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2008 Buick Enclave SUV

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Great trip
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By Randy
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CXL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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Just completed a 2700 mile trip with four adults and lots of luggage. Averaged 21 MPG for entire trip and 24 MPG interstate at 73 MPH average. Drove 1000 straight miles only stopping for breaks and gas. Never felt tired or stiff. Seating and ease of handling are exceptional. Lives up to and exceeds quiteness claims. Did not find that shifting was a problem as other owners have eluded to, it was very smooth even with numerous terrain changes. This vehicle will get 27 MPG+ at 60 MPH on a level road. This is a great car for the money. Exterior and interior styling and workmanship are outstanding. Presently have 8500 miles on vehicle.


Best Features

Memory seats/settings, remote start, XM, roominess of cargo area, access to second row seats and their sliding/tilting ability. Heated seats that allow chosing back only or bottom and back. Powered rear lift gate. Back up assist.


Worst Features

Gas mileage needs to improve for town driving. It only gets 11-12 MPG in town at an average of 30 MPH over 2.5 miles with four stop and go. Change location of DC oulet in console so it does not interfere with the drink holder. Needs additional garmet hangers behind front seats.


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Just OK for me
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By Lynne D.
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CXL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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My 2008 Enclave is one year old with 23,000 miles. I waited a year to write this review so it would be more accurate. Bad things: I get 16 mpg consistantly, much less than I expected. Transmission is a constant issue. Pulling on to a highway from an on ramp into traffic is tricky as this car just doesn't have the acceleration or power needed to pull this off effortlessly. When heat/AC is on with the fan it is very loud. Moulding of the front bumper comes to a point and is very low to the ground. Watch curbs when parking! Good things: Roomy inside and we love the "minivan" seating arrangement where you can walk through to the third row. It looks nice and turns many heads.


Best Features

Interior, stereo system, DVD player


Worst Features

Transmission, gas mileage, heat/ac noise


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Great car
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By Rob
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CXL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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This is the first American made car that I have ever purchased. No American cars ever interested me. I traded a 2004 Volvo XC90 for the Enclave. The Enclave is a big jump in quality especially for the price. The XC90 equipped similarly would cost $10K more. The ride is very smooth and quiet. We bought it loaded. My daughter loves the DVD. I like OnStar, navigation system, back-up camera and power liftgate. Adults can actually sit in the 3rd row comfortably. Behind the 3rd row there is room for luggage or coolers for tailgating. The gas mileage so far (800 miles) is not as good as the Volvo. The Enclave gets 15 MPG in the city. Overall, a great value. I highly recommend it.


Best Features

Quiet, comfortable ride, navigation, DVD, XM radio. Plenty of room for 6. Back-up camera, power liftgate, remote start.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. Body side molding. Blind spot sensor


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So far I'm poor
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By jrs
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CXL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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Although a beautiful car inside and out, don't buy off on the claim that this gets better mileage than most SUVs. The AWD version I have is averaging less than 15 MPG in the city. The car is heavy and takes a lot of gas pedal to get up to speed. I was really hoping to get a little more economy out of this car.


Best Features

Nav, luxury interior design


Worst Features

Engine could have better power/economy compromise


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16k And Still Going Strong
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By Red Jewel Tint
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2008 Buick Enclave SUV CXL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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Traded in my 04 Sequoia and have never looked back. Everything about this car is better than the Toy. I can repeatedly get 25 mpg on the highway if I pay attention and keep my speed within 5 mph of the limit. Quit whining about gas mileage in a 5000 lb vehicle! The tranny is designed to max your mpg, not your quarter-mile times. We've had two long road trips, and this is way more comfy than my "class leading" 01 Grand Caravan ever was. This car is drop-dead gorgeous inside and out. Ten months and 16k later I am still in love with my car. I have every option, and all the bells and whistles work perfectly. OnStar seems to have upgraded their nav system as it seems more accurate than last year.


Best Features

Articulating headlamps. Dash design and execution. 5.1 surround sound. Heated washer fluid. Remote start includes climate control function.Interior lighting. Manual shift button position. Rear cargo size. Backup assistance. Steering wheel controls. Incredibly quiet ride. A car the whole family loves


Worst Features

Lack of power options in passenger seat: no passengers work at GM? Front seat bottoms tilt way to far forward and not far enough backward. Maybe a bigger gas tank, but with my range already over 500 miles, the little bladders in the back seat can't last that long between stops. Roof rails are extra


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