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#1879 of 2056 10 Top Cars Old Folks Buy
Nov 27, 2011 (5:34 am)
Not sure if this article is an insult or a compliment but here goes.
TrueCar.com compiled a list of the top brands purchased by seniors in 2009 and 2010, by percentage of buyers.
Topping the list of brands were Buick, Lincoln and Cadillac.The survey shows that 58.9% of LaCrosse buyers were seniors.
Although it has been gaining buyers in all segments, Buick leads all brands in the percentage of senior buyers, with 57.5%. For the first seven months, Buick sales rose 27.2%, leading all GM brands, while the average age of the brand's buyers is falling. Read more at
#1880 of 2056 Re: [joelippard3]
Nov 27, 2011 (6:10 am)
I have had Goodyear Eagle tires as OEM equipment on several cars and would never buy them as replacements. They tend to be lousy tires in my experience. I suspect they are sold to manufacturers on the basis of some MBA's spreadsheet of best price/performance, which means they are a compromise. I tend to be a Michelin man when it comes time to replace tires and have had very good luck with every Michelin tire I have ever owned.
Nov 27, 2011 (8:26 am)
I just did a search on a Nav Upgrade disk and found out the price is $190 - WOW - I can buy a new Garmin for half that amount (and for a little more have free lifetime upgrades).
I suppose this is excluded from either the initial warranty of an extended warranty.
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS, WHEN YOU PAY THIS MUCH FOR THE CAR AND THE SYSTEM - UPGRADES SHOULD BE FREE OR SOMEPLACE WITHIN A RESONABLE PRICE. WOULD NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN WITHOUT AT LEAST FREE UPGRADES DURING ANY WARRANTY.
#1882 of 2056 Re: Nav upgrade [cooleydd]
Nov 27, 2011 (6:39 pm)
Which is one of the reasons I opted to NOT buy the NAV pkg. I reasoned I could buy over 3 years of OnStar turn-by-turn directions service and still not come close to what the NAV would have cost new on my 2011 CXS. I also have a Garmin that I carry in the car to use when all else fails. Sure, I don't have the whatever GB hard drive but my iPhone works great for my musical enjoyment. Why should I take the time to download music to my car when it's all in the iPhone? I don't see a downside to not being able to record from the radio. I canceled XM after the free period. I just don't spend my life in the car so all these entertainment options don't really matter to me.
#1883 of 2056 Re: 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition [e_net_rider]
Nov 27, 2011 (6:54 pm)
I have never experienced "sway" in my 2011 CXS with the 19" and GYs. Just returned yesterday from a 1500 mile round trip to Calif. from Oregon and the car still rides like a dream. If you recall, we have a bit of rain in Oregon and the first half of our trip was in rainy conditions.
I'm at about 8700 miles on the CXS and this is the 2nd trip to Calif. Yes, different road surfaces make the tires ride quieter or noisier but that's the pavement as much as the tire. Even on the noisiest surface, aggregated concrete, the sound is nowhere near as objectionable as the noise from my 2010 Equinox with 18" Michelins on asphalt. YMMV
#1884 of 2056 Re: time after time [dwight9]
Dec 02, 2011 (2:04 pm)
Don't suppose anyone has figured out this clock problem. Had the same thing happen as what happened to Dwight. The dealership said my Lacrosse was supposed to automatically adjust for the time change. It didn't this time & I've tried multiple, multiple times to set it following the manual. What is the deal?!
#1885 of 2056 Re: Nav upgrade [cooleydd]
Dec 13, 2011 (2:36 pm)
Update: After finding the cost of new maps of $190.00 for my Lacrosse I decided to look around at portable nav units. I found a Garmin 1490 with lifetime maps and lifetime traffic. It has 4 map updates a year. I purchased the unit for around $160 from Amazon and updated the maps. I charged the battery and added addresses.
It also has Bluetooth and paired it to my phone. Now I can use all of the phone numbers in my cell phone to call hands off. I do not have to add phone numbers. In addition it has all of the phone numbers of the Points of Interest so I can locate one and call. I can call these phone numbers by voice as I do on my cell phone.
All in all it is a terrific unit and I like it really better than the nav in the Lacrosse. Although I bought this for another car I think I may just buy another one for my Lacrosse. It is worth it just for the map updates. It has all of the bells and whistles of the Lacrosse nav unit plus some additional ones like speed limits of major toads (and even some minor roads) displayed.
It is a 5" screen (smaller than the Lacrosse) but is more easily read and more information displayed.
I don't think I will ever buy a built-in nav unit again in a car. I can buy these portable units for all my cars at a price far less than one Lacrosse nave unit. In addition I can move them from car to car when I buy a new car.
Dec 13, 2011 (4:41 pm)
You trade mobility for security and convenience. These units are stolen with great frequency.
#1887 of 2056 Sorry I don't buy your argument
Dec 13, 2011 (5:17 pm)
I could have a lot of these units stolen before I hit the cost of the nav unit.
I find the Garmin to be convenient and better security because it is up to date with maps. There are other things about the Garmin that makes it as convenient, if not more so, than the built in nav unit.
Don't get me wrong I love my Lacrosse - don't know off hand of any other car I would trade it for. It has its problems, as discussed here, but no more so, at least in my opinion and probably less,than most brand new model cars (mine is a 2010 bought soon after introduction.
But for the price of the nav unit it ought to come with lifetime map updates free or a very small cost. They have the updates anyway and they are downloadable which is very low cost for GM.
#1888 of 2056 Re: Sorry I don't buy your argument [cooleydd]
Dec 13, 2011 (6:30 pm)
Aftermarket Nav units are generally better than just about any in-dash OEM unit. The integration is where the OEM Units shine. You can have your radio cranked up and the system lowers the volume to tell you your next turn, and no aftermarket unit is going to put the directions on the HUD as the LaCrosse does.