NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Buick LeSabre (Page 2 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,564 miles

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2004 Buick LeSabre electrical problems

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2004 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Feb 232011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The tachometer and temperature gauges on my 2004 Buick Lesabre have failed. The needles have become stuck in the red zones of their respective gauges. This began approximately one year ago when my car had less than 50,000 miles on it. The speedometer has recently shown signs of sporadic sticking, so I cannot be certain my vehicle is traveling at the correct speed. Based on similar postings on this site as well as numerous internet sites, it is obvious that a manufacturer defect exists, therefore Buick should be ordered to make necessary repairs at their cost. A Buick dealer told me this would cost over $300 to repair.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 012011


  • 58,500 miles
My 2004 Buick Lesabre with 58500 miles is showing initial signs of failure of the instrument cluster. This has started with the tachometer failing to register correctly and the fuel gauge pegging beyond the full position. I understand that the next component failure will likely be the speedometer. Should this occur, the vehicle will not be safe to operate. This electrical system problem represents another serious safety design flaw by General Motors that must be corrected by GM before it contributes to an accident. Consumers should not have to incur charges to have this obvious problem corrected. The NHTSA should issue a product recall and hold GM responsible for correcting this problem at GM's expense.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 112010


  • 164,540 miles
Battery exploded when ignition was turned on. Original battery when the car was bought in 2004. Went back to car dealer and had it repaired. Need to know why this happened. Have not got a straight answer. All electrical systems checked out good when the dealer replaced the battery. Battery is under back seat and I'm concerned when I drive my grandchildren. Do not know the make of the original battery nor the new battery that was installed. Just looking for some answer as to why this has happened.

- Libert Township, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 292009


  • 50,000 miles


Speedometer stops working on my 2004 Buick. It can stop at any given time an can cause speeding by not knowing how fast I am running. Also speeding is the number one cause of deaths.

- Hickory, KY, USA

problem #10

Dec 172009


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. While attempting to start the vehicle he heard a noise. After he opened the hood and saw smoke, but within minutes the vehicle was on fire. The fire department report number was not available. The fire dept stated that the fire was initiated by electrical failure. The manufacturer took a report number 71-787679701. The manufacture stated the vehicle did not have open recalls and he will received a call back. The failure and the current mileages were 150,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 012007


  • 90,000 miles
Instrument panel cluster components (speedometer and fuel gage) are inoperative. Speedometer sometimes works, and sometime shows very high speeds. Most of the time it sits all the way to the left (on zero) or all the way on the right (past 120). Most of the time I have no idea how fast I am going. The fuel gage is completely inoperative. I use the digital info display to the left to show how many miles I have before I run out of fuel to tell me if I need gas. So far I have not run out of gas. Tachometer and water temp gauges work fine. This has gone on for about 2 years.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 012009


  • 32,000 miles


Speedometer and gas gauge stopped working at 32,000. Speedometer works sometimes. Gas gauge registers passed full, and in the 7 O'clock position. I need to keep track of my mileage per tank full at - to not go beyond 300 mile range before I need to fill up the tank.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 222004


  • 25,000 miles
Cluster inoperative. No speedometer and other gauges.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 262007


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed and the speedometer dial did not move at all. Prior to the failure, the speedometer would indicate higher speeds than what were actually being driven. The odometer was the only gauge that operated properly. He took his vehicle to the dealer, but was turned away because the warranty did not cover his model vehicle. The contact went to two other dealers and they agreed that they could not repair the failure under warranty. He discovered that other models with the same instrument cluster were included in a recall, except for his vehicle. He spoke with the manufacturer, but they could not assist. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 30,610 and failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 102008

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that the instrument panel lighting and tail lights fail constantly. As a result, visibility is significantly reduced. The dealer stated that he would have to replace the instrument cluster at the cost of $369. As of March 20, 2009, the vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 44,000 and current mileage was 51,000. Updated 12/8/09 updated 12/09/09

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 012008


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact noticed that the speedometer was inoperative. She was unable to determine the exact speed that she was traveling. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the speedometer needed to be replaced at the cost of $500. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 30,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 152008


  • 59,302 miles
At 56,980 miles-driving after a stop for lunch.-all instrument panel except airbag and ABS lights went off. Showed 11.7 volts on display. Took to dealer who said they could find no problem, it was ok next morning when they looked at it. Replaced battery with a higher cca rating at 59200 miles traction off, ABS and brake lights came on while driving. Ok next morning. At 59,290 miles, occurred at highway speed. Traction off, ABS, and brake lights came on while driving. Gong sounded then ABS and brake lights went off but traction off stayed lighted. Unable to switch traction on or off. Vehicle was purchased with the primary reason to provide regular transportation to a va hospital two hours away. Cannot now trust the car to make the trip.

- Georgetown, DE, USA

problem #2

Aug 082005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 15,390 miles
The vehicle would not start, the theft system was replaced and battery problem still occurs. The consumer experienced the following: Stalling, gauges dying out, engine light and security light illuminating, hard times starting the engine, rattle in the middle vents when set on low, the gear shift indicator light had gone out, and the vehicle was out of calibration. Most of the problems were intermittent occurrences and were hard to duplicate.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #1

Dec 132004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 352 miles
Buick Lesabre 2004, problem with dimming of the panel lights. The lights would dim then after a few miles would brighten again. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to find anything wrong. The consumer believes it's an electrical problem.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

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