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#1635 of 2056 Re: Why is Buick LaCrosse Sales Slowing? [bwia]
Jun 05, 2011 (10:59 am)
No surprise, Lacrosse sales down by 12% in May -- but why?
Buick was the strongest of the GM brands, posting a 24% improvement over May 2011 as the “affordable luxury brand” moved 15,579 cars and SUVs.
The three models that returned from last year (Enclave, LaCrosse, Lucerne) all posted negative growth in May but the sporty new Buick Regal helped the brand show the big growth numbers with 4,247 sedans sold.
The LaCrosse was the top seller with 4,774 units sold (although it was a decline in growth of 12%) followed by the Enclave with 4,323 SUVs sold
General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant
Fairfax Produced Sales for May 2011
May 2011= 4,744 // May 2010=5,452
% Change=Down -12.4% (May 2011 vs. May 2010)
Jan-May-2011=23,362 vs. Jan-May 2010=25,033
...% Change Jan-May 2011 vs 2010= Down -6.7%
#1636 of 2056 Re: Catastrophic Engine Failure at 26,000 miles [pasm]
Jun 05, 2011 (5:53 pm)
I hope it is something simple and not detrimental.
I would sample oil and make sure you did not get a bad filter like I did.
There are a lot of recommendations for Blackstone Labratories.
#1637 of 2056 Re: Why is Buick LaCrosse Sales Slowing? [bwia]
Jun 05, 2011 (6:12 pm)
Perhaps it is marketing strategy.
High gas prices and high unemployment certainly effect buying choices.
I suspect many might find the I4 not quite enough for this vehicle, and the upcharge for the 3.6L might be a turnoff.
If prospects are learning that premium is recommended for 3.6L, that could certainly hurt since most will avoid the additional 30+ cents per gallon.
I had an I4 in Malibu and it was peppy enough in it. I did try premium a few times but it did not give the boost I see in 3.6L.
Also, what is on lots? What I've seen is that most that have just a few options always add a pricey sunroof.
And incentives may be poor at this time.
#1638 of 2056 Re: Side blind zone alert 2011 LaCrosse [rainman5542]
Jun 05, 2011 (6:25 pm)
Thx rainman5542 for info. I'm taking mine in tomorrow.
Was your trouble easily located thru electronic diagnosis?
Are the sensors under the the rear side panels? And the electronics accessed thru trunk or are they under front hood squeezed in with other stuff?
I wonder how prevalent this problem is. Beings it's a SAFETY item I'm surprised there's not more notoriety.
#1639 of 2056 Re: Reply: Catastrophic Engine Failure at 26,000 miles [pasm]
Jun 06, 2011 (5:38 am)
Could you please email me your case number? I would like to look further into your situation.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#1640 of 2056 Re: Side blind zone alert 2011 LaCrosse [bobbob2]
Jun 06, 2011 (8:31 am)
Please keep us posted on any information from the dealership.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#1641 of 2056 Re: Side blind zone alert 2011 LaCrosse [rainman5542]
Jun 06, 2011 (8:37 am)
Wouldn t you know it my SBZAs were working perfectly as I drove in to dealer today for repair. They'd been on fritz over all last week too. It's like the toothache that goes away while you drive to dentist.
Hope their technicians can diagnois the trouble even so. I wonder if there's a Tech Bulletin out on this?
#1642 of 2056 Re: Side blind zone alert 2011 LaCrosse [gmcustsvc]
Jun 07, 2011 (5:47 pm)
Caron, GM Customer Service,
Dealership took my CXS out for test drive and fortunately SBZA flunked. Remember it worked fine driving to dealer. So I may not be crazy[yet].
They had to order up a 'module' which was listed on invoice as a 'sensor.' Either way I have no idea exactly what it is but probably a circuit board?
When queried, asst serv mgr said he thot the center consol had to be removed to get at the part.
Expectation is that replacement part arrives in several days when I will need to make a second visit to dealer to install. I am hopeful new module is an improvement over old so I don t have to keep trekking back to dealer. My fingers are crossed.
#1643 of 2056 Re: Side blind zone alert 2011 LaCrosse [bobbob2]
Jun 08, 2011 (11:43 am)
Thank you for the update! Sounds like things are going in the right direction. Please keep me updated when you make the trip to dealership to have the new module installed. I will also keep my fingers crossed!
Thank you and have a great day!
Caron, GM Customer Service
#1644 of 2056 Re: Catastrophic Engine Failure at 26,000 miles [e_net_rider]
Jun 10, 2011 (5:44 am)
Wondering how you are making out. Hoping it was something simple like bearing in alternator,etc.
Mine is in right now and been there for a few days. So I'm in a new Regal. Certainly not near my Lacrosse. Someone posted that Malibu would be getting Lacrosse body, but I suspect they meant Regal.
Anyone looking at Malibu, I'd suggest comparing to Regal. Pluses and minuses have shown themselves quickly in the few days I've had it.
Note that the Malibu I had was dangerous for handling reasons and something in electric power steering, which they could not fix. Regal has hydraulic power steering and handles totally different. I'm sure the 17" Firestones, Malibu, compared to 18" Michelins, Regal, have something to do with that. But I don't see the quiet and somewhat cushy ride they give on Lacrosse. I may be wrong but suspect that the weight rating of 97V on Regal is a bit high and may make the tire a bit stiff. And it would seem that Buick would have a different suspension than Chevrolet even if only strut changes. But the Regal seems to be noisier all around than Malibu. I sometimes turned the key a second time because the I-4 was so quiet. Not so with Regal. It is as if they tuned it so you would hear it to give the sound of power. But that is not all you hear. It seems like the back half of car is lacking sound deadening. It might be the thinner feeling carpet and lack of it in trunk. On the positive side, the armrest on the door is actually useful, not hard like a rock, and the center one shows some thought, but still a little hard.
I like that when you pull up MPG screen it gives both instantaneous and average simultaneously.
The seats are hard to compare. Malibu were suede, very firm, and mechanical lumbar. Quite comfortable on long rides and you did not have to readjust for an hour as your body settled in. All three failed miserably on headrest issues.
Anyone shopping? I can give a lot more detail.