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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,066 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.

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2003 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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2003 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012015


  • 71,449 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted; however, the failure recurred on several occasions while driving at low speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure was unable to be determined; however, the gasket kit, a connector, and the maf sensor were replaced. The failure persisted and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,449.

- Point Pleasant , WV, USA

problem #8

Jan 072015


  • 102,225 miles
We bought the car December 29,2015, the car had 102,0215, and drove it to the doctor on our way back, the would make a "clunking" sound from trans-axles, and we notice that the dash board came up and it has hardware screws across the dash as if to hold it down.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 012013


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 buck Lesabre. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle failed to restart until the next day and had to be towed to the contact's residence. The dealer stated that the battery might have caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Ellisville , MS, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 272014


  • miles
Used Buick Lesabre custom 2003 cuts off while driving. The volt light appears and then the car shuts off. This is frightening and truly dangerous. The car will start back up usually after the first attempt, but sometimes it takes about two attempts. The car was taken to an auto repair shop where the car computer was replaced because the mechanics believed that to be the problem. However, after that was done, the car shut off again, several times, the very same day. The car was taken back to the auto repair shop and multiple tests were run and we were told about a number of problems ranging from the computer to the sensor. After all the tests were ran and parts replaced (computer and sensor), the car drove fine for two afternoons and then shut off again while at a traffic light. Fortunately, there was very little traffic and the light was red. The car turns back on but the fact that it shuts off at random and the mechanics cannot tell us the reason is unsettling. We have no solutions so far because the exact cause cannot be pinpointed. We do not feel safe driving this car. This issue has been recurring ever since June 27, 2014 and has become increasingly problematic.

- Ellaville, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 112007


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall sporadically without warning when driving at least 60 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and a local independent mechanic for diagnostic testing but no failure codes would generate. The contact replaced the ignition key but it did not remedy the failure. The contact had concerns that the vehicle stalling in traffic could cause a major crash and did not feel safe operating the vehicle. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #3

Mar 022009


  • 75,843 miles


Small lights burn out excessively and cost a fortune to have replaced. Examples steering wheel button lights, climate control, radio buttons (which cannot be replaced). Replaced multiple times and I have only had the car 4 years.

- Sauk City, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 162008


  • 73 miles
I was driving and proceeded to slow down as I did I heard a loud noise I continued driving about 3 miles when I smelled something burning. I stopped for a red light and noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood on the driver side. I pulled into a parking lot where the car proceeded to ignite on fire and burned before the fire department got there. I had no previous problems with car before this incident.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 272006

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Small lights burn out excessively and cost a fortune to have replaced. Examples steering wheel button lights, climate control id (green) lights, tail lights on trunk lid.

- Toledo, OH, USA

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