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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,267 miles

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2002 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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2002 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 282016


  • 178,000 miles


I have had issues with my vehicle's oil leaking then burning/smoking off my car. This issue is on my engine's manifold & hasn't been recalled even though the same engine is recalled on other GM models. The engine on my Lesabre is the same 3.8 liter V6 3800 engine that was recalled twice by GM in the past 6 years. My engine had minimal fire in the incidents I experienced but quite a bit of smoke from the area the oil leaks. Once I kill the engine the smoke stops. GM wants to charge for a diagnostic check & wouldn't recognize the issue on the very same engine, viewing it as just a vehicle not recalled even if it has the same faulty part. It caused my car's catalytic converter to fail as it burned through. A fix is costly, so I went to my own independent mechanic to save myself money since GM does not want to take care of issues that they recalled. Below are the 2 recalls that should apply to my car & also the Pontiac Bonneville as well since they are both built on the same chassis, premise, & engine as the Oldsmobile intrigue. Both Lesabre & Bonneville have the 3.8 V6 naturally aspirated 3800 engine that runs in the recalled intrigue. Engine oil dripping on manifold may cause fire nthsa recall number: 15V701000 report received date: 10/26/2015 General Motors llc (GM) is recalling certain model year 1998-1999 Chevrolet lumina and Oldsmobile intrigue, 1997-2004 Buick regal and Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, and 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. Engine compartment fire nthsa recall number: 09V116000 date owner notified by manufacturer: 04/09/2009 report received date: 04/08/2009 General Motors is recalling 1,497,516 my 1997-2003 Buick regal, my 1998-2003 Chevrolet lumina, Monte Carlo and Impala, my 1998-1999 Oldsmobile intrigue, my 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles equipped with a 3.8L V6 naturally aspirated engine.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #9

Mar 152012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
This I have found out online is a common problem, when I purchased my car I had a few windows suddenly drop on me & I figured out the window motors in 2 were broken, however when they dropped I also found out electrical systems in my door were damaged from the window motor failure, so now on my driver's side door I have no mirror adjustment, no unlock/lock button for safety in dangerous areas I drive, some windows (had all 4 motors replaced at the same time) work & some don't from certain areas, I even found after I used my right rear window motor, the trunk popped open! so to fix the problem I personally had to disconnect the new window motor as well as the trunk. Also for comfort in heat my heated seat doesn't work from my driver door. My car runs perfect but this shouldn't have happened. This should have been recalled for owners long ago for 2000-2005 Buick Lesabre.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 072012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
This is regarding recent replacement of both rear window regulators. Research has proven that many complaints have been filed over the years with no recall. I would hope for financial help, $1000 to cover the cost of repairs, as the minimum response; and also, I hope for a recall to help the many others who have suffered great financial costs and safety. I have been directed by my father, [xxx], original and present owner of this 2002 Buick, to help him be a responsible consumer/customer. My father of 88 years still believes in american made cars, especially in GM. He has been watching, like many americans, for a "come back" in the auto industry, especially the correction of problems that clearly has a large documentation of complaints as this one. I hope you will be able to honor his faithfulness in perhaps a small financial way, and perhaps even in a greater way through a recall. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 032011


  • miles


I was driving on the highway a few days before December 3, 2011, and I heard a loud "pop" sound from the back seat of my car. On the 3rd, I was driving along and started hearing the sound of an open window in the back seat. I tried to close the back-right window with the power window control on the driver's door, but it didn't move the window (I heard the motor running, though). I then parked the car and got out to try to pull/push the window shut, but it would not stay all the way up. It had started with just an inch or so being open, but eventually it slid down so it was only about halfway up. From what I've read online ( ), this is a fairly common problem with this model of car, but Buick is saying that there's not enough reports of this issue to declare a recall notice for the window regulator. I disagree. From what I've read, repairing a single window with this problem can cost up to $300 plus labor, and usually when one window goes bad, the others are soon to follow. I don't really feel like paying $1200 for windows in a car I only paid $5000 for used...

- Dakota City, IA, USA

problem #6

Aug 232010


  • 60,000 miles
Both front and rear passenger windows failed to go up after put in the down position. Had to replace both widow regulator's at a cost of $450. Only 60,732 miles on the car.

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 242008


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the instrument control panel has separated into two parts. The failure originally began near the driver's side and currently extends 20 inches to the passenger side of the panel. The dealer stated that the failure could be repaired, but they could not identify the cause of the failure. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance and the vehicle has not been repaired. The contact has pictures of the failed component. The failure mileage was 69,000 and current mileage was 71,400.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 062006

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,397 miles


Rear door window right came down and will not go back up. Cable broke. Replaced regulator, rear dow window right bower R&R. part 15231244 under extended warranty. If I had not purchased an extended warranty, this would have come out of my pocket. This is the fourth time they have replace parts for various windows in this car. Another window is having intermittent problems the dealer could not duplicate, so it will problably go too. This is happening too often and an internet search show many Lesabre owners are having similar problems multiple times.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 032005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,134 miles
#1 drivers side door window will not go down. Replaced drivers side front window regulator. Part 15231241. #2 driver's rear window will not work properly. Window regulator cable broken, replace regulator. Part 15231245.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 112003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,140 miles
2002 Buick Lesabre. 14,140 miles. Left front window stopped working. Motor door window left front replaced. Part 12481874. Under warranty.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 122001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After driving vehicle for about 1 hour, control buttons on steering wheel for cruise control and radio are very hot to be touched. Dealer stated manufacturer is aware of problem, but offers no solution.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

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