really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,616 miles

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2006 Buick LaCrosse steering problems

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2006 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Oct 172019


  • miles


No power steering present when making left turns and power steering fluid keeps getting low. It mus be topped off every week..

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jul 022019


  • miles
Steering problems,

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #20

Jan 032015


  • 61,000 miles
The steering is tight, hard to turn the front wheels. It makes a whining & grinding noise when turning. It sounds like it's rubbing against something in the steering column. I've had it to 3 mech's, plus I called Buick. They all said they didn't know what the problem was. It seems this is a problem with many 2006 lacross'. this happens from 0 to 60 mph

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #19

Feb 142017

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving 10 mph, the steering column locked and made an abnormal humming sound. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering reservoir was depleted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to lack of part availability the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. Updated 06/02/17

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #18

Jan 022015


  • miles
My 2006 Buick Lacrosse has a squealing, moaning noise, coming from the steering column, for 2 yrs now. This is happening more & more, very hard to steer. What will happen when I can't steer it any longer, a bad accident. I've had it looked at 4 times, no one can tell me what is wrong with it. Upon looking at the other complaints, on-line, I see it could be the steering box, line, or R & P. why hasn't GM recalled this problem, since they know about it?

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #17

Oct 312006

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving at any speed. The air bag light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. In addition, while driving at any speed and making a right or left turn, the steering wheel made a loud knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the power steering pump had a leak and was replaced. The failure recurred. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09E005000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 06/14/16

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #16

Feb 252016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the headlights on the vehicle became inoperable without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V519000 (exterior lighting); however, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 74,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 05/10/16 the consumer stated the power steering failed while driving 70 mph on the freeway. The consumer was informed the mechanical coupling between the power steering pump and high pressure line had disintegrated. There was no flexible fitting utilizing a hose on the line. The poor application left no way to allow the line to absorb the constant vibration created by bolting the pump to the engine and the line to the frame. Updated 07/18/16. The consumer stated the driver module was replaced as a temporary fix. Updated 08/03/16.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #15

Feb 112016

LaCrosse 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for brake pads replacement; the technician stated that the front sway bar, which connected both wheels of the steering, was cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 129,000. Updated 05/25/18

- Syracuse, IN, USA

problem #14

Apr 012015


  • 28,000 miles
I have a 2006 Lacrosse with 28,000 miles - there was a recall for the ignition switch that was repaired a few months earlier; then there was a whining noise with the steering - had to have the steering gear replaced; at the same time, the module/coil went bad.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #13

Oct 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the power control function for the doors failed to work. The contact was not able to unlock the doors from the inside or the outside of the vehicle. The failure was progressing to the point that all four doors failed to open and the key fob was malfunctioning. In addition, the driver's side seat was not able to adjust and the steering wheel was making a loud clicking noise. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The contact was not notified but was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V755000 (exterior lighting) and the dealer stated that the part needed was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 012009

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • miles


Steering knuckle- was replaced once years ago under warranty but is now starting to make noise again consistently worse for the last 1-2 years.for months now, we've noticed that occasionally the car will act weird. The throttle will be less responsive and it will almost act like it's missing on a couple cylinders or so, but it has never set a code for it. The shift points are raised and you have to drastically give it more throttle to get the car to accelerate, but when it does, it kinda like surges and then it shifts harder. Once it is in road gear and cruising, the car surges while at a constant speed, it can be felt that the car surges and doesn't remain totally smooth and consistent like it should. An engine restart usually stops it for that time. We have the same sporadic problem and have had for years on our '98 olds Eighty-Eight with a 3800 engine also. Both cars are now doing the exact same thing occasionally, are 8 model years apart, both have the 3800 engine but one is a series II engine and the other is a series III. We just noticed the past few months that the car is starting to make front end noises like the front stabilizer bar is broke, so I looked at it recently and noticed that the left side of it where it connects to the lower control arm is stress fractured in half.

- Weldon, IA, USA

problem #11

Oct 272004

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I can hear a strange noise in the steering column when I turn the steering wheel. I am not going fast. It seems to make this noise at the slightest turn. I see where you are having problems with this. Please tell me what I am to do to get this fixed please. Thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Anaconda, MT, USA

problem #10

Oct 232013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
We bought this car from a private party in Oct. Of 2013. We have noticed a sound when we turn the steering wheel. Sounds like something isn't right in the steering column. Has there been a problem with the steering with these cars? we tried steering wheel fluid but it made no difference.

- Anaconda, MT, USA

problem #9

May 312013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • miles
I have just recently become Buick owner I needed a nice dependable car for work. I have not had the car month yet and there's a problem with the steering. I have had to put in power steering fluid every other day because its ran out. My dad and I have tried everything, because I can't afford to replace a entire rack and pinion system and my warranty just like many others doesn't cover this part. GM needs to think really hard about recalling the cars that have this issue or maybe all the owners should go to the local media about the issue. We all know that big corporations hate bad press!!

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 012013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Steering wheel column squeaks on every turn. It sounds like a tire squeal. Like rubber rubbing on something.noticed it beginning of the year and it continues to get worse. Happens all the time.

- Northlake, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 012006

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Making clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft while turning the steering wheel. This started to happen from the 1st year of ownership, but it was only during the winter months and the frequency was very rare (1 or two times). Recently it started to happen all the time. Looked up the internet and appears that many people are having the same problem. Contacted Buick and reported the problem.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 272012

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The vehicle makes a rubbing noise when turning the vehicle.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012011

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
It has been determined by a certified mechanic that the cars rack and pinion assembly on the front suspension, is faulty.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 222010


  • 40,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 5 mph the steering intermediate shaft broke. He stated that he had no control of the vehicle. He engaged the brakes and crashed into a curb. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The dealer advised him that the steering intermediate shaft and sir coil had broken on the vehicle. The dealer replaced the intermediate shaft, sir coil and realigned the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 40,500 and the current mileage was 41,314.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 182010

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
A certified mechanic inspected my 2006 Buick Lacrosse LX. He said that complete tie rod assembly was "worn out", and needed to be replaced. This should not be happening with a vehicle with 80,000 miles on it!

- Hammond, IN, USA

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