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Okay, I happen to have an Acadia rental right now and noticed something when opening the doors and was wondering if the doors are the same on the Enclave.

When you open the door it seems like you can either open the door a little bit or all the way. There aren't any detents that hold the door open at a reasonable degree. I noticed this when opening the passenger side door in my 1-car garage. The door flung open into my shelves on the side of the garage. This is very irritating IMO! I'd imagine you'd have to maintain a constant grasp on the (somewhat heavy) door when entering/exiting the vehicle in a tight parking space or on a downward sloping hill.
 

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I actually have not noticed any issues but I was going to reserve commenting until I got home tonight to try the doors out again. I have heard several people complain on the Acadia forum but none here. Of course there are many more Acadia's out there right now than Enclaves.
 

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jwaters943, due to the incredible demand, a lot of people on this board do not even have their Enclave yet. Except for a few lucky ones, it's like one big waiting room at the moment. Someone will reply with an answer though. Unlike the Acadia board you might have to wait more than a 2 hours for a reply :)
 

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It hasn't really bothered me yet but I have noticed what you're talking about. In yet another fit of parking paranoia I parked really close to a brick wall so that the driver of the car parked next to me wouldn't hit me when they left. The first open position for the door gave me just enough space to squeeze out. If I went to the second position I would have hit the wall. The really hard part was getting the baby out of the back.
 

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axiama said:
It hasn't really bothered me yet but I have noticed what you're talking about.
:ditto:

I had not really realized the issue until I checked the doors tonight. It has not created any problems for us yet.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! I still think it seems like a poor design for a vehicle that will theoretically carry kids. Maybe I'm used to imports. I noticed my uncle's Ford truck also does this.
 

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I think it is slightly different - what I mean is that in my opinion the door's first "stopping point" appears to possibly be a little less of an opening angle than my prior vehicles, and then it feels like it swings out slightly wider on the second stopping point. I have not "measured" to confirm precisely how different it is, so maybe it is just perception and reality is actually different.

I remembered reading about this issue on Acadia forums so I did check it out when we got our Enclave. The first stopping point has not really been an issue yet though - you just can't push it out too hard to swing past that first stopping point, and to me it is just something to get used to like any quirk of any specific vehicle. If I swing it out wide to the second stopping point I get that feeling of "whoa" because it seems like it really went wide, but once you get used to how much push you need to get to the first point only then I have no issue with it and I am very tall. I don't think my wife notices it at all because she pushes on the door with less force and is relatively short so the first opening is no issue for her at all to even notice.

But of course your experience may vary, all depends on your expectations, your size, and what you are used to from prior vehicles...
 

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I think it is slightly different - what I mean is that in my opinion the door's first "stopping point" appears to possibly be a little less of an opening angle than my prior vehicles, and then it feels like it swings out slightly wider on the second stopping point.
I tend to agree. I mentioned that this has not been an issue for us, but I did notice last night when I was looking at the doors that the first stop does not seem to be wide enough for me to comfortably squeeze through if need be.
 
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