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Hi all. I’m getting more and more interested and nearing the point of ordering a 2008 Outlook XR. I know some of you have had your Outlook for 6 to 8 months and I’m curious as to how well they are holding up. Without question the initial reviews are excellent but once the excitement fades are you still happy with the performance and perceived durability?

While on the lots looking I noticed on both the Acadia and Outlook with leather trim that the front seat leather seemed very stretched and wrinkled and they are only being test driven a few times each day. This raised my interest because my current Volvo leather seats are just over 3 years old do not show any of these wear signs. They still look and perform like new. I have to wonder if this is by design or if it is sub-par materials. I don’t think it a design feature as the leather is fitted very tightly when it comes from the factory.

The transmission issue is well documented and discussed almost daily but I assume that it will ultimately get corrected. In the mean time is there any degree of harsh shifting that could eventually damage the transmission as it is now or is it nothing more than a temporary inconvenience?

I see a very wide range of reported MPG figures. Do you think this is just a matter of driving habits/conditions or is there really that much variation from vehicle to vehicle?
A few say they can’t get over 16MPG and others are getting 22MPG. One individual even reported getting 28 MPG on the highway. What a large range.

One of the 2007s that I drove had a failing front seat mechanism. The seat would move forward and reverse but it made a noise and skipped as it moved. Is this typical?

I’m also curious to know if there is any additional support for the rear and mid seats when they are folded flat. Do they fold with leather against leather? My concern is that placing too much cargo weight on the backs when folded down or leaving them down for too long could cause damage or excessive wear. Again I reference the Volvo because it has positive stops that carry the weight without allowing the folded surfaces to come into contact with each other. My dealer couldn’t answer this over the phone.

Are there any other significant issues or any regrets?

Thanks in advance for any information you care to share.
 

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I'll have full results next month, after posting preliminary results in May. The new result won't be much different than the old one aside from being based on far more data, responses from 69 owners so far.

While reliability is below average, it's not awful. Many vehicles will require no repairs at all in their first year.

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Don't worry. GM leather isn't very good & will look worn in just 6 short months. Ford leather is even worst. I have not experienced any driver's seat travel issues. Gas mileage is not so good. Maybe 14 city & 19 hwy. The upshifting - downshifting issue is not that bad. You can live with it. Gk.
 

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Aside from the transmission issue, which should eventually get fixed with a reflash, the most common problem area I'm seeing is the A/C. Often, though, common problems only affect early vehicles, as manufacturers notice and fix common problems.
 
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