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#1068 of 1520 Hello from Leviathan
Apr 10, 2005 (8:42 am)
Hello fellow members!
I am new to this discussion, although not new to Edmunds.com, which I have used off and on for the last ten years.
I have a 2001 Custom LeSabre, which I bought Certified Pre-Owned in 2003. I was and still am very happy with my purchase - the car has been rock-solid since I've had it. I just took it in for the 60,000 mile Maintenance, and for the most part, it was fine, except for a loose supporting tire rod (replaced under warranty), tire dry-rot (I'm replacing the tires today), and an upper gasket leaking coolant (to be replaced this week under warranty).
I think that the only thing I have to say to those who are considering buying a LeSabre is, if possible, make sure that you purchase a warranty also, whether from Buick or from a third party. It can make all the difference (the upper gasket replacement would have cost me about $300 without the warranty).
I also believe that Buicks have been and continue to be the best American cars, all around. Although other carmakers like Ford and GMC have generally improved, only Buicks (and a friend of mine also adds Oldsmobiles) have been consistently reliable cars and great values (not to mention pretty cool-looking).
Anyway, I am happy to be part of this discussion group. Thanks for reading this posted message. Best Wishes to all the present and future LeSabre owners!
#1069 of 1520 buying a '98 LeSabre
Apr 11, 2005 (12:22 pm)
I am about to buy a '98 LeSabre - the car is in great shape and has only 55K miles on it. I've been reading here about all the suggestions and preventative measures other owners are taking but I'm a bit confused about the recall issued in Feb. of 2004 - http://www.automotive.com/1998/49/buick/lesabre/recalls/34513.html.
Is this recall to address the plastic plenum problem I've read about?
#1070 of 1520 Re: buying a '98 LeSabre [wgarider]
Apr 11, 2005 (12:32 pm)
The link only goes to a home page. Can you tell us wht the recall is about?
#1071 of 1520 Re: buying a '98 LeSabre [imidazol97]
Apr 11, 2005 (12:42 pm)
Here's the details................
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3800 V6 (L36) ENGINES AND CERTAIN DELPHI FUEL PRESSURE REGULATORS, THE REGULATORS HAVE A MUCH HIGHER THAN USUAL RATE OF FUEL LEAKS. A LEAK CAN ALLOW FUEL TO ENTER THE INTAKE MANIFOLD THROUGH A VACUUM LINE. IF THE ENGINE DOES NOT START WHEN CRANKED, THE FUEL FROM THE LEAKING REGULATOR AND A MISTIMED SPARK CAN CAUSE A BACKFIRE.
THE BACKFIRE CAN RUPTURE THE INTAKE MANIFOLD. THE RUPTURE OF THE INTAKE MANIFOLD CAN DISPLACE A FUEL LINE, PULLING AN INJECTOR OUT OF PLACE, AND CAUSING A FUEL LEAK AND POSSIBLE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL INSTALL NEW FUEL PRESSURE REGULATORS WITH IMPROVED DIAPHRAGMS. THE RECALL WILL BE CONDUCTED IN PHASED MAILINGS. PHASE 1 WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 30, 2004, FOR THE 1998-2000 BUICK PARK AVENUE, LESABRE, 1998-2000 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE, 1998-1999 OLDSMOBILE EIGHTY-EIGHT, AND 2000 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO AND IMPALA VEHICLES EQUPPED WITH 3.8L ENGINES. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537, OR PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
GENERAL MOTORS CORP. 03054B
#1072 of 1520 Re: buying a '98 LeSabre
Apr 11, 2005 (1:09 pm)
My son has a '98 LeSabre, also with pretty low miles, and loves it. After hearing about this issue I called the local Buick dealer and gave him the VIN. According to this dealer, not every '98 LeSabre is subject to that recall so yours may be ok.
#1074 of 1520 Re: buying a '98 LeSabre [suydam]
Apr 11, 2005 (2:06 pm)
Thanks - I'll check with Buick after I get the car.
#1075 of 1520 Re: Recalls [pat]
Apr 11, 2005 (2:06 pm)
#1076 of 1520 2000 Buick Load Levers
Apr 13, 2005 (9:00 am)
I have a 2000 Le Sabre with 51,000 miles and the rear load levers do not relieve the pressure. The pump does lift the rear when people get in, but the system does not relieve itself. Thus, the rear of car now sits approx 3-4" higher then it should. Does the sensor located near the left rear wheel also take care of this problem? Does the pump somehow relieve the system? I have discovered how to stop the pump from working altogether, but the rear of the car is still too high. Can anyone tell me how to relieve the pressure in the rear shocks? Thank You.
#1077 of 1520 Re: 2000 Buick Load Levers [jimbuick]
Apr 13, 2005 (4:56 pm)
The rear suspension (right side, I think) has a link that goes from the wheel part of the rear suspension up to a small box with a lever sticking out attached to the frame. When the car is up too high, the position of the lever tells the pump portion to bleed air until the car lowers to the right height. Either the lever isn't connected anymore and it may be saying the car is too low and needs to be pumped up or the electronics in the pump section aren't releasing pressure.
Check the physical connection of the lever vertically up to the box. See if it's connected.
I assumed you could hear the pump run about 40 seconds after starting the car? It should run for about 5 seconds and turn off.