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Old 04-20-17, 07:24 PM   #16
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Congrats Marshall. Post pictures when you receive it!
Thanks. It's going to be pretty much like the images I posted above.
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Nonono, we wanna see the actual car!

congrats Michael for another new ride!
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congrats Michael for another new ride!
Thanks. I do it, on the average, once every 5-6 years. To me at least, that seems to be a good compromise between those who buy (or lease) a new car every 2-3 years and those who keep their cars ten years or more and put 150-200K miles on them, essentially wearing them out. The depreciation curve starts to flatten out after about 3 years or so, but the vehicle usually isn't old enough by then to need major repairs.

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Congrats. Is this car based on the Impala? If so, I definitely like the looks of the Buick more than the Impala.

How is the headroom and visibility on this? That was our biggest complaint when we rented a 2016 Impala last year in Nevada. Great car, but the visibility and headroom was horrible for such a large sedan.
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I knew it, Mike! That was the car I recommended for you in your original post and it was a natural progression from your beloved Verano.

I know you will be happy. Congratulations!

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Based on my numbers that I've run (many times), the break even point on a lease vs buy is about 5 years. If you buy new and trade every 5 years or less, then its cheaper to lease generally, if you buy new and trade after 6 years or longer then its cheaper to buy.

The thing to consider if you are buying new and trading every 5 years, you aren't saving any money vs leasing, and by keeping it longer you're into more maintenance costs (tires, brakes, etc) than you would be if you just leased every 3 years.

Food for thought.
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I knew it, Mike! That was the car I recommended for you in your original post and it was a natural progression from your beloved Verano.

I know you will be happy. Congratulations!
Thanks. Appreciate your recommendation. Still, it was a tough choice. The MKZ, ES, and G80 are all excellent competitors, and are not cars to be scoffed at.
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Thanks. Appreciate your recommendation. Still, it was a tough choice. The MKZ, ES, and G80 are all excellent competitors, and are not cars to be scoffed at.
It was always going to be the Lacrosse
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Yep, it has to be XD
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Since you sent me a bottle of Scratch Out when I got my car, I'm going to send you a detailing product you're really going to like when you get your car.

I'm going to keep what it is a secret lol
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Congrats. Is this car based on the Impala? If so, I definitely like the looks of the Buick more than the Impala.
Thanks. At first, I was under the understanding that it was developed off of the current Impala's platform ( which is also shared by the Cadillac XTS sedan, which remained in production for 2017 in spite of the CT6's introduction). But, in fact, the new 2017 Lacrosse (and its major weight-reduction) is actually done off GM's new P2XXX "Epsilon" platform, which will also be used by the next-generation Impala for 2018 (that new Chevy version, of course, has not revealed yet, and we can only guess with it will look like).

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How is the headroom and visibility on this? That was our biggest complaint when we rented a 2016 Impala last year in Nevada. Great car, but the visibility and headroom was horrible for such a large sedan.
No problem at all for me and my 6' 2" frame, even with my baseball cap. I ordered one without a sunroof (didn't want one for several reasons), but even the sunroof-equipped models are no problem in front headroom, though rear headroom under the sunroof-housing is marginal. I never ride in back, though, so that's not an issue with me.

Visibilty, of course, is not what it would be with larger and a taller roofline windows (i.e., Subaru Forester or Outback)...but the fact that a back-up camera is standard in all new cars helps....and, like my Verano, it also has the radar-beepers that chirp faster as you back up and get closer to an object.

For a classic example of poor visibility, look no further than GM's own Camaro and its slit-trench/bunker-style windows. Whoever designed those was apparently immune from claustrophobia.

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Since you sent me a bottle of Scratch Out when I got my car, I'm going to send you a detailing product you're really going to like when you get your car.

I'm going to keep what it is a secret lol
Thanks....I got a nice supply of my own, but am always open to new products.
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Thanks....I got a nice supply of my own, but am always open to new products.
You don't have this product. You'll love it.
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You don't have this product. You'll love it.
yeah it's scotch so he won't care if there's a scratch.

congrats mmarshall on the obvious choice for you.
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yeah it's scotch so he won't care if there's a scratch.

congrats mmarshall on the obvious choice for you.
I'll never tell!
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