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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

5.8

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,556 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Buick LeSabre transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #11

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 #10

Nov 182003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Vehicle was leaking antifreeze. Intake manifold was replaced to stop the leak as well as the transmission was replaced. Dealer, on a previous occasions, repaired a hole in the radiator.

- Mcalisterville, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle jumps and vibrates when driving. Consumer took vehicle to a private mechanic, and he informed consumer that the transmission was shot.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 012000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

After owning the car for approximately 3 weeks I was comuting to NY from my residence in nh. The cars transmission was not responding well. I arrived near finchburg massachusettes when I decided to turn back home. Power and response were very inadequate.my wife called the dealership where I dropped off the car in exeter nh (not the selling dealer..but a Buick/GM dealership that they recommended to have check it out since it was still under the manufacturer warranty. After inspection and a full diagnosis by the certified GM mechanic, he informed me that the "transmission was toast". they made a full repair by replacing the existing transmission. They believed it would have been impossible to rebuild considering the nature of the problem. Further, my wife did a through check prior to making an offer to purchase the vehicle. We knew that this model vehicle has a history of transmission problems. However serveral Buick /GM certified shops indicated that very few of these newer vehicle have transmission failue. It would be like a 1 and 4million chance...well that is our luck. It happened to us.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #7

Sep 262000

LeSabre

  • miles
Car shifts from drive to overdrive with lot of noise, and will chatter a little. From a cold start. It won't move just vibrate and shatter. Took to dealer, and they said it was valve body that needed to be replaced.

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 192000

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • miles
Vehicle shudders when accelerating

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 082000

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When moving transmission pawl to reverse then to drive vehicle will vibrate.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #4

Dec 011999

LeSabre

  • miles
When turning the steering wheel the wheel appears to click or knock. This begam shortly after I had the vehicle in to have the transmission repaired as it was shuddering after stopping and starting. I contacted the service people at the boise larry miller Buick place, where I had transmission fixed. I was told it was not serious and they would check it when I brought it in for service. But it concerns me, and I need to know if it is serious.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #3

Feb 041998

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 281998

LeSabre

  • miles
Transmission replaced due to hesitation, stalling and surging, replacement transmission performs the same, several repair attempts with no remedy. Mjs

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 281998

LeSabre

  • miles
Transmission replaced due to hesitation, stalling and surging, replacement transmission performs the same, several repairs attempts with no remedy. Mjs

- Spring, TX, USA

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