really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,854 miles

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2006 Buick Lucerne wheels / hubs problems

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2006 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments

problem #16

Nov 052016


  • 106,000 miles


My tires keep leaking air. I was informed it was my rims are flaking causing razor cuts in my tires. About 2 weeks ago the front right tire started leaking, then a week ago the left one started leaking and a day or two after that the rear passenger tire is now leaking also.

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 062016


  • 80,000 miles
2006 Buick Lucerne chrome wheels failure. I started to experience flat tires constantly. Took the car in to a tire shop, I was told that the chrome wheels are corroded to the point that they will not seal probably. I informed GM about the issue. I was told that the car was not under warranty and GM would not replace the wheels. The last time I drove the car the front passenger tire deflated causing me to loose control which resulted with me going in the medium. The car has not been driven since. The mileage is 80,000. There needs to be a safety recall done on the chrome rims. GM knows that this a problem and will not solve the issue.

- Wallops Island, VA, USA

problem #14

Jul 232016


  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle has numerous issues over the years. 80K miles currently, tires leak air because of corrosion on the rims, this is my 2nd set of tires not counting the set the vehicle came with, breaks have been done twice, rotors have been replaced, both front door handles have come off, problems with the leveler, now door locks lock/unlock while driving but not just once (might happen 6-8 times). Local dealer & service station have performed repairs/replacements. Already been under 2 recalls.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #13

Dec 012015


  • 38,000 miles


Wheels leaking air while parked and while driving. Parked in my driveway and driving on local roads

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #12

Jul 102014

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Manufacture's supplied chrome wheels have defective chrome plating allowing the chrome to flake off breaking the seal with the tire resulting in the tire losing air pressure and subsequent drive-ability problem.

- Tremonton, UT, USA

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problem #11

Jun 052014

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Chrome is peeling off the wheels and causing failure to my tires....have a long record of repairs with the GM dealer where I bought my car for these repairs to keep the air in my tires. Need new tires and im afraid to invest $700 in tires because of this issue"??"

- Knoxville, IA, USA

problem #10

May 212014

Lucerne 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that while traveling 55 mph, the tire pressure warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the tires would loose air pressure. The failure occurred on eight different occasions. The vehicle was taken for a diagnosis where it was informed that the beads on the rims were deteriorating. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 60,300. Updated 08/12/14

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 252013


  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the driver's side tire became detached from the vehicle unexpectedly. The vehicle hydro-planed three times, swerved off the road and then crashed into a tree. There were no injuries. A police report was filed of the incident. The air bags failed to deploy with the force of the impact. The vehicle was towed to an independent auto facility temporarily. The vehicle had been previously diagnosed by an independent tire center that the entire frame was corroded. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 168,000.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #8

Sep 142011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that all four chrome rims were flaking and leaking. The contact stated that the tire pressure warning light illuminated and the tires became deflated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was advised that the rims needed to be scraped. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 142012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated all fours wheel chrome rims were flaking causing the tires to deflate. The tire pressure warning light continued to illuminate indicating there was a failure with the tires. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, nor the manufacturer notified. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Chama, NM, USA

problem #6

Oct 192007

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 20,348 miles


Left rear rim, valve stem and two wheel weights replaced. Chrome coming off due to poor quality. Causing frequent balancing of tires and adjustment of wheel weights. Vibration problems since 10/24/06. February 22, 2008, tech replaced left front and right rear wheel for the same problem. May 7, 2008, tech replaced right front wheel from peeling chrome. Experiencing the same problems now. Vibration in car at 50 mph. Tires do not stay balanced due to flaking off chrome. Technician will not rotate tires due to safety issue. Have documentation, pictures and statements from technician and garage attendants. Buick company will do nothing for us because our warranty has expired. Rims should have been a recall.

- Massena, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 012011

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2006 Buick Lucerne wheels, leaking needs to be replaced.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 102010


  • miles
The tires continue to lose air requiring frequent refills. I am told that the problem is with the wheels and that I will have to buy new ones at over two thousand dollars. Causes the car to steer hard and wear on the tires.

- Hanover, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 012010


  • 47,000 miles
Chrome wheels corroding in valve stem openings causing tires to leak air pressure. Valve stem opening corroding away and not enough material left to seal valve stem in place!

- South Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 092006


  • 87,314 miles
The left-front chrome plated wheel on my 2006 Buick Lucerne had a stress crack develop over time. At some point in the past there must have been some impact because there was a slight flattening of the rim, but the day the rim failed I had no impact with any road hazard whatsoever; the low tire pressure indicator came on and I was losing air fast. Once I could get in to have the wheel checked the hairline crack, inside the rim, was discovered. I purchased a new wheel through my Buick dealer, and filed a claim with Buick for some amount of compensation. In my opinion a wheel of this expense should not fail in this manner. My previous vehicle, another Buick, was driven for 14 years and 427,000 miles, and I never had to replace a wheel. The wheels on my Lucerne were produced in china ("china" is stamped inside the rim) and are of obvious poor material and quality - are they tested to meet D.O.T. standards" Buick has denied my claim, based on the "age" of the wheel. I am not just concerned with the cost of the wheel, but also with the safety of these wheels. I drive 400-500 miles a week for work Monday through Thursday; I am concerned of losing a wheel at 65-70 M.P.H. have there been any other problems reported like this" I strongly feel this need to be checked into, especially now, with taxpayer-based loan money having gone to GM and with more on the way, GM needs to make sure they will stand by their products and more importantly, their loyal customers.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 212005

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While entering a curve on the East -West connector in frankfort, ky, my wife lost control of our 2006 Buick Lucerne. The speed limit was 45 and she was going no more than 35-40. She was unable to steer the car and bring it under control. The right front part of our car hit a guardrail, she thought that she was able to bring it under control momentarily, then lost control again. The car spun around and hit the cement barrier, where the car stopped. Damage was done to the right rear and the right rear wheel was completely severed from the vehicle. We had never had problems with the car before, although several days earlier, when I drove the car, I noticed several times that the car did not seem to respond immediately to my controls. The car has been serviced regularly and had approximately 18,000 miles. Fortunately, my wife was not injured and no other vehicles were involved. We have approximately $10,000 in damages to the car. Our primary concern is that the wheel was completely severed from the car. The tire is not flat, but the wheel separated at the hub (I think that is the correct term). Since this is a new car (2006 was the first model), we wonder whether there may be some type of defect? we can't believe that the wheel would have been completely removed from the vehicle (intact) when she was never going more than 35-40 and, most likely, slower than that when she hit the cement barrier. If necessary, we can provide a copy of the accident report, a list of repairs to be made on the vehicle, and pictures that we took of the vehicle. Please let us know if you need additional information. Thank you for your consideration.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

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