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Saw the new 2008 LaCrosse

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Essentially, no changes, as we already know.

The standard content has gone up to include the leather wheel, the tilt and telescope and a few other items. The optional package is $ 495, which includes (1) the folding rear seat, (2) the power lumbar, and (3) heated seats. I guess that's not SO bad, since the split rear seat cost $ 275 last M.Y.

Comment on styling: the new front end is better but not THAT great. IMO, it is TOO tall for the front fascia and the chrome bars are too pronounced. The new shape is definitely the way it should have been, but it should have been a little more understated.

Did not bother to get inside. It was 106 degrees in Sin City today and I have NO clue as to how my friend who moved here can stand it. Plus, I am noticing more and more "low life" on this trip here.

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I'll be honest, I'm kinda excited about the increased standard equipment and changed grille. Yeah, I wish the grille was a little smaller and more understated, but I like it more than the oval. As for the increased standard equipment, if I got a CX, the ONLY things I would have missed and was going to force me to get a CXL was auto climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls (although I'm annoyed they removed the temp controls that was on the 05-06 wheel), telescoping wheel, and chrome appearance package. I can only hope they added two other little things... DIC, which wasn't standard on the 05-07 CX, and remote start, which I believe they did say was going to be standard.

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I'll be honest, I'm kinda excited about the increased standard equipment and changed grille. Yeah, I wish the grille was a little smaller and more understated, but I like it more than the oval. As for the increased standard equipment, if I got a CX, the ONLY things I would have missed and was going to force me to get a CXL was auto climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls (although I'm annoyed they removed the temp controls that was on the 05-06 wheel), telescoping wheel, and chrome appearance package. I can only hope they added two other little things... DIC, which wasn't standard on the 05-07 CX, and remote start, which I believe they did say was going to be standard.

What is your attraction to Buick? I understand Bob's attraction to it, he's older! :P But you're not his age, so I am interested in what attracts you to this car.

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What is your attraction to Buick? I understand Bob's attraction to it, he's older! :P But you're not his age, so I am interested in what attracts you to this car.

Well, I'm a rare breed...

I mean, just size-wise, I'm a very tall guy, and I like the extra room, so I would always steer to mid size or larger. I happen to have grown up in a well-to-do area. Although my parents didn't buy me a car, all of my friends' parents bought them cars, and they were luxury vehicles. I grew up appreciating a quiet, smooth, comfortable ride. Sports cars tend to be smaller, coupes give me bad memories from all the time I tried to squeeze my long legs in the back seat, so I usually go for sedans. As for SUVs and CUVs, I refuse to purchase one because I live on Long Island and have NO need for one. I don't need a huge vehicle for groceries, or driving to Best Buy.

Now, being a teacher and hearing 120 students in your class all day long, and standing in the hallways during pass times with students screaming to each other all day long... you learn to appreciate a nice quiet sanctuary--a place to get away from the world. And I'm young, so it has to be quasi affordable. What do you have? Buick.

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Ditto above for why I appreciate Buicks. A LaCrosse Super or Lucerne CXS is my idea car, especially since Olds is dead and Pontiac formally exited the comfortable performance car market several years ago.

By the way, my local dealer lists three 2008 LaCrosses (2 CXs, 1 CXS) in stock. I plan to check them out/take pics tomorrow.

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Ditto above for why I appreciate Buicks. A LaCrosse Super or Lucerne CXS is my idea car, especially since Olds is dead and Pontiac formally exited the comfortable performance car market several years ago.

By the way, my local dealer lists three 2008 LaCrosses (2 CXs, 1 CXS) in stock. I plan to check them out/take pics tomorrow.

Looking forward to pics :)
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I recently rode in a Buick LeSabre taxi.

It was the previous generation.

I had forgotten how pleasurable a Buick was, with it's quiet, serene ride.

And yesterday in a bright mid-day sun, a vision in pearl effect white, a

new Buick Lucerne...it was a stunner. Really the first time this car

really stood out for me. It finally said 'Buick' to me.

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I saw an '08 LaCrosse and they do look much better. The red looked more vibrant. Personally, I feel all LaCrosses should have portholes, not just the Supers.

After seeing the new Enclave, I'm really excited about the next LaCrosse/Regal. It's going to be beautiful, I just have a feeling.

Buick really needs a convertible, though. It's been a long drought (early 90s Reatta)

Buick was just named most dependable, so GM should run with that crown and offer a coupe/convertible.

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Looking forward to pics :)

Look forward no longer.

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Great pics Fly. Just more proof that GM photography really sucks.... as I didn't much care for the look as shown by them.... but these are pretty nice.

The new grill makes the old one look tacked on.

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Thanks for the pics Fly... I actually like the grille now--I think the car actually looks a lot sharper with it and the chrome appearance package.

And ouch on the EPA ratings for the 3.6L

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Interesting..I thought that new fascia was only for the Super..so they are all getting it, eh?

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I'm not too sure about that new grill, it might be just me making an adjustment.

Maybe it should have been there at the beginning. Now it looks like a women

who had too much botox injected into her lips....kinda Melanie Griffith.

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Yes, give it portholes... chrissake everything has some sort of

vent in the front fender these days from the mini cooper to the

Escalade so why should a Buick NOT have portholes?

Maximum-Bob already admited he screwed up by telling the

design team no portholes, then when he saw the Masseratti QP

he said the decision of portholes for the Lucerne was clear.

The new grille is a HUGE imporovement over the old oval one

that looked Ford Taurus pathetic, BUT the headlights are still

more dated than the semi-round quads on the 1998 Lexus GS.

A Zeta Buick couldn't get here fast enough! We should have

had it in like ohhhh I donno maybe..... 1997, just above the

Park Ave. and it should have been called Electra.

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These are great pictures. I'm excited for better Lucerne pictures. I can not wait for the next gen of LaCrosse, it will probably have amazing styling, it's my most anticipated Buick... unless they ever get a coupe or convertible in the works for sure.

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It's an improvement, for sure. What I still don't understand is why they couldn't have done something with the headlights. It couldn't have cost that much extra as they already changed the hood and bumper cover. Why not the headlights since they are, undoubtedly, ugly and do not flow with the design at all.

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Great pictures!

The new grille is nicer in person. I agree with 68, new headlights would have really helped the look.

PS...I still scooped you with the Allure Super <_<

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Dick Norris, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Fly?

Indeedy!

Great pictures!

The new grille is nicer in person. I agree with 68, new headlights would have really helped the look.

PS...I still scooped you with the Allure Super <_<

Thanks! But I've got Dark Cherry '08 STS pics coming today (hopefully) ;)

Does it bother you that we take photos that are better than 80% of what GM takes?

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Indeedy!

Thanks! But I've got Dark Cherry '08 STS pics coming today (hopefully) ;)

Does it bother you that we take photos that are better than 80% of what GM takes?

Stop! OMG... An STS is MY CAR... I would take that car over any other car (under 60,000). It's the edgiest I would go in styling. If money was object of course! Anything above 60K would probably go to an A8L
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Yup, saw about 4 new LaCrosse's-2 CX's and a couple CXL's I think as well, 2 in Scarlett Red (Buick's equivalent to Pontiac's Crimson Red and Chevy's Precision Red; which are awesome colors that should be expanded to the rest of GM's range), and the big new chrome grilles were nice and menacing. However, its still pretty much the same old LaCrosse with the ancient 3800 V-6 engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, and wheel covers that have no business whatsoever being on a Buick (again back to being equipped like a Chevrolet-STILL IN 2008)....and it will continue to lose sales and suffer greatly against Saturn's Aura, the similar Chevy Impala, and even the mediocre Pontiac G6, which are all better cars in virtually every way (even the G6 in most forms).

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