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#2327 of 2335 4 cyl. enough on 2011 LaCrosse ?
Apr 06, 2011 (10:44 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 (4:08 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 (8:38 am)
thanks for the detailed information.
#2330 of 2335 Windshield wiper replacement '05 LaCrosse CXS
Apr 17, 2011 (4:04 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.
#2331 of 2335 Re: Windshield wiper replacement '05 LaCrosse CXS [lacrossesoaked]
Apr 19, 2011 (1:53 pm)
Funny you bring this up. Just last week I was in the driveway playing with the wipers for this very purpose. If the engine is not running and you turn the ignition on, start the wipers, then turn off the ignition to get them to stop partway along the windshield, they won't do it and park automatically. But if the engine IS running when the wipers are on and you shut the ignition off, they stop where ever they happen to be on the windshield.
Mine is a '09 model.
#2332 of 2335 Re: Windshield wiper replacement '05 LaCrosse CXS [lacrossesoaked]
Apr 21, 2011 (4:27 am)
Have your tried removing the entire arm?
#2333 of 2335 Windshield wiper replacement '05 LaCrosse CXS [ab348]
Apr 23, 2011 (4:48 pm)
Yep, your solution works on my '05 also. You have made wiper replacement for me easier the next time. Thanks!
#2335 of 2335 Re: Reply: rear shocks [kleaver641]
Aug 02, 2011 (5:53 am)
kleaver: Old news. My dealer did know that the shock cover had dropped and re epoxyed the one side. They were not willing to pin them up since that violates the original design. Seems like a glue problem since they have been using plastic shock covers for years. We feel lucky to have a great car and a great dealer to service the inevitable needs.
We were lucky to avoid the needless accessories that disract the driver, like the nav screens/internet access and endless creature comforts that are prone to need service.