NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery Problems

1998 Buick LeSabre (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,639 miles

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1998 Buick LeSabre fuel system problems

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Apr 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 85,170 miles


Recall regarding the intake manifold on the 1998 Buick Lesabre. The engine overheated and was ruined due to the intake manifold problem. The second time the consumer experienced problems with the vehicle it resulted in having to get a new engine which was due to the intake manifold problem.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #5

Jul 052004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The consumer received recall 04V090000. The engine light illuminated after starting the vehicle. The dealership was, notified, but did not resolve the problem because parts were not available. Bob saks, 248-478-0500.

- Farmington, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 222004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
After starting the vehicle, a fire started in the engine compartment. The consumer managed to exit the vehicle. There was no warning light. The key was turned to start the engine when the backfire occurred. The service dealer used the old parts that were damaged to repair the vehicle. After the repair, the vehicle would not start. The vehicle needed a new engine from the fire. (the coolant had leaked into the cylinder and caused it to leak) recall#04V090000 the consumer requested reimbursement.

- China Township, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 132004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The engine back fired and black smoke came out the tail pipe. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, who indicated that the upper and lower manifold broke. As a result, the tail pipe/ tension O-ring/thermostat, and gasket needed to be replaced due to water contamination. The engine had a mixture of water and oil in it. Fuel regulator, coil, and speedometer wires also needed replacement. The spark plugs were contaminated with antifreeze. The engine was contaminated with antifreeze and fuel. Recall#04V090000 the upper intake manifold was broken and burned through and the fuel pressure regulator leaked gas.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 102004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,686 miles
The consumer stated the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent shop and the mechanic determined that the intake manifold cracked. The problem was due to a faulty fuel pressure regulator. The consumers VIN was not included the recall.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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problem #1

Jun 282001

(reported on)


  • miles
Above mentioned vehicle came into my auto repair shop with a very dangerous fuel leak that the customer was unaware of. The plastic beauty cover on top of the GM 3800 series II engines made contact with the high pressure plastic fuel line going into fuel rail. Due to high mileage of this car, line was damaged by the cover. Since then, I have seen 2 other GM 3800's with the same cover-to-fuel line contact. The potential leak is extremely dangerous as the leaking plastic fuel line runs from the firewall area, over the right side exhaust manifold, into the fuel rail on top of the intake manifold. A simple inspection & pad between the fuel line and the sharp edge of the plastic cover would be a very cost-effective cure for a potentially serious situation. This inspection & repair should apply to all GM badges with the 3800 series II engines.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

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