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#269 of 753 Re: The Buick Regal is TOO slow! [priggly]
Nov 01, 2010 (1:48 pm)
Well, you raise an interesting question. The Impala is built on GM's old W-body platform, as is my '09 Allure/Lacrosse. As an older platform, it lacks a lot of the hi-tech geegaws that newer designs receive. It is also less rigid but trades that off for lighter weight. It may not be quite as good in a crash, though I do not know that for a fact.
For what I would spend on a Regal GS or a 2011 Lacrosse CXS, I could have bought an Impala SS or, even better, the Lacrosse Super, with the V-8. Now, it would look old-fashioned inside and out, and the dash designs are old-style, and some of the materials were not as good. But it is roomier and probably a lot less expensive to fix should something go wrong.
Is it progress? From the point of view of looks and efficiency, probably so. But my '09 Allure, with the ancient 3800, put out 200hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. That's more power than the base Regal has. Even with the old 4-speed automatic, my car moves quite well. I have driven the base Regal, and it might be a bit quicker off the line than my car thanks to the 6-speed transmission, but the rest of the time it drives pretty much the same. I like the size and handling of the Regal compared to my car, but it isn't a huge leap forward. But it is new and stylish and has all the tech. I'm happy with my car and feel no urge to upgrade right now.
#270 of 753 Re: The Buick Regal is TOO slow! [priggly]
Nov 01, 2010 (2:20 pm)
Somebody driving a V8 powered Impala states they get 26mpg hwy. A car that's rated 16mpg city and 19mpg combined. Sure you can 26mpg if you drive 65mph on a level highway, but that's far more than that car will ever average.
And yes, I don't need a 300hp engine while our planet is down to it's last 38 years worth of petroleum. I do fine with cars I can average 26mpg in, thank you.
#273 of 753 Re: The Buick Regal is TOO slow! [priggly]
Nov 01, 2010 (4:28 pm)
Let's keep the politics out of this discussion. You've swerved pretty far in the last couple of posts, and are starting to get shrill. And speaking for myself, I personally don't want to read rants about liberal lunatics, scientific conspiracies, and Al Gore's beach mansion, or claims that these people are ganging up and wrecking the world (and depriving everyone of cheap gas and a good time, just because).
There are other blogs for that sort of thing, filled with like-minded people. And talk radio.
Make sense? Let's talk about cars.
#274 of 753 Re: The Buick Regal is TOO slow! [bokonon3]
Nov 01, 2010 (5:57 pm)
#276 of 753 Re: The Buick Regal is TOO slow! [priggly]
Nov 01, 2010 (7:13 pm)
Give it a rest, priggly. You're obviously immune to any point of view beyond your own.