The Joys and Minor Inconveniences of Checking the Oil - 2008 Buick Enclave Long-Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave CX: The Joys and Minor Inconveniences of Checking the Oil

May 29, 2008

I fueled up our long-term 2008 Buick Enclave CX last night and decided to check the oil. When I released the hood's safety latch, it went right up, no prop rod needed, and there was the transverse-mounted V6 -- front and center, and within easy reach.

Then, I reached for the dipstick and it brought back memories of checking the oil in our Pontiac Solstice . It wasn't that bad, of course, since at least the Buick's dipstick is up front... But you still have to reach pretty far into the bay to retrieve it. I wasn't worried about getting my clothes dirty since I'd just come from the gym. But reinserting the dipstick proved difficult, because even under the bright lights at the gas station, shadows kept falling over the area. I didn't have a flashlight in the car, so it was a pain.

The Enclave's oil level was indeed low, so I added one-half quart of 5W30 -- enough to bring it back up to the optimal level. This was fortunately very easy, because the mouth is wide and it's higher up in the bay than the dipstick.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 18,838 miles

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