2005 Buick LaCrosse from North America
Very nice car, but can't stand to drive it with windows open
I like this car very much, however, find it almost impossible to drive with drivers side window down! The wind comes in as if you're in a wind tunnel. Also, standing still at a drive through in the rain, window open while ordering, no wind, rain coming in a lot. Is it the aerodynamics? Anyone else have this complaint?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2006
I have a similar GM car that is very difficult to drive with only the driver's window down. Creates unbelievable buffetting. I found it helps by dropping the rear seat (driver side) window down an inch or two--makes all the difference.
Aftermarket window visors are available at parts stores and catalogs (JCWhitney). They're like little plastic awnings that snap in on the outside of the window. They deflect rain and wind and also look sporty. I'd recommend getting 'em.
Aerodynamics? Please. You should know in EVERY car you are supposed to crack your rear windows when you have the front one open. Therefore, some air comes towards you, the rest flows out the window. It is not aerodynamics, its common sense.
OK, some people should not be allowed to have the privelege of commenting on reviews. Rudeness! Anyway, cracking or completely lowering the driver's-side rear window will definitely help keep the wind from smacking the side of your head while driving. You probably notice a lot of rain water coming in with your window down because the side windows are very sloped inwards, which creates more vertical area for the rain to fall through and into your car. Older cars with straighter, more vertical side windows did not have this problem as badly.
As comment 01:26 recommends, the window visors are a great fix for rain coming in the windows. They go on every vehicle I get because I enjoy driving with the window down in hot weather even in the rain if the A/C is not on. I drive a Pontiac and have never experienced the severe buffeting mentioned. I suspect the styling of your car (which, incidentally, I find very pleasing) is to blame. Air flow is effected by a number of variables.