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#672 of 1520 2003 Buick LeSabre Quality
Nov 12, 2002 (6:21 pm)
I am considering purchasing a new Buick LeSabre and took a test drive today in a Limited Model. I liked the Car except I thought that I heard a lot of road or wind noise from the driver's side. When I mentioned it to the Salesman he did not seem to want to talk about the subject and ignored it except to say that it may be because one of the back windows may not be totally closed. I checked and the windows would not close any tighter. Also, the ride seemed to be a bit more harsh than I had anticipated. I'd sure appreciate any input from recent buyers and I'm open to suggestions as to whether I should go ahead with the purchase or not.
Nov 12, 2002 (7:34 pm)
Try another car, and it sounds like you may need to try a dealer who is willing to listen. I think these cars are extremely quiet. I have recommended these cars to neighbors and friends. Two have bought them (they are both delighted with their purchases and have had no trouble)and I have driven them and not noticed any additional noise. I think your test driver must have had a bad seal. You may have driven the sport suspension model. It does handle better at the price of the ride. Mine has the 16"wheel option and the standard suspension. I am happy with the ride and handling on this car. It is much less squishy than the pre-2000 models. My relatives who bought Town Cars say the Lesabre is nicer to drive.
Nov 12, 2002 (11:55 pm)
Run don't walk away from that dealership! If they're treating you like that now, before the sale, imagine what they'll treat you like after the sale. Even if you decide to get a Lesabre I'd go to someone else.
#675 of 1520 kcwolfpack59 and tigercat21
Nov 13, 2002 (3:09 pm)
Thanks a million for your input on the LeSabre and I will certainly follow your suggestions. We do have another Buick Dealer here in Colorado Springs and I will pay them a visit. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving.
#676 of 1520 Wind Noise in the Cabin
Nov 15, 2002 (4:44 am)
We bought a LeSabre Limited in mid-October and soon realized that the car had very discoforting wind noise as it accelerated from 60/70 to 80/90. It seems Hersel (#663) noted this problem while he was test driving the same car. Are there other who have encountered this problem?? We will appreciate your help so that we can persuade GM to ractify the problem.
#677 of 1520 Wind Noise in Cabin
Nov 15, 2002 (10:46 am)
This problem occured in some of the 2000 models (not mine however) and the folks were complaining about it. I don't know if Buick ever put out a TSB on it or not. I think most of them were fixed by resealing the windshield. Most Buick dealers should be aware of the problem----now getting them to admit it..........
Nov 16, 2002 (10:23 am)
I think you are describing what was called the 'kazoo' sound when it first popped up. I own a 2000 Limited that had the noise when I first had it above 60. The cause is the trim around the windshield. I took mine in to the dealer and he handed me off to a windshield replacement shop. I didn't want to risk a new w/s with 500 miles on the car, so I persuaded them to neatly run a bead of black caulk under and along the trim piece. My noise came from the drivers side post (it could have also come from the pass. side). This fixed the noise for about a year.
The next time is showed up I bought a tube of w/s caulk and did the job myself. Problem gone now for almost 2 years. Good luck.
Nov 16, 2002 (4:46 pm)
Drive another car at another dealer. We had a 2002 LeSabre Custom rental for a month exactly one year ago, and loved every minute of it. To date, it is still the smoothest, quietest, and well-built vehicle I've been in. Rides like crushed velvet and purrs quietly like a Lexus. We had every intention of buying one, but ended up buying a new Avalanche instead.
What suspension/wheels were on the car? I know our rental with the 15" wheels (too small) and standard suspension (a little too soft) had no hint of harshness anywhere. If to buy, we would have gotten one with the Gran Touring suspension.
Good luck, and happy motoring with the Buick!
#680 of 1520 Suspension tire option
Nov 17, 2002 (2:30 pm)
Yet another option to consider comes in between the standard tire, standard suspension and the Gran Touring Package. It is the 16" alloy wheels and tire option for the standard suspension. My 2000 LeSabre has this option and I think it kicks the handling up a notch but leaves a nice ride. And those 16" mag wheels are much better looking than the standard mags. I pump my tires to 32psi (standard recommendation is 30psi) and it makes a big difference. Buick has a pretty low tire pressure recommended and a couple of pounds of air pressure can make a noticeable difference in ride/handling. All raidials today can carry up to 35psi---it says so right on the sidewall. It's a cheap way to sharper handling and probably increased tread life. Worth a try at least, air is cheap and if you don't like it reduce the pressure to 30psi.
#681 of 1520 Dash Rattles
Nov 28, 2002 (12:20 pm)
My 2001 Le Sabre Limited has developed some rattles in the dash area.
Unfortunately the rattles are inconsistent, and did not occur on the day the dealer looked at it.
Does anyone have any experience with rattles, what caused them and how they were resolved.