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#10 of 61 Buick Lemon
Apr 26, 2003 (9:13 pm)
Our family has always bought Buicks and been Buick lovers until the purchase of our brand new 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited. We HATE this car due to mainly the constant dead battery problems. It is on its third battery and the car only has 18,000 miles on it. It also left me stranded in the middle of the street, downtown, on one occasion.(This problem did actually get fixed). The car has been to the dealer repeatedly to no avail. We only get the run around because they can't find what the real problem is. No more Buicks for us. Anyone considering purchasing one should have second and third thoughts about it.
#11 of 61 Possible dead battery solution
Apr 26, 2003 (10:29 pm)
Make sure the your ignition switch is off. It is much easier than other cars to turn the switch back another notch to accessory. My mom has a problem with that and when it happens, it takes a day for the battery to run down. Since your problem is happening downtown, I assume you have not left it for more than a day and you would take your keys with you, eliminating the cause of the problem I am having.
Please post your fix here. I am still a little worried about this. Otherwise I still love this car.
Apr 27, 2003 (5:09 am)
Sounds like you're still under warranty. If the dealer hasn't diagnosed the problem, why haven't you been to another Buick dealer. In three years I would have been sleeping on the service manager's desk to get it fixed. You didn't say what was the problem that was fixed...
Have you contacted the Buick 800 number????
Your dealer should have kept the car for several days while giving you a loaner to drive. During that time they could have looked for a drain on the battery or alternator problem. You have a dealer problem, not a Buick problem. You could insert any favorite name here, Lexus, Honda, Toyota, Infinity, Volvo, etc., and they could all have the problem with batteries.
Come on here. Let's not be so brutal on the brand, when it could be any car having that kind of trouble.
Good luck. And try another dealer while you're under warranty especially.
#13 of 61 Dead Battery Problem
Apr 27, 2003 (7:15 am)
I agree with imidazol97. I also have a 2000 Buick LeSabre limited with 42,000 trouble free miles on it. I have had no problems with my battery. I would definitely go to another Buick dealer and let them keep the car as long as it takes to find out the cause of the problem. It could be as simple as a loose wire somewhere that is draining the battery. Your car is still under warranty, so you have nothing to lose. Good luck and let us know what the problem and solution are.
Apr 28, 2003 (9:46 am)
Doesn't your LeSabre have a power saver that shuts off power to accessories that are left on and will drain the battery (like interior lights) about 10 minutes after the ignition is shut off? I believe this is standard equipment. If so the problem is not a trunk light or glove box light that is sticking on. I agree, go to a dealer who is intersted in servicing Buicks instead of the one you are going to who only wants to sell them.
#15 of 61 Battery Problem
Apr 29, 2003 (8:18 pm)
Thanks for all of your advice. We have had our Buick to two different Buick dealers to try and have our battery problem diagnosed. One dealer kept the car over the weekend looking for what was draining the battery but could not find the problem. The battery only goes dead once every three or four months so we think it has a short in something but all the dealers tell us is "we need to drive the car every day at least ten miles" or that we don't drive the car enough. We find this ridiculous. We have contacted the Buick home office but they say at this time they can't do anything.
Apr 30, 2003 (3:22 am)
Neighbor had trouble with Gran Prix Supercharged 3800 with battery draining. The car had an incident early with smoking wiring which dealer fixed, so neighbor thought drain was related to wiring problem.
But two batteries and lots of jump starts later, another neighbor who's a used car lot type repair what comes in mechnic's knowledge, replaced the starter. Replacement battery from Walmart and no more problem.
Somehow something on the starter was causing a drain that zapped the battery. Relay or ???? caused the drain. But it wasn't always happening.
#17 of 61 Dead Batttrey Problem
May 05, 2003 (4:44 pm)
A year ago I had a problem with a dead battery on my 2000 Buick Lesabre Limited. If the car sat for two or three days the battery would be dead. I took it to the Buick dealer. The problem was with the underhood light. They had to order one. Since then I have not had a problem.
May 05, 2003 (7:59 pm)
I will try that. I disconnected the trunk light thinking that was the problem and put a mercury switch from the junkyard in. I since found out it was not it and it is on the battery saver program. We had another "incident" last week ago and mom had it towed to the dealer without me knowing. She insisted they put another battery in. I hope these ideas fix it.
#19 of 61 Battery Problem...that brings up a memory.....
May 15, 2003 (9:05 pm)
I had a chronic dead battery problem when I bought my 1994 LeSabre in 2000. All of a sudden, no more starting....I took it to two different places; one changed the battery and the other changed the starter. Problem persisted. Then I did a little diagnostic on my own and found that at one time the glove compartment wasn't shut properly because of too much stuff and at the other time, I had left some interior lights on. I started taking care of these little things and hasn't had a single starting problem in last nearly two years....and I live in cold Canada.
Buick has so many lights and so much of electronics, something gets left on and it is easy for battery to get drained.