NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,018 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 lights problems

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2004 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 092019


  • miles


I continue smelling an oil-burning smell and my right turn signal continue to go out and I have replaced to blub over and over

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 112014

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 98,139 miles
J & K mitchell casey, il.62420 purchased on 4/11/2014, 98,104 mileage. Headlamps go off at nite driving, very unnerving, fuel gage, haywire from the start, while driving, engine would accelerate when turning right. Swaying/suspension, when turning, driving down the road, reported this many times and taken into dealer..however, never taken care of. Only thing fixed was solenoid.

- Altamont, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 082015

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 118,568 miles
When switching headlights from high to low and low to high beam occasionally the lights go dark. This is a scary situation at high speeds. Luckily the lights usually come back on if the leaver is depressed several times. I have been told that the only fix is a new switch assembly at over $500 just for the switch not to mention the labor cost. I understand that the '07 Buick la crosse had a recall on this switch. I suspect that my '04 la sabre may have a similar switch. There are a two other functions on this switch, L/R signal, windshield wipers/washers, all of which work without a problem. I got no satisfaction from my GM dealer when I requested help with the repair cost.

- Waupaca, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 182012


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact activated the high beam headlights and noticed that the headlights and the interior lights on the instrument panel suddenly stopped illuminating. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The headlights also stopped functioning suddenly two different times while depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Edenton, NC, USA

problem #2

May 302009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The lights on my heater console began to go out, one by one over a one week period. Obviously all these bulbs were manufactured at the same tine to the very same specs! after finding out from Y service shop that I would have to replace the whole unit (at a cost of over $600 just for the part), I found some bulbs from radio shack that I soldered in myself (through fixya.com - so many people had the same problem). Shortly thereafter, more bulbs on other switches (window controls, steering wheel controls, radio) also went out. This could be a very dangerous situation if you have drivers hunting in the dark for controls as they are driving. Texting is bad enough, but fumbling in the dark for your own car's controls and trying to correct a button you pushed inadvertently can cause a major accident.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

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problem #1

Oct 182010

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,400 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. The contact was driving 65 mph when the exterior headlights failed. The contact stated that the failure would occur intermittently. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and the contact was advised that she would need to replace the directional switch. The vehicle was repaired yet the failure recurred within 7,000 miles. The dealer was contacted and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,400. Updated 5/2/11 updated 05/13/11

- Gillett, WI, USA

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