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Leaking Sunroofs and Whinning Steering
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By kcosom
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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This vehicle is very attractive. "Certified" hah. I purchased it last summer, which it rarely rains in the summer. Unfortunately one rainy day my passenger notice rain coming in mainly from the sunroof and rear interior lights housing, I noticed it in the front, dripping from the visors housing. Apparently the design of this vehicle was not thought out regarding leaks. To top it off the warranty states that leaks are not covered, as if the maker knew it would leak. Not only the leaking the steering in now whinning each time I turn. This vehicle has been one dissapointment after another. My first Buick and possibly my last, sad to say. Mechanic states need inner/outer tie rods:(


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Service Engine Light
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By msgoodie
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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I purchased a 2008 enclave used in May 2010. the first time the service engine light came on in Septemeber 2010. Then 4 more times in July 2011. Every few days after the dealership so called repaired the problem the service engine light would come on and the SUV would lose power. That went on 4 times within a few weeks. I finally thought the problem was addressed until now. The light came on again. It's still under warrrantly and been at the dealership for 4 days and I still have not recieved a diagnostic call. I'm almost out of warranty and need to make a decision to either buy an extened warranty or trade it in. I now know why the previous owner got rid of it after just two years.


Favorite Features

I love the interior space and the design.


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For Fair Weather only!
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By EAS
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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If you live in an area that has rain and/or snow - please reconsider purchasing a 2008 Enclave. This car is terrible on wet roads. All else seems to be fairly good; no other issues.


Favorite Features

Good looking vehicle.


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Nice. But.
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By mhammel
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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The Enclave provides a decent ride and comfortable seating for 7 in our configuration. If this vehicle were manufactured by Ford , I'd buy another one. The GM experience is awful (and I mean GM, not just the dealer network). For instance, I purchased a very small, boat and wanted to add a trailer hitch. The owners manual indicates that a part has to be changed if a hitch is added and the dealer will take care of it.. Not so. The small part is a the entire fuse panel and to correctly modify the electronics in this car to support towing is so expensive the dealer wouldn't give me a price -there's even a TSB for this but GM has canceled the TSB. OnStar with Bell - no more, gone and more.


Favorite Features

HID lighting. Heated windshield washer- whoops no more, Digital display of cruise control speed, quiet ride, OnStar with Bell-whoops no more, dual panel sunroof, versatility - fold down seating, tire pressure monitoring, park assist.


Suggested Improvements

Standard sound system is poor for a vehicle in this price range. GM should treat the customer like they matter - I like this car, but won't buy another GM. GM got smart with the new models of the vehicle and added bluetooth. Onstar for calling is a rip- off without the Bell/ Ver. plans. Transmission


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I hate the Buick Enclave
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By IHATEBUICKENCLAVE
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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The 2nd row (when folded forward) floats while driving (no latch to keep it in place). No room for groceries in hatch. Cannot open hatch in garage - too high. Remote start seldom works, took it to dealership and told me that "electrical devices could be getting in the way". Driver's side heat blasts on one side only; burning one foot while the other one freezes. Seats six not seven comfortably. The pin stripe is one little stripe down the side and you have to pay an additional $700 for something that is already on the car; it wasn't negotiable. No power when passing. Bose sound is a joke as you hear everything on the outside of the car. I have had leaks and other issues. The Buick Enclave is attractive, but it is not sound proof as some guy blogged earlier. I have had this car for a year and trust me, I hear everything. I was told not to buy it but I thought it was so beautiful...regret everyday now. I seriously hate driving this car.


Favorite Features

I have zero favorite issues.


Suggested Improvements

Heat needs to be balanced on driver's side. Remote start needs to work and when it does make it last longer than three minutes. Make a device to keep second row seats from floating back and forth while driving. Hatch needs adjustment to avoid hitting garage track. Cloth seats to hard.


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Excellent
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By paul d
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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I had this vehicle one month. I love it. Great comfort, smooth. GM has a winner with this vehicle.


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Bose system should be included in all models


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Great Crossover SUV
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By Texas Owner
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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We absolutely love this crossover. We receive many compliments on its styling. Absolutely no problem other than the transmission hesitates on occasion. There is a program change we are considering which I'm told will seem like a 50 hp boost..downside I'm told might be a lost in fuel economy (Currently 17.9 MPG in town and consistently with hard driving on the freeway 21+ MPG). We bought the factory running boards-they are very helpful for some elderly folks we transport and it really dresses up that vehicle..and they fit perfectly into the styling. Only downside, power lift hits our garage door (triggers automatic close) so we have to turn it off when we drive into the garage.


Favorite Features

Love the styling, love the factory running boards, backup warning excellent, on board navigation features helps you, with a touch, know the condition of your vehicle down to tire pressure in each tire. Great for carrying a lot of passengers. Quiet to the point you can hear those talking in far back.


Suggested Improvements

Add coat hangers in second row. Sharp plastic lower seat edge (lower left rider seat) caught my suit pants cuff and ripped it-need to round the plastic farther into the bottom of the seat. I think the grill could use some improvement. I change my own oil-put the filter at the bottom of the engine.


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The Enclave Saved My Life!
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By jbjomo
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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Had a terrible accident but I was able to walk away from it thanks to the Enclave! It took the brunt of the damage and it was totaled. My insurance agent was amazed that I survived due to the condition of the outside of the vehicle. I'm going to purchase an '09 for a replacement.


Favorite Features

Quiet ride. Comfortable seats in all three rows (have the bench in the 2nd row). Sound system is awesome! Night driving with the blue lighting is amazing!


Suggested Improvements

Wish I could wait for the V8 Super Model but probably won't have it for the 2009 model year.


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One Year Update!
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By Adams Family
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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The Enclave has been apart of our family for over a year now and we enjoy it everytime we drive it. Our white CX model with black cloth seats has been through a lot in a year and passed with flying colors. The Buick has been on several long distance road trips and returned 23 to 24 MPG with cruise set on 70-72 MPH. Except for a recall to reprogram the transmission to shift quicker we have only been to the dealer for regular oil changes. We have towed a pop-up camper to state parks and have folded all the seats down to fit a full size dresser (new in its box) in the back. Our model has the second row bench seat and we are glad we got it since our newborn and his carseat fit comfortably.


Favorite Features

The HVAC system on this car is incredible. Texas summertime temps of 105 outside and we hit the remote start and within five minutes the car is cooled to 72. Winter saw several snow days and ice on the windshield the heated washer fluid works very well. The car is also very quiet on the road.


Suggested Improvements

I wouldn't spring for the leather. It's too hot where we are anyway. Ditch the cloth floormats and get a set of all-weather mats that fit the footwell. Our car didn't come with the tow package but I found aftermarket hitches that have worked great and saved us probably $400.


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Blind spots
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By Christine
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CX 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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Love the look and style of this vehicle. Gas mileage could be much better. The ride is great. Shifting is not smooth and makes it hard for a new teenage driver. Wish I would have gotten a back up camera. Never had a car with so many blind spots. But overall love this vehicle.


Favorite Features

The look. The XM radio. The dashboard storage.


Suggested Improvements

Don't like the tracks the second row seats slide on. Dirt and small items fall into them. Make shifting smoother. Needs a standard backup camera.


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