2002 Buick LeSabre

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2002 Buick LeSabre

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2002 Buick LeSabre review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Buick’s full-size front-drive sedan was redesigned in 2000 and is the top-selling model in its class. The LeSabre is about due for a face-lift, but it probably won’t see one for another season or so. Though the styling differs, the LeSabre rides the same front-drive platform and is powered by the same 3.8-liter V-6 engine as the Pontiac Bonneville — though Pontiac also offers a supercharged V-6. Buick aims its traditional full-size sedan at older buyers, and it does so successfully.

The LeSabre Custom gets new eight-spoke, 15-inch aluminum wheels for 2002, while the Limited model earns 16-inchers. The Limited also gains standard leather upholstery, along with memory seats and mirrors. LATCH child-seat tethers are installed, and the Driver Information Center now works in either English or Spanish.

The LeSabre is conservative in styling and is distinguished by its familiar wide, oval, vertical-bar grille. It rides a 112-inch wheelbase and measures 200 inches long overall, compared to Buick’s largest and most expensive model, the which is nearly 7 inches longer overall and has a 113.8-inch wheelbase. The LeSabre is 73.5 inches wide and 57 inches tall.

Interior
A standard front bench seat gives the LeSabre full six-passenger capacity. Front bucket seats are optional but have been installed in about 5 percent of LeSabre models. The Limited sedan has a rear center armrest with a pass-thru to the spacious trunk, which holds 18 cubic feet of cargo.

Buick calls the front seat a “catcher’s mitt” style because of its operation. In a rear-end collision, the head restraints move up and forward, close to the occupant’s head, to reduce the risk of whiplash injury. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard in the Limited and comes as a factory-installed option for the base Custom sedan.

Under the Hood
Buick’s familiar 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 205 horsepower and drives the front wheels via a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard. Dual-stage front airbags inflate at one of two levels depending on crash severity.

Driving Impressions
Nothing like the big Buicks of old, the modern LeSabre offers plenty of passenger space and a satisfying experience. It has reasonable fuel economy and a moderate sticker price. Not only is performance smooth, but it is more satisfying than many shoppers might expect. The LeSabre accelerates eagerly — practically lunging ahead when the gas pedal hits the floor — and takes full advantage of its excellent powertrain. Downshifts are quick and easy, which helps give the sensation of a lighter automobile.

Handling is passable, and the LeSabre feels more secure in corners and curves than some smaller, sportier models. But its soft suspension permits too much body lean and tire squealing to allow spirited driving when the road gets seriously twisty. Then again, most LeSabre drivers aren’t going to hit the gas pedal that hard anyway.

In terms of comfort, the suspension cushions small bumps neatly. Occupants might hear an occasional bang from down below in reaction to big imperfections, but they aren’t likely to feel much at all, as the LeSabre does a good job of keeping the pavement at bay.

Seat bottoms are short but nicely cushioned and supportive, though they lack in side bolstering. Gauges are easy to read, but the dashboard emits a lot of little green lights at night, which can be annoying. The LeSabre runs quietly and is more enjoyable to drive than most big cars, despite its old-fashioned personality.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Loved my 01 Buick LeSabre

I got a 2001 Buick LeSabre limited in 2009. I had the car until 2019. The car was actually donated to the " wheels for work program" in Wi I signed up for the program and was very fortunate & extremely grateful for this opportunity! I was a single parent of a young boy at the time . The wheels for work program gave me the opportunity to be approved for a loan & the payments were $50 a month for the car . This car was very reliable, although the window regulators that were made for this car were made out of plastic causing the windows , both drivers n passenger side ,come off track and had to be replaced. This can be costly if done professionally, I had some one fix n them as a side job & only cost me $60. A Buick flaw! I put this car through a LOT and the body wasn't looking too good when I finally put her to rest, but the motor was still running!

5.0

Loved my 01 Buick LeSabre

I got a 2001 Buick LeSabre limited in 2009. I had the car until 2019. The car was actually donated to the " wheels for work program" in Wi I signed up for the program and was very fortunate & extremely grateful for this opportunity! I was a single parent of a young boy at the time . The wheels for work program gave me the opportunity to be approved for a loan & the payments were $50 a month for the car . This car was very reliable, although the window regulators that were made for this car were made out of plastic causing the windows , both drivers n passenger side ,come off track and had to be replaced. This can be costly if done professionally, I had some one fix n them as a side job & only cost me $60. A Buick flaw! I put this car through a LOT and the body wasn't looking too good when I finally put her to rest, but the motor was still running!

4.6

Hotrod buick

I paid $1,000 for this car it's the best $1,000 I've ever spent I've done nothing but run this car and it just hangs right there she starts she runs and she don't ever let me know I gave her the name of Ruby b and she is reliable I put her through xxxx she still there everyday I'll never get rid of the car even after she blows up I'll I'm giving her the conversion kit to rear wheel drive possibly 502 Cadillac motor she's going to be my hot rod but this car takes a beating I love my Buick LeSabre limited 02 fully loaded except now I just can't figure out why the seats won't work I've changed the relay that's under the back seat I don't know what else it could be

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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