NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,031 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Buick LeSabre steering problems

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2001 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 152016


  • 167,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the dashboard was lifting independently and the steering wheel shook violently when turned in either direction. In addition, the headliner was tearing. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 082015


  • 102,000 miles
Car has twice shutoff during driving. Last time in middle of turn, son ran off road because steering wheel was locked. It is not included in any GM recall for the ignition switch, but symptoms are identical. Dealer has no idea how to repair except to 'try' things. Problem is, if guess is wrong and problem persists, serious accident could happen.

- Spofford, NH, USA

problem #7

Aug 042014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to defective tires. According to the invoice, the power steering pump and alternator drive belt were replaced. The consumer stated the tires on the vehicle separated and caused damage to the vehicle. Updated 04/08/15 updated 04/19/16 the consumer only provided the manufacturer of the tire, tbc Corp. However, did not provide the tire line/brand of tire. Updated 05/04/16.

- Birch Run, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 182013

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


Hankook optimo H727 tires were installed all the way around in mid 2012. After about 15,000 miles, the car began to wobble/vibrate noticeably at speeds over about 45 mph. Tires had been regularly rotated, and that has been done on a regular basis since the wobble began. At the last rotation, the mechanic advised that the tires were "chopping" and that was causing the vibration/wobble.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Another very common defect with multiple year Buick besides the window regulators that Buick refuses to admit fault and refuses to do anything about them. This is about the dash covering pulling away from the windshield and likely cause air bag to discharge and soon will obstruct vision through the windshield. Both of these items are very costly to repair and gn/Buick has offered nothing as far as I know to anyone. I will not buy another one. I have had to replace power steering hose at 60,000 and an axle at 90,000 and a tie rod at 50,000. And they wonder why sales from Japan are booming??

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 092009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
On my 2001 Lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. GM is not doing anything about it. If it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 142001

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,276 miles


2001 Buick Lesabre experienced the following problems: Cruise control would not set, automatic transmission had no reverse ability, water leaking from the coolant pump, ses light illuminated, left rear brake light.** answer required*** there was a whistling sound coming from around the window area due to a revealing molding piece, the steering felt funny and was noisy when turning, there was also a clunk in the steering, there was excessive play in the right and left tie rod end, the left rear brake light was out, the right rear center bulb was out, the original battery had leaked acid causing a hole in floor under the back seat, the light switch stuck in the on position, and the right front marker light out. The power steering pump was replaced.

- Venice , FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 192001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear rotors were hanging up, make noise, pulsate, and the front end of the vehicle vibrates. The consumer states that the front end vibrates, the door assembly is misaligned, sticks out, and noisy, the tire was changed but failed balance and theres a vibration, the engine stumbles/stalls, the interior cloth by the top of the windshield is loose-3 times, can hear a moan coming from the windshield, the onstar antenna fell apart, the torsion rod vibrates, the steering shudders at slow speeds and on turns and the hose/bulletin # 99-02-32-007A, power steering, and hydraulics have been replaced-8 times, the A/C blows hot air/bulletin #990139-004A, and the vehicle pops/bangs when going over bumps and making turns, theres a rattle noise from under vehicle/possible exhaust or air pump-cause: Intermediate exhaust pipe rattling (internal) front exhaust manifold to oxidation catalytic converter-replaced, wheel alignment (pulls to the left), there was a rattle noise from the left side of the pillar molding/removed the A-pillar trim and insulated/align/against upper dash, and getting poor fuel economy/idle air control-reppaced.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 112001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While handling vehicle at speeds of 70 mph, vehicle will not track in windy conditions properly, and drifts from side to side. Also, it is difficult to maintain control dealer has repaired vehicle 5 times; however, they were not able to correct problem. Consumer states steering needs constant correction to avoid driftin in windy conditions and heavy traffic.

- Flusing, MI, USA

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