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Buick Lucerne



  • <<<What is this $995.00 paint job? Is GM charging EXTRA for painting their vehicles now?>>>

    As do Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota, etc. for certain paint colors on certain models. This isn't anything new, and hardly a "GM-only" phenomina.
  • This was one of those pearl gold metallics. It was fun to look at but I would not want to make payments for 5 years on it. I thought it was a little high and I think there is only one other color that is extra. I think the other colors are fine. I left with a nice brochure which included good color swatches. I am still raving about this car. I hope it does well for Buick.
  • rake2rake2 Posts: 120
    Actually, they charge for every color, if you go on the website to build your Lucerne. The bright red is less expensive than the rest, but the remaining colors are the same price, at least when I first checked it. Don't know why they don't just build it into the price of the car to avoid that type of negative perception.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Sorry, could you explain that again? The Lucerne charges for the red tintcoat and the pearl white tricoat. These take very expensive paints and more processing in the plant. They are also harder to repair and get a good match.

    I do see there is an error on the base price and have sent a message to get it fixed.

    GM does not charge for standard paint. However many overseas companies charge for metallics (GM does not)
  • "GM does not charge for standard paint. However many overseas companies charge for metallic (GM does not)"

    Saab of GM does.

    I really like those 17" charcoal rims on the Lucerne. They should really make those the standard. I saw 2 with the base 16" wheels and they look really small, create a larger wheel gap and give the vehicle a "cheaper" feel.

    Just my thoughts.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    "GM does not charge for standard paint. However many overseas companies charge for metallic (GM does not)"

    Saab of GM does.

    Just went to the Saab site. They do not charge for standard paint. BUT they do charge for metallic just like most of the other Euro companies do. But you got me there since I still do not see Saab as a GM company. ( I know they are)
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Absolutely the bigger wheels look better. But Avalon comes standard with 16's and only 17's are available. Lucerne gives you the option of 18's.
  • The wheels look great on this car. The stick out farther than most cars wheels. They stick out past the plane of the side windows a little.
  • but did not drive one today. I was at the dealer waiting for an oil change and my salesperson asked me if I wanted to take a Lucerne for a drive. I said no, not today. I drove a G6 GTP 6-spd instead. Really liked the G6. Seemed pretty fast and the manual was very good - shorter through than my GTO.

    Next time I will take a Lucerne out for a spin. I did sit in one and was very impressed. Interior seems of high quality and leather seats were very soft and comfortable. Still love the charcoal 17" wheels:)
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    The wheels look great on this car. The stick out farther than most cars wheels. They stick out past the plane of the side windows a little.

    Thank mr. Lutz for this. the engineers said it couldn't be done. Bob asked "who says?". those that said it found they could sharpen their pencils a little more and the tires moved out and filled up the wheel opening more.

    GM had a lot of specifications put together by all kinds of smart engineers who just wanted to make sure nothing ever went wrong. Add all that conservative engineering and you get a lot of compromises to styling among other things.
  • rake2rake2 Posts: 120
    It appears from the Buick website that they charge for every paint on the Lucerne. In fact, the red tintcoat is the least expensive, at about $500. All of the other ones are $995. Go to Buick and build your Lucerne to see what I mean.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,734
    The special paint check option is greyed out for the standard colors. It cannot be selected.

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  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    I did. red tint coat and the pearl white is $995. What web site are you at? lucerne&subModel=&makeId=004&model=Lucerne&subModelId=298&year=2006&modelId=095&pvc=421&iP- i=1&fPi=4&&newVehicle=true

    base price is $26,999, I chose the CXS which bumps the price to $35,990. Go to next page. Price jumps to $36,985 for no reason on a black car. This as I said before is an error and it is being investigated today. If you keep going though it stays at $36,985 for a black car. However if you pick one of the two special paints (red tintcoat or white pearl) you get a $500 rebate. All part of the error. Thanks for pointing this out and let me know if it does not get changed.
  • 62vetteefp - Do you work for GM? Just curious. My father did for 46 years.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Used to but still feel like it since my wife is in the middle of all the stuff that is going on. But just about my entire family (extended, etc.) either does or has.
  • rake2rake2 Posts: 120
    I was looking at the same site. Looks like it was just part of the error referred to. In looking at some invoices of cars that are out, it does look like they don't charge the extra amount for most of the colors.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Hopefully it will be fixed by tommorrow.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    I am having a Lucerne brought to my house for a test drive. Any questions or things any of you interested in that I should look for? Let me know.

    By the way the driver of the car has the CXL with V8 and is very impressed with it. Like the LaCrosse it does not ride like the Buicks of old (OK last years Buick's ;) ) and loves it. It does not have the magnetic ride control.

    I will check how the lack of tele column is. I am 5'10. But I will say that I know how GM sets the steering wheel position and with the manual tilt it is almost always perfect for my driving taste.
  • rake2rake2 Posts: 120
    See which on-star plan is on it. I see that they are actually providing the "directions and connections" plan w/ some of them. I was disappointed w/ the lack of a nav system in the early ones, and am curious as to see how well that alternative works. I'm hoping to find a CXS to buy in the next few weeks.

    I've sat in a few, and they seem fine for my 6'-3" body. I'm even able to sit in the back seat if the front seat is all the way back, although I don't think 3 adults my size would be all that comfortable.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,734
    >(OK last years Buicks...

    You may mean Buicks before 2000--the 2000 LeSabre is much different in ride than those before it. I have an 03. It's built on the same base as the Sevilles and ParkAvenues were. Completely different than the 98 LeSabre I have, even after Monroe strut replacements which improved the 98 greatly.

    Telescoping wheel:
    I sat in a 500 and Fusion with their version of telescoping wheel. They were odd because they pivot somewhere way down by the firewall so when tilting the wheel changing angle with the driver oddly. The telescope feature wasn't worth the odd steering wheel angles.

    In fact I don't recall that the 500's wheel telescoped. Maybe just the Fusion's.

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