For the first commenter, I did NOT trade The Camry SE in because it was so bad.
I decided to trade it for a Buick because of The GM 100,000-mile/5-year powertrain limited warranty (much better than Toyota's), the fact that the difference in price is only about 2,000 dollars, and the Buick overall, has better looks, speed and also comes from a long lineup of dependable cars. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
I wish my GM dealers in Minnesota had Toyotas or Hondas on the lot. I have never seen any Camry on any domestic used car lot unless it was an old one that was at least 7 years old.
I'm 23 and I drive a Buick and my next car will also be a Buick. I wouldn't even consider looking at Honda or Toyota. I have found a real gem, who cares if people think I should be 40+ years older to drive it. You don't have to be over 65 to appreciate a comfortable American car. When you compare the value of a used Buick to a used Toyota, you'd have to be brainwashed to buy the Toyota.
I'm another young Buick owner. I'm 20 and I love my Buick. It has never broken down on me and starts everyday. And I'm one of those people you see in a Buick zipping past you in the fast lane. I've taken this car at or past 100mph on many occasions and she doesn't break a sweat. Everyone who has ridden in it or driven it, comments on how smooth and good it rides. So I guess I don't fit the "gray head" demographics of Buick drivers. My next car will be a Buick too.
To commenter 14:51: Don't worry, no one with a knowledge of cars will put you down for driving one of the world's best cars. I see more younger people driving new (or older) Buicks every day. The LaCrosse is very popular here with young couples because of its great ride, good performance, great safety ratings and low purchase price. Of course you may not need to be in any hurry to trade for a newer one. My nephew's 31-year-old Buick still runs and looks like new. Of course it should, it's just barely broken in at just under 300,000 miles.
My parents had a brand new 1970 Buick 455 GS that I use to at times get to drive to high school. Not for the faint of heart.
Now that I am an old baby boomer, I would love to drive that more than any Camry today.
I did have an Acura TL Type S; pretty lively, but couldn't keep a trans in it... who says being older means you do not appreciate performance. Even now I drive a Trailblazer SS.
I personally loved my new 1977 Celica GT; at the time a direct copy off of the Ford Mustang. A beautiful car. If Toyota would ever make cars again of the quality and caliber that I had new 30 years ago, I would buy another new one. That car went back for nothing during its warranty period... check the late model Toyota reviews on repairs today on here.
I'll take the Buick. I especially like the new Buick Enclave styling both exterior and the private aircraft inspired interior. Sharp SUV.
We owned one of the older Toyota Celicas, and though it was a reasonably good car (though no better than any of our domestics), I agree that the older styling copied from the 1967 Mustang was very appealing. I have mourned the loss of style and sportiness in all Japanese cars for many years, and, sadly, most cars built ANYWHERE.
It was with great joy that I viewed the absolutely GORGEOUS new Cadillac CTS coupe. It has got to be one of the sportiest and most beautiful cars ever built. It joins the new retro-styled Mustang in bringing great, sporty looks back to the auto business.
With that said, I still regard the new Lucerne as a very well designed and, yes, SPORTY sedan. GM has come a long way in recent years.
I really wish that Buick would build cars that truly hearkened back to the 60's and 70's. Obviously it's buyer base is old enough to remember those times fondly, and we have learned with cars like the Mustang and Chrysler 300 that retro also sells with the younger crowd. I think that Buick needs to be a domestic marque through and through, not an American Lexus as it seems to be fairly unsuccessfully aspiring to.
Where is this car made? Someone said it was a Holden Statesman rebadged. Whats the story here?
The Lucerne is built here in the U.S. I think they were referring to the new Pontiac G8 which is based off of the new Australian Holden. If you ask me, the new G8 is not much better looking than the short lived and very bland GTO. Obviously GM did not learn their lesson as they haven't in countless other cases. Australian designs tend to be quite plain and need to be significantly revised if they will sell in the U.S. A different grille and hood scoops just aren't going to cut it. I just pray that the Lucerne replacement due around 2011 isn't a replica of an Australian car or a knock-off of a Japanese car as the current one is. GM get it together!
Actually, I think the Pontiac G8 will do far better than the ill-fated GTO. The GTO had the audacity to venture into Mustang territory, and at a price 10 grand higher. A sure bet for failure.
The G8 is aimed at a totally different market, where there really are NO truly sporty domestic sedans other than the high ticket CTS-V. It is being praised by many American car experts and they seem to be selling as fast as they roll off the trucks here.
That compares to the total LACK of sales for the GTO. The sales manager at our local Pontiac dealership told me they had never sold even ONE GTO.
I can't understand why Pontiac is replacing the Grand Prix with this car. Why not sell them both? And what is with these new names?? I just can't understand why GM is slating nameplates that have been strong sellers for decades for these funky new names (G6, G8, LaCrosse, DTS) I thought the Grand Prix was a fairly good seller. I know it started off well in 2004 (over 100,000). Maybe sales have tanked? I know our local dealer only has one, and it has been around for several months while the supposedly slow selling Buick LaCrosse seems to move fairly quickly, even more so than the Lucerne. I was also suprised that GM is replacing the car a year before the usual 5 year body cycle. Here in Northern Indiana folks really appreciate front wheel drive in the winter. Hopefully this move will bring more sales to Buick. I know my grandparents plan to trade their '04 Grand Prix for a Buick.
I always thought front drive cars were better in snow until we owned a few. NONE of our front drive cars has been any better in snow than our rear wheel drive cars and SUV's. We currently own a front drive compact, and a rear drive SUV and sports car. In our last major winter storm, we left the front drive at home. It flopped around in the snow like a wounded seal.