I have a Lucerne CXS V8 since last December, about 4K miles so far.
The only problem was that the CD changer would not accept disks from day one
and that was quickly recitified with a new radio unit. The sound system is
I've had one Park Avenue ('97) and two LeSabres ('01 and '03). Still have
the '03. The only problems with the LeSabres were having to replace three
window controllers between the two cars. I guess there is a known longivity
problem. Not sure if the design was changed for the Lucerne.
So far so good with the Lucerne. Everyone that rides in it comments on the
comfort. Buick really improved the design of the seats, both front and
back, over the Park Ave and LeSabre.
I would recommend the car.
I almost bought a Lexus ES330 until I started reading about the unfixable
The Lucerne is Selling quite a well in the Chicago area.
I still haven't gotten used to the look of one. That huge black grille
resembles one of the Hyundia's and the decklid/tailights look like a
buddies 01 Corolla.
( not rushing out to buy one yet maybe in 2015 )
It does have a lot of features and I'm guessing it will be near the
reliability of the LeSabre, given the same drivetrain. I'm just not sure
that is a good thing given my recent experiences. I like the front, the
back, but the side profile looks a bit old instead of bold. I'm not making
up my mind on any car for 6 more months.
have a lot of features and I'm guessing it will be near the
We considered the Lucerne, but - as you say - considering the recent
with crappo engines, transmissions, window regulators, alternators, air
computers, etc. etc... I would be hard pressed to by any sort of GM, and
not a new model.
I hope you all have good luck with your Lucies.
I'm not ruling it out, but in consideration it Toyota and Nissan. I like
the Avalon and Maxima, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much on a car
but will consider a Camry and Altima along with better vacations. The
Lacrosse looks too much like my LeSabre so I'm not interested. Still have
plenty of time to decide.
We're doing the same. Perhaps I have over researched opinions on
We went out to drive a Nissan yesterday, but the salesmen were very busy
with friends, so I guess I should make an appointment. These cars look
have no idea what they feel like on the road.
The Toyota Camry or Avalon both have good reputations. We have driven the
Camry, and it was quiet, smooth, nice.
So was the VW Passat smooth and quiet, with the advantage of a killer turbo
4 cylinder engine. Again, rumors of poor reliability, disinterested
and poor problem resolution make me pull back.
The Honda Accord was pretty but the ride was not to my liking.
Not unexpectedly comments are mixed. But they are useful.
I originally had my eye on an Avalon XLS, looked like the poor man's Lexus.
But then the complaints started. Consumers Reports originally had it high
on their recommended list, but dropped it out of the list in the next issue.
Hence my interest in the Lucerne.
I have a Buick Lucerne CXS with the V8 that is two months old. Great car
with no problems other than a reset of the remote controls. Quiet, lots of
power and a great ride. If you look it is the same car (same platform, same
engine, same transmission, same dimensions, same assembly plant) as the
Cadillac DTS. The Buick is 10K cheaper!
Traded in a 2000 Olds Intrigue with 120K miles and the only repair was a
$200 sensor. Never tuned it up, never changed trans fluid or coolant. Put a
set of front brake pads and replaced original tires at 80K miles. Changed
the oil when the light came on.
Frank in DC
I would hope that you are happy with the car after two months. If one
started having problems at that age, then one might be very disappointed.
Some of the reviews I have been reading note that most serious faults with
any car come with age. Some of those reviews look at cars during the first
2000 miles of use, which is no age at all.
I want to know what I can expect at 50K or 100k, as I might well keep the
car that long or longer. The Lucerne is so new, that it will take a year or
to find out how well they are really put together. And I hope they do well.
This is the only American car we have had any interest in buying.
What to expect? Take a look at the past. The drive train is the same.
Both engines have been around a while, The trans is a variation of one that
has been around for many years. I don't see any radical new technology in
it, unless you call heated wiper fluid new technology.
That is why one is not in my driveway right now. Plan was to buy one in
April or May. New car purchase postponed until maybe January now. Not
decided what brand yet. Down payment money went to repairs of my LeSabre.
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