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Buick LaCrosse, Sedan
Feb 26, 2011 (5:51 am)
I thought i put down the model but here is mine
2010 Buick lacrosse CSX . Its fully loaded with everything offered.
Touring Package w/ 19inch rims
supreme sound and navigation
zenons and heads up
and the cheap Goodyear tires (any Goodyear tire is worthless to me) I will change them this summer
please note that those pictures are 3 days after the dealer replaced the complete shocks, they say.
Car has only 8 thousand miles on it
#2322 of 2335 Re: Reply: rear shocks [e_net_rider]
Feb 26, 2011 (6:02 am)
Mine is also a CXS with touring package and the hoods are black plastic.
to the other user that stated to take car to dealer, please read my post again and you will see i stated the dealer just replaced the rear shocks because the hoods were down on the original ones, so it will be going to dealer for a third time for same thing. Web have a lemon law in NJ and it states that if you have to take your car to dealer more than 3 times for same problem its classified as a lemon.
I will be making an appointment again for next week. I'll post the results
Feb 26, 2011 (6:26 am)
Sounds like we have similar but mine is 2011 so it was not fixed with a production update.
I like the touring package except the GY. It seems to me they could have implemented it better for when not in sport mode.
The xenons and HUD are great as well as the blind spot stuff. I feel they could have done better with the rear camera. Its range of clarity lacks. If you get exhaust condensation, clouds, it is near useless. Some angles of sunlight are bad. And if backing up where you need to ride brake, the red light destroys clarity.
The sound and NAV, well it is lacking in my opinion as well. First it could use a lot more voice commands. The NAV map is old and seems to have quite a few bad mappings and even stupid voice commands. (turn left when you actually need to turn right) The XM has way too many dropouts on this vehicle compared to 09Malibu. And the HK system seems to have terrible fidelity. Both on low end and high end. I pushed the treble to max to try to get faithful reproduction of cymbals, bells, other very high harmonic instrumets and it just does not seem to be there. (I will have to retry the highs with a pressed CD) Part of it may be XM compression methods.
There is a lot to like about this car compared to some lesser models but it does not seem to have the quality polish it should have.
#2324 of 2335 Re: Reply: rear shocks [hemarr]
Mar 08, 2011 (6:18 am)
Hemarr: What ever became of your latest trip for the hoods on your rear shocks? I do have white plastic hoods on 2010 CXL with H-arm suspension and FWD only. Hoods have dropped down partially from metal upper bracket, so I assume they will eventually fall into the black plastic shock cover as in your picture. My dealer seems completely unaware of any general problem with the epoxy/glue holding the hoods in place. I have not taken it in yet but they are a very professional dealer so no worry here.
Please let us know if there is a TSB, known problem or more info on hoods.
#2325 of 2335 rear shocks and noise
Mar 08, 2011 (6:59 am)
My dealer has replaced the shocks and 2 days later the hoods had come down again.
Its going back in tomorrow for new shocks again and for sway bar bushings along with spring retainers as they are the source of my rattling sound.
Why your dealer does not know of the shock problem is weird to me because its happening with all Buick models of lacrosse's 2010 and 2011. I even noted the hoods falling from shock at the dealer and on 2 cars i have seen parked and i looked above rear wheels.
The dealer says the upper shock bracket is pressed onto the hoods but it looks to me that its epoxied up instead. I'm a mechanic and I'm sure i could retain the hoods in place with a u bolt but don't want to do anything while car is under warranty
here is a link for rear noise at the Buick forums
#2326 of 2335 Re: rear shocks and noise [hemarr]
Mar 08, 2011 (9:44 am)
Hemarr: Thanks for the link. My dealer is normally great- maybe they have not caught up yet! I'll get back to them.
#2327 of 2335 4 cyl. enough on 2011 LaCrosse ?
Apr 06, 2011 (9:44 am)
I hope this is not a redundant post. The consensus of car magazines and websites is that 4 cylinders just won't cut it in moving a car as heavy as the LaCrosse. Makes sense to me - but I wonder if any readers here have practical experience to report. Perhaps 4 cyl is enough for some folks - ?
#2328 of 2335 Re: 4 cyl. enough on 2011 LaCrosse ? [mark_wny]
Apr 08, 2011 (3:08 am)
I have not personally driven one with 4 cylinder but I had 09 Malibu LT2 with one.
First, let me say there seems to be a trending toward more power being available, however that may stop or slow with gas prices again getting quite high.
Many seemed to be OK with Malibu I4 power, even with AT4, but there is a tremendous difference in acceleration when comparing the same vehicle when one has 4 speed and other 6 speed. Mine had 6 speed. Fully loaded, the Malibu would often shift threading my way up the mountains to Nashville from coastal Georgia, but it had plenty of power to make the climb automatically applying proper gearing. Supposedly that Ecotec has endurance that should not be effected, you just have to be willing to adjust to frequent shifting. Certainly much different from running that route with a 73 Town Car & big block 429(?) which got about a maximum of 16MPG. Definitely fit the Detroit barge definition.
Putting that I-4 into the Lacrosse might be questionable. First the stats that GM has published seem questionable. On the Malibu, the base model is 11# heavier than the LT2? LT2 =3421# curb weight.
According to the latest Buick webpage, the CX =3829#. With it being just over 400# heavier and the final drive being different I'd bet, the acceleration would seemingly be similar.
Note: the curb weight for the CXS is now being listed as 4045#. I thought I saw figures that showed it around 4400# ? And that same Buick chart now shows the spoiler as being standard on the CX?
#2329 of 2335 Re: 4 cyl. enough on 2011 LaCrosse ? [e_net_rider]
Apr 08, 2011 (7:38 am)
thanks for the detailed information.
#2330 of 2335 Windshield wiper replacement '05 LaCrosse CXS
Apr 17, 2011 (3:04 pm)
FYI: My owner's manual made wiper replacement look easy. Just pull the wiper arm assembly away from the windshield, detach the old blade, put on the new one. However, it is not possible to do that on my LaCrosse because the hood rim blocks the arm. With the hood open, not much better. Using the wiper control and/or the ignition switch, I was not able to stop the wiper with the arm in the "up" position. Solution: I located the fuse for the wipers under the hood. Turned the wipers on, pulled the fuse when the wipers were "up" and they came to a dead stop. NOW I can follow the owner's manual instructions. If the fuse trick didn't work, I was going to disconnect the ground to the battery when the wipers were on but then I would have to reset stuff (clock, radio, whatever). Anyone have a better approach, please share.