24th Apr 2005, 17:17
I bought my 2000 La Saber used with 34000 miles. The 3.8 L engine gets about 30 mpg on the highway at 65 MPH. It now has 67000 miles and it has been a very good car except for the window problem. My rear driver's side window fell down, in the rain, while driving my granddaughter to school. It was determined that the plastic piece that holds the cable that moves the window up and down broke releasing the window to slide down the track. There were other cracks in the remaining plastic piece. I was told that Buick considers this normal wear and tear.
Dealer repair cost is approximately $400. The problem I encountered, as well as, reading about other similar window problems has helped in my decision to not buy another Buick.
30th Apr 2005, 07:43
This is the greatest car I've ever owned, but in the past year, 3 window regulators have failed - both front windows and the right rear window. Replacement has been very expensive. Has anyone heard of a recall for this problem?
15th May 2005, 13:35
I bought a 2001 Lesabre brand new. I did not buy the extended warranty, and I think we all should have. I have replaced one rear driver door pw regulator and now the switches on my two front windows don't work. Also, the other rear door regulator is shot. I also have replaced the tie rods at 45K. The car is paid for and runs great however, these are expensive repairs. I also have a leak in my front axle, over a grand to fix. Car only has 54000 miles, all put on by me.
My next car will probably be a Lexus or Toyota. At least they last.
3rd Dec 2005, 00:14
We have a 2001 Buick LeSabre Limited with 49,000 miles and bought it new. Today,12/2/05, the left rear window went down by itself and we could not get it back up. It is cold out and supposed to snow. I have just read about this problem with many other Buick owners. The manufacture date was in Sept. 2000. We did purchase the extended warranty, but the car will be tied up at the dealer. I could not find any recall or technical service bulletins for this problem.
20th Dec 2005, 14:34
My 2000 LeSabre now has both rear windows glued shut since the regulators are both broken. I have owned the car for about 10 months and both regulators broke within 2 months of each other. I wrote a letter to Buick and had a conversation with the representative and her answer was that she had no knowledge of a problem, it was out of warranty and there was nothing she could do. No discount on a replacement part or assistance in getting a reduced labor rate. I am now looking to purchase and replace the part myself at a cost of about $200 for each regulator, but I’ll wait until it gets hot again and the glue fails! Way to go GM, you’ve lost another otherwise satisfied customer.
23rd Dec 2005, 19:37
I purchased a 2001 Le Sabre used with 54,000 miles on it. I have owned the car for about a year. It was a dream of a car until a rear window failed recently in the freezing cold. I had to hold the window up for 70 miles while my son drove me home. In reviewing all these posts about window regulator failure and in replacing my own, I see the problem. GM is using a bicycle cable type system instead of the usual scissors lift system. The bicycle system would probably work OK, but the associated plastic parts that hold the cables are not made of strong enough material and that is where it typically fails. Why the parts that hold the cables are not made of metal beats me. GM & dealers have to be aware of the problem--all dealer repairs are tracked. There will always be car parts failures. It seems that GM would want to work toward a solution for such a needlessly expensive repair quickly and to encourage repeat customers in the future, a recall. But then, folks, this isn't a safety issue to GM, it is just a huge inconvenience to their customers who start to look at their competitors cars.
27th Dec 2005, 12:31
I own a 2000 Buick Le Sabre. The car has 64000 miles on it and it now has 4 broken window regulators in 2 years. Maybe Buick will realize that spending $400 a pop to fix these will cause people to not buy there product. Power windows have been around for over 30 years and there is no excuse for the cheap materials they are using to manufacture the regulators. I owned a Park Avenue prior to this car with no problems, but this will be my last Buick after spending over $1700 to repair windows which I am sure will break again.
29th Dec 2005, 09:53
I think the same place is http://www.onetobuy.bizland.com/index.htm on the web. Check their prices out. Has anyone dealt with this company? Can anyone verify their quality?
21st Jun 2006, 21:58
I have a 2000 Buick Le Sabre. My mother purchased it new. I have driven it for the last two years and it has barely 50,000 miles. The a/c compressor quit at 49,000 miles and within the last month three window regulators have broken. The cost of repairing the window regulators is extremely high. Needless to say, at the cost of the repairs, I do not intend to buy another Buick.
8th Jul 2006, 08:57
I have a 2001 La sabre Ltd. that I keep having to replace the battery in. The dealer says alternator, etc. all check out (that was in 2002). I am now on my 4th battery--fortunately I have not had to pay for any of them--and this is annoying. You never know after a battery is 13 months old if the car will start or not.
Has anyone ever experienced this problem; and if so, what was the remedy?
18th Jul 2006, 15:30
GARBY BUICK! Thought I loved our Buick, but 2000 LeSabre has only 40k on it, and both windows came down and broke within two days of each other!?!
When I saw the number of other people having this problem, I can't believe this hasn't been recalled.
There should be no cost for windows breaking that quick. And if they don't do right by that many people, I guess that explains why GM is in current position they are.
Fairly new car, hardly even driven with less than 40k miles, and windows don't work. I have been on hold for over 25 minutes at this time.
20th Jul 2006, 14:11
Wow! So sorry to hear of multiple problems similar to mine for what I once thought of as the top of the line for a GM vehicle. $320 for a rear window regulator/motor assembly from the dealership in Ft. Collins, CO; $110 including shipping from 1aauto on the web. The only "constructive" criticism I have is that the factory part is cheaply made, with a wire cable running on a nylon collecting spool. GM knows better. Unless it is an older truck, I doubt I will ever buy an American car again. And yes, I consider myself blessed to be born in this country. A copy of this will be forwarded to Buick.