9th May 2007, 15:14
My Buick experience. Bought a used 1998 Buick Century with 39k miles on it. Chose it because at the time, it offered a far superior value than the used Camrys or Accords. Neither of them offered the size, features or luxuriousness at that same price point. It would have cost at least $3,000 more at the time to buy a smaller Camry with similar features.
So now it's 2007 and the car has 85k miles on it. I've had 3 repairs, 1 for a broken turn signal, which turned out to be god awful expensive to fix, like $700 because it's not just a simple turn signal, but has a lot of controls on it. 1 AC compressor at $350 (fortunately the used car dealer picked up this one as it was the day after I bought it), and 1 electric window motor, also about $350.
Even if I had never made 1 repair to a similar used Camry, I've come out ahead money wise, and been driving a far nicer car all that time. None of the repairs was mission critical, and I was able to drive the car until it was convenient to make the repair.
So in the great Domestic vs. Japanese debate, I'll take the domestic. It may need more repairs over it's lifetime, but you'll get far more car for less money, often saving enough to pay for those repairs.
When recently car shopping, barely gave a glance to the Camry or Accord. Why pay more for less car? Looked at the Chevy Impala, Buick La Crosse and Lucerne, Ford Five Hundred and Fusion. Ultimately went with the Fusion.
27th Jul 2007, 09:01
I have a '06 lacrosse with 6 passenger seating option (should be more roomier). The driver head space is very small/tight (compared with a Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, even compared with a Toyota Corolla). That problem and the fact of very small mirrors and back windshield (bad visibility) are the only complaints about this car.
9th Aug 2007, 17:31
To those that question Buick's quality on this thread, I found it was interesting that 5 out of the 6 owners on this site said they would buy another Buick. Compare that to say those who own late model Toyota Camrys who said they would purchase another Toyota product. It isn't even close to 5 out of 6. Buick buyers are among the most loyal in the business and for very good reason. I think it is safe to say that all of the Buick naysayers on here have never owned one much less driven one.
22nd Aug 2007, 22:02
I own a 2006 Buick Lacrosse and so far it has performed well. The only thing that bugs me is that the brake pedal is too close to me and the gas pedal is too far. It's the first car I have driven that has given me this problem. Maybe it's because of the retirees in Florida that kept hitting the gas pedal instead of the brakes and caused accidents?!
27th Aug 2007, 20:19
Let me see if I can put all this into perspective, I agree with Buick reliability. Honda's and Toyota's also nice vehicles. However, I went to my locate dealer today to check out a Lacrosse. Liked it, although, nothing special as far as styling goes. Didn't find the driver's seat all that comfortable. It may just be new. There were still 6 new 2006 models on the lot??? with the 2008's due out in less than a month. Needless to say, this car is not popular. That equates to a high depreciation. From a financial aspect, The absolute worse thing you can do to yourself when buying a ***NEW*** car is buy one which tanks in value. With that said, a 3-4 year old Lacrosse could be a very good value. You should be able to buy it "right" and it would a very viable vehicle for years to come.
4th Jan 2008, 09:12
I purchased a 2005 Buick LaCrosse CXL in August 2005. It has performed well with minimal warranty issues except for one regarding the cluster lights. They are designed to come on during daylight driving to enable the driver to see the odometer, temperature, compass and the clock. The first year they came on within seconds of exiting the garage, with rare occasions of driving a few miles. As time went on, it took longer for them to come on, and sometimes not at all. The dealer at first said it was functioning normal and no repairs were needed. I took it to two other Buick dealers and got the same answer. I was finally able to get the car to a dealer with the cluster lights not functioning and had the service writer and a technician agree the lights were not working. They were not able to determine the cause of failure and called Buick tech support who again said it was normal. Now I drive many miles without cluster lights which according to Buick is normal functioning. So far, I have hit a blank wall and Buick refuses to recognize the problem, and I am to drive the car without cluster lights. Although the car has performed very well in all other areas, unfortunately the lack of concern and failure to remedy the problem, compels me to write off Buick as my next car.
I am interested to know if anyone else has had this problem and/or any suggestions, or is my situation unique.
26th Jul 2008, 00:41
The ability of a car to hold its value means very little to me- I have no intention of keeping any car I buy for less than ten years, the LaCrosse included. Buick may only have three cars to offer in the U.S. market as of 2008, but that said they are some very strong candidates- the LaCrosse, the Lucerne, and the Enclave are all worthy competitors to Buick's foes in the luxury car market.
GM is making progress every day now, having learned that they must be able to match whatever their arch-enemies, Toyota and Honda, can throw at them. The Enclave and the new Malibu are particularly good examples, both being some of GM's very best in a long time.
High school student in Richmond, Virginia
29th Jul 2008, 20:32
No one should ever buy a car based on resale value. The cars that have higher resale values generally are sold for thousands more anyway, so any higher value at resale is canceled up front.
In addition, if you REALLY want a GREAT buy on a car, buy a very low mileage one from a rental car agency. We've bought three over the years (Buick, Toyota and Pontiac). All were absolutely bullet proof.
The Toyota bored us half to death after 90,000 miles and was traded for a Chevy, but our family still has the Buick (it has 270,000+ miles with no issues) and the Pontiac (8 years old and never a problem).
I never even consider resale because if I LIKE a car, I keep it. We are currently wild about our GM cars and plan to drive the newer ones at least another 100,000 miles or more.