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Buick Lucerne

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  • llt2llt2 Posts: 2
    I posted #1756. The shop adjusted the caster to its max then played with the camber until it didn't drift to the right. Back in the old days alignment shops used to do this as routine. It seems that now days if the numbers fall within specs they do nothing. I'm still fighting with GM about the steering system being loose. It has only been one year.
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    I just found out from my local Buick dealer that the 2008 LaCrosse Super will be getting the 5.3 liter engine plus a heavy duty trans and suspension to handle the 303 ponies.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/FVDP/Preview/styleId=100704034
  • Does anyone know if this accessory is "plug and play?"
    I have a 2007 CXL and would like to add the remote start capability. The owners manual noted that some models are "remote start ready."

    http://www.gmgoodwrench.com/accessoriesjsp/accessorydetail.jsp?make=buick&model=- lucerne&year=2006&detail=06_LUC_80RSJ073&sid=
  • sarge12sarge12 Posts: 3
    Well here it is Gentlemen.
    Dealer was not able to resolve the pull and drifting after (3) separate alignments, and installing Michelin plus tires. The tires did assist in the drifting , but had no effect on pull. Dealer sent me to get another alignment at a shop of my choice. I went to another but larger dealership. When making appointment with new dealer they were already aware with the Lucerne pull problem and assured me that they could repair the problem. I do not know all the technical repairs they made but the caster and camber was critically out of GM specks on the before alignment read out. The shop spent 3.5 hours alongateing adjustment slots to get the proper alignment. They took it out on the road and came back to shop to make minor adjustments to correct road pull. The test was to determine road lean to the right or left and to be equal steering pull. Yes, all vehicles will favor road lean , but must be minimum and equal to the left or right.
    I have driven my Lucerne on a couple of long trips now and have been 100% satisfied with the results.
    My advise is to change dealerships to someone who knows what they are doing.
    Hope this helps, Sarge
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Coould you call the 2nd dealer and get the bulletin number fot the repair from them and post it here?

    thanks
  • I'm new to this site. I've been reviewing all the previous post about "Steering pull and wandering". I need to know if this problem is specific to one particular Buick model.
    I have a 2006 CXL V8 and my steering is fine - it holds the road on any street condition (even bumps), without even holding the steering wheel.
    Are the problems been posted only related to 2007 models???
  • sarge12sarge12 Posts: 3
    No GM bulletin, just a experienced alignment technicion and shop foeman who were willing to correct the problem. I have the alignment print out after job was completed. All specs were close to the center of GM recommendations with only one exception. The caster on the left wheel was set to 5.2 degree, instead of recommended 6 degrees. Right is 6.1.
    Be glad to talk to you or personal e mail if you post info.
    Sarge
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Oh, c'mon. The Buick Lucerne gives you only a 4 star rating on side impacts. 4 stars! So many other cars give you 5 star front AND 5 star side impact ratings.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,461
    But we have to compare the weights to get it in the right category. Four star, 5 star, smatter star. Means little, if anything, during an actual crash. Let me see... Do I want to be in a Civic which gets 5 stars from simulated crashes or do I want to be in a larger Lucerne? I'll take the Lucerne.

    It is my opinion the companies build to the crash tests specifics but the same cars would be difficient at different angles and different scenarios.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    I assumed everyone knew that crash test ratings for comparison of vehicles are for vehicles within 250 pounds of each other. Certainly you don't compare a Lucerne with a Civic, that's common sense. (The Civic has a 4 star side impact rating, not 5). Still, the Lucerne, a vehicle of that size and weight, even with side air bags, getting only 4 stars in the side impact test, is disappointing.
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  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Yes, essentially. Most new GM vehicles, if they don't come with the full remote start system from the start, come prepped and if you want the full thing, it basically consists of an add-on module and new remotes the dealer can install.

    Since your car is ready, you just need to have the dealer order the accessory and install it, and you'll be good to go just as if you had the feature from the factory.
  • Thanks Beach 15, I'll contact the dealer to see how much it will cost. It would be a nice feature to have on cold days.
  • hal56hal56 Posts: 94
    the twin top holden looks a lot like the G6 Pontiac hardtop convertible.

    Just how much can GM import?
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    GM, is going to build most of these cars in the States or in Canada, in the future. They have to get the factory's ready "retooled" which takes time to make it work and I think deep down GM, wants to test the market again before putting millions into another factory. The GTO, didn't sell as well as expected thus they want to be sure the G8 will be a hit. ;)

    Rocky
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    "The GTO, didn't sell as well as expected thus they want to be sure the G8 will be a hit."

    From what I've seen and read about the new G8 cars, I think they'll be a hit. Young and middle-aged enthusiasts are wanting a RWD performance car to be built, and sold for a reasonable price. My daughter is one of them. On the other hand, her father would be content with a FWD Buick (need comfortable seats) that's happens to have a V8, specifically the 5.3 with 303 horses.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    Well he will then like the 08' LaCrosse Super with the 5.3 V8 ;)

    Rocky
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  • eecneeecne Posts: 13
    Its physics. FWD will handle much better in the snow. Better control compared to RWD.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    Or will like the Lucerne "Super" with a 4.6 V8 Northstar from the DTS with 292 hp and a kick [non-permissible content removed] interior upgrade. :shades:

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
  • brz71brz71 Posts: 4
    Shame the poor sods dont have the utes. I drive a VZ commodore ute (pickup). It's only a six cylinder but has the six speed manual. Comfortably overtakes those road trains and gets over 30mpg on the open road. As for the bloody roos, been there hit one. Spent three hours stuck in the middle of nowhere after midnight. Holden actually have a crash test kangaroo that they bounce off commodores at lang lang proving ground. Apparently they are one of the biggest causes of accidents here.
  • hjw1hjw1 Posts: 17
    Looks like the front motor mount on our 07 Lucerne CXL is leaking oil.

    Has anyone else had, or heard of this problem?
  • kkeyes01kkeyes01 Posts: 1
    You cannot get lumbar for the cloth seat in the Lucerne. Its hard to believe that it is not even an option. I suggest they add lumber as an option for the car. In my opinion, it should be a standard feature.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,030
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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,030
    A reporter is hoping to talk with Buick Lucerne owners who are long-time Buick loyalists. Please reply to ctalati@edmunds.com no later than Thursday, May 10, 2007 with your daytime contact info and a few words about your experience.

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  • On my 2007 Lucerne, there is a knob/button that controls the brightness of the instrument panel light. When you turn it to the extreme right, it turns on the interior lights. You can also push this button in and push it again to release. I can't figure out what the difference is between in and out. The owner's manual mentions pushing in and out but doesn't say why. What is the difference between in and out?
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    I don;t have a Lucerne in front of me but my educated guess would be something like it overriding the automatic daylight sensor(dash lights on during the day, say, if it was overcast or something).

    Buicks have always had a lot of lighting and convienence features like that. Kind of spoils you when you hop into something like a Civic or Accord.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Pushing it out lets you get a better ergonomic grab of the switch.
  • hjw1hjw1 Posts: 17
    We brought our Lucerne CXL to the dealer a week ago Saturday to have the front motor mount replaced. We left the car in the shop and went to breakfast. Before we were finished reading the newspaper, our dealer called to let us know that the car was ready.

    The leaking motor mount is the only problem we've experienced with the Lucerne. All is well, and the dealer service department did a nice job. We are very pleased with the Lucerne, and our dealer, which is Luther Brookdale Buick Pontiac GMC in Brooklyn Park, MN.
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