2007 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.8 V6 from North America
Like driving a pair of comfortable noise-cancelling headphones
Transmission started to slip at 142,000 miles (I later realized that the previous owner had flushed it; this causes problems).
Memory seat recall function is temperamental.
Front passenger's side tire pressure sensor failed at 155,000 miles; has yet to be replaced.
If I were to sum up the review of this vehicle into one sentence - much like you will see as the title of this review - it would be that the Lucerne is like driving a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. It is exceptionally comfortable, has just the right amount of bells and whistles to tackle just about any climate or situation, and is extremely quiet; even at highway speeds. As the keen reader may notice from the information panel on my review, I love large cars and find them to be the best types of vehicles for my 80-mile-a-day commute to-and-from school, work and home. Having previously owned a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, I decided to look into cars of similar size and specifications. Now, I admit, after lots and lots of car shopping it seemed that the Ford Panther Platform was the way for me to go. After all, I was so used to this Grand Marquis, so why not get another one or go a bit more "upscale" and opt in for a Town Car? I found myself asking the same question over and over. That is, until I ran across the Buick Lucerne.
I found an inventory listing for a reputable dealership that was relatively close to my house (say, an hour's worth of driving) and decided to drive down there and take a look. It was there that I had located the very same car that I am driving around in now: a 2007 Sharkskin Grey Buick Lucerne CXL. After the first test drive I was hooked and I knew that I had to have this vehicle. The road handling characteristics are great, as it had a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride - both in town and on the highway. In addition, it had loads of other features that my Grand Marquis had lacked; such features included rain-sensitive wipers, OnStar, Satellite Radio, heated and power-operated front-driver and front-passenger seats, and much more. Even though it had 141,000 miles on it, I decided to buy it due to its good condition and well-documented service history.
Moving forward, I now have around 160,000 miles on it and haven't looked back. This vehicle has been nothing but good to live with, and reliability has been near-perfect. However, like with most cars, this Buick does have its share of pro's and con's - which I shall list out below:
* Comfortable, quiet ride
* A good amount of features, including heated power-operated front seats and automatic level control for the rear shocks
* Good looks (I wish those portholes were functional, though)
* Relatively low running costs
* Decent gas mileage
* The V6 could use a bit more power (199 horsepower from a 3.8? A bit more would be nice!)
* (This is going to sound "typically American", but...) the cupholders are a bit narrow and shallow. If you take a wide enough, turn your drink is bound to spill
* Large pillars make for large blind spots
* The four-speed automatic, while generally smooth, can sometimes feel "clunky"
Overall, the Lucerne is an excellent car that I feel will continue to serve me well for years to come. It's a shame that GM stopped making this, because it was truly worth keeping and updating! Anyone looking for a reliable, comfortable vehicle should definitely check one of these out!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2013
6th Sep 2013, 17:48
I bought a brand new 2011 Lucerne CXL in May 2011. I was never happy with it and should have never purchased it. I traded in a 2005 Park Avenue for it, so maybe I was spoiled?
I never thought the ride was that exceptional, except when the car had other passengers, which seemed to somewhat smooth out the ride (the more the better). It also had some small issues with the paint job that were never properly addressed even after 3 attempts that were covered by the warranty.
After 10 months I was fed up. I did like the front split bench and column mounted gear selector, and a few other features which are no longer offered on modern automobiles.
I am now leasing a 2012 Buick Enclave, which I like a lot better, but miss the super smooth ride of a traditional large American car. I am glad that you are happy with yours though.