NHTSA — Suspension Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,184 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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2005 Buick LaCrosse suspension problems

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2005 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 262014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • miles


S10- direct reply- letter to the secretary from constituent regarding assistance with a safety recall of a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The consumer stated the air bag light would come on and then go off. The dealer stated it would cost $150 to replace the air bag module for the driver and passenger side. Also, the vehicle stalled slightly when driving up a short hill. There was a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The dealer concluded the fender was rubbing on the tire when turning left and they simply re-positioned the right front fender. On one occasion, when the consumer started the vehicle, he heard a strange noise and the steering wheel would not turn. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. It was determined, the power steering pump, transmission, water pump and engine were all leaking fluids. Also, the wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Updated 12/17/15

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 202015

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 74,499 miles
Premature corrosion caused rear strut to fall off and cut driver's side rear tire. Replaced 1 tire, rear struts, rear springs and rear sway bar links. Mechanic said this failure was "unusual." I was very lucky that this did not cause an accident. The repairs cost $917.46. This expense was completely unexpected. I wash winter salt off of the car regularly. Parts, design, or both are flawed.

- Scituate, MA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel and front end of the vehicle began to shake. The contact also stated that the vehicle veered to the right. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired, but the repairs were unknown and the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Sutton, WV, USA

problem #7

Aug 142014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 80,810 miles


Broken stabilizer bar, sway bar links and bushings were replaced.several days later there was leakage under the drivers side of car. After checking fluids all seemed in order. But leakage continued until I assume fluid was low or out. Now I notice a steering wheel squeal whenever I turn the steering wheel, regardless of low or high speed. I understand power steering is still a problem. When will there be a recall?

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 202014


  • 65,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, there was an abnormal noise heard as the contact drove over a bump. The contact noticed that the sway bar that was attached to the wheel was corroded and fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- East China, MI, USA

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problem #5

Oct 012013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 84,700 miles
A creaking sound was noticed usually when turning the steering wheel or in a constant state turn mostly at speeds below 40 mph. Car was taken to a GM (Buick ) dealer garage and it was diagnosed as the rack and pinion. Dealer recommended replacing the rack and pinion, tie rods, power steering pump and hose and also recommended replacing the struts. I took the car to a garage that does md state inspections to have the car inspected and they quickly found the issue....the front stabilizer bar was fatigue cracked completely through at the attach point on one end and only the bolt was holding it together. The stabilizer bar was replaced and the noise went away. If I had taken the GM dealer's advice I would have spent at least $1,850 and still had the problem. The mech. At the inspection station says that this is a chronic problem with certain GM makes/models.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #4

Jan 042013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 57,130 miles


Front end of car has a slight shimmy, and tires will thump at all speeds. Dealer did a force balance, did not help. I had a four wheel alignment done.that helped about 85 percent of the problem but still has a slight shimmy. I don't know about the rotors or rims.tires are new. New wheel bearings installed.

- Lake Milton, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 092005

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle began wobbling excessively and the steering column was difficult to operate. The dealer rotated the tires and adjusted the alignment. Three weeks after the repairs were made, the failures recurred. He took the vehicle back to the dealer, but they were unable to determine the cause of the failures. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 2,000 and current mileage was 47,470. Updated 01/24/08 updated 01/24/08

- Cambria Heights, NY, USA

problem #2

May 182005

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles
New Buick lacross; the car wandered around the road. It would all of a sudden go to the left and then to the right. The steering wheel doesn't have to be turned in either of those directions.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 142005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
While driving at any speed steering wheeljerked. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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