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#591 of 1520 Stan 13 - Vibration
May 10, 2002 (8:55 am)
I have a 2000 lesabre with the same vibration, when in drive when stopped with the brakes on. I got the "can't duplicate the problem" response from the local Buick dealer and have not gotten around to complaining to Buick about the dealer's lack of performance. But I managed to cure the problem by running a bottle of fuel injector cleaner (by chemtool) in the gas tank. It must have been a clogged injector that the dealer was not capable of or interested in diagnosing.
#592 of 1520 RE: Great Car
May 21, 2002 (11:52 am)
I am 27 and just purchased an '01 LeSabre Custom and I truly love the car. When I was ready to trade my '92 Caddy in I spent about 3 months searching for a comparable replacement -- the LeSabre fits the bill almost perfectly. I really only miss threethings - power passenger seat, an outside temperature gauge and the acceleration of the Caddy (I think the Buick could outrun the Cad).
I really enjoy pulling up to the regular pump and getting 30+ MPG from a full size road warrior. Last weekend I was filling up next to a Camry owner who asked how I liked the car and what mileage I got. When I told him he would not believe me until I showed him the trip computer.
What are the future plans for the 3.8? I read many auto mags and they all are saying what a good power plant it is, but all of them recommend updating it to a more modern Aluminum engine. I hope GM isn't listening.
May 21, 2002 (2:21 pm)
I have read that the 3.8 will be around the rest of this decade, but GM is developing a new DOHC V6 engine and a new OHV V6 engine, and these engines will eventually replace the 3.8. I am not aware of any improvements planned for the 3.8.
#594 of 1520 RE: Mileage
May 22, 2002 (2:35 am)
My '02 Custom (2200 miles on it in 3 weeks) has averaged 26 mpg (even mix city/hwy) - I still cant believe it! I have shown the trip computer to friends (and non-believers) alike. Interesting that you mention no outside temp indicator - it's about the only thing I miss from my old cars. Seats are very comfortable - especially when I discovered the manual lumbar adjustment. I too have the manual pass side seat-oh well, when I "graduate" to a Park Ave..
#595 of 1520 LeS exterior care
May 25, 2002 (4:00 pm)
Just put the third coat of wax on my new 2002 Custom sedan - I have used everything on my cars from Meguiars to Zymol and found the best product for ease of application is The Wax Shop Super Glaze. Looks great on the lt bronzemist paint! By the way, that color must be the most popular this year - now that I have it, I am seeing a lot of it! Anyway, building up a few coats of wax early on makes it a lot easier to keep bird droppings, sap, etc. off the paint.
May 26, 2002 (2:21 pm)
I have a '97 custom with 60k. Recently my brother-in-law and sister came to visit. We used the Buick to "run around" in and frankly was embarrassed. He is a biggy at probably 275 lbs. or so, sat in the front and the wives sat in the back. Here is the thing, we bottomed out constantly!! We have had this auto for 4 yrs. but really haven't ridden 4 adults very often. Help me!!!!!!! Do I just need new shocks or is there some kind of suspension modification that can be done or?????? I realize the car is a low rider but this is ridiculous. Also would be open to certain shock replacement manufacturers. The shocks are most certainly original equipment. What can be done?
#597 of 1520 3.8 V6
May 26, 2002 (4:54 pm)
I read somewhere that GM was heavily revising the 3.8 and that normally aspirated versions were going to be putting out around 240-250 hp. The supercharged engine could be easily pumped up to close to 300 hp but the problem is in the FWD tranny to handle it. Of course the Northstar puts out 300 hp in FWD so I don't fully understand why that is a problem. Wish I could remember where I saw the article.
#598 of 1520 bottoming out
May 26, 2002 (5:00 pm)
I'm not positive about this, but even in '97 I believe the LeS had auto level control rear suspension as standard equipment. It does now. Just a hunch, as it sounds kind of early (60K miles) to be doing any major suspension work.
#599 of 1520 no auto leveling
May 26, 2002 (6:33 pm)
on a '97 LeS custom jb, but thanks. I very much hope that new shock absorbers do the trick because that is all I can think of what to do.
#600 of 1520 Going back to comfort...
May 28, 2002 (12:54 am)
A year ago I decided to get rid of my minivan and buy an economy car for mileage. I purchased a 2001 Honda Civic LX sedan with a 5 speed. After racking up over 23,000 miles in one year I have decided that buying this car was a big mistake. First of all, while economical (car averages 35+ mpg), the car has had it's share of niggling problems necessitating multiple trips to the dealer (lastest is leaking front struts and worn ball joints...parts are on back order and could be up to 6 weeks...apparently these parts are defective on many Civics and Honda can't keep up with the demand for warranty replacements). Also, I'm really tired of shifting! I'm not sure what I was thinking when I decided that the 5 spd. would be more "fun" but driving in heavy traffic with a manual gets old after awhile. Finally, the car isn't that comfortable...lots of road noise and a bouncy, harsh suspension make for less-than-relaxed driving. I have been very impressed with the responses regarding the LeSabre owners and am aware of the power, economy and longevity of the venerable 3.8 engine...I have a 1988 LeSabre in the driveway with 131,000 miles and the drivetrain is still smooth as silk. We took it to Pennsylvania last summer and it still got 29 mpg on the highway at 70-75 mph. I start a new job today and will be making considerably more money and believe I can afford a new LeSabre...looks like the dealers have some pretty good deals right now. I would really like to find one with the Y56(?) suspension and 16 in. tires. I read that cars equipped with this suspension have a numerically higher final drive ratio (3.08 vs. 2.86 for the standard suspension). Does this have any effect on engine rpm's and fuel economy? Is it worth getting or would I find the base suspension with the 16 in. tires adequate? I'm getting excited about this car (it doesn't take much anymore...I'm 46) and can't wait to take a test drive. Any input is appreciated...