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Old 02-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 02-20-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #3
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Nice car....and sorry to hear about your dad.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #4
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They turn heads, but these days most of those heads don't know it's a Buick.

The Chinese market has resurrected the brand.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:44 AM   #6
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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
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:23 AM   #7
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I test drove the new Regal T Type, and found myself really liking it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:30 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:30 AM   #9
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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

My dad had a '86 GN. Maybe not very refined, but loved the turbo boost.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:00 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:28 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:34 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:36 AM   #13
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I inherited a mid-70's Ford Granada from my dad...don't even get me started.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #14
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"I can't tell the difference!"
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.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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Nice car Shaq......

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

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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