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2008 Buick Lucerne

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2008 Buick Lucerne Review

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With its huge cabin, lavish appointments and all-new Super trim, the 2008 Buick Lucerne increases its potential to lure back the coveted import buyer, and more importantly, to attract a younger following. Although not quite an image breaker like the legendary Grand National, the Lucerne is nevertheless changing people's mind about the Buick brand. Gone from the company flagship is the stereotypical cushy ride, soft seats and numb steering, replaced by a Cadillac-derived chassis outfitted with two potent engine options and a sophisticated sense of style. Although classified as a "near-luxury" car, the Lucerne's combination of affordable pricing and rich content offers those considering a Lincoln, Acura or Volvo a legitimate alternative with some serious cost savings.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a current or former Buick large sedan lover, or have been away from roomy, comfy big American sedans for a while and would like a good reason to return, Lucerne is easily the best full-size Buick ever and one of the best full-size American cars of any brand.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you can't get comfortable with the idea of picking a domestic brand versus a higher-image import, you may not care for the new Lucerne. This cleanly-crafted four-door looks good enough to earn more youthful (read fiftyish) buyers than the previous Park Avenue, but it's still no kids' cool cruiser.

What's New for 2008

The big news for 2008 is the rekindling of the Super name, which accompanies a more powerful version of the CXS trim's Northstar V8 engine, revised suspension tuning and unique interior design themes. New options include a Side Blind Zone Alert system that warns of vehicles in the driver's blind spot and a Lane Departure Warning system.

Driving the Lucerne

Driving Impressions We spent quality time on freeways, around town and on challenging two-lanes in both base V6 and top-line V8 CXS Lucernes and found much to like and little to criticize....

The standard car allows relatively spirited driving (more aggressive than its buyers will likely attempt) with adequate power, good control and solid braking. Only its ultra-light power steering disappointed us, yet it might please typical buyers. The V8-powered CXS would be our choice for its full complement of features and outstanding ride and handling -- although its magnetic power steering also struck us as a bit light and devoid of feel. Especially impressive were the unusually low noise levels inside both cabins, thanks to Buick's standard QuietTuning.

Magnetic Ride Control (with StabiliTrak and Brake Assist)
Using magnetically charged particles suspended in a synthetic fluid, the Lucerne's shocks continually adjust to varying road surfaces and driving conditions, this remarkable feature responds far faster than conventional valve-damping systems to provide the rare combination of exceptional twisty-road handling and silky smooth highway ride.

Remote Vehicle Start
GM's remote start lets you start the engine and warm or cool the cabin (while the car stays securely locked) well in advance of departing. Once you've tried it you won't want to live without it.

2008 Buick Lucerne Details
Interior

The Lucerne's 203.2-inch overall length gives Buick engineers plenty of leeway in designing a roomy, spacious interior. Compared with the old Park Avenue, the Lucerne offers an inch more rear legroom as well as more supportive seating. This compares well to Chrysler's 300C and Ford's Taurus, and substantially out-spaces Toyota's Avalon and the much pricier Lexus GS. The highly refined interior fits are tight -- materials and finishes are premium with excellent attention to detail -- and Buick's "QuietTuning" substantially reduces most road, wind and powertrain noise.

Exterior

Unlike the demure LaCrosse, the Lucerne sets the styling theme for the next generation of Buick passenger cars. With a shapely new interpretation of the marque's signature waterfall grille between jewel-like projector-beam headlamps, its look is athletic, graceful and upscale American with a touch of Lexus. Twin under-the-bumper front air intakes sport a single horizontal chrome rib apiece, which are echoed by a slim bright accent along the decklid's lower edge. The sleek roofline holds a distinctively-shaped rear pillar. The wheels fill their wells for a muscular stance, and the portholes are set at a slight angle to accentuate the body's wedgy profile.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Lucerne's six standard airbags include side-impact thorax and roof-rail air-curtain bags, a dual-stage driver bag and a GM-patented dual-depth front passenger bag. Also standard are power rack-and-pinion steering, power driver's seat, windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry, six-speaker AM/FM/CD with auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, four-spoke tilt steering wheel with speed and audio controls, PASS-Key III theft-deterrent system, 16-inch alloy wheels and tires with tire pressure monitoring, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, Buick's QuietTuning (which includes laminated steel and laminated windshield and side glass) and GM's OnStar convenience and security system.

Optional Equipment

The mid-range CXL adds automatic climate control, heated outside mirrors and power front passenger seat. The top-level CXS and Super boast the Northstar V8, 18-inch wheels and tires, Magnetic Ride Control with StabiliTrak, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield wiper fluid, rear park assist and power lumbar support. Beyond the trim-level equipment, options include heated/cooled eight-way adjustable power front seats, Harman/Kardon audio, a Driver Confidence Package with ultrasonic rear park assist and heated windshield washer fluid (standard on CXS and Super), six-passenger seating (with a 40/20/40 split front seat), power sunroof, touch-screen navigation and Side Blind Zone Alert and Land Departure Warning (available in conjunction with the Driver's Confidence package.

Under the Hood

GM's reliable workhorse, the 3.8-liter overhead-valve V6, has been developed and refined through many years to provide a surprisingly pleasing balance of performance and economy. In a rare appearance outside of a Cadillac, the smooth and powerful 275-horsepower (292 in the Super) dual-overhead cam Northstar V8 offers substantially stronger performance at a one- to two-mile-per-gallon sacrifice in fuel economy. The standard four-speed automatic could use another ratio or two to better compete with the five- and six-speed automatics found in upper-level imports and some domestics.

3.8-liter V6
197 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
227 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25

4.6-liter V8
275 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23

4.6-liter V8 (Exclusive to Super)
292 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

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2008 Buick Lucerne Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 353 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Easy to drive, excellent on highway, good milege,

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, excellent on highway, good milege,"

Cons: "Batterly problem; warning system gave false alerts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This car is very good on highways; it cruses along and accelerates quickly when called upon. Leather heated seats are very comfortable. Sound system is very good and the car looks good. There were two problems: the battery went dead for no apparent reason (but took a charge and was easily restored) and there was warning signals about low engine oil but they proved false ."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car-NorthStar Eng is smooth very powerful

By on Sunday, August 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfortable, Powerful, Reliable, Quiet"

Cons: "Could use a second sun visor for side or front"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new and ordered it with the North Star 32 Valve engine, same as my Cadillac DTS has. This Lucerne is built well with great interior finish and comfort. I'm 6'1" tall and I can stretch out easily. The car handles great on the highway and we're getting 16.5 MPG in town and 25 on the highway. There's plenty of room for 5 adults to sit comfortably (the back seating area is bigger than my Cad DTS)and the trunk is very roomy. Unfortunately GM is no longer making this car any more... Well they are but now they call it a Cadillac!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Rides great,plenty power,Great paint job, for best results you should use 89 octane. You could mix the octanes to save a few bucks but its not worth it.I really needed a two door so for 2015 i am buying a coupe."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car very dependaple

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good road car, smooth comfortable ride, handles well in the mountains, great radio (Harman Kardan), great air conditioning. Road gas mileage has always been about 3 MPG above the EPA rating"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Good road car and good interior space

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"One owner. Garaged. Total package. Tires and brakes had been replaced. Has not been in any accident. Service on regular time. C D player does not work."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

excellent over the road vehicle

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"nothing rides or drives better. I have 3 complaints. 1. brakes, pads wear out quickly. 2. transmission does not hold back as it should. I have driven the same model, owned by others, they have same complaint. 3. gas mileage 18mpg local, 21mpg on interstate."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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