2008 Buick Enclave Consumer Review: The jury's still deliberating

2008 Buick Enclave - Consumer Review

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CX 4dr SUV (3.6L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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The jury's still deliberating
By DAz on


2008 Buick Enclave CX 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


We moved out of the domestic market in the 1990's for better quality, e.g. Nissan, Lexus. We wanted an AWD SUV and deduced that the quality imports had gotten out of our reach. We were really taken by the Enclave when we tested one out, so we ordered one. To our disappointment we have found that the wheels & hubs build up with snow, ice or mud which sets up an uncomfortable vibration Which can only be alleviated by washing the wheels thoroughly with a pressure washer. The Dealer tells us that this is a common issue in all the newer vehicles due to the open hub. I am suspicious that this is a run around. I also drive a 2008 Explorer at work that exhibits no such problem.

Best Features

Great looks, the quietness is excellent has a great sound system, has adequate power for our requirements, has good cargo space for travel for 4 adults. The fuel consumption at 25 mpg is reasonable for such a large vehicle and the handling is excellent. We really like the 3rd row seating.

Worst Features

GM should build a better suspension system for this vehicle or if it is a rim problem, provide a better style or make. The vibration can be so severe at times that it almost makes one ill. I find it almost astounding that a 60,000+ vehicle has this issue and a 30,000 dollar Explorer doesn't.
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