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Buick LaCrosse



  • 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: 17,690
    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.

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  • 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: 17,690
    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.

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  • 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?
  • 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
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