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Buick LaCrosse, Sedan
#942 of 2335 Re: [dan165]
Jan 06, 2005 (11:07 am)
I would agree that LaCross "look pretty typical Buick". I like much more how Regal looks/looked. This is the main reason why my wife and I purchased November 30 our second Regal GS instead of LaCrosse. We preferred a leftover demo with 6,800, 2004 model built in July 2003, to brand-new CXS.
You said: "The new Impala looks to be another good GM sedan, check out the pictures".
Where can I see the pictures? We will looking for a third car in 2006 or 2007. Our son is 14 already.
Jan 06, 2005 (1:28 pm)
chevrolet.com has all the Impala pictures under future cars.
Regal was a nice looking car, especially in GS trim. That said it was also a bit dated all around and I would take a the more refined 3.6L over a 3800 SC.
#944 of 2335 Re: yurakm [vanman1]
Jan 06, 2005 (5:01 pm)
Jan 07, 2005 (1:49 pm)
I bought a new LaCrosse CX today. I got lucky that the dealer found exactly the model I wanted at another Buick dealer that they trade with.
It's a steelmist metallic cloth CX with the front bench/column trans shifter seat set up. Which is what we wanted. It had the exact options/seat/color we wanted. In addition to the bench seat option ($200). It has the silver package with remote starter, steering wheel radio controls,dual zone climate controls, and some other items. Alloy wheels,ABS,and a spoiler. It is exactly the car and color we wanted. With the spoiler the only thing we diddn't want, but wasn't a deal breaker.
The MSRP came to about $26,000. I won't take delivery untill they get the car from the other dealer of course.
Since I was getting a car exactly the way I wanted it. I couldn't really haggle as if I was picking one off the lot.
I got $1500 off the MSRP for a GM loyalty rebate because I am trading in my 99 Cavalier. I got another $1000 off using my GM credit card earnings. I was dissapointed I couldn't use all $1600 of my earnings. GM is capping it at a $1000 for now. $2500 off MSRP seems good to me. I also got a 4% GMAC loan rate for six years. Which is what they are offering instead of cash allowances on the LaCrosse for now.
We test drove the Grand Prix and G6 also. The G6 had alot of engine noise and the grand Prix was very ugly inside.
They diddn't have a bench seat LaCrosse to look at but even though we are only "thirty somethings" My wife and I wanted a bench seat car like our parents had as kids. She will use the Lacrosse to commute 90 miles a day and as our family car. I'm sure the renote starter with the auto climate adjustment feature will be welcome for her this winter each morning for her drive to work.
I diddn't think we would find a LaCrosse in this configuration. We should take delivery in 3-5 days. I thought the ABS would be hard to find on a CX model. We diddn't wan't a leather interior CXL.
#948 of 2335 Re: Bought a new LaCrosse [shame mcshame]
Jan 07, 2005 (2:20 pm)
Congratulations to you and your wife!
I believe, depending on region, ABS is not hard to find. At least in CT, I cannot remember to see a single LaCrosse without ABS when looking on GMBuyPower and in a couple of dealerships I visited. I would be unsafe to drive without ABS in our places, especially in winter. Hilly terrains and slippery pavements.
However, it is always difficult to find a car with all options you like and without options you do not like. You are lucky.
Depending on traffic, 90 miles daily is a hard to very hard commute. Your wife needs comfortable and safe car.
Jan 07, 2005 (7:40 pm)
The Buick dealer in my town diddn't even have any CX models. They had a CXL with ABS. It may be standard on the CXS?? which they had a few of. From what my salesman told me. The typical senior Bucik Century buyer would always ask him to bring up the lowest priced centruy they had. The point being most Buick buyers diddn't wan't "extras" like ABS.
They where also told that the LaCrosse wouldn't even have a bench seat option but the dealer feedback too GM was that they better offer it for the traditional Buick buyer.
This car is our first Buick. Our last new car was a 2001 Saturn L300 which I also special ordered to get the ABS option. My wife will hand me down that 4 year old car with 105,000 miles of "very hard" New Jersey commuting miles, but I have strictly maintained it.
The standard Onstar system in the LaCrosse is a good feature for her also.
As for ABS. Last winter driving our Saturn in light snow. I stupidly went too fast over a crest of a hill in a light 1" snowfall and couldn't stop in time from hitting a car at the red traffic light at the bottom of the hill. I flooored the brakes and steered onto the right shoulder of the road and waited for the light to change and the car to go and just went on my way without any contact at all. ABS saved me a ticket, higher insurance rates ans most likley a whipcash lawsuit. I won't get another car without them. Even my lowly cavalier I use to commute has them.
We may not be a typical Buick buyer. But we don't wan't a SUV or "sport sedan" just a comfortable, safe, stylish yet not over styled sedan that can eat up mile after highway mile. We are a few decades apart from the usuall Buick age group but the LaCrosse style is a nice "current" design yet is perfect for the american highway which we will use the car for. I have become a "defensive" driver in the most densley populated state in our union. Maybe I am old enough now to know that the public roadway is not my own personal raceway like the "sport sedan" image of other brands advertise.
#950 of 2335 Re: ABS [shame mcshame]
Jan 09, 2005 (10:52 am)
I did a short research concerning availability of ABS with LaCrosse CX. Looked at window stickers of all CX around my town, Hamden, CT. Than, for comparison with NJ, did the same for Princeton, NJ. Why Princeton? I do not know in what town you live, and selected Princeton as the only NJ town I was visited. Also, comparing Yale with Princeton will somewhat eliminate social differences .
GMBuyPower.com lets see stock in the 5 dealerships most close to selected zip code. I found 28 LaCrosse CX around my place. 19 of them have ABS, 9 not. Roughly 2:1. Around Princeton the picture was much more even: 37 LaCrosse CX total, 19 with ABS, 18 without. Practically 50:50.
By the way, it looks as different dealers, even selling in the same general area, are ordering very different option packages. E.g. a NJ dealer have 12 LaCrosse CX on lot, and only one or two of them have ABS. Another NJ dealer also have 12 LaCrosse CX, but 10 to 11 have ABS, and only one or two of them came without ABS. The same pattern with a pair of CT dealers each having 8 cars of the same model.
The dealers who skip ABS not necessary are catering to the most "cheap" buyers. Few dealers have a lot of cars with expensive option packages, XM radios, and so on, but without ABS.
#951 of 2335 Re: ABS [shame mcshame]
Jan 09, 2005 (11:31 am)
I also bought a car with OnStar recently. Standard with the car I selected. I like my car, but not for OnStar. Have impression, that it is an expensive solution looking for a problem.
However, I have almost zero experience with the toy yet, and can change my mind. 4 years ago I did not see much sense in auto dimming mirror either. Now, after first-hand experience, it was high in my list when I shopped for a new car.
Why do you like OnStar? Do you think that in case of emergency it would make any difference on very populated NJ roads? Do you feel that the difference is worth $200 (and up to $800) subscription per year, not to count for the about $500 in initial costs bundled with your car?
And is not it bother you at all that OnStar always can check were you are, in what direction are you driving and at what speed? It even allows to listen for conversations in your car. I understand that GM have an internal policy not to spy on OnStar users, except on government request. However, with the hardware present, technically it is possible at a whim. And any county judge can issue a warrant - to check for speeding, for example.