2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test


2008 Buick Enclave: The Nittiest of Nitpicks

May 19, 2008

When I stopped by the office this weekend in a short-term tester, I couldn't help but notice that the Enclave was sitting in the garage unpicked. I just couldn't help trading up because A) I'd rather drive an Enclave for two hours than a Corolla, B) I wouldn't have to take two cars to dinner and C) the Enclave is really really good.

To that last point, the Enclave is so good, my usual long list of automotive nitpicks has been reduced to a pretty sad-sack collection. Bryn reported there's too many flashy trim bitsand that's fairly noteworthy. But, the other (above) is the placement of the windshield washer at the tip of the turn signal.In 100-degree,clear-skies weather, I sprayed the windshield five times for noparticular reason other than the fact I was turning.But that was kinda funny, not annoying.

Ditto the placement of the Enclave'sdriver backrest adjuster. With the seat placed near its aftmost position, the lever is ridiculously close to the B-pillar and specifically an area that juts out from it. I usually have to remove my watch to adjust the seat. Oooh.

Come on Buick, what are you doing making a car this good? You're making my niggling rants more difficult. Jerks.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 18,423 miles

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