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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems

1998 Buick LeSabre (Page 2 of 3)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,522 miles

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1998 Buick LeSabre engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

May 232001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #33

Nov 132001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #32

May 232001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #31

Jan 172002

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, there was a loud bang and then vehicle caught on fire, claim 49-3208-890.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #30

Nov 132001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #29

Dec 102001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #28

Dec 182001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, vehicle caught fire under the engine, fire fighter put out fire with a CO2 extinguisher, claim 59-V971-469.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #27

Nov 012001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire in driveway, claim 30-V502-462.

- Farmingdale, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jan 032002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #25

Mar 252002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light has come on, and the sensor in engine has malfunctioned. Can possibly cause a fire in engine. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.*akit has been indicated to consumer if defect is not fixed, possible fire or stalling may occur.

- Fort Tabacca, MD, USA

problem #24

Apr 021999

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, vehicle will stall without warning. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer could not find the cause of problem. There is a technical service bulletin tsb #87-65-14 to flash PCM with updated calibration as a result of an intermittent stall.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #23

Apr 012001

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer stated she began having intermittent problems with vehicle going dead at stops in April 2001, the vehicle began to surge at stops and eventually had both symptoms during low speed driving, consumer went to the dealership on 4 occasions and was informed that nothing could be done until something showed up on the computer, however while driving home consumer stated that entire vehicle caught on fire, there was a loud noise, like a gunshot, smoke from the hood and the engine began dropping fire onto the street, the firewall was completely burned.

- Unknown, AK, USA

problem #22

Nov 012001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment while sitting in the driveway, claim 30-V502-462.

- Farmingdale, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jan 032002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer heard a loud bang and smoke started coming out from under the hood, flames were coming from bottom of vehicle, vehicle has experienced engine failure and has a history of engine surging, claim 42-1441-081.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #20

Dec 102001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would not start, there was a pop sound and vehicle started to smoke, consumer pooped the hood and vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment, claim 38-J837-871.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #19

May 112000

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving there was a loud bang, vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment, claim 49-3208-890.

- Racine , WI, USA

problem #18

Nov 132001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #17

May 232001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #16

Dec 182001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle caught fire under the engine, claim 59-V971-469.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #15

Feb 132002

LeSabre

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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