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#917 of 1520 LeSabre clunking noise
Mar 01, 2004 (3:23 pm)
My in-laws have a 2003 LeSabre Custom with 27,000 miles. When lightly braking while turning left or right you can hear a loud CLUNK which seems to come from the right front wheel. It doesn't do it all the time. Sometimes you won't hear it for a couple of days, but some days it does it a half dozen times in one day. I can't find anything wrong and the Buick dealer couldn't find anything either. Does anyone have a clue as to what this noise could be? They have been loyal to Buick for about 20 years and have been quite happy with all of them including the 2003, but the noise worries them.
#918 of 1520 Plastic Intake Manifolds & Security System
Mar 02, 2004 (3:24 pm)
A little info about my Buick LeSabre and it's plastic manifold. Upon parking the vehicle one night it cracked and sprayed coolant into the intake runners and in turned filled all the cylinders with coolant and then leaked down into the crankcase filling it with coolant. Needless to say it wouldn't start the next morning....had to haul car to mechanic and it only cost me $950.00 to get it back. Had to pay a tow company to haul vehicle to mechanic, replace the manifold, clean all the coolant out of the cylinders and crankcase, replace oil and filter, replace sparkplugs, and replace starter because the starter housing cracked when I tried to start it with the cylinders full of coolant. It has been running fairly well but as of Friday the starter wouldn't work and I have now found out that the Security System will not reckognize the key and has locked up the starting system to prevent the car from starting. Looks like another haul job to the dealer as I've now found out that the GM dealer is the only place that can get parts to service the Security System. Looks like another big bill coming up to get it fixed.
#919 of 1520 Oh I Forgot to Tell Of the Automatic Temp Control.
Mar 02, 2004 (3:32 pm)
Prior to the other troubles mentioned, the Air Conditioner quit. It cost me around $600.00 to get that fixed. The computer unit that controls the automatic temperature settings went out and had to be replaced.
#920 of 1520 I Forgot About the Floorboards Filling with Water.
Mar 02, 2004 (3:45 pm)
The first night I brought the car home it rained! The next morning the floorbards were full of water...took the car back to dealer and finally got it back two weeks later. Seems that not all of the factory body seams got sealed around the cowl area at the factory. When it rained the water poured in and filled up the floorbards with the water. The water also got into the stereo system and it had to be replaced. Thankfully I didn't have to pay for any of these problems.
#921 of 1520 Forgot About the Power Windows.
Mar 02, 2004 (3:54 pm)
The day I left the dealer and was traveling down the road I rolled the power window down and then tried to roll it back up but it would not stay in the window track leaving a big gap at the top. Had to drive back to dealer and wasted the rest of the day waiting to get that fixed. I should have seen right away that this vehicle was a lemon but I thought surely old GM wouldn't send out a vehicle from the factory that would cause me problems. Well I sure learned a lesson!!
Mar 02, 2004 (4:56 pm)
these stories are awfully hard to believe.
My LeSabre, 2003, Limited, has been great. It get 32 or so on highway interstate driving. It's roomy. It hasn't leaked. It doesn't rattle. It has tires that the dealer rebalanced with force balancing and drive great. Michelins, with chrome wheels. Leather interior in soft, pleasant two-tone mauve.
Like the arm rest with cup holders on the bench seat. No center console to bump my leg against. I just sprawl out and enjoy the drive.
#923 of 1520 clunking noise
Mar 02, 2004 (6:07 pm)
I'd guess the steering column may need to be tightened and greased.
#926 of 1520 I Believe
Mar 05, 2004 (10:15 am)
All those LeSabre problem stories are typical problems on this car. Unfortunate that they all seem to happen on the same car. The manifold has been a well-discussed problem; the water leak too. And the window regulators are junk. It just seems some vehicles are cursed while others are not (different days, different shifts, different batches of parts at the assembly plant?).