2001 Buick LeSabre from North America - Comments

18th Sep 2007, 14:28

I am buying my 2001 Buick LeSabre from my dad and both back windows broke in the down position.

When the first one broke, I took it to be repaired and was given the evidently standard quote of $400. So, I went home and managed to get the door panel off and put electric tape around the track to try and hold the window in the up position.

Now, there is an error message saying "Door Ajar" and the interior lights won't go off.

And then the other back door window broke. So now I'm looking at $800 worth of repairs. That sounds like a lot to me!

22nd Sep 2007, 08:09

2001 Buick LeSabre. Just suffered 4th power window failure. Bought new in 2001 and only has 47000 miles. Last GM car for me.

8th Oct 2007, 11:13

I put pictures online at Flickr on how to repair these window regulator problems. It shows a series of pictures with instructions on how to remove and replace the regulator. I suggest buying them online from Ebay, get one with a warranty! Look up Buick Window Regualator on Flickr. Good Luck!

9th Oct 2007, 09:36

We couldn't find any photos matching Buick and Window and Regulator. : ( (

29th Oct 2007, 21:51

I own a 2001 Le Sabre LTD. Has anyone here had problems with the transaxel shifting hard? The problem started just after 38,000 miles and seems to be getting more prevalent. The problem does not happen at first; but after the car has warmed up. It is also intermittent. After it begins happening, I can turn the car off and let it set for 3 to 5 minutes. Start it back up and no problem for a few more minutes. The further I drive the car the worse the hard shifting happens.

1st Nov 2007, 13:40

Yes, I had a 2001 Century with the same shifting problem. Never could find out why, but I got rid of the car anyway! Worst car I ever owned.

2nd Jun 2008, 09:24

I have a 2002 Buick Le Sabre Custom with 34k miles on it, and have had to replace 3 window regulators within 1 year (2 went out within a couple of days of each other). The windows just fell down while driving.

I had the entire electrical system go ballistic on me about 8 months ago, and burned itself out and fried the battery. Then the cruise control malfunctioned about 2 months after the electrical system was repaired.

If I keep this car much longer, I may have paid enough in repairs that I could have purchased a reliable used Toyota.

6th Jun 2008, 19:18

I have owned my 2001 Buick Le Sabre since new and now am on my 4th regulator. 500$ for the first and 325$ on the second. I bought off the Internet for the next two. I ordered one today and paid 53$ and will take a while to install. Buick got a few extra bucks from me but I hope my new 2008 Merck. does better. Goodbye GM.

30th Jul 2008, 13:58

I inherited a 2001 Buick LeSabre from my father-in-law. While I am grateful for his generosity, people should know about the problems with this car.

I have replaced 3 window regulators at considerable cost; the gas gauge does not work, most likely because of a worn tank/sender gauge; and now the trunk won’t close anymore. The CD player cuts in and out. Quite frankly, I think GM pitched this car to old retired people as an “affordable Cadillac.”

The visibility is horrendous – you can’t see out the back unless you are on totally flat ground. Visibility out the front is bad, too.

I will never own another GM product.

10th Aug 2008, 00:11

My 2001 Buick Lesabre has had three window regulators go out in the past 5 months. Started with the right rear passenger, then the left passenger, and now the front passenger. I might as well go ahead and replace the driver door regulator. I'm sure it will be next since it has been the most used. GM needs a recall on this item.

11th Aug 2008, 18:31

Actually, I have heard that these failures occur from a lack of use. So maybe that is why your front driver has not failed.

20th Aug 2008, 17:36

I just found this site while looking to order rear window regulators for my 2001 Buick Le Sabre Custom. What a shock to find that so many of us have problems with these regulators!

I have now planned to never roll down our windows again for fear that they will not roll up. Thank goodness for 3M clear tape. What a beautiful sight to see a nice Buick with tape on the back windows. Way to go GM!

What a pity that GM will not place a recall on this problem.

29th Aug 2008, 15:54

I have replaced two regulators at about $400.00 each while living in Arizona - I was told that the heat made the unit brittle. I now have my car in the shop for transmission repairs (hard up-shifting) and the mechanic told me that GM is redesigning some internal parts for that issue. While I generally have enjoyed my car, I will not buy another GM product as window regulators should not break at 50 or so thousand miles and transmissions should not have to be rebuilt (103,000 miles) when the car has been properly serviced.

2nd Sep 2008, 22:47

Wow, never would I imagine I would find so many people going through the exact same thing as I am right now. I own a 2001 Buick Lesabre custom with only 77,000 miles on it and have been having window problems over the last couple of months! I first noticed that the passenger side window wouldn't go down one day, then it started working again and all has been well. Then my daughter puts the drivers side back window down and lo and behold the thing would not go back up again! And to make matters worse, it started raining shortly thereafter. I had to run into a Target and buy some clear duct tape to pull the window up and tape it. I haven't even had time to have that looked at yet when, tonight, the other passenger side back window was put down and will not go back up. This one won't even allow me to pull it up to tape it, so now it's covered with a garbage bag! Reading what everyone has spent fixing these things, I don't think I'm going to be able to afford to fix mine!

What a wonderful advertisement for Buick to have their cars seen with taped up windows. Apparently I'm not alone...: (

Please excuse my grammar and spelling as I am writing this late at night :)

19th Sep 2008, 20:02

Just sent my wife and daughter out east to pick up a 2000 Buick Lesabre that we found on-line. I called them as they were making their way back home to ask what the car was like and how it was going. It's a very nice, beautiful car, but they had put down the passenger side front window down and it wouldn't go back up. I called the folks we had purchased the car from to see if he had any problem with it before, as he said everything worked. He said he had some trouble with that window last fall, and had also already replaced two window regulators on other doors on the same car. It has about 120,000 miles on the vehicle. Luckily after some miles later my wife got the window to raise enough to "wiggle" it back and forth and it raised back up again. I am very surprised to see so many having the same problems. Are there any Buick replacement window regulators out there that has remedied this problem?