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2008 Buick Enclave Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr CX

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  • $32,790 original MSRP
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2008 Buick Enclave Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Buick Enclave Sport Utility Crossover

The all-new 2008 Buick Enclave joins a fast-growing segment of luxury crossover SUVs populated by vehicles from Acura, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. In either CX or CXL trim, the Enclave costs less than any of them. The Enclave's interior appointments uphold Buick's luxury heritage, and space abounds, with three rows of luxury seating for adults and easy access to the rear row. As much as 116 cubic feet of cargo capacity are on hand, which is far more than most of its peers. Thanks to Buick's exclusive Quiet Tuning, the Enclave rides quieter than nearly all of its competition as well.

What's new for 2008?

The Enclave is an all-new model for Buick in 2008, and it replaces both the midsize Rainier and the Rendezvous SUVs. It shares its architecture with other big GM crossover SUVs like the GMC Acadia and Saturn Vue. It is powered by GM's superb 3.6L all-aluminum V6, which puts out 275 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Enclave comes in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and two trim levels are available--the CX, which starts at $32,990, and the CXL, which starts at $35,190.

Model Strengths

  • Large luxury crossover SUV with room for eight or plenty of cargo
  • smooth ride
  • ample power from V6
  • a new benchmark for Buick.

Model Review

The all-new 2008 Enclave is a bold departure for Buick, and it scores points on several levels. While the exterior wears the Buick family face, it does so far better than the midsize Rendezvous and Rainier did, and lends visual cohesion to the Buick line. The newest Buick pairs a 3.6L V6 that produces 275 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. As is typical of the Buick nameplate, the Enclave comes loaded with standard features and space, which means plenty of room for people and their things.

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Review: 2008 Buick Enclave

Source: MSN Autos

The 2008 Buick Enclave SUV might be considered an updated version of one of its early 1970s Estate station wagons, with plenty of room and a generally car-like feel.

The sleek midsize Enclave follows Buick's rich styling tradition. The first General Motors experimental concept car was the slick 1939 Buick Y-Job, and Buick's 1953 Skylark convertible and stunning 1963 Riviera coupe are classics. Buick autos later got smooth, Jaguar-like styling, but the Enclave is the first Buick truck that belongs with the best-styled Buick autos.

The Enclave is similar in many respects to GM's Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. All have unique styling, but the Buick model looks the best of the trio.

Japanest-Style Assembly
This Buick is assembled as well as some top Japanese SUVs. It comes with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and in CX and higher-line CXL trim levels. Prices range from $32,055 for a CX with front-wheel drive to $36,255 for the one I tested-an all-wheel-drive CXL.

Seven-passenger seating is standard with second-row bucket seats that permit a wide aisle to the third-row bench seat. A second-row bench seat also is offered for 8-passsenger seating.

Spacious Passenger Area
The first- and second-row seating areas are roomy, although the large front bucket seats need more lateral support. The third-row seat area is spacious, even for two 6-footers. It can easily be reached from the outside because second-row seats slide forward and have flip-forward bottom cushions and sliding backrests.

Even the base CX is loaded with comfort and convenience equipment, including a power tailgate for those carrying groceries or other cargo. There also is tri-zone climate control, power front seats, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player and power mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry

The CXL adds uptown items such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and a front passenger seat with a wider range of power adjustments.

Safety Features
This is a family vehicle, so Buick loads it with safety features. They include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags with rollover deployment.

There's a variety of options. They include a $1,300 power sunroof with a skylight for second-row occupants and a $4,320 Entertainment Package with navigation and DVD entertainment systems, rearview camera, rear audio controls and an upscale Bose sound system.

There also are handsome $1,495 alloy wheels for the CXL, but they're best left to warm-weather areas of the country that aren't cursed with corrosive winter road salt.

Decent Acceleration
The Enclave has a smooth, quiet 3.6-liter V6 with 275 horsepower. It provides lively in-town acceleration and decent merging and 65-75 mph passing. But don't expect neck-snapping acceleration above 60 mph because the Enclave weighs 4,780 to 4,985 pounds. (Buick might offer a 2010 Enclave with a V8, and the V6 probably will get more power.)

The 6-speed automatic transmission upshifts smoothly. It's generally responsive, but can get caught in too high a gear, and sudden downshifts cause it to select a lower gear in a jerky manner.

Estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg in the city and 24 on highways with front-wheel drive and 16 and 22 with all-wheel drive. Only 87-octane gasoline is needed, although Buick says 89-octane delivers the best performance.

Car-like Personality
The Enclave drives in a car-like manner. Steering is precise, and the ride is smooth and well-controlled over bad roads. The tall-but-wide Enclave is stable, with moderate body sway when negotiating curves-although its weight discourages sporty driving. The brake pedal has a linear action, and stops are quick and undramatic.

The new Buick is fairly easy to enter because of its low floor, and long doors with large handles assist entry. Occupants sit high, and large outside mirrors enhance driver safety.

Quiet, Upscale Interior
The interior looks upscale. It's also quiet because of such items as an acoustic-laminated windshield and triple door seals. The luminous gauges are easy to read, even in bright sunlight. Climate and sound system controls are small, but easily reached.

I couldn't get the express-down driver power window out of express mode with the window switch. Stopping it when it was moving up in express mode was easy, though, and it has an anti-pinch feature.

The shifter partially blocks the two console cupholders for the driver, but the covered console storage bin is deep. Pockets in all doors are too small to be very useful.

Dual lights for the front visor mirrors are a thoughtful touch, but the elegant-looking center dashboard analog clock almost seems like a decorative item because it's too small to be read easily.

Generous Cargo Room
The wide cargo opening is rather high, but there's a good amount of cargo room even with the third-row seatbacks in an upright position. And the third seat folds flat to significantly enlarge the cargo area. Second-row seatbacks also fold forward to increase cargo space.

The hood has a hydraulic strut that does away with an awkward prop rod and swings open to reveal a large plastic cover for the sideways-mounted V6 and easily reached fluid filler areas.

The midsize SUV market no longer is one of the hottest, but it still has plenty of entries and the Enclave is one of the better ones.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Buick Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

NEW! 6-Year/100,000-Mile¹ Powertrain Limited Warranty

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile³ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program with two included maintenance visits

¹Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
²Whichever comes first, from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Maintenance visits must occur within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle delivery, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2012-2017 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, GM requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at recalls.gm.com
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day/150-Mile&#185; Vehicle Exchange Program <br> &#185;Whichever comes first. Vehicle exchange only. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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