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NHTSA — Electrical System: Alternator/Generator/Regulator Problems

7.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,294 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 082004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,116 miles

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

After taking the vehicle to dealer for a recall repairs, vehicle was cutting off, and the check engine light was on. Vehicle idled roughly. Consumer told mechanic that this problem did not exist prior to bringing it in for the recall repairs, and was told that it would go away on its own. The vehicle transmission failed.

- Stanberry, MO, USA

problem #13

Jun 092004

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Driver tried to restart the vehicle and was unable to do so. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that battery and alternator needed to be replaced and mechanic replaced them. However, the problem recurred.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 212000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer could smell exhaust fumes, when turning into a parking lot the smell became worse and the vehicle stalled, the consumer attempted to exit the vehicle, however could not, he had to hit the door several times with his shoulder until the door gave way, the entire vehicle was engulfed in smoke, it was stated that the alternator caused the fire and it had just been put on, claim 01-6150-358.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #11

Jan 212000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, consumer could smell exhaust, smell became worse and vehicle stalled, consumer attempted to get out of vehicle, he had to hit the drivers side door several times with his shoulder until the door gave way, at this time the entire vehicle was engulfed with smoke, was told alternator started fire and this was just put on vehicle, claim 01-6150-358.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #10

Jan 212000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer could smell exhaust fumes, when turning into a parking lot the smell became worse and the vehicle stalled, the consumer attempted to exit the vehicle, however could not, he had to hit the door several times with his shoulder until the door gave way, the entire vehicle was engulfed in smoke, it was stated that the alternator caused the fire and it had just been put on, claim 01-6150-358.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #9

May 262000

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer stated the generator assembly was replaced.

- Unknown, AK, USA

problem #8

Jan 212000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, consumer could smell exhaust, smell became worse and vehicle stalled, consumer attempted to get out of vehicle, he had to hit the drivers side door several times with his shoulder until the door gave way, at this time the entire vehicle was engulfed with smoke, was told alternator started fire and this was just put on vehicle, claim 01-6150-358.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #7

Oct 121998

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Regulator failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 011997

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Alternator failed.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 171999

LeSabre

  • miles
Alternator replaced due to noise. Mjs

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Repair starter terminal for neutral switch from transaxle. Mjs

- North Holl, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 171999

LeSabre

  • miles
Alternator replaced due to noise. Mjs

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 201998

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Generator failed.

- San Bernar, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 161998

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Alternator making noise.

- Troy, AL, USA

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