NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,478 miles

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1997 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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1997 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012015


  • 65,000 miles


The horn will sound without pressing the horn button(s) when the car is in motion or unoccupied. This occurs when the weather is cold. I have researched this online and it is apparently an issue for many owners. Part of the air bag contracts during the winter months pressing on part of the horn button. The only way to shut it off is to pull the horn fuse. I am concerned this may lead to an electrical fire if the horn sounds for too long or an air bag malfunction. Also, the vehicle has to be driven without the ability to use the horn.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012011


  • 12,344 miles
I own a 1997 Buick le sabre custom (3.8) the car will shutdown when I am driving it.also it drains the battery.the date is the year that I purchased the car.

- Fort Meade, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012


  • miles
Has a 1997 Buick Lesabre and having problems with ignition and I can be driving and it just like it don, T get no juice from engine then when tried to start up it don, T catch in ignition switch. I have spend over 2,000 in this car but every one I take it to says it in the ignition it sounds like it wants to start sometimes it takes up to 6 hours before it starts.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 062011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


I have not seen a fire yet but it has been smoking in the front of the car since 2010 when I brought the car used for $2800 at jims towing service in elizabeth New Jersey and every time the car broke down whether it was electrical or what he had gotten mad at me for not bringing it to him and then the check engine kept on coming on and come to find out last month and the car cost me $2000 dollars to fix and the month before that the garage I went to navarro's had fixed the horn because that was going on and off again and sometimes the lights flicker and other things and now the security alarm does not work and yesterday while shopping I asked my daughter what that sound was it was my horn again shorting and disconnected it again it has done that too many times and I cannot afford a new car with 6 people living in my house and iam the only one working right now and does any mechanic know what they are doing anymore and I need the car to get back and forth I don't know what to do anymore and when I said that the car cost me $2000 to fix there was a crack in the block of the engine and for awhile now I have manually do the locks on my doors and cannot replace the passenger side electric switch because no one has it anymore help don't need car to catch on fire and it has been smoking alot lately with the horn connected it is not connected now. When the new incident happened it was parked in the parking lot and security officer came.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 292009


  • 30,000 miles
This car has horn problems. The horn starts blowing for no reason and the mechanic said that the sensor is defective and that to replace it would cost several hundred dollars.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #2

May 152003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
I have replaced the instrument cluster panel (dashboard) in my car twice within the last 2 1/2 years. Each time I had to order a replacement and lost the use of my car for an extended period of time.

- Mt. Gilead, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 151999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multi function alarm module for lighting and lock failed. Mjs

- Unk, UN, USA

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