2011 Buick Lucerne CXL Premium 3.9 from North America
An OK near luxury sedan
I have not had any mechanical problems with the car, however it did have two defects in the paint from the factory. There were small bumps that were caused by dirt in the paint on the gas tank door, and on the rocker panel at the front corner of the front passenger door. There was also a drip in the clear coat on the trunk deck edge.
The automatic lights also weren't as sensitive as I felt they should be, so I popped the plastic cover off the sensor and applied a piece of darkened Scotch Tape over the solar panel, and now they work much better, plus you can't even tell I modified it.
This is the first car that I purchased brand new. I just assumed that I didn't have to look the car over like one would when buying a previously owned car. Well lesson learned; had I discovered the above mentioned paint issues, I would have never purchased the car unless the defects were repaired to my satisfaction before buying it. I had to have it painted 3 times before it was acceptable; there is still a faint run line on the tank door, but at least it matches now (it is White Diamond Tricoat, which apparently is fairly hard to match). I didn't have to pay a dime, but it was a real headache, and pretty much ruined the new car buying experience for me.
The car is a fine near luxury model, however I do regret trading my Park Avenue for this. I have had it for about 6 months now, and I still miss my old car. I was never crazy about this model, but had convinced myself I needed a new car, and rationalized that the Enclave that I really wanted was too expensive, and not practical for me. Well now I am kicking myself. I will hopefully end up selling this next year, and leasing an Enclave.
Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad. The ride, while not floaty soft like in my Park Avenues, is pretty comfortable, I also like the split bench seat (I for one will miss this configuration), I like the styling from the front, however the rear quarter does nothing for me.
A few options I like that my old car didn't have, are headlamps that come on with the windshield wipers, and cornering lamps that come on when the steering wheel is turned (kind of like the new articulating headlamps).
One option that is sorely missed that my Park Avenues had is the RainSense wipers. I loved this feature, and was shocked to find it was deleted from most GM models in the last few years!
I also think the layout for the displays is less user friendly. In my Park Avenues, the outside temp was largely displayed on the climate control, the compass was in the rear view mirror, and the time was very large and legible (designed for elderly eyes). Now the compass and outside temp are crammed in the small space below the speedometer where the DIC display is also located. In my opinion, it is too much displayed, too small, in one place. The corporate GM radio also has too much info constantly running across the screen and the time seems to blend in with it all.
I am really puzzled why GM replaced the Park Avenue with this model; the Park Avenue was just soo much better. My 2005 Park Avenue had an MSRP of over $42,000, this car stickered at $38,600. I would have gladly paid $10,000 more for a brand new Park Avenue.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2011
13th Nov 2011, 20:56
The 3800 was a great motor; how does the 3.9 compare to it as far as performance and smooth acceleration?
15th Nov 2011, 13:36
I find the performance to be about the same as with the 3.8. With this type of car, it's not like I'm going to be drag racing it. Both have very adequate passing power for a larger car.
One thing that I have noticed is the fuel economy is not nearly as good with the 3.9. I was averaging over 22 mpg with my Park Avenue, driving the same route that I'm averaging about 18 with the Lucerne. The Lucerne only has about 2,900 miles on it, so it might get better??