NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


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1998 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012001


  • miles


I believe I have a problem with the vats. The system has failed preventing me from starting the car. I have checked the fuses and one was blown but that goes to the electronic level control (hence a second problem) itiallally the car failed to start after jiggling the key it started. The security light remained on the whole way home. Came home shut the car down and started back up again. Later that evening my wife took the car to the store, where it failed to start. She called me I promptly responded with 2 of my children in tow. After checking fuses, reading the owners manual and disconnecting the battery, jiggling the key the car started...thank goodness. Then we got home and it died. Yesterday I checked all fuses to verify, its not that..finally determining its in the ignition system relating to the lock cylinder. I have an extended warranty and hope the dealer will fix it. Today I have continued to poke around and attempted to start it..successfully after jiggling the ignition/key. Do you know if this is a common problem for this vehicle" unfortunately we do not know if it will start again. This is not a pleasant situation. Do you know what might cause the lock cylinder to do this? will this require new passkeys"

- Greenwich, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 051998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine failed due to spark plugs burning and computer malfunction.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998


  • miles
Ignition coil failure causing vehicle to stall and backfire.

- Plainview, NY, USA

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