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Old 03-16-2013, 02:35 PM
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I'm officially an old man now. (got a new car)

Yeah, you guys can call me Grahampa. I bought a Buick






(^ sorry for the ****ty Iphone pics).

Its the GS, so the highest model you can go.
Factory 20's with HID, 14" Brembro brakes & the turbo (270hp/295tq) 2.0L 4 banger & 6speed manual, Pirelli P-zero tires & 3" exhaust.
^ re-read that sentence then let it sink in thats standard equipment on a...... wait for it...... Buick. ::
It was too good a deal to pass up, almost a new car for $28k
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Fully loaded except for Nav. I was at the auto & truck show with my bro yesterday, and checked this out. It was quite a nice car really.... so this guy was saying that Shaganappi has two demo's their selling for $30k. (which is $15k off MSRP, being $46k plus everything else above that) So right after work I went there, and took it for a good boot. It was quite a nice car actually, I was very, very impressed.... so I offered them a bit less, and now Im an old man! hahaha

Im stoked. I'll pick it up in a few days.

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Congratulations...Now you can cruise to the Senior Citizen Center in style.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:27 PM
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I bought a Buick a few years ago.
Could not bring myself to order a Martini-----so decided to sell it.

Did not have it too long----but it was a nice car
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Buicks have always been a great car I bet it's a whole different story now with all this gadgets and gadgets huh?
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:20 PM
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Hey who says Buicks are for old guys! LOLOL Yeah, my dad was a Buick salesman for years and that was largely the cliental.

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Old 03-18-2013, 01:29 AM
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why they don't put that engine combo in the camaro I'll never know..
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:31 AM
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Certainly not all Buick owners are old guys, but... It does seem like every time I see someone pull out into traffic without looking, or stop at the bottom of a highway on-ramp, it's a gray-haired person driving a Buick! I tell my wife all the time to watch out for 'gray hair in a Buick'! Enjoy your ride, and watch out for those gray-hairs driving Buicks!
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why they don't put that engine combo in the camaro I'll never know..
The 3.6L V6 in the camaro is quite a nice engine. Its 325hp with almost as much TQ.
Its the same engine (LY9) I had in my last DD being an '07 Saturn Aura XR, that one was 252hp/251tq. Only the Camaro one was beefed up quite a bit with higher compression, redone timing and a much beefier intake manifold & bigger injectors.

While this 2.0 turbo engine is definitely commendable on MANY levels, a 270hp/295tq 4 banger would be a bit of a slouch in such a car.

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Buicks have always been a great car I bet it's a whole different story now with all this gadgets and gadgets huh?
It is, I'll have to spend at least a couple hours dorking around with everything, familiarizing myself with its countless do-dads and features. Im a tech guy, but this thing was just.... wow. I didn't even know how to do the most simplistic stuff on it. I'd feel bad for anybody older trying to understand every detail.

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"While this 2.0 turbo engine is definitely commendable on MANY levels, a 270hp/295tq 4 banger would be a bit of a slouch in such a car."


did you miss the 80's 145hp v8's 3rd gens..lol

or the 251 iron duke 4 bangers..

the 3.6 v6 might be great but the turbo4 get better cafe mpg
and more inline with todays sport coupe buyers that don't want a v8..
me, I just want it in rear drive so I can put it in a monza or clone..
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"While this 2.0 turbo engine is definitely commendable on MANY levels, a 270hp/295tq 4 banger would be a bit of a slouch in such a car."


did you miss the 80's 145hp v8's 3rd gens..lol

or the 251 iron duke 4 bangers..

the 3.6 v6 might be great but the turbo4 get better cafe mpg
and more inline with todays sport coupe buyers that don't want a v8..
me, I just want it in rear drive so I can put it in a monza or clone..
Oh, dont worry I've grown up with some dog **** engines.... I remember how bad it got in the late 70's-80's. Im not saying EITHER are a bad choice, but for todays muscle cars that weigh in at 3,200 pounds ++, It may be a bit lacking. Thats all I was saying.
trust me, all three engines (even my old 252hp 3.6L) are far from gutless.

Apparently this Turbo 2.0 is only offered in this car as of now, but we'll likely see it in many others as well in due time. Also you'd have the option to buy one out of a crashed Regal GS if you were to look on ebay.
Basically, this engine is the same 260hp one offered in the Cobalt SS (etc). Only its *much* more refined and tuned.
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When I was 26 I bought my first Buick.... a '68 Riviera and man what a nice car, wish I still had it. The we had '79 turbo Regal and a MUCH faster '86 turbo Regal and ended with an '85 Park Ave. All very nice cars and no problems. That new one looks like a kick with that power and most likely very good gas mileage......enjoy.
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The Regal sure came a long way's... me and my first wife had one when I was 20 years old.. Yours sure look's nice..
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Sweet. Finally picked it up today at 1pm.





I already put 300km's of city driving on it. It took a while to get used to driving a manual again... Made some very stupid mistakes while trying to parallel park it etc. Doh!!!

So far Im just loving it. Its quite a fun car, very well appointed and decently quick as that turbo starts to spool at 1300rpm plus.
Handles very *VERY* well for what it is. Most people have to do two or three takes..... "WTF..... BUICK???!!!!" their probably thinking hahaha.

Its SO amazingly easy to speed in it. Its so quiet you honestly dont notice any speed until you look down, when I did I noticed I was doing 135 on our highway (speed limit on there is 100, whoops hahaha). I wish the engine was a bit louder though, unless you're eye-balling the tach, its easy to either over-rev the engine or lug it, Even with the radio down low. Perhaps since its such a new car though, it'll take some getting used to.


Despite being a Buick, my Euro-loving best friend just loves it though, he really liked the fact that it was originally made in Germany under the Opel Insignia badging.
**** me I wish it had the 340hp 2.8L V6 Turbo with AWD.
That would be just epic as a 6speed manual. Unfortunately we get shafted on SO many amazing cars though... I almost wish I was in Euro land.
Quite happy with the purchase. It sure is a decent car for the money.
This car handles noticeably better then my old BMW Z4M roadster, despite being a 3700 pound sedan. I can go WAY faster around cloverleafs then I ever wanted too. Its just nuts really. I have yet to squeal the tires, yet Im doing 120kph+++ around cloverleafs & on ramps! I still have yet to push this car, at all. Yet doing countless track days on my various bikes & cars, that says a lot.
It still blows my mind that this thing came from.... wait for it...... Buick of all companies/brands.
Definitely a drivers car. This thing is just too much fun, honestly.

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When I was 26 I bought my first Buick.... a '68 Riviera and man what a nice car, wish I still had it.
really? the '64-65 Riveria's are some of my favorite cars, but the Riviera's until '70 were just beautiful cars as well.
You shouldn't have sold it.

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