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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,441 miles

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2003 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

May 152012


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dash panel separated from the glove compartment where the air bag was housed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Ormonds Beach, FL, USA

problem #37

Sep 082014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 75,215 miles
The dash cover has started to buckle in front of the steering wheel toward the passenger side of the vehicle.

- Winterville, NC, USA

problem #36

Jul 012014


  • 96,000 miles
2003 Buick Lesabre dash pad dash pad is buckling from the front, at the windshield edge of the pad.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #35

Nov 282008


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dashboard began separating and expanding down to the passengers side. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Miscawaka, IN, USA

problem #34

Oct 232003


  • 3,000 miles
The dash pad has separated from the dashboard.

- Ontario, NY, USA

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problem #33

Feb 032014


  • 88,000 miles
2003 Buick le sabre. Dashboard is pulling away from the firewall. Electronic parts are exposed. As a result, airbag and other safety sensors and wiring is exposed. There have been reports of airbag deployment. The dash is pulling away toward the passenger side where the airbag is housed. There are many reports of issues on the internet. The dash has pulled away over 2" in the center. It is distracting while driving and if the air bag deploys, it will create an accident. At this point, I would be happy with a fix, it does not have to be a replacement.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 132013


  • miles


I noticed the dashboard was coming apart from the windshield towards the driverside..I also started experiencing my car cutting off, ,&a weird noise when I press my car also gets hot&smells like somethings burning..I've replaced numerous things, ,but yet to come to a resolution..I really need help because this is scary..I've talked to Buick&you all wanna charge me just to look at my car??that's not help at all...

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #31

Apr 012014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 60,125 miles
Approx. April 1, 2014 noticed that the dashboard was "lifting" away from the base. Since then it has gotten progressively worse, lifting from left hand side towards center of vehicle. Buick tells me it is not covered and there have been no recalls on it, yet I've seen 100's of complaints about same thing on the internet. Worried about safety of airbag(s) deploying and if it keeps lifting the way it has so far, visibility will become a factor. Vehicle was purchased new in August 2003.

- Saint Francis, WI, USA

problem #30

May 302013

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
At a little over 40,000 miles, I notice a hump in the dash cover in front of the steering wheel. The separation and lifting has now stretched to near center dash. If it continues, I'm afraid it may possibly effect air bag operation or passenger safety.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #29

Aug 012012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My 2003 buck Lesabre dash has buckled in front of the steering wheel and is slowly moving to the passenger side now. The buckle in front of the steering wheel is now so high that it is becoming a driving hazard. It is also pulling away in front of passenger side in front of passenger airbag. Started to read that alot of people are experiencing this same problem and the safety hazards involved so I thought I should file a complaint.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #28

Aug 052013

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


Dashboard on 2003 Lesabre limited is separating near the window obstructing drivers view. Car only has 25,000 I am a senior citizen and will hold GM responsible for any accident caused by this obstruction. Please advise me how to proceed.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #27

Jul 142011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Dashboard separation in front of the steering column and it is now separating toward the passenger cabin, it is my concern that this will cause the passenger airbag to deploy while in motion, this started around July of 2011 and I have researched and found numerous other Buick owners with this same complaint down to the minute detail.

- Newport, NC, USA

problem #26

Aug 012012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The dash pad has buckled between the steering wheel and windshield. Possible air bag problem.

- Jones, OK, USA

problem #25

Sep 012008

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Dash pad curling way up where dash meets window. From drivers side to passenger side. I see from different web sites that this has been a major flaw for GM. Impedes vision to see traffic ahead. GM nor dealers will address the problem for a recall.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #24

Aug 012011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
..the dash pad on my 2003 Buick Lesabre is separating from the dash, so far is halfway across to passenger side...afraid the passenger side airbag may deploy if it goes much further..this is an expensive automobile, still runs good at 108M miles..understand this problem is prevalent throughout Buick Lesabre...why is GM and Buick not acknowledging this problem as defect and recalling these good as these cars are, I will never buy another GM or Buick automobile!!!!

- Fairfield, NC, USA

problem #23

Aug 202012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
The dash cover is separating ahead of the steering wheel. The dash is raising up starting to cause visibility issues. Very concerned that this may go across the dash into the airbag area and cause the airbags to deploy in normal driving conditions.

- Tipton, IA, USA

problem #22

Jul 152009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 46,573 miles
Dashboard has warped and separated from under the windshield. According to experienced auto mechanic friends of mine, deployment of the air bag system will most likely be compromised. 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 lemons. 2000-2005 Buick owners are in danger. And you've done nothing about it! if this was Toyota, you would have recalled every car they make and fined them another 50 million dollars. Stop the hypocrisy. Intelligent americans see through this selective punishment. Do your job!

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jan 012012


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dashboard had become fractured and the contact was concerned that the failure could cause the air bag not to deploy in the event of a crash. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure, nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current mileage was 39,000 and the failure mileage was 35,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #20

Dec 202011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The dashboard has separated from the base at the windshield in front of the steering wheel and has popped up. It was about an inch long and up in December but has progressed to now half-way across the windshield and is sticking up about 4 inches. I have read others with this problem having a concern about it creating a problem with the air bags. The expense of repair has been quoted at about $1,200 parts and labor. That is too expensive. We are looking at other options. Possibly trade.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #19

Oct 012009


  • 47,000 miles
There is a continuously growing dashboard bubble (on top) on the driver side between the steering wheel and the windshield as a result of dashboard cover separation due to clip(s) failure - it has been spreading across the dash to the passenger side, and now there is concern about potential passenger airbag deployment issues.

- South Orange, NJ, USA

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