NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,533 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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2004 Buick LeSabre engine problems

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2004 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 082018


  • 200,000 miles


The engine stalls and jerked when coming to a stop and trying to go the gears didn't shift like usual. Driving long distances it doesn't do this until you're driving and stopping every so often. Sometimes turning into a place the engine wouldn't go and almost caused crashes.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #6

Jul 082018


  • 15 miles
Takata recall wire harness and back seat belt not working, locking in motion

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 152018


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Buick Lesabre. While parked in the driveway, the vehicle caught on fire. The contact stated that the fire started under the hood. The fire department was notified and was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was filed. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard and deemed destroyed. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 142017


  • 126,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle began to violently vibrate while the oil indicator light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 126,000.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #3

Jun 102015

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 95,718 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. While driving at 25 mph, the engine overheated. The contact also stated that the vehicle fuel gauge fluctuated from empty to full, but never fully displayed the correct amount of fuel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the intake gasket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,718. Updated 8/10/15 the fuel sending unit was replaced twice. Updated 10/29/15. Updated 03/29/16. The consumer stated the fuel gauge would always indicate it was full. However, the low fuel light would illuminate. Updated 05/17/16.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 072015

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
My 2004 Buick Lesabre keeps losing power while I am driving. This is the 4th incident in 2 months! the vehicle dies and the power steering locks. This is a dangerous situation as I was on hwy 190 and there is major work being done. I was driving over a bridge and their are barriers on both sides of the highway. Each time the incident occurs I get a crank but no start. My vehicle is then towed to a mechanic and I've been told that the crank shaft sensor and ignition module are bad. The sensor has been replaced twice within a weeks time and not three weeks after the module was replaced it is back at the shop today. I have no leverage under Texas lemon laws because it is used vehicle and unfortunately I have to put my job before my safety because I have responsibilities. I am in a dangerous situation right now!

- Killeen , TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 142010

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Owner purchased a 2004 Buick Lesabre, VIN [xxx] ("Buick"), which was manufactured by General Motors. On October 14, 2010, owner drove the Buick from the grocery store, returned to her home, and parked the Buick in the attached garage of her home and proceeded to retrieve her groceries from the trunk of the Buick. After she retrieved her groceries from the trunk of the Buick, owner noticed a fire at the front of the Buick. The fire spread from the Buick to the owner's home, and it caused extensive damage to the Buick and to the home. The fire originated from the engine compartment of the Buick. On March 12, 2008, General Motors issued a recall, identified by NHTSA campaign id number 08V118000, in response to the potential for an engine compartment fire to occur in 207,542 automobiles manufactured by General Motors from 1997 to 2003 and contained a 3.8L engine ("2008 recall"). owner's Buick was not included in the 2008 recall. On April 21, 2009, General Motors issued another recall, identified by NHTSA campaign id number 09V116000, in response to the potential of engine compartment fires in 1,497,516 automobiles manufactured by General Motors from 1997 to 2003 ("2009 recall"). owner?S Buick was not included in the 2009 recall. A defective rocker cover gasket in the Buick allowed engine oil to leak onto the exhaust manifold, and the heat of the exhaust manifold was sufficient to ignite the oil and cause the fire. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbia, SC, USA

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