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#2210 of 2335 LaCrosse Super review
Oct 29, 2007 (10:16 am)
With all these things on our mind, we found the LaCrosse Super to be a vastly different vehicle from the base LaCrosse, and were pleasantly surprised at what the Super brought to the road. The performance gurus took a pillow-soft platform and made it stiff and compliant by using much stiffer Bilsteing monotube struts. Steering was also tweaked, and the brakes were up-sized. The result is a Buick that can not only hit 60 in 5.7 seconds, but can also hit a turn at speed without feeling like it's going to tip. The Super is one of those vehicles that makes you think you're not going as fast as you are, so we had to really watch the speedometer while accelerating and cruising on the freeway. The LaCrosse Super's steering is also far more weighted and precise than what we're used to in a Buick, and coupled with four pinned-down wheels, this sedan was both more fun to drive and more luxurious than the V8-powered Impala SS we drove a year ago.
The engineers that put the Super in the LaCrosse deserve a small round of applause for what they did here, as it represents a great deal of fun and amenities for a relative bargain. GM intends to only make as many LaCrosse Supers as people will want, and 10% of overall sales tends to be the magic number. Even though the base LaCrosse can be had with an improved 3.6L V6, our V8-powered Super with a $33,750 price tag is the only LaCrosse that we'd consider. For shoppers looking at a Mercury Sable, Toyota Avalon, or Chrysler 300C, the LaCrosse Super is definitely worth a passing glance.
#2211 of 2335 Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns?
Nov 09, 2007 (8:24 am)
I've run across a used 2005 LaCrosse CXS with 37k miles on it, that I'm considering to replace my 2000 Impala. Since the CXS has the 3.6l engine (and not the 3.8 that I'm very familiar with), I just wondered if anyone had any anecdotal info (good or bad) on the 3.6l engine to pass along - reliability, fuel economy, etc. I also realize 2005 was the first year of the LaCrosse, so if there are any year one bugs to look out for that'd be worth knowing too (though my 2000 Impala was also a first-year design, and it's been relatively trouble free).
This particular car was built in March of 2005, if that matters.
#2212 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [nosirrahg]
Nov 09, 2007 (10:26 am)
I purchased my '05 LaCrosse CXS slightly used in July 05. Problems: rainwater leak on passenger side, soaked the footwell; after three trips to the dealer, finally resolved; bad seam in the body frame bar was the cause; power sun roof stopped working; dealer replaced motor; cruise control was not working at all; I pulled the fuse and replaced (the same fuse) and problem corrected; Conclusion: after all this stuff was fixed/repaired, I am thoroughly satisfied with the vehicle. The "stabilitrak" system is impressive; it has kicked in a few times in the snow/rain. Very roomy driver and passenger areas and rides very comfortably on long trips. Final assembly was done in Oshawa, Ontario (if that helps). The OnStar is a nice perk; my wife drives on long trips solo; nice to know that help is just a button away; the phone works in locations cell phones do not have reception.
#2213 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [lacrossesoaked]
Nov 09, 2007 (1:49 pm)
Do you keep track of your gas mileage, and if so can you give me an idea of what your best/worst tank-full has been in terms of MPG?
#2214 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [nosirrahg]
Nov 09, 2007 (7:32 pm)
I have a 2006 LaCrosse CXS. I love this car. I have averaged just under 21 MPG combined for the 16,600 miles I have put on the car so far. I have had zero problems with this vehicle. I have only two complaints. I find the paint to be a bit soft. Also, I wish I had an aux input for the audio system as I have finally gotten into the 21st century with respect to music with a Zune/MP3 player this year. I love the XM radio. I have the Harmon Kadon sound system with a six disc changer. No issues with my sunroof. Fog lights are nice and bright. Seats are comfortable on long road trips. Seat heaters rock on cold mornings.
#2215 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [hitman1970]
Nov 10, 2007 (12:09 pm)
It is unfortunate - but the lack of an AUX input or failing that, an old-fashioned cassett deck is the sole reason that I will not even consider an '08 LaCrosse. Have had a 5G IPod for several years, and as a salesman it is a big help during long drives.
#2216 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [jimmy2x]
Nov 10, 2007 (1:28 pm)
Yeah it is a shame on the Aux input. I finally bought the Zune and some Bose QC2 headphones to keep my sanity as my job is now requiring lots of airline travel for business.
I have high expections for the Epsilon II LaCrosse coming out in 2009/2010. I am expecting to replace this car with another Buick if it continues to meet my expectations.
#2217 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [hitman1970]
Nov 12, 2007 (4:37 am)
The reason the LaCrosse has no aux is it was out before the boom in iPod type radios. The radio used in GM cars back in '05 did not have an aux input while the new GM family radio brought out in '06 or so did.
So, unfrotunately we will probably not see the aux (new radio does not fit in old LaCrosse hole and adding aux woudl be cost prohibitive) until next year with the new Eps II LaCrosse.
#2218 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [62vetteefp]
Nov 12, 2007 (4:42 pm)
That is ok with me. I am pretty disciplined about holding onto my vehicles for a set amount of time before trade in (six years). EP II LaCrosse will probably have been through one Mid Cycle Enhancement before I make my next purchase. I have been very happy with XM between the 80s/Big Tracks/ Lucy channels.
#2219 of 2335 Re: Used LaCrosse CXS - Any concerns? [hitman1970]
Nov 12, 2007 (7:09 pm)
Love the XM. In fact I have no real desire to buy an ipod due to having XM in my house and cars. I am able to play music off my palm pilot but rarely seem to do that since I seem to be in positions where I listen to XM.