NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2000 Buick LeSabre (Page 1 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,429 miles

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2000 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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2000 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Apr 292019


  • 130,000 miles


I turn the ignition over didn't it did not even start yet a loud went boom and up under the hood was blazing with fire than my doors locked I could not get out I had to kick the opposite side and then I got out I had to call sleep fire rescue squad the fire was so bad it was going up under my carport and almost caught my roof on fire and almost did and did a little bit

- Elkmont, AL, USA

problem #34

May 232018

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle lost power and would not restart. In addition, the low fuel indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact was unaware of the mechanic's diagnosis. The local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was contacted and did not assist. The failure mileage was 98,000. Consumer stated it would happen at any speed and had nothing to do with fuel gauge. Car was fixed replaced the engine harness connector. Updated 11/20/18

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #33

Jul 112018

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
On two occasions so far in 2018, my Buick engine would start itself. Once when I closed the glove box and another time when I closed the passenger door. Both times the ignition key was absent and the car was stationary. My guess is ignition switch. [xxx] - mechanical engineer & college auto instructor. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #32

Jun 292018


  • 10 miles


I had problem with windows not rolling up and down. After I took my Buick to pep boys 3325 124th ave nw coon rapids mn electric mechanic found out that my window power switch is damaged after rain storm. Later I experienced the following problems with vehicle: 1 strange engine noise while running 2 pushing forward once release foot from brake. Pep boys mechanic looked at all these problems and told me everything looks ok but I need to get engine diagnostic done with pep boys. I got schedule for that. Meanwhile I ended up in car traffic problem because of fire of my vehicle.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #31

Dec 172016

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 94,436 miles
While driving at highway speeds a vehicle started to back out of a driveway. When I attempted to honk my horn, it would not work. This created a very hazardous condition for me and the occupants of the car! I have checked both the fuse and the horn relay and find no defects. The horn works only intermittently at best and is not reliable in a dangerous situation.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #30

Sep 062014


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the electrical system in the vehicle became inoperable. The contact stated that the security and engine warning indicators illuminated. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The contact stated that the bracket module and coals were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 137,000.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #29

Feb 202016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. While parked, smoke appeared from the rear passenger side where the battery was located. The contact exited the vehicle and had the battery removed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the battery was tested, but the cause of the failure could not be found. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Bennettsville, SC, USA

problem #28

Mar 042013


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. After several attempts, the vehicle was able to start. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000. Updated 1/12/16

- Pemborke Pines, FL, USA

problem #27

Oct 102015


  • 150,000 miles
As I was driving my Buick Lesabre 2000 my windows lock up on me it was a very hot summer so the electrical windows with no go up and down. The engine is bad. 1490000 miles. Electrical system is problems. The car wiring is loose and can be a dangerous. I tried to pull window down and repair its manually frozen with no power. My seat are uncomfortable with hard iron wire.

- Albany Ga, GA, USA

problem #26

Jul 012015


  • miles
Car windows and gas gauge haven't worked in a long time however now the car will not start consistently even with a brand new battery. You have to charge the battery every time to start it. Ready to get rid of this worry.

- Loris, SC, USA

problem #25

Jun 242015


  • 100,030 miles


There was a clicking sound on the right passenger side for about 30 seconds coming down my driveway and then it stopped. I thought maybe a small tree branch got stuck in my wheel well, so I continued onto the highway and drove about 6 miles and stopped at an animal shelter. White smoke started to come from under the car so I popped the hood and got out just as black smoke started and as was going to open the hood the flames were coming out from under the hood and someone used two fire extinguishers and then two water hoses to put out the fire. The car is a total loss and I don't understand what happened, because it was in excellent condition. Someone at the scene thought it was an electrical problem. The car had been in excellent condition and very clean under the hood. And I had it serviced regularly.

- Bridgton, ME, USA

problem #24

Sep 032014


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. While driving 50 mph, the engine lost power during acceleration and the battery and security warning lights illuminated. The vehicle restarted and the gears had to be changed before the vehicle resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the battery and alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the key needed to be reprogrammed. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. The VIN was not available.

- Clide, MI, USA

problem #23

Jul 222014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 12,356 miles
While I am driving speed of 40/50/ car cuts of. Then is stalls trying to start back up. Some time rite away it does.some times is takes as long as 15 mins to 20 mins to start back up.also when I stop brakes jerk as if manifold is messing up.and the windows wont roll up some times. So please help is there in defects or recalls for this vehicle Buick 2000 Lesabre"????????"

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #22

Jun 022014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
The key comes out of the ignition cylinder lock. I have had my key replaced twice. The security light comes on and the car dash says unknown driver. Even though I have had the keys replaced which, when aaa had a locksmith come out to make me a key, the technician says that the cylinder lock had been filed down. With this possibly being the issue it is very dangerous for me and 8 year old daughter. The key should never come out of the cylinder lock and now my mechanic is talking like this has likely caused problems for the BCM. I am needing some assistance in this matter. The car starts when it wants to and if it doesn't start it takes a couple of days then resets. This is a big headache when this is the only transportation I have to get to work and take my daughter to school.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #21

Jun 022014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Starting early June my son called me to inform me that the Buick was stalling out on him all the time. He said that he could be driving at any speed and the car would just shut off, causing all electrical, steering, and brakes to not work. He attends school in western Pennsylvania in the mountains and this worried me. I had the vehicle serviced and each time was diagnosed with different things and nothing fixed the problem. I have since switched vehicles with him for his safety and have contacted my local Buick dealership to find that the ignition cylinder is the cause of the failure that the ignition cylinder is periodically loosing connection to the key which has a chip in it (quits talking to), and shuts the vehicle off. Like an alarm feature. The dealership informed me that this has been an on going problem with the Lesabre and other vehicles for quite a while. In order to fix it I will have to purchase a new ignition cylinder, possibly a couple of keys, have them sent to a locksmith, get them keyed to the cylinder, then install the new ignition cylinder. Yet it is not one of the vehicles listed on the GM ignition recall list. How can such a safety issue go overlooked and also unreported. The vehicle is an excellent vehicle while running but I feel that GM should face the fact and take ownership for all of these ignition failures not just a few makes and models but all GM manufactured vehicles. This is an extreme safety issue, my son said he was nearly rearended when the vehicle shut off on him a number of times at different speeds while trying to pull off the road for safety. Or he was stuck holding up the flow of traffic with people beeping at him while he had to wait in the middle of the road till the car would start again. Pretty scary!!! thank you, ! and please look out for the little guy and hold GM responsible.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 132013


  • 76,000 miles
I have replaced all 4 window regulators twice. I have done research, and it appears many have the same issue. Buick claims to sell "luxury" this is far from luxury and is unsafe! driving 65mph and the windows just go down....then won't go back up! my car had to sit outside with both back windows down!

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #19

Feb 012007


  • 90,000 miles
Pressed power window switch to lower window and glass fell into door cavity. Switch became inactive. Glass would not move.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 102003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The dash board buckled. Passenger window regulator broke drivers window regulator broke rear passenger window regulator broke rear drivers side window regulator broke passenger window regulator broke-again light button stuck on.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 012012


  • 139,386 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick lasabre. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to merge to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle as it resumed normal function. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection and they stated that there was a dead cell in the battery and the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance and referred the contact to the dealer. The failure mileage was 139,386.

- South Grand Bay , AL, USA

problem #16

Jun 072012


  • 149,000 miles
Transmission no longer shifts into 3rd or overdrive. With shifter in overdrive and in stopped position once you take your foot off the brake to begin acceleration the torque converter slams to a stop and the engine shuts off. Transmission fluid full at all times, engine warmed up. Repeated stalling, repeated tachometer quits. Repeated engine quits when you place in overdrive from neutral. Must start movement by placing in lower gears 1 2 or 3. this transmission never shifts out of second gear. Put it on code analyzer and got 2 codes that indicated pc solenoid torque converter solenoid issues. Seems like these 2000 Buick have recurring defects and GM won't standby their product. Why on earth would a company that designs cars ever put a battery under a car seat. One spark with hydrogen gas under that seat could kill an infant in a car seat if it exploded.. come on!!!

- Scottsvile, NY, USA

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