NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,405 miles

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1996 Buick LeSabre body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1996 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 102011


  • 150,000 miles


The subframe rusted and droped out of the car, causing the car to lose steering and sending it into oncoming traffic.

- Palm Beach Shores , FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 052008


  • 102,000 miles
The grommets and/or washers that hold up the engine frame cradle rusted out and allowed this part to drop through the retaining bolts, once this happened there was a total loss of steering. Had I been driving on the interstate or 60 mph on a state highway this would have turned into a very serious accident. I was sitting at a stoplight and the moment I accelerated I heard a very loud metallic thud/sound, which I assume was the cradle dropping down. I'm amazed that this all happened with zero warning that they were any issues with the steering. There was never any indication that this was going to happen, meaning no looseness, no vibration, no sensory changes in how the steering felt but all in a matter of 2 seconds, a loud noise and then I couldn't steer or guide the car. I hit the brakes because I was trying to turn right and the car was moving left so I slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting oncoming traffic. I live in the midwest and I believe that the corrosion was advanced due to all the salt that is placed on the roads to melt the ice/snow during the winter months. I'm writing this in hope that others will be notified and possibly have the condition of their cradles checked out to avoid losing their steering.

- Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 222007

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,620 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Buick Lesabre. While driving 25 mph, the contact struck a pothole and lost control of the vehicle. He noticed that the four rear washers were rusted, which caused the engine and transaxle frame to detach from the vehicle. As of October 24, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The contact replaced four upper and lower washers and isolators, in addition to four bolts. The failure mileage was 70,620 and current mileage was 70,670. Updated 12/07/07

- Niagra, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 202005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The mounts on the engine cradle broke and dropped and steering disengaged. The rack and pinion fell within the engine. Owner was in a parking lot driving when this happened. The speed was between 5-10 mph. There were no prior problems with the vehicle. The manufacturer said that the owner will not be getting any help resolving this problem today. This happened on July 20, 2005. There were no injuries. The 4 rear mounts on the engine cradle broke. The owner was having this repaired eventually. The information provided by the consumer was what he thought was relevant to the complaint. All the information collected is what the owner of the vehicle has wish to provide. The owner was on the phone with Buick customer service and they contacted the owners dealer and told the owner that they would not send anyone to the owners home to examine the damage.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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