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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,448 miles

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2002 Buick LeSabre engine problems

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2002 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 012016

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle severe oil leak issues. The consumer stated the rocker arm cover gasket had a leak. GM issued a recall for the exact problem. However, it was for a different model.

- Saint Helen, MI, USA

problem #8

Nov 022015

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Buick Lesabre. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle non-accident related engine fires and is concerned. Consumer has previous complaint with different vehicle in artemis.

- Greenleaf, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 032012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
Noticed lots of white smoke coming out tail pipe while driving. Very unusual. Car then stopped on freeway. Had to get pushed by another car to side if freeway. Towed car home to driveway. Tried to crank engine and heard real loud pop coming from under hood. Car did not turn on. Tried to start 5 more times but each time it just sounded like a real short crank type sound like as if engine is having a hard time turning. After fifth time, engine started and this time the smoke coming out tail pipe was white/bluish and lots of it. Engine stopped. Also noticed that all the coolant was gone from coolant container and there is a high burning smell of coolant coming from engine. This might be a cracked upper intake or lower intake. These are made of real cheap hard plastic which could be the primary reason of engine failure. Car is now parked in my backyard.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 222010


  • 59,750 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Buick Lesabre. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that anti freeze was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and the mechanic advised him that the intake manifold failed and was causing the anti-freeze to leak. The mechanic was replacing the intake manifold and the gasket. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 59,750 and the current mileage was 60,200. Updated 02/02/11

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #5

Feb 012006


  • 80,278 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Lesabre. While starting the vehicle, a fire occurred in the engine without warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for repairs. The failure mileage was 80,278 and the current mileage was 148,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 142006

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Engine stalls while driving. No warning. Engine will restart, but will only run for a few seconds, then stalls and will not restart. No check engine lights or other indications that there is a problem. Happens at high and low speeds. Car will restart and operate normally after sitting for a few hours, usually overnight. Car has been towed 7 times for this problem. Dealer has replaced two ignition modules, and one crankshaft position sensor. Car has been at the dealer for this problem for a total of twelve weeks since initial occurrence, while the dealer tries to duplicate the problem. Dealer most of the time cannot duplicate the problem. Most recent occurrence, the car displayed the following codes: B1009 and B2734. Mileage between incidents ranges from as high as 15,000 miles to 1,500 miles. Car is undependable, and much more important, unsafe.

- Christmas, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 072007

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


2002 Buick Lesabre 3.8 L engine would be hard to start after it was driven and restarted after 15 minutes (or more) of being off. The car sometimes has to wait for.5 hours before it will start. This happened a year ago also. I have checked the maf sensor. The car has also stalled while driving at low speeds. If I wait for 3 minutes to restart after stalling it will restart and usually go long distances 100 miles without failure.

- Delhi, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Upon starting the vehicle engine turns over approximately 3 times before the vehicle starts. This failure has almost caused an accident while attempting to merge onto a highway. Dealership ran an diagnostic test in which no failure code was found, although the failure occurred 3 times.

- York, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 142003

(reported on)


  • miles
Questions concerning 2002 Buick Lesabre recall notice in regards to engine coolant leak in upper intake manifold. Which lead to the throttle body gasket or the lower intake gasket. The consumer also noticed an oil leak in the vicintity of the shroud (plastic). The consumer did not agree with quick fix that the manual stated.

- North Branford, CT, USA

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