Purchased our 2001 LeSabre used with 20,000 miles, and now have over 265,000 miles on it. Never had any window problems, but have replaced the transmission, two water pumps, alternator, and almost everything else except the motor. Headlights just shut off sometimes when changing from brights to dims. Have always owned GM vehicles, but won't buy another Buick.
GM's rear window regulators of that time were inherently defective. I have a 2001 Olds Aurora and have known about that for a long time... the reason that I never even lowered the rear windows.
2001 LeSabre, 3 window regulators so far broke. I just wedged wood in back windows so they can't go down anymore. Had to replace driver side however. They should have done a recall, as every person I know who owned one had the same problem. And they wonder why people are buying foreign cars.
I have a 2001 Buick LeSabre Limited...
2 out of 4 windows don't work at all now, passenger side will only roll up and down using the control on that side.
Have had a lot of heating problems... have had the blend doors replaced, head gaskets, thermo, etc... etc..
Now check engine light is on, reading a code about the coolant system... Don't know what to do; out over 1500 so far...
Rides really rough now, shakes when on the expressway at 70mph...
How do I see about these recalls, and how does a person go about getting a mechanical issue fixed that has already been recalled??? Do recalls ever expire? If anyone has ANY suggestions, please feel free to let me know... Thanks in advance ::))
Tired of spending money on car repairs..
I forgot to mention about the 2001 LeSabre that along with all 4 window regulators, 2 sets of wheel bearings, transmission failure, the gas gauge does not work! I also have to put Dexcool coolant in the reservoir twice weekly. I have always tried with GM - GM never tried for me!
I have had my Buick LeSabre for 4 years, and yes I have replaced the wheel bearings along with all window regulators, but considering, that’s not bad.
For the people that say they won’t buy another and go with foreign cars like Honda; they have issues as well, like transmissions failing at 40,000 miles.
So go ahead and buy a different car; my Buick has over 215,000, and still gets 29 mpg highway, and for the guy that posted on the 7th, how many miles has your car got on it? I worked for Honda and should know they have problems. Good cars, but still have issues. And for the coolant issue, its probably the intake leaking.
2001 Buick Regal. Getting ready to replace the fourth window regulator. The other three have already been replaced. When you purchase the replacement regulator, make sure the cable rides on a pulley at the top rather than just on a plastic bearing surface.
Now the A/C is not cooling. Works if you charge it, but loses refrigerant on the off cycle I think. Maybe the evaporator, but not sure. Can't detect a leak anywhere under the hood, but get a detection at the vents.
I finally sold our 2001 LeSabre after replacing 7, count'em 7 window regulators. The car had 140,000 miles, was otherwise functional, though the dash pad was starting to shrink and pull away from the windshield base.
I sold it at a huge loss, just trying to get rid of the last GM car I'll ever buy; took 6 months.
I truly believe the previous series LeSabre was the best they made, and was a great car. This one was cheaply made to a price point.
Power was great, seats were just awful, handling was skittish on twisty roads, brakes were marginal.
By the way, the Dorman regulators look EXACTLY like the cheap Chinese ones I bought for 50 bucks less. Buyer beware.
23 months of ownership as a used vehicle, and now had 3rd window regulator go out. Expensive and unbelievable that this manufacturer has not recognized this for a recall. Will NEVER buy another BUICK.
I love the comments from people who have owned Buick/GM/or just American in general for their entire lives; then they get 1 lemon, and it's "I'm NEVER BUYING ANOTHER ONE!!"
Give me a break. So you owned 10 cars from the same manufacturer and 9 of them were top notch. If the same exact car said Toyota or Honda on it instead of Buick, you'd all be more forgiving. But since it's an American Buick, you're going to condemn the entire company and trade for a Toyota? Get into a new Camry and close the door. Tell me how solid it feels.
Let them trade for a Honda or Toyota, after all they are making the payments. But in many cases, I can't help but wonder how many of these people who decide to go with a Japanese brand regret losing the room and comfort of a larger American car, not to mention the lower selling price. I have had 2 Buicks and been very happy overall. I have no reason to look elsewhere for my next car. I just wish they still made a car comparable to my current Park Avenue.
How true. If the cigarette lighter fails on a domestic at 400,000 miles, people scream "IT'S CRAP!! I'm buying an IMPORT!!" But with Toyota being ranked 21st out of 33 car makers in build quality, and Buick consistently ranked much higher, it's obvious there is a lot of anti-American bias out there, driven, no doubt, by the billions of dollars foreign companies have spent brainwashing Americans. All Ford and GM vehicles now outrank Toyota in build quality and reliability.
"Get into a new Camry and close the door. Tell me how solid it feels."
Actually quite solid from my personal experience. I've recently driven a new 2011 Camry. It was very well built. It drove beautifully. It felt far more solid than both the 2011 Fusion and 2011 Malibu I also recently drove (In the market for a new midsize sedan). The Fusion was the worst in my opinion. Shutting the door resulted in the body panels visibly flexing in and out. I'm driving the Accord next. The Camry is looking good, the Fusion and Malibu are out.
My parents have a 2001 LeSabre, and the driver's power window is broken. They have not bothered to fix it yet, they leave it in the up position. Apart from that, the car has had no problems since new, only brakes and muffler. It's an annoyance, but at least the car has never left them stranded.
My Grandmother has a 97' Buick LeSabre. I wouldn't exactly call it a comfortable car. The ride is floaty and unresponsive. For such a large car, it also doesn't seem to really have all that much interior room, since much of the car is taken up by a HUGE dash. My brother owns a '98 Avalon and it too is a large car. It has every bit as much interior room as any old American dinosaur car, except that it has heated seats and better handling.