2000 Buick LeSabre

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2000 Buick LeSabre
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2000 Buick LeSabre 4.2 20
$ 675-6,631
October 20, 1999

Buick earlier this year redesigned the LeSabre, its popular full-size family sedan. In the process, it added such advanced safety features as StabiliTrak, a system borrowed from Cadillac that enhances traction while reducing wheelspin and "fishtailing" on wet pavement. The new LeSabre maintains a sleek profile that bears a strong family resemblance to the rest of the Buick line. It is also a surprisingly good car, dynamically, with a well-balanced chassis and a sturdy powertrain that returns outstanding fuel economy on the highway.

Unfortunately, the new skin masks some serious character flaws in the car

weaknesses that made us question whether the LeSabre Limited that we tested really merits a sticker price of nearly $30,000.

He: If you blindfolded me and put me into the LeSabre for a test drive, I could tell you how comfortable the suspension is, how powerful the engine, and generally how easy the car is to operate. But take the blinders off, and all this car's many imperfections become painfully obvious. What a shame! This car should merit four stars on the basis of its chassis and powertrain. But in my book, the cheap materials and quality defects make it no better than middle-of-the-road. We've tested a number of cars in the $15,000-$20,000 class that were superior to the LeSabre in terms of material and assembly quality. I think it's reasonable to expect a higher standard on a car that lists for $29,420.

She: I can't believe you've given this vehicle two stars. I like to think of what I call the "Grandpa test." If you had a grandfather who was pining for a Buick, and he was sitting at your kitchen table, could you honestly tell him, "Grandpa, I gave it two stars. It's a solid car." I would tell my grandpa that I would be very worried about what this car is going to look like a year after you buy it, if it looks so shabby right now. When you bring a review down to this personal level, I don't know how in good conscience you can give the 2000 Buick LeSabre any more than one star. However, we may have just had a bad egg in the test fleet.

He: If that's true, that bad egg's been around a while. Buick introduced the 2000 LeSabre about eight months ago.

She: I think our readers know we carefully clipboard our individual reactions to each vehicle. I'm looking over our handwritten remarks on the LeSabre, and I see remarks like "below par for a $29,000 car," "subpar materials for a $29,000 car" and a direct quote from you, my dear husband, "this is a $29,000 car???"

He: Well, just to put things into perspective, I drove a 2000 Toyota Echo this week. This is the new subcompact that starts at $9,995. The car I sampled had lots of options and a $15,000 sticker. I flipped open the trunk lid and was amazed that the material lining the trunk looked and felt far more expensive than the junk they put in the LeSabre - and it was even cut to fit better! It's that kind of attention to detail, or the lack of it, that really bugs me about the Buick.

She: And that's why you gave it two stars? Let me quantify what was wrong with our test LeSabre. The whole center console - the centerpiece of the interior - was sloppily constructed of cheap-looking material, including the exposed screw heads around the bottom. The rubber molding at the top of all four side windows was curled up under the glass. That's something we haven't even seen on the cheapest imports we've tested.

He: I couldn't believe those big, overstuffed front seats with all the power switches turned out to have a major flaw. If you're a big boy like me, when you plop your rear end into the seat, the edge bottoms out on hard plastic. Not a pleasant feeling! It was also annoying to see that General Motors still hasn't figured out how to butt one piece of plastic up against another in a straight line, with no gap.

She: In defense of the LeSabre, it has far less chrome than past Buicks. And there are thoughtful touches ike the gas struts that hold up the hood - a nice touch for anyone with arthritis or any physical weakness. But the big picture is that this is a sedan without soul. I could have been driving a Park Avenue, a Regal or a Century. A generic personality. A dismal piece of metal and cheap plastic. Sorry, Grandpa.

2000 Buick LeSabre Limited

Anita's rating: subpar

Paul's rating: acceptable

Type: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger sedan.

Price: Base, $26,695; as tested, $29,420 (inc. $615 destination charge).

Engine: 3.8-liter V-6; 205-hp; 230 lb-ft torque.

EPA fuel economy: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

Insurance: $950 yearly (AAA Michigan estimate).

Where built: Detroit/Hamtramck.

What we liked: Remarkable highway fuel economy for a full-size car. Smooth ride. Powerful engine. Lots of room, especially in rear seat. Voluminous trunk. Standard safety features include side air bags and antilock brakes.

What we dislike: Styling is indistinguishable from rest of Buick line. Edges of front seats bottomed out on hard plastic. Rubber moldings around all four side windows were curled under. Cheap-looking, poorly cut material in trunk. Exposed screw heads around bottom of center console. Whole center console felt cheap and flimsy. Major gaps between pieces of plastic.

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