really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,935 miles

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2000 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #15

May 232011


  • 80,940 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the vehicle engine caught on fire while the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed and was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 80,940.

- West Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 162010


  • miles
My car is Buick Lesabre 2000 custom with 84K miles. The engine exploded when I jump start it.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #13

Jun 252010


  • 171,000 miles
On June 25, 2010 approx 8:30 pm our 2000 Buick Lesabre was sitting by our house, not running, no keys in it. We heard a huge bang/backfire. The car had been parked since 4:00 pm. We saw a huge amount of smoke and fire as high as the porch deck roof. Immediately called 911. The hood was blown apart, the windshield blown in, rear view mirror & visors blown off. The car was completely totaled; everything on the engine melted, radiator gone, tires melted & tire rims look like they were blown outward. It was a very huge explosion & we did find the ODI report ea 02-030 for recalls #03034 & #03054 for explosions/fires in this Buick. The recalls for our vehicle were completed and done in 2005 for the above items of "fuel regulator causing defective/leaking fuel reg asm etc. Or coolant causing improperly seal throttle body" this vehicle was always a good running car with few problems and a car should not blow up just sitting still, so obviously the problems were not sufficiently corrected. The only event before this was that when the ignition was turned off at 4:00pm the passenger door lock was clicked at the same time and we heard a big clunk kind of sound. Our mechanics who viewed the vehicle and all who saw it never saw something that bad and all said that we would most likely have been killed if we had been in the car when it blew up. The vehicle is presently still sitting in the exact spot where it blew up as requested by GMC, but it will need to be moved before snow plowing as it is 6'6" from our house steps and is a hazard to our residence. We told gmac that we would be removing it before Aug. 30th, however, they have not inspected it as of yet. Other property damage includes melted vinyl siding on our home, damage to deck paint, much needing power washed & damage to tar driveway, plus soot damage. Have many pictures, if you have E-mail address.

- Goodland, MN, USA

problem #12

Nov 242008

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2000 Buick Lesabre has a problem with intake manifold gasket leaking. Consumer wants to know if the current problem and recalls from 2003, 2004 are connected.

- Washington, WV, USA

problem #11

Mar 062008

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. The vehicle caught fire while parked. The possible cause of the fire was due to the fuel pump. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. Both a police and fire report were filed. The current and failure mileages were 92,000. The consumer sent in a copy of a recall. Recall # 04V090000 updated

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #10

Dec 102007

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Buick Lesabre. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer for a routine inspection and was informed that there was a leak in the intake manifold gasket. The failure was repaired. One week later, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they stated that the engine and bearings were coated with anti-freeze and the engine needed to be replaced. The engine has not been repaired. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 85,000 and current mileage was 85,305.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 092004


  • 70,000 miles


The consumer stated coolant was leaking onto the engine compartment. The dealership is aware of the problem.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 292004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer notified the manufacturer and requested reimbursement. The vehicle caught fire for no apparent reason. There was a heavy snowfall for three days and the vehicle wasn't started. When the vehicle was started, a loud pop was heard and the engine cut out, then smoke billowed from the engine area. The dealer could not explain the cause of the explosion.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
While driving dash lights illuminated intermittently. The air bag light illuminated more than any other light. Also, the driver's side back of seat laid automatically on its own. This incident happened while the consumer was driving. Upon having a full tank of gas, the meter would read empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The consumer was told that there was an electrical problem. There was a noise in the dash, the fuel gauge would jump to empty, the speedometer would go to zero, the headlight would go dim when the weather was rainy, there was a rumble in the left front end, a shimmy when the brakes were applied and when raining, the dash light would go from bright to dim the air bag light was intermittent, the radio would cut out, the driver's seat was inoperative, the transmission would slip into overdrive on slight acceleration, the automatic doors were inoperative, the cruise control was inoperative, there were intermittent loss of heat would start blowing cold air, the oil pressure light would come on while the fuel gauge mileage would not stay on, the electrical remote was inoperative, and there was a leak in the engine.

- Indian Orchard, MA, USA

problem #6

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Service engine light came on. Dealer said code was an 0741 and 0743 showing electrical or possible tourque converter. Dealer said they were unable to duplicate. However it shuddered upon hard acceleration during merges onto freeway or turnpike ramps. The original estimate was about $3000. The garage finally had to take apart the transaxle to for a diagnostic.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 042004

(reported on)

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The front right bulb socket was so corroded it caused the bulb to stop working. The right rear tail light stopped working. The consumer smelled anti-freeze after the recall for the intake manifold was completed.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 112003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The vehicle would misfire and stall when reaching high temperature. The problem was due to an intake manifold defect. The dealer stated that they could not fix it because of high mileage. There was leakage around the intake manifold, poor gas mileage and acceleration.

- Holton, KS, USA

problem #3

Mar 042003


  • 26,078 miles
The fuel tank sending unit shorted out on both of the consumer 2000 Buick Lesabre's which resulted in inaccurate fuel reading. The rotors and gaskets also failed. The consumer requested reimbursement for the replacement of the sending units on both vehicles.

- Mentor , OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 042003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle has an upper air plenum problem (oil leaking into the radiator).

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 152002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Consumer states while the car was running a fire started under the hood. Ts prior to fire vehicle lost electric power and warning lights on dash flashed on. Air temp sensor, air intake duct, inner and outer air cleaner assembly replaced. Washer reservoir replaced. PCM repgorammed.

- Oxford, MA, USA

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