2005 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8 V6 Series II from North America
This particular car was babied before we got it, and is just perfect for us; we love it!
Occasional rough shifting, but always clears up when the engine is off for 15 minutes or so.
Strange noise under dash when weather is warm, I believe related to the ventilation system. No problem yet, but hate that the battery is under the rear seat.
We had a 98 LeSabre which we traded just after getting the intake manifold repaired. Probably should have kept it. Bought an 05 Dodge Grand Caravan, which has had a few minor but annoying problems. Still have it, but no longer the primary.
We've wanted to get another LeSabre since about 6 months after trading the other one, and preferably the latest one, which is 05 since there are no more. We were able to find and buy one in 2014, and I am really glad we did (sold a 95 Buick Century wagon to pay for this one, and had a 92 Century before, but unsure we would buy a new Buick). Don't have actual service records, and the dealer is no longer in business, but from evidence in the car we think the intake manifold has been replaced, so there are really no other issues for this model. Well, except for the transmission fluid pressure solenoid problem, which we apparently have, intermittently.
Seats are not as cushy as the 98, and the suspension not as mushy (which is a good thing). Overall just so much nicer than the 98. Better mileage for the 05 too. I'm 68 and my wife is 66, so we have the perfect geezer car. We plan to see which lasts longer, us or the car (I'm betting on the car).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th September, 2015
29th Sep 2015, 02:36
I could never understand why the battery is located under the seat. But yet the Park Avenue was under the hood when both cars had pretty much the same engine compartment layout.
2005 Buick LeSabre from North America
I've been thoroughly happy with this car, and I still think it's underrated
I've had frequent oil / ATF leaks, but they only started after I was in a minor fender bender several years ago.
I was able to get this car cheap, because big sedans have gone a bit out of style in the last few years or so. Good news for me, since the last of the LeSabres is basically the perfect car (they couldn't improve on perfection, so they had to start making something else instead... or at least that's what I tell my friends).
Seriously, though: this is a big, old school family car with a tried-and-true V6 engine, that still somehow gets good gas mileage in spite of all that (check it out on Wikipedia sometime - this engine has a pretty ironclad reputation). It's got plenty of pedal power and internal room to spare... that 90% of its drivers will never even use, because - let's face it - this is the classic grandpa car. It floats like a boat over bumps and potholes, gives you big, soft seats... and actually has a pretty awesome stock sound system. I'm a 29 year old musician - that means a lot to me. On that note, I can just barely fit my full-size keyboard right on the back seat, door to door. And it's actually pretty easy to pack a full drum set inside this beast.
I think the reason LeSabres have become so inexpensive, is just from changing public tastes and that "grandpa car" image. But the later models like this don't even look much like the grandpa car we know and love. Or even if they do, it just means the cops won't look twice at you.
Can you tell I still like this thing?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2012
3rd Aug 2012, 18:24
Hold on to it for as long as you can. I had a 2005 Buick Park Avenue that I traded for a brand new 2011 Lucerne; I hated that car, and only kept it 10 months. Now I am leasing a 2012 Enclave, which I really like. However, I still miss that floaty ride in the Park Avenue, and all the traditional features. Not to mention that the Park Avenue was just a lot more effortless to drive, and could get over 30 MPG. It couldn't haul half of what the Enclave can though. I don't think we will ever have true American cars like these again.
4th Aug 2012, 17:08
I second your praise of the LeSabre. My family sold one three years ago that had gone over a quarter million miles with nary a repair. And yes, they do have a "Grandpa" image, but I don't agree that the police won't notice you. Police use radar, and radar is color blind and has no style sense.
2005 Buick LeSabre 3.8L Series III from North America
Great car, nice styling (and I'm seventeen)
Both horns have had to be replaced on the car 3 times, since my grandma has owned it. It is very inexpensive part and not a big deal. They rust and stop honking.
The car is very good in the performance department (not anywhere near grandma's '96 Aurora) but it is still very good. Acceleration is VERY good for such a big car. The transmission shifts flawlessly. I don't think the seats are very comfortable; they sit to low for me, grandma agrees. The leg room in the Lesabre could be better, my Aunt's Impala has better room in the rear. I will say the material the seats are made out of is very nice and durable. On a recent trip, we got 30.1MPG at 70MPH all day long. The radio has a really nice sound, Bass is adequate. The CD player displays track information, and FM radio station information. The car has independent suspension, which gives the car a smooth ride. I like the light feeling of the steering wheel in my hands, it is light and responsive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2007
Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews