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#800 of 2053 Re: Is This Really a Buick? [bwia]
Sep 02, 2010 (3:41 am)
Wow! You are right- this should not have happened to a 2008 Malibu. I traded in a 2010 Malibu with 20,000 miles on it for the LaCrosse. I actually had a new 2006 Cadillac DTS that I traded in on the Malibu- I wanted something smaller with better gas mileage ( on the highway was getting 37 MPG on Malibu). I never had one problem with this car, as the other 2010 Malibu in our household has never had one issue either. From other Malibu owners I know, quality seems to be one of the strong suits for the car, so I'm assuming what happened to you was the exception rather than the rule. The LaCrosse I now have gives me a ride nearly as comfortable as my DTS, and the handling of the car has been quite impressive. The MPG won't come close to the Malibu, but I was ready for a slightly larger car. And yes, being addicted to new cars is one of my vices!
Sep 02, 2010 (8:57 am)
Lacrosse outsold TL, ES350 and Avalon yet again last month. It also outsold the Taurus by a small margin. Considering where Buick was 2-3 years ago this is impressive to say the least. When the Lacrosse came out some were questioning if Buick should even be mentioning Lexus in ads as if there was no way people would take such a comparison seriously. I don't think anyone thinks like that today, especially not Lexus considering the ES has been outsold by the Buick for the year.
#802 of 2053 Re:Lacrosse great choice- Is This Really a Buick? [john178]
Sep 04, 2010 (4:01 am)
Using cruise control at no more than 76 mph and driving stretches at 72 as well, my 2010 CXS with Touring package got me 24.5 mpg on a 68 degree day. It was tolerable but I was hoping for a couple of miles more. Are you in a CXS with the larger V6?
#803 of 2053 Re:Lacrosse great choice- Is This Really a Buick? [rainman5542]
Sep 04, 2010 (7:04 am)
My 2011 LaCrosse is the 3.6L, V6, and is a CXL model. Even though the MPG you are getting is disappointing, with the larger V6 I didn't plan on getting much better gas mileage. I guess something has to sacrifice, and so far have been totally satisfied with the car.
#804 of 2053 Re:Lacrosse Gas Mileage- Is This Really a Buick? [rainman5542]
Sep 04, 2010 (12:34 pm)
Rainman: We have 2200 miles on 2010 CXL with 3.0 L V-6 and on first 1500 mile trip we averaged 29 MPG at 70-80 mph all highway. My opinion is that the final drive ratio is the key to hiway MPG. Our window sticker showed 2.77 final drive which is what we had on older Bonneville that got 30+ at same speed and had same exact final drive. Cadillacs and certain other "performance" cars use much higher ratio in mid or high 3.xx ratios. Result is much higher RPM at hiway speed.
Check your RPM's and final drive ratio. Ours runs below 2000 rpm at 70 which is the key to higher mleage IMO. Only one guys view but seems to explain results.
#805 of 2053 Re:Lacrosse Gas Mileage- Is This Really a Buick? [crankeee]
Sep 04, 2010 (4:36 pm)
Thanks for the reply. My car also has the 2.77 axle and revs are very low at highway speed.
#806 of 2053 Re: Is This Really a Buick? [john178]
Sep 07, 2010 (5:56 am)
I too am addicted to cars. Is there any help for us once the cash flow gets low? lol
#807 of 2053 Re:Lacrosse Gas Mileage- Is This Really a Buick? [rainman5542]
Sep 07, 2010 (6:03 am)
I don't know what my final drive ratio is, but I have a Lucerne with a Northstar V8 and constantly get 28 mpg on the highway. With cruise set at 70 I'm doing about 1750-1800 rpm. Even with only a 4-speed tranny, I think this is pretty good.
#808 of 2053 Uncomfortable headrest
Sep 07, 2010 (7:23 pm)
I find the front headrests of 2010 LaCrosse rather uncomfortable. They are positioned far too forward. I took my car to a local dealer and complained about that and was told that the headrests are safety equipments and, therefore, should not be adjusted. I saw somewhere in internet that the headrests can be rotated but could not find how that can be done. Does anyone have any practical solution to this nagging problem? Many thanks in advance.
#809 of 2053 Sport Mode,Yes! Touring Mode, Hmmm!
Sep 07, 2010 (7:35 pm)
Well guys I've hit the sweet spot with my Lacrosse but am I paying a fuel penalty for the privilege?
Last week I started driving in the manual mode. I love the ride and handling but not necessarily the constant gear shifting. So I decided to try the Sport Mode and voila...driving nirvana. The car handles great and the steering and ride are perfect: not too soft or not too taut.
All I can say is Wow! as I drive the streets of New England with a big grin on my face. But I am beginning to believe my mileage is worst than in Sport Mode than in the Touring mode. Could it be that I am unconsciously driving more aggressively or does the Sport mode inherently use more gas? Your thoughts and experiences are appreciated.