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#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.
#682 of 1520 Leaking coolant in 3800 Plenum
Dec 05, 2002 (4:01 pm)
I had a Buick Lesabre years ago. It too was losing coolant and drove me nuts tryign to find the leak. Luckily before I tore off the heads, I checked all the hoses. It turned out that there is a small 3/8 inch diameter coolant hose, about an inch long, buried around the plenum and intake manifold. It had a small enough leak to simply burn off on the exhaust pipes. I think this has something to do with the fuel injection staying cool??
I was shocked to find the part cost less than $10.
I wonder if this happens often?
Dec 05, 2002 (8:24 pm)
I fixed the dash rattle in the 2000 Limited by inserting cut off pieces of a rubber windshield wiper insert into the gap between the A pillar and the dash. The a pillar rattles against the windshield. Experiment around some by tapping your fist in that area. You will quickly see what I mean. I also found a rattle in the ashtray in the middle of the dash. I got a small stick on rubber disc from a hardware store to silence it. That wasnt as annoying as the A pillar rattle, though
#684 of 1520 Used 2000 LeSabre
Dec 12, 2002 (2:49 pm)
I just purchased a 2000 LeSabre and love the car. I traded in a 93 LeSabre, and I can not believe the difference between the two! The 2000 is a Custom model, but loaded with leather, 16" cross lace wheels, driver info center, sunroof, and what I think is the best feature, the Universal garage opener. It took about 45 minutes trying to get the opener to store my codes because I followed the directions and held the openers several inches away. I finally got frustrated and held it right against the overhead opener, and it instantly grabbed and stored the codes.(So much for following directions.) Every GM 3800 engine I've had in other cars would idle around 900 RPM and would cruise at 65 MPH around 2000 RPM. This LeSabre idles around 600 RPM and cruises at 65 MPH between 1500 and 1600 RPM. I don't have the Sport Suspension package which I know uses a different final axle ratio, so I don't know if the tach is recording properly, or if there is that much difference between my 1999 Olds 88 readings. Just as a side note, I have always driven Oldsmobiles except for the 93 LeSabre, which was from my mother in laws estate. Love those big GM "cruisers" and am 50 years old.
#685 of 1520 1999 LeSabre fires
Dec 13, 2002 (10:58 am)
I just read a disturbing article about 44 engine fires in Buick LeSabres. Does anyone know if GM has addressed this problem? The government is investigating.
#686 of 1520 Dash Rattle follow up
Dec 13, 2002 (4:19 pm)
Just got my 2001 Le Sabre back from the dealer.
The rattle turned out to be some loose air bag fasteners in the steering column. Fixed under warranty.
At the same time they fixed the driver's heated seat. It took about a month to get the part that was back ordered. Makes you wonder about the durability of the heated seat element.
I am beginning to think that I will have to carefully consider the merits of the GM extended protection plan given the large number of electrical gizmos on this car.
Dec 19, 2002 (4:21 am)
Just took delivery or my 3rd LeSabre.
After reading comments about ride and wheels _here_ I chose the 16 inch wheels with Michelin Symmetry tires.
The ride is more controlled than '98 Limited I have. It's perfect.
Tires and wheels are quiet.
Just wish I could have avoided paying for OnStar as a required part of every option combination that I wanted -- no way to avoid it and get the individual options I wanted. OnStar must be the new profit center -- dealers use "packs", GM uses OnStar, grin...
Any comments from other owners or recent LeSabres?
#689 of 1520 imidazol97
Dec 19, 2002 (3:33 pm)
Nice choice. We had a 2002 LeSabre Custom rental for a month when our 300M was being re-built after a wreck, and fell so in love with the car, we planned on buying one once we got the car back. Didn't end up with one, but I still think it's one of the nicest cars on the road for a great price.