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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Buick LeSabre engine problems

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2002 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 242016


  • 115,000 miles


Driving vehicle on road in subdivision when gas pedal became stuck and car accelerated out of control striking a garage door and wall with great impact. Air bags did not deploy. Driver escaped with minor injuries. Car was totaled. No else in car.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 012013

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle surges forward when brakes are applied. The consumer also stated the vehicle had defective drums, that melted and severed the front brake wiring, exactly at the point when the brake system wires traveled from the engine and entered the brake drums. The consumer also stated the vehicle had poor gas mileage, the three out of the four windows collapsed in the down position, and would not come back up. The consumer believed the engine and the hood were defective, as the paint on the hood melted.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #4

Aug 102010


  • 95,000 miles
Gas pedal sticks at idle position. This is not a problem in neutral but if in drive causes a sudden vehicle acceleration. This is very dangerous.

- Spring Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 272004


  • 100,000 miles


Accelerator pedal requires excessive amount of force to depress the pedal. This results in a noticeable surge when going forward from a stopped position. It almost feels as if there is spring holding the throttle open and there is a break point at which the spring lets loose before the throttle opens. A visual inspection of the throttle and throttle body did not reveal any obstructions or binding cable. The floor mats are not a factor in this problem. Problem is most noticeable after the car has been started and placed in the drive position. This problem has persisted for the past several years and is the same in both winter and summer. I have just learned to live with it and expect a slight jolt when moving forward but I have been unable to find the root cause and I worry whenever someone else drives my car. This surge is noticeable to passengers also.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #2

May 172010


  • 180,000 miles
Set cruise control car took of wide open would not shut off had to turn key off to get it to stop.

- Pleasanton, KS, USA

problem #1

Apr 012010

(reported on)


  • miles
2002 Buick lasabre. Consumer states problem with cruise control and sudden acceleration. The consumer stated while stopped at a red light with his foot on the brake, the cruise control light suddenly illuminated and the vehicle accelerated up to 50 mph and the gas pedal moved down by itself automatically. The consumer stated he managed to slam on the brake and the vehicle stopped.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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