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Buick LaCrosse, Sedan
Jan 20, 2006 (5:03 pm)
I got a 2006 LaCrosse about two months back. So far so good, the ride is great, the interior is very quiet. I still need to figure out a way to program the garage door opener. Remote starter is very useful in winter time, I also use it to impress my friends who drive more expensive cars. I wish Buick had the option for Nav system. I believe Lucerne has it. After driving Honda and Nissan for number of years, I am very impressed with Buick. I thought it had more appealing interior than either Accord or Camry, but the new 2007 Camary looks very nice too.
#8 of 64 Buick LaCrosse - Price Paid
Jul 04, 2006 (6:59 am)
I just bought a new '06 Lacrosse on Saturday July 1st. I had been watching two cars on the dealer's lot for the past month and a half. I was interested in the CXL with a sunroof, which was something I wanted to do to my 2002 Regal ever since I bought it, but never got around to taking it in. The dealership had both a black and a slatstone CXL with sunroofs. The only thing I had against the black, which I liked best, was the overpriced upgraded radio, which I seldom listen to anyway. We ended up with the slatestone Lacrosse, since that was my wife's favorite one and this is supposed to be her car.
The options on this car, besides the sunroof included the driver confidence package, heated seats, remote start and the chrome appearance package, which is something I have seen on every Lacrosse they had on the lot. The remote start is great. It is both useful on a hot day as well as a cold day and will sense the outside temp and decide whether or not you need heat or A/C, even putting on the defrosters if the temp is below 40 degrees. The most fun is watching peoples reactions when suddenly this car in the parking lot beeps and then the engine starts when no one is near and you're still a long distance from the car.
As for price, the sticker price was $27,920.00. I made them an offer of invoice plus $300 and $8000.00 for my '02 Regal with only 31000 miles on it. They came back with $7000 trade-in and I said that I would just keep the car and forget about the new car. I told them that the black book value for that car was between $6600 to 8600, there were no dents or dings and that the car had always been serviced at their dealership, so it qualified as a Certified used car on their lot. They gave me the $8000 for it. Even though it was July 1, it was still being considered the last day of the month of June, so they were eager to sell.
All totaled, once the balance was paid off on my Regal, my GM card savings, Marylands 5% tax and title fees were figured in, I paid $22,220.00 for the LaCrosse. The best part is that GM was offering 0% financing for up to 72 months. That's too good a deal to pass up.
I stuck with the CLX because it had the 3.8 V6 which has been around forever and has a good reputation of going well over 200K without any problems. I had it in my Regal and it was giving me 24 MPG back and forth to work and I got almost 32 MPG on a vacation trip. For the short time I've had this I'm averageing 21.4 MPG. I don't expect to see the best mielage until after 7000 miles.
Jul 05, 2006 (8:43 am)
I too test-drove a LaCrosse CXL earlier and found fuel mileage in the low 20's, quite unlike the high 20's to low 30's my '03 LeSabre Limited provided. I hope your mileage improves. I also hope that Buick replaces the 4-speed automatic going forward with the new 6-speed JV unit, and perhaps adds the 3.9 Active Fuel Management engine as an option. Once they include these items, I'll put the LaCrosse back on my list of possibilities.
#10 of 64 Bought a CX
Jul 10, 2006 (10:35 am)
I bought a plain jane CX last month. The dealer was pleasant and the $2000 rebate helped (I also had $1100 GM buck on my GM card). The only odd thing about the transaction was that the the "invoice" price did not match what the various web sites indicated. This was a vehicle that had sat on on the lot for a few months, and had been MSRP adjusted by GM. While the MSPP dropeed over $1000, the invoice only dropped about $400. I decided to let it go and buy it anyway.
#11 of 64 Buick LaCrosse - Price Paid - Gas mileage
Jul 22, 2006 (10:20 am)
With over 600 miles on it, my gas mileage is improving on my normal mixed driving back and forth to work. I got an even 23 MPG. My 2002 Regal with the same 3800 engine gave my 24 MPG. I must admit that I've used the remote start a number of times in this hot weather, so that must be taken into account. I'm sure as the engine gets more miles on it, it will match or exceed my Regal's gas mileage.
#12 of 64 LaCrosse brand new POS
Jul 26, 2006 (4:15 pm)
The 2006 CX I bought in December makes a clunk-clunk sound from the front end. POS!Anyone else have this problem?
#13 of 64 Re: LaCrosse brand new POS [mk332]
by kyfdx HOST
Jul 26, 2006 (5:01 pm)
You might have better luck getting an answer to a mechanical issue in the general Buick LaCrosse discussion..
#14 of 64 2006 LaCrosse CXS
Sep 30, 2006 (7:15 am)
Bought new 2006 LaCrosse CXS from Wilson County Motors in Lebanon, TN on September 11, 2006. MSRP was $32,490. Car had every option except Stabilitrack. Black with Grey interior. Negotiated price to $30,878. Used 0% APR that was being offered. No sales tax and $500 rebate for being active military. Have driven the vehicle just over 500 miles and have loved every minute of it so far. Lots of compliments and surprised looks once they found out it is a Buick. If the quality holds up, this will be my brand for years to come. Traded in 2001 Hyundai Elantra GT with 50000 miles for $3750 too. No issues with that car, but wanted a larger vehicle this time around.
#15 of 64 Re: Buick LaCrosse: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [kirstie_h]
Dec 17, 2006 (8:55 pm)
I hate to be the fly in the ointment but I've had a bad experience with Buick and the Lacrosse. I bought my Lacrosse brand new, a 2006 Buick Lacrosse CX the odometer read 75 miles when I drove it off the lot. However, within a few miles of the dealership my car developed a problem. The low oil pressure warning began to sound. I didn't think much of it because the car was new, but it continued. I contacted Onstar to pinpoint the problem, but Onstar couldn't find it, then I emailed the dealership and brought the car back as soon as I could. When the car was checked metal shavings and chunks of metal were found in the pan, The #3 bearing was bad and the other bearings had wear on them. My dealer called me told me about the problem. The service manager told me that this problem was due to poor manufacturing and Buick only wanted them to fix the damage but they, the dealer that is, would replace the cam, because they believed in going the extra distance. I couldn't believe what I being told so I contacted Buick and the story change to they told Buick that they were replacing the engine for me, because they believed in going the extra distance. I requested a new car, and I was run around in circles by Buick, and the dealer, I tried to resolve the problem using the BBB but that was a waste of time, I would have lost about 5000.00 even though the car didn't comply with the Magnuson-Moss warranty act. In my dealing with the dealer and Buick I have been lied to, cheated, and ran around in circles. I bought a Buick because of the Buick reputation and the new breed of Buicks that are targeted for a younger buyer but I found the same crappie stuff with Buick today that almost kill the American auto industry in the 70's poor quality and service. I understand no matter how good a company is a lemon is bound to slip through but when you find it fix the problem and fix it right, replace that car.
#16 of 64 Re: Buick LaCrosse: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [overdrive1]
Dec 18, 2006 (2:06 pm)
I guess I am a little confused.
You had a bum engine. Terrible but things do go wrong. Buick is number 3 in initial quality behind Lexus but ahead of Toyota and Cadillac.
The dealer said that Buick told them to replace the bearings only but they on their own would replace the cam? That sounds awful fishy if they found metal shavings in the oil. So you did the right thing and called Buick directly who said they approved an engine replacement.
First I would run from that dealer if I get your message right.
2nd, I am not sure why you are going thru a lemon law or BBB. Nothing you have explained would allow that type of prodedure.
What has Buick done that makes you feel you have been lied to? They are ready to replace the engine as they should. The proper procedure here is to have the engine replaced, by Buick, for free under warranty. Not sure why you feel you should get a new car.