2006 Buick Lucerne CXL 4.6L V8 from North America
The best Buick in years!
The only thing I had to replace was the serpentine belt, because it was beginning to squeal and crack in some places. But other than that, going through a set of brakes, tires, and regular oil changes every 3,000 miles, nothing has gone wrong with this car. I keep everything lubed and in perfect condition.
By the way, I see people have a lot of problems with tires on this car. I've invested with 80,000 miles - the Goodyear Assurance Comfort Rides. They are A MILLION times better than the Continentals. They are so quiet, so smooth, and grip the road in hard corners without squealing! I've had these tires for two years now, and I still have about 70% tread left on the tires. Plus I rotate them every 5,000 miles.
I have had nothing but good luck with this car. The reliability is amazing! And the Northstar V8 is amazing. When you slam down that pedal, it gets up and goes without an issue, and can pass any large truck with ease. But while cruising between 65 and 70 mph, I have been able to get almost 30mpg! Around town, I get around 19mpg. So on average, I normally get between 21 and 24 mpg with this car, which is amazing!
The car is only a CXL, but has everything that the CXS has, except the navigation system, the slightly quicker V8, and the turn signal lights in the side view mirrors. Other than that, it has every other option.
I love the heated washer fluid (which I replaced the unit with a newer system after the recall, so the system still works as it did from the factory), the rain sense wipers, the heated and cooled seats, automatic everything, remote start, the works! And it is a very pretty pearl white. With that color and the 17-inch chrome plated rims, the car looks REALLY sharp (and the rims aren't pitting)! It definitely turns heads! And the big cushy seats are so comfortable, especially with my lower back problems.
And the handling is UNBELIEVABLE with how big this car is! I have Stabilitrak and the magnetic ride control off of the Corvette. And I've taken hard corner with WRX's and BMW's, and was able to keep up with them.
It's a shame Buick dropped the Lucerne. Because with proper maintenance and care, these cars will run forever! Everyone who has seen this car and rode in it has had nothing but good things to say about it. I think it is one of the best cars that GM has put out in a long time!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2012
Buick is GM's best division, and has been for a long time. It truly is a shame they don't make cars with size anymore, and they really need to come up with a new bigger flagship model instead of the LaCrosse.
I didn't realize you could get the V8 in the CXL model. I bought a 2011 CXL Premium brand new last year, and never really liked it. I previously had 2 Park Avenues ('99 & '05) and liked them much better. I felt like the Lucerne was just not nearly as luxurious or comfortable. I traded the Lucerne in March for a new Enclave, and am much happier. I am glad you're happy with yours though.
I agree. The LaCrosse is too small to be considered Buick's flagship. But I'm thinking with the new Cadillac XTS coming out, Buick will follow up with something similar.
I believe the V8 was only available on the CXL in 2006 and 2007. I think after that, you had to get the CXS in order to get the Northstar. However, I've seen some CXS models without the air conditioned seats and rain sense wipers. Since I bought this car used, I have a feel that it was custom built. Like I said, it has every option except the navigation and the turn signals in the side view mirrors. I know that Stabilitrak and the Magnetic Ride Control were optional too.
I really like the Park Avenues that were out prior to the Lucerne. But I've never been in one. So if they are as nice as you say they, I better stick with my Lucerne or I'll get jealous! I compare the comfort of my Lucerne to my old 1992 Cadillac DeVille. It just feels good! But good luck with your Enclave! My fiance and I are actually looking into the Enclave for when we have children one day.
I'm thinking the same thing, hopefully it will happen.
The new XTS is not that big either, and if I'm not mistaken, it is built on the same platform the LaCrosse already uses. Unless fuel prices go back to at least around $3 per gallon and the EPA is abolished, I don't think we will ever see even moderately large cars like the Buick Lucerne/Cadillac DTS again.