Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 03:09:55 GMT
From: "Willy" <>
Subject: Re: GM's excess baggage - Buick, Pontiac, Saab, Hummer

"Edwin Pawlowski" <> wrote in message news:%R82i.21546$ > > "Willy" <> wrote in message >>> Last time I looked, Buick did not have them either (unless you consider >>> OnStar as GPS). And you have to go to the top model to get Stability >>> Control. That was standard on my Hyundai. >>> >>> >> >> Look again, particularly at the Lucerne. >> >> Willy > > I did look, particularly at the Lucerne. The only model that has the > Stability Control is the CXS and starts at $35440. That is $10,100 more > than the sticker price of my Sonata Limited. As for GPS, you need the > OnStar that costs $200 a year for the base program plus $100 for > navigation. For the cost of one year, I can get a Garmin or Tom Tom that > fits into any car I own. Over a five year period, I'd spend $11,600 more > to get the same features in the Lucerne. > > My LeSabre has OnStar. After the free year ran out, I never re-newed and > never missed it. > > I was pretty serious about buying a Lucerne, but the Sonata is just a much > better value, IMO. After 8 months and 15,000 miles, I'm still liking the > Sonata as much as the day I bought it. Performance and handling are > outstanding. It has not needed any warranty service either, only oil > changes so far. > -- > Ed > > It's nice that you're happy with your Sonata, but comparing it to a Lucerne is like apples and oranges. The two vehicles are clearly in a different class. If you've never compared a built in nav system to a portable such as a Garmin (I've used both, and also have a gps phone)... there's no comparison in convenience, visuals, not to mention that it mutes the stereo when it's about to speak directions, and has wonderful visuals. And I believe On Star is a serious consideration when purchasing a car. I've used it, I have it on both vehicles, and to me (driving over 50K a year personally, and around 75K a year between the two cars) it's a valuable service. While you'd spend 11,600 more to get the same features, you'd also get a luxury car as compared to a nicely appointed econocar. Willy

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