NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,342 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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2006 Buick Lucerne brakes problems

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2006 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 012016


  • 18,000 miles


I was told my garage kept Buick lucern with 18,000 miles needs gas line and brake lining replacement because of rust.

- Glen Rock, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 302007


  • 40,000 miles
When braking down hill the rotors warp making it almost impossible to stop in an emergency. Dealership paid for the second repair, car was about a year old, saying it was a defect in the design, lightweight rotors, calipers and brake pads. Luckily I live in an area that is flat. Every time I go out of town I have to deal with this fear and a repair job. An independent mechanic said I needed to upgrade to heavy duty rotors and calipers. Said this took care of the problem in a Cadillac with the same problems. It's a 2K fix but dealership refuses to fix it because I am a woman am heavy on the brakes downhill and that his wife can't drive either. Also said they won't fix the defect due to me taking the car to an independent mechanic. I had to as they kept turning the rotors even though they can only be turned 2 X. this defect will eventually cause an accident but until then I just hope for the best.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 182014

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Buick Lucerne. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 11/14/14 updated 8/12/2015

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 232014


  • miles


The contact owned a 2006 Buick Lucerne. While driving 40 mph, the brakes and power steering failed. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into a telephone pole. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained head injuries and a police report was filed. The manufacturer and dealer were not notified. Several months later, the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lagrange , GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 222013

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that the power steering and brakes failed to respond without warning. The failures caused the contact to crash and the vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed and injuries were sustained from the crash that required medical attention. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 09/02/14 the consumer stated the airbags did not deploy. The driver sustained broken bones, dislocated ankle, and a broken wrist. The passenger sustained injuries to the ribs. Updated 09/10/2014

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 122011

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 52,385 miles
We were slowing to make a left turn when we lost all power we coasted to the curb and when I tried to start it there was a clicking as if it was a low battery. After a few minutes it started but ran rough but was able to get it home a few blocks away. Had it towed to a dealer and they could not find the problem. A week later it happened two more times and was able to get to the dealer who could find no problem. We had no more problems for four months and then it happened again. We took it to the dealer for the fourth time and again they could not find anything. We have contacted G.M. customer svc. Twice and Buick customer svc. Who have opened a case file [xxx]. and suggested we contact a Buick dealer in Oregon when we get home. We live in Oregon and spend winters in calif. So now we must drive a 1000 miles not knowing when or if our car will suddenly die. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042013

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • 75,350 miles
The warning light came on and stated service stabilitrac and then went off.two weeks later came on again, and went off.the car began to shake and vibrate as brakes were applied when stopping.about a month after that the traction control light came on and the car began applying the brakes at a speed of about 50 miles per hour and making a noise that was loud enough to hear as it sounded like the pressing of the brakes to the wheel hubs.my wife and daughter and I turned around went back home and parked the car and drove my truck to visit other family members that day.two weeks later I took the Buick 2006 Lucerne to have a GM certified mech put it on the diagnostic machine and the reported that nothing showed up as needing replaced.

- Winchester, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 202010

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The brakes when applying coming down hills make the front end shimmy and shake and it does not want to slow the vehicle down according to the brake pressure being applied. This is a very serious problem and I called the dealer here in butte, mt and they said she thinks this is the way it is. The problem has gotten somewhat worse as time and use of the brakes increase and it is becoming as major issue for us. We love the car but this needs to be looked at as soon as possible. The car has 45800 miles as of now. We purchased it new in 2006.

- Butte, , MT, USA

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