NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery Problems

1998 Buick LeSabre (Page 1 of 2)


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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 1 of 2)

problem #26

Sep 152004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Lesabre. The contact noticed oil in the antifreeze bucket in the vehicle. When the vehicle was taken to the mechanic, he was informed that the cooling coils had burst in the radiator. Currently, antifreeze has settled on the engine block. The vehicle was tested for a pressure leak and the mechanic was unable to find one. The contact was informed that the intake gasket failed. NHTSA campaign id number 04V090000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery) was referenced. The current mileage was 31,000 and failure mileage was 26,000. Updated 06/25/08. Updated 06/25/08

- Rye, NH, USA

problem #25

Sep 282004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
The contact took H car to dealer for a recall 04V090000 repairs almost one year ago in August, 2004. He received the recall notice in June, 2004, and the car was repaired on 9-28-04. They damaged the car on the outside and also under the hood. The rear tail light was broken and there was a scratch under the front left headlight. They put red tape over the headlight. The accelerator stuck and the car stalled. This problem immediately followed the recall repairs within one day. The dealer denied anything wrong was done. The recall was in regard to a fuel regulator. As soon as the car returned to the contact it shut off. Recently, the accelerator stuck, and the contact smelled a fuel/exhaust odor that was very strong. The check engine light stayed on N.. he talked to GM on 11-12-04, and they informed him that they had notified the dealer about the damage, and for him to take the car to dealer for repairs. When he took the car to dealer the dealer was mad and refused to fix the car.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #24

Jun 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Buick Lesabre became inoperative and smoke came out of the tailpipe. A small fire emitted form the rear of the truck. The consumer smelled gas for months prior to the incident. The consumer had the fuel pump and filter replaced thinking it would remedy the problem. Recall 04V090000 was issued for this vehicle.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #23

Apr 012005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Buick Lesabre had the intake manifold replaced. The consumer's claim for a refund for repairs was not approved. The consumer had turned left onto a loop and started to accelerate when the engine started to miss and make noises. The consumer pulled over and viewed a lot of water under the engine. The consumer felt that he should be reimbursed for the replacement of the spark plugs that were damaged when the water flooded into the block and or the ruptured plastic intake manifold. Refer to recall campaign#04V090000. The horn would go off when the horn pad was bumped or when the interior of the vehicle became' hot. The manufacturer wrote the consumer a letter which stated the part that was replaced on the vehicle was not covered under the recall.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 122005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Buick Lesabre experiencing problems with fuel pressure regulator part that was installed during a recall. Recall campaign# 04V090000. The manufacturer would not pay for the repairs because the consumer did not have the repairs made at a dealership.

- Rego Park , NY, USA

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problem #21

Mar 142005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car had been hard to start for a while. On day of incident, when starting the vehicle, a backfire occurred and smoke rolled out from under the hood. Within minutes, a fire started, completely destroying the vehicle.

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #20

Dec 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles


The fuel pressure regulator failed and ruined the intake manifold. At low mileage the wheel bearings were replaced. Recall#04V090000

- Prospect, PA, USA

problem #19

Mar 242004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 69,269 miles
Replaced upper intake plenum seals and gaskets, engine oil and filter, spark plugs and wire set. Installed fuel filter, starter would not turn off (stuck on), replaced it. The vehicle stalled in heavy traffic. The problem was determined to be a ruptured intake manifold that caused water to flood the engine. The consumer requested reimbursement. Recall# 04V090000.

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 142004


  • miles
After the fuel pressure regulator recall 04V090000 was performed the vehicle consumed an excessive amount of antifreeze and oil. The part #8901 7530 regulator was replaced. Also the check engine light illuminated and when the vehicle was started there was a loud noise from under the hood. The noise sounded as if the engine was going to exploded. The dealership has been notified.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #17

Oct 142002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Nar 1/21/03 design problem with intake manifold. The vehicle refused to start, after several failed attempts the vehicle was towed. After trouble shooting, it was determined the intake manifold had a hole in it which allowed coolant fluid to enter the cylinders resulting in a hydrostatic lock.

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #16

Dec 312003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles


Recall for fuel regulator and intake manifold problems. The consumer received a recall letter regarding the problem, however the consumer had already experienced the problem prior to receiving the recall and had already had the regulator and intake manifold replaced. The manufacturer refused to pay for the manifold, they stated it was not ruptured, but it was warped and needed to be repalced. The manufacturer sent the consumer a check for a $127.40, but the consumer believed he was entilted to the remaining portion of $374.98.

- Paola, KS, USA

problem #15

Oct 012004


  • 48,000 miles
Defective fuel pressure regulator caused damaged. Oil leaked due to manifold wear. There was a loud bang and the warning lights had come on. The consumer requested reimbursement. Recall# 04V090000. The consumer received the recall letter after she had already paid for the repairs.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #14

Oct 172004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,295 miles
NHTSA #: 04V090000 - I own a 1998 Buick Lesabre 3.8L. On 9/27/02 I had a hard starting and stalling problem, taken for service at GM dealer and fuel regulator was replaced. In August 2004 was notified of the recall and took vehicle back to GM dealer to assure the recalled part was not in the car. The dealer told us the car does run a little rough (noted on work order) but the correct regulator was in the vehicle don't worry about it. On October 10,2004 we started having trouble starting the car. On October 11 we made an appointment to take the vehicle in for service on October 18, 2004 to an independent service shop. On Thursday October 14, 2004 and Friday October 15, 2004 the car stalled once each day when moving in traffic at a very slow speed. On Sunday October 17, 2004 while my wife was following me to drop the car off at the repair shop, the car again stalled. She put the car in neutral and restarted the car. When the car started it jumped forward and she struck the back of my truck. The repair shop found the fuel regulator to be leaking fuel into the vacuum hose and into the exhaust manifold. This was the part that according to the GM dealer was not part of the recall on August 11, 2004. The end result is there is $3000 damage to the Lesabre, non to by truck. My back is slightly sore but of greater concern is the seat belt did not lock on the Buick and my wife struck her chest on the steering wheel hard enough to have bruising in the outline of part of the steering wheel on her chest. In summary IM concerned about the 1.) fuel regulator, 2.) the car jumping and 3.) the seat belt not locking.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 032003


  • 35,657 miles
Reimbursement request for 1998 Buick Lesabre recall. The consumer received a recall letter for their vehicle July 2, 2004. Recall #(04V090000 ) regarding fuel pressure regulators. The consumer believed that the repairs done on the vehicle was related to the recall. The consumer reported that when the vehicle was started a grinding noise was heard. Dealer replaced starter assembly.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #12

Aug 012002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Engine backfiring on 1998 Buick Lesabre. Recall# 04V090000. The heater failed and the consumer was informed that a water pump was needed. The engine also died with less than 100K miles. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #11

May 272004


  • 115,527 miles
Reimbursement request for intake manifold replacement. The vehicle fuel regulator failed and caused the manifold to rupture. The consumer later received a recall notice and request reimbursement N the amount of $1438.06. The consumer only received reimbursement in the amount of $160.17 for the regulators. The consumer feels that since the regulators caused the manifold to rupture that the manufacturer should reimburse him for them as well.

- Isanti, MN, USA

problem #10

Jun 152004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Complaint regarding a repair invoice bucs38787. The consumer stated that GM decided that burning a hole through the intake that was driven 69K miles was normal maintenance and was not eligible for any responsibility or adjustment by GM.

- York, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Request for reimbursement regarding services performed on vehicle. Recall# 04V090000. The vehicle died at intersections and was slugglish due to a possible fuel problem. (daughter on behalf of mother ruby tyner) the consumer had over $300 worth of repairs done beforer she received the recall notice.

- Effingham, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Problems regarding a 1998 Buick Lesabre. Recall# 04V090000. The vehicle had been to the dealers three times. The fuel regulator was replaced. The vehicle died while the vehicle was in motion, the battery cable was loose and the PCM needed calibrating, and the starter was bad.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Request for reimbursement for replacement of intake plenum. Due to a backfiring/misfiring problem. There was a recall regarding the problem and the consumer is now requesting reimbursement. Recall #(04V090000)

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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