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#1801 of 2335 Just Bought A Buick LaCrosse
Jun 26, 2005 (8:55 am)
We just picked up a new Buick LaCrosse yesterday.
We got a CX. The 3800 V6 is plenty of power for a sedan.
I've owned two LeSabre's and have been very satisfied with the 3800.
Being in my 40's I'm probably not your typical LeSabre owner, but I like them enough to have purchased two of them.
I planned on buying a 2005 LeSabre when we went to the dealership earlier this week. My wife however, took a liking to the LaCrosse.
What swayed my opinion to the LaCrosse was test driving the two vehicles.
Of course the LeSabre is smooth as glass cruising down the road.
But, the LaCrosse was quieter...by quite a margin.
Although both cars have the same engine, I could hear more engine noise in the cabin of the LeSabre.
I was also impressed by the fit and finish of the LaCrosse and the little "extras" they put into it (such as chrome door handles).
With the GM discount applied, the car was 20 thousand and some change...out the door.
That includes tax, license, etc...everything.
I'm very satisfied with this car and the price.
#1802 of 2335 Re: [theo2709] 3.6L vs 3800
Jun 26, 2005 (11:29 am)
[QUOTE]#630 of 1801 by theo2709 United States of America May 14, 2004 (9:38 pm)
I would take the 3.6L over the 3800 any day of the week, and not only because it is DOHC and it has more power. The 3800 has a heavy iron block, which makes a car feel nose-heavy and not balanced. [/QUOTE]
Conversely, I would take the tried and true 3800 over the new 3.6 any day of the week.
The "nose heavy" and "not balanced" feel that you speak of is based on subjective criteria on your part (and probably some bias)...rather than facts.
The fact of the matter is that the GM 3800 V6 coupled to GM's 4 speed automatic transmission is one of the best drive trains to ever come out of Detroit.
With its proven excellent reliability, smoothness and sufficient power for a sedan, there is no way I'd pass it up in favor of the new aluminum 3.6.
#1803 of 2335 Re: Just Bought A Buick LaCrosse [ward_cleaver]
Jun 26, 2005 (11:45 am)
Glad to here it. You are the type of customer Buick is after. 40's, family and looking for a comfortable car with some premium touches.
#1804 of 2335 With cars like the LaCrosse and Lucrene
Jun 27, 2005 (4:59 am)
You will see the average age of Buick drivers continue to drop.
#1805 of 2335 Considering LaCrosse vs. CTS
Jun 27, 2005 (8:42 pm)
we have a 2002 Saturn Vue that we want to trade in, we're considering leasing an 05 LaCross CSX or a Cadillac CTS, The Buick Dealer has offered us 12,200 on our trade in (which I think is quite good). I think a three year lease on an 06 CTS would be about $14900 or so(my dealer is out of 05's and doesn't know the firm lease prices yet ), and I'm waiting to hear back from the buick dealer. There's a lot of different things that I like about both Cars and really am not sure what to do here, the LaCrosse seemed to have a softer (more comfortable ride), both cars were pretty quick (the RWD CTS was faster though not much) but I';m in Michigan and FWD with stabilitrak and traction control would probably handle better in the snow. Did anyone else compare the two vehicles before buying? I'm really not certain here but right now am leaning toward the LaCrosse, any advice would be welcome....
#1806 of 2335 Re:Considering LaCrosse vs. CTS
Jun 28, 2005 (4:58 am)
My wife and I tried a CTS and then a Lacrosse CXS for subsequent week-ends. We were trying to determine if the CTS was worth the extra money. I was surprised to find a couple of annoyances with the CTS. My left leg would press uncomfortably against a protrusion on the door and there was a noticible "machinery" noise coming from the transmission. The Lacrosse was quieter, more comfortable, and rode at least as well. The CTS may have been a little sharper in cornering, but in normal driving there is no difference to speak of.
We liked the interior of the Lacrosse better. I have not been a critic of the CTS interior, as some have, but it could be better, and apparently will be in the next version. This was also a factor in our decision. The 2007 CTS will be completely re-designed. We plan to keep this car for several years and this verson of the Lacrosse will look new longer than the current CTS.
#1807 of 2335 Lacrosse experience
Jun 28, 2005 (9:04 am)
I forgot to add comments about life with the Lacrosse so far. In nearly 6,000 miles, there have been no problems other than the brake recall. (the brakes never exhibited any anomalies).
A few weeks ago a fellow stopped me in the Home Depot parking lot to talk about the car and get a better look. This last week-end, I took it to a car wash in an upscale area where most of the vehicles going through are luxury cars BMW's, Acura, Lexus, Mercedes - and not the cheaper models, either. When I went to get in and drive away, the guy rubbing it down, who looked like the manager, a fellow in his late 30's commented on what a beautiful car this was - and an American one to boot. This may have been customer schmoozing, but I got the feeling he was sincere.
This is a super car.
#1808 of 2335 Re: Lacrosse experience [rwisem]
Jun 28, 2005 (1:42 pm)
Do you have the CX, CXL, or the other? If CX or CXL, what king of mpg are you getting?
#1809 of 2335 I have not driven them back to back but..
Jun 28, 2005 (4:28 pm)
I think you would get the CTS if you want handling and styling and you would get a CXS if you want a little quieter more refined ride with a more understated look. Cadillac is a luxury mark and so you also pay for the name. At this point I am torn as to what I would buy. The 303 hp V8 Impala SS is coming in August which also looks interesting and lists for less than the CXS. After the loss of the Intrigue, the good times are coming back for GM sedans!
#1810 of 2335 Re: I have not driven them back to back but.. [vanman1]
Jun 28, 2005 (5:48 pm)
Vanman1 and rwisem,
thank you both for your input. Today I made the decision to go with the LaCrosse CXS. I personally preferred the styling of the CXS (more of a Euro look maybe?) to the CTS, and I'm not really much of a speedster, though I do find the handling of the CXS more than adequate. My wife and I are both in our late 30's and even our 13 year old daughter thought it was a good looking car as well....
I'll post in the "price paid" forum as well but, as reference, a fully loaded CXS (every available option except the block heater), sticker was 34+, we did a three year pre-pay lease, total out of pocket (after $1000) rebate was 13,360.52 which includes plate and transfer fees etc. We got $12,200 for our 2002 AWD V6 Saturn Vue as a trade (owed nothing on it), 264.59 from my GM Card and so my personal out of pocket cost was 864.59, we pick up on Thursday. I thought it was a great deal (especially as I hated that VUE). Any comments on what I paid.
One more comment that was another factor, the insurance on the CTS was about $140 more every six months than the insurance on the CXS.