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NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery Problems

8.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,455 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 #5

Apr 072006

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles

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

: 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 #4

Aug 142001

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,276 miles
2001 Buick Lesabre experienced the following problems: Cruise control would not set, automatic transmission had no reverse ability, water leaking from the coolant pump, ses light illuminated, left rear brake light.** answer required*** there was a whistling sound coming from around the window area due to a revealing molding piece, the steering felt funny and was noisy when turning, there was also a clunk in the steering, there was excessive play in the right and left tie rod end, the left rear brake light was out, the right rear center bulb was out, the original battery had leaked acid causing a hole in floor under the back seat, the light switch stuck in the on position, and the right front marker light out. The power steering pump was replaced.

- Venice , FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001

LeSabre

  • 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 #2

Jan 012001

LeSabre

  • 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

LeSabre

  • 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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