Buick's Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with a spacious third-row seat, sound ride quality and decent handling. However, poor outward visibility to the rear, awkward placement of some controls, and unimpressive fuel economy are its weaknesses. A backup camera integrated into the rearview mirror was made optional for 2009, and is a useful addition.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Buick Enclave owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"small leak. lead to some noise, but fixed after fluid res. topped off. Not that big of a deal"

Michael B., WI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"dealer corrected the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"leak"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rack and pinion leaking and making noise. That needs to be replaced"

Tim C., IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power Steering fails at low speeds. Manufacturer Recall. Dealer replaced Power Steering Unit"

Neal C., CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"My Buick Enclave has had the same problem with power steering making noises. Adding fluid helps for a few months. Again this is a problem repair shops have told me is prevalent with Buick Enclaves"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power Steering Pump needed replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Second failure of power steering system in 10000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump was leaking and had to be replaced. GM covered the cost"

Walter L., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Copplete replacement of power steering pump. (recall)"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Excess noise"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace powering steering pump and rack"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump went out"

Dean E., NE (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Low fluid and hard steering"

Eric L., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"It needed to be replaced and cost $2000. $900 was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Repair shop reported many such problems with Buick Enclaves. There was yet another Buick Enclave being repaired for the same problem as mine on the day my car was repaired"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced front struts and sway bar links.because of normal wear"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Experienced a rattle in the left front of vehicle in November of 2014. Dealer replaced the LF Sway Link Complete at a cost of $123.00. Mileage was 111,002"

Gary V., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front struts leaking fluid and need to be replaced"

Tim C., IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The struts and shocks wore out and were replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear control arms worn and too loose. Failed VA inspection"

James R., VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"State inspection found the rear suspension cross stabelizer bar/ joint /coupeling was worn & had to be replaced for car to pass inspection"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Loud noise when the vehicle turns, sounds like something came loose. Independent mechanic said this is a common problem with GM Rack and pinion systems. Only fix is to replace at about $1700"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"rack and pinion bushings bad. required replacement"

Robert M., IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace stability control links"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"oil leakage. On my 4th unit"

R B., AZ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Started making a rubbing noise. Had to have rack replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Steering gear whining noise. Dealer had to remove dash board and steering column to repair it. Labor was very expensive"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering leaks damaged the rack. The rack needed to be replaced. Fortunately this was repaired at the same time as the timing chain and repair shop discounted the repair because they were already removing the engine"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Suspension and steering has been a big problem with this car. Multiple issues over the years with sway bars, tie rods, steering linkage, suspension (rear)"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Transmission started slipping. Buick dealer repaired under extended warranty at no charge"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"1 year old transmission began acting up and had Torque Converter replaced"

Sam F., PA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Car would not shift at times into 2nd, 3rd or 5th gears and sometimes as you were driving the trans would slip and seem like you were in neutral"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I replaced the transmission and a month later I receive a recall from Buick for a transmission problem. I am hoping I will be reimbursed for the $3400 I spent"

Scott P., CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Buick has had a problem with transmission on 2008 Enclave. They paid 60% of repair, but I just got a letter stating they will pay for the rest. I also had some bearing problem in the steering wheel last year"

Bill S., GA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Just had transmission rebuilt due to failure. Reverse gear would not engage and other gear shifted poorly. Cost was covered by an obscure ten year 100000 mile warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Started more a vibration couple hard shifts, basicly same problem had when they replaced transmission 2 years earlier"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission failed and had to replace with a rebuilt transmission at cost of $4300. Buick decided to reimburse customers who had this problem, but reimbursement only amounted to approx. half the total cost of the repair. Poor treatment of customers"

Joseph H., OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission broke at about 89,000 mi and had to be replaced. GM sent letter about a yr later and said to put the letter in glove box and if the transmission went out that GM would pay for replacing it. Or if it already happened they would reimburs"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Right now, I believe the car is working on it's 2nd waved plate failure with only 18,000 miles on it"

Mark B., NH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"GM's famous "wave plate" failure. They extended the warranty to 10 years/ 120000 miles. Mine had 124200 miles. GM said there was no help available even though the transmission showed signs of failure long before 120000 miles"

Tim C., IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replace 3rd, 4th, 5th gears tourque converter, shift plates"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission total failure. Bought a brand new one. Only 85000 miles on the car"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Necessary to completely rebuild transmission"

Robert S., GA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The 135r plate is disintegrating. It's under warranty but the dealer won't fix it unless it is completely destroyed rendering the vehicle undrivable"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"failed - wouldn't go into reverse and slipped other gears"

Leanne P., TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"transmission and front axle had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"reverse went out"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had it rebuilt under recall"

Eric L., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Something called a wobble plate broke. 2 & R gears lost. Did other internal damage to trans. Required a complete rebuild. After the fact, Buick paid for the repair"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"in 3 years there have been 3 transmissions replaced and 1 torque converter replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission would not shift gears, I feel this should have never happened"

Frank A., PA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to have it replaced"

John M., CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"had to take it to dealer 4 times before they finally admitted it was an issue re"noise and clunking sound. repaired on warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The system does not always work. It appears to ignore the temperature settings. This seems to be a random event. I have not had it repaired because it has not failed when examined at the repair shop"

Deike J., TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Driver side vents would blow out cold air when the heat was on and they would blow out hot air when the a/c was on. After problem was fixed (left temp. door actuator replaced) it worked fine for several months, then a/c was not working at all and had to have freon added"

Heather A., OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"stopped working, had to be replaced at over $1000"

H D., OR (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"fan recently quits form time to time"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Climate control just stopped working and needed to be taken in for repair"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Blower motor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Blower fan motor went out in the middle of summer. There was no cold air to the entire vehicle and no air to the front"

Zach R., MN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear air quit working. Very extensive job to repair"

Michael S., AZ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"AC was leaking freon. Replaced HVAC Evaporator Assembly"

Chad W., IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front evaporator leak repair part cost $328.oo. Labor cost = $1121.00"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Air conditioner failed. Was told that there are leaks at the evaporator. Quoted $2,000 for replacement at dealer service center"

Stephen W., IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Experienced serious leak in evaporator. Necessary to replace at a cost of $1300"

Robert S., GA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"slightly low this spring"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Mechanic put dye in system but could not find a leak. Charged system with freon. Now A/C works fine"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Coolant going down without explanation"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"broken rear ac lines $1900 to replace B\Holes at fire wall"

T J., VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had trouble finding the leak. Finally found a leak behind the dash. Had to dismantle the dash to get at the repair. It is fixed and no problem"

Bev H., AB (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"slight leak fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"slow leak couldn't trace"

Carlin L., IA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Past few years had to get freon replenished. They can't find the leak after all these years"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"electrical issue, replaced the Body control module but it did't fix problem, dealership doesn't know what to do to fix problem, they even called GM"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The gauge cluster "lighting" failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Second time I have had problems with gauge lights going out. First time it was speedometer. Second time it was most of the gauge lights. Required replacement of the gauge cluster"

Chris C., NC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"lights on needle in speedometer and tach went out"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Needles on gauges were not lit Had to replace entire gauge cluster"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Lights on gages are burned out. Bulbs can not be replaced. Must replace entire instrument panel, which is nearly $1000"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Digital mileage,fuel,cruise control, etc. disappears from screen within five minutes of starting engine"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Light bulb went out, had to replace the entire unit"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"One of my running lights has been out for a couple of years. Was told the front end of my vehicle would have to be removed to replace bulb. Cost was estimated at $500. I consider this to be a poor design detail on an otherwise well designed vehicle. I think Buick should pay the labor for this repair"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"stopped"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The left rear turn signal light stopped working. It was not a burned out light bulb, the problem was the electrical wiring harness. The harness was damaged by heat likely caused by a short between wires"

H O., NM (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"ALL FOUR TIRE PRESSURE MONITORS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BECAUSE OF SLOW LEAKS"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Stabilitrack system warning lights go on routinely, two different dealerships have tried to repair it. Never been able to completely fix"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Service engine light came on. Took it to parts store to find out problem and they said the computer says it has something to do with emiissions. Have not had this fixed yet, but the remote engine will not work since the engine light came on. Also having trouble starting the car after putting gas in the tank, so we have resorted to not shutting off the engine while pumping gas"

Heather A., OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"DVD got jammed inside of the CD/DVD player. It turns out to cost thoUSnds of dollars to replace. Was eventually able to get the DVD out myself and no longer use the player"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Failed to eject"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"CD-ROM does not read"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Disc sometimes will not load. It's intermittent. Happens maybe 1 in 20 starts"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It no longer is working, the Nav System is dead"

Gregory P., OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"We were driving along trying to get the GPS to work and suddenly the console came out of the center of the dash while driving!! Luckily there was no crash, but the GPS no longer works"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Stopped working. Would have cost a fortune to fix"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"This system hasn't worked for about 3 years and when I've asked service tech. about it at 2 different locations they've both said it would cost about 1 to 2 thoUSnd to fix it. They said that the whole Navig. system would have to be replaced"

Patricia F., FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"stops working unpredictably. Would require new unitmto fix"

H D., OR (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Will not read disc. Even a new disc is not readable. Shows Disc Read Error"

Joseph C., IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"DVD system stopped working about 3 years after purchase. Tried cleaning, fiddling, anything. It just does not recognize any DVD's. System is essentially useless for playing movies for kids"

Michael B., WI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The DVD player began giving a disc read error, now there is only static on the rear screen"

Joseph C., IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Electronic gauges or other digital displays are fine when then work, but very expensive to replace when they fail"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"Apparently, loose wiring. Speakers cut in and out. Balance controls no longer work"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Sunroof drains at front corners faulty, became unattached: water from rains, etc., goes into car through roof supports at front corners. water goes into airbag areas, heater blower enclosure, floorboard and behind dash. rust in areas and corrosion"

Martin N., FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Sunroof will leak water into car during heavy rain"

Patrick B., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water occasionally leaks around the sunroof-apparently-and comes in by the visors, dripping into the interior. Took it in twice under warranty-never really fixed-now out of warranty, I'm just out!"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Sunroof drains clog and leak into the interior"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water/rain leaks in through various parts of the car because of clogged drain valves around the sunroof during rainstorms"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Drain for windshield stops up and leaks around front leg area"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"drain ports in the sunroof clogged several times and create leaks that pooled in the driver and front passenger footwells. Had to have them cleaned out professionally as it involved pulling apart the interior"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"loose and torn"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"front pass door leaked, ruined electronics in door"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water gets in the car. Told roofs with sun roof and moon roof prone to this. There is blockage in water drainage every few years"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Drain tube along sun roof was not built properly and water ran down and knocked out the brain box behind the glove compartment. An engineering flaw. Though not under warranty GM did cover the costs of getting it fixed"

D O., WY (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Wind noise is noticed at top of front doors rh and lh"

Patrick B., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"At times when we start from a stop the car will move slowly forward making a whining sound"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Would not change gears"

Frank A., PA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"does not code failure problems, Knew had problem by intermitten problems 2 years ago but no warnings on computer til failure. Dealer could not diagnois problem till trans locked into low gear prob, seemed waiting to go out drive train warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The electronic transmission control unit went out at about 70K miles (just out of warranty) . $1500 repair and I was told by the dealer that this is somewhat common"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"needed new transmission computer! Then 6 months later needed transmission to be rebuilt!"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The transmission shift "brain " went out. This and other transmission problems in the 08 Buick are known by GM to be common, yet they have done nothing about the issue. It cost over $1200 to fix"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"ALL THE SHORTCOMINGS OF THIS 1ST YEAR MODEL WERE WELL DOCUMENTED BY YOU IN 09/10 11/12 BUT TOO LATE FOR ME --BUICK OFFERED A CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DEAL FOR$500 THEY PICKED UP BALANCE - COMPUTOR PARTS REPLACED - CAR RAN BETTER FOR ABOUT A YEAR WHEN I"

Douglas W., ON (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Issue required transmission replacement, but, I just received notice from Buick that the warranty period has been extended, and, I will receive reimbursement of my expenses for the work. [GM Bulletin 14404)"

Frank H., CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"cooling fan was problematic..GM neglected to advise me of the warranty bulletin that was supposed to have been mailed out"

Nancy D., ON (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"I had a slight skipping at times. Dealer first thought I only needed a new spark plug. However after replacing the spark plug the engine sill had a slight skip. They said the head wasn't "reading" and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had repeated check engine lights for 3 episodes, finally the dealership and General Motors did a complete top end overhaul, No problems since work was completed Dec. 2013"

Carol K., OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Complete garbage car..never again will I buy GM"

Kevin P., MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Head gasket

"Oil leak - replaced engine front cover gaskets; replaced rear main oil seal"

Chad W., IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Another well known GM problem that I was told that mine was not one of the series of vin numbers that they have extended the warranty on"

Tim C., IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I began hearing a clinking sound as I started the car. The timing chain was loose and had to be replaced. Had I not taken the car in, the loose chain would have destroyed the engine. It was an expensive fix for a car with less than 80,000 miles. The engine had to be taken out to replace the chain. After repair the gear shifter slipped out of place and needed to be repaired"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"front axle had to be replced"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Stabilatrack has a warning that it is not working and needs service"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had car to dealers 3 times and they could not fix the problem, Traction light keeps coming on saying needs service,and now in addition the stability light also comes on The dealer replaced the oxygen sensor but was only a temporary fix and both ligh"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Differential

"Complete $1,900 replacement of rear AWD differential, including housing"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Traction control needs service light keeps coming on took back to Buock Dealer 3 times still not fixes, I'm considering taking to another service garage"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The drive train became noisy, especially when coasting. I was advised that the transfer case was wearing out"

Diane L., MN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"made parking brake go on lacking stoping ability"

T J., VA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Since 2008 The master cylinder had to be replaced twice"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"repaired brakes"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front brakes & rotors replaced"

James C., IA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"problems with power steering and brakes where noted due to squeaking sounds"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"A leak caused a noise which when examined resulted in the pump having to be replaced as well as one of the hose. Part of it was covered by warranty"

Deike J., TX (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"water pump failed at approx. 36,000Km. had Jimmy STS previous and it went through 5 water pumps in 80,000km. seems a weak area for GM"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It started leaking which caused the engine to overheat and shut down"

Michael S., AZ (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"WATER PUMP SUDDENLY STOPPED WORKING AND COST ME $1,500 IN REPAIRS"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Cooling fan

"had to replace..was warrantied..but I did not receive bulletin. GM did not reimburse me"

Nancy D., ON (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Had to replace serpentine belt"

Stephen W., IL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Multiple sensor problems causing engine computer to run fuel system 'too lean'. Engine light still on, dealer doesn't want to deal with it any more"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"THE CAR WOULD SUDDENLY SURGE AHEAD IN SPEED. WE WERE TOLD IT WAS THE 4TH ENCLAVE AT THE DEALERSHIP WITH THAT PROBLEM THIS YEAR"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"It seems that every place that could have leaked oil, has leaked. There have been at least 4 different oil leaks. Terrible"

Scott P., CA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Slight engine oil leak in lower block of motor"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Emission Valve on gas tank failed"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Cats slowly failing"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"FUEL PUMP WAS REPLACED BECAUSE IT WAS NOT HOLDING PRESSURE"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Multiple sensors caused problems with ECM, fuel system, poor starting, etc. Engine light still on because dealer can't find root cause"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Hood corrosion at front 2 corners. Dealer quoted repair $1100. Would call me if GM would help though cust. service but never heard from again. Warranty expired several months earlier For this (same year as it was reported). A return call was dropped"

Martin N., FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Corrosion on all hood edges causing paint to bubble, corrosion around both taillights that are located on the lift gate. I feel that this is a factory defect, there is no rust on the vehicle where rust would normally form"

Douglas D., WI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Paint peeling from inside"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Paint peeling away due to issue with rear taillight housing"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"All four catalytic converter clogged to the extent that the car had no power. All needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"replace the entire exhaust system"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Pipes

"The system rusted out"

Gregory P., OH (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Driver side mirror - Gear rusted and broke - Mirror will no longer retract electronically and dealer wants $700 to replace the entire component"

Bryan C., FL (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"drivers side power seat components failed. No replacement parts availabile - only option is full seat replacement"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Leaks"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
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STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE
Jun 30 2015
If the open liftgate unexpectedly falls, it may strike a person, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured January 3, 2007, to February 29, 2012, 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured July 6, 2008, to March 9, 2012, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured September 15, 2006, to February 29, 2012, and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured August 17, 2006, to March 18, 2010. The affected vehicles, equipped with the power liftgate option, have gas struts that hold the power liftgate up when open. These struts may prematurely wear and the open liftgate may suddenly fall.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power liftgate actuator motor control unit so that the motor will prevent the rapid closing of the lift gate, free of charge. The recall began on November 15, 2016. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782, and Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 15240.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V415000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 691144
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Mar 17 2014
Failure of the side impact air bags and seat belt pretensioners to deploy in a crash increase the risk of injury to the driver and front seat occupant.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia and 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the driver and passenger seat mounted side impact air bag (SIAB) wiring harnesses may result in the SIAB and seat belt pretensioners not deploying in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected harness connections with soldered connections, free of charge. The recall began on June 16, 2014. Buick owners may contact the owner center at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners at 1-866-694-6546, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and GMC owners at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14030. Note: Vehicles repaired as part of Customer Satisfaction Campaign 10085 and special coverage 10335 have already had the subject condition repaired and therefore are not included in the safety recall.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V118000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1176407
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 04 2010
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1365070
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Aug 28 2008
THIS MAY CAUSE OTHER ELECTRICAL FEATURES TO MALFUNCTION, CREATE AN ODOR, OR CAUSE SMOKE INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 857,735 MY 2006-2008 BUICK LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MY 2007-2008 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL, SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MY 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WIPER WASHER FLUID SYSTEM. A SHORT CIRCUIT ON THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE WASHER FLUID HEATER MAY OVERHEAT THE CONTROL-CIRCUIT GROUND WIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A WIRE HARNESS WITH AN IN-LINE FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080; CADILLAC AT 1-800-982-2339 OR HTTP://WWW.CADILLAC.COM; CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876 OR HTTP://WWW.SATURN.COM, GMC AT 1-866-996-9436; OR HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493; OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08048. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V441000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 857735
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES
Aug 14 2008
IF THIS WERE TO OCCUR, DRIVER VISIBILITY COULD BE REDUCED, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 88,809 MY 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE, AND MY 2007-2008 GMC ACADIA AND SATURN OUTLOOK VEHICLES CURRENTLY OR PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: ALASKA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, WYOMING, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IF A BUILDUP OF SNOW OR ICE ON THE WINDSHIELD OR ON THE WIPERS RESTRICTS THE MOVEMENT OF THE WIPER ARM, THE WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE MAY BECOME DETACHED FROM THE MOTOR SHAFT AND THE WIPERS MAY BECOME INOPERATIVE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW WIPER CRANK ARM, DRIVER'S SIDE LINK, AND A CRANK ARM NUT. THE RECALL BEGAN O OCTOBER 13, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08091.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V410000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88809
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