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Buick LaCrosse

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  • We had no choice about the color...all the models were gone early August in 45 mi. range with configurations we wanted (folding rear seat as "must have") so we made a deal to have one option extra (column shift w/ 6 seats) for black onyx color. Now when I see other Allures on the street I see that I got 2nd runner after Sapphire Blue and Cardinal Red. Other colors are just too plain...

    Black onyx works great with chrome handles, even domestic car haters asked me "What is this? Buick!?!" I think Buick is moving in right direction with style as entry level luxury cars. I see new Lucerne has even more ammunition to fight imports.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    I tried it today. With the instantaneous economy on at 75 mph and 2500 rpm on straight level road it gets 22 mpg.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    I have the auto HVAC. When you use the remote start and unlock the door and get in the car the engine is running and AC is running. When you put the key in the ignition and turn it to on, the engine and AC stops and then the engine restarts and it takes 10 seconds or so for the AC to restart. On a 95 degree day that is a long 10 seconds. I think the remote start will be more useful in the winter.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    Ha! Nothing really. Technically black is hotter, but not that much worse than other dark colors. Same with showing dust and dirt. Painters will tell you black is really tough to get looking right. It shows every little flaw in the body. Factory paint is pretty good these days, so the only worry is if you wreck it and have to have body work done. My first car was black (57 Chevy) and I have not owned another.
  • That's really bad, just one thought...while I was at Customer Appreciation Night in PBG dealership the host told us to use recommended gas type especially during break-in period. Putting premium in early phase of break-in period may confuse computer and ETC. Can it be the problem, just guessing? Although with those gas prices I was looking for the car with regular setup for fuel requirements. CXS should use the same...
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,182
    I did buy a black back in 1980. Beautiful. Not that difficult to keep clean other than winter salt. I did some touch up painting due to rust after many years at one of the wheel wells. It was hard to match the gloss.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I too have an Intrigue, a 2000 GL. I love my car and will consider a CXS for it's replacement. Although I like the LaCrosse enough, I often wish it had a more aggressive look, especially the front end.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    Yea, me too on the regular gas. My old car required premium, although when it got above $1.50 I started using mid-grade. It ran okay with just a slight lose of power, but it had plenty with the supercharger any way. It hurt mileage by 0.5 mpg or so. I have used regular in the CXS from the start. I made absolutely sure that premium was not required. I read some place that the 3.6L engine has 10.2:1 compression ratio. That is very high for regular gas. I think the VVT can compensate for the timing retard needed to avoid nock. I haven't read much about the VVT system and how it works. I assume it is tied into the engine management computer and if it was not working correctly it would display an error code. The dealer checked and there were no codes at 3K miles.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    It is a Buick afterall. The grills all have a similar look so you can tell its a Buick coming down the street although its hard to tell the different models apart at a glance. I'm a little surprised at the relatively vertical grille angle. This is a departure from the "aero look" of the 90's. I guess the drag coefficient is not as big of a deal as it once was.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Do others feel the front end needs improvement? Perhaps a change to the headlights?

    I like the quad headlights but feel the oval grille needs to be changed. I know it is a traditional Buick grille but maybe something more like the Lucerne?

    I also like the car best with the extra chrome trim. Bling is in!
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    grills are grills. They let the air thru and into the radiator. They do not effect the Cd that much.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Watch out for the Nov issue. Is it out yet?
  • OK, on the highway today, the DIC showed 33 instant MPG for my 06 CXS at 60mph on one of the few flat stretches we have in southwest CT. I use only 87 octane fuel. My "average" was 19.4 according to the computer.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    I agree on the bling. I got it on my CXS. Funny how that comes and goes. I'm old enough to remember the fifties gawdy chrome erra. Then the eighties monochrome look which I never liked that much especially the wheels. There is nothing like shinny chrome wheels to set a car off.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Front end of the Lucerne is much more substantial. I like Buick grills, I just find the LaCrosse to be a bit wimpy for a Buick. Now if the Lucerne had a base 3.6L, that would be a perfect car.
  • I have had various problems with my Lacrosse CSX. The first was the vibration. After repeated visits to the dealer, they finally turned down the front rotors, and the problem went away.
    Now I am having some interesting discussions with them about what they are going to do in the future when I need to have the rotors turned one more time, and they can't because it won'y meet safety specs, who is going to pay for the new rotors. :mad:
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,182
    Did you push the reset button while you have the mileage on average setting? And then watch to see what it showed while you're actually cruising along? I sounds like you're keeping the average since the beginning of the car's life rather than resetting it occasionally.

    E.g., on a trip to the border (Indiana) for Powerball tickets on I-70 my 03 LeSabre gave 38.5 mpg including about 3 miles with stoplights and two stops at stores. I drove 60 mph over and 57 on the way back.
  • When I first drove my Lacrosse I started to hear a slight noise while shifting from first to second. Gradually this noise grew to a shudder and/or a thump when it hit second. Various trips to the dealer yield only "sounds ok to me". The last time I told them I did not want the car back until it was fixed. The second day the told me that they had seen and heard the problem and that GM engineers in the support area had told them "this was a known problem. They could replace about 6 parts in the second gear area, but that the problem would most likely come back." After many careful words on each side I asked the dealer to give ne a yes or no answer. Does GM have a fix for this? After a few seconds of silence, the answer was NO! But they could have a fix in two days or two months, they are working on it. Meanwhile I can't sell my car because I have to tell the buyer that the LaCrosse has a problem that GM can't fix yet.
    Anyone there have problems like this?
    :mad:
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    The LaCross transmission is not a new design. It was around for many years, at least from 1997 with the previous generation of Regals, Pontiac GP, etc., and I do not know how many years before. It had a good reputation concerning reliability, as is typical with GM transmissions.

    Probably, GM changed something recently. Either some parts, or just the software. They can fix the problem, if it is something fresh. Your car is under warranty. Moreover, transmission must be covered by the warranty even if it will break after 3 years / 36k miles, because you reported the problem to dealer while it was under warranty.

    Personally, I would wait until GM will fix the problem. The biggest risk is not technical, but GM bankruptcy.
  • Luckily the problems with noise at the front end are gone, after 3000 mi highway speed noise is consistent and normal. I guess honeymoon with this car is over ;) , old 3.8L engine delivers enough power and expected fuel consumption (22 mpg combined average) but sounds coarse. Now it does not seem vault quiet as before or I am imaging? All else OK so far...

    I drove 3.5L 2006 Impala as rental at work and it sounded loud and felt way stiffer and cheaper than my Allure. Interestingly new Accord rear end looks the same as Impala 2006, I guess they were hammered for bland design for old models. :P
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    Is the vibration you feel a pulsation in the brakes? This is a problem that GM has had for a couple of decades. I first had the problem on my 87 Pontiac 6000. The GM "A" body was notorious for this. I figured out on my own that it is caused by over torqued lugs nuts. Check your owners manual. GM now has it printed for all the world to see that over torqueing lug nuts causes this pulsation. I think it has to do with setting up stresses in the brake disk from the lug nut torque. Then when you drive the car and heat up the disks you relieve some of the stress. When the car sits and the disks cool, they warp. It takes very little run out of the disk to feel it in the peddle. I have decided to insist that the dealer hand torque the lugs to the factory 100 ft-lb spec. I have done this in the past with my dealer and I get the same tune that they have torque guns that are set to the correct torque and hand torqueing is not neccesary. I will recheck the lug torque myself before driving the car off the dealer lot. Maybe they will get tired of seeing me do this and do it themselves to passify me. The problem is it only takes one heat cycle in the disks to warp them, then your only alternative is to turn the disks. You are correct that this can only be done to a point then new disks are required. I would be surprised if you win that one with the dealer, but it's worth a try.
  • sscott1sscott1 Posts: 22
    Sounds like you have the same mileage problem I have. I can't say what I get at 60 mph, I drive on interstates with 70 mph limits. If I drive 60 I get run over by trucks. At 75 mph I get 22 mpg and at 70 it is 23. I did notice something interesting that may be a clue to the source of the poor mileage. My old Regal would cost down to 45 mph from 70 in a certain distance. The CXS takes a much shorter distance to coast down to 45. That means too much rolling resistance. I will try shifting to N and see how much coast distance I get. That should narrow it down to wheel friction or power train friction. I also noticed that the car turns 2500 rpm at 75 and others have reported a lower rpm at that speed. If the transaxle has too much friction that could explain the higher rpm and the poor mileage.
  • OK...I'm the wise guy who asked whether a navigation system would be an option in 06, as I (evidently stupidly) like the one in my TL. Many of you indicated that for whatever reason (faceplate design, minimal penetration in this market, etc.) that it would not be an option. I presumed that this would be the case for all GM midsize models. I guess I was having a "boyracer" moment and went to Pontiac's website, only to discover that their Grand Prix has a nav as an option. So...I'm perplexed. No nav on a LaCrosse or, from what I think I read, the Lucerne, but one available on a Grand Prix, a Trail Blazer, etc.??? Although a Garmin aftermarket probably does work best and has more applications, this target market does care about aesthetics. Otherwise, we could just put one of those $5 drink holders on the door in the window frame, circa 1985. Anyway, I guess that my rant is that I want the option of a Nav and think that GM missed the boat. I'll shut up now (as I look for a newer TL or used STS, w/ Nav).
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    The Grand Prix uses the "brick" radio. When the LaCrosse was designed interior styling and quality was more important (Lutz/higher end positioning) and the IP was designed to be more flowing and integrated. Therefore it tooled up a new faceplate that blended in with the IP. All future GM vehicles soon after the LaCrosse use a new radio system that is common and interchangeable (except Cadillac which gets there own set of "blended" in radios. Therefore Nav will be easier offer in all other vehicles. Yes perhaps GM missed the boat on nav on the LaCrosse.

    If the nav unit starts to penetrate more than what it was penetrating at and becomes profitable they will probably spend the tooling money to offer. Have you visited a Toyota or Honda store lately? What percentage of their stock do they have nav units in? I have not been to one in about 2 years and at that time they did not stock any because no one was buying them at $2000.. Perhaps it is different now?
  • ronbo10ronbo10 Posts: 45
    ...though I'm not sure if it'll be available in baseline (CX) models. (if they don't, it'd be in keeping with what most makers seem to be doing- eg. I believe Honda offers nav only on the EX Accord, and now, Civic). What I don't understand is how, if Garmin can offer a free standing unit for approx. $700, why must they be nearly treble that price for an integrated unit. $2000 seems to be the price most makers have agreed on. If they were to offer navs for half that, I bet market penetration would jump from 2 percent (or thereabouts, I've heard) to, well who knows- but alot more than 2 percent!
  • rwisemrwisem Posts: 96
    I replied about the aftermarket Nav. You understand my position, and I understand yours.

    I have my Garmin C320 mounted at the driver A pillar with the cord running over the steering column and down the side of the console and up into the console where the power plug is. It is fairly inconspicous, but still a ghetto solution compared to the in-dash units that have larger screens and look ultra-cool.

    I realize that these are small volume units at their current price, but I also feel GM has had a disincentive to offer Nav as it offers an alternative to some OnStar functions and would compete with that.

    If guys won't stop and ask for directions, why would they call OnStar and ask?
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    They do COST close to $2000. Not sure why but there is little profit at $2000. I do know that auto electronics are almost always significantly more than retail available anything because they DO NOT meet the stringent requirements of automotive testing.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,182
    The high cost of built in may be due to high profit for the company building the unit for the car company (Delphi), and high profit for the company making the car.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Did not know that Delphi made them. Believe Panasonic is the source for many of GM's. Could have been someone else.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    LaCrosse made the recommended buy list at Consumer Reports. This was in the first year of production which is not granted easily. Due to how well the reliability was in it's first year of production and the high level of quality in the previous Century and Regal it was granted the status usually only a few cars such as the Japanese cars such as Accord and Camry get.
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