really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,089 miles

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problem #13

Aug 172007

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,462 miles
Auto battery acid leak which has eaten a hole in floor of car in passenger compartment. Battery is located in passenger compartment under rear seat. Acid leaked from damaged battery post over period of time. Due to location of battery it is only checked when car fails to start due to battery failure. Hole in floor permits car exhaust gases to enter passenger compartment.. updated 01/09/08. Updated 12/12/07

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #12

Oct 122005

LeSabre 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,900 miles
The contact stated the battery leaked fumes and fluid inside the car while driving. There was an odd smell that lingered in the vehicle. She took the vehicle to a service shop and reported the odor. The mechanic suggested it may be the catalytic converter. She had no repairs performed at that time. Afterwards, the engine would not start. Further investigation led to the discovery of battery leakage in the back seat area. A new battery was purchased from a dealer and replaced. There have been no further problems at this time. Updated 12/07/05.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #11

Sep 272005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Car died, got a jump from aaa, after numerous tries car started, car was not acting right, driving out of the parking lot car died, called to have aaa come back, while waiting fumes were coming out of the back seat where the battery is located, mechanic arrived and removed the rear seat to find the battery was leaking from the positive terminal the main positive lead had corroded off the battery, and fumes were coming out, he immediately disconnected the battery there was substantial acid inside the car the body structure was damaged from the acid. This was an ac delco battery. I called GM and ac delco this was an original battery. They didn't want to correct the problem. So I went to a Buick dealer and bought a new battery and put it in. I own two Buick 97 and 2000 this is the third time ac delco battery has failed my 97 has substantial damage in the engine compartment from acid that leaked. And I had to replace the main positive terminal end twice because it rotted off. Ac delco needs to address this problem with their batteries they told me that its due to heat and vibration that their batteries fail. That to me is admission and that they know they have a problem and they are not fixing the problem.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 162004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The battery connection broke out of the battery where the battery connections were mounted. This battery was located rear right side of the back seat passenger compartment. This was discovered after attempting to restart the vehicle, it would not restart. Consumer pulled rear seat out, and could visibly see the battery connections which were loose from the battery and had evidently broken loose form the battery itself. Consumer believed this happened over a period of time because battery fluid leaked on the floor and pierced through the metal floorboard of the vehicle. There was a visible hole about one and a half inches in diameter. Took car to a Buick dealer to buy another battery, and dealer noted this was a problem with particular battery which was thought to be manufactured in asia, and this was a common failure. Dealer would not offer any cost assistance or free remedy for this problem. Consumer bought another battery and paid out of pocket for it. Has not contacted manufacturer.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2000 Buick Lesabre positive battery terminal became corroded resulting in battery failure. The battery terminal broke and caused battery acid to leak onto the floor under the rear seat.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jun 012004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 31,296 miles
Battery failure in 2000 Buick Lesabre. The ac delco battery which was installed in the vehicle leaked acid and suddenly failed. The warning light did not illuminate. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #7

May 152004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • miles
Loss of power in 2000 Buick Lesabre. The battery is installed under the rear passenger seat, therefore the consumer was unable to see the corrosion the ultimately led to the vehicle losing power.

- Riverside , RI, USA

problem #6

May 132004


  • 27,000 miles
Dealership informed the consumer that the hole in the rear floor board was due to battery acid leaking into the vehicle. The problem was not resolved.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #5

Feb 212004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The battery went dead while the vehicle was parked. The consumer called aaa to jump start the vehicle. The consumer drove the vehicle to a service station and turned the vehicle off. The doors would not open manually. The consumer had to slide the key through the window to the service mechanic to open the door. Once the battery was replaced, the door opened.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 022002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 19,500 miles
The vehicle's battery was installed under the rear seat inside the cabin. The battery was leaking sulfuric acid which caused the consumer to become very sick. The sulfuric acid had burned through the floorboard. The consumer was unsure of what caused the illness, but discovered the leaking battery on 10/02/02. The manufacturer claimed no responsibility, stating that the battery was properly vented. There was a clicking noise when the vehicle was started, the battery vents were flimsy and not securely fastened to the battery vent openings. The vibrations would easily shake the vent tubes from the battery. The consumer requested reimbursement for the monies spent on the repair of the faulty battery venting system.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 132000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Battery failure.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 272000


  • miles
Vehicle experiencing problem with positive connector to the battery causing shortages and loss of power. Dealer notified, and repairs were being made. Feel free to prvide further.

- Palos Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 112000

(reported on)


  • miles
Battery is mounted under the rear passenger seat without a protective cover to prevent the leakage of gas. In the event of a broken vent tube or cracked battery case, there is no protection for passengers from explosive gases or leaking acid. The battery should be enclosed in a protective box. There is a current recall on other vehicles for leaking batteries.

- Sylmar, CA, USA