NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,378 miles

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2005 Buick LaCrosse transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012008


  • miles


2005 Buick Lacrosse was bought used with slightly over 44,000 miles back in may of 2008 and was taken to the dealership for acceleration and transmission shifting issues several times since purchase. Car would not accelerate, losing power while going up hills, bogging down while slightly accelerating to pass, and the transmission would shimmy between 1st and 2nd gears, and clunk when coming to a stop. Naturally, the dealership played the guessing game replacing the catalytic converter, the torque converter and sensor, and even re-programmed the computer, and could no longer duplicate any problems once they had run out of their options two months ago the car developed a clicking noise while turning the steering wheel either direction, the dealer was able to determine within an hour that it was the intermediate steering shaft and proposed lubrication to resolve the issue for a cost of over $300. Sounds like they were already aware of this popular issue.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 012009


  • 81,000 miles
2005 Buick Lacrosse transmission failed at 81,000 miles- took car to dealership before extended warranty expired with the hard shifting problem before the transmission went out they stated it wasn't the transmission- transmission had to be rebuilt at my cost $2,500. Per google search this has been a common problem other owners of the same car have had.

- Bethel, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 082006

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
At times, car will not accelerate. When attempting to increase speed, usually when accelerating into high speed, the car does nothing for a few seconds, then it begins to buck, still with no speed acceleration. It has lasted from a few seconds to 10 minutes. It only happens periodically, and no trouble lights appear on the dashboard.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 192006

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,351 miles


Car looses power while trying to accelerate. Have almost been rear ended on a couple of occasions. Once while on I-95 in Georgia, a semi-truck almost rear ended the vehicle. The dealership says it cannot duplicate the problem even though they say it could be the wireless accelerator they will not replace it unless they can personally duplicate the problem.

- Weeki Wachee, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 032006

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,868 miles
The vehicle had a hesitation upon acceleration between 40 and 60 mph. Also noise was coming from the engine. Especially on a cold start. Brakes were pulsating.

- Burnham, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 172006

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
: the consumer stated while driving the vehicle surged. It was taken to an independent repair shop. The mechanic determined it was the transmission. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, were a diagnostic test was performed and no codes were found. While turning right there was a clicking noise in the front end.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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