The 2000 Buick LeSabre's unofficial motto might be 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.'
Buick preserved most of the LeSabre's exterior styling theme, while tweaking the sedan's handling, safety and comfort. The division did not want to scare off loyal - if aging - LeSabre owners. As a counterbalance to the LeSabre's play-it-safe styling, which Buick executives tactfully call 'timeless,' the car features a variety of useful tweaks.
With a 1.4-inch-longer wheelbase and a stiffer body, the redesigned LeSabre enjoys a smoother ride, better handling, less road noise and improved crashworthiness. The new rear suspension eliminates 'dive' during hard braking, while the optional variable-effort power steering offers more predictable handling during emergency maneuvers.
Buick designed a crush-resistant roof for rollover accidents and added side airbags. The self-aligning head restraints on the catcher's-mitt front seats adjust themselves to curtail whiplash during rear-end collisions.
The instrument panel sports a larger, easy-to-read speedometer and bigger control knobs for the radio and climate control, features that appeal especially to older motorists.
The 2000 model began arriving in showrooms in February. In May, General Motors' StabiliTrack system was added as an option.