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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 350 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great car with versatility, capacity and comfort.

By on Sunday, February 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, capacity, smooth ride"

Cons: "poor mpg, blind spots due to large A pillars."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The Enclave is spacious, comfortable, and rides well. The mpg on the highway is pretty good (23+) but the city MPG is bad (around 12). Visibility is good with the exception of the A pillar area."

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Buick Family

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Its great on gas and very smooth driving"

Cons: "I wish it had a V8 that my only :(V6 works fine :)"

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

"I purchased this vehicle for my spouse and two daughter they love our 2015 (White Diamond) Buick. We had know issues or concerns since our purchase."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

We purchased this vehicle based on safety ratings.

By on Thursday, February 18, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: 5 safety recalls

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great driving vehicle, and beautiful design."

Cons: "5 safety recalls in the first year of ownership"

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

"We purchased 2014 Buick Enclave based entirely on highway crash safety features. We are both retired Law Enforcement Officers, and vehicle safety is vital. After the 5th vehicle part safety recall, we traded in this vehicle. We lost approximately $7000 in value, due to the 5 safety recalls. The Buick dealership where we purchased this vehicle refused to accept it as a trade in so we could purchase the 2015 model. Five Buick dealerships refused to accept this vehicle as a trade in. We finally accepted the $7000 loss and traded the Buick in on a Volvo. We were Buick owners for 3 decades. Never again, will we purchase a GM product. As union members, we did support American made/or America brands, no more."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love the safety features

By on Sunday, February 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort and Safety Features"

Cons: "None"

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

"I have been driving my Enclave for the past 2 years, I have found it of be very comfortable for my size (6'6" 280#). The best thing I found is when I was rear ended by a F150 pickup going 55MPH while I was stopped. Other than being a little dazed at the unexpected force of the impact, I was able to walk away and with out any injuries or even soreness. What I didn't expect were the safety features that kicked in automatically. The Enclave to turned itself off and turned on the hazard lights. The vehicle was a totally loss, but I was not."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

The worst ever

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Cons: "Not reliable"

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

"If you plan on using this vehicle it is not up for the challenge. The last 3 cars I have owned lasted well into the 200,000 mile mark. I maintain my vehicles and I drive 80+ miles a day. The 2009 Buick Enclave has left me stranded and costs me $2000+ per year just to maintain. It is not worth what I have in it and I cannot get anyone to buy it. Dealers will not touch it. Do yourself a favor and stay away. Every mechanic that has worked on it says that they have had others with the same issues."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Excellent Car

By on Friday, December 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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: "comfortable,safe, large capacity for passengers"

Cons: "Very big car"

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

"purchased this car in 2011 to accommodate two carseats for my grandchildren. We used it on long trips, i.e. CO, ID, UT,WY, PA, NYC. very comfortable riding car. Otherwise useage was primarily for one retired person."

17 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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