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2005 Buick LeSabre

$1,067 — $8,543 USED
Sedan
6 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about the 2005 Buick LeSabre
  • Proven 3.8-liter V-6
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Available Celebration Edition
  • Familiar, conservative styling
  • Available side-impact airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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 fr...
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
41 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

It's everything I wanted in a car

by Deaconess T from Minneapolis, MN on October 11, 2018

The body is gorgeous, the inside is awesome, the drive is smooth. It's not a metallic gray but it's more of a champaign color. My dash is black leather (beautiful). My seats are leather and heated (... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I've ever owned by far.

by Dependable Car Fan from Chicago, Illinois on August 25, 2018

We have two 2002 Lasabres now with about 130,000 miles each. We owned 2 Lasabres before these two, making the total we owned at 4. One of these extremely well built cars saved our lives in an ice ... Read full review

Safety

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The 2005 Buick LeSabre currently has 0 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LeSabre received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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