Erratic Shifting of the Automatic Transmission on Buick LeSabre

The transmission pressure control solenoid may fail causing erratic shifting. Our technicians tell us that partial dis-assembly of the transmission is necessary to replace a failed pressure control solenoid.

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Average mileage: 120,781 (40,000–220,308)
12 model years affected: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
125 people reported this problem
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2002 Buick LeSabre120,000
hard shifting first and second gear only after the car has been running for 20 mins. If I turn the car off for a few mins. The car shifts ok for about 20 mins. Then problem starts again.
not changing gears smoothly can feel a slight bump
2005 Buick LeSabre130,000
My 2005 lesabre transmission shifts hard, you feel the shifting from first to seconard and to final shift, is this the pressure control switch. and is it expansive to fix. thank you frank
2005 Buick LeSabre40,000
Hard shift once the car reaches normal temperature.
It started around 125000 miles. It only happens when it is cold (usually below freezing). When I shift into reverse to back out of the garage the first time in the morning it really goes into gear with a wham. After that it usually doesn't do it again until next morning. I don't know if it is doing any harm or not. It hasn't been fixed.
2000 Buick LeSabre120,000
Took a year to diagnose as the shuddering sensation and hard shift was intermittent... I finally found the possible cause on internet to take to the mechanic... 5 hour labor job for a faulty part that should have been recalled... listed on NHSTA website as a bad seal on solenoid allows in dirt and fails
My 2001 Lesabre jerks as it shifts, but it doesn't always happen. If it does it, it continues to do it. But the next time it might work fine. I have learned to let off the gas and let it slowly shift into the next gear. My husband does not do that so when he drives it really chugs into gear. I have no idea other than what I have read about the transmission solenoid being the problem. But I think that it is strange that it does not always do it. I was quoted $640 to replace the shift solenoid.
2005 Buick LeSabre53,000
transmission slipping from 2nd to 3rd gear. Banging into gear
2003 Buick LeSabre147,000
The automatic transmission jerks slightly with normal gear transitions; jerks harder when stringly accelerating.
2001 Buick LeSabre92,000
occasional heavy shifting
erratic shifting; shifting too early into 2nd and 3rd; and the transmission does not properly downshift when speed is reduced
2005 Buick LeSabre52,000
Just bought this car as is.Seems to have a shifting issue between 1st& 2nd Gears.Their is a little nudge or glitching of the gears,not very smooth.At higher speed (3rd 4th )you can't tell if their is any issues,it seems to be smooth.Going to have a transmission place check it out.Report later the issue & cost.
After about 30 or 40 minutes of driving, my car jerks and shakes. I was told that it was a problem with the torque converter and paid $1,600 to have it repaired. It is still doing the same thing and I was told that having the transmission reprogrammed will repair this problem. I am bringing the car back in a few days to get this done, but I am very frustrated that I paid so much and there is no change.
2005 Buick LeSabre140,110
automatic trams has a slight bump into second and a bigger bump from second to third. What is causing this
1995 Buick LeSabre165,000
Transmission shifts smoothly when accelerating. When deaccerating the transmission will not shift lower gears, aloud clunck is heard and most of the time the transmission will not reengaged properly
1993 Buick LeSabre183,000
trams,issiom slips amd wont get out of 2nd gear and where is the pressure solenoid
2004 Buick LeSabre78,000
slight hard shift from first to second but from second to third feels like the rear end of the car is about to clunk out. only after driving around for a few miles does it starts and the problem restarts when the car is off for a while.
1997 Buick LeSabre90,000
makes a crackling sound after you turn car off. Won't kick into gear like it should usealy 1st start?
2001 Buick LeSabre45,000
This started right after I let the Buick dealer install a NEW (rebuilt) transmission for $3800. It would always jerk hard while shifting. Took it back and they kept telling me that My car needed one new coil and new plugs. Changed them out and still have the same problem, hard shifting! I should have camped out at the Buick dealer until they fixed my car. Now they are no longer in business.
2003 Buick LeSabre45,000
High idle and erratic shifting
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