I'm leasing a 2008 buick enclave and absolutely love it except the tires..?
Check the ratings all tires have , marked on the side wall is the wear,temperature ,and grip,rating a good wear is approx 400 to 500 you pay a little more but they last longer 200 to 300 only give you 20,000 to 30,000 miles , example some performance tires only have low wear ratings because they grip and perform well but wear quikly,Also cheap tires do the same with out the safety .You can buy a good all round tire for approx $75.00 that will give you safe and lasting properties.
I drive an Audi, and I love it. But, economically, there's nothing wrong with spending $15K - $20K LESS for a vehicle that has better aspects to it. Buick is by no means a Yugo, or a KIA...
Get the Buick, save a load of money, and each time you see someone else driving the Q7 (which is an amazing vehicle, BTW), just smile and think of the $20K you have that you could use for a week or two in the Bahamas, or Jamaica....The snob factor only matters to those who don't matter....
They should both have equally good ratings, they are the same truck. I personally prefer the look of the GMC, i would expect the Buick to ride a little softer though. Drive them both, that's the deciding factor.
The Buick Enclave is is our luxury vehicle with a twist. It is a larger luxury vehicle but it is also considered a crossover as well just like the Traverse and Acadia. It can seat up to 8 and gets a gas mileage of 17 city and 24 highway. It is available in both FWD or AWD. It can tow up to 4500 pounds. It gets leather seating in the CXL. Bluetooth is standard in this vehicle. You can get both navigation and rear seat entertainment. You've also got XM and OnStar both standard on the vehicle. Also you can get the luxury package which includes outside, power folding, auto-dimming driver side, body-color, heated mirrors with turn signal indicators, articulating headlights, power, tilt and telescopic steering column and heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats. The current Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the 2010 Buick Enclave starts at $36,240.00 . This price includes a destination charge but does not include other fees such as tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. If you need any more information on this vehicle you can reach me through this profile. I hope this helps you.
Jeff Morris, GM Customer Service
Are AWD/ 4WD models of cars usually quicker than their 2WD counterparts? For example, the Buick Enclave/Acadia?
Not in a straight line test of acceleration and top speed in ideal conditions.
4WD means there will be more weight to shift and far greater frictional losses in the drivetrain compared to a 2WD equivalent model.
If the comparison is over a course with loose surfaces and plenty of bends then the greater grip and traction of a 4WD will normally outperform a 2WD car.
I can't comment on the Acadia and Enclave as we don't have them in Europe.
Yes? The thing about the Enclave/Acadia/Outlook triplets is that they are all great, but that second row is very uncomfortable. My friend was going to get the Enclave (amazing interior), but went with the Mazda CX-9 instead.
Well if you are asking about the newest Buick Enclave then that is an excellent car for the money. The older models had some problems but Buick is really making much better cars theses days that offer a lot of features for a fair price
all of these, the Outlook, the GMC, the Buick are all the same. There is no difference edx ept for the name. In Nov of 07, we got an '08 Outlook. It is my primary vechile. I opted for the second row captian seats. I also opted for the second "moon roof" (not a sun roof) it has a sunroof up front and a moon roof in the back.
The model we bought is power everything, and it has heated seats. The seats also have memory seats for two different drivers. The key fob is dedicated for each driver. So you need to make sure if you use memory postions and there are two drivers that you each use the correct key for that seat position. When you click the unlock on the key fob, it automaticaly sets for that driver.
The car drives fantasticaly, handles well,. and wherever I go, people ask me about it and say how great it looks.
About a year before we brought the Outlook, my brother got the GMC Acciada. It is exactly the same body. They all have the same options, it just depends on what you choose.
As far as colors, we got the "tri coat diamond" w/tan leather interior. The lighter colors have more of a "pop".
A lot of people think that b/c it's a Saturn that it is lower quality. But the truth is, 1) Saturn is no longer the "first time buyers" car, and 2) it is the same as all GMC modles. Kind of like Chrysler and Dodge, sae cars, different names.
Good luck in you choice, and enjoy your new car.
2008 Buick Enclave vs 2008 Saturn Outlook vs 2008 Toyota Highlander?
Enclave- No doubt but they are hard to find. Buick is tied with Lexus with the most reliable car. They will hold their resale value well since it is hard to get Enclave and they are not sold to rental car companies that often.
I dont own one but i know friends in LA, that have one and i have ridden in theres and i remember it was a really lovely to drive in it was the quitest ive ever been in, and i have owned alot of nice cars, sorry i m not sure about the rear for room i never used that.
Same exact thing just different tags under GM that thing is an over weight midsized SUV, look into other vehicles that are much better than those, look at the New RAV4 with the 270 hp engine that gets much better gas mileage, is faster, more reliable and holds it value better.
The Buick Enclave is a wonderful car. It is the best SUV that General Motors have ever made. It is a fundamentally sound car that should last a lifetime. This is what GM should have been building all along, it is a bonifide winner. Just one problem, one teeny problem. Gas is $4.00 a gallon, it is reasonable to assume; a 20 gallon tank at $4.00 a gallon will cost $60-80 to fill up a tank of gas. At 13 mpg city, you may get 230-256 miles on a tank of gas before fill up. Best case scenario, 18 mpg which is the average for a SUV of this size and weight, your looking at 300-327 miles on a tank of gas. Gas prices may not be as much of an issue for you, if not the Buick Enclave awaits you. Cheers.
have a Buick Enclave, should I go by manufactures suggested oil change intervals?
O.K. if you do a LOT of highway driving. It takes 7 miles driving just to get the oil to temperature even though the temperature gage shows normal in two or three miles.
Short drips? lots of them less than 10 miles? or/and in cold weather. then 3 to 5 K .
You can increase the mileage by using a synthetic oil as they stay clean longer .
It ALL depends on the driving YOU do?
what are all the bad things and downsides to a buick enclave?
I've had mine for a month now. Never thought I'd buy an american car due to reliability (traded in my BMW for it, still have a Lexus), but I'm really loving it! Here are my Pros and Cons.
1. Car feels well built - good crash safety ratings (5 star), doors are solid.
2. Roomy interior - I have the 2nd row buckets, which fold up with the pull of a lever for roomy access to 3rd row. Real 3rd row as well, not like most SUVs. Great, comfortable leather bucket seats
3. Technology-laden - I was suprised, this car has auto-articulating headlamps that swivel according to the turn of your steering wheel (one of the best inventions ever!). Usually only available in very high end cars. Panasonic DVD with wireless head phones. Perhaps the best navigation system out there. Far easier to use than ones in Lexus and Mercedes. Rear view camera. Power liftgate and everything else. 5.1 Dolby digital Bose surround sound system. Feels like a movie theater in the back. Has a regular 110V outlet . Remote engine start for those hot or cold days. These guys thought of everything.
4. Onstar - includes 1 year premium service. Get your diagnostic reports on your car by email monthly. How cool is that?
5. Great looks - Gets alot of looks on the road and in the parking lot. Very sporty appearance. Interior design is nice too. Very Lexus. It was inspired by private jet interiors, and that was my very first impression. Feels like sitting in first class.
6. Decently sporty drive. Handles better than my parent's Lexus SUV
7. Big 19" wheels with michelin tires
1. ? reliability - The GMC Acadia and Saturn outlook are built on the same platform and have average reliability according to consumer reports, which isn't so bad. But it has a good warranty 4 years, 50K bumper to bumper and 5 years on the engine, transmission.
2. Wish it had auto shutting doors, cause the doors are heavy, and sometimes requires a really good shove to close. What do you expect for $40K?
3. A few cheap looking parts in the interior, mixed in with the wood trim. You really don't notice it until you look real close though.
4. Gas guzzler - Been getting around 16-18 miles per gallon in the city. Maybe 20 on the highway. At least it takes regular unleaded.
5. Very heavy car - could use a bigger engine, but then then you'd sacrifice even more mileage.
Overall, I think you'd be happy with the Enclave, cause I definitely am!
how many of you have bought the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook or GMC Acadia?
I have a 2008 Buick enclave FWD and it is better than any car I have ever driven- and working for Motor Trend, I have driven a LOT of vehicles.
GM decided to take its first whack at a luxury crossover back when I was studying the internals of the organization for my dissertation. The Board of Directors directed that something be throw together as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Following orders, the product development organization created the Buick Rendezvous by relying heavily on the corporation's minivan platform.
As is usually the case when fast and cheap are the top priorities, the Rendezvous wasn't very good. It looked ungainly, it was slow, and the chassis didn't excel at ride or handling. It did sell fairly well, but only because the post-incentive price was low.
For 2008, Buick has replaced the Rendezvous with the Enclave. This time around, GM has put the priority on creating a best-in-segment product. Have they succeeded? I took an Enclave for a test drive to find out. I would have preferred to test a loaded leather-trimmed all-wheel-drive CXL, but the initial production run appears to be composed almost entirely of the front-wheel-drive cloth-upholstered CX. So that's what I drove.
Which is a better value: GMC Acadia loaded, Buick Enclave, or GMC Acadia Denali?
I deal with this question every day! The number one question is what features do you want to have on your new vehicle. The second question is which one do you like the looks of better. Under the sheet metal, they are basically the same vehicles. The Denali Acadia gets a little more chrome, some wood trim and a couple of standard items over the regular Acadia. You can get an Enclave with all the same equipment, but it has a luxury tuned suspension instead of a "sport tuned" suspension, it is quieter and has a better warranty than the Acadia's. If I were going for the best value, I would say the Enclave, because of the 4 year/50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Price wise, they are pretty close to the same (depending on equipment). My best suggestion is to drive both the Acadia and the Enclave. I can almost promise you that you will like the Enclave the best. Out of my customers I would say that 85% prefer the Buick.
Beautiful crossover, no? No they do not have paddles, but there is a manual shift mode on the standard 6 speed transmission for the Enclave, the design is actually pretty unique it is a +/- button on the gear lever. No other vehicle I've seen has that design.
The Buick Enclave..no comparison. I would test drive them both for yourself, but I have read alot about both and even carry one at one of my dealerships. They both have good points, so I hope ya pick the best one for you.
How does the Buick Enclave front wheel drive handle on snow covered roads?
It's just a big FWD car - it'll be decent, but if it's a concern, the best solution is to put four winter tires on it. I have an Accord and I have four Hankook snows mounted on rims - it works very well in the snow. And because I have them mounted - changing them is a snap, I do it myself.
Remember - AWD does not help you stop, only go - and people generally get in accidents because they can't stop. Winter tires make a huge difference. Go to tirerack.com or tires.com. They'll cost less than the AWD would have been, and you'll get more life from the standard tires since they won't be on as much, which will offset a large portion of the cost.
Hope this helps.
How to check the power steering fluid on a buick enclave?
Locate the belts. The power steering pump is driven by a pulley and a belt and has a clear plastic or metal reservoir on top if it. The power steering cap will often say "power steering." Check the fluid level either by looking at the side of the reservoir or by unscrewing the cap.
How to check the power steering fluid on a 2008 Buick Enclave?
you have to take the top engine cover off and keep looking,.
if your able to see your belt siting on the side of ur engine follow it and i'll find the cap at the top. I can't see it either but I think... you have to remove the cover first.
Does any know what the resale value is on the Buick Enclave?
The Enclave is new for 2008 model year, so any yahoos guess is as good as yours for resale value.
My gut says it will resale very good compared to lumpy terazza , and giant freak Rendevous.....In Motor Trends SUV of the year comparo, the guys (and girls) were drooling over it. The only reason the Mazda CX 9 beat it was the massive 5100 lbs of the buick.
they called it .."possibly the best buick ever made" .and "they'll sell a ton on looks alone".
This is a big effort from GM. Is it worth buying new when the 1st year depreciation is so bad? We buy 16.5 million new cars a year in USA, you get full, not remaining warrantee, you enjoy each pampered mile.
Why should anybody buy a Chevrolet Traverse over a Buick Enclave?
Not everyone can afford a Buick Enclave and not everyone appreciates all the chrome that comes on the Buick Enclave. The same goes for the GMC Acadia. For these people there is the Chevrolet Traverse. It's GM's interpretation of the minivan.
Buick Enclave competes with luxury Crossovers/SUVs like the ones you mentioned and it beats them. Chevrolet Traverse competes with regular crossovers/SUV's like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Flex, etc.
The two vehicles compete in two completely different market segments. If any vehicle doesn't make sense I'd say it's GMC Acadia, because it doesn't fit the brand profile (Professional Grade) and it somewhat competes with Enclave (luxury crossover/suv) even more so with the new Denali trim.
How can you manually unlock a buick enclave (by myself and without keys)?
1) get a coat hanger and try to punch the door un lock button by jamming it between the door frame.
Be prepared for some door seal damage if you are an amateur at this.
2) Use a Slim jim and try to get between the window and door frame and hook the lever going to the door handle.
I would suggest the coat hook if you have never used a slim jim.