16th Aug 2007, 11:50

I have a 95 Buick LeSabre that I bought 4 years ago with 33k original miles. It now has 65K on it. Only two major problems: it is now on it's FIFTH ALTERNATOR! Anyone have any ideas why they don't last? Also, I had to have the a/c compressor replaced.

Alternator issue is very frustrating, and I don't have any idea why the alternator has to be replaced more often than the brakes!

Any help would be appreciated.

16th Aug 2007, 18:36

Are you buying good quality alternators or Wal-Mart specials? If the latter, what do you expect?

14th Jan 2008, 08:22

Everyone should be aware that silver or white showing between the digits of the odometer means that the mileage has been changed. It is really hard to believe that even an old lady only puts 33,000 miles in 12 years. That's 2750 miles per year. Even at 67,000 that's 5583 which is not likely. I just bought a 1995 Buick Lesabre with 76,838 showing, but it DOES HAVE SILVER SHOWING between the digits. Yes, these are good solid cars though.

15th Jan 2008, 17:55

If you are aware of that fact, then why did you buy one that had been "rolled back?"

12th Apr 2008, 14:04

I own a 1995 Le Sabre Custom with 175.5K miles. We bought her eight years ago with 104K.

Oil level is fine but the wife (primary driver) mentioned the oil light was on through her return trip home from the city.

Could it be a sensor issue? She drove it 20 minutes with the light on.; I drove it around the neighborhood and the Buick seems fine.

Other than the transmission clutch going slipping, this lady delivers an impressive 28 mpg on the highway and 17 around town!

Any input?

14th Apr 2008, 14:42

My mother has had a 1996 LeSabre Limited since new with everything in it loaded with leather. It runs well, 27-30mpg highway and is reliable.

But, at 120K the suspension system sensors stopped balancing the car's ride level; front up, back down etc. repaired sensors and ride did level, but to me it feels like you're on a boat, not the same old great drive.

Secondly, a new set of tires, and at 165k the car was moving from a stoplight in own, and the front end raised up, then back on itself and slid within 2 feet of the intersection. The front suspension failed and lifted from the frame. $400. to replace the rubber bushings etc.

Now less than 2 thousand miles the transmission stopped shifting and no local garage wants to work with it. As we were driving along the transmission just stopped shifting, we pulled over and got AAA. Now it sits in front of the garage unable to move. We wonder, fix the tranny or sell it? Is it past its prime?

The only body damage that occurred was when the car was hit and run parked outside a hospital in town, so it needs a left front fender, hood, and bumper paint.

14th May 2008, 14:56

I have an 1995 Buick LeSabre Limited with only 134,000 miles on it. I bought the car from a dealership for a great low price of $695, and the car runs great.

The problem is that sometimes however, often when I stop a little harder at a stop light or a stop sign, the vehicle will go from drive into neutral. When this happens, I shift from drive to neutral and then back into drive again, and then it is fine. When I drive this car, it drives and shifts perfect, and I really don't understand what is going on. I know that this vehicle has been in a minor accident and hit a deer before I bought it. Everything has been repaired and I was wondering will this vehicle soon need a new transmission? It only happens once in a blue moon. Can anyone help me with this situation?

11th Dec 2008, 18:59


Not sure what you shifting problem is, but it could be as simple as a shift linkage needing adjusted.

24th Jul 2012, 23:31

I have yet to buy one, but I'm researching them right now. I can only assume that the result wasn't 37 MPG, but rather is a typographical error, and the actual number should have been 27, which appears to be close to the actual number one could expect with highway driving.

I'm not sure, personally, but I'm inclined to believe it is a typo and not the actual number. I am actually considering buying one, its book value is much higher than what I'd be paying, and I need only put a wheel bearing (the whole hub assembly actually) into it. I can actually have it delivered (it's drivable and stickered) for a grand total of $650.00 USD. I can do the work myself, though I'll probably pay a mechanic. So, I figure for under $1000 I can have the car up, running, on the road, and have a new inspection sticker placed on it. At that point I'll put it up on the market for $2500 and let 'em talk me down to $2000, and have doubled my money without having actually done anything.

Meh... I thought it was a good idea. ;)