2005 Buick LeSabre

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2005 Buick LeSabre

Key specs

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The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Interior space
  • Quietness
  • Powertrain performance
  • Fuel economy on highway

The bad:

  • Handling
  • Instrument illumination at night
  • Resale value
  • Aging basic design

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Proven 3.8-liter V-6
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Available Celebration Edition
  • Familiar, conservative styling
  • Available side-impact airbags

2005 Buick LeSabre review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Buick’s full-size LeSabre sedan uses the same front-wheel-drive platform and 3.8-liter V-6 as the Pontiac Bonneville. Redesigned for 2000, the LeSabre has been the top-selling model in its class, but will be replaced for the 2006 model year by Buick’s new Lucerne.

A Celebration Edition was introduced in 2003 and continues into 2005, along with Custom and Limited models. All 2005 LeSabres have GM’s OnStar communication system that features upgraded hands-free capabilities. Four new option discount packages and new machine-faced 16-inch aluminum wheels are available. All LeSabres have GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system.

LeSabres are known for conservative styling, led by a distinctive, wide, oval vertical-bar grille. Riding a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the sedan measures 200 inches long overall and 57 inches tall. A Gran Touring Suspension Package features 16-inch touring tires and a specially tuned suspension with a rear stabilizer bar.

The Celebration Edition features a blacked-out grille, body-colored lower fascias and rocker moldings, integrated turn-signal indicators on the outside mirrors and 16-inch chrome-plated wheels.

A standard front bench seat lets the LeSabre seat six occupants. Optional front bucket seats are generally installed in only a small number 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 describes the front seat as “catcher’s mitt” style because of its operation. In a rear-end collision, each head restraint moves up and forward, close to the occupant’s head, as a means of reducing the risk of whiplash injury. Power windows and locks, cruise control, lockout protection and a theft-deterrent system are standard.

The Leather & Sound Group of options includes CD and cassette players and XM Satellite Radio. The Leather & Comfort Group adds heated front leather seats and mirrors, moisture-sensing wipers and side-impact airbags.

Under the Hood
Buick’s familiar 3.8-liter V-6 produces 205 horsepower and 230 pounds-feet of torque and drives the front wheels via a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Antilock brakes are standard on all models. Side-impact airbags are standard in the Limited model and optional in the Custom.

Driving Impressions
Far removed from the big Buicks of old, the modern LeSabre offers plenty of passenger space, a satisfying ride experience, reasonable fuel economy and a moderate price. Not only is its performance smooth, but this sedan is also more satisfying than many shoppers may 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.

Handling is passable, and this car feels more secure in corners and curves than some smaller, sportier models. The soft suspension permits too much body lean and the tires squeal too often to allow spirited driving, but it cushions small bumps effectively.

The front seat bottoms are short, nicely cushioned and supportive, but they lack side bolstering. The gauges are easy to read, but green lights on the dashboard can be annoying at night.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


Trans trouble

Same problem with the trans. Same as my 1998,2002 and now 2005 trans slips possible the pressure sensor trans would need to be partially dissasembled


Great price and exactly what I need

Low mileage at a low price and reliable couldn’t ask for anything better they were honest on what the car may or may not need and worked with my budget I really appreciate all the help ask for Willy or Santiago !


Most reliable car ever owned.

This car is very easy to drive and very comfortable. I wish they would Buick would build another LeSabre. Great buy and great on fuel.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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