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#34 of 98 Buick Verano 2012
Jun 17, 2012 (4:37 am)
Update on Verano 2012 6 month to-date.
This is the little lady's ride and I get it on weekends. So far no problems to mention at all. This car is well built and fit and finish are excellent. For a car in this category it handles well and mpg not bad but could be better.
Pick up outstanding and rides like a library on the highway. Compared to Regal I tool around with this car comparable but a notch better as far as transmission and luxurious interior.
Only thing to note, front end is very low and I have a sidewalk crossing my driveway so I have a slight incline. This puppy front end dam rubs against it when I pull out to fast. Keep in mind also when parking near parking lot bumpers this baby will rip apart if you go to close.
Had a recall notice regarding air bag, but dealer inspected and said all was good!
Thats it for now!
#35 of 98 Re: Missing options [m6user]
Jun 22, 2012 (8:56 am)
A rear view camera will be available for the 2013 models.
#36 of 98 Re: Missing options [guy1974]
Jun 22, 2012 (9:56 am)
Yeah, I read about that. What about Homelink? They put it in the 2012 Regal so I thought maybe they'd put in the 2013 Verano. I just don't understand their thought processes. They want to market Buick as a premium car but don't even offer stuff that is standard on most other premium makes or even offer it as an option. Strange.
#37 of 98 Re: Missing options [m6user]
Jun 26, 2012 (5:41 am)
I suspect something must be cut somewhere, or the Verano would end up as expensive as the top end Regal or Lacrosse. It has got to be a conundrum to figuring out how to market a small luxury car without having it cost every bit as much as every other premium car. I think most manufacturers choose to make less profit on small premium cars and hope to make it up in somewhat greater volume. However, in the Verano's case, Buick is wading into territory (premium compact) where it has no track record or reputation. It certainly has made a good first effort, but sales are hardly remarkable so far.
Jun 26, 2012 (6:58 am)
Truth is you can get better deals on larger cars that have been out longer such as the Regal Vs Verano etc. It always costs to be first with a new model. If you option the Verano up too much, you'd be wise to price out other family models.
#39 of 98 Re: Cost [robtroxel]
Jun 26, 2012 (12:36 pm)
That's pretty much the case with any car class. The top of the lines tend to cross the lower or even middle of the next larger class. Lots of people just don't want a larger car even if they can get it for the same price.
However, I don't think $100 cost for adding Homelink would throw this car into another price category.
#40 of 98 Re: Cost [m6user]
Jun 27, 2012 (7:07 am)
No, it wouldn't. But adding every option each individual finds important could begin to push it there. BTW, I like Homelink, but the building to which I recently moved has an opener for the common garage that will not link with Homelink, so that option is now unimportant to me.
Also, the labor involved in building an Audi A4 for example is not appreciably different from an A6 or A7, or a Regal v. a Lacrosse.
If I were in the market for a Buick, the Verano is as big as I would want to go, living in the densest part of my city as I do. My new Volvo S60 is actually an inch or two less in length than the Verano. An A4 is about as big as I care to go with a sedan, so trading up to the next size just because it seems a better deal is not something I would do.
#41 of 98 Re: Cost [gregg_vw]
Jun 27, 2012 (7:22 am)
I'm wasn't referring not asking for "every" option known to man. Just an option that just about every premium/luxury car has standard and most regular brands at least offer. It would be nice to be able to order. I help with my mom and it is very handy to be able to program the Homelink for both my garage and hers to avoid carrying two transmitters. I was able to buy a mirror w/homelink for our Mazda. Cost about $200 installed if I recall correctly. Wish Buick would be as convenient.
#42 of 98 Re: Cost [gregg_vw]
Jun 29, 2012 (6:00 pm)
BTW, how do you like the s60? The T5 or T6?
Jun 30, 2012 (3:28 pm)
With Verano's good reviews to now, I'm looking forward to the October launch of the Turbo. I might actually be looking at my first domestic car purchase in many years if this thing lives up to my rather high standards.
I think Edmunds was being a bit harsh when they said: "Lacks the cachet of rivals like the Acura ILX, Audi A3 or Lexus IS 250." "Cache" is a very fickle and perishable commodity. 15 years ago, you couldn't give away a Cadillac; and 10 years ago, people were laughing at Hyundai. This car could be a real game changer for Buick if:
1) They get a firm grip on the car's identity and target market early on. Is it a fast upscale small car, or a premium sports compact? Flappy paddle shifters for the automatic trans and other sporting touches like premium tires and Brembo-style brakes could go a long way in reinforcing that "sports" image & performance.
2) GM resists the urge to go to el-cheapo parts bin pieces. Premium sport sedans are the sum of premium pieces - no corner cutting, please. (You know you've done it before.)
3) Keep the price realistic. You can't break into this niche by charging what the big boys have already earned the right to charge. Don't try to hit a home run on every unit by charging yourselves right out of the game. Earn your street cred first - then we'll talk about big profits.
Here's hoping GM is listening.