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Assuming that you've decided to buy/lease an Enclave, which vehicle came in 2nd and why?

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I probably looked at 8 different vehicles before deciding to buy an Enclave. Which car did you almost buy and why did you choose the Enclave over your 2nd choice car.
 

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I probably looked at 8 different vehicles before deciding to buy an Enclave. Which car did you almost buy and why did you choose the Enclave over your 2nd choice car.
The enclave is a more elegant looking vehicle but i probably would have chosen the outlook over the acadia. the acadia is still too truck like for me the outlook have a better looking body over the acadia but honnnnnnnnnnnney when i saw the enclave it was all over no more looking just a whole lot of waiting.
 

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I really liked the Outlook but I wanted the 2nd row captains chairs with cloth interior. On the Outlook you can only get the 2nd row captains chairs with the leather interior. I decided to wait until the Enclave came out before making a final decision and I'm so glad I waited.
 

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it was pretty much the acadia!
my mom wants something with better gas mileage than her suburban, and she wont buy anything that is not american.... sooo that doesnt leave us with that much of a choice! ha
 

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I was inches away from buying a Land Rover LR3. Gas prices were shooting through the roof and I started to research other options. I thought for sure my only option for better mileage would be a minivan. I had seen the Outlook and Acadia and liked how they looked. My wife really liked them as well.

I was very surprised when I saw their mileage ratings. We went out to look at them and really liked the Outlook. We were disappointed that the NAV did not have a back up camera. We then compared it to the Acadia and we found that it did not come with woodgrain interior. We went back and cut a deal on an Outlook. While we waited for the dealer to locate the right Outlook, I decided to check into the Enclave and make sure it wasn't something we'd like more. We found it had a backup camera, power tilt wheel with memory, bose speakers, a 4/50 bumper to bumper, and awesome styling. We cancelled the Outlook and bought the Enclave.
 

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I started out looking at and trying to buy a Outlook in February. Everytime that I got close to buying, there always seemed to be some kind of pricing change and it was nerver in my favor. When mudflaps went from $160 installed to $190, I had enough and just walked away. I thought that Saturn was a different kind of car company, but found it to be just like most of my other car buying experiences over the years, no fun at all. Next, I turned to the Acadia. My local dealer is on the small side and didn't yet have anything in stock. We tried to dealer trade for 3, but no other dealer would trade with us, so I decided to order one in. After a 2 week wait, we found out that my Acadia would not be built. We spent another week, again trying to dealer trade. Of course, once again, we were shot down on 2 tries. One day, I stumbled across a Enclave sitting in the back of another dealer. I couldn't believe that somebody had one already. I had seen it at the Detroit auto show, but figured that it would be out of my price range. I found that the Enclave made it easier to get just the options that I wanted than the Acadia and the 4yr-50000 mile warranty, plus it being a 2008 model just made it all the better. Now, if they would just get it built.

P.S. I would like to dedicate this post to the Saturn dealer that treated me like crap and The GMC dealers that wouldn't dealer trade with us. I hope that you all still have the vehicles that I was looking at. It's amazing how things work out, but I sure would be disappointed if I was driving the Outlook or Acadia after getting a look at the Enclave. You bet I'm still a little fired up over all of this. The first thing that I'm gonna do is drive my Enclave around that Saturn dealer with my head held high, and sunroof open!
 

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way to go ticner58, i love the ps and you can drive pass and tell them to kiss you :sunny: :moon: cause that is exactly what i am gonna do to the gmc dealer who treated me like crap when i was trying to buy the acadia.
 

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well i have been happy with our gmc buick dealer! we really havent gotten close to buying though, just test drove and looked!!
 

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We actually ordered a Mazda CX-9, sight unseen. When we finally got to test drive it several things turned us off. Our knees hit the center console which was a constant irritant. The "B" pillar is too far back making entry into the 2nd row problematic. Although it was possible to find a comfortable position for the 2nd and 3rd row seats by sliding the 2nd row bench, it was not possible to be comfortable ini both rows simultaneously. Finally, although the "zoom-zoom" factor is touted by Mazda, we weren't emotionally moved by the CX-9. (Our fine local Mazda dealer was able to sell our ordered car at a higher price within 24 hours, so everything ended simpatico.

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We were originally going to order the Acadia and then found out we could get more options and standard featuers at a lower price byu buying the Enclave. Plus the styling was great. I didn't know if I would really like the look at first, but the longer I looked at it the more I liked it.
 

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We had two options that we were weighing before the Enclave grabbed our attention:

GMC Yukon, and Mercedes GL.

Neither has stellar gas mileage until you include the GL 320CDI diesel and the not yet available Yukon Hybrid. But both offered three rows, weren't minivans, and could be equipped with leather and a decent feature set. I was very surprised to find out just how tiny the Yukon/Tahoe third row seats are!

The Acadia was out due to its "sport" interior with no wood grain... we're not old, but we do prefer a more elegant look to a vehicle. In fact, even the GL with its impeccable materials has a bit of a sporty look inside compared to other Benz models.

Honestly, when comparing both seating dimensions, overall vehicle body style/shape/size, and features, the Mercedes GL seems to be the closest competitor to the Lambda series (especially the Enclave with its more sophistocated styling). GL has more comfortable second row seats, even though it is a split bench and not the captain's chairs that we really wanted for easier third row access. Enclave/Acadia has more comfortable front and third row seats, with more room in the rear if the second row is adjusted up just a bit. If you add aftermarket bluetooth, the feature set is practically the same for GL and Enclave, with a few engineering pluses on the Benz side that are primarily for safety (like brake assist). The Enclave is wider and has less "rock and roll" side to side feel when driving.

And, at least somewhat important, a similarly equipped Enclave is about $25,000 less than the GL! :)
 

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not to mention the 1000.00s in repair fees you'll save in choosing the lambda...
 

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We NEVER even considered another vehicle.
Truthfully, we were not even considering replacing our 2000 minivan. We went to the preview event on 6/14 and were so impressed with the red jewel Enclave on the showroom floor, we bought it that night. We pick it up tomorrow. This is our 4th Buick from the same dealer, one of the last "stand alone" Buick dealers left.
 

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We NEVER even considered another vehicle.
Truthfully, we were not even considering replacing our 2000 minivan. We went to the preview event on 6/14 and were so impressed with the red jewel Enclave on the showroom floor, we bought it that night. We pick it up tomorrow. This is our 4th Buick from the same dealer, one of the last "stand alone" Buick dealers left.
awesome, enjoy your ride.
 

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not to mention the 1000.00s in repair fees you'll save in choosing the lambda...
Or the near-$1000 regular dealer maintenence!
 

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one of the last "stand alone" Buick dealers left.
I didn't realize there were any left. I thought they were always matched up with other GM brands.
 

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I didn't realize there were any left. I thought they were always matched up with other GM brands.
I understand that there are only a hundred or so left. The one I have been dealing with sells more Buicks than most dealers in northern NJ, and this is with little or no advertising. I myself referred 3 customers to them in the last 6-9 months, which resulted in sales of 2 Lucernes and 1 Rendezvous. I guess this is why they had 7 Enclaves last week (most are sold) when other area dealers had only 1 or 2.
 

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thats really cool... did they give you a referral fee or maybe a little more off that enclave you're getting.
 

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thats really cool... did they give you a referral fee or maybe a little more off that enclave you're getting.
Actually, there were a few perks, like free oil changes, and car washing and detailing.
(no cash, too bad)
A family owned dealership, and they treat you like family.
 

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Actually, there were a few perks, like free oil changes, and car washing and detailing.
(no cash, too bad)
thats great, oil changes and car detailing can get expensive.
 
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