NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Buick Lucerne (Page 3 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,827 miles

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2006 Buick Lucerne electrical problems

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2006 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #18

Aug 012012

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


The back doors on my Buick Lucerne 2006 have not unlocked for over a month. Strangely, one day I leaned on one door from the inside and it unlocked for a few hours and then relocked. I see many other complaints for the same issue online. The dealers were not helpful or sympathetic and charged me one hundred dollars to diagnose this in five minutes, with a two grand estimate. It is unsafe for back seaters who cannot get in or out safely. This should be on a recall from GM right away.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #17

Sep 142011


  • 177,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle restarted after three minutes. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that they believed that the vehicle was suffering from an electrical problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there was nothing they could do to assist. The failure mileage was 177,000 and the current mileage was 192,000.

- Phillips Ranch , CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 022012

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • miles
This electrical problem began about the first of the year when the electric door locks started to cycle while driving. It has since migrated to turning off the cruise control and causing the headlights to flash off and on. The remote start will start the car but will shut down the motor after a few seconds. These problems continue during every operation. I have been informed by the dealer that it is a P140 code and will take about 3 to 4 hours to diagnose where the problem at $80 per hr. Plus repair.

- Viroqua, WI, USA

problem #15

Aug 132011


  • 106,578 miles


Since about 60,000 miles, the car it stalls out. It can stall going 70 mph down the interstate, stall at stop signs, stall pulling out of an intersection. Last occurrence I was trying to cross a major highway when it stalled. I coasted across the highway and it restarted right away. If a car had been coming from either direction, we would have been hit. I have had 4 sensors replaced and nothing seems to fix this problem.

- Marshall , WI, USA

problem #14

Jun 152010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition or turn the key to start the vehicle. The failure began to recur intermittently. The contact stated the gear shift lever had to be moved back and forth between various gears before removing the key from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technicians stated the battery needed to be replaced. The battery was replaced but the failure continued. The dealer was contacted a second time and the contact was informed the gear shift switch in the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Jan 302011

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. While the vehicle was parked in the contacts driveway, it caught fire. The vehicle was destroyed. When the fire department arrived, they filed an incident report, which concluded that the battery had caused the fire to occur. He determined that a gold post had placed a hole in the battery, that should have had a cap on it. The dealer was notified and a report was filed. The current and failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 3/11/11 the consumer stated the gold post created a hole in the underside of the hood. The fireman indicated a cap should have been on the gold post. Updated 04/27/11

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #12

Sep 122010


  • 60,000 miles


2006 Buick Lucerne, traveling 70 mph on the freeway, engine stops, dash gives reduced engine power check throttle and then gives a check traction control warnings, no power steering or brakes. Engine will not restart until battery has been disconnected to reset system, problem appears to be caused by a grounding problem or high resistance connection some where. No error codes stored. Car has done this so many times I do not feel safe driving it.

- Morristown, MN, USA

problem #11

Apr 152006


  • 25 miles
My 2006 Buick Lucerne dash instruments are also unreadable during sunny days. I had a repair kit installed several years ago but it did not fix this problem. No more Buick for me.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #10

Feb 092010


  • 62,128 miles
On 4 separate occasions my '06 Buick Lucerne (3.8 L)went into uncontrolable excelleration. On long road trips, with the cruise control engaged and doing approximately 70 mph, when I excelleratedhard, instead of returning to the cruise speed it seemed to lock into a passing gear. Braking didn't stop it, putting it into did not slow the engine revs., however turning off the key and restarting after coasting a little while worked once or twice to stop the revs.. the other times I hit the brakes really hard and it disengaged the cruise and excelleration problem. Fortunately there was no accident or damage, since I had room on the highway to do this. The Buick dealer where I bought the car said they never heard of this before and could not duplicate when they tried. There was approximately 60,000 miles on the car when the last incident ocurred. Ps turning off the cruise switch didn't help either.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 232007


  • 24,000 miles
The factory repair kit improved the daytime visibility of the message center but still not as bright as the gauges and needles. The center glass lens reflection of the steering wheel bathed by the sun from the windows still overwhelms the message display and when driver is wearing sunglasses is completely unreadable. This could lead to an accident while trying to read it.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #8

Aug 012006


  • 500 miles


I have had an ongoing issue with our inability to view the instrument panel at various times and in varying light conditions. This is a known issue with Buick and I have contacted them many times over the last 24 months (or so) for a resolution. To date none is forthcoming, only promises of a future fix. This is a safety issue because it is distracting and can lead to driver inattention causing an accident. Cannot determine vehicle speed at times. Buick is aware of this serious safety defect.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #7

Apr 012007

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. While driving 35 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The dealer made repairs and the light dimmed, however, it illuminated intermittently shortly after the repair. A mechanic stated that a wire to the transmission failed and caused the illumination. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 25,000 and failure mileage was 16,000.

- Morganton , NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 092006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,600 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's instrument panel had poor illumination during the day. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who determined that the illumination was normal. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that their were other consumers experiencing similar problems via the NHTSA website ODI #10150699. Updated 10/31/2006 - the consumer feels that the poor illumination is a safety issue.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 072006

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55 miles
: the contact stated during daylight hours, the instrument panel was difficult to see. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined the panel was set at high intensity, however the gauges remained difficult to view during daylight hours. The contact mentioned that the speed and fuel gauges were some examples of gauges that could not be viewed. The manufacturer was contacted, and offered three oil changes due to inconveniences. Updated 10/02/06., updated 11/28/2006.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #4

Jun 232006

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 5 mph the 6 inch pillar/posts between the windshield and both front doors obscured driver visibility, nearly causing several crashes. The manufacturer was contacted. The backlighting of the instrument panel did not illuminate properly which caused poor visibility of the speedometer and other gauges. Updated 9/13/2006 -

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Mar 102006


  • miles
Total instrumental panel is not readable in the daylight. No way to increase the lighting. It is a safety hazard to not know how fast you are going. No accident is involved - at this time.

- Texas City, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 132006

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
: the contact stated the dash board gauges are not readable during the day. The contact must shield the area with an object to be seen. The salesman at the dealership suggested the parking lights be used during the day. Updated 3/9/2006 -

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 302006

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
: the contact stated when the daytime running lights are on; the dashboard panel is unable to be read. The dealership determined the headlights could manually be turned on and the dashboard will illuminate so the gauges can be read.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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