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#352 of 1520 Anyone out there???
Mar 14, 2001 (1:55 pm)
Not many posts in this forum; that isn't surprising since alot of the other forums are folks complaining about their cars. Not much to complain about in the LeSabre!
The 3000 mile check went OK. Had a vibration above 65mph; turns out that one of the wheels was defective. Dealer replaced wheel and rebalanced all four tires just to make sure. No problems now.
The dealer also gave me a 97 LeSabre to drive while they worked on my car. It was a nice car, but truthfully, if that model style was still in production, I doubt I would have bought it. Buick's mission with the new 2000 LeSabre was to retain their customer base and bring in a new group of buyers. I believe that they have hit that objective right on the button. I guess I would consider myself a new group of buyer.
I have to admit that I'm sick of reading some of the editorial reviews about the LeSabre's interior. The common complaint is the "cheap, plasticky" interior. Give me a break! Most of the interior pieces in the LeSabre are covered with padded vinyl. The pieces that are plastic at least have the same texture as the padded ones, so the look is consistent.
Then of course, there is the "fake wood" complaint. Wood trim in any car, be it real or fake, is supposed to add a touch of class. In the LeSabre, I believe it works very well, especially with the Taupe interior. Who cares if it is real or not!
These people are always comparing every car on the market to Lexus, Mercedes, or BMW. If you want to drop $50,000 - $70,000 on a car that has real wood trim and perfect fit and finish everywhere, be my guest. I think the LeSabre, and the other G-body cars, are some of the best values on the market.
Happy driving everyone!
#353 of 1520 Glad to hear it Vtech
Mar 14, 2001 (2:12 pm)
Sounds like your enjoying your new LeSabre as much as I'm enjoying my Bonneville - 2 months now. I echo your sentiment of these cars being a terrific value. I've had a few minor things to fix on my car - in fact it goes in tomorrow for a new rear window to solve the defroster/radio problems. I'm driving to PA this Sunday - first lengthy road trip and can't I wait! The car rides like a dream on the highway - and I notice it is not buffeted in the wind anywhere near like my old flying brick Grand Marquis ( to say nothing of the flying cinder block 95 Suburban ). The interior is quiet ( no windshield kazoo noises in Bonneville ). The 3.8 is responsive and relatively thrifty - we'll see how the 400 mile trip down goes for gas mileage. Great cars - these LeSabres and Bonnevilles. BTW - how is head room in yours with sunroof? Don't have one in mine but I can tell it would be a bit close. Ken
Mar 14, 2001 (7:23 pm)
vtech 83, I am considering buying a 97 or 98 LeSabre. I noticed you mentioned in your above post you would not buy one if you had the chance. I am 19 and am wondering what your opinions are on this model. I need a car that will be reliable for me. MY dad's '96 Skylark has 90K miles without even a hiccup. Penny for your thoughts....
#355 of 1520 LeSabre for a young family
Mar 15, 2001 (8:23 am)
I wanted to ask people's opinion on the LeSabre for my wife, son, and one on the way. The car gets great crash scores. The custom seems to comw with everything my wife "has to have". I have found a dealer that will sell me a used (2000) LeSabre for 17,500 with about 14K on the clock. He actually has several in different colors and they are all customs. I can't afford a minivan, but the Buick seemed liked a good choice. Thoughts?
#356 of 1520 Thanks, Ken
Mar 15, 2001 (9:30 am)
The LeSabres and Bonnevilles are great cars. Mine is almost like two cars in one. It glides on the highway like a Buick should, but the Gran Touring kicks in when you need some handling. You also get a higher gear (3.05) with the GT which makes the car a little quicker.
The headroom is a little tight. I'm 6'4" and I could use another inch or so of headroom. The nice thing is that there is some spare headroom right where the sunroof is. I usually tilt the seat back a little to give me some more room.
Enjoy your trip. I'm still looking for my first crusing adventure. Should be a blast.
I like reading the Bonneville forum, especially the guys who are modifying their cars. That intense01 dude is killing me. I thing it's safe to say that he has shredded his warrenty! I noticed that he is trying to sell his old parts. I'd like to see what his car can do once he gets it somewhat done.
Have a good one.
#357 of 1520 My thoughts ...
Mar 15, 2001 (9:41 am)
Nothing wrong with the previous generation of LeSabres. They're solid reliable cars with a great engine and trans. The styling and interior layout is a little bland for me. Buick really made an improvement with the 2000 models, inside and out. You won't go wrong buying one of these things. Of course, if you do, you'll bring down the median age of LeSabre buyers quite a bit. I'm 42 and even I'm a little young for a LeSabre, according to Buicks marketing department.
$17,500 is right about where a Custom would be with 14,000 on it. If they have the color you're looking for, I would get one. Plenty of room in the car for a family of your size. The trunk in the car is huge (18 cubic feet). Your should be able to pack alot of stuff in there. It's such a nice car to drive, too, much better than a minivan. Good luck. Join the club -- get a LeSabre.
#358 of 1520 RMNixon
Mar 15, 2001 (1:39 pm)
Quite a name there!
You may want to check out the Bonneville SE as well - I bought a 2000 in January with 18K on the clock for $15,995. Most of these cars that are one model year old and have that type of mileage are former rentals. A check with CARFAX will tell you that - as on mine. Watch for cigarette smoke evidence - hard to get rid of.
The thing that swayed me to the Bonneville over the LeSabre is the bucket seat and console with floor shifter as opposed to Buick's bench - just tired of benches right now.
Another you should absolutely consider is the Impala. 2000 was first year and there a few suspension issues impacting some ( if not most ) cars. Check the Impala forum here and page back through - you'll get the gist real quickly! the base model there comes with bench, the LS model has buckets - very much like my Bonneville SE setup. Impala and Bonneville are more aggressively styled than the more conservative looking LeSabre ( another reason I chose Pontiac ).
The 3.8 L V-6 is OUTSTANDING and for long term reliability you won't go wrong with that engine and tranny. The Le Sabre and Boneville as well as Impala LS come equipped that way. The base Impala has a 3.4 L that is also good.
Minivans are so boring! You'll enjoy any of the cars I've mentioned - by the way - all use regular gas - have to watch for that these days.
Go for it - and be sure to rent whatever you decide on first - you will spend $100 to ensure you don't kick yourself afterwards over some oddity you didn't realize on a 15 minute drive ( like my bucket seats that are not as comfortable as they first seemed ).
#359 of 1520 Pontiac Bonneville
Mar 16, 2001 (7:28 am)
Mr. Tpken is quite correct; the Bonneville would be an excellent choice as well. The Bonneville and LeSabre are basically the same car with different interior and exterior styling. The Bonneville has always been Pontiac's full size sports sedan, while the LeSabre has been marketed as a conservative highway cruiser. The cars both sit on the same G-body chassis (as do the Olds Aurora and Cadillac Seville) and share many engine, transmission, and suspension components.
Pontiac ups the ante with the Bonneville by offering dual exhaust in the SLE and SSEi models, 17" wheels/tires, stiffer suspension, and a superchared engine in the SSEi. The LeSabre only has a single exhuast outlet and no supercharged option, but then again, the LeSabre has never been a car for driving enthusiasts. The LeSabre has a Gran Touring package available which stiffens up the suspension and adds 16" wheels/tires. It does a surprisingly good job.
The bottom line is that both cars are solid, reliable, and have one of the best engines ever built. You can't go wrong with either car.
Good luck, Mr. RMNixon.
#360 of 1520 A Question for the Buick owner
Mar 23, 2001 (3:15 pm)
Found a 1994 Buck LaSabre that has been rear-ended, (fixed), at a dealer. It has 35,000 miles on it and they're starting at $6,000. Have always owned Carry so I don't know the American scene well - For those of you with maintenance history on this car are they're any trouble spots? Is this a good deal?
#361 of 1520 jscottk
Mar 24, 2001 (8:18 pm)
Buying a former wreck is risky business. You take the chance that it will never be quite right and in worse case it may have unknown damage (gas tank etc) that can cause safety problems. Personally, I would stay miles away from it. If you're used to Camry - the LeSabre is a nice riding and reliable car that keeps its value well and has good fuel economy for a large smooth riding vehicle. Nothing very exciting about it and no jealous stares as you cruise the highway - but a nice roomy and soft ride. REcent Camrys have been pretty softly sprung and quiet too - so you may enjoy the car - but do yourself a favor and look for one that hasn't been wrecked. You could rue the day you buy that Buick and sour yourself on an otherwise great ride.
Just my opinion - best wishes in your decision