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Buick Lucerne

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  • oldguy8oldguy8 Posts: 12
    Power, power, power, it should be mileage, mileage, mileage, I don't give a rip how fast I can get from 0 to 60, it's how much gas it takes at each fill up for miles driven!
  • oldguy8oldguy8 Posts: 12
    Like the fit and finish, not completely satisfied with gas mileage, from past Buick's this is a very different design that is going to take some getting used to.
  • jg585jg585 Posts: 9
    Yes, above the RR door. very strange
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024

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  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Is anyone CURRENTLY comparing these vehicles?
  • scandiakenscandiaken Posts: 11
    How come nobody has asked for better lighting on the gauges?
    Can others read the gauges when the lights are on "auto" and you
    are heading into the sun or wearing sunglasses or both?
    Is there an available fix for this?
    Is that why it is not being mentioned here in this blog?
  • jg585jg585 Posts: 9
    I have an ’07 Lucerne and have not had an issue with the gauges under any conditions. Hm?
    Good luck with that.
    My seats are awful.
  • scandiakenscandiaken Posts: 11
    Do you have bucket seats? Lots of complaints about those.
    I have the bench 40-20-40 seats (without leather)
    We have been happy with those
    Suppose there is a connection between the floor shift and the
    instrument lighting?
    I also have the shift lever on the steering column the way god intended
  • wr_guywr_guy Posts: 13
    I had an Acura Legend and an MB 420SEL before this CSX. The MB was 3 times the price and was a great car but not perfect. Other than the fact that the Buick is front drive and the construction is not MB class it is similar to the MB. The Acura was a much smaller car but very nice and trouble free.
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,707
    That was my first impression as well with the Lucerne CXS. Big, solid, and heavy. It drives exactly like a Mercedes 420. Not bad, really, when you consider that the S Class was the best car in the world a decade or so ago. But it's not a modern luxury car - it's basically GM doing Hyundai's trick. Taking 10 year old technology and selling it for a fraction of the price. Not that cars a decade ago were rubbish. It's just that if you want a good box to get around for the least money, get the Hyundai. If you want a good luxury car for the least money possible, the Lucerne is a decent choice.
  • Has any one driven an 09 Lucerne with the 3.9? I have driven the 3.9 in an Impala last spring and it was fairly strong vs the 3.8. I did notice that the 3.9 seemed to burn more fuel than the 3.8.

    Thanks
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,707
    Same rubbish. GM needs to toss the fleet sales and also the fleet engine V6. The car is just too heavy and the gearing is still too tall to compete. Or even be remotely enjoyable. The V8, though, is a good solid design. Gobs of power and the magnetic ride suspension is a massive improvement.

    One feels great to drive. One feels like a cheap rental. A really stark difference, actually.
  • Last weekend I drove an '09 Lucerne 3.9 V-6 from an Enterprise rental. The car had only 4000 miles on the odometer and drove well. The 3.9 engine was another matter. It did not seem to have a lot of get up and go. It was also noisy. I am glad that I bought a Lucerne with the 4.6 liter Northstar. It is like driving a totally differnt car, as related directly above.
  • lane2lane2 Posts: 28
    I just purchased a 2007 CXL V8 with 40-40-20 front seats. So far I have found only one 12 volt outlet, in the ashtray area. The owners manual states that the bucket seat CXL has 2 more in the storage area of the console but I doesn't mention where any more are located on the seat configuration I have. Has anyone found any more outlets? Surely there is more than one.
  • kkrinnkkrinn Posts: 14
    On my 2006 Lucerne, the additional outlets are located in the front of the driver's seat, down by your ankle and in the very bottom of the console well.
  • lane2lane2 Posts: 28
    Thanks. I just checked and there is one in the same location. Thought I had checked everywhere. Don't know why it isn't mentioned in the owners manual.
  • I purchased my CPO CXS one month ago with 11,000 miles on it. Since then, I've been plagued with an over the road vibration/shimmy that's noticeable between 50 to 65 MPH. Four service visits and three sets of B/S Turanza El 400's later, I still have the vibration. The tires have been road force balanced and the dealer will not upgrade me to different rubber to completely rule out the (they are just crappy tires) factor. Several posts on Edmunds have noted the B/S Turanza as a difficult tire to balance and Discount Tire posts are inundated with bad customer reviews. It seems as though many others out there have had similar complaints about both a highway vibration/shimmy and a jelly like reverberation sensation that lingers after going over bumps. I've gone for test drives with my Tech and I never seem to get any type of definitive answer as to what the hell this is. Trying to think logically, tires and balance first, h/balancer or a pulley, c/v joint, rotor out of round, strut or suspension part, someone at the dealership has to have some sort of trouble shooting outline for this? Has anyone had their vibration problem pinpointed and resolved, so that I can go to my dealer with some sort of game plan? I've been in the limousine business for 26 years, and have several hundred thousand miles on K body DeVilles and never recall a vibration issue like I'm currently experiencing. The CXS was purchased to be my personal car, as I liked the looks of it over the STS or DTS, and very much liked the pricing structure on the CPO program. I'm beginning to regret my decision. I traded a 2000 Cartier Towncar that I had for eight trouble free years with 122,000 miles on it. It was my first Ford as a personal vehicle and it was a stellar automobile. My return to the General, has been far from that. So, if anyone can assist me in my unpleasant journey to right this Lucerne, I would sincerely appreciate it. Thanks! CXSROBB
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,711
    Will the dealer transfer a set of Michelins from another Lucerne for a temporary test drive on your car? Just bolt the other wheels on.

    I thought there was a TPS for this problem after it surfaced in a few cars and seemed untreatable by the usual methods.

    Has the car been perfectly aligned front and REAR wheels?
    Have the tires been Road Force balanced on the _perfect_ high sensitivity setting on the 9700? That's what my dealer did on my 03 LeSabre.

    Try searching for vibration lucerne in the forums here on Edmunds... and the internet.

    Start with this discussion on Edmunds:
    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f0f60b1/1

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  • I might be able to help you. I have an 06 Lucerne CXS with the V8 and 17" chrome wheels. Right from the get go, there was the same vibration that you are experiencing. After many alignments and road force balances, I bit the bullet and bought a set of Michelins. This helped a lot but did not get rid of the vibration completely. I was travelling through Arizona when my power seat quit, so I stopped at a dealer in Scottsdale to fix the seat and also asked if he knew about this vibration and he told me that they had complaints about it and they thought the fix was replacing one of the motor mounts. So they replaced one of the motor mounts and it fixed the problem 99%. Sorry, don't know what mount it was.
  • Thanks a bunch for your reply. I contacted my service manager regarding my four visits and three sets of B/S Turanza EL 400's. He is meeting with the regional rep this week ans stated he will get approval on replacing the Bridgestones with a different brand. I was informed to request Michelin Primacy MXV 4's, a slightly more expensive tire. They rate out extremely well on all the tire sites and I've had nothing but success for over 25 years running Michelin's on all my vehicles. I've driven company Cadillac DeVilles with the same FWD setup and the Northstar V8 several hundred thousand miles, and have never experienced this speed sensitive highway vibration & shimmy. I do hope the tire swap to a superior product resolves the problem. If not, we'll have to start investigating motor mounts, suspension parts etc. I'm so thoroughly disgusted by this and the many stories emulating mine. My dealership in Tempe, AZ could not be any nicer or apologetic about the inconvenience, however it's time to cut to the chase and get this resolved. I'm 45 years old, and was looking for the same glorious, trouble free, tried and true service my 83 year old father has had with his many Buiks over the years. He's due to trade his 2005 Le Sabre in this year and my initial experience with this Lucerne has soured him on getting into one. Many of my clients have commented on how sharp my CXS looks, and then they get into it and shimmy down the road while watching their pant cuffs and coffee shake. In my little world, this is PR suicide for Buick as everyone comments on how they could not live with such a condition. Thanks again for your advice, and I'll be sure to journal my progress. CXSROBB
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