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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,036 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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1996 Buick LeSabre engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 252011


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, he heard a loud clunking noise, the engine dropped, and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop, where they diagnosed that the engine cradle and bushing were corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

- Swartz Creek , MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 282003


  • 71,197 miles
Nar 9-8-03. Minor knock noise in engine. Engine was replaced in the amount of $4200 on 71000 mile vehicle.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 212002


  • 88,985 miles
Engine sustained damage due to oil sludging (gelling). Oil pressure was inflated, knocking sound was noticed. Penzoil 10W30 was being used at regular intervals. Dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis----770781.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 231999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A deteriorating plenum was causing coolant to get into engine cylinders. Dealer notified, and repairs made at consumer's cost. The heat from the egr valve burns a hole inside the wall of planam allowing the engine to suck coolant into cylinders and causing the engine to lose power steering and brakes resulting in accident.

- Cave City, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 231996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
One cylinder left bank failed. Mjs

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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