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  • (4.5) 40 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,307$12,111
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 18-20
  • Engine: 197-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Buick Lucerne

Our Take on the 2008 Buick Lucerne

The front-wheel-drive Lucerne entry-luxury full-size sedan was introduced at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show as the first Buick passenger car in a decade with available V-8 power. The Lucerne was also the first Buick to offer Magnetic Ride Control, which comes standard on the CXS and new Super trims. ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Northstar V-8's low-rpm torque (CXS)
  • Wide turning circle
  • No fold-flat backseat
  • Forgettable face
  • Rear visibility

Notable Features

  • New Super trim level
  • Newly available blind-spot- and lane-departure-warning systems
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats
  • Optional remote starter

2008 Buick Lucerne Reviews Expert Reviews

Perhaps it would have been better to bring out a high-mileage version before a high-performance rendition.But figuring those who favor fullsize sedans still want to lead rather than follow, Buick slipped a 4.6-liter, 292-horsepower Northstar V-8 in its top-of-the-line Lucerne sedan and slapped a Super label on it.Enough room for Ma and Pa plus their dinner companions and ample trunk space to ho... Read full review for the 2008 Buick Lucerne

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Consumer Reviews


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Beautiful, brilliant, soft and supple

by Arty from North Florida on October 10, 2008

This car is absolutely beautiful. I have the CSX with V8 engine. The build quality is exceptional, rivaling that of much costlier luxury sedans. The engine performance is great. Step on the gas and th... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Buick Lucerne Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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