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2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,187 miles

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2005 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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2005 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 042015

LeSabre

  • 48,771 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to restart after several attempts. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle was towed twice to the dealer where the electronic ignition module was replaced each time. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,771.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #14

Mar 092015

LeSabre

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated while attempting to start the vehicle, the battery exploded without warning. The vehicle was towed by the insurance company. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the of failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Garden City, ID, USA

problem #13

Feb 022015

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Letter from senator rubio on behalf of constituent re 2005 Buick Lesabre defects (attn: David huff). The consumer stated the ignition switch broke, and when he exited the vehicle the instrument panel stated the key was still in the ignition. Also, the air bag was protruding out of the dashboard. The consumer was informed the recalls did not apply to his vehicle.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #12

Sep 172013

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 96,180 miles

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

The lights on the heater control quit working making it hard to see at night.

- Fairfield, IL, USA

problem #11

Aug 192014

LeSabre

  • 47,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. While driving 3 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 47,800.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #10

May 052013

LeSabre

  • 100,000 miles
Started out as a headlamp that we thought was burned out. Replaced the bulb and it worked for a day or two. Next the gas gauge, speedometer, heat and cooling gauge and now both headlamps do not work. My husband has to drive in the dark with brights on because there are absolutely no headlights. This is a serious safety issue and GM should be issuing a recall. This is extremely dangerous and we cannot drive our vehicle at night unless we use our brights the whole time which then becomes a safety issue to other drivers. This is as serious as seat belts failing or windshield wipers out of whack. Please respond to this with quick and serious measures.

- Ault, CO, USA

problem #9

Nov 152012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

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

Originally when the issue happened at random times with the speedometer readingin inaccurately. Now it has fallen to the 6 O'clock position and never moves from that position. I have never had it repaired was told by dealers that the part was the instrument cluster and it would need to be replaced. Issue started at around 86000 miles (random readings) around 91000 speedometer (fallen to 6 O' clock position.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 302012

LeSabre

  • 62,000 miles
Speedometer is inaccurate and very sporadic. Speedometer needle gets stuck on any number when vehicle is completely stopped and/or turned off. Most of the time have to guess how fast or slow the vehicle is actually going. This is a safety hazard. After reading about the same type of complaints from other consumers, I think it's about time GM fixes this problem by initiating a formal recall. My grandparents swore by Buick and GM vehicles. I absolutely have my doubts now. If problem is never recalled, I will never purchase a Buick or any other GM vehicle in the future. It is not right for this to be ignored with as many common complaints that are filed.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #7

Jul 102012

LeSabre

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, smoke was emitting from under the rear seat. The contact was able to pull over to further assess the failure. The contact diagnosed that the electrical chords were overheated and the medal had become unbearably hot. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Versalles , KY, USA

problem #6

Feb 102011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
The speedometer would show lower speed than I was going, then it would not work at all. The temp. Gage would go past hot, then peg out. Replaced vehicle speed sensor did not fix. Replaced temp. Sensor did not fix.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #5

May 012006

LeSabre

  • 42,000 miles

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

Instrument lights on radio, heat/air controls, steering wheel radio/cruise control controls started burning out one by one. Thinking that it would be a simple, cheap fix, I took it to the dealer. At that time, they informed me that they could no longer just fix the burned out bulbs, but had to replace the entire electrical module just to fix the light. What was once a $10-$20 fix has now become a $150-$200 fix per module. One module can contain one or two light bulbs, so if you have 6 or 8 burned out bulbs, it can cost you up to $1600 to fix! secondly, around September 2010, the RPM gauge pegged out and then dropped to the six O'clock position. Ever since then, sometimes it works erratically and sometimes not at all. Then, about January 2011, my fuel gauge started doing the same thing. When my tank was full, it would read empty or half full. After re-starting my car, it would go back to normal, only to act funny the next time I started the car. I noticed that there was a recall on other GM cars that used the same defective stepper motors that are installed in the 2002-2005 Buick Lesabre, but for some reason, the Lesabre were not included in the recall where GM was responsible for the replacement cost on the instrument cluster. This isn't right! with faulty instrument panels, it isn't safe to drive! and if you want to get it replaced, it will cost you around $800-900!!!!

- Crab Orchard, TN, USA

problem #4

May 012006

LeSabre

  • 42,000 miles
Instrument lights on radio, heat/air controls, steering wheel radio/cruise control controls started burning out one by one. Thinking that it would be a simple, cheap fix, I took it to the dealer. At that time, they informed me that they could no longer just fix the burned out bulbs, but had to replace the entire electrical module just to fix the light. What was once a $10-$20 fix has now become a $150-$200 fix per module. One module can contain one or two light bulbs, so if you have 6 or 8 burned out bulbs, it can cost you up to $1600 to fix! secondly, around September 2010, the RPM gauge pegged out and then dropped to the six O'clock position. Ever since then, sometimes it works erratically and sometimes not at all. Then, about January 2011, my fuel gauge started doing the same thing. When my tank was full, it would read empty or half full. After re-starting my car, it would go back to normal, only to act funny the next time I started the car. I noticed that there was a recall on other GM cars that used the same defective stepper motors that are installed in the 2002-2005 Buick Lesabre, but for some reason, the Lesabre were not included in the recall where GM was responsible for the replacement cost on the instrument cluster. This isn't right! with faulty instrument panels, it isn't safe to drive! and if you want to get it replaced, it will cost you around $800-900!!!!

- Crab Orchard, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 182010

LeSabre

  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle speedometer works on and off. Speedometer reads 20 mph when going 60 on hwy. Took vehicle to dealer and they stated that the entire instrument panel would have to be replaced at a cost of 800 plus labor..... vehicle has about 60,000 miles and had 55,000 at time.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 222008

LeSabre

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. When the contact starts the vehicle, the instrument panel gauges become hot. The dealer stated that the entire instrument panel needed to be replaced at a cost of over $600. In addition, one of the gauges is not registering the correct information. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Yadkinville, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 132005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,061 miles
The contact stated the remote keyless entry device unlocked more GM vehicles than just his own. He contacted the manufacturer and they told him to take the vehicle to the dealership. The dealership reprogrammed the device and it still unlocked other vehicles. Updated 1/11/2006 -

- Greenville, PA, USA

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