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Buick Lucerne

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  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Right or wrong, I feel that I got screwed by being one of the first to buy the car.

    That is always the case, with any new model coming out. You pay a price to be the "first" on the block to own the car, and I'd think anyone who watched GM over the last 10 years would know rebates would be following the launch of a new vehicle soon. Shoot, they might as well just put the checks in the glove compartments of every new Ford and GM product.
  • vic10vic10 Posts: 188
    Pretty much agree with you. The side looks just fine, and actually a 3/4 from the front looks pretty good too. But I'd want a car that I can recognize from a distance, not have to wait until I see the badging and from the front at a distance, the Lucerne looks like an old Maxima. The rear looks more to me like a Honda than a Corolla but still, neither is a compliment. The back is too flat and too boring. Also, don't like seeing the undercarriage from the back. Do like the interior, but think it's time GM did away with the ancient mechanics and switch gear, especially the set detent tilt wheel. They probably still have the multi-purpose stalk/turnsignal that was on my '85 ParkAve. And give me some new power. The 3.8 was also in that '85 and think it's time for a change.
    (But actually what I'd really like is a new Riviera.....)
  • jbrichjbrich Posts: 23
    Here's what I'd like to see improved:
    1. Put a finished edge on the headliner fabric where it meets the windshield. Actually a heavier fabric would be better too. It would hide some of the lumps and bumps and wrap around curves a little better.
    2. Put a SCAN button on the stereo.
    3. Make the whole seat leather - the fabric on the sides looks cheap.
    4. The front end is very plain. I'm not sure what it needs but something to make it stand out a little.
    5. Make fog lights and option on the CXL.
    6. Put Michelin tires on it from the factory. Continentals are junk and have to be replaced anyway.
  • 1. Place a handle on the upper front area of both front doors to assist closing . ( I have to lean outside the car
    to reach the standard door pull if fully open)

    2. Raise the rubber "air deflector" that extends below the front fender as it scrapes on moderate changes in road surfaces and curb stones when parking.

    3. Add Stability Control on all Lucerne models.

    4. Widen the front seats.
    I am more comfortable in the smaller
    Buick Lacrosse seats as they measure 20 inches wide at the front of the seat and 20 inches at the rear of the seat.
    My Lucerne is 20" in front but tapers down to 18" at the rear.
    I chose a Full Size Car for it's ride and large interior volume,and paid more money for it.

    The seats found in First Class Air provide extra room and are more comfortable than just those in "Coach"with adequate room.

    Now please don't respond to say the seats are just perfect for you because some did agree with this issue in the Lucerne Interior Messages,and I am sure not one person would refuse first class seats if somehow they could be found in the entire plane!
  • Yes the radio can Scan in three ways:

    Press and hold the Seek Up button until scan starts, then press to stop. Same thing with seek down. The steering wheel control also works the same way, but only seeks or scans up.
  • jbrichjbrich Posts: 23
    Thanks, I guess I missed that in the manual.
  • I am considering buying a Lucerne. I need clarification of item 9. Is the battery of the Lucerne under the back seat or is it in the engine compartment?
  • jh1977jh1977 Posts: 40
    The battery is under the back seat. Please verify what I'm telling you by examining the car yourself to see where the battery is located. I like having the battery under the back seat because it last longer. I'm hoping the Lucerne gets a more modern V6 engine with far greater HP for the 2008 model year compared to 2006 and 2007 model years.
  • I went to a Buick dealer today. The battery of the Lucerne is under the back seat, like you said. I had 3 salesmen scrambling around trying to find the battery ("maybe it's in the trunk"). I also went to a Cadillac dealer. The battery of the Cadillac DTS is also under the back seat.
  • nugbanugba Posts: 3
    Hi all...

    I love my CXS but I am having two problems that my local dealership cant figure out.

    1. My car sometimes runs the battery down overnight while sitting more then 8 hours.

    Dealership upgraded software but it still does it once a week or so. Battery is taking change and alternator is working fine.

    2. Car gives a vibration noise in the rear while in drive at a light.

    They keep messing around with exhaust thinking that it is touching something but after having it in twice the noise is still there loud as ever!

    Anyone have these problems??

    John
  • There is a discussion devoted to vibration issues and you might check the engine and performance topic for the other problem.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • Make a CONVERTIBLE Lucerne!
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    1. Make the steering wheel SMALLER. it's XX-L oversized! (like all GM steering wheels which is similar to a big truck's steering wheel!...).

    2. Optitron Gauges? All Toyota & Honda models have them, even the small cars as Corolla and Civic... Why not a "luxury" brand as Buick?

    3. Make the outside mirrors a little bigger. (like the last gen. Impala). lately, all GM vehicles get very small mirrors. Also make sure it's auto-dim.
  • wr_guywr_guy Posts: 13
    Besides going to RWD an a new platform...I'd like to see the following:

    Upgrade headliner.
    Increase gas mileage on Northstar would be nice
    Reduced turning radius
    Less of a "hump" in the rear set to allow a 3rd passenger back there.

    Other than these nitpicks my CXS is a fine car, very similar to the MB 420SEL I owned a few years back.
    The price was right with all the discounting going on.
    The ride power and the Northstar exhaust note are great.
    The Avalon and Azera look like toys next to it. The V8 does not need a 9 speed AT to put the power down. Smooth, quiet and fast....real old school....good old school

    OTOH, I think this much car and motor need to be in a RWD chassis to fix the nose heavy handling and huge turning circle. I'd gladly buy a set of snows for winter driving to get RWD.
  • rake2rake2 Posts: 120
    I have not had either of those problems. Of the two, however, I'd be far more concerned about the first. If you have it in another time and the problem remains, check your state's lemon laws, because I would think that an electrical system that drains the battery at least once a week clearly affect the use, value, or safety of the car, which, at least in Pennsylvania, is the main criteria to look at to see if it falls under the lemon law.
  • What I want is by an owner of 4 MB's (great til break and now outrageously expensive to repair- didn't used to be that way) and now an owner of 6 Buicks, currently a 2000 Park Avenue Ultra with special console, and a 1996 Roadmaster Wagon...I will probably go a Yukon XL to replace wagon, but the new Buick SUV (Enclave?) is looking interesting, esp. if had the std. 8' bed all my Buick wagons had.

    What want:
    1) Bring back the nice big clock that I had in my '77 Electra- no glasses needed,
    2) Bring back a dedicated clock...drives me crazy that when I change radio settings, the clock goes away,
    3) Bring back the opera/flood lamps just under the lip of the dash, that I had on my '77 Electra,
    4) Bring back the trunk opener next to the door that I now have on my Park Avenue- very convenient...blew me away that GM went back to the button in the glove box, plus it looked sooo retro...(cheap),
    5) Haven't driven a Lucerne yet, but hope the transmission is mated to the engine far, far better than it is in my 2000 PA. P.s., my 1996 Roadmaster engine is perfectly mated to the transmission- pulls like a train (so why 4 years later is the Park Avenue so poorly interfaced???).
    6) Shocks!!! Please GM, put some decent shocks on your cars- Bilsteins would be good...of all models, the GMC Yukons run Bilsteins...my 2000 Park Avenue would be a fabulous car, not just great, if it had world class shocks.
    7) Telescoping steering wheel, like I had on my 1990 Buick Wagon (tilt and telescope). The wheel is too far away from me during long trips. The latest Honda Accord has a great, but simple, (elegant?) tilt/telescoping wheel.
    8) Over the shoulder flood/reading lights like I had in my '77 Electra. They could be used without interfering with the driver!
    9) Heated seats in the rear...how hard can that be??
    10) Autodimming headlights...my 1957 Caddy (I bought when it was old and I was young, but I loved it for 25 years) had that and it was nice...again, how hard can that be?

    11) Keep the Heads-up display...I have it, its great.
    12) Publish every little torque spec for Buicks on a web site...shouldn't be a secret.
  • How fascinating...I too do not like the "skinny" seats in the Lucerne. My Park Avenue seats are just right. Mercedes used to point out that wide seats are needed on long trips, due to the need for the driver to reposition once in awhile.

    Let me note that the best seats in any car I have ever driven, including my Mercedes, all Buicks, and some other cars was: The 1988-89 Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo!!! They were both beautiful, supportive, sporty and yet very comfortable. This was especially important, because they had a ride like a coal cart...terrible over tar strips and joints in the road- just about knocked your teeth loose. Without those seats, the ride would have been unbearable. GM had to re-do the various suspensions mountings because of so many reports of the bad ride...not so much stiff, as every little bump came directly through.

    So get out the design of that seat from the '88-'89 Trofeo and Make It Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I agree with the above post:
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    4. Widen the front seats.
    I am more comfortable in the smaller
    Buick Lacrosse seats as they measure 20 inches wide at the front of the seat and 20 inches at the rear of the seat.
    My Lucerne is 20" in front but tapers down to 18" at the rear.
    I chose a Full Size Car for it's ride and large interior volume,and paid more money for it.

    The seats found in First Class Air provide extra room and are more comfortable than just those in "Coach"with adequate room.

    Now please don't respond to say the seats are just perfect for you because some did agree with this issue in the Lucerne Interior Messages,and I am sure not one person would refuse first class seats if somehow they could be found in the entire plane!
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  • I had that rundown problem with my 2000 LeSabre, checked everything we could think of with no change. It never happened again after I had to replace the battery.
  • Thanks for your reply concerning the inadequate seat width in the "Full-size" Lucerne.

    GM: PLEASE, READ AND REPLY.

    WE would rather have more room in the seat, than
    big map-pockets and an over sized arm rest.

    If you can do it in Lacrosse, why not do it even BETTER in Lucerne?

    We CHOOSE to buy your Full-size Buick, Please CHOOSE to listen:

    This full size car SHOULD have COMFORT rated as,PRIORITY ONE !!!
  • i really like the car hot as hell!!!! :shades: :shades: :shades: :shades: :shades:
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