really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
180,237 miles

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2002 Buick LeSabre brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 282018


  • 200,000 miles


The contact called on behalf of the owner of a 2002 Buick Lesabre. The contact was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the failure. While driving 45 mph around a curve, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed, but failed to slow down or stop the vehicle. The contact sustained lacerations to the face and a right knee injury, which popped out of place. Medical attention was sought. The driver sustained minor injuries from the seat belt, but did not seek medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to ultimate towing and recovery. A dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. The vehicle was destroyed.

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 072015


  • 230,711 miles
Beginning about August of 2015 until now, Oct 2015, the engine of my Buick le sabre has begun to stop running while driving. When that occurs I lose my power steering and power brakes. Tonight (Oct 7, 2015) it happened four times on the way home. I made it home safely fortunately but I will not drive the car again until it is fixed. Last week I had both a mobile mechanic and an auto shop (purcell) look at it and they can not diagnose the problem. They call it an intermittent defect. What I have experienced sounds exactly like the description of the experience of the automobiles that GM has recalled, although my year, make, and model are not on the list that I found on the internet. My experience is so similar that I want my ignition switch replaced by GM before I will drive the car again. Please advise. Thanks.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 202012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Two brake lines in back of my car rusted completely thru leaving me with little brake. Also in 2-4-13 two front brake lines rusted, one thru. Also in 8-7 14 I had to replace two parking brake cables frozen up by rust. Also in 3-20-15 I had to replace the whole parking brake control and foot pedal.the car has almost no rust and the frame underneath is fine. All these cables and lines were hidden when I looked underneath to buy car. I was shocked to see a car with so little rust having huge brake line and cable problems. If I was driving fast when the rear brake line gave out it could have been dangerous.is it too much to ask for rust proof brake lines?

- Williamstown, VT, USA

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