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#1826 of 2217 Will Never Buy another Lucerne (or GM)
Jan 25, 2008 (6:15 am)
I have a 2006 Lucerne and will never buy another again. It is
such a downgrade from my 2000 LeSabre. Problems in order from new:
Transmission cover leak
Headliner fell out
Trunk release Dead
Scratches on paint.
Car on had almost 0 miles on it.
Vibration issues..still rides like a tank on the highway even though the dealer put new tires and worked on the problem extensively.
Pulls to the left.
Memory mirrors dead
Bottom molding nearly fell off..was held on by one clip instead of four.
Rear door electrical connect loose.
Inspection plate on transmission loose.
Dash lights not working on bright days.
Clunk noise in steering
Driver door creaking
Twice. now...no electrics, no start. No nothing.
Six CD changer noise
Remote start... Sometimes it works, sometimes not.
Heated seats.. Sometime it works, sometimes not
And the latest...a noise in the transmission like keys rattling. Dealer says it is terribly noisy and annoying but come back when it gets worse. He really means, come back when the warranty is up.
Like we try to forget bad memories, I probably have forgotten some other problems. The car is noisy, with unexplained clunks and bangs, and wind noise is so bad, I sometimes think I have left a window down or door ajar. The vehicle has been back to the dealer so many times, I am sure it has its own dedicated garage bay.
I have owned Buicks all my life. My wife still drives our 2000 LeSabre as we could not bear to part with such a nice car that gave us no trouble at all. 160,000 miles and everything is original except the oil, the plugs and wires.
The Lucerne is my last Buick and probably my last GM. If GM changed the LeSabre/Park Avenue to the Lucerne to compete with the Lexus, they did a very poor job. Lexus will be getting my Lucerne as a trade, it they will even take the piece of junk.
#1827 of 2217 Re: traded Lexus, Caddy or Benz for Lucerne? [mark_wny]
Aug 01, 2008 (4:09 am)
I had an Acura Legend and an MB 420SEL before this CSX. The MB was 3 times the price and was a great car but not perfect. Other than the fact that the Buick is front drive and the construction is not MB class it is similar to the MB. The Acura was a much smaller car but very nice and trouble free.
#1828 of 2217 Re: traded Lexus, Caddy or Benz for Lucerne? [wr_guy]
Aug 01, 2008 (12:26 pm)
That was my first impression as well with the Lucerne CXS. Big, solid, and heavy. It drives exactly like a Mercedes 420. Not bad, really, when you consider that the S Class was the best car in the world a decade or so ago. But it's not a modern luxury car - it's basically GM doing Hyundai's trick. Taking 10 year old technology and selling it for a fraction of the price. Not that cars a decade ago were rubbish. It's just that if you want a good box to get around for the least money, get the Hyundai. If you want a good luxury car for the least money possible, the Lucerne is a decent choice.
#1829 of 2217 How is the new 3.9 in the Lucerne
Oct 10, 2008 (11:20 am)
Has any one driven an 09 Lucerne with the 3.9? I have driven the 3.9 in an Impala last spring and it was fairly strong vs the 3.8. I did notice that the 3.9 seemed to burn more fuel than the 3.8.
#1830 of 2217 Re: How is the new 3.9 in the Lucerne [0to60in15mins]
Oct 11, 2008 (8:03 am)
Same rubbish. GM needs to toss the fleet sales and also the fleet engine V6. The car is just too heavy and the gearing is still too tall to compete. Or even be remotely enjoyable. The V8, though, is a good solid design. Gobs of power and the magnetic ride suspension is a massive improvement.
One feels great to drive. One feels like a cheap rental. A really stark difference, actually.
#1831 of 2217 Re: How is the new 3.9 in the Lucerne [plekto]
Nov 05, 2008 (6:45 pm)
Last weekend I drove an '09 Lucerne 3.9 V-6 from an Enterprise rental. The car had only 4000 miles on the odometer and drove well. The 3.9 engine was another matter. It did not seem to have a lot of get up and go. It was also noisy. I am glad that I bought a Lucerne with the 4.6 liter Northstar. It is like driving a totally differnt car, as related directly above.
#1832 of 2217 12 volt Accessory outlets
Nov 27, 2008 (7:24 am)
I just purchased a 2007 CXL V8 with 40-40-20 front seats. So far I have found only one 12 volt outlet, in the ashtray area. The owners manual states that the bucket seat CXL has 2 more in the storage area of the console but I doesn't mention where any more are located on the seat configuration I have. Has anyone found any more outlets? Surely there is more than one.
#1833 of 2217 Re: 12 volt Accessory outlets [lane2]
Nov 27, 2008 (8:32 am)
On my 2006 Lucerne, the additional outlets are located in the front of the driver's seat, down by your ankle and in the very bottom of the console well.
#1834 of 2217 Re: 12 volt Accessory outlets [kkrinn]
Nov 27, 2008 (11:02 am)
Thanks. I just checked and there is one in the same location. Thought I had checked everywhere. Don't know why it isn't mentioned in the owners manual.
#1835 of 2217 2006 Buick Lucerne CXS Road Vibration
Nov 30, 2008 (3:18 am)
I purchased my CPO CXS one month ago with 11,000 miles on it. Since then, I've been plagued with an over the road vibration/shimmy that's noticeable between 50 to 65 MPH. Four service visits and three sets of B/S Turanza El 400's later, I still have the vibration. The tires have been road force balanced and the dealer will not upgrade me to different rubber to completely rule out the (they are just crappy tires) factor. Several posts on Edmunds have noted the B/S Turanza as a difficult tire to balance and Discount Tire posts are inundated with bad customer reviews. It seems as though many others out there have had similar complaints about both a highway vibration/shimmy and a jelly like reverberation sensation that lingers after going over bumps. I've gone for test drives with my Tech and I never seem to get any type of definitive answer as to what the hell this is. Trying to think logically, tires and balance first, h/balancer or a pulley, c/v joint, rotor out of round, strut or suspension part, someone at the dealership has to have some sort of trouble shooting outline for this? Has anyone had their vibration problem pinpointed and resolved, so that I can go to my dealer with some sort of game plan? I've been in the limousine business for 26 years, and have several hundred thousand miles on K body DeVilles and never recall a vibration issue like I'm currently experiencing. The CXS was purchased to be my personal car, as I liked the looks of it over the STS or DTS, and very much liked the pricing structure on the CPO program. I'm beginning to regret my decision. I traded a 2000 Cartier Towncar that I had for eight trouble free years with 122,000 miles on it. It was my first Ford as a personal vehicle and it was a stellar automobile. My return to the General, has been far from that. So, if anyone can assist me in my unpleasant journey to right this Lucerne, I would sincerely appreciate it. Thanks! CXSROBB