2009 Buick Enclave Consumer Review: Beautiful, but unreliable

2009 Buick Enclave - Consumer Review

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

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Beautiful, but unreliable
By mlerlie on


2009 Buick Enclave CXL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


Have owned luxury German cars for well over three decades but the beauty of the Enclave won us over while living in hilly Maryland. Big mistake. Expensive mistake. As other reviewers say, there are too many things going wrong for such a young vehicle. Plastic outside between the windows bubble/ripple, car rolls back while in drive on a hill as if it were in reverse, car rolls at least 6 inches after putting it in park on flat land, knocking noise when turning steering wheel either way, absolutely abysmal gas mileage - bottom end of mpg range, very sluggish on hills, but the deal breaker was the slipping transmission on a 3 year old car with less than 50k miles. Went back to BMW after 10 mo.

Best Features

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. Inside and out. Just beautiful. Very well appointed, and well thought out aesthetically, but not the greatest quality. Back-up camera was great. Very roomy and comfortable (except the headrests jutt forward too much, had to turn them around), and has a wonderful, luxurious feel.

Worst Features

Learn to build better vehicles. There's a reason why american made vehicles are having a problem on the market, it's because they're very poor quality, are unreliable, have horrible warranties, terrible service, and there are simply too many other options of better quality/reliability/warranties/with stellar service reputations for the same price. Maybe not as pretty, but well, pretty only goes so far.
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