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#52 of 116 Buick Lacerne 2006
Feb 19, 2011 (9:08 pm)
My 2006 Buick Lacerne has been in the shop 9 times begining in 2007 and is scheduled to go back to the dealer Monday Feb 20th for another look. I drive at any speed either in town or on freeways and the car just decides to stop dead without any warnings. It stopped at a force that the motor mounts on the transmission were broken. The engine light nor any other light comes on that will give you any clue as to what has happened to the car. When one dies dead there is no controlling it, you have no steering or brakes. to add to problem the the Engine light comes on when you fill it with gas, or when you turn the heater on and for no reason when you are just driving down the road. If you wait a few days the light goes out. GM and the local dealer and the engineers are always asking for my car to duplicate the problem. They can't seem to do it. In the last 3 weeks it has stopped 3 times. Finally after 9 and now the 10th time sending it to the shop where no one seems to know what is happening with the car I decided to file the Lemon Law. This seemed to be the only way to get attention from GM or the Dealer. The car should have been taken off the street long ago. I am frightened to death in this car. My car has been in warranty and just turned 39,000 miles, it is not broken in yet. We had the battery checked at Auto Zone, but the dealer has not broke the seal on the battery so guess they only check with computer, no thinking outside the box. I think this is a very bad way to do the customers who pay these prices for a nice car. The car is a nice car. Would like to see it operate correctly and give me peace of mind where I don't have to wonder when it will stop and leave me in the middle of traffic and possibly cause others to get hurt. Hope no one else is having this problem?
#53 of 116 Re: Buick Lacerne 2006 [emlee1]
Feb 20, 2011 (7:24 am)
If the dealer and Gm are asking or your car to duplicate the problem it sounds like they are trying to find what is happening.
Did you buy the car new? How many miles were on the odometer at that time?
When the car dies the motor stops turning and the power steering pump and the power brakes are gone. There is vacuum left in the power brake assist unit so one application down on the pedal should be used to stop the car without letting up again. Letting up depletes more of the vacuum and the next press down gets less assist force.
The car should not stop with a lot of force slowing it down: it should coast losing speed gradually if the engine dies. A force slowing it down rapidly enough to break a motor mount sounds like a transmission problem.
The engine light turning on steady without flashing when filling up would be a pollution system related problem. If it goes out after a few days, is that when the tank level drops below 3/4? The pollution system for fuel vapors on my Buicks checks for leaks when the tank is between 1/4 and 3/4 full and a couple of other conditions are met, one of which is a lukewarm restart on the motor. If that's when it turns off, your problem is clearly with a sensor or relay in the fuel vapor parts which includes a carbon cannister.
Has the dealer suggested just keeping the car for a few days and having a mechanic drive it as their own until symtpoms happen again? They should give you a loaner vehicle or one out of used car inventory to drive and use yours. Once the mechanic felt the stop that you have tried to describe as being a quick slowdown, they would know where to start looking.
#54 of 116 Re: Dead battery [nace818]
Aug 12, 2011 (7:00 am)
An update on Buick Lucerne battery problems. Since this problem occured; I bought a new battery and trickle charger. An auto service dealer stated the old battery had a bad cell. Now: When ever the car is sitting for more than three days I put the battery on a trickle charger and have not had any more problems with a dead battery. I think a trickle charger is the solution until Buick can redesign the electrical systems.
As to your question about not being able to remove the key. First time this has ever happened to me in the 35 years of driving! Tried moving steering wheel, shifter etc. Very strange. Feel fortunate this happened at home.
#55 of 116 '06 Lucerne
Oct 14, 2011 (5:29 pm)
I am babysitting my son's car and after 1 week sitting here it will not start. . .no sound and key stuck in ignition. Would not start w/jump from battery charger. Original battery. Got the seat out, but bat looks complicated with lots of connections.
Can anyone send directions, step by step? Manual not helpful and app $300 for dealer to do it, plus towing. Autozone has bat for $140.
#56 of 116 Re: Odd Problem [merckx]
Nov 08, 2011 (2:06 pm)
I had a similar problem. I am not sure if it was coincidental with the cooler temp. My 2008 Lucerne's 3rd light would stay on and the Cruise control stopped working. The dealer fixed the cruise control and the light. About 1.5 years later, the 3rd light would stay on again (But cruise control worked). I took it back to the dealer and they said the Brake system needed to be recalibrated. my car is still under warranty so everything was covered. Hope this helps....
#57 of 116 Re: Odd Problem [andharris]
Nov 09, 2011 (7:23 am)
It’s great to hear that your dealership took care of things for you! If we can ever be of assistance, either helping work with a dealership towards a resolution or looking into warranty/recall information on your vehicle, we’re only an email away.
GM Customer Service
#58 of 116 Re: Buick Lacerne 2006 [emlee1]
Dec 08, 2011 (1:04 am)
My hard working mom bought a used 2006 Buick Lucerne with 50,000 miles on Presidents day Feb. 2011 from a local Ford dealership. Car had new Cooper tires on it. Classy looking vehicle. Since then, first week rear tire kept loosing air, tire pressure light activated on dashboard. Took car back and they put 2 used Michelin tires on the rear of the car. Mom only drives the car in town, mainly to work. She says the tire pressure light keeps turning on every once in awhile. So I take her car to fill with prpoer air pressure and reset the air pressure light. On Sept 11, 2011 borrowed her car to take a 2 hour drive out of town. A half hour into trip the right rear tire blew out on the side wall of the tire. It was a Sunday and it blewout right when I turned onto street of a super Walmart that had a tire center open. Bought a new General tire. No Cooper or Michelin tires sold at Walmart or not in stock. Second week of Nov. 2011 mom took her 2006 Lucerne with 53,800 miles on vehicle in for an oil change at a Union 76 station here in town. The mechanic said battery needs to be replaced not charging properly, brakes need to be flushed and motor mounts need to be changed immediately. Took car back to Ford dealer where car was purchased and they checked it out. They replaced only the transmission side motor mount and said no need to flush brake fluid and battery was charging properly. Charged her $200 for a new transmission side motor mount. They said the vehicle check at time of purchase did not show any problems with the motor mounts at that time. Today, Dec. 7, 2011 mom said that when she drove home from work the engine light came on and she heard rattling underneath the vehicle. I took the car for a short test drive tonight and sure enough the engine light came on when car was started and throughout test drive, including slight rattling underneath vehicle. The engine light turned off just as I was turning into the driveway after the test drive. Car check showed the vehicle had no previous accidents and only original owner owned the vehicle. What was the outcome of your situation?
#59 of 116 Re: 06 Lucerne electrical problems/battery [gmcustsvc]
May 01, 2012 (8:05 am)
I am experiencing the same problem as described in the message. I asked a similar question as "oleman1". The dealer's number is 317-351-5150. The VIN # is1G4HD57236U124935. I'm sure they would appreciate any assistance you could provide.
#60 of 116 Re: 06 Lucerne electrical problems/battery [oleman1]
May 02, 2012 (6:57 am)
Good morning oleman1,
I was unable to access any information on your vehicle with the VIN provided - would you please double check the last 8 digits?
GM Customer Service
#61 of 116 2007 Lucerne accessory outlets
Jun 21, 2011 (9:35 am)