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#620 of 1520 Buick Lemon: Kazoo, A/C & key alarm, Windows
Jun 16, 2002 (8:56 pm)
My 2000 LeSabre turned out to be a lemon but the laws are too restrictive; yeah, I can turn it in but they'll make me get another Buick and with the deduction per mile, I'm better off trading it in for another make. Problems? The kazoo sound is too infrequent to mess with; they could make it worse. Second, after a year, I noticed that the A/C sometimes wouldn't work. The dealer replaced the compressor. It happened again; they "programmed the computer" which probably means they didn't do anything. Then I noticed that when the A/C didn't work, the key alarm would sound. During the many trips to the dealer, they replaced the keys, the key lock, the key cylinder, all the A/C dash controls, all the door controls and the problem continued. What seems to have worked since the problem hasn't resurfaced in about three months, is that they replaced some computer control under the car seat whatever it was. Why couldn't the engineers at Buick tell the dealer exactly where the key alarm and the A/C system have a common connection or chip or whatever? Third problem is the power window controls. Tomorrow, they will have to replace the front passenger chain or motor for the third time. The driver front and the passenger rear have all been replaced once each. Fourth, twice now, the car won't start; the motor will turn but it sounds like when you could flood the motor. When it got towed to the dealer, it started right away. I figured it had to be the fuel filter or the pump so I replaced the filter but sometimes it turns a couple of times before starting and I know it's going to happen again. My dealer has my car more than I do but I get to drive a different rental at Buick's expense each time. Folks tell me each time, "Again! Get a foreign car the next time!" But I'm too patriotic. Next time I'll just go back to Fords.
Jun 17, 2002 (4:39 pm)
I have a 2000 LeSabre Limited and the air conditioning works great. I set the auto control on 68 degrees and withen a few minutes, the car gets really cool, even after sitting in the sun at 95 degrees plus for 4 or more hours at a time. You can only get the automatic air conditioning on the Limited and I would highly reccomend it. Another difference between the Custom and the Limited is with the radio and temperture controls on the steering wheel, which again are only available on the Limited. They are easy to use and it helps you regulate things while keeping your eyes on the road. I recently checked out an 02' LeSabre and I liked what I saw except for the new radio faceplate. I wished they would have kept the controls the way they are on my 2000. Any other opinions on the new radio faceplate ?
Jun 17, 2002 (6:18 pm)
The 2000 Limited has great air...for a R-134A system. I check out other car's air on hot days and I think the Les. is coldest. I think GM systems are designed with a variable displacement compressors, so the air blowing at max on a 74 deg. day will actually be warmer than max on a 95 deg. day. It does a great job of keeping the car cool on hot humid days we have here in Springfield, Missouri.
#623 of 1520 Concert II update
Jun 18, 2002 (9:49 am)
Thanks for #612, sonjaab.
Concert II sound--had the speakers changed yesterday. On kcwolfpack's advice (#582), had a pro do the installation (thanks, wolf, for saving me a world of trouble). Went with MB Quart speakers--titanium coaxials and triaxials. With installation almost $500. Could have gone with very satisfactory speakers for $230, but got quickly hooked when I heard the demo of the ones I decided to get. Not happy at all to pay that much, but very happy for sure about the wonderful results. I'm a musician, so sound matters a lot to me. When I first told the guy in the shop that I wanted to change the Concert II speakers, he said quietly, "Yeah, you'll want to do that."
Incidentally, this shop gives customers the old equipment (maybe that's standard procedure in the auto-sound business--don't know). So I'll have the original speakers re-installed when I trade this car two to four years out. If I get another LeSabre (very strong possibility), I can put the speakers I've bought in the next car. Again, why would Buick go cheap on *speakers*? I like the used LeSabre Limited a whole lot (31K on it at purchase), but the sound system's a mystery.
#624 of 1520 Re: Those MB Quart speakers
Jun 19, 2002 (3:42 pm)
Giants515...What model MBQ speakers did you install,(both front and rear)? I want to replace those junky, cheap Concert Hall II faux speakers and I think I'm ready to spend some $$ to put me out of my sonic misery. GM oughta be ashamed. Are the front speakers 5 1/4" or 6 1/2"?
#625 of 1520 Questions Re. 2002 Buick LeSabre
Jun 20, 2002 (3:04 am)
I am considering purchasing a 2002 Buick LeSabre and have some questions:
Anyone know what the 0-60 acceleration time is for the 2002 Buick LeSabre?
Is the car generally considered a quiet car with respect to wind and road noise intrusion into the cabin compared to other cars in the same category?
Where are the six speakers located within the cabin in the Concert Sound II system? Is it possible to independently adjust the bass and treble tone controls independently of the automatic equalization control?
Are the "Catcher's Mitt" seats comfortable on a long trip?
Thanks in advance.
#626 of 1520 Quick question/tire monitor
Jun 21, 2002 (6:26 am)
I drive a 2000 Impala, which has a "low tire pressure" monitor on it - when a tire is low, I get a message on the dash. My wife saw a story on TV last night that used a Buick as an example of a car that had a monitor on the dash that told you the tire pressure of each individual tire. My wife likes that idea, as one of her fears is being stranded with a flat tire (mine on the Impala saved me just a few weeks ago).
My question is, on cars equipped with the pressure monitor that gives a readout for each tire - does it also give a warning if a tire goes too low, or is it up to the operator to monitor the readings and notice when one is losing pressure?
#627 of 1520 HELP!!!!
Jun 21, 2002 (10:01 am)
After hearing the obscene mechanic charges for changing the spark plugs, I decided to change them myself....bought six champion copper plugs and changed five of the existing ones (one fell and got lost)
Here's the problem.....I think that I have not connected them properly. The engine has lost most of its power. Even the brakes aren't functioning properly.
Please help by posting the correct connection from spark plug to the (capacitor)?
The car starts but has very low power.
Jun 22, 2002 (12:24 am)
It is absolutely neseccary that all 6 new spark plugs are in. Then you must gap them. In order to gap them you need a gapper (from any basic auto store). Gap the spark plugs to the right amount and it should run fine. As for the brakes, make sure the hose to the brake cyl. is in all the way. Take it to a trust worthy mechanic if all else fails.
#629 of 1520 Re: Questions
Jun 23, 2002 (8:06 pm)
Priggly: Some answers to your questions. I believe the 0-60 is 8.2 sec.
The LeSabre is a QUIET car; on some road surfaces it is uncannily quiet. Very little wind and road noise. In most cases normal conversation is quite possible. Passengers have often commented on the quietness of the car.
Two 6 x 9 speakers on the rear deck lid, 2 in the door (5 1/4" I believe) and two tweeters on extreme right and left corners between the dash and windshield.
Quality of sound? See Messages # 616 and 617.
Yes it is possible to manually control the treble and bass by switching the equalizer setting to "Manual" OR as on my radio, as soon as I adjust either bass or treble, the equalizer automatically switches to manual mode.
Hope this helps.