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#1978 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [joelippard3]
Aug 06, 2012 (8:51 am)
There is a good chance he is referring to me with issues, since mine is like they saved all the defective parts and built it. But there are others, and I'll bet you that I can tell you a defect on any of them you look at. I've looked at at least thirty that all had this issue. You might think it minor, but GM/Buick obviously don't give a rip anymore. They fixed some of the early cases by replacing defective part, but by time I approached them they would not and that was the case with nearly all issues I had.
You can check what I mentioned very easily since you don't even have to get into vehicle. At the rear wheel, look behind it for the rear shock. The upper portion of the shock itself is supposed to be protected from the environment by a protective rubber boot held in place by the upper shock mount. They all seem to fall out in just a couple of thousand miles, hence that shiny chromed rod collects debris or corrosion leading to early failure of the shock. I can not speak for 2012 models, but 2010 & 2011 have this issue. Might seem minor, but I mention it as it is so easy to notice, and represents the amount of care that GM seems to have of many issues.
As to smooth ride, only if the surface is like glass. (touring package). Among salemen, "A seat for every ass, and a ass for every seat." That is I wish to mention the seat since it is a pretty basic item. I've found this to be true of all GM and Chrysler models that have available cooled seats. (Just because the seats are not cooled, it does not mean they did not use the same seat)
On short rides you likely will not notice, but rides over an hour were a problem for me. I frequently wear jeans and at first I thought the areas where the pockets or other seams were sown were causing pressure points leading to discomfort. On a couple of long drives I made a point of wearing slacks that were quite smooth and although better, I was still feeling something, sort of like sitting on several marbles, maybe. Can I say, "Pain in the ass?" Did it. Then I suspected the heating wires in the seat. Finally I come across a review by one of the well known car magazines expressing their findings of cooled seats. They just are not comfortable as regular seats was their finding. Apparently they have to remove much of the prior used material so that air can be forced through. My conclusion was that I was feeling the heating wires and maybe even the springs or whatever they used in place of normal padding. When I got rid of the lemon, I looked at Cadillac coupe and Chrysler 300 in show room. After a few hard bounces on seat to settle in, I concluded they had same issue. Having decided to try to have a Detroit name, that only left Ford. I drove a demo Fusion with 5K miles and concluded it had been driven by a someone weighing 400# and all of it down railroad ties. No cushion left in that seat. And it was not a cooled seat, maybe the cheap option since it was cloth. I went next door to the Mazda, Lincoln Mercury dealer. Climbed into an MKS. Gave the seat the same workout. Wait a minute, let's try this again. Damned, seems they got it right! Check it yourself, please.
I ended up buying a 2010 low mileage. I can not speak to the back seat since I rode in neither, but a cousin of mine did. Round trip from Chatanooga to central Wisconsin. Both seem to have roomy back seats. The Lacrosse was summer and the Lincoln was February. When I dropped her back after the last trip, she commented, "That is the smoothest, most comfortable ride I've ever been on!" I asked, "Better than the Buick?" She replied, " Oh yes, by far!" From the front seat, I agree. Now approaching 30K, I can tell you the passenger seat is better than the driver, but it is seldom used. And the driver is still very comfortable.
Is it a perfect car? No. I find the carpetting of low quality. The 2010 3.7L lacks the power of the GM 3.6L and a bit weaker on gas mileage. (3.7 revamped in 2013, but still not direct injection. There is the turbo 3.5 option available.) I know nothing of the new MKS, turboed, electronic suspension, etc. Comparing what I know, Lacrosse with touring is quite tight on handling, if you like hanging curves like a cat clawing into the pavement. But not to be done on anything but dry great roads. (This assumes that somehow you steering linkage does not get screwed up)
Some options were not available on 2010 that were introduced in phases, not annual updates, over a period of time. So don't assume that available options are the same from one vehicle to the next. Complaints of function with bluetooth/Nav not working or not available for early but changes for latter fixed or added functionality. External HDD would not work, plugged to USB port, in 2011 Buick, but works perfectly in 2010 MKS.
Certified vehicle might be a consideration. Costs a little more, maybe. Likely better warranty coverage, if the coverage is any good. I don't know what GM did with all the bailout money, or even the portion that was for honoring warranties.
#1979 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [mcd2515]
Aug 06, 2012 (10:09 am)
My 2005 LaCrosse, like so many others of that vintage, has a steering problem which GM has known about from "day one" yet GM refuses to issue a recall. GM customer service: IF you spend your own money to determine IF your vehicle is worthy of post-warranty GM service, and indeed it is determined your vehicle has the steering problem, GM may or may not, at its discretion, decide to pay for any/all of the repair costs. This is my main gripe with GM: if they knew about a problem (steering), they should have issued a recall instead of letting its customers twist in the wind. Never again will my feet cross the threshold of a GM dealership.
#1980 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [mcd2515]
Aug 06, 2012 (2:27 pm)
My CXS with Touring Pkg and GoodYear Eagle RSAs is smooth as my past Mercedes E series.
#1981 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [lacrossesoaked]
Aug 06, 2012 (8:44 pm)
the car I'm looking at still has a lot of the factory warranty left, but my concern is weather or not there was ever a real fix for all these problems or if Buick will just keep putting a band-ad on them tell my warranty is out.
#1982 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [mcd2515]
Aug 06, 2012 (11:30 pm)
mcd2515 is referring to an entirely different car. Starting in MY2010, the Lacrosse was an all new model.
My 2011 Lacrosse has 11,000 miles on it now and has been perfect in every respect.
#1983 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [mcd2515]
Aug 07, 2012 (9:18 am)
but my concern is weather or not there was ever a real fix for all these problems
Can you give an example of the problems to which you refer? I have a 2011 CXS with the Touring Package and it has been bullet proof. To make these disparaging comments without evidence is disingenuous to say the least.
#1984 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [bwia]
Aug 07, 2012 (9:41 am)
bwia: Methinks the ole bashers are back. We had the one joker that complained about EVERYTHING on his Lacrosse. I thought he had GM "take it back", but he still posts complaints. Strange behavior unless he gets paid to post untruths for some reason. Some people are just unhappy and can not move on.
Our 2010 CXL has been great and really a lot of value for the money. We are truly fortunate to have good cars and good roads to drive them on. Enjoy!
#1985 of 2053 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse [crankeee]
by kirstie_h HOST
Aug 07, 2012 (2:26 pm)
Why not just take the questions at face value until proven otherwise? There's no evidence to support that this person is a "basher." The best bet is to post your OWN experience with the product, and if the member returns and posts specific concerns, address them then.
#1986 of 2053 Can the titles within the hard drive be changed
Sep 03, 2012 (12:29 pm)
I have a 2010 Buick LaCrosse and many of the CD's I've recorded onto the hard drive don't record with the names of the albums/artists or tracks. All that comes up is the date it was recorded and number of tracks. Can't exactly remember something by the date I recorded into the hard drive. Any suggestions?
#1987 of 2053 Re: Can the titles within the hard drive be changed [vuenet]
Sep 03, 2012 (1:08 pm)
Hope an answer pops up as I am stumped also on a 2011 LaX