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Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium #5261509 11/08/19 08:06 AM
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Today marks 3 months since I purchased this big beast: some 36,700 miles on the clock today. Like my previous Buicks, it is solid and reliable (so far, anyway!) and quite the pleasure to drive. I find myself taking a 25-mile, 35-minute run to work in the early morning now and then instead of my usual 12-mile, 25-minute commute, just so I can enjoy the car's power and ride. That ride is not soft, not a boat like Buicks of old, but this is not a car that makes you feel every bump, thank goodness.

Garnet Metallic (red) over cream, the car has most of the whistles and gimmicks Buick loaded onto its top sedan for its last year on this chassis. I don't have a sunroof, which is fine with me, or any sort of adaptive suspension. I can shift manually if I want to -- but the 300hp V-6 has enough power for passing, even going uphill, that I don't need it. Besides, unlike those on the 2011 Regal or the '15 BMW 328i, the shifter is not in the best location to play with. I can imagine using it to downshift when going up or down a steep grade, but probably not much otherwise.

Oil at this point: about 53% left to go, and it was at 98% when I bought the car in August. So I expect that a 5.5-month, 5000-mile OCi will be about right. I will probably try to change on multiples of 5K, 40,000, 45,000, etc. Fuel mileage on regular hovers around 21-23, with heavy city driving. However, if I gas up and then take the long, mostly highway 25-mile route to work, the average mileage number rises to about 32! And the big car does not have the auto stop start, which turned me off from a 2017 LaCrosse when I was searching.

Things needed: Not much. The oil change and tire rotation in December or January, when I will also have the cabin filter swapped and I'll do the engine air filter, just to have a baseline I'll remember. Now that the weather is cooler, I'll start on the complete claying-glazing-hand waxing process. The wheels need repainting, though if I run across a good deal on 18" chromed wheels I'll go for that. And perhaps I can take a road trip in late December.

The BMW was a lot of fun to drive. This one gives a different kind of fun, a serene enjoyment, much like my late '03 Park Avenue. This car and its successor the '17-19 LaCrosse are possibly the last of the great Buick sedans. I'm glad I grabbed this one when I did.


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: Benzadmiral] #5261519 11/08/19 08:11 AM
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We love our 2006 Lacrosse . It got 28 MPG , this last week end , around 400 miles each way , with the 3.8l V-6 .


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: Benzadmiral] #5261531 11/08/19 08:19 AM
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Oh, and two more points in the car's favor: My note, and my car insurance, are about the same as I had with the 328i, and while the Buick's gas mileage can't compare to the Bavarian Monster Wagon's, the lower cost of regular fuel almost completely offsets that.


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: WyrTwister] #5261534 11/08/19 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
We love our 2006 Lacrosse . It got 28 MPG , this last week end , around 400 miles each way , with the 3.8l V-6 .


Yes indeed; my 2003 Park Avenue with the n/a 3.8 used to clock 31-32 at 65 on the open road. Buicks are the unsung bargains of the car world, and people who know them love them. When I purchased my PA, someone here mentioned a wealthy fellow he once worked for who could, and did, afford all sorts of higher-end cars, MBs, BMWs, Ferraris, etc. But the fellow always spoke fondly of the Park Avenue he once owned.


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: Benzadmiral] #5261575 11/08/19 08:52 AM
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I reported the MPG , as indicated by the guess o meter . A previous trip , same destination was 25 MPG and the one before that was 30 - 31 MPG .

One trip was rainy / windy . Fuel quality seems to make a larger difference than expected .

The guess o meter may be some what imperfect . I have gotten too lazy to figure it by hand .

We get 17 - 19 MPG in town .

We purchased the car a couple of years ago with 36,000 miles on it . Now has 48000 - 49000 miles on it .

Paid less for it than a comparable Impala , which I figure is pretty much the same car .


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: Benzadmiral] #5261586 11/08/19 08:58 AM
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There were killer deals on a couple of '17 LaCrosse's when I bought my '18 Impala, but the non-defeatable stop/start on the Buicks was a deal killer for me. Glad your's doesn't have stop/start. I'm a Buick guy, so it was kind of hard to walk away from the LaCrosse's, they are very nice cars. We love our '05 Park Ave (23,000 orig miles), our daughter is driving the '03 Park Ave (200,000 miles on it so far).


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: carviewsonic] #5261592 11/08/19 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by carviewsonic
There were killer deals on a couple of '17 LaCrosse's when I bought my '18 Impala, but the non-defeatable stop/start on the Buicks was a deal killer for me. Glad your's doesn't have stop/start. I'm a Buick guy, so it was kind of hard to walk away from the LaCrosse's, they are very nice cars. We love our '05 Park Ave (23,000 orig miles), our daughter is driving the '03 Park Ave (200,000 miles on it so far).

I found out after I'd bought this one that there is a device, approx. $150, that you can buy online and install to defeat the Auto Stop Start. Nice to know if I wind up buying a '17, '18, or '19 in the future.

At the time there was a dark sapphire over light gray '17 for sale in the farther suburbs for about the same price as this '16. But I liked the deep red; I've never had a red car, ever, until now.


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: WyrTwister] #5261599 11/08/19 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
I reported the MPG , as indicated by the guess o meter . A previous trip , same destination was 25 MPG and the one before that was 30 - 31 MPG .

One trip was rainy / windy . Fuel quality seems to make a larger difference than expected .

The guess o meter may be some what imperfect . I have gotten too lazy to figure it by hand .

We get 17 - 19 MPG in town .

We purchased the car a couple of years ago with 36,000 miles on it . Now has 48000 - 49000 miles on it .

Paid less for it than a comparable Impala , which I figure is pretty much the same car .


I liked the Impala, which is based on the same platform, I think. But I couldn't find one with a light-colored interior, which is important to me. Chevy offered a caramel-brown interior; but you had to buy the top-of-the-line model to get that. And there were very few of those in used form around. The LaCrosses all came with leather (I believe), and a good percentage of those were the "light neutral" or cream color.

Plus the Buick has more sound deadening material for a quieter ride. That adds more weight to the body (and more $$$ to the purchase price. But since I buy used, it's not a factor).


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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: Benzadmiral] #5261881 11/08/19 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Benzadmiral
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There were killer deals on a couple of '17 LaCrosse's when I bought my '18 Impala, but the non-defeatable stop/start on the Buicks was a deal killer for me. Glad your's doesn't have stop/start. I'm a Buick guy, so it was kind of hard to walk away from the LaCrosse's, they are very nice cars. We love our '05 Park Ave (23,000 orig miles), our daughter is driving the '03 Park Ave (200,000 miles on it so far).

I found out after I'd bought this one that there is a device, approx. $150, that you can buy online and install to defeat the Auto Stop Start. Nice to know if I wind up buying a '17, '18, or '19 in the future.

At the time there was a dark sapphire over light gray '17 for sale in the farther suburbs for about the same price as this '16. But I liked the deep red; I've never had a red car, ever, until now.


You mean to tell me you can not shut off the start/stop function through the cars cpu? Pretty sure the vehicles that my friends or rentals in which I have had, you could do this through vehicles onboard cpu. Such as how long lights stay on after car turns off etc...

That’s ludicrous if they don’t give you that option from factory!

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Re: Review & car history: '16 Buick LaCrosse Premium [Re: domer10] #5261896 11/08/19 03:27 PM
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There were killer deals on a couple of '17 LaCrosse's when I bought my '18 Impala, but the non-defeatable stop/start on the Buicks was a deal killer for me. Glad your's doesn't have stop/start. I'm a Buick guy, so it was kind of hard to walk away from the LaCrosse's, they are very nice cars. We love our '05 Park Ave (23,000 orig miles), our daughter is driving the '03 Park Ave (200,000 miles on it so far).

I found out after I'd bought this one that there is a device, approx. $150, that you can buy online and install to defeat the Auto Stop Start. Nice to know if I wind up buying a '17, '18, or '19 in the future.

At the time there was a dark sapphire over light gray '17 for sale in the farther suburbs for about the same price as this '16. But I liked the deep red; I've never had a red car, ever, until now.


You mean to tell me you can not shut off the start/stop function through the cars cpu? Pretty sure the vehicles that my friends or rentals in which I have had, you could do this through vehicles onboard cpu. Such as how long lights stay on after car turns off etc...

That’s ludicrous if they don’t give you that option from factory!

I don't think GM does let you do that. The BMW F30 model, the one I had, when that chassis first came out you could turn the feature off -- but you had to do it each time you started the car; it defaulted to "Auto Stop Start = on." Starting with the second model year, the dealers would code it for you to remember the last setting. Mine would still turn the feature on when I put the car in EcoPro (economy) mode, but I'd turn it off and it would stay off.

From what I've read, however, there isn't any way to turn off the LaCrosse's feature from the car's Driver's Information Center, and I don't know if the dealers will do it for you.

I'll grant that the BMW's version of it was pretty seamless. If the one on the 2017+ LaCrosses is as well, that's not so bad. But when I turn my car on, I want it to stay on until I turn it off.


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Originally Posted by carviewsonic
There were killer deals on a couple of '17 LaCrosse's when I bought my '18 Impala, but the non-defeatable stop/start on the Buicks was a deal killer for me. Glad your's doesn't have stop/start. I'm a Buick guy, so it was kind of hard to walk away from the LaCrosse's, they are very nice cars. We love our '05 Park Ave (23,000 orig miles), our daughter is driving the '03 Park Ave (200,000 miles on it so far).

I found out after I'd bought this one that there is a device, approx. $150, that you can buy online and install to defeat the Auto Stop Start. Nice to know if I wind up buying a '17, '18, or '19 in the future.

At the time there was a dark sapphire over light gray '17 for sale in the farther suburbs for about the same price as this '16. But I liked the deep red; I've never had a red car, ever, until now.


You mean to tell me you can not shut off the start/stop function through the cars cpu? Pretty sure the vehicles that my friends or rentals in which I have had, you could do this through vehicles onboard cpu. Such as how long lights stay on after car turns off etc...

That’s ludicrous if they don’t give you that option from factory!

I don't think GM does let you do that. The BMW F30 model, the one I had, when that chassis first came out you could turn the feature off -- but you had to do it each time you started the car; it defaulted to "Auto Stop Start = on." Starting with the second model year, the dealers would code it for you to remember the last setting. Mine would still turn the feature on when I put the car in EcoPro (economy) mode, but I'd turn it off and it would stay off.

From what I've read, however, there isn't any way to turn off the LaCrosse's feature from the car's Driver's Information Center, and I don't know if the dealers will do it for you.

I'll grant that the BMW's version of it was pretty seamless. If the one on the 2017+ LaCrosses is as well, that's not so bad. But when I turn my car on, I want it to stay on until I turn it off.


For sure, at least if you are going to put it on car, make it easily able to turn on off. These things drive me mental, in the sense that I feel it adds so much more wear and tear on components.


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