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2003 Buick LeSabre fuel system problems

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2003 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 032016

LeSabre Custom 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles


Drove to fast food joint approx. 4 miles and returned home. Parked 2003 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8 V6 in driveway. Inside home about a minute and realized I had left soda in car. Raised garage door and was shocked to see billowing smoke coming out from under hood .I quickly unlocked car and released hood latch and as I raised hood flames almost reached my clothing and my face was almost seared as I fell back on the ground. I got to my feet and felt dizzy but the engine bay was engulfed in flames and very close ,I discovered later, to the fuel pressure line ....whew!. Luckily my wash bucket was nearby and I hit it with 5 gal. of soapy water. The fire was almost out but the plastic top engine cover was melting away. I grabbed it with some pliers and tossed it on the drive. It had melted down and 3 spark plug wires were destroyed. I don't know at this point what other components have been damaged. If I had NOT gone back outside to get my Coke Zero the car would have burned up and close to the house as it was it could have burned down my house too! I am truly lucky and GOD had sent an angel to influence me back outside where I discovered the Buick on fire and put it out. The fact that my Buick was in a recall for replacing defective gaskets that allowed oil to ignite the fire was scary for sure! There have been over 1300 car fires as a result of defective GM parts installed during assembly .GM huh? I have contacted Buick Corporate for a solution .

Update from Feb 6, 2016: I have contacted GM and Buick and provided details of the fire in the engine bay, that has rendered the Buick inoperable. I know this is a serious problem and that GM has a recall to allow the oil to drip away from exhaust manifold via some sort of metal tray and force the oil to drip away from exhaust manifold and eliminate a potential fire. This does not fix the problem and further more the defective gaskets need to be replaced with improved gaskets that will stop oil leak and prevent further incidents of fire . I still haven't heard from GM to learn when they are going to repair or replace burned spark plug wires, mass airflow sensor, coil pack, melted engine shroud , a melted oil filler tube and cap, and whatever unseen damage caused by the fire.
This happened 4 days ago and nothing from GM yet....

- , Stone Mountain, GA, USA

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