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#2271 of 2335 2008 Buick Lacrosse
Sep 23, 2009 (11:59 am)
I have had this problem for 5 or 6 months now.
The service the ABS light and Traction control light come on intermittently.
One GM dealership said the the tire pressure was low and that was the cause of the problem.
I was not satisfied with that answer, so I took the car in to another GM dealer. The dealer replace the speed sensor control. The problem stopped for awhile but it is now back.
Also the front brakes "grab" and "grind" intermittenly. The dealers also say that the brakes are in good shape.
any ideas what causes this or who can successfully trouble shoot the problem.
Sep 27, 2009 (3:54 pm)
I just bought a 2005 Lacrosse CXS with 40,000 form a GM dealer.It is GM certified and came with a 12/12000 GM warranty.Any problems i should look out for? Carfax said 1 owner and all maintaince was done at GM dealer.Also The f7i guy told me when the 12/12000 is close to ending call him and he will sell a GM extended warr for 200.00 over cost, as compared to usally tryin for 1000.00 over cost.The GM is a friend odf a friend, what do u guys think.I know NOTHING about cars and warranties.My son in law handeled the deal for me.Thanks for any info Guys and Ladies Al
Sep 27, 2009 (4:02 pm)
The dealer also put new tires on the car and has free tires,oil changes,and car washes for life.You bring the car in after 5,000 they charge 59.00 for the rotation and inspection for these FREE items,after 10,000 its 79.00, for the FREE then back to 59.00 and so on..Is this worth it.I had a mild sroke about a year ago and am not the sharpest knive in the drawer anymore (if i ever was!) so any advice would help greatly and a plan to keep the CXS for a long time.Thanks again folks!! Al
Sep 28, 2009 (7:41 am)
In my humble opinion: in the car dealership world, nothing is FREE. They are going to make money off of us one way or the other. They are a for-profit business.
It may be an educational exercise for you to start a spreadsheet for out-of-pocket expenses you pay for the various services/repairs etc.
As for buying the extended warranties: they ain't cheap, even if you pay "just" $200 over the base price. Warranties are insurance policies whereby you pay up front for anything which MAY go wrong with the vehicle. If nothing goes wrong, you lose the bet. IF you are in the financial position to "self insure", you may want to consider this option instead of buying another warranty. Self insure: you have a couple of thousand to spend on repairs without it creating a hardship.
We really like our 2005 LaCrosse CXS. We have taken it on several very long trips and it is a comfortable ride. Initially, we had to deal with a nasty water leak which soaked the passenger side flooring but after we (FINALLY) got that fixed, it has been clear sailing since then.
#2275 of 2335 Re: 2008 Buick Lacrosse [dbrad98]
Oct 01, 2009 (12:06 pm)
I had what sounds like the exact same symptoms on my 2002 Grand Prix. Turned out that some sort of wiring harness to the right front wheel ABS/TC equipment needed to be replaced. Besides the warning lights coming on intermittently, it turned out that the ABS was activating periodically, causing the "grab" and "grind" that you mention, generally when I braked and turned the steering wheel at the same time. Since the dealer (kudos to them) diagnosed the problem, and replaced the harness, the problem has disappeared. It could be that this is your problem also.
Oct 08, 2009 (12:13 am)
i have a 2005 cxs and the speedo,tach etc dont have enough brightness comparded to the heater butoon lights.I bring the knob up to the almost turning on the dome,but still not bright, anyway to remedy this the dealer says its normal.Yet my brightest setting is like the lowest setting i had on my 06 Impala,thanks for any help. Al
Oct 08, 2009 (7:26 am)
I'll check mine out and let you know but I don't recall having a problem with lack of brightness.
Oct 08, 2009 (9:05 am)
Just checked mine and they appear to OK as to brightness although I do have the brightness knob turned to the max position. Assuming your adjuster is the same as mine: you need to pop-out the smaller button inside the larger button (control) which is located to the far left of the steering wheel. Then you adjust the brightness by turning the smaller knob all the way to the right (clockwise). Then push this smaller button back in to lock the setting.
#2279 of 2335 Re: Dash lights [lacrossesoaked]
Oct 08, 2009 (3:29 pm)
I wonder if the sensor on top of the dash is either defective or blocked? That controls the automatic day/night brightness setting for the dash lights. Mine are plenty bright so it isn't a broadly-based problem.
Still loving my 2009. Nicest car I've ever owned.
#2280 of 2335 Buick LaCrosse Super Production Numbers
Oct 14, 2009 (2:22 pm)
Does anyone have accurate information as to how many 2008 and 2009 Buick LaCrosse Supers were produced? Thanks!