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Buick LaCrosse

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  • I finally found the info in the manual. If you don't have the oil life indicator dealio on your dash/console, you have to perform the reset manually. Turn the ignition to run (but don't start) and pump the gas pedal I believe 5 times (don't quote me on this exact amount), then start it up. This should reset the oil life indicator...nice feature!
  • rhinncrhinnc Posts: 66
    Thanks for pointing this out. My 99 Silverado has a similar system, but you press the gas pedal 3 times.

    The way that the oil system works is interesting. Sensors and the Computer determine when the oil needs changing based on speed, engine RPM's and other criteria. Really is a neat feature.

    However it does take some getting used to for some of us old geezers who were raised on the premise of changing oil every 3000 miles.

    The wifes LaCrosse only has 9000 miles on it. I had the oil changed at 5000 miles even though the Oil Monitor (she has the Driver Information Display) was only at 57% remaining.

    With 4000 miles on the vehicle since the last change (and monitor reset) it stands at 61% oil life. Her driving consists of 10% city driving and 90% open road.
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    I ordered a 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super in July (with the Red Jewel Tintcoat color) and took delivery in August. So far, I'm very happy with the car's performance. I made three 0-60 runs on a seldom used frontage road and measured 5.5, 5.7, and 5.8 seconds with my stopwatch. So the car is very quick! However, I did notice some torque-steer while mashing the gas pedal during the runs, but wasn't overly concerned. The seats are very comfortable and the interior looks nice too. BTW, we're gonna have to race some day. Just kidding!
  • I disagree with 62vette.....the ipod and other MP3 players were quite popular by the early 2000s. Car manufacturers were quite slow in getting with the program, but by the time of the Lacrosse's debut, a number of competitors were rolling out their new midsized sedans with mp3 capability (Passat, Camry, most of the upscale imports). I e-mailed Buick in 2006 telling them they were really missing the boat, and cost themselves a sale (to me) by not having any aux option.

    At the Indianapolis auto show last week, I noted to the Buick rep that, again, with me being in the market for a new car, I cannot consider Buick's Lacrosse since there is still no ipod option....and this leaves them one of the ONLY cars in this class without one in 2008. Accord, Camry, Passat, Impreza, Impala, Altima, etc., etc., etc. ALL have this as an option. If they want to get the Buick image past the "old person" stigma, then this is the first thing that needs to change. :mad:
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Like I said, LaCrosse was designed with the old radio. Will need to wait until the new LaCrosse next year to ge the new chassis radio with mpe hook up.
  • I like what I see of the new Super. However, that's a lot of power (and weight) up front. Just wondering if there have been reports of excessive torque steer or other handling issues on the car.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Look for Impala and Grand Prix articles with the V8. I think you will find it is there but not bad.
  • During an oil change and tire rotation at 19600 miles recently my dealership service department noticed that my Tie-Rod Ends were wearing excessively. They ordered the parts and did the replacement and alignment under warranty.

    Overall I was completely satisfied with service experience I got at Jimmy Smith Pontiac-Buick-GMC in Athens, AL. I know most post here about problems, but I thought it would be good to post a good news story on service. This is the type of stuff that will probably keep me driving Buicks for a long time to come.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Overall I was completely satisfied with service experience I got at Jimmy Smith Pontiac-Buick-GMC in Athens, AL. I know most post here about problems, but I thought it would be good to post a good news story on service. This is the type of stuff that will probably keep me driving Buicks for a long time to come.

    Very true, few take the time to go on the net and say good things. One good thing is that Lexus and Buick tied at 145 problems per hundred vehicles at 3 years reliability according to JD Power. Tied for first place!!
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    That is the China LaCrosse that has been around for 5 years or so. The Shangai-GM guys designed their own body and interior based on the US LaCrosse.

    For 2009 the LaCrosse will be one vehicle for everyone with minor differences. ?Same interior, same exterior.
  • I have a screw loose and it is rattling somewhere behind the mid-console dashboard vents. Maybe it is not a screw but something is rattling. I am handy with tools would like to pull the dashboard off but I need a hint on how to start. Do I just pull at one of the corners or are there hidden fasteners which need to be dealt with first.
    Thank you.
  • hitman1970hitman1970 Posts: 33
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  • kairnskairns Posts: 8
    My 2005 Allure CX has developed a high pitch whinning sound coming from the engine bay. The whinning can only be heard upon pressing the accelerator (driving or in park so I eliminate the possibilty of transmission). The noise appears to be coming from under the generator in or around the power steering unit. My car has 80,000K (50,000 M). Could this simply be the drive belt or possibly the power steering pump?

    Has anyone else had this problem?
  • creed1creed1 Posts: 2
    I am interested in buying a 2008 or a 2009 (when they come out) Buick Lacrosse CXL with Leather and Driver Package and Chrome wheels and I was wondering about the CXL's 6 speaker CD player radio that comes with the model. Does is sound really nice or would I be better to get the upgraded 9 speaker radio? Thanks
  • gerrycgerryc Posts: 9
    if sound quality is of primary importance to you, consider seriously moving up to the LaCrosse CXS model as it's 3.6l engine,transmission and twin mufflers are so much quieter than the CX/CXL models. At least take both models out for an extended test drive and bring a selection of your favourite CDs with you to assess the sound differences.

    I have a 6 speaker sound system on my CXS and it continues to offer symphony hall quality sound 3 years after buying it. My prior Buick Regal had the Series 3800 engine that is in the CXL and its throaty sound signature, while an interesting attribute when accelerating, was too much for the sound system in that one.
  • rwisemrwisem Posts: 96
    I can't comment on the sound level of the CX or CXL, but my CXS IS one of the quietest cars I've ever driven.

    I had an '05 company CSX that I liked so much I ordered an '06 CXS for my personal car. The '05 had the top 9 speaker sound system. I took a chance and only got the standard 6 speaker system in the '06. I can say that my radio sounds every bit as good as the uplevel model.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    The "base" system in the Lacrosse is actually the midlevel system at GM. It may even be called "concert sound II" ? Cannot recall what we called it. The optionial system is the Concert sound III, though it may not be called that either.
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    I am ready to replace the transmission fluid in my wife's 2005 LaCrosse CXL with 19,000 miles. She had a premature transmission failure on her 1998 Regal LS at 100,000 miles, so I know that the transmission is the weak link in the drivetrain. The owners manual calls out Dextron-III approved for H - specification. When I went to my auto parts store today, it appears that there is another Dextron introduced after 2005. Any suggestions as to which one I should use? I intend to upgrade to synthetic even though GM does not install it as original equipment.
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    Is there anyway to connect an iPod nano to a new 2008 LaCrosse?
  • creed1creed1 Posts: 2
    Will the 2009 Buick Lacrosse offer Bluetooth Technology? Also when will the new 2009 Buick Lacrosses be out at the dealerships?
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    It's not cheap, but it's supposed to work. I'm thinking of getting one for my 2008 LaCrosse:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/TF894LL/A?fnode=home/shop_ipod/ipod_accessorie- - - s/car_audio&mco=MTU3MjU

    I still don't understand (and neither does my car salesman) why Buick decided not to provide a plug-in port for iPods (like Chevy does with their radios).
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    I don't know. The reviews are pretty bad. I'd reconsider this option.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    still don't understand (and neither does my car salesman) why Buick decided not to provide a plug-in port for iPods (like Chevy does with their radios).

    Buick uses the older radio platform that did not have the input port. Simple as that. The new platform does not easily fit into the old space and GM did not want to spend the money to make it fit midway thru the LaCrosse lifecycle. If LaCrosse would have come out a year later it would of had the new radio.
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    Buick uses the older radio platform that did not have the input port. Simple as that. The new platform does not easily fit into the old space and GM did not want to spend the money to make it fit midway thru the LaCrosse lifecycle. If LaCrosse would have come out a year later it would of had the new radio.

    I'll have to yell at my Buick salesman for not knowing what you just said. I can't believe that Buick wouldn't spend the extra money to include the newer platform radios (with auxiliary MP3 audio inputs) in a luxury car like the LaCrosse. After all, aren't they (along with Cadillac) supposed to be GM's premium motorcar division?
  • rwisemrwisem Posts: 96
    Before driving across country in my 2006 Lacrosse, I want to replace the engine air filter. I can easily unsnap the two latches, but the housing is still connected. How do I get access?
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    I can't believe that Buick wouldn't spend the extra money to include the newer platform radios (with auxiliary MP3 audio inputs) in a luxury car like the LaCrosse.

    How can they? Every year many new features are introduced on new models. No manufacturer can keep making yearly changes on their carryover models. It would cost them billions to do it. They tool up a vehicle at $XXXXXXX and then they would have to spend money every year to retool it over and over. No one does that unless there is a real issue with quality or a real game changer. LaCrosse came out in '05 and it will be replaced in '09. The audio inputs came out in GM about '07 in large volume. Very hard to think they would spend the money and engineering resources for one or two years.
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    It would cost them billions to do it.

    LOL. Billions? Maybe millions. BTW, you don't have to defend GM on my account. I'm a very long time GM buyer, and I see how they skimp to save a few bucks here and there. I'm sure they've even substituted cheaper materials on your 'Vette just to save a few pennies. It makes the pencil pushers and bean counters very happy.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Billions? Maybe millions.

    Sorry, I was referring to the entire industry if they tried to update every vehicle every year to have the latest whatever.
  • neshapopneshapop Posts: 22
    Mine too, MY2005 CX with 37M or 57K. It would sound like that with the same symptoms, strangely I started to get low oil message from my DIC. The level was below minimum after 3000 miles and oil life was 55%?

    Took it to the dealer while the car is still under the warranty, does not look good to me. Service advisor blamed me for following Oil Life System instead 3000 miles schedule!?! So GM got it wrong with OLS, according to their Good Wrench web page oil should be OK for 4000-7000 miles. Mine is below level after 3K.
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