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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,152 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 012015

LeSabre

  • 200,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. While operating the vehicle, the air bag sensor light illuminated indicating that the air system was faulty. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #15

Jan 072015

LeSabre

  • 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 #14

Oct 222014

LeSabre

  • miles
Recall

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #13

Feb 032014

LeSabre

  • 88,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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 #12

Jul 252014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 181,219 miles
Entered vehicle and noticed dashboard buckling on drivers side and passenger side. Afraid to start vehicle because the passenger air bag may deploy.

- Brush, CO, USA

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problem #11

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

problem #10

Jun 022014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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! www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-C5295_ds45613 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 #9

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 #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

Jul 152009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 46,573 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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! www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-C5295_ds45613 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 #5

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 #4

Jun 012010

LeSabre

  • 60,000 miles
The vinyl dash pad in front of the driver started to shrink toward the steering wheel and raise upward and is now up about 1 -1/2 inches and is progressing toward the passengers side I am concerned about the possibility that when the passengers dash pad area rises upward will this cause the passenger air bag to deploy?

- Troy, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the inflater device in the steering column needed to be replaced. She stated that in the event of a crash, the air bag would not deploy. She has had the part replaced, but Buick does not feel that this is a safety issue. The contact hears an occasional squeaking noise when turning the steering wheel. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 17,000 and current mileage was 20,000.

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 032003

LeSabre

  • miles
When driving at any speed air bag warning light appeared on the dashboard. Also. The consumer contacted dealer on four separate occasions, but problem still occurs.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 082003

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer stated while driving an avis rental another vehicle traveling at high speeds hit the drivers side of consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Consumer sustained head and chest injuries.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

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