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Good Bye Buick

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As a Buick owner for 28 years and a current 2006 Buick Lucerne owner, it is with nostalgia that I say Good Bye to Buick. I am hopeful that Buick does not go the way of Oldsmobile. However, it is the forgotten stepchild of GM relegated to a small room in the attic.

Tomorrow I take a last and longing look at this old friend as I step into the new world of my 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. I once swore never to darken the steps of the foreign auto market. But as the Buick I once knew slipped silently away into the attic room neglected I reluctantly yet with anticipation look forward to a new day in my hybrid.

Farewell Old Friend!

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As a Buick owner for 28 years and a current 2006 Buick Lucerne owner, it is with nostalgia that I say Good Bye to Buick. I am hopeful that Buick does not go the way of Oldsmobile. However, it is the forgotten stepchild of GM relegated to a small room in the attic.

Tomorrow I take a last and longing look at this old friend as I step into the new world of my 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. I once swore never to darken the steps of the foreign auto market. But as the Buick I once knew slipped silently away into the attic room neglected I reluctantly yet with anticipation look forward to a new day in my hybrid.

Farewell Old Friend!

I hope you know that there is a new Lacrosse in January.
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Well... I have nothing to say but consider another car over a Toyota... A Camry no less... Altima? Accord? Malibu? Fusion? G6? Milan? I would miss that Lucerne too. Also if you had good luck with your Lucerne there is no way I would trade in on a Camry. Read some reviews at Yahoo Auto's and they aren't what they used to be. In addition to that why are you making this change? In addition to all of that GM is running loyality deals right now, you could get another nice midsize car over the Camry. I have ridden in them and am not impressed. I see why you say you will miss your Lucerne I would miss it alot too, if you go to a Camry from a wonderful smooth riding decent performing large vehicle like the Lucerne. Lucerne06 this one reason why Olds got the axe because of people jumping ship from vehicles they have had and owned for years and went to a Toyota. It is not my money but you be a fool to get rid of such a good car, and not consider another vehicle over the Camry Hybrid... My nephew has a new 2007 LE and it is a very cheap/tight feeling car to me. I can't wish you good luck knowing you going out to buy a car I wouldn't even consider in a million years.

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Make sure you write out an extra large check to the school districts around Hammtrack, the Department of Transportation of Michigan, and the IRS.

That's what you have to do when you trade down from a Buick to a Toyota....

apparently you haven't been paying attention because Buick has the Enclave and the new Lacross is on it's way... and the Lucerne is getting a whole host of upgrades for '09 including bluetooth and a new V6 engine.

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As a Buick owner for 28 years and a current 2006 Buick Lucerne owner, it is with nostalgia that I say Good Bye to Buick. I am hopeful that Buick does not go the way of Oldsmobile. However, it is the forgotten stepchild of GM relegated to a small room in the attic.

Tomorrow I take a last and longing look at this old friend as I step into the new world of my 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. I once swore never to darken the steps of the foreign auto market. But as the Buick I once knew slipped silently away into the attic room neglected I reluctantly yet with anticipation look forward to a new day in my hybrid.

Farewell Old Friend!

The turth is that you should keep the Lucerne until next year ,then trade the Lucerne for the new redesign Lacrosse.
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I'm sure you have excellent reasons for switching from the Lucerne to the Camry Hybrid, but did you look at any of the Camry competitors in the GM stable? The new Malibu is a knockout, and the LTZ I4 gets relatively good gas mileage. Just my 2 cents. Hope you enjoy your new car, regardless of who made it.

edit: grammar

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The guys above are right... Can my day get any worse... Sixty Eight get in here and save this person from buying an over-rated forigen car.

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That's the saddest freekin post I've read since GM decided to make the

new Camaro a lame 2 door sedan instead of a bitchin' hardtop Camaro

If this is for real and not some disgusting joke, than I'm speechless.

A Camry Hybrid? I'd rather drink a gallon of dexcool and drill a fu*king

hole in my head with a dull masonry bit. Do I find the current Buick

lineup to be lacking and bland? YES.

But that's no reason to sell your soul to The Toyopet & the Rising Sun.

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Your view on Buick is seriously misinformed. You didn't even give an honestly legitimate reason for this decision other than your statement that said "Buick has become the red-headed stepchild at GM," which it really is not. What is wrong with the car specifically? Are there any serious mechanical issues? Serious quality issues? If your individual example of the Lucerne had a glaring, major fault I would understand all of this, I suppose.

Just because Buick does not offer 15 models does that mean they are "GM's red-headed stepchild" and it warrants your trading in of your Lucerne as a means of hopeless protest, which is what this all sounds like.

Well, in the end it is your decision and I will choose to respect that, although I do question it.

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I hope you know that there is a new Lacrosse in January.

If he's cross-shopping Buicks with Camry, I have a feeling the Invicta will be too expensive for him. Trading the Lucerne in for a Malibu hybrid or Aura hybrid would have been more equivalent to save this sale. Toyota's Hybrid Camry is a more efficient alternative to the Malibu/Aura... but it is more expensive. The extra money spent in the monthly payment would more than pay for the extra price in gas with the Malibu/Aura hybrids.

Buick has a LaCrosse hybrid in China. I suspect we'll eventually get Buick Hybrids here as well, but they'll be much more expensive than the comparable Chevrolet/Toyota offerings.

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Your view on Buick is seriously misinformed. You didn't even give an honestly legitimate reason for this decision other than your statement that said "Buick has become the red-headed stepchild at GM," which it really is not. What is wrong with the car specifically? Are there any serious mechanical issues? Serious quality issues? If your individual example of the Lucerne had a glaring, major fault I would understand all of this, I suppose.

Just because Buick does not offer 15 models does that mean they are "GM's red-headed stepchild" and it warrants your trading in of your Lucerne as a means of hopeless protest, which is what this all sounds like.

Well, in the end it is your decision and I will choose to respect that, although I do question it.

He has posted problems with his Lucerne in the past which his dealership failed to address. I believe his protest is more about his dealership experience than with the Lucerne itself. A different dealership would have probably resolved his issues early on and prevented him from ever considering a non-GM product.

I'll admit my Buick dealership experiences drive more of my negative association with Buick than anything else. Infiniti offered better customer service in 1996 than Buick does in 2008. Unfortunately for Lucerne06, Toyota's dealership experience rates way below average on many surveys... and far below Buick. He really should have bought a Lexus hybrid instead.

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I wonder if you'll end up missing the Buick...

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The Toyota obviously offered the better product for his purposes, needs, and wants, so he made the right decision.

Hope the car gives you many reliable, and trouble-free miles, and that in the future you'll find a Buick you'll want to own again. :thumbsup:

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and besides.... Pontiac is the red headed stepchild at GM.

And he doesn't need a hybrid exactly. The Malibu 4-cylinder/6-speed combo has only 1 less mpg highway than the Camry Hybrid. I think I've seen him post before that he does mostly highway driving.... so in terms of long term costs, the Malibu is a far better financial decision than the Camry.

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I wonder if you'll end up missing the Buick...

The Camry will have a louder ride than the Lucy... that's for sure.

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He has posted problems with his Lucerne in the past which his dealership failed to address. I believe his protest is more about his dealership experience than with the Lucerne itself. A different dealership would have probably resolved his issues early on and prevented him from ever considering a non-GM product.

Oh, then I can understand his decision a little better now. :yes:

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The Camry will have a louder ride than the Lucy... that's for sure.

Wasn't that one of the HUGE beefs with it in the beginning?

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What isn't a beef on the Camry? The thing is rated lower than any other Camry made to date (as far as I can remember). Why not check into a Malibu or wait it out for the new Buick coming out next year? Surely I have not seen one good reason to downgrade from a Buick to a Camry. Not one. Especially if you call yourself a Buick enthusiast. Either you don't know and understand the concept of an enthusiast or you're just another sheep following the herd...

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If I had bad luck with a GM dealer I would find another one. If your on the road alot the Camry Hybrid still isn't a great option. You will miss your Buick for sure. Check into a new Malibu, or wait for the new LaX but I think if you do go through and get a Toyota it will be your first and last. I totally agree wtih Sixty Eight!

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That's what happens when people get old.

1. Get Dentures

2. Get Depends

3. Get a Camry

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Wasn't that one of the HUGE beefs with it in the beginning?

That was, in fact, his only beef that I recall. Once he got the motor mount and alignment thing that was causing all the noise fixed, it sounded like he was happy with it.

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I wonder if you'll end up missing the Buick...

...after driving the Camry for about five days, he will...

Chris

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The Camry will have a louder ride than the Lucy... that's for sure.

No kidding!

Chris

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I'm sad to hear it. I really am.

As an Oldsmobile enthusiast, I still remember my dad telling me about what they were doing to my brand when I was ten. My family's best cars were Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs. I went from Olds to Buick. I've always been a fan of Cadillac, it's a symbol of what my Grandfather always wanted but only got once. I want to have more than one in my lifetime. I'm sad to see that you're turfing your Lucerne, which along with the DTS and Impala are great cars. I also respect your decision. It's your money and you can do what you want. I wouldn't have bought a Toyota, but good luck with it anyway. Hopefully come 3 Years from now you can move back home when better cars are built, and Buick workmen have made them.

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That's what happens when people get old.

1. Get Dentures

2. Get Depends

3. Get a Camry

Very funny and a somewhat valid argument too. Buick's "average buyer's age" has dropped into the 50s while Toyota's average continues to rise. It is very possible Toyota may be carrying the "retirement car stigma" torch before long.

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