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2008 Buick Enclave: Hands Free

July 02, 2008

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Now that it's illegal to talk on a hand held phone while driving (here in Calif), OnStar suddenly seems worthwhile.

Brian Moody, Road Test Editor

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2008 Buick Enclave: It Frightens and Confuses Me

June 03, 2008

But I'm just an unfrozen caveman autojournalist! -- Photo illustration by James Riswick

As I comfortably drove into work this morning listening to a Podcast of our own Karl Brauer on the Adam Carolla Show, the phone started ringing.

"What the hell is going on?" I asked to myself, knowing full well that I had never paired my Bluetooth phone to the Enclave and that the Enclave doesn't even have Bluetooth to begin with. Then I remembered and looked toward the OnStar controls on the mirror...

Having never used the OnStar phone feature before, I gingerly pressed the phone-looking button. For some reason, I didn't say hello or anything, as if I was an unfrozen caveman frightened and confused by the ringy thing.

Luckily, there was no need to say anything as it was a robocall from Blockbuster informing our Buick Enclave that it had a movie overdue. I couldn't understand what the title was, but I'm guessing it was some sort of soft-core erotic car thriller -- I've always had a feeling the Enclave had a saucy side. Actually, Kelly Toepke also received a phantom Blockbuster call in the Enclave and Brian Moody's hypothesis is someone gave Blockbuster the wrong phone number -- the phone number that just so happens to be our Buick's OnStar. Or something like that.

I don't really understand how any of this OnStar phone stuff works nor how it's in any way superior to Bluetooth. But then again, I'm just an unfrozen caveman autojournalist, such things frighten and confuse me.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 19,190 miles

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2008 Buick Enclave: Oregon Holiday Trip, Day 7

December 30, 2007

After 7 days and some 1,500 miles in the saddle of our 2008 Buick Enclave, I've developed a few gripes.

1) I'm not a fan of fake wood in any car interior. The Buick annoys me in two ways: the "wood" on the dash is particularly shiny and plastic-looking; the "wood" on the steering wheel rim looks more authentic, but is too hard and slick. And they aren't even the same species of simu-wood! On the steering, we've got Fauxhogany, while the dash is trimmed with Bird's Eye Fakle. Don't get me started about the eyeball clock with its tiny face and its humungous blingy surround.

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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.

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2008 Buick Enclave CX: Cool Buick SUV

November 19, 2007

The title of this post contains words I never thought I'd utter. At least not together. I love sport sedans, and don't care for SUVs, particularly huge 3-row SUVs like the Enclave. Also, a Buick is the car you get with your AARP membership card, or the butt of jokes, as in Annie Hall when Woody emerges from the bathroom ashen-faced and says "That spider's the size of a Buick."

I am happy to say those perceptions have been wiped away single-handedly by the 2008 Buick Enclave...

It is a tremendous car. Physically, of course, but it doesn't feel that way, at all. It's got great sight lines, a very handy back-up camera, and nice style. It looks good, too, particularly those big meaty tires and tasteful wood accents on the dash.

Booming Bose stereo, very intuitive nav system, I even dig the cool blue on the lights. Nothing specific right now, except I'd love to drive it again. Trust me, I'm still reeling.

Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor @ 4,896 miles

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