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#1815 of 2056 Happy LaCrosse Owner
Oct 09, 2011 (12:31 pm)
Just clicked over 1000 miles on my new 2011 Buick LaCrosse and I must say it has been perfect in every respect. I have averaged 25mpg over the 1000 miles in a roughly 50/50 mix of city/hwy driving.
The car is well made and rock solid. The 2.4L DI engine is smooth and revs quickly into it's power band which starts at 3500rpm IMHO. Plenty of power combined with good economy. I do notice the 6-sp auto tranny shifting, not at all rough but noticeable and not quite as smooth as the old 4-sp auto in my now long gone Lucerne.
The steering is much quicker than the Lucerne and you really feel like you're driving the car rather than being along for the ride. The ride is still smooth and quiet as you would expect from this class of car. I am 100% satisfied after 4 weeks and 1000 miles!
Oct 09, 2011 (12:56 pm)
Your first sentence is laughable. If you have the seats that are designed to be cooling capable, that is the perforated ones, they are not comfortable. They are very hard compared to most seats, whether you have the cooling or not. Perhaps you need to check some other seats if you think they are comfortable. You may not have problems with the lumbar deflating whenever it wants to. Also, note that these poor seats are also in other makes such as Chrysler 300 and Cadillac. Reliable? Am I the only one with problems? Hell NO! As I mentioned in previous post, new owners are still complaining about the seat memory system. GM has still not given an answer on which portable hard drive actually works. And as I have posted several of the files that are claimed to work in the owner's manual do not. I've been in more than one vehicle where the SBZA does not work. And every vehicle with more than a thousand miles on it has the boots falling down on the rear, unless they were lucky enough to get the assemblies replaced by the dealer.
And about half of the vehicles I've seen have the gap between the fender and door seal.
And none of the vehicles I've been in have the CAF functioning as it is supposed to, or at least have a leak path allowing unfiltered air in. I now suspect the latter because I ran through a smelly area yesterday with it in the auto position. I quickly switched to outside air, no light on that switch, and the smell quickly disappated until I opened the window to check.
One system designer not working with another?
I can't say of everywhere, but it looks like the Buick dealer does not want used ones in this city or the alternate dealer I've been to. Here, most of them are on the Chevy lot and Mercury dealer pretty much told me he did not want it. He'd call Buick to get a trade value then wholesale it. The other dealer had none on his lot and it carries the full GM line. On neighboring lots of the same name, he carries several brands of import names.
Imagined? Is your brain disengaged? Why would any of it be imagined? Do I have to have family members chime in to witness? One of my daughters is shopping for new right now and actually seen many of the things that went wrong, are still wrong, on this one, will not go near a GM lot. Another daughter and her husband are shopping for something used, but won't go near a GM for the same reason. One family member has two GM, the older one, a Tahoe, being the most reliable he has ever had, but his three year old truck has him swearing he'll never have another.
Me, I'm lucky. I'll be rid of this thing in a week, assuming they set date that soon.
I should start a pool as to whether anything else acts up in the remaining time. I'd bet yes.
#1817 of 2056 Re: Things [bwia]
Oct 09, 2011 (1:28 pm)
I agree. It is similar to trolling on a message board, except this seems to occur in real life. Ditch the car, end your misery, and move on.
#1818 of 2056 Re: Things [ab348]
Oct 09, 2011 (5:07 pm)
> except this seems to occur in real life.
Try reading about Munchausen Syndrome.
Be clear to read about Munchausen and not Munchausen by proxy. Munchausen by proxy makes the news once in a while because it often involves children so it's good news fodder.
Oct 10, 2011 (5:28 am)
Couple questions for you guys
1:) Aside from e_net_rider who obviously has a lemon, how has the car been reliability wise?
2:) Average real-world MPG from the 3.6? I would assume that the 10 and 11 models should be similar to the 12 (even with the HP bump)
3:) How is the NAV? I usually don't get it, but want the backup cam and the HDD music ripping function. I know it doesn't announce street names, but curious how it is otherwise.
4:) How is torque steer? I noticed a little from the test drive, but wondering if its proved to be annoying to anyone. I just came out of a RWD drive car and 300+HP is tough on a front-driver.
5:) any other positives and negatives you think of.
I haven't had a GM car (do have a 99 S10 good little truck) since my disaster of an 1998 Olds 88 but willing to give GM another shot. The LaCrosse looks like a heck of a car.
#1820 of 2056 Re: Things [imidazol97]
Oct 10, 2011 (6:05 am)
No, thank you.
It would already have been done if it had not been for the passing of my father.
As mentioned earlier, the deal has been faxed back to them. They said approximately 4 business days for the meet to turn in. Apparently the dealer also has to sign something and it would be 4 days from then. I assumed that might be Thursday or Friday of this week. But I forgot about Columbus Day, so maybe Friday.
I'm glad most of you are having good luck with yours and are satisfied. Perhaps the stripped CX, 4 cylinder is a wiser choice.
I would hope that GM would fix obvious things, I have several. Also when things are repeatedly intermittant, they would eventually authorize changing of some components as a wise troubleshooting effort to make it right.
Working under those perameters, they should have allowed changing components that could cause the lumbar to leak down. And something should have been done about the play in the steering after changing the column.
And the issue of why it was not cooling as well after changing the expansion valve.
The batteries were changed being obviously bad.
And so with rear shock mounts with falling boots.
The list is just so long, especially with intermittant problems. That is a big problem because of the way GM deals with such. Even the issue of "Which HDD?", which should be easily answerable, is not. This makes it impossible for the dealer to determine if it is a problem with the vehicle.
Good luck to all.
#1821 of 2056 Just Purchased 2011 CXS Lacrosse
Oct 10, 2011 (6:31 am)
I just purchased my 2011 CXS Lacrosse two days ago after struggling to choose between it and the 2011 Regal Ti. I loved the sportiness of the Regal but the roominess and toys included with the Lacrosse. And, as my wife noted, the kids will only get bigger so the extra legroom will come in handy. So far I love it a lot. Only two things which may be normal or may not:
1. I love the feature where by when the car is turned off, the driver's seat moves all the way back to allow it easier to get out of the car. However, when you start the car and get back in, the seat doesn't re-adjust. Should it? I have to press my memory setting. Which leads me to #2 ...
2. When I press my memory setting, I have to hold the button down until everything is back in place. I cant just press it once. Is this the normal behavior as well? This is my first Buick but have always owned GM (Pontiac, GMC) and in those I only had to press the button once.
Beyond those nits I love it.
#1822 of 2056 Re: . [tjc78]
Oct 10, 2011 (10:18 am)
1:) Aside from e_net_rider who obviously has a lemon, how has the car been reliability wise?
2:) Average real-world MPG from the 3.6? I would assume that the 10 and 11 models should be similar to the 12 (even with the HP bump.
I have a 2011 CXS with all the options except for sunroof. On my last four tankfuls of Shell V-Power 93 octane premium my MPG were 19.2, 18.8, 17.8 and 23.1 respectively. To be fair I do mostly city and surburban driving.
3:) How is the NAV? I usually don't get it, but want the backup cam and the HDD music ripping function. I know it doesn't announce street names, but curious how it is otherwise
The NAV is wonderful. It may not be as detailed as a Garmin or Magellan but it does announce street names and is equally competent with voice, manual or eNav input. I prefer to use voice input and the voice recognition software works great.
4:) How is torque steer? I noticed a little from the test drive, but wondering if its proved to be annoying to anyone. I just came out of a RWD drive car and 300+HP is tough on a front-driver
I will let others answer that. But with the Hiper-Strut system I have never experienced torque steer.
5:) any other positives and negatives you think of
Rear visibility and blind spots are concerns so I would get the back-up camera and blind side zone detection options.
The car learns your driving habits and the transmission adapts or adjusts accordingly. In over one year of driving experience I have zero reportable conditions. In short, flawless operation.
And finally, get ready to smile and to say "thank you" for the many compliments you will get from kids, teenagers, women, men and older folks.
Great car! Enjoy the ride.
#1823 of 2056 Re: . [bwia]
Oct 10, 2011 (10:33 am)
Thanks for your comments bwia. I appreciate it. The salesman told me the NAV didn't say street names when I specifically asked.
I did notice a touch of torque steer when really getting on the car, not a ton and certainly not a deal breaker, was just curious if anyone else noticed it.
Is premium fuel required? It looks like I will take a small MPG hit from my Genesis. I was able to hover around 20 most of the time with all city or gridlock highway.
Tuesday or Wednesday night I am going to ask the dealer for a demo for about an hour so I can "get to know the car" better and make a decision. It certainly does look as if I may be getting one. I am thinking black over beige interior Premium III w/Nav and sunroof. Buick dropped the "trim levels" its all "packages" now.
#1824 of 2056 Re: Happy LaCrosse Owner [dodgeman07]
Oct 10, 2011 (11:05 am)
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