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NHTSA — Electrical System: Instrument Panel Problems

8.9

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,538 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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2008 Buick Lucerne accessories - interior problems

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2008 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012010

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 9,000 miles

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

Instrument panel gauges are difficult to read on 2008 Buick Lucerne I have a 2008 Buick Lucerne with an instrument panel lighting problem. Most of the time the gauges are very difficult to read. Buick has an ongoing problem with this problem. The earliest cars that I've found to exhibit this problem are 2003 Buick. The latest is 2013. Buick does not acknowledge this problem and stonewalls when asked to asked correct it. I believe it is a safely issue and should be corrected. Below are two of the many sites where owners address the problem. car-and-safety.com/Buick-digital-instrument-panel.htm www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2006/Buick/Lucerne/instrument+panel.

- Los Alamitos, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 152009

Lucerne

  • 3,000 miles
During daylight hours the instrumental panel lights will be dim or go dim while driving. You will not be able to read any information on the dash when sun shines on or near the panel. Dealer replaced panel but it did no good. Went back to dealer but he said they could not fix it.

- Sutton, NE, USA

problem #3

Feb 102009

Lucerne

  • 600 miles
I have an 08 Buick Lucerne cxl under warranty. At times the instrument panel lights are so dim you cannot read the panel when the sun shines on them a bit. I took it to dealer and they replaced panel light. No help. They said Buick will not help them. Took it back and explained problem and they said yes, you and a thousand others. I contacted Buick division and they file my email and give me a long number. Dealer agrees it is a safety problem. When driving in mountains I want to know my speed, gear I'm in etc. It don't happen all the time so I am sure there is a simple fix. A switch or computer or something similiar. Thankyou.

- Sutton, NE, USA

problem #2

Jul 312008

Lucerne

  • miles
On a sunny day it is not possible to read the instrument panel under the cowl. Most important : one cannot read the speedometer so that you can only judge your speed by whether you are passing everyone or they are passing you. Nor are any of the other instruments readable. At night there is no problem as the instrument lights are fine, but the instrument lights do nothing to help the day problem. These are all accidents waiting to happen. I spoke with Buick in detroit and also my local Buick dealer. Detroit said they were aware of the problem but had no suggestion. My dealer also had no suggestion. This is clearly a design flaw that needs correction.

- Malibu, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032008

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Lucerne. The contact noticed that the lighting on the instrument control panel had a constant low intensity, resulting in poor illumination. As a result, he was unable to see the warning lights and other important information on the instrument control panel. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that it was a characteristic of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 90 and current mileage was 1,300. Update 10/01/08 updated 10/02/08.

- Florissant, MO, USA

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