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  1. Inside trunk release

    If the insurance is paying out and it's (sadly) off to the junkyard, no way would I lose my amp, too! I agree with the poster above. Crow bar.
  2. What to look for after fast brake/skid

    Been meaning to say: thanks for all the helpful advice. I'm taking the car in for service, soon, in any case. I'll tell the shop about the skid, and ask them to check the brakes. To answer zeroboost's question. 2006 Buick LaCrosse CX. 3.8 litre. 90,000 miles.
  3. What to look for after fast brake/skid

    Not much to say: deer jumped out right in front of me on I-66. I was easily doing 70. Nowhere to go, there was a truck beside me in the left hand lane, so I braked. I'll be honest, this wasn't a very good piece of driving, it was a "panic brake" at high speed - brake pedal all the way to the...
  4. 2013 lacross. Got 4 new tires today. Abs, traction control lights. Also service power steering and service brakes came on. Hard to steer at low speed

    Possibly crush damage from lift or jacking; do not trust any of them- clueless. Yup, been there, done that, learned the hard way. When I was young and naive I took my car for brakes to a certain popular department store chain that used to run a famous mail order catalog and also branched out...
  5. 2008 Lacrosse CX Wireless Key Fobs not working

    I don't know about a 2008, but having just gone through this with a 2006: if you buy new fobs online ($20 or less), you have to take them to a locksmith to get them programmed, there is no way of doing it yourself. I paid a $40 service fee to the locksmith, hence was out of the door with a set...
  6. Getting new rack and pinion

    Glad you managed to get the work done under warranty. $800 isn't a bad price, actually. It's what my mechanic has quoted for that work on mine, when it eventually needs doing. For now (and I hope this situation lasts for a while longer), a bottle of Lucas power-steering conditioner (stop leak...
  7. Need some help

    The key isn't talking to the car, or the car isn't talking to the key (I forget which way round it goes). I don't know the reason, but having just gone through the whole replacement key fob / replacement transponder key situation... If your car is out of warranty, the person you need to speak...
  8. In praise of an old LaCrosse

    Man, I love this old car. Just got back from an 800 mile trip on business, the fleet manager gave me a 2018 Ford Taurus for the trip. I can't understand why such a big car has such a cramped driving position. I'm 6'3", of normal weight, and even with the seat all the way back and the steering...
  9. Going, going, almost gone! ( Buick sedans!)

    I just can't get excited about an SUV that's a car pretending to be an SUV. I have an old Cherokee XJ, I appreciate its utility and the fact that it is what it presents itself to be. I'll even overlook the 5 times I've replaced the heater control valve and Jeep's apparent inability to design and...
  10. Going, going, almost gone! ( Buick sedans!)

    My wife was watching the Voice finale last night, and I was pretending to watch it too, while in no way being distracted by a golf forum on my ipad. In one of the ad breaks, on comes a big, flashy advert for Buick. The premise was that a couple were shopping for cars, looking at Buicks. She...
  11. An update!

    Just leave the hood matte black and tell everyone it befits a sporting sedan...
  12. Been In An Accident....NOT happy!

    You're quite right, of course. Here, in Virginia, it's: § 46.2-816. Following too closely. The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to the speed of both vehicles and the traffic on...
  13. Been In An Accident....NOT happy!

    She stopped dead in front of you? I utterly despise "brake checkers." Only ever happened to me once, a guy in a tricked-out F150 who, even though I had an out of state plate and this was a rural road in Virginia, must have thought I was somehow insulting him when I realized the right lane was...
  14. Frustrated!

    I don't have any answers for you, just empathy. The driver's door leaks a bit on my 2006. Nothing major, enough to be annoying. I don't have the necessary tool to adjust the door striker for a tighter door-to-body fit but it seems like a dealer only option. Not spending 100's of dollars for a...
  15. Good Deal? 2011 Buick Lacrosse CXL w/ $47,000 miles for $4700.

    Good deal? More like a fantastic steal. Used car prices are crazy. I don't see how KBB has any bearing on reality in 2019. The backstreet used car lot in the town where I live (central Virginia) seems to do a good trade in mid-2000s, high mileage Impalas, Tauruses, etc. Ex-fleet cars bought at...
  16. Request comments/advice about eventual major, expensive steering system repair

    A really dumb question (sorry): so it was actually leaking transmission fluid, not power steering fluid?
  17. biggest complaint about your LaCrosse

    I love my old LaCrosse! I hate the weird "pressing the gas pedal like it's morse code" thing to reset the oil light. Just as well there's no chance it can be transmitted as a radio signal - otherwise planes in the neighborhood might think I was sending a Mayday - multiple times.
  18. What's a good Sunshade you would recommend

    I spent about $20 more than I wanted to, and bought a custom fit one from the eBay store, for, I think, Coverking. It was about $35. Honestly, the extra money compared to a generic one from Autozone or similar was well worth it, it fits perfectly.
  19. Rolling the bones

    I looked in the owner's manual, and the recommended service intervals are 50,000 (heavy duty) and 100,000 (normal use). The car has never been a rental or anything like that, and basically lived its whole life until I bought it in a small Virginia town with one owner, doing a much lower mileage...
  20. Rolling the bones

    2006 Buick LaCrosse CX I bought a little while ago. It has 85,000 on it now, Carfax shows no record of transmission maintenance. The fluid is transparent, does not smell burned, and is a pinkish color blending to a light brown on a piece of white paper towel. Well, I know this topic of high...
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