2008 Buick Lucerne

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27 reviews
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Available Price Range $5,259-$13,187 Trims5 Combined MPG 18-20 Seats 5-6

Our Take on the 2008 Buick Lucerne

Our Take

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

Reviews

Our 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

4.4

Average based on 27 reviews

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 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

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.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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