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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Pontiac Grand Prix, Automotive News, Car Buying, Sedan
#10 of 29 Re: Avalon does not have a V-8 [luvmbooty]
Jan 16, 2007 (9:06 pm)
Thanks for the info. The power comment about the Lucerne really surprises me. I'll have to look that up. Any comments about interior noise? I do like a quiet car. At least on the inside!
#11 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [dodgeman07]
Jan 16, 2007 (9:07 pm)
Now that I think about it with these sedans why would you want the V8? Obviously for the power which the Lucerne is lacking.
#12 of 29 Re: Avalon does not have a V-8 [dodgeman07]
Jan 16, 2007 (9:20 pm)
From Editors' rating of 2006 Lucerne:
Wind noise scored 9 out of 10. Comment:This is a quiet car.
Road noise scored 8 out of 10. Comment:Cabin is serene at any speed.
In the article about the Impala, Huffman states, "But it(Impala) rides better(than the Charger R/T), is slightly quieter and is completely confident in everyday use."
#13 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [luvmbooty]
Jan 17, 2007 (2:47 pm)
Under your own specs you show the Crown Vic and Marquis has
less power then the Lucerne.I'm not A GM fan but the Lucerne
looks like the best Buick in A long time,and 275HP is not bad.
#14 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [xtec]
Jan 17, 2007 (3:11 pm)
and 275HP is not bad
I'll have to drive one - but I feel the same way. 275HP is more than enough and if I go for the Buick, I gotta have the V8.
The Impala is much quicker but in quietness and NVH, it's got to be a touch less refined.
Anybody with driving experience in both?
#15 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [dodgeman07]
Jan 17, 2007 (7:33 pm)
We bought an Impala SS 5 months ago and, with 5,000 miles notched up, I can honestly say I have not had one ounce of buyer's remorse. The ride is confident, quiet and smooth and we are more than pleased with all the 'surprise & delight' features it carries. Why, only the other day, I discovered the lights come on after the wipers have been switched on. I don't recall seeing that in the manual. For sure, 303hp is much more than adequate but one does not have to use all that and that sweet V8 burble is always a delight.
As for the Buick, well, I'm 65 and I don't think I'm old enough to consider one of those for a few years yet!
#16 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [martin22]
Jan 17, 2007 (8:12 pm)
I'm had my '06 SS for a little over a year now. I agree with everything Martin22 says but I will add one criticism. After riding/driving my sister's Impala LT, I noticed her car rides and handles better, most likely due to the lighter-weight engine.
As for the niceties, I'll add the high beams are awesome since all four headlamps are used. It's the best night vision I've had since my buddy's '81 Impala. There's nothing like four headlamps.
For those asking about real world mileage, I track mine religiously. The best I've gotten is 26 mpg at speeds between 65 - 70 mph. Once you get up to 75 or more, mileage drops off quickly because the DOD won't engage at the higher speeds.
Wind noise is modest but after 16,000 miles, the tires seem to be getting a bit noisy. I attribute that to the low profile 50 series tires and the fact that they are Goodyear...not a big fan.
Any other questions?
#17 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [xtec]
Jan 17, 2007 (9:44 pm)
Here is a list of 6 cylinders with over 250 Hp and costs considerably less than the Lucerne:
2007 Toyota Camry LE 3.5L 268Hp MSRP $24,160
2007 Saturn Aura XR 3.6L 252Hp MSRP $24,595
2007 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L 270Hp MSRP $25,115
2007 Hyundai Azera SE 3.8L 263Hp MSRP $25,195
2007 Pontiac G6 GTP 3.6L 252Hp MSRP $25,230
2007 Dodge Charger Base AWD 3.5L 250Hp MSRP $26,040
2007 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5L 268Hp MSRP $27,495
2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart 3.8L 258Hp MSRP $27,624
2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5L 255Hp MSRP $28,665
2007 Buick Lucerne CXL V8 4.6L 275Hp MSRP $31,435
All MSRPs include Destination charge ONLY.
Why would you buy a vehicle with a V8 when you could save a few thousand dollars buying any of the V6s above? The difference in horses is small and you get better gas mileage. Notice there are 2 under $25K!
Why buy a V8 unless the difference in power is considerably higher like by 50 horses?
I might add that the Lucerne has a rebate of $1,250 till end of Feb. and the Maxima has a rebate of $1,500 till end of Jan. at least in my area(N.Y.).
#18 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [luvmbooty]
Jan 17, 2007 (10:02 pm)
All the V6s get better gas mileage except for the 2007 Dodge Charger AWD (17 city/24 highway) and the Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart (18 city/27 highway) with premium recommended but they are less expensive.
#19 of 29 Re: Sedans with V8s under $40K [luvmbooty]
Jan 18, 2007 (3:10 pm)
Thats fine you put up the list.but this is for V8 only site.If someone wants to buy a Lucerne let them,its not you buying it.And the Lucerne is a lot less then the 40k.You should of just set up this site for cars under 40k,then you could talk about the V6s,but you put in V8.
The Charger without the AWD and 3.5 is rated 19/27.