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NJ-Bill 02-20-2013 08:08 PM

Inheritance car surprised me - Buick Lacrosse
 
My father recently passed. He left me his estate, which included a 2010 Buick Lacrosse with 4k miles. My initial thought was that I would sell or trade it for something more my style. However, I missed dad and have been driving the car for sentimental reasons. To be honest, I soured on GM vehicles about 20 years ago and was sure I would not like this car. I was wrong.

Well, I will be the first to admit my initial impressions about this car were wrong. It is awesome; fast, comfortable, loaded with technology and very efficient. I am definitely keeping this car and proclaiming that GM is back in the game. If you are in the market for a sedan in the $30 -$40k range, and you think American manufacturers do not have anything to offer, just go drive the Lacrosse.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ps77021cc0.jpg

Manuel Garcia O'Kely 02-20-2013 08:45 PM

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Elburrito 02-20-2013 08:51 PM

Nice car....and sorry to hear about your dad.

garandman 02-20-2013 08:59 PM

They turn heads, but these days most of those heads don't know it's a Buick.

The Chinese market has resurrected the brand.

Guano11 02-20-2013 10:34 PM

Totally agree GM (and particularly Buick) is back in The Game. The cars are particularly competent.

I just hope it's not too late....

Sorry for your loss, too.

dlearl476 02-21-2013 03:44 AM

I was somewhat gobsmacked the other day when I discovered the car I was admiring was a Buick Regal GS. My dad drove Buicks as well and got a few "hand me downs." It's always been my favorite GM brand.
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/new...-info-car-news

Nophix 02-21-2013 04:23 AM

I test drove the new Regal T Type, and found myself really liking it.

klp 02-21-2013 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by dlearl476 (Post 20775201)
I was somewhat gobsmacked the other day when I discovered the car I was admiring was a Buick Regal GS. My dad drove Buicks as well and got a few "hand me downs." It's always been my favorite GM brand.
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/new...-info-car-news

I drove a new GS and it was a nice car, quiet solid ride and decent handling due in part to huge tires. I really liked the interior too.

Many here remember the GS heritage I am sure and in that regard it did not really live up. 2.0t is a decent setup but lag and gearing made it feel pretty sluggish. C/D said it best - it may make 280hp at 5500 rpm but at 5499 and 5501 it's more like 200. That's about what it felt like. Nice car though.

In the end I bought a '12 Mustang GT!

OP, sorry about your dad.

mark883 02-21-2013 04:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dlearl476 (Post 20775201)
I was somewhat gobsmacked the other day when I discovered the car I was admiring was a Buick Regal GS. My dad drove Buicks as well and got a few "hand me downs." It's always been my favorite GM brand.
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/new...-info-car-news


Regal: A new top-level GS model brings an uprated version of the Regal turbo’s direct-injected 2.0-liter four, now making 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is initially the only available gearbox; a six-speed automatic will be optional later this year. The GS gets its own front fascia and a small rear spoiler, trapezoidal exhaust outlets, and Brembo front brake calipers. The cabin boasts sportier front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and satin-metallic trim.


Whaaaaaaa?! A six speed manual? In a Buick? When's the last time that happened? Want :tb

My dad had a '86 GN. Maybe not very refined, but loved the turbo boost.

LuciferMutt 02-21-2013 06:00 AM

Sorry about your dad.
Glad you are enjoying his car.
To me, new Buicks are nothing more surprising than new cars from Ford, Chevy or Chrysler corp - they are all very damn good these days. You can't be a global manufacturer and make a shoddy product anymore. The last 10 years has really changed that. I'd buy a new car from any manufacturer out there -- hell I bought a Fiat Abarth last year. I'm not worried about reliability issues -- that stuff is a non-issue anymore.

Heyload 02-21-2013 06:28 AM

Well, I guess this proves their ad campaign wrong.

This really is your father's Buick!

I inherited a mid-70's Ford Granada from my dad...don't even get me started.

NJ-Bill 02-21-2013 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by LuciferMutt (Post 20775710)
To me, new Buicks are nothing more surprising than new cars from Ford, Chevy or Chrysler corp - they are all very damn good these days. You can't be a global manufacturer and make a shoddy product anymore. The last 10 years has really changed that.

I am glad to hear this. Thanks. Dad was an American car buyer through thick and thin. I know my defection to Japanese vehicles in the 1980s bothered him. Keeping this car is right for me on multiple levels.

spezjag 02-21-2013 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Heyload (Post 20775852)
I inherited a mid-70's Ford Granada from my dad...don't even get me started.

"I can't tell the difference!"
http://cache.deadspin.com/assets/ima...ercedes_Ad.jpg

mudgepondexpress 02-21-2013 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by spezjag (Post 20775900)

Say what you will but it made a bitchin' stock car! I raced one for 8 years on a 1/4 mile oval...I miss it. Stripped of the ugly brik brak it was actually a decent looking vehicle.

Kenny

A-Bone 02-21-2013 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by NJ-Bill (Post 20774102)

Nice car Shaq......

They have gotten great reviews in the last few years... :clap

Glad you like it.. sorry about how you came into it...

Is the ride pretty quiet on top of your other adjectives??

I am longing for a car that it exceptionally quiet (road, engine, etc)...


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