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#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
Mar 26, 2001 (10:55 am)
Agreed -- stay away from this car if it has been read-ended. Not worth the risk.
Overall, the LeSabre has a good record of reliability. There are some reports of brake problems in various models, according to Consumer Reports.
I don't think the LeSabre can match the reliability record of the Camry, but as far as American cars go, Buick is usually the best bet. Pontiac cars of similar make should serve you well too, but Pontiac's reliability records I believe are skewed a little in the negative direction simply because people tend to drive those cars a little harder than they would a Buick.
#364 of 1520 2000 Buick LeSabre Wet Floorboard
Mar 27, 2001 (6:53 pm)
I have a 2000 Buick LeSabre with 26,000 miles. After it rains, my floorboard on the driver's side is very wet. Much more than I would drag in on my feet. Is there anyone else with this problem? How do I fix it?
#366 of 1520 Still satisfied after 12,000 miles :)
Mar 28, 2001 (8:36 pm)
Hi everyone ! Just thought I would give a 12,000 mile update on my 2000 LeSabre Limited. The car still rides like a dream. Perfect family car, I am 45 years old and married with 2 children, ages 7 and 11. The only maintenance the car has had would be oil changes at 3,000, 6,500, and 10,000 miles and a tire rotation at 7,500 miles. I have also had to replace the windshield wiper blades twice due to the harsh winter weather here in the Northeast U.S. I am still averaging about 24 miles per gallon combined city/highway driving. I have the Gran Touring suspension with the 16 inch tires. The 18 cubic foot trunk came in handy today when I brought my Toro Lawnmower in for service. The lawnmower fit real nice in the trunk, something that it could not do in my previous car, a 1994 Chrysler Concorde. Had to drag it into the backseat with the Chrysler. I just hope that everyone reading this has as much fun with their LeSabre's as I am having with mine.