NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,889 miles

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2000 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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2000 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 302004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


Weather was below zero (-20 to -30) for several days before and including January 30, 2004. My 2000 Buick Lesabre custom refused to start two days previous, so on the evening of January 29, I poured a bottle of iso-heet into the gas tank and then plugged the headbolt heater in overnight. The next morning (Jan. 30), I got into the Lesabre to start it to go to work. When I turned the key, I heard a click and then boom! it sounded like something had exploded under the hood on the driver's side. Smoke began rolling out from under the hood. I grabbed my belongings and got out of the car quickly. I was shocked, but not hurt. I heard a noise under the hood like the draft from a fire. I called 911 and stood back about 40 feet from the vehicle. By the time the fire department arrived, there were flames leaping out 5 feet high from the space between the hood and the fender on the driver's side. The fire marshall inspected the damage afterwards. He said that it appeared that a fuel line had ruptured. That is all he said. That does not explain to me what exploded. The battery on a 2000 Lesabre is under the back seat, and it was intact after the fire. The fire fighters had removed the back seat and cut the battery cables, so I saw that it was okay. The whole engine was burned up. The car was a total loss. I lost two days of work making arrangements to buy another car. The insurance company only paid me $10,998 for the loss. I had to pay $2839.56 out of my own pocket to pay off the car loan. (worst of all, I had to go to my brother, a car salesman, and buy a [xxx] Ford! I want my beautiful Lesabre back!) P.S.: although the engine compartment was totally burned up, the firewall performed beautifully. After the fire, I was able to enter the car and remove papers from the glove box that were untouched by the fire or the heat. Except for the soot from the fire fighters' boots and a smoky smell, the passenger compartment was otherwise unharmed. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #3

Jul 072002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 40,557 miles
When gas pedal was depressed, vehicle jerked forward and the speed decreased. The dealership indicated that this was caused by the engine misfiring when in full throttle.

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #2

May 222001


  • miles
While traveling at approximately between 25 and 40 mph engine will stall, leaving the vehicle undriveable. Dealership examined vehicle, and replaced wiring harness which did not correct defect. Problem reoccurred, and another dealership examined vehicle and discovered a cracked ignition wire. Consumer reviewed ODI website, and found a tsb 000604023 which described problem. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #1

Oct 202000


  • miles
Engine stalled going into sharp curve. Total loss of power without warning. Dealer could not duplicate problem. Neither dealer nor manufacturer would guarantee that the problem would not reoccur.

- Gray, LA, USA

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