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BUICK LUCERNE - 2008 BUICK LUCERNE Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 120 complaints filed for the 2008 BUICK LUCERNE

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 BUICK LUCERNE, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/13/2016 - SPRINGVILLE, AL
WHEN READY TO LEAVE WORK THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT START. DETERMINED THE FUEL PUMP WAS NOT OPERATING. REPLACED THE FUEL PUMP AND THE VEHICLE STILL WOULD NOT START. I FOUND THE FUEL PUMP RELAY WAS THE ULTIMATE CAUSE OF FAILURE. AFTER REPLACING THIS RELAY TWO OTHER TIMES I DECIDED TO LOOK FURTHER INTO THE CAUSE. I DISMANTLED THE FUSE BOX TO FIND IT WAS NOT COMPLETE INSIDE. THE FUSE BOX IS FILLED WITH FEMALE TO FEMALE COUPLERS TO CONNECT THE BOTTOM WIRING HARNESS TO THE FUSES. THE FUEL PUMP RELAY SHOULD HAVE FOUR OF THE COUPLERS INSTALLED IN THE FUSE BOX. THERE ARE ONLY THREE INSTALLED. THE MALE PINS ARE LONG ENOUGH TO TOUCH AND MAKE CONTACT. THEY WILL EVENTUALLY OVERHEAT. THIS IS A MANUFACTURING DEFECT AND A FIRE HAZARD; AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE ISSUE. BUICK STILL HAS NOT ISSUED A SAFETY RECALL AND REFUSES TO ACTUALLY INVESTIGATE THE REASON THIS IS HAPPENING. THE AVERAGE CONSUMER IS BEING HIT WIT A $400.00 FUSE BOX AND $600.00 FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT. I ACTUALLY HAVE SINCE INSTALLED MY ORIGINAL FUEL PUMP. THE REPLACEMENT PUMP DID NOT HAVE A SENDING UNIT FOR THE FUEL GAUGE. WHY ARE THE DEALERS REPLACING PROBABLY PERFECTLY FINE FUEL PUMPS. THIS HAS BECOME A RACKET.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

11/13/2016 - SPRINGVILLE, AL
WHEN READY TO LEAVE WORK THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT START. DETERMINED THE FUEL PUMP WAS NOT OPERATING. REPLACED THE FUEL PUMP AND THE VEHICLE STILL WOULD NOT START. I FOUND THE FUEL PUMP RELAY WAS THE ULTIMATE CAUSE OF FAILURE. AFTER REPLACING THIS RELAY TWO OTHER TIMES I DECIDED TO LOOK FURTHER INTO THE CAUSE. I DISMANTLED THE FUSE BOX TO FIND IT WAS NOT COMPLETE INSIDE. THE FUSE BOX IS FILLED WITH FEMALE TO FEMALE COUPLERS TO CONNECT THE BOTTOM WIRING HARNESS TO THE FUSES. THE FUEL PUMP RELAY SHOULD HAVE FOUR OF THE COUPLERS INSTALLED IN THE FUSE BOX. THERE ARE ONLY THREE INSTALLED. THE MALE PINS ARE LONG ENOUGH TO TOUCH AND MAKE CONTACT. THEY WILL EVENTUALLY OVERHEAT. THIS IS A MANUFACTURING DEFECT AND A FIRE HAZARD; AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE ISSUE. BUICK STILL HAS NOT ISSUED A SAFETY RECALL AND REFUSES TO ACTUALLY INVESTIGATE THE REASON THIS IS HAPPENING. THE AVERAGE CONSUMER IS BEING HIT WIT A $400.00 FUSE BOX AND $600.00 FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT. I ACTUALLY HAVE SINCE INSTALLED MY ORIGINAL FUEL PUMP. THE REPLACEMENT PUMP DID NOT HAVE A SENDING UNIT FOR THE FUEL GAUGE. WHY ARE THE DEALERS REPLACING PROBABLY PERFECTLY FINE FUEL PUMPS. THIS HAS BECOME A RACKET.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

10/30/2016 - WEST HARTFORD, CT
ENGINE STALLED AFTER STARTING AND DRIVING ABOUT 20 YARDS IN A PARKING LOT. THEN WOULD CRANK BUT NOT START AND HAD BURNING SMELL INSIDE CAR. HAD TOWED TO DEALER AND THEY FOUND A MELTED FUEL PUMP RELAY AND FUSE BOX LOCATED UNDER REAR SEAT. THEY SAID THERE WAS A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD IF DIDNT REPLACE FUSE BOX TOO. CAR HAD 106,079 MILES AT TIME

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/10/2016 - ALBION, IL
ELECTRIC COMPONENTS OF FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM SHORT CAUSING FIRE HAZARD. THE FUEL PUMP, FUEL PUMP RELAY, AND UNDER SEAT FUSE PANEL MALFUNCTION CAUSING THE RELAY AND FUSE PANEL TO OVERHEAT AND MELT DOWN. THE HEAT BUILDS WHILE DRIVING OR WHILE STARTING. THIS HAPPENED THREE TIMES IN A WEEK.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

9/23/2016 - SMOAK, SC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE FAILED TO START. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE FUEL BOX FAILED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 135,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

9/7/2016 - CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
ON JULY 26, 2016, WHILE DRIVING ON CLEVELAND DRIVE, LOTS OF SMOKE STARTED COMING OUT FROM UNDER THE HOOD OF THE CAR THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN FIRE STARTED TO SHOOT OUT AS WELL. THERE WERE NO ISSUES PREVIOUSLY WITH THE CAR AS IT WAS IN PERFECT CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT. I CONTACTED BUICK TO SEE IF THE CAR WAS EVER RECALLED BUT IT WAS NOT, HOWEVER, IT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. NOW I AM WITHOUT A CAR BECAUSE IT WAS DEEMED A TOTAL LOSS. I ATTACHED PICTURES BUT DID NEED TO UPLOAD THE FIRE DEPT REPORT.

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ENGINE

9/7/2016 - CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
ON JULY 26, 2016, WHILE DRIVING ON CLEVELAND DRIVE, LOTS OF SMOKE STARTED COMING OUT FROM UNDER THE HOOD OF THE CAR THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN FIRE STARTED TO SHOOT OUT AS WELL. THERE WERE NO ISSUES PREVIOUSLY WITH THE CAR AS IT WAS IN PERFECT CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT. I CONTACTED BUICK TO SEE IF THE CAR WAS EVER RECALLED BUT IT WAS NOT, HOWEVER, IT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. NOW I AM WITHOUT A CAR BECAUSE IT WAS DEEMED A TOTAL LOSS. I ATTACHED PICTURES BUT DID NEED TO UPLOAD THE FIRE DEPT REPORT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/13/2016 - DELRAN, NJ
CAR WOULD CRANK OVER BUT WOULD NOT START. HAD FUEL PUMP AND BURNT RELAY REPLACED AND AND AN HOUR LATER THE CAR FUEL RELAY FAILED DUE TO OVERHEATING.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

8/13/2016 - DELRAN, NJ
CAR WOULD CRANK OVER BUT WOULD NOT START. HAD FUEL PUMP AND BURNT RELAY REPLACED AND AND AN HOUR LATER THE CAR FUEL RELAY FAILED DUE TO OVERHEATING.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

8/4/2016 - COLUMBUS, GA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT AFTER SHUTTING THE VEHICLE OFF, THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT IMMEDIATELY RESTART. WHILE INSPECTING THE VEHICLE IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE FUSE BOX AND FUEL PUMP HAD MELTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FAILURE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 125,000.

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