The LaCrosse is a much needed replacement for he Century and Regal. It has great looks and is based on the Chevrolet Impala platform which has proven pretty reliable!
You are right: Buick's have had great reliability records for quite some time. The Lacross looks sporty and somewhat European, even though it still resembles the rest of the Buick line.
I've owned my LaCrosse for about six weeks now, but have already logged over 7000 miles on it. My job keeps me on the road, and I have a chance to rent many different cars when I travel... Buicks have turned out to be my favorite. I've got to tell you though, this LaCrosse is probably the finest car I've driven (and I just got rid of a Mercedes that I've had for years). Just a fantastic, quite and powerful car... both my wife and I love it! My Dad has owned Buicks for years, and routinely puts 150,000 to 200,000 on a car before he trades it in... guess it was time for me to get one, too. Get one, you won't be dissapointed.
The Buick Is designed with the 3800 engine and although La Crosse is new the powertrain is well proven. I found the La Crosse very well designed. I like that unlike other Buick's, it does not scrape the bottom coming out of a drive way. I give the La Crosse an 8 wishing that heated leather seats were an option. Very Sporty and a great handler. Definitely a 30 to 45 yr old persons Buick.
I traded a 2004 Cadillac CTS in for the LaCrosse 4 days ago and dropped my payment by over $100 a month. I will admit the car is great with more options than the CTS for a price much less. Makes me wonder why I ever purchased the CTS in the first place.
I do recommend the vehicle for just about anyone. I am 30 years old and it truly competes with the CTS.
The remote start is one of the best features.
I have a 87 and a 93 Buick, Riviera and Park Avenue and both have the 3.8L engine. Both are fine vehicles. In fact, the 2004 Buick Regal received better reviews from Consumer Reports than did Toyota Camry or Honda Accord and the Wall Street Journal even did a story on this... the Lacrosse is the replacement for the Regal/Century and if you hate AMERICAN cars relax cause it is made by the UAW of CANADA in CANADA!
Wait till you see the Lucerne in fall 2005 and NO I don't work for any Buick dealer Co etc! Go Buick! Yes, I would really rather have a Buick!
My mom purchased a new LaCrosse CXL two months ago. I can generally agree with all the postings praising the car. However, the front buckets are causing back pain for everyone that tries to ride in them. The seats show no evidence of defect. The lumbar region pushes forward on the spine to, seemingly, simulate a cushion at your back. Most people would want this, yet no one in our immediate family or closer circle of friends is comfortable in the car. Does anyone else have this situation?
Just an interesting little bit of trivia regarding the LaCrosse. The name LaCrosse could not be used in Canada because in French the word LaCrosse is slang for "pleasuring one's self". So in Canada, the LaCrosse is called the Allure - same car, different name. I guess GM learned their lesson with the Nova (Spanish for "No go")
And yes, both the LaCrosse and the Allure are manufactured exclusively in Canada at the award winning Oshawa, Ontario plant by CAW (Canadian Autoworkers Union - not UAW of Canada as someone mentioned earlier - just an FYI). I am not connected to GM in any way.
I purchased a 2005 LaCrosse CXL in July, black on black with sunroof, 6 cd changer, leather interior, on star, etc. I absolutely LOVE it. The best car I've ever driven and owned. I'll never go back to a truck or suv again. Rides quiet and drives smooth. (turns heads) Of course, it doesn't hurt to drive what Tiger drives, if only in commercials.
I bought a Lacrosse CXL in February 2005 and have driven it 34,000 miles in 16 months. It is a comfortable and fun car to own. This is my third Buick and they have all been great problem free cars.
My only complaint is the 6 way power seat should be 8 way.
Any review I'd write about a late model GM car WOULD look like a GM advertisement. They are that good. Oh, and I've owned a "superior" Japanese car. It was a disaster and I'll NEVER own another one.
To the 12th commentor, comparing the name change of LaCrosse to Allure for the Canadian market is not in any way similar to the "experience" of selling the Nova in Latin America. The LaCrosse name change was based on a very valid language/cultural issue, the Nova story is simply an urban legend and nothing more. It deserves to be buried once and for all.
"Nova" is Latin for "new", to suggest that non-English speakers wouldn't understand a Latin word when they saw it is ridiculous. Its even pronounced differently from "no va"- Spanish for "no go"- Nova has a longer "o" and no accent on the "a", no va has a short "o" and an accented "a". To a Spanish speaker they sound very different. Also, when a car doesn't run, you simply say it doesn't run, or that its broken down. Referring to an inoperative car as "no go" sounds just as grammatically incorrect and unnatural in Spanish as it does in English.
Furthermore, the Chevrolet Nova was sold in several Spanish and Portuguese-speaking markets (primarily Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Brazil) with no name change for years, and it was actually a commercial success. There is no evidence of any kind to indicate that the car was a flop, it was actually in the top 20 on the Mexican sales charts for awhile.
My family and I are still rolling in the floor over comment 18:22 (near the beginning of the comments). We only have 230,000 trouble-free miles on our Buick. Just how many more do we have to go before we discover how crappy and unreliable it is??
I'm considering the LaCrosse as a replacement for my current very sporty and sleek sport sedan. I looked at one and I DO happen to think that "sleek and sporty" ARE good descriptions of this incredibly well-executed, fast and luxurious sport sedan. The styling of the LaCrosse definitely puts the hideously ugly Accord and new (and even MORE HIDEOUS) Camry to shame.
It's good to see Buick finally reaching the younger market. For a long time the Buick line has been regarded as GM's "old folks car division", just as the Camry has filled that niche for Toyota. Now I'm seeing an awful lot of younger people driving the very sleek, sporty and powerful Lacrosses, and I'm pleased to see a younger segment of the public embracing this very solid and well-built car. GM has built the best cars on the planet for years now, and it's good to see the public waking up to that fact. When financially troubled Nissan recently approached GM about a merger to save them from bankruptcy, I couldn't help, but laugh at the clueless folks who rave about Japanese cars. (Incidentally, the merger didn't happen. I guess GM isn't that desperate yet!!)