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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,023 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Buick Lucerne body / paint problems

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2009 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 152016


  • 119,000 miles


Front driver side interior door lever fractures because of poor design and core material choice. Plastic lever cracks where it connects with the axle that actuates the door latch. Driver is trapped in car unable to exit without rolling down a window and reaching for the exterior handle or climbing out another door. General Motors has stopped selling the part leaving the customer with a difficult choice and very very expensive repair that is in essence no better than the oem part.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 212016


  • 122,000 miles
Interior driver door lever broke 3rd time in same location. This was a replacement for a replacement purchased in April 2016. Same at breaking point. Material and design is very poor. Driver is trapped in car without a way to rapidly open the door in an emergency to escape. Replacements parts are hard to find indicating this part fails often. Other door lever parts on other doors in this car are readily available.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 042016


  • 119,000 miles
Interior driver door lever broke again in same location. This was a replacement for the oem part that broke in April. Same breaking point. Material and design is very poor. Driver is trapped in car without a way to rapidly open the door in an emergency to escape.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 012016


  • 110,113 miles
Driver interior door lever breaking often, plastic component around central lever pivot that connects to lock release cable breaks leaving passenger stranded on interior. Only way to open door is to roll down window and reach for the exterior door handle. Driver could be trapped in an emergency without ability to escape rapidly. Shortage of replacement parts indicates that this is a very frequent repair item. Replacement product is of inferior materials and poor design. This car should be recalled for this safety defect. Probably affects several years and models.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 052011

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that the tires were unable to keep the correct amount of air pressure and that the TPMS warning lamp continued to flash each time the tires lost air pressure. The contact stated that the factory wheel wells associated with the tires were rusted and corroded and leaked continuously. The contact indicated that the coating was peeling and that the tires were replaced by a tire repair shop, but the failure recurred. The TPMS warning lamp continued to illuminate after the four tires were replaced. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. Updated 7/16/15

- Lanoka Harbor , NJ, USA

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