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Buick LaCrosse, Sedan
Sep 26, 2011 (7:15 pm)
Spoke with Bill Vlasic, auto reporter with the NY Times, today about my purchase of a new 2011 Buick LaCrosse CX w/2.4L DI engine. A nice conversation on CAFE, fuel economy trends, and my decision to go with a 4-cyl LaCrosse.
After 700 miles of driving I'm averaging 24mpg in mixed (40% city, 60% hwy) driving. Took a 300 mile trip over the weekend and averaged right at 30mpg driving 75mph on the Interstate. I am very happy with this car and expect even better mileage when the engine is fully broken in. She runs on 87 octane to boot!
#1800 of 2056 Re: MPG [dodgeman07]
Sep 28, 2011 (8:24 am)
No time to jump into all this as I just got back. I'm curious how you figured MPG. Although you may have hit the sweet spot for your vehicle, I was amazed that by travelling a steady 65-66MPH I could get 32 MPG. But no one drives like that. There is always stop and go and other factors.
And there is the performance question. BTW, as some others have written, they use regular and I've tried a couple of tanks. It does yield different power, more of it, but not sure of mileage effects.
I hope you got a good one. I just returned from one of those family reunions you really don't want. I was talking with my brother-in-law, catching up a bit, and learned his Dad was doing well, but very unhappy with his new car. I had to ask. Yep, it was the red one parked by the church (same color as mine). I later talked with his Dad. He traded an 06 Lucernne for the 11 Lacrosse CXL, fairly loaded. Only 500 miles and he's already shopping for something else. He hates it!
Sep 28, 2011 (12:35 pm)
Others had posted about it, but I never found it to be a problem. Put foot in it and with a slight delay it would take off.
New experience. This time when I pulled out from behind the vehicle going slowly ahead into left lane and stepped on it to get up to speed of vehicles in that lane, OH SH__.
It acted like older vehicles with a failed accelerator pump in the carburator. It stalled for most of a second before taking off.
Is this vehicle meant to pass nothing? Dangerous.
#1802 of 2056 Re: Acceleration delay [e_net_rider]
Sep 28, 2011 (1:13 pm)
Why do you still have this car? I thought you were in late-stage discussions with GM to make it go away.
#1803 of 2056 Re: Acceleration delay [ab348]
Sep 28, 2011 (2:03 pm)
>you were in late-stage discussions with GM to make it go away.
You mean like the Malibu that we were told was bought back?
#1804 of 2056 Re: MPG [e_net_rider]
Sep 28, 2011 (7:14 pm)
My MPG is calculated by both the Driver Information Center and (miles traveled)/gallons burned. I just filled up today and have averaged 25 MPG overall in roughly 50% city/50% Hwy driving. The 30 MPG figure was on relatively flat, four lane divided hwy driving at 74-75 MPH. No a/c was needed last weekend. : )
I traded in a '06 Lucerne for an '11 Lacrosse and the Lacrosse is a far superior vehicle in every respect. I'm 47 years old though. The responsive steering and accurate tracking is something I like. The 4-cyl engine does need 3500+rpm to generate good power and at 4000rpm it really kicks in with plenty of juice. If you're use to a torquey engine, this is not it. The Lacrosse is a sportier vehicle than the Lucerne and very different in driving characteristics - different in a very good way.
#1805 of 2056 Reply to griper: MPG [e_net_rider]
Sep 29, 2011 (5:38 am)
rider: I also remember your post that you had buyers remorse, once again, and had talked GM into "returning your Lacrosse CXS due to many complaints". Now you are back with another buyers complaints on the same car. Hmmmmmmm!
#1806 of 2056 Re: MPG [dodgeman07]
Sep 29, 2011 (5:42 am)
Dodgeman: We bought the 2010 CXL with the 3.0L V-6 ( now in Cadillac) to avoide the uncertainty of the I-4. The engine is very torguey as you call it and lieks to be revved for maximum performance. great for our mostly highway miles. We do not get your city MPG, but highway is 29 at 70+ so we are very happy. Glad to hear the I-4 has proven to be a good choice for you. We very much enjoy all aspects of our Lacrosse. Thank you Bob Lutz and company.
#1807 of 2056 Re: Reply to griper: MPG [crankeee]
Sep 29, 2011 (7:30 am)
Just trying to keep you informed of potential issues.
I had faxed signed paperwork to GM on Friday, thinking it would all be finished the following week.
If you read my other recent posts, you will see I ended up not visiting my Dad, but burying his body.
And if you read about my brother-in-laws Dad, he is also a very unhappy customer, one that has had Buick's for years. He traded a 2006 Lucernne for this thing. I don't remember what he had just prior to it, but remember the Riviera he had from late 90's, which replace a Buick.
If anyone is having issues with CAF not working, I recently discovered that the source of the bad air seems to bypass the filter. That is it is entering a different route.
With the cooler weather, I have been driving with it in the outside air mode more than usual. I detected a faint bad smell and happened to open window which revealed how bad it was.
My thinking is that the system drawing outside air causes a positive air pressure in the cabin, pushing back against a leak elsewhere.
#1808 of 2056 Re: MPG [dodgeman07]
Sep 29, 2011 (8:02 am)
The Lucernne is a much different vehicle than the Lacrosse. Which engine did you have?
As I recall, I think the Lacrosse has a slightly longer wheel base, which should make it ride better, or at least better than if it had a shorter wheel base.
I would think the Lucernne would be a very nice highway vehicle for ride and the same true around town, assuming proper rubber. I did not go in that direction because I wanted the added features available in the Lacrosse. And still do for safety sake.
I can vouch that the responsiveness of the Lacrosse CXS is very good, or was until play in steering developed. If you like tight handling and response, I'd recommend the CXS. I do not recommend the bad year tires, but then don't know how much effect changing to something like Michelin or 18" on "touring Package" will have. The touring package definitely tightens the handling which is also improved by the hyper-strut.
The down side is noisy, hard riding tires, which amplify the lack of vibration isolation from the road. Both in the seat and steering wheel.
Besides the poor rating the bad year's have, I personally agree with terrible on even the lightest snow. Hard noisy ride. May not be designed to last more than 12K considering the failures I've experienced, which makes it an extremely expensive choice and time consuming for frequent rebalancing. Also the air leaking requires attention about twice a month. And although I put more foot into it than intended leaving a light this morning, it spun those tires like crazy on very good condition concrete. Are the tires already past good performance? They are OK on surface water, yet.