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Buick Lucerne, Sedan
#1877 of 2217 Re: Sayonara to My Buick Losecerne(sic)(sick) [sgtdevlinusmc]
Jun 13, 2009 (11:59 am)
This is amazing! We purchased a used 2008 Azera after looking at several near-luxury cars, including the Lucerne. We thought the Buick was pretty good but the Azeras we tried were good too. Unfortunately, we didn't get to test drive the one we purchased on a real rough road before we completed the deal. On the way home, over bad roads, it became clear that we were not happy with the riding qualities of the Azera. Then, a couple of weeks ago we left it at an airport for 6 days. At 10 PM on our return we were shocked to find that the battery was dead. Two trips to the dealer---everything in OK, don't know why this is happening. At this point we would trade it for a Lucerne and take our chances.
#1878 of 2217 Re: Sayonara to My Buick Losecerne(sic)(sick) [carolinabob]
Jun 13, 2009 (12:00 pm)
You're right!! See my post.
#1879 of 2217 Re: Sayonara to My Buick Losecerne(sic)(sick) [donnie]
Jun 13, 2009 (1:04 pm)
Just read through the Azera forum. Funny what people will put with in terms of an foreign car, but if a domestic has similar problems....
After reading that thread, I'd certainly be running the other way from the Azera.
#1880 of 2217 Re: Sayonara to My Buick Losecerne(sic)(sick) [bryangz]
Jun 18, 2009 (5:54 pm)
The *big* deal with the Buick is that it's working exactly like it should, noises and vibrations and all. Except that it's the quietest Buick ever built, so you can for the first time HEAR all of those little noises. And then the yuppies all freak out.
Look, it's a CAR. Not a driving simulation on your Wii. Sheesh.
The tire/steering issue is because they have unidirectional tread patterned tires on it. If it hits grooved or patterned roads, the tires want to pull to the outside so it chatters and vibrates as each side tries to do exactly that against the other. Changing to standard non-directional all-seasons fixes it instantly.
#1881 of 2217 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL V-8
Aug 01, 2009 (7:17 pm)
I have driven my 07 CXL V-8 for 9 months now. It has just over 11,000 miles on the odometer. It is finished in a now discontinued color called LIGHT QUARTZ METALLIC. The interior is shale, with very a handsome milk chocolate dashboard and top of the interior doors. If you look quickly at the exterior it looks like a medium metallic gray, but if you come up on it in lower light, in a garage, for example you can see the amethyst color. It reminds me of a cloud at sunset. It has the pearl finished (painted) wheels. I always thought I would like chrome wheels better but the exterior body color goes better with the pearl finish wheels. The only option on this car is the sunroof, which I occasionally use. I don't long for any of these other gizmos on some of the other cars.
My car drives very well and is extremely confortable, whether in the city or highway. Gas mileage averages from 18-22 MPG in combination driving, using 93 octane gas.
I have not had any major problems with it. The only 2 things problems I had were due to mistakes made at the factory, easily corrected. The first problem resulted from some lazy union auto worker failing to clamp the transmission line going into the lower radiator cooler. The line came off and the transmission fluid leaked out. Then more recently the car got wet inside because the drains around the sunroof were not properly installed and a moulding around the trunk had not been installed. Both of these problems were promptly and cheerfully corrected with no major inconvenience.
Based upon the above, I am doing well with my ride. I refuse to let the government dictate what I will drive. It makes me sick that they to cram everybody into cars that are neither comfortable, fun to drive, nor safe. I just hope that I can manage to drive this vehicle long enough to fully enjoy it and to take advantage of the extended warranty.
Aug 01, 2009 (7:48 pm)
"The first problem resulted from some lazy union auto worker failing to clamp the transmission line going into the lower radiator cooler. The line came off and the transmission fluid leaked out. Then more recently the car got wet inside because the drains around the sunroof were not properly installed and a moulding around the trunk had not been installed. Both of these problems were promptly and cheerfully corrected with no major inconvenience."
I am glad for you that the problems were quickly repaired...but that is the whole problem that just gets my goat...your Lucerne is a "lower status" DTS, yet someone did not clamp the transmission line...OK, maybe the clamp fell off during shipment (still shoddy workmanship, but let's just give the benefit of the doubt to the UAW)...but the drains not being properly installed (just how many ways can it fit in, anyway???)...and the trunk moulding was, simply, left off...
I realize this is not the UAW topic, but this is a UAW car...where are the union defenders???...are they going to blame the engineers for leaving off the moulding???...isn't this just the lousy workmanship that has sent millions of buyers over to the imports???
Will anyone defend this kind of work???
#1883 of 2217 Re: 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL V-8 [rivieraranch]
Aug 02, 2009 (7:48 am)
Sounds to me like a few people, probably temporary workers, didn't do their jobs right. I observed IUE union workers on an assembly line two winters ago building Chev, GMC, Suzuki, and Saab vehicles. The methods they used would not have allowed any shortcomings in full attaching these things.
The sunroof drain lines are weak area in H-bodies (a relative of the C-bodies here). They tend to break above the floor on the driver's side; they come down through the windshield pillar and the A-pillar next to the driver's foot. They seemed to fracture in that area after some time.
Enjoy your automobile.
#1884 of 2217 End of the line??
Sep 27, 2009 (4:56 pm)
Just read in today's auto section of the paper that "the Lucerne is gone in 2011" Anybody hear anything about this? Will there be a replacement or is the LaCrosse going to be their top end model?
#1885 of 2217 Re: End of the line?? [tf712]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:54 am)
Manager of Buick, Susan Docherty, has already announced the LaCrosse will be the new Buick "flagship" after the Lucerne is gone. When this happens, the new Cadillac XTS (DTS replacement) will be the only GM choice for a full-sized luxury car. Buick has never been without a full-sized car and I think this decision will come back to bite it. If I don't like the new XTS, I'll be going to Lexus or maybe even Hyundai, as their new Equus looks pretty nice. GM is playing a dangerous game by getting rid of the better selling half of their full-sized duo. Maybe Lutz and Henderson will regain their senses and push for a US version of the Chinese Park Avenue or a Buick version of the XTS.
Oct 16, 2009 (6:56 pm)
The lease on my 2007 Lucerne CSX will be up in July 2010 and it is a shame that GMAC is no longer leasing vehicles at this time. In the past GMAC would give customers an option to turn in their leased car early and get another vehicle. When I worked for Oldsmobile we had hundreds of satisfied customers who continually re-leased one Olds after another. The car is currently posted on Swapalease.com in case anyone wants to take over payments for the next ten months.
This CSX is as great as the two Auroras I had and the Buick is the only way to get a "rebadged" Aurora with Oldsmobile now gone. This car will be missed, especially since it has three 1964 "WILDCAT" emblems on it. Of course they will be removed and placed on the NEXT 2010 Lucerne CXL in Cyber Gray with Titanium leather interior.
I would certainly never lease a car for 39 months again, especially in California. You end up paying a full year of registration just to keep the car for the final three months!
That's where the early trade-in/select another Buick option comes in handy.
By the way, I only buy American. Always have, always will. . .