2008 Buick Enclave: Oregon Holiday Trip, Days 3 & 4
December 27, 2007
Here on the Oregon coast it has been snowing on and off for the last two days. For a few hours, our 2008 Buick Enclave was stranded. There wasn't much accumulation, but the falling snow melted and re-froze on my parents' driveway. Our Enclave doesn't have all-wheel drive - but even if it did we probably would have waited for conditions to improve a bit.
Why? My folks'1/2 mile-long drive has long stretches of 20% grade, full-lockswitchbacks, is only 8 feet wideand hasnothing but trees for a guardrail. With a ice layer covering the most dangerous part, I could easily have missed that first switchback.
Since we're less than a mile from the ocean, this situation didn't last long. My daughters did take advantage of the white stuff while it lasted. After a few hours we were headed downhill for some thin-crust Octoberfest at the Pizza Deli in Brookings. Yum.
Since I'm normally prowling around California, an AWD Enclave doesn't seem necessary. But here in Oregon, my folks have enough exposure to this kind of weather that they'd want the AWD drivetrain.I come here onceper winter, and it snows one year out of three during Christmas, so I'd have a hard time justifying the AWD option just to make the trip to my parents' house a bit easier.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,930 miles