Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse


$6,997 - $10,995
2008 Buick LaCrosse

2008 Highlights

The big news this year is the arrival a new La Crosse Super model with a 300-horsepower V8, sportier suspension tuning, and larger wheels and brakes. It's further distinguished from lesser LaCrosse variants by fender "portholes," unique front and rear styling and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.


Pros

  • Smooth and quiet ride, powerful V6 and V8 engines in CXS and Super models, available seating for six.

Cons

  • Lackluster handling in V6 models, noisy base V6, unsupportive seats, many low-budget interior materials, cramped rear legroom, stability control not available on base CX model, middling side-impact crash test results.

Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse for Sale

Buick LaCrosse 2008 CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) Red Jewel Tintcoat Neutral cloth48,878 miles
Used 2008Buick LaCrosseCX
List:$6,997
Est.Loan: $143/mo
SMH Auto Sales(2)
27.1 mi away
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Buick LaCrosse 2008 CXL 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) Gold Mist Metallic Neutral leather65,911 miles
Used 2008Buick LaCrosseCXL
List:$8,500
Est.Loan: $174/mo
Carbiz(28)
47.7 mi away
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Dealer Notes

: DRIVER CONFIDENCE PACKAGE includes (UG1) Universal Home Remote, (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, (DK2) outside heated power mirrors, (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster, (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and (TR0) rear reading lights, WHEELS, 17 (43.2 CM) 10-SPOKE, CHROME-TECH, SEAT, REAR SPLIT-FOLDING with armrest and dual cup holders, SEATING, 6-PASSENGER includes front center flip-and-fold cushion/console and rear seat armrest with dual cup holders. Lower cushion flips forward to reveal dual cup holders, storage compartment and item storage under armrest with power outlet. Includes folding armrest with storage compartment and column shift. AUDIO SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD PLAYER seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, speed-compensated volume, Theftlock and 6 speakers (STD), ENGINE, 3.8L V6 SFI (200 hp [149.2 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 230 lb-ft of torque [310.5 N-m] @ 4000 rpm) (STD), TRANSMISSION, 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED WITH OVERDRIVE (STD), Additional Features: Heated Driver Seat, Satellite Radio, Onboard Communications System, Aluminum Wheels, Remote Engine Start THE CARBIZ DIFFERENCE: Our friendly, non-commissioned crew has earned Dealer Of The Year for the past 5 years and are empowered to walk you through the buying process from start to finish. NO-HAGGLE PRICING: Because our vehicles are priced below market value and with no hidden charges, there's absolutely no price haggling or typical dealer 'scare tactics.' The only additional cost to our Price is your State Tax, Tags, License, and $299 Dealer Processing Fee. Check us out online or in the showroom and experience the Carbiz difference. Because our vehicles are priced below market value and with no hidden charges, there's absolutely no price haggling or typical dealer 'scare tactics.' The only additional cost to our Price is your State Tax, Tags, License, and $299 Dealer Processing Fee.

Buick LaCrosse 2008 CXL 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) Red Jewel Tintcoat Neutral leather0
Used 2008Buick LaCrosseCXL
List:$9,500
Est.Loan: $194/mo
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Gold Mist Metallic Neutral leather87,266 miles
Used 2008Buick LaCrosseCXL
List:$8,995
Est.Loan: $184/mo
Gold Mist Metallic Neutral leather33,070 miles
Used 2008Buick LaCrosseCXL
List:$10,995
Est.Loan: $225/mo
Red Jewel Tintcoat Titanium cloth136,830 miles
Used 2008Buick LaCrosseCX
List:Not Listed
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Dark Slate Metallic Neutral leather146,177 miles
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse offers a calm and capable motoring experience for traditional Buick customers, but lags behind most other midsize and full-size family sedans when it comes to handling, cabin space, feature content and overall refinement.

vehicle overview

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse is a decent midsize sedan operating at a disadvantage: Despite representing one of the new and improved GM product designs of late, it does battle in the highly competitive $25,000-$30,000 bracket of the family sedan segment. Import and domestic brand rivals keep getting faster, more agile and more upscale, while the Buick soldiers on with an aged platform, outdated drivetrains, and a staid design and image. As such, the LaCrosse typically doesn't make it onto the radar of mainstream midsize sedan shoppers.

In an attempt to boost its visibility in the marketplace, Buick has reached back into the 1950s and resurrected its premium "Super" moniker for a new V8-powered variant of the LaCrosse. While all 2008 models benefit from a freshened, reshaped "waterfall" grille, the top-drawer Buick LaCrosse Super is engineered by the GM Performance Division and features unique styling with exclusive portholes on each side and a deck lid spoiler out back. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust and 18-inch wheels offer further evidence of the enhanced hardware that lies underneath: a powerful 5.3-liter V8 packing 300 horsepower along with upgraded suspension and brakes to match. Lesser LaCrosse models continue to use a pair of V6s: an aging 3.8-liter 200-hp V6 (CX and CXL) and a more modern 3.6-liter DOHC V6 putting out 240 horses (CXS).

Inside, the 2008 Buick LaCrosse is a mixed bag. Its acceptable fit and finish and pleasing blend of wood and chrome trim are offset by cheaper plastic pieces. Seating comfort and rear passenger room are marginal, and the overall combination probably won't hold much appeal except for more traditional customers. For them, the quiet cabin environment, lively engine performance (at least in the CXS and Super) and smooth ride quality will probably add up to an acceptable package. Others looking for a truly premium experience will be less impressed by the LaCrosse's compromised interior, uninspiring handling and lack of high-tech features. Before committing to this Buick, we suggest these shoppers check out the many better-performing alternatives, including the Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable, Hyundai Azera, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon/Camry, Volkswagen Passat and even GM's own Saturn Aura.

trim levels & features

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse is a midsize family sedan offered in four trim levels: CX, CXL, CXS and Super. Five-passenger seating is standard, but an available front bench seat in the CX and CXL increases capacity to six.

The base CX comes well equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, a power driver seat with memory, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker CD stereo with satellite radio, fully powered accessories and remote vehicle starting. The more upscale LaCrosse CXL adds alloy wheels, leather upholstery, wood-grain trim, heated front seats and a driver's power lumbar adjustment. Further upmarket, the fully equipped CXS provides a smoother and more powerful V6, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a quicker steering ratio and a split-folding rear seat. Many of the CXS model's features are available on the CX and CXL. Other noteworthy options include a sunroof, rear parking assist, a power front passenger seat and an upgraded nine-speaker audio system with an MP3-compatible CD player. An in-dash CD changer is available as well, but popular high-tech features like a navigation system and Bluetooth are not.

The new top-of-the-line Buick LaCrosse Super offers most of the above features as standard equipment. In addition, the Super has V8 power, 18-inch wheels, a further upgraded suspension, larger brakes and leather seating with unique woven inserts. The only options on the LaCrosse Super are a sunroof and CD changer.

performance & mpg

The LaCrosse CX and CXL are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 200 hp and 230 pound-feet of torque, while the CXS is equipped with a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 good for 240 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque. More enthusiastic drivers will want to head straight for the new LaCrosse Super, with its 5.3-liter V8 pumping out 300 horses and 323 lb-ft of torque.

All models are front-wheel drive and make do with an antiquated four-speed automatic transmission -- a liability in a class where rivals offer modern five- and six-speed automatics, as well as continuously variable units. Fuel mileage ratings are respectable but not class-leading. The CX and CXL have 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway estimates, while the CXS comes in at 17/25 and the Super rates 16/24.

safety

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse features standard full-length side curtain airbags, OnStar communications and antilock disc brakes. Front-seat side airbags are not available. A stability control system is standard on the more powerful CXS and Super models, and optional on the CXL. The base CX comes with traction control only.

In frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Buick LaCrosse earned five stars out of five for driver and front-passenger protection. In NHTSA side-impact tests, the LaCrosse received just three stars for front-occupant protection (a low rating in this class) and four stars for the rear seat. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the LaCrosse achieved a best-possible "Good" rating for frontal-offset crash safety, but only a "Marginal" rating in that agency's side-impact crash test.

driving

Like its Regal and Century predecessors, the Buick LaCrosse was engineered to offer an agreeable balance between a supple ride and confident handling. On the highway it rides smoothly and soaks up bumps with little drama, as you'd expect a midsize family sedan to do. But the sedan's handling capabilities leave much to be desired. The retuned 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super is a step in the right direction with its revised suspension, but other models exhibit excessive body roll and generally numb steering.

Although noisy and unrefined for this class, the standard V6 in CX and CXL models offers adequate power and decent fuel economy. But the more refined CXS is a better choice with its smoother overhead-cam V6. Asphalt-burners will want to slide behind the wheel of the new V8-powered Super, but bear in mind that the old-school V8 has a gruffer delivery than the more modern V6 in the CXS.

interior

For those who need to carry more people, the five-passenger LaCrosse is also offered in a six-passenger seating configuration. Its broad, flat seats make ingress and egress easy, but lack support for taller adults. Rear-seat legroom is tight for larger individuals, too. The dash design is clean and elegant, with a long expanse of faux wood trim sweeping across its length, interrupted only by a simple gauge cluster directly in front of the driver. Tasteful chrome accents along the dash and around the gear selector add a splash of style. Although the leather upholstery is soft, the plastics used for the door panels, console and most controls have a low-rent appearance and feel. To its credit, the cabin offers lots of storage bins and cubbies, and the trunk volume measures a generous 16 cubic feet.

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Features & Specs

CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)CXL 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)CXS 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 4A)Super 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
MPG21212019
Seating5555
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Fuelgasgasgasgas
Horsepower200 hp @ 5200 rpm200 hp @ 5200 rpm240 hp @ 6000 rpm300 hp @ 5600 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    P
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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too many annoying quirks
cloth interior holds lint impossible to vacuum. Rotors warped after 10,000 miles ( now buy expensive brakes and rotors, to fix. problems with the transmission clunking into drive. took to get fixed, they said it didn't exist. Still clunks into drive after being in reverse passenger locks quit working after 50,000 miles. gas mileage was great at first, now get no more than 20mpg on highway 16mpg town Supposed to come equipped with a radio that tells the name of the song. Nope. My 2006 Nissan van does that. The tire pressure gauge kept going off and the interior light on the gear shifter went out 10,000 miles. door seal leaks sometimes.
Great Car
My car is now two years old, 36,000 miles and no problems. Just finally took it back to the dealer for the first time to have the breaks checked, need new pads on the front. I do have the oil changed about every 8,000 files. Best car I've ever owned for quality and reliability. Not happy to see the 2010 model has the gas on the passenger side yuck. I think I'll keep my 2008 for a while.
Worst Investment I've ever made!!!!!
This car has caused me nothing but problems. The day after driving it off the lot my "service tires" light came on. When I had it checked out at the dealersship I was told the pressure sensor was cracked. The dealership refused to pay for the repairs claiming it was my fault. The tires wear too easily due to the faulty rear struts. The car rattles horribly like its going to fall apart, the doors are 2 low, always hitting my head getting in. Now the car whines like a dying cat & I have gone from replacing fluid monthly to daily. The keyless entry hasnt worked since the 3rd month of me having the car. I see im not the only 1 with these issues. Entire car should be recalled. Back to Ford for me
Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse Overview

The Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), CXL 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), CXS 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 4A), and Super 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse?

Save up to $247 on one of 5 Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $6,997 as of 07/15/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse CXL is priced between $8,500 and $10,995 with odometer readings between 0 and 87266 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Buick LaCrosse CX is priced between $6,997 and $6,997 with odometer readings between 48878 and 48878 miles.

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