NHTSA — Engine Problems

1.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
166,153 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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1997 Buick LeSabre engine problems

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1997 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 232017

LeSabre

  • 103,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We were driving and heard it missing and it started overheating, so we put more water in and decided to come home. So when we turned around it died 2X then the cylinders locked up and it wouldnt start. When we got home my husband found water in the intake and the oil. So we replaced the intake gasket and put it back together and it did it again, but then it made a loud noise and we found that the bar connection the piston to the crank shaft busted. The car only has 103, K miles on it.. dont understand how its even possible. The only other person that owned it was an old guy. We only put 300miles on it when this happened.

- Marseilles, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 102015

LeSabre

  • 130,000 miles
While entering the interstate highway, car started losing power at 50mph. After getting car up to a safe speed, got the car home where it then stopped running and would not re-start. Mechanic checked and found that the head gasket failed at 130,000 miles. This car has always been well maintained. Nearly caused me to be rear-ended as I was on A70mph interstate highway! also, your website keeps telling me I have an "invalid VIN number!" this is the only one ever issued for this vehicle. What's with this?

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 142014

LeSabre

  • 620,000 miles
My check ingine light wont go off and I was told I have mass air flow and now when I start it it misfires, my air conditioning doesnt work and the speedometer is reading crazy

- Fort Mohave, AZ, USA

problem #6

Aug 282014

LeSabre

  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1997 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the engine stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 152014

LeSabre

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, an abnormal sound emitted from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the upper intake manifold needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- West Chester , PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012

LeSabre

  • 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 #3

Mar 052014

LeSabre

  • 143,381 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Was driving car and it started steering hard drove home approx 35 miles to find the K frame washers had rusted off and the engine was not being support. Has it fixed and same thing happened again going less than 5 mph and steering went out and on inspection the front and lower frame mounts had fallen and car has been parked every since because I can not find parts that are reasonably priced! I was on the interstate doing 70 mph 10 mins prior to the last incident could have been a bad result. Have read about these problems in a forum someone started on google, cant believe there was never a recall!

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 052013

LeSabre

  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Buick Lesabre. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph and the vehicle began to shake in a continuous jerking motion. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the retainer washer and the body mount was disengaged on the passenger's side, causing the engine cradle to collapse on the rear driver's side. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #1

May 052010

LeSabre

  • 97,000 miles
My car jerks like a fish tugging on your line at different speeds and when coming up an incline. It also has a very strong odor that I smell when running the A/C. I smell it outside the car and occasionally I smell it inside the car.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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