2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test


2008 Buick Enclave: Oregon Holiday Trip Day 5

December 29, 2007

This locked gate hasn't been a public right of way for more than 20 years.

I've already gone on record saying that the navigation system on our 2008 Buick Enclave carried no weight when I picked it for this trip. After all, I've been coming here 17 years and I think I know the route pretty well. Still, in the name of science, I had to put it to the test.

What you see above is a locked gate. Beyond lies a partially overgrown single-trackgravel path. This has been the case for the entire twenty yearsmy parents havelived in the area. Going beyond this point has always beena good way to earn yourself a butt full of buckshot - if you hada key, that is.

Imagine my surprise when the Buick's navigation system not only gave it a name (Arch Rock Place), it insisted that this is the right turn I must make to get to Grandma's house. Umm, no.

Theoffical public access is areal paved road (with a double yellow line, signsand everything)that lies 1 or 2 miles further north, near the mouth of the Pistol River. Once there, the system didn't recognizeit as a road at all, even though it's beenthe establishedway to go for 40 or so years. Even as we made the turn, the system was still admonishing us to make a u-turn and head back for the locked gate at Arch Rock Place.

We'd have been lost if I had not been familiar with the area. And I couldn't have called for guidance without backtracking becausethis spot hasno cell coverage.Paper maps, on the other hand, have had this area sorted properlyall along.

NAVTEQ, the folks who supply the data forour 2008Enclave's system (and more than half the market), has a webpage on their siteto report such errors. Isubmitted this one and a handful of others some time ago, but I don't know when or ifany of themwill get fixed. I'm wondering if anyone out there has seen errors fixed in navigation system updates. I haven't.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,950 miles

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