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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,999 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Buick LeSabre body / paint problems

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2001 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 152016


  • 167,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dashboard was lifting independently and the steering wheel shook violently when turned in either direction. In addition, the headliner was tearing. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 312009


  • 65,000 miles
All 4 windows have failed. One of them twice! my dashboard is separating exactly the same way many others have described theirs. I initially had major battery issues (battery is located under back seat on driver's side - how weird is that?). I would drive my car to the store, come out, and it would not start. One time, I opened the trunk to get my jumper cables and when I slammed the trunk lid, the radio came on! then, of course, the car started just fine. After owning this possessed car with major reliability issues for several months, we found an electrical mechanic who discovered a lose wire in the manufacturers electrical work which was somehow connected to the battery. My gas gauge hasn't worked in years. I am always at 3/4 to a full tank. This is otherwise a great car, but I am seriously disappointed that Buick will not stand behind some of these repeat problems, especially the electric motors for the windows and that horrible plastic part that continues to break. Somebody from Buick should read these complaints and do something.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #10

Feb 022014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the top portion of the dashboard pad detached completely. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000...updated 08/11/14 updated 08/19/2014

- Victoria , TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 142012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 47,850 miles


Window regulators fail due to poor design on part of manufactuer. Window is stuck in a down postion. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sulphur, IN, USA

problem #8

Jun 172011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dashboard had begun separating from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure was caused by the heat and temperature changes, which deteriorated the material. The vehicle was not repair and the dealer offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was notified who stated that the vehicle was not under warranty and to have the vehicle taken back to the dealer where the vehicle was purchased for a diagnostic. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 61,000. Updated 10/10/12 updated 10/11/2012

- Springfield , MO, USA

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problem #7

Jun 102012


  • 53,134 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Lesabre. The contact was entering the vehicle when the dashboard detached on the driver's side. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed that the dashboard had detached. The manufacturer was also contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 53,134 and the current mileage was 53,200.

- Eminece, KY, USA

problem #6

Feb 272012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles


The dash pad on my 2001 Lesabre, which my elderly mother previously owned and maintained well, has buckled and pulled up from the dash board right above the steering wheel. It has pulled out of the defrost panel on the driver's side and curls up and is becoming an obstruction to my view. I am unable to reattach it and worried that as it continues to pull out to the passenger's side, it will possibly activate the airbag. I have researched and found this to be a problem for multiple years of the Lesabre model and GM has not addressed it. I've never seen this happen with other older car models and understand that it has been a problem for the Lesabre for some in the early years of ownership.

- Vestavia Hills, AL, USA

problem #5

May 012009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Dash on 2001 Buick Lesabre has separated, starting on drivers side and going across to passenger side. I am concerned it can cause airbag to inflate causing an accident. Local dealer said it would have to be replaced for approx. $1000.& 2 body shops refused to repair. Another shop will replace for $800 to $900 or repair by removing windshield for $400. I know this is a serious problem on 2000 thru 2005 Buick lesabras.

- St Marys, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 242010


  • 106,000 miles
Earlier this summer, June or July, I took my Lesabre in to my dealer where I purchased the car used (in 2006) because my dash had been separating for quite some time. I thought there may have been some sort of recall or technical bulletin for the dash problem, only to find out that they had never seen a problem like mine before. Their suggestion was to replace the dash at a cost of nearly $900 and they couldn't be certain that it wouldn't happen again. I had posed the question about the separation causing problems with the air bag system since I had read something about it online. The dealer said they didn't think it would cause a problem. They finally had a service tech come look at the dash and he said he would just "glue it down", put a couple screws through the dash and buy an aftermarket dash cover "if it were him" and sent me on my way. The dash has continually been separating more and more since then. Finally, on the 24th of November 2010, as I was driving down a local highway, my air bag dash light came on and the audible alarm sounded. I immediately moved my seat back and went home asap. I looked at the manual to find out that when the air bag light was on it meant that the air bags could 1) not deploy during an accident or 2) depoly at any time without reason. This is a major safety concern and should be dealt with by the factory / dealer / carmaker / etc. This is, in my opinion, no doubt caused by the separating of the dash panel from the rest of the vehicle. Please consider this dash separation as a legit problem and something that needs to be taken care of. I can't understand having to pay nearly $900 to fix a problem that many, many people are having due to poor design on the part of Buick / General Motors. An air bag deployment during normal driving will most certainly lead to an accident and possibly a fatality...unacceptable!!!

- Auburn, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 032003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer would touch the door and receive a static electrical shock. Have taken vehicle to dealership numerous times for this problem which the mechanic can not correct.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 092001

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle has a large center console between two front seats containing two cup holders, the cup holdrers are too large and the plastic retainers are too thin and flexible to provide any stability, a regular size cup (6 oz, 12 oz or 16 oz) can easily turn over splashing fluid.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 192001

(reported on)


  • miles
The sun visors hang straight down and not back making it difficult to see out of the window while driving. Nlm

- Belleville, IL, USA

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