Recall Alert: 355 GM Sedans, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: About 355 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers; Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Acadia crossovers — all 2014 models equipped with automatic transmissions.

The Problem: The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever, which could prevent the driver from shifting gear positions, and the indicated shift position may not represent the actual gear position. If disengagement occurs while the vehicle is in motion, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "Park" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the correct gear position; if this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting late this month, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 800-222-1020, Buick owners 800-521-7300 and GMC owners 800-462-8782, or owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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If you covet both the family friendliness of a minivan and the luxury of an SUV, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the closest you'll come in a crossover may be the 2013 Buick Enclave. Redesigned for the first time since its brand-jump-starting intro in 2007, the new Enclave boasts updated front-end styling and upgraded interior materials, as well as improved ride and acceleration thanks to suspension and transmission tweaks. Still, stiff brakes make quick stops a chore and a cocoa-colored interior undermines the luxury feel of the classy stitching and ambient blue lighting. Watch the video above.

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Recall alert: 2006-2008 GM SUVs, Cars, Trucks

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GM is recalling 850,000 vehicles because of problems with the windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire. The recall involves SUVs that are equipped with a heated washer fluid system, which could short circuit and cause an electrical malfunction that could lead to a fire.

GM said the recall includes the 2008 Buick Enclave, 2006-2008 Buick Lucerne, 2006-2008 Cadillac DTS, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2007-2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban, 2007-2008 GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL, 2006-2008 Hummer H2 and 2007-2008 Saturn Outlook.

Dealers will fix the problem free of charge, GM said. If you own one of these vehicles, contact your local dealer.

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2009 GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, Saturn Outlook Are Top Safety Picks

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We apologize for listing all four members of GM’s three-row crossover family in the headline, but felt it was odd to go with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s headline of just the GMC Acadia getting the highest safety honor the group bestows on new vehicles. The IIHS award goes to any vehicle that scores a top rating in frontal, side and rear crash tests. The rating is considered much harder to achieve than the government’s five-star safety rating.

The Top Safety Pick designation also carries over to 2008 versions of the Acadia, Enclave and Outlook, while the Chevy Traverse is all-new for 2009. The 2008s are available with huge discounts during GM’s Employee Pricing sale we covered last week, which runs through Sept. 2.

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Perhaps marking GM’s reemergence from the automobile wilderness, the domestic car giant makes four of the six finalists for the 2008 North American Car and Truck of the Year award. Even better, the automaker now finds itself in a position to score wins in both Car and Truck of the Year a feat no other company has achieved two years in a row, a feat no other company has achieved. 

Truck of the Year finalists include GM’s Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV and Buick Enclave crossover SUV, with Mazda’s CX-9 crossover SUV filling the third spot. As for Car of the Year, the Honda Accord will compete with GM’s Cadillac CTS sport sedan and the highly praised Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan.

Now if the world’s largest auto manufacturer could only transfer this success to sales. While its vehicles continue to improve, the perception of domestic cars in terms of quality and design still lags behind Japanese and European makes. Earning awards is nice, but earning back car shoppers is obviously GM’s more pressing goal.

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Buick Enclave Flying Off Lots

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The Wall Street Journal compiles a “Hot Off The Lot” list every month that marks how long a car stays on a dealer lot. In September, the new Buick Enclave crossover tied the seemingly undying Toyota Prius atop the list. It was followed by luxury SUVs like the BMW X5, Lexus RX and Mercedes-Benz GL.

Other interesting tidbits drawn from the numbers include the most popular color: white; the most-traded-in model: the Buick Rendezvous; and that the majority of Buick buyers were young — at least for that brand: 36 to 55 years old. 

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Buick Enclave in Short Supply

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Imagine a domestic vehicle in such short supply that there are 3,000 people on a waiting list just to get one.

And imagine that the domestic in high demand, but low supply, is a Buick — the 2008 Enclave crossover.

The only thing that would be more surprising is if the car was an Oldsmobile.

"We have 3,000 Enclaves on a waiting list nationwide,” said Buick spokesman Dave Darvitz. “Demand has been a pleasant surprise."

Darvitz said Buick will employ a third shift at its Delta Township, Mich., plant for six months to boost crossover output, with most earmarked for the Enclave. GM doesn't want to overbuild the vehicle and then get stuck offering incentives to move unsold inventory. Enclave is one of three new midsize crossovers at GM all built on the same assembly line. The others are the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia.

A waiting list is an out of the ordinary event for Buick.

By Jim Mateja | August 1, 2007 | Comments (9)

Cars.com Reviews the 2008 Buick Enclave

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GM’s family of large crossovers gets its newest member with the Buick Enclave. The stodgy nameplate gets the sexiest of the bunch and the most upscale interior treatment, but does the rest of the driving experience live up to the looks? Mike Hanley delivers his take on the family hauler from Buick and of course the test vehicle was in the newest trendy paint color, light brown.

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Tiger Woods Bumped as Buick Spokesman

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No, Buick didn’t get LeBron James, Peyton Manning or Lance Armstrong. Those sports celebrities aren’t as desirable as Tiger Woods, according to advertising pundits. No one is. So it comes as a major surprise that GM is moving its greatest pitchman from Buick to a utility role shilling GM corporate products like OnStar.

This has to be one of the oddest moves in recent advertising history. As Buick’s lineup finally gets cooler, with the new Enclave crossover, the brand says it wants the products to shine on their own. It seems to us that the lovable Woods would make people pay attention to the commercial in the first place. Plus, as golf fans themselves get younger and more appealing to advertisers, Buick could also reduce its aging demographic.

The sports fan in us wonders if this will make it easier for Tiger to skip the Buick Open next week, which has been rumored since the birth of his first child last week. Whatever happens, this is GM’s move and not something Woods himself requested. We’ll wait until whoever made the decision gets a pink slip. We all remember the last time GM made a bold corporate move, putting small silver GM emblems on every model across the board. Not many people noticed. Now we’re guessing not many people will notice Buick ads.

GM: Tiger Woods Will Market OnStar, More (USA Today)

By David Thomas | June 22, 2007 | Comments (1)

Hands On: Pontiac G8, Buick Enclave

I'm still in the wilds of Wisconsin, but have non-track camera photos that might be of interest. Last night we got an early look at the all-new Pontiac G8 sedan and Buick Enclave crossover. Check out the photo album for some cell phone shots (we didn't know the cars would be there or we would've brought a better camera) below.

Some initial reactions:

The G8 is really nice. This red G8 we got a look at isn't a production model, but it's the most polished prototype I've ever seen. I can't believe the one that goes on sale at the end of the year will be different in the least. Perhaps, the new emblem will get some alterations. A Pontiac rep said the new, silver one is getting a lot of positive comments though.

The interior is far beyond any Pontiac in a long time, mainly because it's from Australia, but even still, it is an improvement from the GTO's interior. The armrests for example are padded in leather. The rear seats are quite comfy too.

The red really shows off the car's menacing look well, and looks a hundred times better than the grey show car from the Chicago auto show.

We did get some vague comments on the price of the G8 which should be in the low $30,000 range up to "around" $35,000 for the top of the line GT, but no one was announcing anything this far in advance of the on sale date.

The Buick Enclave was exactly what I expected; a very nice adaptation of the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. There isn't more to really say. The layout is identical, the Enclave simply has nicer leather and trim pieces. The most obvious difference is the exterior styling which was quite nice in the maroon color of the display car.

Check out the cell phone photos here. I apologize for the low res. Feel free to ask me more questions in the comments below. 

By David Thomas | May 2, 2007 | Comments (12)

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