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Buick LaCrosse, Sedan
Apr 30, 2007 (2:46 pm)
My only problem with the lacrosse is the ABS unit. I've had it into buick twice now for a "groan" the car does almost as soon as its moving after being started. It only does it once. But every time I restart it and go on my way it does it again. They claim that the noise is normal.
I'm waiting for them to get in another 2005 and I'll test drive it. If that one does it well then maybe its something I'll have to get used to otherwise they need to fix mine. In the meantime I was wondering if anyone else has experienced the same thing?
Buick read their computer the first time and replaced the brake pads in the front and called it good. I took it back the second time and had them go with me so I could make sure they heard the noise. This time they replaced ceramic bushings holding the ABS to the drivers strut thingy. Still didn't fix it. I took it to my mechanic and dangerous as it may sound he opened the hood climbed in. He held the ABS and something else he thought might be the problem. I proceeded about 20 feet till it made the noise and his diagnoses was that the ABS needed to be replaced. He could not only hear the "groan" but could feel it happen.
Buick's comeback was that it's the ABS conducting a test cycle and that some units are noisier that others. Basically telling me to live with it.
Other than that the car rides well, gets good comparitive mileage (25 combo highway/city)and responds well. Other things I don't like is that the car seems noisy under certain road conditions, especially when water puddles splash up into the plastic wheel wells. I'm going to undercoat to solve that one.
#2189 of 2335 Re: 2005 csx [ebaynm4u2]
Apr 30, 2007 (3:25 pm)
It is just the ABS system and is normal. The valves make a little noise when initiating.
#2190 of 2335 Re: 2005 csx [ebaynm4u2]
May 01, 2007 (3:48 am)
Thanks for the insight. Much appreciated.
#2191 of 2335 Re: Debating on buying a slightly used CXS - thoughts? [62vetteefp]
May 01, 2007 (3:50 am)
Thank you! Yes, I was VERY favorably impressed with the one I test drove.
#2192 of 2335 Oil Life Monitor System
May 04, 2007 (3:24 am)
Does anyone have comments on the reliability of the GM oil life monitor system. I understand the need to effect oil changes vs kilometers/mileage driven has improved considerably but I am skeptical on the reliability of the motor oil past the 5000 km range. My 2005 CX Allure presently has close to 9000 kms since my last oil change. I'm not sure I trust the oil change light in the dash cluster to come on at the required time.
Has anyone had any negative experience with the oil life monitor system on their Lacrosse/Allure?
#2193 of 2335 Re: Oil Life Monitor System [nkairns]
May 04, 2007 (4:24 am)
Oil and engines have changed! 7500 miles (12,000 km) is now the recommended oil change interval for normal driving for some manufacturers(except Toyota which is having sludging problems).
Oil monitors work on duty cycle and environmental conditions and are very reliable. I usually get to about 8000 miles but I drive all city now.
#2194 of 2335 Re: Oil Life Monitor System [nkairns]
May 04, 2007 (8:23 am)
The last time I had my '05 LaCrosse in for service, the dealership refilled with synthetic oil. I seem to recall they recommended I change it after 10K but I could be off by a few thousand. But that brings a question, does the automatic monitoring system recognize synthetic v. regular oil? If it does, that would be spooky !
#2195 of 2335 Re: Oil Life Monitor System [lacrossesoaked]
May 04, 2007 (6:54 pm)
you would have to find out how much longer synthetic is supposed to last than regular oil. If it is double then hit the reset at 0 and wait till it hits 0 again. Perhaps the oil monitor goes negative? No, it does not.
#2197 of 2335 Dealers now taking orders for LaX Supers
Jun 21, 2007 (6:23 pm)
I just got back from my local Buick dealership. As of today, they're taking orders for the 2008 LaX Super. Unfortunately, only four exterior and two interior colors are available. A sales rep showed me a price sheet on the '07 CXS' optional equipment and another one showing the '08 Super's standard equipment. What was previously optional on the LaX CXS is now standard on the '08 Super. I added up the CXS' options and came up with ~$2600. I found out the MSRP of a bare-bones CXS is about $27,000 and the rumored MSRP of a Super is about $29,500. The price difference between the bare-bones '07 LaX CXS and the '08 LaX Super is about equal to the total price of the optional equipment for the '07 CXS. I think that makes the 2008 LaCrosse Super a better overall choice for me than the 2007 LaX CXS.