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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,794 miles

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1998 Buick LeSabre fuel system problems

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 162011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles

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

The fuel gauge on my 1998 Buick Lesabre automobile is faulty. The gauge gives inaccurate and random fuel level readings while driving.

- Franklin, MI, USA

problem #19

Jan 222011

LeSabre

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that as he started the vehicle, there was an explosion that occurred within the engine. White smoke began to flow from under the hood. The vehicle was shut off and the contact noticed that the manifold had exploded. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 04V090000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery). The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that a fuel leak was present within the engine prior to the failure. The failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #18

May 182010

LeSabre

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the brakes were applied yet they did not respond. The vehicle proceeded to crash into a row of hedges. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was informed that the brake line was completely rusted. The mechanic replaced the brake lines. In June 2010, the contact noticed abnormal front end noise. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was informed that the stabilizer bar bushings had fractured from the vehicle and the bushings under the cradle were extremely rusted. The bushings were replaced in both areas. Three months later, the contact noticed fuel leaking from under the vehicle abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was advised that the fuel sending unit was defective and would need replacing. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 119,000 and the current mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #17

Feb 252010

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 24,581 miles

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

I am currently the owner of a 1998 Buick Lesabre with approximately 24,600 miles. I recently had to have the fuel pressure regulator replaced on the vehicle after the car backfired and the service engine light appeared on the vehicle. The engine was chugging and the exhaust smelled like gasoline and burning plastic. At the service shop where I had my car repaired, the mechanic informed me that it was good I brought the car in so soon because this sort of problem if not fixed could have resulted in a possible fire. I contacted Buick customer service in regards to the problem and was informed that my specific vehicle was not involved in any recalls and that the fuel regulator in my vehicle was not a part of any Buick recalls. When asked if I could receive some documentation that my specific vehicle was not a part of any recalls, I was told that they could not provide me with that paperwork and that anyone else could talk to with Buick would tell me the same thing in regards to my vehicle.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #16

Jul 152008

LeSabre

  • 50,000 miles
The fuel supply line rusted get in to the plastic fiting and gasoline was leaking at the gas tank.

- Taylor , MI, USA

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problem #15

Nov 012008

LeSabre

  • 92,000 miles
My 1998 Buick Lesabre backfired, then started on fire, after the top of the motor{intake and fuel injectors etc.} were blown off during the explosion. The whole top of the motor was destroyed. Notified GM, and they said they would not help because of a statute of limitations. They know there is a problem!!!

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #14

Oct 172007

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Leaking fuel sender and corroded brake lines.

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #13

Sep 072005

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • miles
Ltr fwd fm cpsc complaint re his 1998 Buick Lesabre, he took car in for a recall, and now the car is more dangerous than before GM "repaired" it. After the vehicles recall repairs were made it leaked fuel vapors and stalled.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #12

May 012002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
No injuries. Engine stops or stalls at various times. Nothing has been done to correct the problem.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #11

Oct 282004

(reported on)

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 83,233 miles
Writer submitted reimbursement information to General Motors (GM) owner of a Buick Lesabre vehicle. Recalled defective fuel pressure regulator. The manufacturer only reimbursed the consumer a small amount of the total repair expense.

- Kingsville, TX, USA

problem #10

May 012004

LeSabre

  • miles

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

Problems with fuel pressure regulator on 1998 Buick Lesabre. The fuel pressure regulator was replaced in accordance with recall V1082. While driving the vehicle stalled and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to the service dealer where it was deterrmined that the upper intake manifold had failed and coolant was flowing into the cylinders. The consumer feels the manifold should have been recalled and request reimbursement.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

problem #9

Jun 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Regulator leaking allowing fuel to enter the intake manifold. Water in the reservoir tank kept evaporating. The consumer would continue to refill the tank but it continued to leak. The fuel pressure regulator caused the leak allowing fuel to enter the intake manifold through a vacuum line. The plenum cracked due to the backfiring of the engine caused by the fuel pressure regulator.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 192004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 59,627 miles
Vehicle failed to start when the key was turned in the ignition. Vehicle was towed to a mechanic. Mechanic indicated that the intake manifold degraded around the erg distribution nipple and the fuel pressure regulator diaphram ruptured leaking fuel into the engine through the vacuum hose. This was the same defect as described in the fuel pressure regulator recall 03V473000, but this vehicle's model was not included in the recall although it had the same type of engine.

- Oxford, IN, USA

problem #7

Jan 092004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
While attempting to start the vehicle in the garage, the consumer heard an explosion in the engine compartment. Dealer informed the consumer that fuel pressure regulator was the problem. The explosion caused damage to the engine and the hood.

- Coopersville, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 222003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,446 miles
We were the second owner for this vehicle. The original owner purchased the vehicle at a different dealership. When we purchased the vehicle it had around 42,000 miles. After purchase, we experienced an extended crank before the vehicle started that worsened, so on November 25, 2003, my husband and I took the vehicle to the dealership where the vehicle was originally purchased and they did the following: They noted that the fuel pressure regulator and the upper intake manifold was leaking. They replaced the fuel pressure regulator and intake manifold. Further they flushed and filled the cooling system with new coolant, did an oil and filter change and an envirolution engine flush; removed carbon buildup desludge intake manifold; did a fuel system treatment and cleaned the throttle plate pressurized injector cleaned and applied a fuel tank additive. Total cost of repairs was $1434.08 (minus $45 for a belt replacement requested by us). This was a costly repair for problems identical to recall no. 0354 for the Buick Park Avenue (NHTSA pursuit number EA02-030 and NHTSA recall campaign number 03V-473000). Today, January 5, 2004, I called Buick at 1-800-521-7300 and registered a complaint with tony thompson. He said there is no recall for the Buick Lesabre at this time, therefore, no compensation. Can you please help me.

- Flanders, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 031999

LeSabre

  • miles
Vehicle jerks on acceleration and has rough idle, and the fuel pressure regulator is leaking. Fuel injector had to be replaced.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 182002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer can smell gas coming from vehicle, also fuel is leaking onto engine compartment. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.. consumer states gas fumes are present when vehicle is started.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 242001

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer stated the fuel system was cleaned, however the problems that she was experiencing resumed after 2 weeks.

- Unknown, AK, USA

problem #2

Apr 052002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled 4 times at 25-30 mph. Dealer has replaced fuel filter. But this has not remedied the problem. The fuel pressure regulator was also replaced due to fuel leak.

- Brown Deer, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 242001

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer stated the fuel system was cleaned, however the problems that she was experiencing resumed after 2 weeks.

- Unknown, AK, USA

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