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 153,043.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #52

Nov 252014

LaCrosse

  • 134,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the headlight became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 134,000. The VIN was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #51

Oct 122015

LaCrosse

  • miles
The contact owned a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While making a left turn at an unknown speed, the vehicle lost power and the brakes failed. The contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were sustained. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the contact's residence. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #50

Nov 262014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • miles
S10- direct reply- letter to the secretary from constituent regarding assistance with a safety recall of a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The consumer stated the air bag light would come on and then go off. The dealer stated it would cost $150 to replace the air bag module for the driver and passenger side. Also, the vehicle stalled slightly when driving up a short hill. There was a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The dealer concluded the fender was rubbing on the tire when turning left and they simply re-positioned the right front fender. On one occasion, when the consumer started the vehicle, he heard a strange noise and the steering wheel would not turn. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. It was determined, the power steering pump, transmission, water pump and engine were all leaking fluids. Also, the wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Updated 12/17/15

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #49

Jun 012015

LaCrosse

  • 108,000 miles
For months prior at night my low beams would dim and get brighter periodically. Then as I was driving one morning I began to smell an electrical burning smell. Luckily I was on my way home which was less than a half mile away. When I got home I opened the hood and saw smoke coming from the fuse box. I immediately disconnected the negative battery cable and proceeded to investigate what happened. Upon further investigation the hdm module had failed and was melted right into the fuse block. If I had driven any longer than I did I feel like my car would have certainly caught fire. Luckily I got home safe and prevented any further damage from my car.

- Little Falls, NY, USA

problem #48

Oct 212014

LaCrosse

  • 69,761 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle was being driven at night when suddenly the headlights went out causing the driver to leave the road as he was going thru a turn at the time. Luckily no one was injured and the car only suffered minor damage. It had to be pulled out of the ditch. After the car was driven home less than a mile away, I opened the hood and saw that the fuse box had caught on fire and a portion melted. This also damaged the wiring connected to the fuse box. I am not sure what other components have failed as a result because the vehicle has not been operable since. I am currently trying to get the vehicle repaired and have spent $300 and countless hours on labor so far. This same problem is currently being investigated on 2006 and up Buick Lacrosse's. I would like for the 2005 models to be included in the pending recall. The vehicle was purchased six months prior to the failure for $8,000 and now I am not sure it will ever run again.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #47

Jul 202015

LaCrosse

  • 107,000 miles
Low beams suddenly both went out along with left side touring and fog lights

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #46

Jul 132015

LaCrosse

  • 227,605 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving 25 mph, the key failed to remain in the run position. The contact mentioned that the key had no additional weight. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 227,605.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #45

Apr 092015

LaCrosse

  • 188,700 miles
While running vehicle ignition switch went off and car was left without power steering and no motor power. I have to make a complete stop in order to start the car again. It all happens after getting my car to GMC campaign 14299.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #44

Apr 222015

LaCrosse

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the main wiring harness under the hood caught fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire and take the vehicle to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact stated that there was no warning prior to the fire. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #43

Oct 012014

LaCrosse

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Buick Lacrosse. Consumer writes on behalf of parents vehicle ignition recall problems. The consumer stated his parents noticed the door locks were not locking properly. Prior to the first visit, when the vehicle was put in park, all of the doors would unlock. After the first visit, they would have to shut the vehicle off, remove the key and after removing the key all of the doors would unlock. After the second visit, the doors worked properly, but when the consumers mother went to start the vehicle with the remote start the following morning, it did not work. The remote start worked prior to the recall. After the third visit, the consumers father was given two keys and two transmitters. The dealer informed him, they could no longer help him and the only way the problem could be corrected was to purchase two new keys, two new transmitters and the reprogram each at a cost of $ $390. The consumers parents called another dealer and was quoted a price a $100 cheaper. The vehicle was repaired.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #42

Sep 192014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Driving down the road lost low beam headlights as well as day time lights, smelled small burning odor and discovered the headlight control in the fuse panel to be over heating and beginning to burn a hole in the fuse panel under the hood. Have read of this happening to several of these cars with the fuse panel being the direct source due to wires shorting out internally, why is this car not included in the recent recall?

- Belmont, NH, USA

problem #41

Jan 012015

LaCrosse

  • 180,000 miles
GM sent out a recall for the Buick Lacrosse 2005. The recall was to fix an issue that caused the car to switch off at random while running causing for potential crash and lack of airbags to work and other possible hazards. They recommended that we take any things off of the key ring other than the key when in drive. I had never experienced the issue of my car turning off on its own previous to receiving this recall. Being proactive I took my car to the wilkins GMC Buick dealership located at 6913 ritchie highway, glen burnie, md 21061 in order to have the recall serviced. While having the recall fixed I found out from a service worker at the dealership that the recall fix is only a change in the key. Once the recall fix was completed I left and a week later had the issue of the car turning off while driving occur. I called the dealership to see if they would like to take a look at the key to ensure the fix was properly done, they informed me it was properly done and no need to come in. I then called GM corporate and was told they have no recall on the ignition part (the real problem) and the key should have fixed the issue. I was given no assistance for the true cause of the problem and am very disappointed in the lack of quality and quality assurance from this company. My car has progressively gotten worse and now will barely stay on without the key turning to the off position. I have done research and spoken with many mechanics with all of the information pointing to the need for a new proper recall on the ignition itself and not the key.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #40

Dec 132014

LaCrosse

  • 112,460 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that immediately after being repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system), the engine lost power. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,460.

- San Pablo, CA, USA

problem #39

Nov 072011

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 10 mph, the headlights went out, when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. Updated 1/7/15

- Johnstown, PA, USA

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