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Really hard to find what fits our needs. But I traded the old Lin in for this. 2011, one owner, no smoking, serviced at the selling dealer on schedule, no accidents, no bruises, clean, mid PA car so no rust issues. All day yesterday 3+ hours down and then ran around to see 3 cars. New GY tires, new rotors and pads, just serviced. 59K miles.

The wife has had surgery to replace her right shoulder, so it does not move back to the seat belt for passenger, and had bones fused in her right thumb so difficult to grip the belt with her right hand. Open center (column shift) and I usually do her seat belt. Even for her to do a seat belt, much better in the open center. And of course she only wants light color in and out. So this silver out and titanium in works.

Now have to learn how to reset the trip odometer and mpg reset and lots of other buttons. Today found it warms up much quicker than the Lin, and I used the heated steering wheel. Dual climate setting works for the wife also.

Even though this is a 11 the 12's were out well before this one sold. Noted, quick look at Carfax oil changed 10 times in the first 49K miles.
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Congrats and good luck with the new ride Chart. (insert snarky but good natured Buick comments here)
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Sad to see the Lincoln go, but that's not a bad replacement in the least. I've got a colleague with one of those and it's a supremely comfortable vehicle. I hope it's not one of those GMs with the battery under the rear passengers' bench, though. Stupid GM engineering at times, although some of their engines are nicely bullet proof.

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Congrats and good luck with the new ride Chart. (insert snarky but good natured Buick comments here)
You beat me Jag.
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Congrats on the new ride! May it serve you well for many years. I'll try to stop by sometime when I'm over that way and take a look at it.

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Sad to see the Lincoln go, but that's not a bad replacement in the least. I've got a colleague with one of those and it's a supremely comfortable vehicle. I hope it's not one of those GMs with the battery under the rear passengers' bench, though. Stupid GM engineering at times, although some of their engines are nicely bullet proof.
OK, the battery is under the rear seat, easy to pop the seat up. MUCH easier than the Lin. I had to do lots of work to remove that to get the stuff out from under before trade. No indication of a new battery in the Carfax so no date on this. I will do a load test sometime when I have time. I did put the volt meter on the power port and let it idle with all power stuff, lights, blower max, seat and steering heat and it held just over 14V so the Alt is strong. 140A.

The Lin started having some warts. At 16 years some is normal. Rear windows quit, just like my previous Lin. It was loosing coolant at about a cup per week and no sign of where, but it was on the driveway. It got picky about needing premium fuel = 93. Too much of a "hot rod" for the wife. She asked me while back what that green light with the lines from it when she turned the corner to out street. I told her she was spinning the wheels but it never made a dent in her foot.

The Buick has throttle by wire and it has quite a different feel. Very light on the first ~quarter inch then it gets aggressive. I found it really needs gear "3" in the PA mountains or it shifts back and forth. I drove an '07 with the 3.8 old school engine and now this with 3.9 upgraded engine and it is day and night difference. Specs show it peak torque at a lower rpm which is needed for the tall gearing. About 1600 rpm at 60 mph.

The under hood access if really open. While the Lin took me 2 hours to do the belt replace, this one looks like maybe 5 minutes. Alt maybe 10 minutes. As a throwback they use coil packs. Two of them. I do not know how that works.

Oh well. Got a pile of stuff out in the garage while cleaning out the Lin, now to put it somewhere other than in the car. Found 2 new tooth brushes under the rear seat of the Lin. How does that happen. I think things moved from the trunk to under the rear seat.

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