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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,815 miles

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2003 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 102013


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the passenger side dashboard detached, including the air bag housing area. The loosened dashaboard distorted the contact's vision when driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Treasure Island, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 202015


  • miles
The dashboard panel is separating at the front where it meets the defroster cowling. The separation is increasing along the front of the dash from driver to passenger side, and is starting to curl up considerably on the driver side. It is unknown how much further the separation/curling will continue, and is beginning to affect the vision of the driver just above the hood. I addition, other components under the dashboard are beginning to be exposed to sunlight. Further investigation suggests that this is an extremely common failure with this model vehicle, with multiple complaints from consumers, ranging from obscured driver vision, to potential or possible airbag deployment due to exposed components. Investigation also suggests that General Motors is not acknowledging the existence of the problem, nor providing adequate solutions for repair despite numerous customer complaints and concerns.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 152014


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dashboard was peeling where the passenger side air bag was located. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #11

Jun 052013


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the center dashboard covering separated and extended to the passenger's side air bag housing. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Florence, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jun 022014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
My front dashboard has been gradually coming unattached near the windshield. It has gotten so bad that it is hindering my view of the road. It is also a problem for the airbag system.. this is truly a safety hazard and I cannot believe Buick has refused to acknowledge this defect which is affecting so many of their customers. I own two Buick Lesabre and it happened to both of them.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

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problem #9

Jun 022014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Dashboard has warped and separated from under the windshield. According to experienced auto mechanics, deployment of the air bag system will most likely be compromised. It also affects visibility for the driver. This is a serious safety issue affecting hundreds, if not thousands of these Buick! when are you going to do something about this? check this website and you'll see how prolific a problem this is! not to mention the money lost because of the inability to sell these cars. 2000-2005 Buick owners are in danger. And you've done nothing about it! do your job!

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 012005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Dash panel is separating from frame, started in front of driver & progressing towards passenger side where air bag is located which is a possible safety problem, not to mention resale or trade in.

- Manning, SC, USA

problem #7

Jul 042009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 90,410 miles
My front dashboard has been gradually coming unattached near the windshield. It has gotten so bad that it is hindering my view of the road. My daughter is just learning to drive and we have decided it is not safe for her to use my vehicle because her view of the road is blocked by the lifted dashboard. This is truly a safety hazard and I cannot believe Buick has refused to acknowledge this defect which is affecting so many of their customers.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 222013


  • miles
I have a complaint to enter. The dash board cover has separated almost all the way across on my 2003 Buick lasabre beginnnig at approximately 40,000 miles. I am being told it is dangerous because it might open the air bag on passenger side and inflict possible death or injury to passenger. It is also beginning to raise up at separation enough to hamper viewing when driving. This car has also had all four window regulators replaced and one in back twice for a total of 5 window regulators replacements. I have had to have alinements on front end more times than I ever had on any other vehicle I ever owned. The only thing that is good about the vehicle is the engine, I have had no complaint with it so far. Almost everyone I have talked to that owns a Buick 2003 has had this same problem with the dash board. I hold GM liable if anything should happen because of the faulty dash board that might cause injury or death to my passenger. There are probably thousands of these vehicles with faulty dash boards. I never had to replace a single window regulator in any car I ever owned before. A class lawsuit might be the answer to all these problems. Can you help us ?

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012


  • 55,000 miles
Dashboard on 2003 Buick Lesabre limited started to separate interfering with heads up display and starting to obscure drivers sight which could lead to a potentially fatal accident GM/Buick refuse to do anything about the situation which is clearly a manufacturers defect.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Dashboard on this car is separating near steering wheel. Concerned that this could eventually impair visibility and could affect the functioning of the air bags. Hope we don't need to wait till there are injuries or fatalities before GM decides to recall this problem and make the necessary repairs on these cars. Owned 1997 century that had no problems. Very disappointed as rest of the car is still in great shape. Currently has under 50K miles on the vehicle.

- Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 102012


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. While parked, the contact noticed that the dashboard cover was delaminating from the front of the front passenger side air bag. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the dashboard would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #2

Sep 012005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2003 Buick Lesabre that the dash has come unglued and has buckled up half way across the dashboard. The dash is mainly affected in the area infront of the steering wheel, but is getting worse and spreading towards the center and passenger side. I'm really scared to drive my car. So afraid the airbags may not work correctly in an emergency, or even worse, that the airbags go off for no apparent reason! I have friends with the same problem. There is an internet link with a Buick Lesabre forum where many other dissatisfied Lesabre owners are complaining of the same problem. Therefore, I know mine is not an isolated case. I have contacted the dealership where I purchased the car. They told me GM was not responsible for this problem. An estimate of $525.49 was given just for a new upper dash. This did not include labor. Please help!!!

- Nahunta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202011


  • 67,000 miles
The dashboard started coming up by the windshield, within 3 or 4 weeks the whole dash is buckling, coming up all the was across the dashboard and the dashboard is moving toward driver and passenger. We took it to be looked at and was told the windshield would have to be removed & a new dash put in, over $3000! our car is in great condition except for this manufacture defect. I have found online multitudes of same problem with Buick lasabre's. this is very dangerous as the air bags are affected. Please get GM to recall this defective dashboard. Thank you, norman davis

- Dayton, OH, USA

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