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Buick LaCrosse



  • johnclineii, The CXS may go up $1k very well indeed. But I do not think it is worth any more than $26k, it is simply too small.

    The LaCrosse could never be an executive's car with that small of a back seat. At least in a Camry you can put 2 adults in the back seat.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Excellent Artice !! Thanks.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Took a look at an Allure this weekend at my dealer. They had a nice red CXS in the front. I was impressed with the car's look and the price was reasonable, listing with leather and On Star for about the same as my Intrigue GL did 5 years ago.

    I would need to drive one as I am always suspect of Buick "handling" but if it's similar to my Intrigue I could see buying one to replace it in a couple of years.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I'm a bit surprised, I didn't they would like a Buick of any kind. Guess my initial like of this car is not unfounded.
  • I have ordered the CXS with side curtain aribags and the stabiltrak options. Cashmere metalic paint on outside and neutral leather with black accents oninside - like the Volvo S60 sports. No chrome package as I prefer the real Euro look which avoids the USA tinsel effect. See Mercedes, BMW for examples.

    Had considered and tested Honda Accord V6, Toyota Camry, Volvo S40 and S60. Allure met and exceeded all comers. Being made in GM Oshawa plant also a plus as it is second best plant inworld for quality of build. Also had great dealer support in Toronto with 2 test drives, both without sales rep on board and second drive lasting over an hour. Even had totop up the tank!

    Allure looks great(more like a Jag than anything else), rides great, handles great, and easy to park with excellent viz fore, aft,and to sides. Interior is indeed extremely quiet, seats are comfortable and secure in hi G turns and fit and finish is super - indeed Lexus level all round. Being quite tall, the telescoping steering wheel is much welcomed.

    Is there a drawback? Only one is the mandatory OnStar in the base price - but that was more than offset by a very fair discount off MSRP - about 9%. What with a RIM Blackberry at hand and CMA Plus membership, I doubt OnStar will get much use, if any.

    Can't wait to turn in my '98 Buick Regal a week from now. I expect within a year the LaCrosse/Allure will rank ahead of Accord and Camry in Edmond's user ratings. One last hope is that GM doesn't destroy resale value on this Buick by discounting it to fleet sales and car rental companies in the USA. Like Lexus, Buick will need to learn how to protect and preserve resale value of this most comparable car. Bob Lutz, are you listening?
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 643
    coopergerry, did you get to listen to the Concert Sound III audio system?

    If so, how good did it sound?
  • Yes I did and it is noticably much better than Concert Sound II in my Regal - thanks to the Quiet Tuning feature plus auto volume adjustment with rising speed in the CXS. This is with the 6 speaker system so not much need in my view for the 9 speaker option.
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Corgrats Coopergerry. Which dealer in TO did you buy from?

    I also hope GM does not dump this car into fleets. My GP resale has been hurt by this I'm sure. I think GM should give the rental companies and fleets Malibu Classics and Impalas.
  • November sales - 3713.
  • Bought it at Brennan Pontiac Buick on Bayview just north of Eglinton. Sales rep was pleasant, knowledgeable, responsive.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
  • Most modern DOHC V6 engines are teamed with 5 or even 6 speed automatic, so it is a bit surprising that GM chose a 4 speed instead of 5 or 6. Considering the fact that the Cadillac CTS has a 5 speed auto, they could have used that tranny for the Lacrosse. But overall the car looks promising and if reliability can match overall performance and refinement then the Lacrosse should do well.

    Couldn't GM find a better name for the car? Lacrosse sounds too French. :)
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Come to Ontario and you can buy an Allure instead.

  • "Considering the fact that the Cadillac CTS has a 5 speed auto, they could have used that tranny for the Lacrosse." The Cadillac CTS is a rear drive platform, and it's transmission wouldn't be a 'drop in' application for a fwd auto. GM and Ford are presently jointly developing a 6 speed for fwd applications that hopefully will be available for the '06 model year. The 6 speed Ford offers for their Five Hundred is sourced from Japan (Asin, or Aisin, I believe is the name of the manufacturer). So if you're looking for a reason to put off your LaCrosse/Allure purchase, this might be one.
  • Now that sounds more alluring. :D
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    I like Allure better. Not sure why.

    Congrats coopergerry! I used to work not far from there back in the early 90's (Eglinton and Laird). I had my car serviced there once or twice.

    Let us know how you like the car.
  • Please how much did you pay in Toronto? for the Allure.
    I am thinking of buying one(I have $3000 Gm points) but dread the rigmorale of bargaining.It's a shame that Costco does not sell cars in Canada like in the US.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    Has anyone seen the new TV ads? I have to say the CXS model looks really nice in the commercials. I think this is one of the better looking midsize sedans. It's plain, but not plain like the 500 or Camry. Hopefully they will make 18" wheels available in later years.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397

    You pay a little and get the invoice cost and go from there. At least you know where a dealer can go.
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