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5 hours ago, balthazar said:

In my wife's Malibu, we have a couple of those heavy cardboard 'flats'; around 18" x 24", helps when you go shopping to keep things from a-rollin' / shopping where they have no bags (Costco).

Or, you could fashion a 'U' shaped barrier the width of the interior, to retain items from rolling out. Only needs to be about 3" high at the rear.

yeah we have a few of those in the garage come to think of it.  they are handy.

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Met mom and her DTS as she drove part way to our place for the weekend.  Her first long trip with the 11 DTS she got last summer.  I drove it.  Firmer ride than the 2002 or 3 which was it, she finally sold recently.

Took an opportunity to get some pics of hers and my TourX together.  She says hers is fast because it has 8 cylinders.  I keep telling her, "mine is faster" because it is, despite less than half the displacement...mine has tUrBo🤣

the evening sunlight was hitting the cars just right. 

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coming up on two years of ownership in a month or so.  have only put about 13,500 miles on the car myself so far.

been driving more recently, and actually the gas mileage has now been consistently in the 25-26 range with the nice summer weather and the steady diet of Costco top tier premium gas.  The mpg has noticeable improved over last year as the car is apparently breaking in more and more.

it's too bad the stereo sucks so bad, and that the radio / head unit / software is so temperamental.  If I get rid of the car anytime down the road (and I hope to keep it a long time), it will be a shame that is it due to the stereo sucking....or wanting to 'sit higher up'.  Or both.

If the Blazer's interior wasn't so cheesy, and if GM hadn't packaged their options so poorly and ridiculously expensive, that would have been what I had ended up in instead.

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2 hours ago, regfootball said:

coming up on two years of ownership in a month or so.  have only put about 13,500 miles on the car myself so far.

been driving more recently, and actually the gas mileage has now been consistently in the 25-26 range with the nice summer weather and the steady diet of Costco top tier premium gas.  The mpg has noticeable improved over last year as the car is apparently breaking in more and more.

it's too bad the stereo sucks so bad, and that the radio / head unit / software is so temperamental.  If I get rid of the car anytime down the road (and I hope to keep it a long time), it will be a shame that is it due to the stereo sucking....or wanting to 'sit higher up'.  Or both.

If the Blazer's interior wasn't so cheesy, and if GM hadn't packaged their options so poorly and ridiculously expensive, that would have been what I had ended up in instead.

I strongly suggest a 3rd party head unit that supports Android/Apple. I love my Pioneer Head unit I put in my 2008 Trailblazer SS as a replacement to the GM OEM unit. When the OEM unit died, I could not see myself spending $1,500 on a refurbished head unit that was dated to 2008 rather than a modern 2019 unit when I had it done. 

Still Loving it, planning to replace the Head Unit in my Escalade next year.

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3 hours ago, David said:

I strongly suggest a 3rd party head unit that supports Android/Apple. I love my Pioneer Head unit I put in my 2008 Trailblazer SS as a replacement to the GM OEM unit. When the OEM unit died, I could not see myself spending $1,500 on a refurbished head unit that was dated to 2008 rather than a modern 2019 unit when I had it done. 

Still Loving it, planning to replace the Head Unit in my Escalade next year.

Makes sense but the Regal is a 2019 and I am unsure any products out there that can replace the factory unit since it controls all the climate and settings for the car as well. Software updates haven’t solved anything. 

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7 hours ago, regfootball said:

Makes sense but the Regal is a 2019 and I am unsure any products out there that can replace the factory unit since it controls all the climate and settings for the car as well. Software updates haven’t solved anything. 

WOW, Did not know that they had combined everything into one head unit. I see it is apple and Android compatible according to this PDF I found online.

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Interesting, but a good FAQ on your head unit here: Frequently Asked Questions | Buick Infotainment System

Is your system the 7" system or the upgraded 8" system. If 7" sounds like some of the issues that have ended up in the class action law suite against GM. General Motors Faces Class Action Over Infotainment System | GM Authority

Seems your auto is on the update that S22.9 update should fix some issues. TSB 19-NA-249 GM Infotainment Update Fixes Grayed-Out Favorite Issue | GM Authority

Not sure if you have the standard or Upgraded Navigation HD Radio unit. But you can buy the upgraded radio unit to update your auto.

2019-2020 Buick Regal IntelliLink® IOU GPS Navigation HD Radio Upgrade - Infotainment.com

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3 hours ago, ccap41 said:

3rd party head units look like complete garbage in  modern vehicle. 

I have to totally disagree with you as the one in my Trailblazer looks great and fits right into the original place, but way better.

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I have to totally disagree with you as the one in my Trailblazer looks great and fits right into the original place, but way better.

I guess when I say "modern" I mean within the last ten years. Any 2019 with an aftermarket head unit will look worse than factory, regardless of the improvement in functionality and/or sound quality. 

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6 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

I guess when I say "modern" I mean within the last ten years. Any 2019 with an aftermarket head unit will look worse than factory, regardless of the improvement in functionality and/or sound quality. 

OK, so your saying if it flows with the dash, an aftermarket unit will not flow then. Seems the 2019 unit is a plug n play upgrade unit under the dash as you do not replace the screen in regards to what I posted. Very interesting as I have noticed that the screens tend to stay on the last few years auto's compared to my 2008 Trailblazer SS where they replaced everything including the screen.

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^ happens to me often...if I see an empty parking space next to another GC, I take it..and I often find other people doing the same with me.  

Though probably less common with Tour Xes because they were so low volume. 

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1 hour ago, regfootball said:

 

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Is it me and the way the angle of the photograph is taken, but I see this how both Buicks are parked

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...although still within the lines... 

Are Buick owners slightly drifting in the "what is the difference between porcupines and BMW owners" level?  

Maybe?   

:)

 

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37 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

Is it me and the way the angle of the photograph is taken, but I see this how both Buicks are parked

I thought the same thing but I think it is just the angle of the picture, after looking at the distance to the line of the front tire. 

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4 hours ago, ccap41 said:

I guess when I say "modern" I mean within the last ten years. Any 2019 with an aftermarket head unit will look worse than factory, regardless of the improvement in functionality and/or sound quality. 

Not if you know what you’re doing and assuming the dash can actually accommodate an aftermarket head unit. Alpine makes several models that resemble the floating tablets in most cars today. 

16 hours ago, regfootball said:

Makes sense but the Regal is a 2019 and I am unsure any products out there that can replace the factory unit since it controls all the climate and settings for the car as well. Software updates haven’t solved anything. 

Metris makes data link harnesses that will fit most new cars with HVAC controls built in but you have to do your research on them and they may not be available with all models. I know they make some for my Flex but I have to urge to swap out currently and it wouldn’t be cheap to do it anyway. 

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I thought when I brought the car to the dealer for the control arm fix that I got the .9 version upgrade but for the life of me I can’t find in the menus what version it is. It does have factory nav and hd radio. It is a terrible sounding system. 

8 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

 

Is it me and the way the angle of the photograph is taken, but I see this how both Buicks are parked

N332 - Taking up two parking spaces is clearly illegal.... | Facebook

 

...although still within the lines... 

Are Buick owners slightly drifting in the "what is the difference between porcupines and BMW owners" level?  

Maybe?   

:)

 

Since these Regals are ‘German cars’ I guess now we get to join the ranks of the German car douchebags club that is mostly comprised of Bmw / merc / audi drivers 

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13 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

Not if you know what you’re doing and assuming the dash can actually accommodate an aftermarket head unit. Alpine makes several models that resemble the floating tablets in most cars today. 

Do you have an example? I legitimately have not seen an aftermarket head unit in modern vehicles that flows and looks like it belongs there. 

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3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Do you have an example? I legitimately have not seen an aftermarket head unit in modern vehicles that flows and looks like it belongs there. 

There are a few, but they are make/model/year specific.  Like you can get an Apple Carplay capable unit.

This is a replacement head unit for a 2007 - 2021 Camry

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This is a unit that I could put into my Avalanche.

 

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27 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Do you have an example? I legitimately have not seen an aftermarket head unit in modern vehicles that flows and looks like it belongs there. 

Drew showed some good examples but look on places like Crutchfield. The big issue now though, is cost because it no longer involves just swapping out a head unit and harness. There are more steps, more parts, and more money involved now. There are also exceptions to this rule as some models just can’t be done like that at all but they are more common then you realize. 

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7 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Drew showed some good examples but look on places like Crutchfield. The big issue now though, is cost because it no longer involves just swapping out a head unit and harness. There are more steps, more parts, and more money involved now. There are also exceptions to this rule as some models just can’t be done like that at all but they are more common then you realize. 

I like crutchfield, but honestly, they don't seem to carry a lot of these model specific units.  Unless you have something SUPER common like a Camry or Accord, they won't have it.

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20 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I like crutchfield, but honestly, they don't seem to carry a lot of these model specific units.  Unless you have something SUPER common like a Camry or Accord, they won't have it.

True but I was just trying to provide one quick example. There are other sources out there, I'm sure. 

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It is true that the 3rd party car stereo market is shrinking quickly because of these new models with integrated controls for HVAC and such.  Then there is the design aspect of these newer models cars. There are options, of course, but they are getting far fewer by the year. It's even worse for these models that have just one big ass screen (like the new Escalade and the Benz hypersreens) stretching across the dashboard.

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53 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

It is true that the 3rd party car stereo market is shrinking quickly because of these new models with integrated controls for HVAC and such.  Then there is the design aspect of these newer models cars. There are options, of course, but they are getting far fewer by the year. It's even worse for these models that have just one big ass screen (like the new Escalade and the Benz hypersreens) stretching across the dashboard.

Too bad really.  I could easily replace my stock GM radio in my Buick Lucerne.  Sometimes, I wonder if we are better off buying a base model which has far less stuff for the infotainment.  Or is that now too hard on newer cars?

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