2008 Buick Lucerne brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,382 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Buick Lucerne brakes problems

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2008 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 302016


  • 111,421 miles


Our 2008 Buick Lucerne was in the hov lane traveling on 84 w toward hartford, ct. Without warning - no warning lights came on - the car started to decelerate. My daughter tried to accelerate and nothing happened; she then tried to brake to pull over and was unable to freely turn the wheel. She struggled to move to safety to the shoulder on the side of the road but then felt the steering wheel and brakes lock completely as the car stalled. When she attempted to restart the car to move to safety, the car violently shook. Since the car was still partially on the highway, my husband and I called the ct state police to request help while my daughters were waiting for aaa. When the trooper arrived on the scene he called us to say that the car was partially in the road and that two cruisers were there to ensure the safety of our daughters. The car was towed to our service station of 25 years in scranton pa and found that the fuel pump relay post had overheated and melted. A diagnostic test did not reveal any problems either. The car had to be towed one week earlier to this same station because the car was shaking violently. After a diagnostic test revealed nothing, they determined that the car was low on fuel (and that it wasn't a fuel pump issue). We then drove the car another 517 miles without incident. I have found that complaints have been filed with Buick (I have filed one too) regarding this problem and that fires have resulted from the overheating. These complaints indicate that sometimes the car starts, sometimes it doesn't. I believe these 2 incidents, one week apart, were related and that both times, no warning or diagnostic test revealed a problem. If my daughter had been driving on the 4 lane highway leading into hartford and this problem occurred, I have no doubt that she and my other daughter would have been in a serious, if not fatal accident.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 032014


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Lucerne. The contact stated that while engaging the brakes, the brakes malfunctioned causing the vehicle to surge forward. The contact indicated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 212013

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 64,834 miles
The brake lights would periodically come on while driving without me touching the brake pedal at all. It also continually tripped my cruise control. GM dealership did the repairs.

- Fordland, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 262011


  • 8,275 miles
Brakes lights would come on by themselves while driving or while parked without depressing the brake pedal. Also cruise control would be disabled without using the brake or any switch to disable it. Took it to a GM repair facility (dealer) who recalibrated the brake pedal switch, but the condition returned. Took it to an independent repair facility who recalibrated the brake pedal sensor. That independent repair facility thought that the cruise control problem was related to the brake lights coming on by themselves. Hazard: Someone driving behind could confuse the brake lights coming on as a sign that the car was suddenly stopping, which might cause the car following to slam on their brakes and causing an accident.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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