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I have been a car enthusiast for as long as I can remember. As a kid I read all the car magazines, in high school I remember obsessing over the 2nd generation RX-7 Turbo (it was almost within my reach) and landing a job at Edmunds almost 10 years ago was just too cool to put into words. I've owned everything from a 12-second modified Camaro to a '99 10th Anniversary Miata.

But today, I feel I can no longer call myself a car nut, and I have the 2009 Nissan GT-R to blame. The entire automotive world is buzzing over this car. Edmunds Inside Line has no less than 15 articles covering it. Sure this is the spiritual successor to the legendary Skyline series that has been the wet dream of every American car enthusiast for almost two decades. Yet, I don't care. Sure it is fast, and it can run laps of the Nürburgring's Nordschleife as fast as a 911 Turbo and sure it has brake rotors nearly the size of manhole covers. Yet, I don't care.

So why don't I care? Much to my self-realizing dismay, it is totally irrelevant in my life right now, as are most high performance cars. I work from home, so I don't have any kind of commute that could be made more entertaining by a sports car. 95% of the time I am driving, it is with either my wife or two year old daughter in the car, so spirited driving is not appropriate. Priorities for me now are a roomy vehicle that is comfortable and safe. My Nissan Murano currently fills that role, but I am already looking for my next "family vehicle." The Buick Enclave holds the honor of my top pick at the current time. It is luxurious, roomy and library quiet (I have grown to hate wind and tire noise). My wife can't believe it, and I still can't believe it myself, I am 38 and I am lusting after a Buick! Never say never I guess.

I guess I will just have to wait about 20 years or so until I have a midlife crisis to want a high-performance car again. In the meantime, I can live vicariously through everyone else who is going to comment on this and laugh at me. Too bad QuietTuning will keep me from hearing them.

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thanks for the article there mr admin, at first i thought you were trading you G35 in for an enclave. :angel:
 

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I guess I will just have to wait about 20 years or so until I have a midlife crisis to want a high-performance car again. In the meantime, I can live vicariously through everyone else who is going to comment on this and laugh at me. Too bad QuietTuning will keep me from hearing them.
Admin -- I love it! Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us. I went through my own hi-po crisis (owned a Cutlass with a bruiser 455/dual exhaust that would eat up virtually everything else on the street); sold it and then when I was in my early 30's, further gratified my lust for speed with a beautiful 87 Corvette -- clearly the quickest vehicle I had ever owned or ridden in at the time. But times and circumstances change -- and without a 4 or 5 car garage, simply decided to move on. My 2007 Audi A4 Quattro replaced the Corvette and I haven't looked back.

Although many here have "complained" about the shifting of the 6 speed auto and the lack of power from the 3.6L V6 -- I honestly don't get their complaints. Having owned several very quick cars and ridden in countless others owned by close friends, I know that the Enclave is never going to win a stoplight war. However, I believe it's plenty quick and plenty powerful and I'll take the tradeoff in ultimate 0-60 time and top end speed for a vehicle that is super quiet, rides like it's connected via rails to the ground and gets decent gas mileage. This is the Enclave. I say go ahead and lust after the Enclave because you will love it and in particular, being able to carry your family safely, quickly, quietly is really what it's all about. This is one of the best, most solidly built vehicles out there and is a bargain at the price. I even had a friend (who owns a Q7) comment about how beautiful our Enclave is and asked about how we like it. When dedicated foreign car owners take notice, you know you're on the right track!

Go satisfy your Enclave craving!
 

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Been there............Seen it........Done that :eek:

Admin's history of car lust sounds like mine, except I've had 12 more years of it. ::) Still an enthusiast.
First sports car I could afford was a 1992 Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR-4 0-60 5.1 sec,
Non-descript 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante......nice ride but too sedate,
Next was 2001 M-B CLK 430 0-60 5.5sec (not quick enough....),
Upgrade to 2003 CLK 55 AMG 0-60 5.0 sec (much better!), (pic in my gallery)
Now........M-B gone :( :( :(
Replaced by the Enclave 8) 8) 8)

Would have never guessed in a billion years that it would happen this way. Still lust just a little for the "go fast" but seem to be getting over it................for now at least :thumb:
 

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It looks like many of us arrived at the Enclave down the same road!! ;)
 

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Rollin Thunder + Black Bandit said:
design, this is an article, i dont think this is really admin talking.
Unless admin == Lee Scott >:D

But great article. ;)
 

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hey if you remember i'm the now 39 yr old that traded in a 01 vette for this vehicle so go for it.
it just makes more sense
 

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wisdom comes with age and grey hair.... keep living and you will encounter even greater changes.... love the article thanks for sharing.
 
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LOL, this is the second time this has happened to me. I assumed that posting in the articles section would be enough to insure that people didn't mistake these for my words, but I guess I need to start posting a title, or quotes or something ;) As much as I liked tis article, I can't claim it to be mine, I was simply reposting something funny that I found. Sorry for the confusion :)
 

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I have been a car enthusiast for as long as I can remember. As a kid I read all the car magazines, in high school I remember obsessing over the 2nd generation RX-7 Turbo (it was almost within my reach) and landing a job at Edmunds almost 10 years ago was just too cool to put into words. I've owned everything from a 12-second modified Camaro to a '99 10th Anniversary Miata.

But today, I feel I can no longer call myself a car nut, and I have the 2009 Nissan GT-R to blame. The entire automotive world is buzzing over this car. Edmunds Inside Line has no less than 15 articles covering it. Sure this is the spiritual successor to the legendary Skyline series that has been the wet dream of every American car enthusiast for almost two decades. Yet, I don't care. Sure it is fast, and it can run laps of the Nürburgring's Nordschleife as fast as a 911 Turbo and sure it has brake rotors nearly the size of manhole covers. Yet, I don't care.

So why don't I care? Much to my self-realizing dismay, it is totally irrelevant in my life right now, as are most high performance cars. I work from home, so I don't have any kind of commute that could be made more entertaining by a sports car. 95% of the time I am driving, it is with either my wife or two year old daughter in the car, so spirited driving is not appropriate. Priorities for me now are a roomy vehicle that is comfortable and safe. My Nissan Murano currently fills that role, but I am already looking for my next "family vehicle." The Buick Enclave holds the honor of my top pick at the current time. It is luxurious, roomy and library quiet (I have grown to hate wind and tire noise). My wife can't believe it, and I still can't believe it myself, I am 38 and I am lusting after a Buick! Never say never I guess.

I guess I will just have to wait about 20 years or so until I have a midlife crisis to want a high-performance car again. In the meantime, I can live vicariously through everyone else who is going to comment on this and laugh at me. Too bad QuietTuning will keep me from hearing them.

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Well, uh, being a card carrying certifiable car nut myself, I was in the garage last night ogling the Enclave for over half an hour. My wife didn't know I was in there. I went opened the engine compartment and marveled at the componentry, of course removing the plastic cover to reveal the elegant wiring and insulation.

So no, being a car nut is NOT just for juvenile hot rod performance freaks. I like all cars. All motor devices in fact. I can spend an hour in a tire store and not get bored. Motor homes intrigue me. THAT is what a car nut is.

And yes, I did own a Porsche Carrera 3.2 for many years and replaced it with a very cool Mercedes E320 CDI turbo-diesel with almost exactly the same performance and much better comfort and fuel economy.

TM (aka Car Nut)
 

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I'm 45 and own a c32 amg. 0-60 in 4.7 or 4.9 depending on whose driving.

I am selling an fx35 for the enclave, but am working on a getting a ford gt as the end all be all.

There is absolutely no reason to become an "old man" just because the calendar says so.

Have the family car for the family thing, and the dream car for the kid in you that should never die. :cheers:
 
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I'm 45 and own a c32 amg. 0-60 in 4.7 or 4.9 depending on whose driving.

I am selling an fx35 for the enclave, but am working on a getting a ford gt as the end all be all.

There is absolutely no reason to become an "old man" just because the calendar says so.

Have the family car for the family thing, and the dream car for the kid in you that should never die. :cheers:

im 20 and have a corvette that gets from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, ALL AMERICAN. well acully its my dads, but he has an enclave too, so that proves that even at 60 your still a kid
 

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I had a "MID Life CRISIS" and for my 50th Birthday bought a brand new 1993 Trans Am Gt. I had it for ten years, but due to my "Mlitary Combat Related Disabilities "getting worse
In 2003 had to change to SUV's and had to give up my Fire Bird. The Enclave is my third SUV since then
Such is life!
 

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Rollin Thunder + Black Bandit said:
im 20 and have a corvette that gets from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, ALL AMERICAN. well acully its my dads, but he has an enclave too, so that proves that even at 60 your still a kid
That would be one HIGHLY modified corvette if it's not the Z06. Not only the motor but the suspension in order to get the traction you need for those kind of numbers.

But then again, the GT does it in 3.5. It's really quite amazing what some of these cars can do.

Why, just the other day I-oh yeah, how about them enclaves?
 
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That would be one HIGHLY modified corvette if it's not the Z06. Not only the motor but the suspension in order to get the traction you need for those kind of numbers.

But then again, the GT does it in 3.5. It's really quite amazing what some of these cars can do.

Why, just the other day I-oh yeah, how about them enclaves?
o yea , the enclaves, the whole reason were all here. but it is a modified ls2, super charger, preformance chip, cold air intake, and a magnetic selective ride control.
 
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