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#824 of 1520 Water leak in 2000 LeSabre
Aug 09, 2003 (7:36 am)
Not to change the subject, but I have owned several Lexus' and they are simply sensational. I am driving my first Buick which I bought new, a 2000 LeSabre which now has 105,000 miles on it. Considering the price, roughly half that of my Lexus, it has been a sensational "value". One problem, a serious water leak collecting on the driver side floor boards (front and rear). Dealer and body shops have not been able to find the entry point. Anyone else experience this? If so, where was the water coming from?
#825 of 1520 Buick/GM Image Issues
Aug 11, 2003 (11:50 am)
I have read with interest the posts about how our LeSabres are stacking up against the competition. I am 28, well educated and the proud owner of an 01 LeSabre. The car has its high points and its low points, but overall it is a wonderful product and I would compare it to many of the foreign cars currently available.
Many of you have mentioned poor dealer service with technicians who just trade parts hoping to the problem disappears and service writers who do not listen to your concerns. I believe I can add some valuable information here. I worked in a GM dealer service center for a brief period and all of your issues are valid, but they go back to one issue. Money.
The dealer is in it for a profit and so he or she typically pays everyone on a commission basis. Thus, you have technicians who are driven to make a repair as quickly and as cheaply as possible so that they can move on to the next one. The service writers are usually the ones dividing up the work so they tend to give "easy" jobs to their friends and more difficult jobs can end up in the hands of less experienced or capable persons.
In my opinion, this is an indication of the direction American Enterprise is heading. Watch the news and you see stories of greed and salary systems designed to promote productivity, but carnivorous human nature tends to use these systems to their own advantage and for their own greed.
My advice would be to look for a good dealer who understands how important customer service is and shop there.
#826 of 1520 2003 Buick LeSabre Air Conditioning
Aug 12, 2003 (8:53 am)
I just traded my 2001 Buick Century for a 2003 LeSabre. The LeSabre is a definite upgrade. One thing different though is the air conditioning.
It cools but it seems like the air is humid. The Century seemed to have a better a/c.
#827 of 1520 Potential Pulley Problem
Aug 20, 2003 (3:03 pm)
I have a 95 LeSabre with 79,000 miles. Problems are now starting to pile up. Latest concerns a wierd noise which is diagnosed as either a bad pulley on the A/C compressor or or the pulley on the end of the alternator. Dealer says to fix A/C probably about $280 to $450, less if if is the alternator. Anyone experienced this? In over 40 years of driving I've never heard of a faulty pulley and not this kind of $$to fix. This is on top of a estimate of $860 to replace valve cover and intake manifold gaskets to stop oil leaks. Any help would be appreciated.
#828 of 1520 shivelyt
Aug 21, 2003 (10:41 am)
Yes. I had a pulley go bad on an A/C compressor (bearings on the pulley shaft). It squealed loudly, but the A/C still worked. The noise was worse when the compressor clutch was disengaged. If the noise changes when the A/C is running, then that might be it. They replaced the entire compressor for me (under warranty, thankfully). If it's the alternator, they'll replace that. Both of those units can be rebuilt to fix the noise but the dealers are not in the business of rebuilding parts, just replacing them. Maybe you can save some money if you buy a remanufactured compressor or alternator and get it installed.
#829 of 1520 95 LeSabre noise
Aug 21, 2003 (4:09 pm)
If you are handy with a socket wrench, you can pull on the pulley that applies the load to keep the belt taut to take the belt off. Then spin the alternator and the compressor pulley and the load pulley you moved to relieve the load on the belt. The water pump can also be a problem along with power steering. If it's the alternator, that can be replaced yourself if you're careful and disconnect the battery ground cable first.
AND you'll save a whole lot of money by getting an exact amperage replacement at you local Advanced Auto, PepBoys, Autozone, whatever.
#830 of 1520 Mechanical Reliability??
Aug 23, 2003 (8:20 pm)
How reliable is a Buick LeSabre, in terms of mechanical reliability?? I don't mean the cheap interior, and stuff like that. The main things important to me are the engine, transmisson, and major electric equipment. Is the LeSabre similar to the Impala, because I like the Impala. It seems a reliable car, at least 10 times more reliable than a Taurus, and maybe 3 times more than a Camry.
Aug 24, 2003 (2:59 am)
Quality, heavier parts than smaller cars. 93 went 150000 and my wife made me trade it. It ran great (plugs, wires, pvc, small bypass tube to intake manifold replaced, and a wheel bearing, which my service manager said was rare - I just got lucky!).
98 has 93000. Runs great. Replaced struts at 80K, too soft again. Wires, plugs, antifreeze, switch (electronic) for dual air conditioning replaced. Replaced rotors, calipers, used OEM raybestos parts for all. Wish I put on dustfree pads, but I have great brakes. I did use the higher quality rotors by Raybestos. Pep Boys had a cheaper rotor that may have been Raybestos, but I only plan to replace the rotors once... Had the manifold leak that 3800 from 95-99 are prone too have. Top plastic plenum replaced. It happened after I flushed the dexcool and replaced with new dexcool -- I didn't put in a couple of sealer tabs from GM and I probably flushed out a lot of the original factory sealant. 100K plugs and dexcool and transfluid I don't believe in. Change plugs at 50, dexcool flush every 2 years, and trans fluid every 36K. Suggestion....
I don't know what you mean by cheap interior. My limiteds are nicely done. I always l shop Toyota Camry and Accords. I think that's cheap. Accords are having major problems, glad I didn't even think the design was interesting this time.
Whoevery got my 93 LeSabre got an engine that had oil changed at 3K or less. No noises. Trans shifted great. That car probably would make 200K or 250 before major part needed service.
#832 of 1520 machanically lucky
Aug 24, 2003 (1:31 pm)
My 2000 is just turning 39 months and 106000 and have had no mechanical problems at all. Need to replace the manifold gasket under recall, but it has not been a problem for me. Routine oil (3500 miles) and trans fluid flush (50,000) and that has been it. Never even did the 30, 60 etc. just a major at 100k. RUNS GREAT, BUT DO HAVE A WATER LEAK.
Aug 24, 2003 (5:27 pm)
I guess the water leak is due to the lack of sealer pellets dropped into the coolant from the factory like they used to do!!! I just had the recall done for put in pellets for sealant and replace bolts on intake for throttle body on my 03. I'm going to add 2 pellets to the 98 when I change the Dexcool in a month or so to replace the sealant I flushed out the last time I changed Dexcool.. It had a gasket leak and bad plenum at 70K last summer. I suspect the coolant leaked worse because of last of sealant after my flushing the fall before.
I suggest changing the trans fluid at 36K..