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2008 Buick Enclave

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2008 Buick Enclave Review

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Over the years Buick has earned a reputation as a builder of cars that are long on comfort, if short on excitement. It is a little surprising, then, to encounter the Buick Enclave, a family-friendly eight-passenger crossover SUV that proves Buick can build an exciting vehicle. The Enclave is Buick's entry into the growing luxury SUV category and competes with well-established offerings from Lexus, Acura, BMW and Volvo. With eye-catching exterior styling, a highly usable interior and a remarkably quiet cabin the Buick Enclave has what it takes to be a viable competitor in this hot segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you appreciate the refinement of a luxury car but also need the flexibility of a crossover SUV, we think you'll like the 2008 Buick Enclave. It offers the image of owning a luxury vehicle, yet at a more affordable price than many of its competitors.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the 2008 Buick Enclave if you plan to venture far from paved roads. All-wheel-drive is offered for the Enclave but it is engineered to enhance traction in the more realistic conditions of wet or snowy roads and is not intended for serious off-roading.

What's New for 2008

The Buick Enclave shares its basic structure with its siblings the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, but is aimed at the more demanding luxury buyer. Buick hopes the Enclave can succeed in the luxury SUV segment where its previous entries have had only marginal success.

Driving the Enclave

Driving Impressions The 2008 Buick Enclave is made to carry up to eight passengers in relaxed comfort and it does so with ease. At the same time it also manages to deliver...

engaging, even fun driving dynamics. The steering is light but firms up a bit at speed to give the Enclave a confident feel. The V6 engine provides good if not scorching acceleration and should be up to the task of hauling a full load of cargo or passengers. At cruising speeds Buick's attention to noise reduction pays off with very little wind, road or engine noise intruding into the cabin.

Second-Row Seats
Getting to the rear-most seats in many vehicles can be a hassle. Not so in the Enclave, where the cleverly designed second-row seats, with flip-up cushions and the capability to slide far forward, provide a wide flat space to enter the third-row seating area.

QuietTuning
Buick's QuietTuning method of in-vehicle noise reduction may seem like marketing hype, but it has to be experienced to be appreciated. At higher speeds the interior remains delightfully calm and free of the sounds that fatigue occupants on long drives.

2008 Buick Enclave Details
2008 Buick Enclave photo Interior

The 2008 Buick Enclave's interior features a curvaceous dash design accented by camphor burl wood appliques and chrome trim. High-quality materials, a simple, logical layout and an impressively low level of interior noise make for an extremely inviting cabin. The Enclave is offered in both seven- and eight-passenger versions with slide-and-fold second-row seats that make getting to the third row extremely easy. Cargo space behind the third row is good and, with the second and third rows folded, the Enclave offers a cavernous, flat load area.

Exterior
2008 Buick Enclave photo

As one of the few vehicles to make it from concept to production without having its exterior styling diluted, the 2008 Buick Enclave offers a bolder appearance than many crossover SUVs. While large enough to accommodate eight passengers, the Enclave's artful body lines give it the look of a much smaller vehicle. The face of the Enclave features a "waterfall" grille, modern-looking portholes above the fenders and intricately detailed almond-shaped head lamps. Adding some flash to its svelte body are standard 18-inch wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets and chrome roof rails.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There are two trims offered for the 2008 Buick Enclave. The standard equipment list for the base CX trim includes 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats and tri-zone automatic climate control. Stepping up to the CXL adds heated power adjustable front seats, leather seating surfaces and stylish 19-inch aluminum wheels. Standard safety features on all Enclaves include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front air bags, front-seat-mounted air bags and three-row side curtain airbags that stay inflated longer in the event of a vehicle rollover.

Optional Equipment

Many of the optional features available for the 2008 Buick Enclave are grouped into packages. Included in the Driver Confidence package are remote vehicle engine start, a heated windshield washer fluid reservoir and rear parking sensors. Available only for the CXL trim is the Luxury Package that adds power folding side mirrors, adaptive headlamps and a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Also available are a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a rear-facing camera, eight-passenger seating, a navigation system and a sunroof.

Under the Hood

Powering the 2008 Buick Enclave is a strong 3.6-liter V6. It delivers energetic performance and excellent fuel economy with the help of modern technologies like variable valve timing and an electronic throttle. The V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A wide spread of gear ratios helps get the most out of the engine while maximizing efficiency. We did, however, notice some delayed reactions from the transmission and the occasional rough shift. An optional all-wheel-drive system is also available which requires no driver intervention and automatically distributes torque between the front and rear wheels.

3.6-liter V6
275 horsepower at 6600 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque at 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 FWD, 16/22 AWD

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2008 Buick Enclave Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 320 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Excellent Ride

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet and smooth ride, interior finishes and space"

Cons: "Depreciation."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

2013 Buick Enclave

"We have the Buick Enclave for two years now and 23k miles on it. The ride is as smooth as you can expect, even better than my last two sedans that I have owned ((2006 Nissan Altima and 2015 Honda Accord). This is a family vehicle and its not a sport cars, but by no means its sluggish. Power is adequate and we get a combine gas millage of 17 MPG. We drive 50/50 highway and city. But I have to note that with the remote start, we usually leave the vehicle on (cooling)for five to ten minutes while we get the kids on their car seats and close out the house and as expected this drop the gas mileage considerably. We have the leather package, (IMO the way to go) and the interiors as good as any other competitor in the price range. All the convenience features are a big welcome too, for example the home-link/garage opener, the blind spot sensors, and the back up camera with proximity sensors, the tri-zone AC, etc. In summary this vehicle has all the features that you will expect from an upscale vehicle at a more reasonable cost and an interior space comparable to a minivan (without the minivan stigma). If you want a sportier vehicle look elsewhere, if you want comfort give the Enclave a try. We have a three year lease, so we don't have to worry with long term maintenance cost and that its something that you will have to research on your own. So far the only two issues that we have had with it were covered by the warranty, one was a door gasket and the other a tail light bulb. My only concern with this and all other american vehicles not named Jeep Wrangler is the depreciation. for some reason american cars even with the improved quality and reliability, post 2008 market crash, do not seem to hold their value in the long term."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2013 Buick Enclave

Nice reliable luxury SUV

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, good driving, safe, luxurious"

Cons: "Engine slightly overpowered under a full load"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For a three row luxury SUV the Enclave is about the best car money can buy. We average about 19 mpg in residential driving, and beat the 22 mpg EPA estimate on the highway regularly getting 23 mpg or a little more. The car is comfortable in all three rows for people six feet tall and can seat 8 with the middle row bench seat. The second radio for the backseat passengers is convinent and the Panasonic video monitor shows movies for kids on long trips with no issues. Bluetooth for a model 5 years ago works perfectly, and can even read out text messages and allow you to dictate a verbal response immediately while driving. It is easy to use and its undertanding is pretty good. On Star is a nice feature we like a lot. They are always very helpful and they are able to help us find the closest resturant or whatever we need with minimal fuss. We have used them for directions probably about 60 times over five years, and only one time did they misdirect us - missing our destination by one block. Overall a good service. The car is exceptionally quiet and the kids fall asleep pretty easily. The V6 engine is good for better gas mileage - some might find it a little taxed on mountain roads and a full load, but that is the only time it might seem a little underpowered. The engine revs high under those conditions to get the torque necessary to move the heavy, 2 ton vehicle. I have nearly 60,000 on the car and it has been a good deal. I am only selling it as I no longer need a three row vehicle as I suspect it will last someone who buys it a very long time. It has been very reliable through 5 years of ownership."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

BEWARE of transmission problems

By on Sunday, May 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Interior space and features"

Cons: "Quality of car in general!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I absolutely love the outside and inside of this car. I have two children and with the space & DVD player pkg and it has been great. With that said, the quality of this car is not up to par with the luxury title. I have had A/C problems ($2200 repair), my rear door will lift and click at times and won't go back down, my interior storage door completely broke in two, and worst yet is the transmission problems. I took it in to get fixed and the guy fixing my transmission said he sees these cars all the time with transmission problems. We have decided to sell it, which makes me so angry because I was hoping to keep this car longer than the 4 years I have owned it. I test drove an Acura this weekend and the sales guy asked me right away if I was having transmission problems with my Buick. I will never buy a Buick again which is unfortunate."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great vehicle. Love the way it looks and handles.

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks luxurious"

Cons: "really check out the transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The best SUV I've ever owned. It's filled with luxury features that has spoiled me. I would buy another Enclave."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

2014 Enclave Premium 2WD

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Styling, excellent value, drivetrain, performance."

Cons: "Lack of visibility out of the rear."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Believe in Buick Quite Tuning. Very smooth, quite and confortable on trips. More than enough power. Excellent gas milage considering the size. The Infotainment system is excellent. The enterior is very confortable, spacious and elegant. The diamond blue piping around the enterior is a very nice touch at night. Cooloed seats are great. No problems in the first 14 months."

11 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Would recommend

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Design, gas mileage, abundance of options"

Cons: "Uncomfortable rear seat. No rain sensing wipers."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Excellent handling. Great interior design. Reliable with good gas mileage. Third row seat not comfortable at all which is disappointing in a Buick. Turn by turn directions works very well. On star app is an excellent tool."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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