Like many previous Buicks, the Lucerne's primary attributes are its cushy ride, along with a roomy and mostly quiet interior. While the model also has a steadier ride and better fit and finish than the LeSabre and Park Avenue models it replaced, the Buick didn't rival the best competition. Its 197-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine is responsive, but sounds coarse and doesn't have outstanding acceleration or fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
Common Trouble Spot
Common Trouble Spot
The 2008 Buick Lucerne has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
Research Years * Redesign year
Worse Better
00
01
02
03
04
05
06*
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
NA
POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
Fuel System
NA
NA
Electric System
NA
NA
Climate System
NA
NA
Suspension
NA
NA
Brakes
NA
NA
Exhaust
NA
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
NA
Body Integrity
NA
NA
Body Hardware
NA
NA
Power Equipment
NA
NA
In-car Electronics
NA
NA
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

Learn more about car Reliability.

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Buick Lucerne owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"back up modules fail every winter, not all modules but different ones each time, I have disconnected them as there were getting two expensive to replace all the time, very poor design!"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The lights, especially the tail lights, tend to short out and need to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"had to replace right brake/turn-signal lamp - in previous year had to replace left brake/turn-signal lamp"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"brake and turn signals"

Chuck T., AL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Need to frequently replace bulbs bor tail and brake lights"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"I replaced the tail lights that are located in the trunk lid due to both being burnt out."

Mario M., (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Headlights

"In order to replace a dead headlight, the whole front bumper assembly had to be removed. Given the labor cost of that, I had all the other lights replaced even though they were working"

Patrick M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Interior lights

"The dashboard lights work off and on"

James C., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Dash lights don't work all the time. Irattic operation"

Leroy C., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The door locks stopped working correctly."

Anonymous, (2008 Buick Lucerne Unsure Unsure)

"locks on rear doors do not operate electrnically"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"Back doors will not unlock with key or switches, must do it by hand"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Remote quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"2 doors will not unlock"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The keyless entry does not lock all the doors! You have to lock the rear doors manually!"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"3 of the 4 doors will not lock nor unlock with the fob"

David L., UT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Passenge, drive, and driver side rear doors do not open with the remort and on inside door lock switch because the control wiring at the door hindge location is broken."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"sometimes the all the door locks fail to function when using the keyless entry to lock or unlock the car, it seems that it happens more in hot weather than cold do not know why and different doors at different times malfunction"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Three of the four electronic door locks no longer work. Repair or replacement is $500 each. I will not pay that."

David L., UT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"The remote start does not always start the car up or open or lock the doors. We were told to place in under our chins if the remote didn't work. Still it doesn't open the car even if you,are 5 feet away"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The indicator sends the message that the tire pressure is low. After manually checking it, it is not."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"light stay's on gage is correct"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 3.9-L V6)

"Tire pressure monitor has been on for months and dealer can only guess at the reason and cost of replacement exceeds benefit of information provided (not that much trouble to check tire pressure occasionally)"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"one for the tire pressure monitors did not send signal on cold days"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"One unit stopped working. Replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Tire pressure monitor indicator light stays on all of the time. Tire dealer could not reset/fix after replacing tires."

Mario M., (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The tire pressure monitors continuously gave errors! Also the door locks and key fobs do not work for locking the doors. We must lock the rear doors by hand!"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"Indicated tire pressure is low: sensors replaced-- still experiencing the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"light stays on constantly"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"Indicator lite come after 30miles go off, then on again,this would go on a few times and then stay on, cost over $200.00 to fix"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"tire pressure moniter has to be reset several times after changing winter tires to summer tires"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Warning lights

"Frequently getting message that crossing the center line message is not working. Again dealer can only guess at the problem & suggest that replacing the driver side mirror will probably solve the problem. Again benefit of the warning does not justify"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"THE INDICATION OF THE FRONT SEAT, HEATER ON OR OFF"

Clinton F., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"replaced struts @ alignement"

Robert C., CO (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Ball joints

"The ball joints had started to fail as normal part of the life cycle of the car"

Kenneth M., IL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Bushings

"Control arm bushings on both sides have failed miserably and tie rod ball joints took the load and now need to be replaced also"

Mark R., DE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"in september 2014 seals, gaskets and rack and pinion gear had to bereplaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"high side power steering hose and a small coolant leak"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"steering rack leaked. pump hose leak."

Anonymous, MB (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"having a rough ride and rattle in the front end and had to replace struts (plus alignment after replacing struts)"

Darin L., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 4.6-L V8)

"Upper strut mount bearings were frozen; mounts and bearings were replaced"

Elizabeth C., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Rear shocks are rusted"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"expensive replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Struts need to be replaced soon."

Brian S., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Struts were worn, needed to replace them, I put on a cheaper set of struts not the 2,000 dollar Buick replacement ones and we sorry"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Struts were not working noise while driveing"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"I have a definite thump from my front passenger side strut. I have not had it repaired yet. Expensive $450"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Failed to absorb bumps"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced both rear shocks because the bladder for the air suspension had rotted out. The mechanical part of the shock was still working but the auto-leveling function was gone. (Compressor and lines were still good. New shock with working air bladder fixed the problem"

Andrew K., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"Right front strut failed causing metal on metal thumping sound when going over bumps"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"The struts are very expensive like 1,000 dollars apiece so I elected to go with a cheaper strut and now I am not happy with the ride"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Wheel hub defect is allowing wheel/tire to tilt when it should not"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"rack failure resulting in inability to turn steering wheel to the left"

Suzanna A., PA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"The front wheel drive, suspension, and wheel bearings on this car have been a nightmare. The wheel bearings keep wearing out and need replacing over and over. One of the symptoms is front vibration"

Thomas B., FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 3.9-L V6)

"Vibration and rubbing noise when turning steering wheel to extreme position"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Tie rods

"I believe this was normal wear and tear at 150,000 miles per a mechanic friend who checked it before I went to the dealer to repair"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)
Wheel balance

"No matter which tires i have had installed, there has always been a wheel balance problem."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Have had to replace both front wheel bearings more then twice. Have always used GM parts but none were warrantied by GM and all failed within 12-16 months"

Thomas B., FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 3.9-L V6)

"Front wheel bearings were worn out"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Worn past safety limits"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Both wheel front had wear so I replaced them"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Truck seal caused leak"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Water leak in the trunk."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Not sure when it started, but there was a leak in the trunk and everything was soaked and had to be taken out to dry, even worse was that it leaked into the spare tire well and ruined the spare, there was rust. along with having to get the water out that accumulated in the well."

Anonymous, KY (2008 Buick Lucerne Unsure Unsure)

"Trunk had leaks. Estimate of 6 gal water removed"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"trunk leaks"

Tom V., IL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Water leaked into the Trunk"

Norma A., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"AC drain is clogged up and leaking into the floor boards."

Brian S., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"rainwater infiltrated the trunk. Driver's side window did not roll all the way up"

Jack K., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne 4.6-L V8)

"Water hoses leaked"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Lucerne)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The leak started this year. The weather striping around the trunk started to let it leak into the trunk."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The trunk weather seals leak and the spare wheel well floods, soaking the carpet and it then smells awful. Repair shop and body shop unable to correct the situation. Have to "bail" the trunk after every rain"

Frederic H., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Severe rattle from on moderately rough streets and roads. Buick and Chevrolet dealers' service departments have unsuccessfully tried to find the source since the car was new. No success...I just live with it. Rattle stops when brakes are applied"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Heater/AC fan has a loud high pitch sound that is very annoying"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The front end now rattles and I'm sure it is shocks."

Edward F., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 4.6-L V8)
Wind noise

"Front doors don't seem to seal and create noticeable wind noise starting at about 40 MPH. Adjusting the strike plate provided no relief"

Robert K., NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"Wind noise has always been a problem. At a certain point, one becomes tolerant of it, but it should not have happened despite early attempts to improve it"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Driver's side door Almost seems that it isn't closed tight, but it is. Wind noise at the top of the door"

Marylou N., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"one rear caliper froze up"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 3.9-L V6)

"Improper factory related calipers"

Chuck T., AL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"normal brake wear"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"I have driven Buicks of this size for a number of years. ( LaSabres, Lucerne's) They all seem to be short of the proper amount of braking power. Therefore the brakes require maintenance earlier than they should"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"brakes can only last for so long. held up very well."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"replaced brake pads"

Shirley D., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Rotors warp easily"

James M., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"brake lines ruptured, rusted out"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Parking brake

"Had to replace all 3 cables in e brake as well as rear calipers because the seals where the e brake cable went through was leaking on both sides"

Andrew K., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"The explanation for the brake wear was that the vehicle was not driven enough"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Brakes gave no indication of problems then suddenly (after stopping to get gas then taking off) began grinding. There were burn spots on the rotors so had to have those replaced not just brake pads. These have been checked/serviced as recommended"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)
Rotors

"Two warped rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"the rotors rusted and had to be replaced"

Michael M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"normal ware"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The driver's side door opener broke inside the door such that it came loose when anyone tried to open the door. It would still open the door, but it took two hands; one to hold the opener and the other to open the door. We had it repaired at our local shop."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"The driver side door handle failed and pulled away from door"

Stephen W., IL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Went to open the driver's door and the door handle assembly fell apart in my hands. Repaired under extended warranty. It looks like chrome and metal but is made of plastic"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Solenoid in electric door lock does not work on one door"

James C., GA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL)

"Driv? door handle fell off (outside handle)"

John G., OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The driver's door handle came off. Replacement cost $180"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"Driver's side exterior handle broke loose"

J N., TN (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Rear door locks quit working or work intermittently"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"The driver's side door handle broke inside the door panel. A labor-intensive repair. Other Buick owners in Internet forums have expressed their frustration with this seemingly weak part that is constructed of plastic, not metal"

Bob M., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"A rear door lock failed to operate automatically. The lock was replaced at my expense"

Michael F., NC (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"DOOR HANDLE BROKE"

George M., OK (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"It seems to be a problem that the door latch on the drivers side breaks out due to bad engineering. Parts used were plastic which I presume became briddle after 10 years. Part was readily available and the advice what to do was also available."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)
Windows

"TWO ELEC WINDOW MOTORS FAILED"

George M., OK (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Catalytic Converter Replaced (still under warranty)"

David L., UT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"catalytic converter covered by warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Stopped working without warning- could not start the car or drive home."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Pump fuel filter caused excessive current on fuel pump relay causing it to fail. Replaced pump which is located in fuel tank"

Gerald M., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"At 13,000 miles and six months beyond the expiration of the warranty, the fuel pump began leaking sending gasoline fumes into the trunk. It was an expensive repair ($650) and there are no aftermarket fuel pumps for this vehicle, only pricey GM parts"

Bob M., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Car stopped running and would not start"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"My car was leaking gas that I could smell. I drove it to a service station where it was repaired"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The car kept running out of fuel and the car smelled like fiel"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Knock Sensor replaced ($350)"

David L., UT (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The pair of accelerator position sensors were sending different position indications to the car's computer causing the car's computer to limit the vehicle's speed to 35 mph. I installed a new replacement accelerator pedal with sensors, but the cars computer needed to be put in a learning mode to complete the repair. My local auto repair shop cleared the error codes and returned the computer to the learning mode a couple of times before the repair worked. At the same time my local auto repair shop cleared the error codes for the body height sensor that I had recently replaces. both replaced sensors seem to be working now."

John H., OH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Check Engine light came on. Problem proved to be the secondary air sensor."

W S., NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The "serpentine belt" snapped as we were entering a major highway. No power steering made for an interesting exit onto the shoulder of the roadway"

Patrick M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Engine computer

"warning light came on but no problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Overheating, caused failure of other electronic components"

Linda A., NC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"rough idle engine light was on and off and on"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)
Engine mounts

"the front mount had to be replaced again in January 2015. All three mounts had been replaced over the prior two years"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Failure of mounts"

Linda A., NC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Car used oil from the beginning. Dealer customer service was poor. They finally changed some gaskets but the car still uses over a quart of oil in less than 3000 miles"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Buick Lucerne 3.9-L V6)

"Gaskets were replaced; four hour job"

Craig C., NH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"Repairing the oil leak is only possible by pulling the engine. We were given an estimate of $4000 to fix it. We declined. I hate having to keep putting oil in, but we can’t afford the fix."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Buick Lucerne Super 4.6-L V8)

"It is well known that the v-8 Northstar engine had gasket and seal problems because of heat and cold with a steel and aluminum engine expanding at different rates. A simple replacement of gasket/seals does not solve the problem but custom 3/8 bolts must be used...from what I have read online"

David T., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Coil shorted out which caused the engine computer to become inoperative and the engine quit while I was driving. The engine has three coils. This is the second coil to short out and destroy the engine computer."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The engine quit running while I was driving. The coli cracked as a result of an electrical surge. This shorted out a computer module in the ignition system. $800 repair bill. This vehicle has three coils. This is the second one to have this problem. Both times the engine quit while the vehicle was being driven"

Robert S., KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Distributor or rotor failure

"car stopped tow to garage and repaired"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 3.9-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"the computer failed and fuse panel failed"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"VICM module failed which caused the vehicle to infrequently start, and which caused electronics in vehicle to periodically fail"

Stephen W., IL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The fuse block had to replace as a relay was making poor connection in the box. So they replace the fuse box and all the fuses for a total cost of $1000.00."

Michael M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The electronic ignition problem was caused by the coil failure according to the dealer service department"

Robert S., KS (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Ignition coil failed."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"at 97000 miles we needed spark plugs new wires and ignition coils replaced along with the strike plate"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"back up sensors failed most winters due to snow, ice and salt, eventually we eliminated them, two expensive to maintain"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
CD player

"It quit working. Repair at dealership required replacing cd player & radio for $800. I replaced it at Best Buy with a Sony unit for $350"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"CD player stopped working. Had to replace the entire stereo unit. Cost to repair was more than to replace which was more than $600"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

"will eject a CD but will not allow a new one to be accepted"

Donald T., MD (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 4.6-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

"Dashboard recessed so readings are difficult to see, especially on a sunny day or if I'm wearing sun glasses"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Lucerne 4.6-L V8)

"displays set too far back in dash and too "dark" to clearly see normally"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Display screen occasionally indicates problems that aren't really there, i.e. theft attempted-hood open. I've found work-arounds. Service manager can't duplicate error so problem can't be fixed"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Lucerne 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"plastic TEE IN BACK OF ENGINE BROKE AND THE radiator RUSTED OUT"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The transmission cooling coil got a hole in the tubing."

Michael M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Water pump

"NEEDED TO BE REPLACED BECAUSE OF LEAKING"

George V., FL (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Making noise. Needed replacing"

Walter L., LA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking."

Michael M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Door inside dash failed"

Leroy C., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Intermittent clicking noise when A/C is on. Reported it multiple times to Buick service but they are unable to find the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Had shorted wiring in rear panel. Had broken wires in door harness"

Leroy C., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)
Heater system

"Climate control heating is malfunctioning on passenger side. Dealer estimates 2000.00 repair costs and loss of vehicle for 3 days. Entire dash has to come out. Interior housing and computer needs to be replaced"

Mark R., DE (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Key would not release . Happened unexpectedly, could not predict when or where. Great effort, time to get it to release"

B O., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Fell apart"

Don R., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The transmission was completely chewed up.....only after 98000 km......this was not lack of maintenance....I have my car serviced at the dealership.....they could not explain why this happened....the transmission was replaced with anew one....I inf"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"The torque convertor started to come apart and required a complete rebuild"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Carpet trim came loose and blocked parking brake"

J N., TN (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

"Rear seat divider and cup holder does not remain secure"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"After I had the front bumper repaired, the paint pealed"

Mary Ann B., WI (2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"$4200 worth of gasket and seal work...fortunately I bought a second extended warranty last fall (2016) that cost $2400. The Buick also shut all power off at 70 miles per hour on the freeway a few years ago...frightening!"

David T., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"The slipping transmission was caused by fluid leaks associated with lines running to and from the transmission"

James P., NC (2008 Buick Lucerne Super 4.6-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Cam cover gaskets leaked; were replaced"

Craig C., NH (2008 Buick Lucerne CXS 4.6-L V8)

"It is using antifreeze but not leaking out on the ground any place, so must be a head gasket. I have not had it repaired yet."

Edward F., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 4.6-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"there was no operating issue. just noise"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.9-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Compare 2008 Models

Similar Cars
Buick Lucerne
Chevrolet Impala
Ford Taurus
Lexus LS
Mercury Sable
Toyota Avalon
This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 23, 2014
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position will cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key ring and road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 23, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), and 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14299.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V355000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3141731
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 04, 2010
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1365070
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Aug 28, 2008
THIS MAY CAUSE OTHER ELECTRICAL FEATURES TO MALFUNCTION, CREATE AN ODOR, OR CAUSE SMOKE INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 857,735 MY 2006-2008 BUICK LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MY 2007-2008 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL, SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MY 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WIPER WASHER FLUID SYSTEM. A SHORT CIRCUIT ON THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE WASHER FLUID HEATER MAY OVERHEAT THE CONTROL-CIRCUIT GROUND WIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A WIRE HARNESS WITH AN IN-LINE FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080; CADILLAC AT 1-800-982-2339 OR HTTP://WWW.CADILLAC.COM; CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876 OR HTTP://WWW.SATURN.COM, GMC AT 1-866-996-9436; OR HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493; OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08048. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V441000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 857735
Check Vehicle for Unrepaired Recalls
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Change Vehicle