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2009 Buick Official Changes

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Well...all is now up. Nothing too huge for Buick, except that the Lacrosse is now the sole vehicle with the 3.8L and the Lucerne gets....the 3.9L and retains the 4-speed in all. The Lucerne actually got quite a few changes, albeit small, and the rest are colors/options as usual.

Guess they figured out what to do with all the extra 3.9L's around!

Lacrosse

Deletions

(DG7) Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color

(QB5) Wheels, 16" steel with wheel covers

(PY1) Wheels, 16" 8-spoke Chrome-Tech

(N85) Wheels, 17" 12-spoke painted aluminum

(PZE) Wheels, 17" 12-spoke, chromed aluminum

(FR3) Axle, 3.69 ratio

(LY7) Engine, 3.6L VVT DOHC V6

Exhaust, dual stainless-steel

(FE2) Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Sport-Tuned

Exterior color (27U) Scarlett Red

Exterior color (67U) Platinum Metallic

New Features

Exterior color (17U) Quicksilver Metallic

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(ZFH) Tire, compact spare, includes steel wheel and jack kit, 16"

(ZBE) Tire, compact spare, includes steel wheel and jack kit, 17"

(UPF) Bluetooth phone interface, short range voice recognition

Changes

CXS, 4WE19 Model is not available for 2009

LaCrosse Super takes CXS place

Tire inflation kit added as standard on all models

http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/...6835&type=0

Lucerne

Deletions

(AU0) Remote Keyless Entry

Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors

(QPX) Tires, P225/60R16 all-season blackwall

(QC4) Wheels, 16" machined-face aluminum

Exterior color (14U) Light Quartz Metallic

Exterior color (67U) Platinum Metallic

Exterior color (99U) Sharkskin

(PZ3) Wheels, 18" Bright Silver finish aluminum

(P31) Wheels, 18" chrome plated aluminum

(FQ3) Axle, 2.86 ratio

(FV3) Axle, 3.11 ratio

(L26) Engine, 3.8L V6 SFI

(LD8) Engine, Northstar 4,6L DOHC V8

(FE1) Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Premium Ride

(FE3) Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Sport-Tuned

(PCK) Luxury Package

New Features

Exterior color (17U) Quicksilver Metallic

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Exterior color (57U) Cyber Gray Metallic

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Exterior color (96U) Mystic Sapphire Tricoat

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(UPF) Bluetooth phone interface

(UBS) XM NavTraffic

Seat Trim, custom perforated suede-appointed seating

(RMG) Chrome decklid molding

(V3L) Grille, chromed

(QZ6) Wheels, 17" chrome-clad aluminum

(P49) Wheels, 18" premium Bright Silver finish aluminum

(Q9M) Wheels, 18" chrome-plated aluminum

(FR2) Axle, 2.93 ratio

(FV4) Axle, 3.71 ratio

(LZ9) Engine, 3.9L V6 SFI

(LGD) Engine, 3.9L V6 SFI FlexFuel

(L37) Engine, 4.6L DOHC V8 Northstar

Exhaust, stainless-steel with chrome tip

(FE4) Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Super

Changes

(PDD) Comfort and Convenience Package, (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster and (DR2) outside heated power adjustable mirrors are not included in package

http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/...6958&type=0

Enclave

Deletions

Exterior color (67U) Platinum Metallic

Exterior color (78U) Blue-Gold Crystal Metallic

New Features

Exterior color (17U) Quicksilver Metallic

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Exterior color (92U) Silver Green Metallic

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(UBS) Real Time Traffic XM

(UPF) Bluetooth phone interface

(KB6) Seats, heated and cooled driver and front passenger

(LLT) Engine, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 SIDI Direct Injection

Optional (UVC) Rearview camera system added to inside rearview mirror

Highlights

(PCU) Entertainment Package #1 no longer includes 6-CD changer

(KV1) 110-volt port power inverter is now in all Entertainment Packages and has been removed from the (PCK) Luxury Package

(PCI) Driver Confidence Package now includes (UVC) Rearview camera system

http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/...795&type=0#

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Okay, so looks like the 3.9L is rated at 227hp/237ft/lbs...

17" standard on the Lucerne as is Auto-Dimming mirrors on CX.

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Ah, the CX on the LaCrosse gets standard 16" aluminums found on the CXL... and CXL and Super on the Lucerne get integrated turn signal indicators in the side view mirrors.

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dang... i was about to post this. lol

the 3.8 is OUT!!!!...of the lucerne. hopefully any kinks have been worked out from the ~3 years in the impy....

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I'm sure the added power will be welcome. It's just a shame it's going to get such poor fuel economy!!

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All Buicks get Bluetooth. It's available on LaCrosse, but standard on Lucerne.

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And the Enclave gets DI. Cool!

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They dropped the 3.6 from the LaCrosse but kept the ancient 3.8? Strange.

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They dropped the 3.6 from the LaCrosse but kept the ancient 3.8? Strange.

That was done some time ago, after a few months into the '08 model year actually. Basically, the CXS 3.6L was a no seller in a big way, and they then had introduced the Super 5.3L, so it wasn't a big deal. Just about every Lacrosse on the road is a 3.8L, and like it and the car or not, it's a big reason why they were bought in the first place.

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That was done some time ago, after a few months into the '08 model year actually. Basically, the CXS 3.6L was a no seller in a big way, and they then had introduced the Super 5.3L, so it wasn't a big deal. Just about every Lacrosse on the road is a 3.8L, and like it and the car or not, it's a big reason why they were bought in the first place.

It's just not very competitive to have a pushrod V6 and 4spd auto in the mid-size market in 2009 (maybe 1992)...the next gen model can't come soon enough.

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Will the '10 have the Iron Duke standard?
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Will the '10 have the Iron Duke standard?

I'm going to doubt it. I'll bet it'll have the 3.6L standard. GM seems to be ridding themselves of pushrod V6's, being they only have the 3.6L available on the Malibu and Aura now.

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Nice that the DI 3.6L will be putting out 290hp now. :)

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As much as I love the reliability of the 3800, the Lucerne really does need something that is smoother and quiter.

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OK, so they delete body-colored power-adjustible side mirrors...and didn't replace them with anything? Hmmm...I can't imagine the listing for Lacrosse is complete, just like I can't see black side mirrors being introduced. Given other changes across the GM lineup, I'm gonna guess new side mirrors with integrated turn signals will be standard.

As much as I love the reliability of the 3800, the Lucerne really does need something that is smoother and quiter.

Which is why it gets the 3.9L now.

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OK, so they delete body-colored power-adjustible side mirrors...and didn't replace them with anything? Hmmm...I can't imagine the listing for Lacrosse is complete, just like I can't see black side mirrors being introduced. Given other changes across the GM lineup, I'm gonna guess new side mirrors with integrated turn signals will be standard.

According to the list of standard equipment (I checked by the above link), standard on all trims is:

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color.

So, maybe they're just being replaced with heated.

It was previously not available on CX, available on CXL, and standard on Super.

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According to the list of standard equipment (I checked by the above link), standard on all trims is:

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color.

So, maybe they're just being replaced with heated.

It was previously not available on CX, available on CXL, and standard on Super.

Probably, and with these changes, you must remember a lot of times it's naming that is changed...or one very small feature of a part, so it seems like more than reality.

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According to the list of standard equipment (I checked by the above link), standard on all trims is:

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color.

So, maybe they're just being replaced with heated.

It was previously not available on CX, available on CXL, and standard on Super.

This is a good move. Heated, power adjustable, body-color sideview mirrors (preferably with the integrated turn signal indicators) should be standard on all Buicks (as well as fog lights; the Lucerne's front fascia looks much more upscale with the fog lights). I know these are small convenience items, but Buick is supposed to be a premium division and should offer some of these small conveniences as standard equipment. It's these small conveniences that elevates a brand above the mainstream crowd into premium status.

I would also love to see the Lucerne get the 3.6 DOHC V6 engine/6 speed auto trans combo, but I guess it is never going to happen. I don't know if it's true or not, but I believe someone said that this combo wasn't compatible with the Lucerne's platform? It is a shame if it's true because the Lucerne has a nice exterior design; it makes a properly elegant and stately large sedan for the Buick brand (based solely on exterior design, I would consider it ahead of the Taurus/Sable, Azera, Amanti, Avalon, or current Maxima). I think it's the interior design and the old fashioned engine tech that might be repelling some customers.

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This is a good move. Heated, power adjustable, body-color sideview mirrors (preferably with the integrated turn signal indicators) should be standard on all Buicks (as well as fog lights; the Lucerne's front fascia looks much more upscale with the fog lights). I know these are small convenience items, but Buick is supposed to be a premium division and should offer some of these small conveniences as standard equipment. It's these small conveniences that elevates a brand above the mainstream crowd into premium status.

I would also love to see the Lucerne get the 3.6 DOHC V6 engine/6 speed auto trans combo, but I guess it is never going to happen. I don't know if it's true or not, but I believe someone said that this combo wasn't compatible with the Lucerne's platform? It is a shame if it's true because the Lucerne has a nice exterior design; it makes a properly elegant and stately large sedan for the Buick brand (based solely on exterior design, I would consider it ahead of the Taurus/Sable, Azera, Amanti, Avalon, or current Maxima). I think it's the interior design and the old fashioned engine tech that might be repelling some customers.

Well, I have mixed feelings about throwing the 3.9L in the Lucerne. Yes, the additional power is welcome, but the fuel economy will suffer bigtime. I'm going to guess it's true the 6A wouldn't work for the Lucerne's platform because if it did, they would have most definitely put it into the Cadillac DTS... I mean, the only other $40,000+ car I can think of that still uses a 4A, is the Town Car.

And yes, Buick should have those little things as standard equipment. However, doing so pushes the base price up--which also makes sense for cars entering premium territory. However, it's difficult for Buick to do that as it converts its customer base, as well as shaking itself rid of old platforms and technologies. I remind myself to be patient and follow the saying, "Good things come to those who wait." I see a healthy outcome for Buick. It's just going to take time, and patience on my end as I want more product and faster turnaround than is safely possible.

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Will the '10 have the Iron Duke standard?

I imagine the 2010 will be an Epsilon II car and we should see a 2.4 Ecotec and 3.6 HF both with 6 speed autos.

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Well, I have mixed feelings about throwing the 3.9L in the Lucerne. Yes, the additional power is welcome, but the fuel economy will suffer bigtime. I'm going to guess it's true the 6A wouldn't work for the Lucerne's platform because if it did, they would have most definitely put it into the Cadillac DTS... I mean, the only other $40,000+ car I can think of that still uses a 4A, is the Town Car.

the 3.9 gives me a slight hope they'll keep 1 CIB v6...but with economies of scale, it's a very, very small chance they'll do something with the 3.5 or 3.9 before they all get replaced by the 3.6 or 2.4

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the 3.9 gives me a slight hope they'll keep 1 CIB v6...but with economies of scale, it's a very, very small chance they'll do something with the 3.5 or 3.9 before they all get replaced by the 3.6 or 2.4

Pardon my ignorance, but I'm always confused with acronyms when it pertains to cars... what is CIB?

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Pardon my ignorance, but I'm always confused with acronyms when it pertains to cars... what is CIB?

Cam In Block

Or Pushrod under the older terminology.

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Will the '10 have the Iron Duke standard?

HAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Serious;y though the FWD $h! has to stop.

The fact that Zeta Buicks are nto yet a reality in the USA is DISGUSTING!

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Cam In Block

Or Pushrod under the older terminology.

Well, while I'm not against pushrod V6s, I'm not for them either. The 3800 was a gem, for its size, produces adequate power now (was much more competitive years ago), but that 3900 is a disaster in my opinion. It doesn't produce amazing power, has poor fuel economy, and I have read mixed reviews from people on whether they like it. Some say it's rough, loud, etc., and others say it's smooth, has a great tone to it, and performs well. I can't give my true opinion until I drive one.

Do I think putting the 3900 in the Lucerne is a smart move? Not sure. I guess the good outweighs the bad. The only bad side I see being that the 3800 will probably outperform it in terms of fuel economy.

I'm all for what makes the Lucerne the best car it can be.

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