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NHTSA — Electrical System: Alternator/Generator/Regulator Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,021 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 042014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to defective tires. According to the invoice, the power steering pump and alternator drive belt were replaced. The consumer stated the tires on the vehicle separated and caused damage to the vehicle. Updated 04/08/15 updated 04/19/16 the consumer only provided the manufacturer of the tire, tbc Corp. However, did not provide the tire line/brand of tire. Updated 05/04/16.

- Birch Run, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 072006

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled while idling and eventually failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer five or six times because it would not start. Once a year, for the last three years, the battery and alternator were replaced. Currently, the vehicle will not start and the dealership determined the battery and alternator need to be replaced again.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 262003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,145 miles
Volt light came on while driving. Also, "check charge system" notice was displayed. Car began to stall. Just made it to nearest GM (Chevy) dealer barlow Chevrolet Inc rt 130 & fairview St, delran, NJ 08075. Had to wait 3 hours while new alternator/generator was located and installed.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 012001


  • miles


No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

May 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since buying the car it has been in the shop more than out, have had problems traveling out of town ruined two trips. The window wipers were disconnected, alternator out, transmission out, dash rattles, motor under drivers seat is loose, and the air conditioner makes a high whine. The seat, and dash and transmission have been looked at three times and still not fixed. The car shifts hard into gear after replacing the transmission which took two times to the shop to fix. The tire light kept coming on during one of the out of town trips even though it was checked repeatedly.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 25-30 mph battery light on dash came on, then, all doors locked and vehicle stalled. Consumer and 2 passengers were not able to get out of vehicle. While trying to start vehicle numerous times, front passenger door unlocked, and all 3 persons inside vehicle were able to get out. This was third time this happened. First time on 1jan2001, dealer said battery terminal was loose, then on 8june2001, dealer replaced the alternator. Now dealer said vehicle was not driven enough. ABS light illuminated.

- Sierra Viesta, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 182001


  • miles
The wiring that controls all the electronics; air bags, battery, instruments, alternator, and lights failed while driving on a highway at 55 miles per hour between two large 18-wheeled trucks. It is just by the grace of god that the truck driver in front pressed his brake lights because he saw I was having trouble with the car which enabled me to manuever and pull to the shoulder of the road. I feel this vehicle is unsafe and should be taken off the road. I am prepared to travel to Washington, DC or detroit or anywhere to make sure that my rights and the safety of the driving public is not jeopardized.

- Kinston, NC, USA

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