Inheritance car surprised me - Buick Lacrosse

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by NJ-Bill, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. NJ-Bill

    NJ-Bill Life is good

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    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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  2. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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  3. Elburrito

    Elburrito Donkey

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

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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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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  5. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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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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  6. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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  7. Nophix

    Nophix Been here awhile

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

    klp Been here awhile

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    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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  9. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    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 :drif

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

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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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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  11. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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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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  12. NJ-Bill

    NJ-Bill Life is good

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    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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  13. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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  14. mudgepondexpress

    mudgepondexpress Long timer

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    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
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  15. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    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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  16. Alphamale11

    Alphamale11 Adventurer

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    Nice La Crosse. Similarly, my dad passed and I bought his Harley from the estate. I intended to kee it for a short time and sell it. I mean it IS a Harley right? But I...umm...kind of ..like riding it. Sometimes those old farts know a thing or two.:evil
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  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    beautiful ride... not your grandpa's buick.. sorry for your loss.
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  18. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Quiet = Buick. They have put a LOT of effort and research in that area. Resonant frequency and airflow management, double-pane glass, and a buttload of the Good sound-deadening material. My BIL bought a Lucern a couple of years ago (after owning two Rivieras). First thing he did was take me out on the highway to show me the "18-wheeler test" the salesman had preformed on him on his test drive.

    He rolled the passenger's window down, pulled me up next to a tractor-trailer, then rolled the window back up. Complete quiet! :eek1

    BTW; There is a proven link between Noise and Fatigue. A quieter car can allow you more miles-per-day w/ less stress.


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  19. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    My grandfather buys a new one of these every couple years, his newest looks a lot like yours and I love driving it. He's 6'6, I'm 6'8 and we both comfortably fit in it with my 6'4" father in the back seat. It's head and shoulders above his last one and I'd buy one if I could afford it.

    Sorry to hear about your father.
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  20. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    I'm so old, I still can't come to grips with the fact at a buick 4 door sedan runs $30k to $40k. and yes, I've been called a tight wad before, now... Get off my lawn!!
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