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2010+ Buick Lacrosse - Options

e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
As the title says, issues related to options, except where there is a more appropriate discussion. Such things as factory and dealer options or add-ons.


  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    edited October 2010
    I am interested in what it includes. Details were sketchy at the build it site and showed it included mud flaps and some protection to door edge.
    Can someone tell me what you got in yours?

    On the Malibu it was a clear plastic film on door edges, rear end, and one on the bumper to protect it from scratches when accessing the trunk.
    I think I'd like to have the film at all those locations.
    Is there an aftermarket version?

    I saw a new one that showed the package on the window sticker but the vehicle did not have flaps or protective film on it.
  • Sorry e, no flaps or film. Isn't the film something reserved for shipping and to be removed by dealer at delivery?

    My CXS stay pretty clean w/o mud flaps.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    The film I mention was on the Malibu as part of some package. It is a thin clear vinyl or something like that. Likely self adhesive. It was on the door edges and on the bumper in the area of trunk opening. The latter was to protect the bumper when moving something in or out of trunk. It works because son-in-law grabbed his big suitcase and dragged it from trunk across it. No mark whatsoever.
    The flaps I saw in picture are quite small, but may be valuable against stones being thrown by tires.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    I have this option with rear view camera.
    On two occasions the screen became very dark, once to the point I could make out nothing.
    Both times it happened when the headlights automatically came on.
    The other day I was under a thick canopy of trees about 1630. I adjusted the dimmer control on dash to full brightness and that did not help. I gave it the command "Display Day" which it accepted but did nothing.
    Also the camera has trouble with late afternoon images. They appear blurry and unable to adapt to lighting conditions.

    Has anyone seen these issues or a fix?
  • kjs8kjs8 Posts: 53
    My 2010 camera sometimes does not work many times at all in reverse, just a blank screen with the direction warning lines imposed on the screen. This mostly happens in the rain. The camera also is blurred in the sunlight and in the afternoon shadows. My dealer told me that the camera is not designed to work in the rain or in full sunlight or shade. Go figure, do you think we're stupid, I've experienced many problems with the LaCrosse with no GM fixes. I don't think this is right. 2011 models still have defective memory seats, is that unbelievable....
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Some of this just seems outrageous. Why did they not just ask us to hand over money. At least then we'd know their intent, robbery.
    I was by the dealer today because of issues. First by sales. Another salesman wandered by and I asked him about the seat memory. I showed him what was going on. No problem he could fix. He was going to turn the memory function off. I'm glad his customer was standing nearby when this occurred, and I think he left.
    I was then shuffled over to service manager. He told me someone did something to the car, the crease that has paint in it? Also did not seem to want to do anything related to the flaws in headlamp. He was going to look into the Nav display issue and seat memory issue.
  • kjs8kjs8 Posts: 53
    You are right about the robbery issue, could not agree with you more. My dealer is the best to deal with, but they can't get any input or answers from GM on any of the issues we all see every day as we drive the LaCrosse, and I really like this car. GM just makes it so hard to be loyal to their brand.
  • When parked on a slight incline I proceed to put the shift in reverse to back up, as I have done for the past 45 years with many GM vehicles. But it is not so easy with this new Buick. I need to keep my foot on the brake while stepping on the gas pedal to back up safely so I will not roll forward into whatever is in front of my car at the time. I was told by the dealer this is normal. That is ridiculous. This is definitely a safety problem. It also rolls back while I am stopped and proceed to drive forward. The dealer said it was normal. I thought this was an automatic transmission. It acts like a manual transmission with a clutch. Does anyone else have this problem?
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Because it is pretty flat around here, I have not yet seen the roll forward or back problem. I have noticed while backing up that it seems to take an inordinate amount of pedal. It gives the feeling that the transmission might be slipping. I'll have to monitor RPM, but that is not easy either because the tachometer is not easy to read accurately.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,003
    Hello Wolfman14,
    Have you taken the vehicle to another dealership in order to get a second opinion? Does this happen intermittently? Have you tested the vehicle on an incline at the dealership with a service tech with you? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    I often get to screens that show choice buttons but nothing happens when I push them. And have gotten where it will respond to nothing forcing me to pull over and restart engine.
    Has anyone else experienced this?
    In the NAV manual, page 100, there are several commands that in brackets it says, "(used in conjunction with another command)". Does anyone understand what that means?
    Some of the voice commands seem stupid, such as the first one to access phone capability if you have NAV, "Hands Free". Is not that the whole purpose of using voice commands? Why is it not "phone, telephone, or OnStar, etc.".
    And on the subject of "hands free" voice commands to the NAV system, it seems stupidly limited. Example, Show Gas, Hide Gas. It seems to be an all or nothing, no asking for particular brands. That is if you enter manually, you can get specific brands from a list to show, such as Shell, Chevron, etc.
    I had manually done such with Arby's fast food. And then tried the voice for dining. Show plastered map with location symbols, hide removed all but Arby's and I had to dig through menus to get it removed manually.
    What seems to be very limited commands I can compare to a very old program, Corel 7, which had a speech add on by IBM which enabled basic menu commands, no voice to text. That was the time when the fastest CPU was 200 MHz, biggest HDD 2 GB. That was 5 computer lifes ago, so I wonder why this system seems feeble.
    My old Bluetooth phone does a better job of recognizing commands accurately, using voice pass-through.
    I recently tried entering a destination with voice. It worked fine until I got to the street and then it kept popping up a list that did not contain the correct one. I could not find a way to enter it manually without losing the state and city. That is manually entering the entire destination.
    When will GM come out with an update to fix these issues?
  • "When will GM come out with an update to fix these issues? "

    Sadly, my money is on 'never'!
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    edited November 2010
    That thought entered my head, but word of mouth will kill sales. And if that is not enough, traded vehicles will display the same results from GM, each time the vehicle moves through an owner. If I bought a used vehicle with this much stuff wrong it would tell me to stay away from GM. And this being my second new GM in two years, it says the same. (the first was a GM buy back because of major safety issue, EPS. It too had lots of lessor issues.)

    GM better start making mine fixed or it will be the last.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Does anyone understand what they mean concerning preprogrammed playlists?
    Page 27 of Nav manual. The playlists I'm familiar with are associated with specific programs such as Winamp, Foobar, & WMP. I think each one uses its own format or extension for saving playlists.
  • iPod users can create a list of songs to play. One could create a list to drive to work with or a particular "best of" or a genre such as "Country". You can select this list off the NAV touch screen when you don't want to just shuffle or manually find individual songs to play.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Verified? I suppose that would be nice. I could not get my wife's Ipod to work with it. I assumed it was because of the file structure I could see with computer. I went into folders and burned music to CD which then transferred to HDD fine. Can you tell me what the file structure is on your Ipod so I can compare?
    Are there any other known playlists that are recognized? It might help eliminating music in folders as a predesigned playlist substitute.
  • My iPod works just fine. It is a simple plug in, no extra steps needed. Just be sure that the current menu on the iPod is NOT set to something other than songs. I found that if mine gets jostled and goes into video top level, it isn't recognized by the car. Go into songs to the menu level where "shuffle" is one option. Have ipod on and just plug into the USB with the proprietary iPod connector. My file structure on the iPod is the standard factory from Apple.
  • FYI, playlists are created in Itunes on your pc OR mac. You don't create them using the car.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Some models will not work according to owners manual.
    My daughter set it up for my wife so I'm not familiar with Apple apps other than the ones for computer use.
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