Anyone here by chance own a 1996 Buick Lesabre?
My family owns one with 165 000kms on it. We don't hammer the car and regular maintenace is perform when needed. There is a annoying problem with the car. When the weather is cold, there is a grinding/sqeaking noise (like when you jump up and down on a old sofa or bed) emulating from the front passenger side of the vehicle (loudest when driven in the morning). It happens when I turn the steering wheel (both direction) and when travelling over bumps/potholes. I replaced the upper suspension mount a year ago (it was fine then) but the noise is reaccuring. I looked at the shocks and there was no leak. Any ideas?
My mechanic also told me that the seal around the engine oil pan is leaking and the seal around steering shaft is also leaking. The A/C compressor have signs of hitting the hay (There would be a 'derderder' sound when it is switched on, louder at higher rpm range). A few days ago , I had to replace the intake manafold gasket because it was split (MEGA $$$$ for labour). I've also noticed that the coolant level is dropping steadly on every oil change. The car was warmed up (driven more than 15kms) and it would be at the 'COLD' level instead of the 'HOT level. No signs of coolant leak on the ground.
That aarp coupon is only good for
1000 on 02......2000 on 01
Lesabre. They came in a GM family
Savings promotion last year not direct
mail from AARP. plus 2002 GM rebate !
Woman still not decided!
I can wait a bit..but I do want a new CTS !
I have a GM Caddy Repeat Buyer cert. also !
Good luck with your new Buick !.....Geo
#576 of 1520 Alternator Noise in 2002 Custom
Feb 23, 2002 (3:20 pm)
Annoying alternator whine transfered via heater hoses to passenger compartment at low rpm. Why don't the GM dealers want to deal with this complaint when there is a TSP on it? GM is supposed to be aware of it but what are they doing about it? It is a mystery to me how Buick can market the Custom with this annoying whine. Has anyone had a similar problem and can share a possible solution? Thanks.
On my 2001 Le Sabre Limited I have noticed that air flow from the passenger door defogger vent is very much less than from the driver's side door vent. While the defogging on the driver's side is very fast, it takes quite a while for the passenger door window to clear.
The dealer said this is a design flaw with GM vehicles, and claimed to have seen the same problem on an Impala. This does not sound very likely to me, but unless there is a mechanical blockage or break somewhere in the vent tubing, I can't think of a way to fix it.
Has anyone else encountered this, and if so how did you resolve it?
#578 of 1520 90 LS--won't go at all--HELP
Mar 16, 2002 (6:47 pm)
Custom, 130K miles...I was driving along last Wednesday and it started having a hard time accelerating, and two or three times it almost did not kick in when I was starting up from a full stop. Then as I was driving it just stopped, dead stopped. It would turn over, but it never caught. The guy who towed me (works at a service station) and two guys who were painting our house said it was probably the fuel pump. We tested it and it wassn't getting fuel to the engine. So, first I replaced the fuel filter, and that got fuel to the engine. I could hear the fuel pump turning on when I turned on the ignition, and fuel is *definitely* getting to the engine. Then we tested whether any juice was getting to the spark plugs by sticking a screwdriver in one of the plug cables coming out of the ignition coil, but there was nothing. So I replaced the coil, and still the car doesn't start. It turns over, the dash lights come on, but it never catches.
I never cranked the engine for more than 15 seconds (at the very longest), and never tried more than three time in a row to start it (i.e., I didn't sit there cranking it for long periods of time).
What should I try next? The guy at Autozone said I should get a new rotor, spark plug cables and spark plugs, the painter guys (who work on their own cars) say that's ridiculous. Still though my car doesn't start.
One last thing: when the car first died, I checked the engine coolant. It was empty (there is a really slow leak in the system somewhere). I refilled the coolant tank, but am wondering if I might have fried something in *that* system that's causing the engine not to spark?
Any suggestions anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 2000 Buick LeSabre with leather seats. The car is still under warranty. This morning I noticed the driver's leather seat has a small wear spot in one of the seams. Has anyone attempted to get a leather seat repair under warranty?
#581 of 1520 Just bot new LeSabre Custom
Apr 29, 2002 (4:55 am)
Probably screwed up the demographics in Flint - I'm 33 y.o. and just picked up my new Custom on Saturday. After a steady diet of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc., wanted an American car. Just plain tired of the $ 1500 "scheduled maintenance"!!! Same goes for the rice burners. The car is great - lots of room, quiet, still on first tank of gas and i've already driven 300+ miles! Got mine with 1SD (Best Seller) package and CD Player.
Cant wait to drive it cross country.
Has anyone experienced one of these? My parents took their '01 LeSabre in for an oil change at one of the quick lube places. The lube joint noticed something hanging low on the underside of the car and said to take it to the dealer since it is still under warranty. The dealer fixed it for free and said it was a loose tie rod.
My parents were happy to get it fixed, but is this something common or just a freak thing? They have 16K on their car. Thanks.
Speaks very well for one of the most owned cars in America (6 posts for all of march and april), people usually dont write in when satisfied...of course it could be that car is owned by older folks who aren't big computer users so consider that too... Ed