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Buick Lucerne, Sedan
#1504 of 2217 Re: Mad Re: 2007 Lucerne [rayainsw]
Jun 15, 2006 (8:03 am)
And I may add ConsumerGuide lists the typical cost of an alternator as $215 and the timing belt as $170 for that model of car. Just ignore that post on the Grand Prix.
Basically, while I am never happy about paying to repairs, or needing them in the first place, GM and Fords usually have less expensive parts and repair bills. Not sure why consumers are not demanding longer warranties. The Buick one is at least 4 years. If Hyundai can do 4 yrs, then 10 years of drive train, perhaps the rest of the companies need to get on board the value wagon now. Just a thought. Even a 5year/60K on everything would be great.
#1505 of 2217 Re: Mad Re: 2007 Lucerne [m1miata]
Jun 15, 2006 (9:15 am)
Looks like the poster was quoting actual repair quotes for some kind of foreign vehicle. They are usually quite a bit higher than domestic vehicles.
#1506 of 2217 Re: Mad Re: 2007 Lucerne [m1miata]
Jun 15, 2006 (10:15 am)
Typical cost of the alternator and timing belt is true, but the labor costs were astronomical! THAT IS A FACT. THAT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED.
In the case of longer warranties. I do not have an extended warranty on my Toyota and have no problems. Also and extended warranty is only a limited warranty. And we all know that when the extended warranty goes all the problems start. Expensive problems.
So as I said in the beginning the cost of the parts are true BUT you forgot the labor cost for replacing these parts. DO NOT IGNORE THE LABOR COSTS!!!!
Jun 15, 2006 (10:38 am)
I just want to say that the Buick Lucerne is an excellent vehicle. It is a very nice car and I think that MORE GM vehicles should be made with the quality that the buick has. I Think it is a good start for GM. I would like to see my grandmother switch to the Lucerne after 10 Cadillac's that gave her some problems. But the competitors like the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 350 have the history of reliable and dependable vehicles. But I think for the money the Buick is a good car and should be looked at.
#1508 of 2217 Re: Mad Re: 2007 Lucerne [hondaandtoyota]
Jun 15, 2006 (12:29 pm)
Another repair shop would be my suggestion.
#1509 of 2217 Re: Nice car [hondaandtoyota]
Jun 15, 2006 (12:31 pm)
The Lucerne sits on the Deville chassis. Maybe it is a bit more reliable. I would imagine both to be average.
#1511 of 2217 Re: 2007 Lucerne [m1miata] and General Motors ill reputation.. [mediapusher]
Jun 15, 2006 (2:28 pm)
I have just ordered my 4th new Buick a Lucerne. Have owned
ONLY GM cars since I was a kid,(1Chevy,6Buicks)and recently
tested Avalon and Azera before CHOOSING Lucerne for it's
Comfortable ride and quiet cabin.
In contrast, while driving Avalon,I could NOT avoid feeling even minor road irregularites and hearing the engine scream when asked to accelerate just a little more than IT wanted. The Azera made a loud thud sound TWICE
when the transmission shifted,later the sales person said "it was normal, and was learning how I drive". I said no thanks.
Have you read the enormous amount of problems with the transmissions in the Avalon as posted on the Toyota Edmunds forum ?
My present 1994 Park Avenue(bought new) has 155,300 miles on it, and we will be sorry to see it go. The paint is less
than perfect, but the car's engine,transmission,etc,are ready for more miles,and more oil changes!
I have read most of the over 1500 messages posted here, with the positives FAR outweighing the negatives.
Some, would like to see more "advanced engine+transmission combinations in place.
However,rarely has anyone posted such a TOTALY BLEAK and 100% NEGATIVE opinion about a quality car, that a GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE STILL CHOOSE TO BUY, and ENJOY for many,many years!
Jun 15, 2006 (5:40 pm)
We have had our Lucerne for 5000 miles and can't find anything wrong with it. The ride is quiet and very smooth. The handling and roadability make it fun and effortless to drive. The Lucerne is not for everyone however, I think one would be passing on an opportunity of owning a nice car to not consider it. BTW I drive 30,000 to 35,000 miles a year.
#1513 of 2217 Re: Mad Re: 2007 Lucerne [hondaandtoyota]
Jun 15, 2006 (5:49 pm)
I still don't believe it. I doubt the labor costs for replacing an alternator is in the neighborhood of $700.