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2009-01-08 12:47:03 PM
fernanernie: Phil Moskowitz
They have to wreck every Buick with those god awful chrome teeth grills, don't they?

Only real teeth in the car.


heh heh
 
2009-01-08 12:47:09 PM
Cars don't look cool any more.
 
2009-01-08 12:47:15 PM
When did they stop putting side windows on cars and start using gun slits instead?
 
2009-01-08 12:47:18 PM
Birth Control 2 Major Tom: Buicks are extremely reliable. Yes, I know they're the favored car of the walking dead, but they last forever.

Sorry it's not sexy enough for you guys who use your auto as a penis enlarger.


Then they should be marketed thusly:

Buick: you buy it, you grandkids will be dead before it is.

But no, they'd rather pretend that a car that everyone else has been making for 3-5 years already is somehow "Shocking and Exciting!!!!"
 
2009-01-08 12:47:42 PM
looks like a Lexus GS to me
 
2009-01-08 12:47:59 PM
Yawn. Looks just like the typical sedan design most every other company puts out.
 
2009-01-08 12:48:22 PM
i've driven a few buicks, they're about the best you can get in used cars. old ppl take good care of them. i've also found them to be decent on icy back roads. I've taken them places i wouldn't take anything else, other than a 4x4

/not a car guy, don't care about looks or features. just want it to run reliably
 
2009-01-08 12:48:28 PM
drjekel_mrhyde: The Chinese one looks more classy
Link (new window)
Sybarite I still like this one a lil better


What exact purpose do those side-view mirrors serve?
 
2009-01-08 12:48:42 PM
FatMick: Looks just like my mom's ES350. yawn

For half the price
 
2009-01-08 12:49:31 PM
Tastes Like Chicken: It looks like you took a new Malibu front end and stuck it on a Lexus GS rear end from 2 years ago. And kind of gave it a vaguely Mercedes-like roof-line. Apparently new innovative design from Buick involves copying what was popular in 2007 and releasing it in 2010.

Bad designers design. Good designers borrow. Great designers steal.
 
2009-01-08 12:49:57 PM
Well, more interesting was one of the articles at the top of the page.

cache.gawker.com

Holy shiat.
 
2009-01-08 12:50:35 PM
Grither: Looks like the Lexus GS from the back just about every angle...

FTFY.

/meh, it's OK if you like vanilla cars
 
2009-01-08 12:50:41 PM
Wow, take a BMW design and slap a Buick emblem on it, original.
 
2009-01-08 12:51:09 PM
It is aimed at the middle aged white collar crowd that needs to possibly haul kiddies or has a long commute. It isn't aimed at young people. It is aimed that who want a nice car, but don't want to spend the kind of money needed to snag a CTS or better.

So yeah it is aimed at younger market, as in non-retired, but we don't expect 16 year olds to drive.

/GM Engineer
 
2009-01-08 12:51:51 PM
TheYeti: Actually, the longer I look at it the more it looks like the Lexus IS250 (new window)

I thought the front looked like a rip off of the Infiniti G35 and the back looked like a rip off of a BMW M5.

Yep, GM still sucks.
 
2009-01-08 12:52:28 PM
When I hit a deer with my Audi, my insurance company paid for a rental while my car was getting repaired. The type of rental that I got was based on what kind of car I had insured so I was given a "luxury" class rental; a Buick (maybe Century, don't remember). It was the spongiest, most boring car I've ever driven. It was like driving a couch with grandma's doilies on the headrests. I swear it should have come with a bowl of hard candies on the passenger seat. My kids, who weren't even teenaged at the time laughed at me when they saw it. The car just screamed "old guy".
 
2009-01-08 12:52:32 PM
Glitchwerks: Well, more interesting was one of the articles at the top of the page.



Holy shiat.


WANT!
 
684
2009-01-08 12:52:42 PM
When I go home for a visit I enjoy driving my parent's Buick for a change. It's very well made, smooth, quiet and comfortable. Plus, I feel like I'm practicing for old age.
 
2009-01-08 12:53:06 PM
Still waiting on the new Camaro.
 
2009-01-08 12:53:13 PM
The Angry Hand of God: drjekel_mrhyde: The Chinese one looks more classy
Link (new window)
Sybarite I still like this one a lil better

What exact purpose do those side-view mirrors serve?

Parking?
I really don't think anyone would be using them much since the car have rear facing cameras
 
2009-01-08 12:53:44 PM
What were you saying about grandma's purse?

i215.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-08 12:54:23 PM
Looks like a 2009 Lincoln MKs to me...
 
2009-01-08 12:54:54 PM
i took a dump in grandma's purse
 
2009-01-08 12:54:59 PM
Yet another fantastic car that nobody will buy because the name has been so polluted for so long with crap.
 
2009-01-08 12:55:08 PM
The Angry Hand of God: What exact purpose do those side-view mirrors serve?

I bet they're actually cameras. Why? OMGTOIZE!!!

Xenomech: Yawn. Looks just like the typical sedan design most every other company puts out.

It is really nice looking but also, as you (and others said) it looks like a GS and maybe a little bit M35 in there, too. I do like the notched character line running down the side of the car... that's nice sheetmetal.
 
2009-01-08 12:55:09 PM
KentuckyBob: Wow, take a BMW design and slap a Buick emblem on it, original.

I see no BMW design cues on that car. Not even pre-Bangle.
 
2009-01-08 12:55:50 PM
flojo22: UNC_Samurai: To be fair, Buick once made a car that wasn't for old people:

I think it was basically an Olds Hurst 442.


Umm, negatory. The Turbo Regal's were the shiz due to their advanced (at the time), Grand National (so that's where they got the name) racing-inspired engines, capable of producing jaw-dropping power in a relatively small package (the engine, not the car obviously). Even better, the rest of the car wasn't such a huge pile of **** it could handle it....as long as you didn't need to slalom.

They were pretty much the pinnacle of everything Buick and since '88 it's all been downhill.
/sold my '87 GN two years ago, almost cried
//no more American for me, and science strike me down if I ever buy another Buick
 
2009-01-08 12:57:13 PM
I love my 2005 LaCrosse. I had a 1990 LeSabre before that. I donated it to charity at 223,000 miles.

/Yeeeessss, I'm over 50
 
2009-01-08 12:57:24 PM
What people don't know is that Buick can survive very nicely without the US market, since it is considered a prestigious luxury marque in China. In fact, they sell more cars in China than anywhere else, including the US!
 
2009-01-08 12:57:33 PM
It's better that they make a car that smells like Grandma's purse than it is to make one that smells like her hamwallet.
 
684
2009-01-08 12:57:42 PM
steklo - thanks for the pic. I wondered what happened to mom's last LeSabre.
 
2009-01-08 12:58:43 PM
Not bad overall...
but the dashboard is way too democratic IMO. Putting all those instruments smack dab in the middle of the dashboard will only encourage passengers to interfere with the driver:
"You should slow down"
"You should speed up"
"you should maybe get gas soon"
"You should change gears sooner to lower your revs"
etc.

Toyota Echo is the worst of all:
stuff.silverorange.com
 
2009-01-08 12:58:56 PM
annoyed_grunt: Yet another fantastic car that nobody will buy because the name has been so polluted for so long with crap.

No kidding... the Malibu is going to suffer the same, rental-fleet fate. Poor GM, they sat on their hands profiting off of trucks and "Buy American" for way too long. Model after model of dog-sh*t, boring designs (Corsica, Beretta, Malibu, Classic, Impala, Cavalier, Lumina) in just the Chevy line alone! Anything bearing these polluted names is going to have the stigma that goes along with them. At least "LaCrosse" is reasonably recent.
 
MIU
2009-01-08 01:00:25 PM
When I think "Buick", I think "get out of my way". 99.9% of the time I come across one on the road, it is going 20% under the speed limit, and generally obstructing traffic in countless ways.

Brand for old people? Apparently.
 
2009-01-08 01:00:33 PM
demonbug: Let's take a look at the different trim levels... automatic, automatic, and, yup, automatic.

Won't be buying one of these.


Have you tried buying any full size car with a manual? Not even BMW offers a manual trans in anything that big.
 
2009-01-08 01:00:49 PM
Just in this thread looks like a Lexus, BMW, Malibu, and Infinity
/Tells me one thing all cars look the same on the outside
 
2009-01-08 01:00:52 PM
its ugly and wouldn't buy it over any of the imports.
 
2009-01-08 01:01:19 PM
deebee230: The Icelander: Tastes Like Chicken: Though I'm probably not average.

I can sometimes tell a car's make and model by the shape of the headlights at night. I'm especially good at distingishing late model Saturns from Ford Police cruisers.

This skill has saved me soo many times. The only ones that can be kind of tricky are the VWs.


VWs are easy, they always have a head or tail light out. I just had a rental Beetle while my car was being worked on, had only 5000 miles on it and it had a headlight out.

/64 bug in boxes in the garage so I'm not a vw hater... just saying
 
2009-01-08 01:01:35 PM
factoryconnection: The Angry Hand of God: What exact purpose do those side-view mirrors serve?

I bet they're actually cameras. Why? OMGTOIZE!!!

Xenomech: Yawn. Looks just like the typical sedan design most every other company puts out.

It is really nice looking but also, as you (and others said) it looks like a GS and maybe a little bit M35 in there, too. I do like the notched character line running down the side of the car... that's nice sheetmetal.


I didn't think of that. I am the only one who thinks cameras are completely unnecessary? If you need cameras you probably shouldn't be driving or the car you bought is too farking big. Also, doesn't this mean that you have to look at a screen effectively taking your eyes off of whats in front of you?

/Parallel parking isn't that hard either.
 
2009-01-08 01:01:51 PM
GymnasiumPants: Not bad overall...
but the dashboard is way too democratic IMO. Putting all those instruments smack dab in the middle of the dashboard will only encourage passengers to interfere with the driver:
"You should slow down"
"You should speed up"
"you should maybe get gas soon"
"You should change gears sooner to lower your revs"
etc.

Toyota Echo is the worst of all:


Nope...MINI Cooper Dash....

i215.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-08 01:01:57 PM
GymnasiumPants: Toyota Echo is the worst of all:

Ah, yes the bubble, how strange. There was no tach on the manual, either. A very good car for the times, though, unless you live someplace windy. We averaged 43mpg the seven years that my wife had hers, barely any maintenance required in 100K miles.
 
2009-01-08 01:02:07 PM
MaxxLarge

I've long said that if you lined up the flagship mid-size sedan from the new model year of every major maker, and took the emblems off...then took the average person off the street and asked them to match manufacturer with model? There's not a single person who'd do better than half.

How is that any different from the past, oh, 100 years or so?
 
2009-01-08 01:02:31 PM
GymnasiumPants: Not bad overall...
but the dashboard is way too democratic IMO. Putting all those instruments smack dab in the middle of the dashboard will only encourage passengers to interfere with the driver:
"You should slow down"
"You should speed up"
"you should maybe get gas soon"
"You should change gears sooner to lower your revs"
etc.


Thats when you respond, "You should STFU or GTFO!"
 
2009-01-08 01:02:35 PM
meh, four door sedan


old man car


Same sub-frames as the '89 Cut-less I'm willing to bet

pretty interior but still


pretty ho-hum
 
2009-01-08 01:02:43 PM
I see Buicks everywhere. Then again, I live in Memphis, where a low-mileage 1980s luxury car with 24s and spinners is the height of fashion.
 
2009-01-08 01:03:39 PM
UNC_Samurai: To be fair, Buick once made a car that wasn't for old people:

I worked for a Buick dealership when those came out and had to PDI them, man were they fast.
 
2009-01-08 01:03:54 PM
bighairyguy: I love my 2005 LaCrosse. I had a 1990 LeSabre before that. I donated it to charity at 223,000 miles.

/Yeeeessss, I'm over 50


One of my first cars was a 1990 Buick Lesabre (It was free). I drove it till about 230,000 miles before I bought another car. Aside from being really ugly I had very few problems with it.
 
2009-01-08 01:04:03 PM
steklo: Nope...MINI Cooper Dash....

To be fair to MINI, the tach is right in front of the driver... much more useful and you can use the other cars to judge your speed for most driving. The Echo, as I said, has no tach.
 
2009-01-08 01:04:34 PM
remember when all the Telecos changed their names to reflect the new age we live in ... GTE became errr verizon or whatever ...

It's time for GM and esp Buick to change their names and get on with things so we can forget about how crappy they used to be ..

" Buick " was our slang for vomitting
 
2009-01-08 01:04:36 PM
I bought a used Buick, and I would buy another. It runs well with minimal maintenance, is comfortable for long trips, and it's pratically invisible to cops.
 
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