Last post on Nov 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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Buick LaCrosse, Transmission, Sedan
#89 of 98 Re: Transmission=FAIL [lacrossesoaked]
Jun 26, 2012 (11:26 am)
Good idea..Most GM don't get involved in the rebuilding of trannies for they can outsource the work and save money..Pocket the profit.
The plain old 3.8 V-6 is a corporate engine with the same engine and tranny shared with the Low-end Buicks as goes in the base Chevy Impala and base Grand Prix..
The longer an engine/tranny stays in production, the push by the bean-counters is to cheapen the product---save money to improve the bottom line..Back in the old days the warranty period was short, however with the Govt takeover of GM the warranty period was extended.
I ran across a 2008 Lacrosse CXL, all options w/12k miles and only 1 yr of warranty left, probability could be bought for 13.5 cash, however after reading the Buick forums, I passed up the bidding process..
#90 of 98 Re: Codes 716 and 717 Input senser [gmcustsvc]
Nov 28, 2012 (7:42 am)
We bought a 2005 Buick LaCrosse from a man whose father bought it brand new when he was 83 years old. The father is now in assisted living and the son put the car up for sale. The car is immaculate and had only 42,000 miles on it. So my husband scoffed it up because his 2000 Chevy Impala with 320,000 miles on it was finally having too many issues. During the first long drive, he noticed a skip as he goes to accelerate. It's happened several times and as disheartened as he was he went to a Buick dealer. They put it on the computer and came up with 1811 code. They gave him an appointment for today to "look into it further". He went this morning and for $100 (I think they just put it on a computer again!) they said it's the Pressure Control Solenoid that it would take 5 1/2 hours and approx $900 to replace. I started doing research 2 weeks ago and found alot about the 2005's having this issue. I am worried that we are going to start into a long haul. Isn't there a recall or bulletin on this? I DID call the GM number 2 weeks ago when I found it on this website and spoke to someone there so it's on record that we have the skipping issue and that we had an appointment today. I think we need direction before we dump alot of money and pain and anguish. The thing that gets us is the mileage is so low. If we had bought the car new and had this same issue at this same mileage, the car would have still been under warranty because we drive more miles that the elderly man did. Because he didn't drive far, it took longer to get to this point. Thank you for any assistance.
#91 of 98 Re: Buick LaCrosse Transmission Issues [butterfly1123]
Jan 31, 2013 (2:41 pm)
I have a 2005 lacrosse and I am having the same exact problems you are having buick 55 my wife and baby and 10yr old drive in that car, and just this morning we were turning shut off in a turn and going form a dead stop a woman can control it a man can barely control it! I have been in the car business for a while so I know diff people I've had it scanned multiple times, there are six different codes coming up for fuel, but the same exact things that happen to you happen on a regular basis with this car and NO RECALLS it's So dangerous She has broken down on 95 with my infant in the car at night! and has to wait ten to 15 minutes before she can get it started and have to two-foot it just in case especially in stop n go traffic! but no one seems to be able to find the problem, but somethings gotta give at least put out a bulletin telling consumers what might be the cause of the problem.it is absoloutely horrible the way it performs and the check engine light is on n when its off it doesn't happen nearly as much if ever so it might be good for a day or 2 at the most n it scares the life out of me for anyone to be driving it and LIKE TODAY STALL OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TURN AND NOT BEING ABLE TO MUSCLE THE STEERING WHEEL TO CONTROL IT! but I'M IN FOR ANY PETITION AND SUPPORT I CAN!
#92 of 98 Re: Buick LaCrosse Transmission Issues [jq2005]
Feb 04, 2013 (1:19 pm)
Have you gotten this checked out at a dealership? If so, and they weren't able to diagnose the cause of this concern, please let us know! We can be reached at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation so far).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#93 of 98 Transmission fluid in radiator
Jul 25, 2013 (7:01 am)
Has anyone seen this problem?
I have a low mileage 2006 LaCrosse CSX. The transmission coolant chamber in the radiator burst causing transmission fluid to contaminate the engine coolant system and antifreeze contaminating the transmission system. It is the shop right now; looks like a $5,000 job!
No warning until the engine started to overheat and finally the indicator light made me stop driving.
#94 of 98 2007 Lacrosse transmission problem
Sep 30, 2013 (1:42 pm)
It looks like we are experiencing the same problem several others have encountered.
We love our Lacrosse. It rides beautifully and runs great.
Yesterday, without warning, the car suddenly would not move forward in drive. It does move in every other gear.
We took it to the dealership and was just told tonight that they think a strap broke and now needs either a complete rebuild or a new transmission. The cost is $3600.
How does a car that moves need a new transmission? And how does a car with less than 100,000 miles just suddenly have a strap break? The dealership said it was a "wear item".
Is gm doing anything about these transmission problems?
#95 of 98 Buick LaCrosse transmission
Nov 10, 2013 (3:55 pm)
The transmission on my 2008 LaCrosse stopped working three days after the dealer had replaced the transmission fluid as a 50,000 mile maintenance routine. The mechanic said the problem had nothing to do with the fluid. Is it possible for a mechanic to miss an obvious problem with
transmission when adding fluids?
#96 of 98 Lacrosse 2008 transmission
Nov 12, 2013 (8:29 pm)
After a year and a half, I trust the problem with your transmission has been solved. I just want to share my similar problem. I bought my 2008 LaCrosse new. I have always gone to the dealership for maintenance service. Two weeks ago, when I scheduled an oil change, I was told that 50000 miles was time for transmission fluid. Three days later, my car stopped moving and needed either a new transmission system or a rebuilt one. The mechanic told me that the breakdown had absolutely nothing to do with the fluid replacement. I am having GM check into this statement. I would think the purpose of refreshing transmission fluid is to keep the transmission in working order.
#97 of 98 Re: Go nowhere [lacrosse2008]
Nov 13, 2013 (4:51 am)
After a year and a half, I trust the problem with your transmission has been solved. I just want to share my similar problem. I bought my 2008 LaCrosse new. I have always gone to the dealership for maintenance service. Two weeks ago, when I scheduled an oil change, I was told that 50000 miles was time for transmission fluid. Three days later, my car stopped moving and needed either a new transmission system or a rebuilt one. The mechanic told me that the breakdown had absolutely nothing to do with the fluid replacement. I am having GM check into this statement. I would think the purpose of refreshing transmission fluid is to keep the transmission in working order. since your original posting indicates at least one 2008 LaCrosse had a similar issue, I am thinking there is some defect in that model.
#98 of 98 Re: 2007 Lacrosse transmission problem [07buickowner]
Nov 15, 2013 (5:26 pm)
It appears that your problems are (or were) very similar to the problems with my 2008 LaCrosse. My problem just occurred in the past couple of weeks and I too was told a strap had broken. The cost was in the same range as yours. To compound the problem, mine happened thee days after I had the transmission fluid replaced as the dealer had recommended doing at 50000 miles and did it at the time of a routine oil change. They insist the breakdown had nothing to do with the fluid. Although the car runs fine now, I contacted GM as I really want to know how this can happen so soon after preventive measures. Though they made a partial price adjustment as a loyal customer whose warranty has expired. I would have preferred answers and assurance that my new transmission is safe.