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  1. No more minivan!

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    Re: Re: No more minivan! Funny thing is that we've both always thought 8 would be ideal, but lately we've been thinking we would probably only do this one more time. I guess it was meant to be... Fortunately, after 6 years of orthopaedic surgery training, missing sleep is not a new thing!
  2. No more minivan!

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    Re: Re: No more minivan! to be honest, I would love making my kids ride the "short bus" to school! ;D
  3. No more minivan!

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    Well, our 8 passenger Toyota Sienna is officially too small! (Luckily, the Enclave is "my" car, not the family car). Just found out we're expecting twins in October! Funny enough, my wife and I both thought it was going to be twins, even though nobody in either of our families has ever had them...
  4. OLM 47% =

    Engine & Drivetrain
    Re: Re: OLM 47% = That's assuming I change it myself. While I don't mind tackling "projects." Routine maintenance falls into the "not worth my time" category. (I'd love to, but with 6 kids, a busy job, and a large yard that needs to be landscaped, it's low on my list...)
  5. OLM 47% =

    Engine & Drivetrain
    So, are you saying I would be better off with dino? I'd be happy to save some money at each oil change. Be REALLY happy to not have a timing chain issue...
  6. OLM 47% =

    Engine & Drivetrain
    Re: Re: OLM 47% = Yes, we had almost a month when the temps never went above 23 degrees, so I'm sure that contributed. Oil place said my oil was "a little dark." Wish I had someone I could trust to not try to sell me an unnecessary engine flush (they pretty much always recommend one). With my...
  7. OLM 47% =

    Engine & Drivetrain
    Re: Re: OLM 47% = I just got my first "change oil soon" warning. At about 3000 miles with synthetic oil. Sticker on my windshield says I'm not due for another 4000 miles. I was thinking the OLM was an actual oil monitor and not a pre programmed "timer." Guess not. Dipstick still shows full and...
  8. Sometimes having an 8 passenger vehicle makes things more difficult.

    Interior & Electrical
    Re: Re: Sometimes having an 8 passenger vehicle makes things more difficult. I paid $50 for parking our minivan in Manhattan for just over 2 hours (more than once). Painful. And my wife never figured out why I hated going into "the city."
  9. Time to stock up on TECHRON

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    Re: Re: Time to stock up on TECHRON It's a major street with lights. 45mph. It actually parallels the highway where I usually drive, but taking State street adds less than 10 minutes to the drive. There's an O'Reilly's about every 2-3 miles. It's crazy. Also plenty of Autozones, Checkers, etc.
  10. I think I Spotted Another De-contented Feature

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    Re: Re: I think I Spotted Another De-contented Feature I'd love to see the Enclave adopt a feature from the Durango. They have a button on the dash console that releases the 3rd row headrests (i.e. folds them down). Would come in handy for all the times I forget to fold them down until I need...
  11. Time to stock up on TECHRON

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    Re: Re: Time to stock up on TECHRON Funny, before this thread I had never been to an O'Reilly's. I guess I had heard their annoying radio ads but never really paid attention. Since I read this thread, I noticed that on my 23 minute drive to work every day, I pass SEVEN of them! All on the same...
  12. Wife is too light to activate passenger airbag indicator...

    Interior & Electrical
    Re: Re: Wife is too light to activate passenger airbag indicator... That's weird. Mine is definitely not a weight sensitive thing. I don't know how, but it knows the difference between a person and an object. If I put my hand on the passenger seat (even with no weight on it), it triggers the...
  13. Enclave owners average MPG

    Buick Enclave
    Re: Re: Enclave owners average MPG From what I've read, L mode doesn't use engine breaking like D does, so if you're going downhill, it's going to coast more and use less gas. Not sure what other differences there are. The owner's manual says it will get WORSE mileage using L, but I'm pretty...
  14. Down to one Enclave

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    Re: Re: Down to one Enclave Maybe that's too slow! ;) My brother uses a radar detector and usually drives 80+ mph... 27 mpg is terrible for an Optima. But everyone has their own definition of "conservative" driving.
  15. Enclave owners average MPG

    Buick Enclave
    Re: Re: Enclave owners average MPG Now that I've driven my AWD '09 for a couple of months, I can definitely see how much driving style makes a difference. I'd be willing to bet that more than 95% of the variability that we see in this thread has nothing to do with the vehicles themselves. I'm...
  16. younger generation lol

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    Re: Re: Re: younger generation lol I'm still carry curious about that one. They settled it out of court for an undisclosed amount. Part of the settlement was an agreement not to disclose the terms of the agreement, so nobody really knows if she got any real money. I like to think she got the...
  17. Down to one Enclave

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    Re: Re: Down to one Enclave Why not just get a normal sedan that does better than some of the hybrids? My brother's Kia Optima consistently averages 40mpg. His commute changes elevation by about 1000 feet. He gets 38 on the way up and 44 on the way down. That's mostly highway, but still... I...
  18. younger generation lol

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    Re: Re: younger generation lol That's because not enough teenagers work at all anymore. People say we "need" illegal aliens because they do jobs nobody else will do. Those are exactly the kind of jobs our high school or even junior high school kids should be doing. They would learn to...
  19. Please help me choose the right CUV!

    Buying, Leasing & Custom Ordering
    Re: Re: Please help me choose the right CUV! Agree with others... if you're going to get a Ford, get the Explorer. The difference between the Flex and the Enclave is that people will look at the Enclave and say "nice car!" With the Flex they'll say "nice car?" With their eyebrows raised... My...
  20. OnStar vs. AAA

    Audio, Video & Nav
    Re: Re: OnStar vs. AAA I signed up for AAA for the discounts. I got a $150 discount on a rental truck the same week I signed up. Since then I've used the discount a couple of times a year at hotels. Doesn't quite make up for the cost yearly, but it works out to cost me about $20 a year, which I...
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