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BUICK LUCERNE - 2008 BUICK LUCERNE Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 109 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 (50) Fuel Propulsion System (7) Power Train (3) Steering (6) Vehicle Speed Control (4)
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Engine (7) Fuel System Other (1) Seats (2) Suspension (3) Visibility Wiper (2)
Engine And Engine Cooling (3) Interior Lighting (2) Service Brakes (3) Tires (2) Wheels (2)
Equipment (1)

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/30/2015 - ALIQUIPPA, PA
POWER STREERING PUMP WENT BAD HAD TO REPLACE AT 79,000 MILES ALSO UNDERSEAT FUSE BLOCK BURNED OUT FUEL PUMP RELAY STOPPED WORKING THIS HAPPENED IN MY DRIVEWAY.

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STEERING

12/30/2015 - ALIQUIPPA, PA
POWER STREERING PUMP WENT BAD HAD TO REPLACE AT 79,000 MILES ALSO UNDERSEAT FUSE BLOCK BURNED OUT FUEL PUMP RELAY STOPPED WORKING THIS HAPPENED IN MY DRIVEWAY.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/9/2015 - CHEVY CHASE, MD
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE BECAME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO SHIFT OUT OF PARK. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER, BUT THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE DIAGNOSED. PRIOR TO THE FAILURE, THE VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY REMEDIED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V355000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE FAILURE OCCURRED APPROXIMATELY SIX TIMES. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 21,800.

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SEAT BELTS: FRONT: BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

12/7/2015 - CARY, NC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE SEAT BELT BUCKLE DID NOT LOCK INTO PLACE AND THE PASSENGER SIDE SEAT BELT BUCKLE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE SEAT BELT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 8,000.

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SEATS

11/4/2015 - MORENO VALLEY, CA
THIS CONCERNS MY 2008 BUICK LUCERNE, IT HAS THE CASHMERE INTERIOR COLOR. SOMETHING I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT. GM DOES NOT MAKE AN IMPORTANT REPLACEMENT INTERIOR PART ANYMORE. PN: 20954443 IS NOT AVAILABLE FROM ANY DEALER IN THE U.S. THIS IS A SEAT TRIM PART FOR THE OUTSIDE OF THE PASSENGER SEAT. IT CRACKS FROM NORMAL USE BECAUSE IT IS FORCED TO FLEX WHEN A PERSON SITS IN THE PASSENGER SEAT, OVER TIME THIS FLEXING CRACKS THE PART. THE CRACKED PART THEN HAS SHARP EDGES WHICH CATCHES CLOTHING, AND COULD CAUSE LEG CUTS. AS A SIDE NOTE, THE SHALE COLORED PART IS PN: 15273992, AND THE TITANIUM PN: IS 15273994 (THIS PART I WAS ABLE TO STILL FIND, AND I WILL HAVE TO PAINT IT CASHMERE TO MATCH MY CAR). THESE PARTS FIT ALL THE "NOT HEATED SEATS" LUCERNE MODELS FROM 2006 TO 2011, THOUSANDS OF CARS I SUSPECT. THE DRIVER+S SIDE TRIM PART (MIRROR OPPOSITE) IS STILL AVAILABLE FROM A FEW SOURCES. IT ALSO FALLS AND CRACKS FOR THE SAME REASON. HAS GM PULLED THIS PART FROM INVENTORY FOR A REDESIGN? IT HAS BEEN JUST FOUR YEARS SINCE THAT LAST BUICK LUCERNE WAS SOLD, THE 2011 MODEL; IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO FIND REPLACEMENT PARTS.

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ENGINE

10/22/2015 - BAKERSTOWN, PA
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. WHILE DRIVING AT 45 MPH, THE VEHICLE LOST POWER AND BEGAN TO EMIT SMOKE. THE CONTACT OPENED THE HOOD AND THE VEHICLE BURST INTO FLAMES. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED AND DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 63,200.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/22/2015 - BAKERSTOWN, PA
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 BUICK LUCERNE. WHILE DRIVING AT 45 MPH, THE VEHICLE LOST POWER AND BEGAN TO EMIT SMOKE. THE CONTACT OPENED THE HOOD AND THE VEHICLE BURST INTO FLAMES. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED AND DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 63,200.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

10/12/2015 - GAINESVILLE, VA
WE WERE OUT OF TOWN WHEN CAR FAILED TO START, NOT BATTERY RELATED. HAD TO BE TOWED TO SERVICE CENTER WHERE THEY DIAGNOSED, INSPECTED, AND REPLACED THE FUEL PUMP RELAY. ON 10/01/2015, 2000 MILES LATER SIMILAR INCIDENT EXCEPT THIS TIME MY LOCAL MECHANIC. HE CLEANED ALL CAVITIES, APPLIED DIELECTRIC GREASE, CHECKED THE FUEL PUMP AMPERAGE AT 7.5, TIGHTENED ALL RELAY CONTACTS AND REPLACED RELAY. BAD RELAY HAD SCORCH MARKS AROUND SEVERAL PINS. ON 10/07, 500 MILES LATER, SAME SCENARIO EXCEPT THIS TIME REPLACED FUEL PUMP MODULE. ON 10/10, AGAIN NO START, SIMILAR, SYMPTOMS. MECHANIC CAME TO MY HOUSE ON 10/12, COULD GET CAR TO START AFTER SEVERAL TRIES, TESTING AND MANIPULATION OF COMPONENTS , BUT IMMEDIATELY SHUT IT DOWN SINCE RELAY WAS VERY HOT. CONCERNED OVER SAFETY, HAD TO REPLACE THE WHOLE MODULE. REPLACEMENT MODULE WAS DEFINITELY AN UPGRADE TO ORIGINAL AND WAS SUCH BECAUSE OF, I UNDERSTAND, THE FAILURES EXPERIENCED WITH THE ORIGINALS AND CONCERN OVER STARTING A FIRE. I NOW UNDERSTAND THAT SEVERAL FIRES RESULTED FROM THIS PROBLEM. FORTUNATELY, ALTHOUGH TREMENDOUSLY INCONVENIENCED BOTH IN TIME AND EXPENSE, NO ONE IN OUR FAMILY WAS INJURED NOR WERE WE THE CAUSE OF ANY ACCIDENT WHICH ON THE HIGHWAY COULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

10/2/2015 - EL PASO, TX
HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE CAR NOT STARTING. IT WAS STATIONARY IN THE GARAGE. HAD IT TOW TO GARAGE. THEY DIAGNOSED IT WAS A FUEL RELAY BURNING UP. A NEW RELAY DID START THE CAR.WE TOOK A SHORT TRIP OUT OF TOWN AND THE CAR STOPPED RUNNING...LEFT US STRANDED ON THE HIGHWAY. THE RELAY GAVE OUT AGAIN. A MECHANIC WILL NOW LOOK INTO THE FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT. AND ELECTRICAL BOX UNDER THE SEAT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/2/2015 - EL PASO, TX
HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE CAR NOT STARTING. IT WAS STATIONARY IN THE GARAGE. HAD IT TOW TO GARAGE. THEY DIAGNOSED IT WAS A FUEL RELAY BURNING UP. A NEW RELAY DID START THE CAR.WE TOOK A SHORT TRIP OUT OF TOWN AND THE CAR STOPPED RUNNING...LEFT US STRANDED ON THE HIGHWAY. THE RELAY GAVE OUT AGAIN. A MECHANIC WILL NOW LOOK INTO THE FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT. AND ELECTRICAL BOX UNDER THE SEAT.

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