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Still working for and loving Acura in the Philly area, and driving my 2nd or 3rd new TSX demo. Great car. Never something I had considered before, but just the right mix of size, power, refinement, fun and economy. Tech is the best in the biz, too.

I don't need a second car of my own, but I WANT one, and if the dollars work, why not. Never hurts to own your own car.

Went on vacation in Florida & Georgia mid September, and for a week had a brand new 2012 SRX Performance and was intrigued by GM again. My friend and I loved it and wanted to buy one. I started looking at lease deals, and then cars too, and narrowed down to the SRX, Lacrosse Touring and Regal. SRX awesome but too big and pricey for a 2nd car. Lacrosse Touring a dead tie with Regal, and the V6 & panoramic roof were what I liked from the SRX, but too big and awkward inside seating position for me. Low and behold...Regal GS. Didn't want stick (not for my driving), and auto's are rare. Must have nav & roof.

Emailed around, made a deal Thursday, and this morning signed papers for a new 2012 Regal GS White Diamond with Sunroof, Navigation, WDT paint, and the standard 19" wheels (come with AS Goodyears and I like the brushed style). Such a COOL car. Reminds me of my G8 but with a massively better and tailored interior and the lighter weight/4-cyl perkiness of my TSX demo but more refined.

The drive is so tight, refined, and the 2.0T silent and torquey. GS mode ride & steering is even better. The flat bottom steering wheel is incredible. Add in White Diamond I've missed since my lemon G6 GT coupe. That the fellow sales guy was on his 2nd Turbo Regal himself, and told me about custom tuning them before we even got in, I was sold.

Great lease deal. I won't do many miles...unless I change careers or just like driving too much. Dealer owner was driving it for 700 miles, so partly demo but not really, and it was spotless. Ally leasing seems a lot more flexible now too, without fees at the end.

Waiting on display for me this morning. Won't pick up until tomorrow morning when I take a cab ride over to the dealer.

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Vroom. Clearly, those I work with will not see this car for a while, if ever. Buick fun :gitfunky:

39-month lease. This time I will actually try to stay the term, and not buy anything but gas, floor mats and maybe tint.

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It has arrived. Picked up this morning, it started raining right away.

Rainy view stopping at the bank & post office on the way home. Amazing car.

Complaint? From before, the lack of backup camera. Come on GM, nav screen and even front end parking sensors, but no camera. Bizarre for me to get used to, $38k sticker car or otherwise.

Then made it home.

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Off to work, Buick safely parked at home!

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I think you'll have many happy miles... but the way you turn over cars, I can't figure out why you picked a 39 month lease! That is way too long!

Understandable. The Buick 24 month "Experience Buick" leases were most attractive on terms for length, maintenance included, etc.

But not for $150 more per month, which was what it worked out to.

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Sweet looking ride, way to go, I think the only thing I would want done on this car is Tinted windows. Just seems they should be black out and then the look is perfect.

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Sharp car.. I don't think I've seen a Regal GS in person yet...seen a few Regals up close and I really like the rear 3/4 view...

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Sweet looking ride, way to go, I think the only thing I would want done on this car is Tinted windows. Just seems they should be black out and then the look is perfect.

Considering getting that done. I had just the rears done on my G8 to stick to DE law, and with the black interior there too, you could barely tell the fronts weren't done.

LOVE driving this thing. So refined, it's nuts. And comfortable. Won't say it puts my TSX to shame, but refined in a way it isn't.

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I'm going to sleep in this thing tonight. Buick has come far. In the end, glad I didn't do Lacrosse. Or splurge even more on a Caddy.

I wish they'd sell more, or just enough to get numbers up and not enough I still avoid seeing myself on every corner.

New pro's:

-Onstar app coolness. Now I know why my mother uses it so often.

-Keyless access & go, my favorite.

-Harmon Kardon audio sounds strong, just played with it a little more

Not sure:

-Tire pressure low. Says 35 on the sticker, they're all 30 or 31, setting an Onstar alert. Oops, dealer. It happens.

-Backup camera, again. So strange. Why not, GM? Still not for 2013 either.

-I asked "and the foglights?" and we had a few second silence...right, GS doesn't have them. Forgot that somehow. HID ringed lights are fine.

Good night all.

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I'm going to sleep in this thing tonight. Buick has come far. In the end, glad I didn't do Lacrosse. Or splurge even more on a Caddy.

I wish they'd sell more, or just enough to get numbers up and not enough I still avoid seeing myself on every corner.

New pro's:

-Onstar app coolness. Now I know why my mother uses it so often.

-Keyless access & go, my favorite.

-Harmon Kardon audio sounds strong, just played with it a little more

Not sure:

-Tire pressure low. Says 35 on the sticker, they're all 30 or 31, setting an Onstar alert. Oops, dealer. It happens.

-Backup camera, again. So strange. Why not, GM? Still not for 2013 either.

-I asked "and the foglights?" and we had a few second silence...right, GS doesn't have them. Forgot that somehow. HID ringed lights are fine.

Good night all.

Very Cool update, the backup camera thing while nice does not have the demand by the public and even the gov has asked for a delay. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act would have required 10 percent of all cars to have backup cameras by 2012 and all cars to have them by September 2014. This is now delayed a year to allow the gov to review public comments and company comments. The public is not liking that this will add about $1000 to the cost of auto's.

Regardless of the safety it is supposed to supply, people need to raise their kids to not play behind a auto. Not to play under an auto and to walk the perimeter of the auto before getting in and driving off. Take self responsibility and not expect someone else to be the adult.

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Very Cool update, the backup camera thing while nice does not have the demand by the public and even the gov has asked for a delay. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act would have required 10 percent of all cars to have backup cameras by 2012 and all cars to have them by September 2014. This is now delayed a year to allow the gov to review public comments and company comments. The public is not liking that this will add about $1000 to the cost of auto's.

I've driven a couple of rentals w/ back up cameras recently...CTS and Yukon. I like how GM integrates the screen into the rear view mirror..they work pretty well, but sometimes are not useful because of shadows (esp. at night). It's probably not a feature I'd specifically order on a car, but if it's there I'm not going to complain.

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Good point on the camera. Not a necessity, but in this price bracket of luxury sedan, especially with a nav screen, there's just no reason it shouldn't be there.

I've gotten used to it, since my Avalanche. Makes you a bit duller of a parker because you can see in detail your back bumper, but easier overall.

GS is sitting nicely outside. As a lease, I said no more than floor mats and detailing. Floor liners still on there way, but I also scheduled tinting for tomorrow morning.

Not usually a tint fan, but I had the rear windows done legally on my G8 GT and with the black interior the fronts barely looked any different. That tint was perfect and hopefully this turns out the same. It was a place recommended by the Buick sales guy, as on his own Regal. Bright & early tomorrow.

Also, living in Philly and with my parking, I need to get a deal with a mobile detailer to keep it touched up and waxed/sealed/washed for me, without spending too much. We'll see.

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Tinted this morning. Did 20% on the rear windows only. Also odd, I know, but I like to be legal and the same setup looked great on my Pacific Slate G8 GT a couple years back with the black interior.

Waiting for it to cure and dry, but otherwise looks good. Hard to see here with the bad lighting.

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Tinted this morning. Did 20% on the rear windows only. Also odd, I know, but I like to be legal and the same setup looked great on my Pacific Slate G8 GT a couple years back with the black interior.

Waiting for it to cure and dry, but otherwise looks good. Hard to see here with the bad lighting.

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Nice Job, far superior looking with the tint. Very happy for you.

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More notes on this car, driving a little further today (and because I'm off).

On road reactions to it? Definitely noticed. A guy in a truck beside me this morning was staring and I lip read "Brembos, wow". Others pointed at it, near my condo. Great looks.

Power is very nice. I never really have pushed it much as all, the 2.0T in GS tuned form is so quiet and silky, doesn't really have that 4-cyl high pitched "twang". When accelerating, a nice burble of sorts instead. You do feel the turbo surge when you need more power, but not an on/off/on/off like my last turbo comparison, Acura RDX.

Ride and quiet superb. Firm in all modes, but normal very comfortable. GS stiff legged mode takes bumps somewhat like my TSX does in its one mode. You definitely feel GS kick on, from a response perspective. Seats are excellent, and I wasn't sure at first with the bolstering and padding, but fit me well. Mirrors are a bit small & triangular, have to adjust.

Getting better without the backup camera, and having front park sensors still is unique. Beep beep beep. Onstar app is awesome, although sending a command does take some time and is not instantaneous. I've always liked the twist & toggle knob for navigation, radio, etc. in my TSX and our other Acura models, and am glad the Regal has a similar knob on the console along with command buttons around it. Just trying to get used to where it is vs. on the dash.

So far so good. Hopefully can do some more highway driving soon, and figure out what kind of mileage it gets.

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Very nice update, I look forward to hearing how a road trip is in the car and what the real world mileage you get.

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And a few more with better views of the tint, on an increasingly dirtier (it keeps raining) car.

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WeatherTech mats are in, and a fresh wash necessary aside, took the GS through center city Philly late last night with the roof open and then on the highway, and LOVE the quiet burble and surge of power from the GS tuned 2.0T. It doesn't have an annoying 4-cyl sound or high pitched like my TSX, but effortlessly woosh and up to speed. GS is the stiffest but it is such a fun car in that mode, and the ride even nice.

Glad I picked the 19" wheels with Goodyear Eagles even more. Great recommendation and awesome ride. Now if I could just sort out my seat/steering wheel position.

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Would love to see pictures with the Weather Tech mats in as I am interested in them for my own car. :)

Thanks for the update.

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Would love to see pictures with the Weather Tech mats in as I am interested in them for my own car. :)

Thanks for the update.

Will do so. Only been home at night lately. Will try to snap a few.

They are still by far the best and my favorite, trays with the right texture and fit. Wish they had a better one for the trunk too. Buick makes one but not sure about it.

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Would love to see pictures with the Weather Tech mats in as I am interested in them for my own car. :)

Thanks for the update.

WeatherTech's in, and finally a day at home after washing to see them:

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Looking good..Weather Tech mats are great, I've had a set for over 10 years for my Jeep incl. the cargo area liner mat. They hold up really well.

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Finally got to wash the Regal today, after 2 weeks of rain and caked on goo.

So much better. And wow do the Brembo's up front make a lot of black dust, in addition to a squeak I expected. Need to get someone to seal/wax it for me, and help with the washing.

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Very pleased with the legal tint, rears only, and still the drive of the car.

My fuel mileage is not great having only driven around Philly and once or twice spirited on the highway for a couple of miles home, but we'll see how it does on a trip to Delaware this weekend.

The 2.0T and Aisin 6-speed in combination with the rest of the package do nothing but impress me.

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