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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2001 Buick LeSabre (Page 1 of 2)

4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,497 miles

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2001 Buick LeSabre transmission problems

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2001 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Jun 172011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

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

problem #23

Apr 142009

LeSabre

  • 55,000 miles
Transmission repaired in 2006 window switches replaced in two windows 2007 now I have a coolant leak.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #22

Jun 182007

LeSabre

  • miles
While driving the 2001 Buick Lesabre home the car began to make a high pitch whine and grinding noise. At the same time the car would not go forward or backward. The car was towed to transmission shop, and I learned that the entire transmission had failed. I was told it was metal fatigue, and when one of parts broke it destroyed the entire transmission. The repair cost was 2600. The car only had 61000 miles on it, and had been driven for all but 1000 of those miles by my 95 year old grand father.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 192005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

Automatic transmission failed at 65000 miles after having already been repaired once. Initially extended warranty company tried to blame me for the failure but after dealer disassembled transmission for inspection it was covered. Also, have had numerous problems with lights on the dashboard, radio and steering wheel constantly failing, 2 windows have failed in the open position, the drivers side heated seat stopped working at 50,000 miles. The only thing that has not been fixed is the heated seat. Dealer says it costs too much to fix. I bought the best extended warranty the dealer offered and still have to fight to get things fixed. This is the last time I buy american.

- High Ridge, MO, USA

problem #20

Nov 042005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,559 miles
2001 Lesabre transmission failed while driving 65 mph. *****

- Cross Plains, WI, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Dec 222004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

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

On my 2001 Buick Lesabre, the transmission went out. Since we had an extended warranty, they are replacing it with a used transmission, which is a concern since I do not know how many miles it will have on it. In any event, I do not think a transmission should go out at 50,000 miles, and since it had other problems which caused it to end up at the dealership, I am concerned taking it any distance. The reason I purchased a Buick was reliability, but it has been the most unreliable car I have owned (I am 53), and I have never had a transmission go out and have owned cars since I was 18.

- Carbondale, IL, USA

problem #17

Dec 032004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was running but transmission failed to change gears while shifting. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the front and rear carriage ban, and the sun gear needed to be replaced inside of the transmission.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #16

Nov 242004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles
Left windshield wiper failed during a strorm, increasing the risk of a crash. Informed dealer that wiring would have to be replaced. The 25704865 arm, where it connects to the transmission motor shaft stripped the threads. This part was replaced, not the wiring.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #15

Jul 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,561 miles
While driving, the vehicle developed a transmission noise, it started as a bearing noise and continually became louder. The nosie progressed to a growling nosie while in 4th gear and in reverse. The probelm was determined to be the planetary sun gear assembly.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #14

Jul 162004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,962 miles

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

While driving on highway and heard a loud noise and the car stopped. Was able to pull to side of road. The transmission was the result of a "defective bearing tht came apart in the final drive of the transmission, causing metal contamination thorughout the transaxle." This was the analysis of austin transmission. Car is a 2001 Buick Lesabre with 50,000 miles. Austin transmission says GM has "updated parts" - parts which replace defective parts. This was a defective part. No transmission should fail at 50,000. This car was not driven by teenagers. This is my wife's car - age 65 but I was driving it that day.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #13

Jul 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle's transmission has to be replaced. The transmission did not move forward in gear and made a rattling noise.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 242004

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at an undetermined speed vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission failed.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 032003

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • 37,869 miles
Vehicle makes a loud grinding noise when shifting into reverse. Took vehicle to dealer, and the dealer discovered metal debris in transmission pan. Dealer cleaned parts, replaced sun gear and carriers. Reconditioned transmission completely.

- Arlington Hieghts, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 112003

LeSabre 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission problems involving 2001 Buick Lesabre. The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration. This occurred while backing out of parking spaces and at traffic lights. The cruise control had become inoperative. The solenoid valve was replaced in the transmission, however it did not resolved the problem.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #9

May 272003

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The transmission failed once at 7000 miles and failed again at 23,000 miles. Both repairs were covered under warranty.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Dec 032002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,069 miles
Buick lost the BBB decision and did not perform within the 40 days allotted to replace the car. The car has multiple safety defects (air bag, transmission, braking) that the BBB said could cause serious bodily injury or death. They want to buy back the car and inspect it so it can be resold.

- Desmoines, IA, USA

problem #7

Mar 282003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The transmission was replaced at 7000 miles, and again at 26,000 miles.....

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 192003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,831 miles
2/9/2001 purchased Buick Lesabre 1/19/2003 transmission shifted itself from reverse to drive when exiting owners garage. 34,000 miles on car 1/27/2003 advised by Buick dealer that transmission had been replaced with a new transmission. Returned to owner at this time. 1/28/2003 "new" transmission self destructed at 25 mph. Buick dealer advised that a foreign object had caused damage. 1/31/2003 car with third transmission returned this date. We're seriously concerned about driving this vehicle given these circumstances.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 022002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,610 miles
Power train - transmission. 3.8 liter engine, transmission gear failure at 40,610 actual miles on the odometer, resulting $2,993 repairs at bud and ray's transmission, 237 West laketon avenue, muskegon, mi 49441. Engine number [xxx]. I noted that there are a few other complaints, on the recall web site, relating to the transmission (power train). Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Muskegon, MI, USA

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