NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,258 miles

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2005 Buick LeSabre transmission problems

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2005 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 082009

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,892 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. While driving between 45-50 mph, the vehicle shook excessively. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent transmission shop and the technician stated that the failure was contributed to the inner wear in the transmission. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 84,892 and current mileage was 86,000. Updated 8/28/09 updated 09/09/09

- Tamaqua, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 162008

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lesabre. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the engine compartment. The engine then stopped running. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle and placed the gears in the correct position, but the vehicle would not move. The vehicle was towed to a shop and they could not figure out what was wrong with the vehicle. The vehicle was then towed to a dealer and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission is currently being replaced. Through online research, the contact discovered numerous complaints on this defect and believes it should be recalled. The current and failure mileages were 48,000. Updated 09/16/08 updated 09/24/08.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Nov 202006

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
At approximately 24,000 miles I started feeling a harder than normal shift between second and third gears. By the time the odometer reached 26,000 miles the shift was somewhat severe with a pause between second and third. I took the car to the local dealer who supposedly installed some type of "kit" which did not eliminate but greatly reduced the problem. I now have 37,000 miles on the car and the problem is getting progressively worse once again as well as hard shifting between first and second and sometimes when I shift from drive to reverse while the car is not moving. I have not returned to the dealer because I am now 1000 miles over the warranty and the first time I took it in the dealer told me the repair would take one day and kept it nine days. I emailed Buick with a complaint but got no reply.

- Whittier,, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 062005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,500 miles
Consumer stopped on an incline waiting on a traffic light and discovered when removing foot off the brakes vehicle rolled back. Consumer put vehicle in first and second gears and it still rolled back. This only occurred on inclines. Had not been to dealer, no repairs were done.. called dealer service department, and they said there was nothing they could do. Consumer used onstar and the diagnostic module and they found that nothing was wrong with the engine, and instructed consumer to call dealership. Had not contacted manufacturer.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 302005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,900 miles
(1) started as intermittent problem when engine was cold and car was stationary - stepping on accelerator resulted in no motion followed by car lurching/jerking into first gear; the problem became more repeatable over a three year time period; just prior to failure, the car would shake and make noise when accelerating from a stop and when coming to a stop; at failure, the car would not move (forward or in reverse) (2) complete failure of automatic transmission - surprising because auto only had 22,300 miles on it when the transmission failed (3) replaced transmission

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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