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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems

1998 Buick LeSabre (Page 1 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

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Oct 052006

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

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.

- Butler , PA, USA

problem #53

Feb 072005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,500 miles
Loss of coolant. The plastic intake plenum got a hole in it. This filled the engine with coolant thus causing the car to stall on the highway. I had the defective part replaced at a cost of 900 dollars. I still have the defective part. I'm retired, so this put a strain on our budget. Thank you.

- Frederic, WI, USA

problem #52

Feb 082004

LeSabre

  • 88,400 miles
While driving anti freeze leaked from engine head gasket.

- Santa Claus, IN, USA

problem #51

Apr 042003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,290 miles

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

Intake manifold failed on my 1998 Buick Lesabre at 77,000 miles. Plastic manifold perforated due to exhaust gas impinging from egr tube, flooding engine with coolant and causing engine to stall with subsequent loss of power steering and brakes on interstate highway.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #50

Jan 202002

LeSabre

  • miles
Problem 1....pressure regulator in the oil pump locked, causing the engine to blow. This recently happened to a friend of mine at around the same mileage. Problem 2....car has started to stall for no reason. Usually when I'm slowing down fopr a red lite or to turn.problem 3..... while drivind at around 65-70 the car has surged for an instant(sort of like when you hit the gas pedal suddenly for a second).

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #49

Jun 152002

LeSabre

  • miles
At 50mph engine stalled then vehicle lost power. Could had caused an accident. Cause unknown dealer notified.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #48

Aug 312001

LeSabre

  • miles

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

When coming to a stop vehicle would stall out. Sometimes vehicle stalls out when driving along. Vehicle is able to be restarted. Dealer has seen numerous times and can't fix it.

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #47

Dec 182001

LeSabre

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

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #46

Dec 182001

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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 #45

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 #44

Jan 032002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #43

Nov 012001

LeSabre

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

- Farmingdale, NJ, USA

problem #42

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 #41

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 #40

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 #39

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 #38

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 #37

Jan 172002

(reported on)

LeSabre

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

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #36

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 #35

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

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