Buick's Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with a spacious third-row seat, sound ride quality, and decent handling. However, rear visibility, awkward placement of some controls, and unimpressive fuel economy are its weaknesses. A rear-view camera is standard for this version of the large Buick crossover SUV
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Buick's Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with a spacious third-row seat, sound ride quality, and decent handling. However, rear visibility, awkward placement of some controls, and unimpressive fuel economy are its weaknesses. A rear-view camera is standard for this version of the large Buick crossover SUV

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Buick Enclave owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Just like every problem in the enclave you first need to disassemble the car, this included taking about the dash and removing the front seats."

Dan C., MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"No AC on drivers side of car. Fan only blows warm air."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A/C system broke completely and they are still unable to fix it despite 2 (expensive) trips to the dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"My A/C lost refrigerant. Buick dealer said Compressor went along with radiator, air bags and steering.Cost was $5800 and this was only 57 days after 60,000mile check-up for $700"

Thomas M., CT (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Both front and rear ac compressors needed to be replaced"

Jeffrey M., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A/C Compresor & condenser failed and had to be replaced and had to recharge refridgeant three times for leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"could not switch from air flow out lower vents to upper vents or to defroster (no control over air flow) It cost 1000.00 to fix it. This on top of front engine cover leak(1,500.00) ,bearing replacement in steering column, gasket replacement in transfer case , all within 52,000 miles. Terrible reliability for a car that had been in production for three years."

Bob W., NE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear control failed. Replaced and ok"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"the system blows warm air from the passenger ducts front all the time. we closed the vent."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"would not change from air to heat, to defrost. Vents did not change operating positions"

Joy M., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"One instance is the the actuator will not open and close thus not allowing the air to be circumvented to another area in the vehicle. The enclave has several of these and it can be costly replacing each one of them as they begin to fail. The a/c dispatch line went bad and does not allow the climate control to work."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Can't get it to work properly in cold weather. I live in Phoenix AZ area and cold is anything under 60 degrees. It's all or none when it's 60 degrees outside or less. It either blows out hot air for one side and cold on the other or visa versa. We just bundle up and leave it off. (My wife and I are very hot weather acclimated so we get cold when it is below 65.)"

Richard R., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Air conditioner wouldn't work. Would blow hot air. Took to dealer which they fixed for $600. I didn't even leave the dealership because it was only blowing cool air on one side. Another $350 and I had the air conditioning fixed. It lasted the rest of the summer. Drive it during the winter with no issues. The next summer rolled around and it is not working again. The initial proble they claimed was plastic adjustable flaps that directed the change over from heat to air conditioning. So, basically spent near $1000.00 and it functioned correctly for a few months now broke again."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Electronic control of the climate system failed on the drivers side so that it would only blow hot."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"door when recirculating air, would not close 6 months ago.$350. Now passenger side is cold air, driver side, hot air. TIME FOR NEW CAR!"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had put new controls panel in the dash."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"never worked well. Never able to set correctly. Dealer was unable to help."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Car battery was replaced. Auto climate control stopped functioning correctly immediately. Dealer had to replace parts that were broken by motors moving control doors incorrectly and had to reprogram the system. Cost $500 over the cost of the battery. Nothing in the owner manual said there was a special procedure required for a simple battery replacement. Not happy with Buick about this."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The mid level climate control vents do not open making air conditioning ineffective. I have not yet investigated the root cause of the issue"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Problem repaired at no cost"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"passenger side warm driver side cold"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"HVAC system quit working on the passenger side"

Leslie H., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear blower was not working. Also had issues during the summer, while sitting on I-95 traffic around the Washington, DC area, where the passenger side was blowing very hot air. Recirculate mode was not working as well"

Sherwin C., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Under warranty evaporator was replaced. Then condenser. Then after warranty expired the blend door actuator failed. Dealer had car for more than 2 weeks to fix warranty problem. Blend door problem has not been repaired"

Joseph D., WV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Climate control system failed after 15000 mile"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Continuous hot air on passenger side"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The temperature gauge quite working so the car wouldn't cool because it thought it was cooler that it was inside the car. The actuator quit working so it would only send cold air to the floor"

Kenneth B., LA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"passenger side front seat was blowing ice cold while drivers side was warm"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"the passenger side thermostat is not working"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"front vents only blow cold air on the drivers side - did not fix the problem yet"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Dual climate control was not functioning for passenger side. .no heat. Cold air would continually come from passenger side to the point the entire system was turned off so as not to cool the entire vehicle. Do not know what caused the problem. It was fixed by dealership"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"you set the passenger thermostat at a warm temperature but it only puts out cold air"

Richard R., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Could not get cold air on passenger side"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"ONE SIDE STARTED BEING EXTREMELY HOT AND THE OTHER SIDE VERY COLD AND IT WOULD NOT CHANGE WITH THE THERMOSTAT WAS CHANGED. IT WAS DISCOVERED THE ACTUATOR HAD GONE OUT AND DID NOT ALLOW THE PROPER "DOORS" TO OPEN TO TRANSFER THE HEAT OR AC. IT WAS REPLACED"

Joseph S., MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Baffles or vents to not respond to current climate setting. Example: When asking for vents to blow down they don't change. When selecting defrost air is not directed to the windscreen"

Joy M., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Entire system failed due to lack of air filter system that is in some models but not my car"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Enclave has split system - front and rear. Both separate systems. Had both systems go bad. Too much pulling apart the vehiclae to get the repair done."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"not blower/fan problem. the motor that actuates the heat/cool on passenger side failed"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear blower was not working. Heat and A/C was only working for the front part of the vehicle"

Sherwin C., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Motor stopped"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Sometimes the A/C would blow hot out of one side of the dash and sometimes cold. At times it took a long time for the direction of the air to be changes. Turned out the problem was a frayed wire."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"Condenser leaked and had to be replaced."

Walter J., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It just sprang a leak and lost all violent. Foreign made!!!"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"condenser replaced before recharging ac system"

Randall D., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"3 Actuates stopped working cutting out air to passenger, Rear and windshield"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"Has a leak after 9 years. Very expensive repair (1,600). Not resolved yet - it was just diagnosed yesterday."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"My local mom and pop shop estimated the repair at $950 because they have to take the dashboard out. Reading various forums told me that his is a common problem, and a $900 estimate is cheap. I'm going to call GM and dealer before fixing it"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"won't blow cold"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"rear evaporator replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Slow leak"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"RECOM RECOVER, REPLACE REAR EVAPERATOR CORE ,EVAC AND RECHARGE A/C SYSTEM (TESTED FREON LEVEL FOUND LOW BY 1LB TESTED FOUND REAR EVAPERATOR LEAKING)"

Stephane L., NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heated passenger seats kicks off after about 10 seconds. Expensive fix, leather seats with no heat is no good."

Dan C., MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Heated seat control for driver side just stopped working. You could turn it on but it would auto turn off after a short period of time. GM dealer admitted it was an issue that occurs with this vehicle."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"they will not stay on but for a few minutes."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"Heater was not working. They fixed it."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The heater system only blows heat on your feet. It does not blow on the window or through the dash vents. We get enough heat on the feet to make the vehicle comfortable. When the weather is very cold outside we use another car where the defogger works."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Would blow luke warm heat"

Eric R., IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"heater stayed on even with the air conditioner on"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Would blow hot air and then it would turn cold...something to do with the blower or heater coil...not sure"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The diverting motor for dual zone heating quit"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Battery run down and when started by jumper cables the heater for both driver and passenger side would not come back on. Cost $1200 for 2 new (forgot the name of the part)"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Cold air only on passenger side. actuator to control air direction was replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A control module for the heating/defroster system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side heat stopped working winter of 2016"

Keith S., OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"(1) defroster stopped working, (2) temperature not achieving set temperature"

Andrew P., NY (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger Side Heater / Blower emitted Cold Air when the heater was on"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Vent on the passenger side would not respond to the temperature setting. Was always on low heat"

Dennis R., OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"HEATER AND AIR CONDITIONER ONLY WORKED ON ONE SIDE OF FRONT OR NOT IN BACK"

Jerome M., NY (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Forward cooling lines were replaced due to leak ($450). After 6 months the refrigerant leaked out again with the assumption that the rear cooling (in the back of the vehicle) lines are leaking. I recharged the system myself and will do so in the future."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had leak checked and AC refilled last summer. Now it has reocurred."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"no worries - normal stuff"

Ron C., GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"4/2017 AC failure,intermittent at times would or would not cool. Actuator replaced. AC worked, however extremely noisy. 4/2018, no cooling. Coolant leak found. Repair done. Too early to tell if this is the only problem...weather too cool."

James G., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Lines between front AC Core and rear AC Core leaked near rear AC Core. Dealer charged $ 1542 to fixed which seems very high to me."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking hose from compressor to condenser"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"June 2020 no cold air, which is rough in SE Alabama. Took it to the dealer, they put freon and dye to determine where the leak was. Suspected lower hose. I went to refill it when it ran out, as the dealer didn't have the time nor the people (Covid-19 related), and the refill nipple is impossible to reach unless the vehicle is suspended. Big disadvantage to me."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"This been going on about 3 years. AC would just quit cooling. Ran hot while on trip. But think that was other issue. The reason I have not fixed the AC is that they would have to take out my dash and replace something. This was going to be well over 2000-3000 to fix. Just not replacing. Will keep putting in Freon."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"the condenser developed a pinhole leak"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"refrigerant leaks out during winter, cost $1200 to repair but only $90/yr for refrigerant"

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Upon purchasing the dealer was supposed to fix, stated they did. It was cool for a trip from FL to CA at Christmas. About four weeks ago the same thing started. I've filled with refrigerant and it is cool again but for how long? It is Florida and about to hit summer."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"one repair shop said it was the inside core leak. Wanted $1800 to repair. an other place charged it. problem fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The aluminum tubes carering refrigerant caroaded causing a leak."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The problem was the failure of the high pressure hose to the condenser. Started as a small leak that could not be identified. The hose finally burst causing a leak of freon and compressor oil. Luckily, I located the problem before traveling a long distance. I had it repaired - cost was $800"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Refrig.. Hose leak . remove front clip to replace."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"High pressure hose from the compressor to the condenser ruptured, resulting in replacement of the hose condenser and drier along with the freon and labor to complete all repairs approx. $750"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Air movement thru ducts to cabin was misdirected. In process of repair of heater baffles, one A/C hose sprang a leak. Hose #1 was replaced. Within 48hrs the other A/C hose broke. total 6 days in the shop"

Robert R., VA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Cost $1260"

Anonymous, SD (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Do not know,, had dealership to make repairs but know they replaced one of the refrigerant hoses"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Expensive hose needed to be replaced, not covered by any warranty"

Molly M., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"air conditioning stopped working"

Andrew P., NY (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Refrigerant piping (3) leaked causing total loss of refrigerant and of course cooling of vehicle. total cost including replacing tie rods was approx. $2400.00 and was out of warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"fitting failed, allowing refrigerant to leak"

Randall D., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear refrigerant leak"

Wayne B., MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Driving with leak detection dye in system. Should be fixed in about a month or so. Minor inconvenience so far."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

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

Ball joints

"Had to have all the struts (front and rear) replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Bushings

"Needed to replace most suspension parts between 85000 to 100000 miles. Did not have that in any other vehicle."

Anonymous, NH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Motor mounts bushings. Excelleration caused motor to torque and caused wear on power steering fluid hose - causing a leak that effected power steering."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Car was in to dealer three times for clicking noise in front suspension. Parts were replaced. Noise remains"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Engine mounts had to be replaced"

Stephen L., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"bushings were worn and caused a rattle sound in front end and had to be replaced which I paid for"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"loosing fluid causing a squeak, no leak noticed but tech claimed that was the problem on two occasions Buick has since sent a service problem for steering and will extend warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump failed 3 months after warranty expired"

Joseph D., WV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The leak from the power steering pump was repaired by the dealership and no more problem..Never lost the steering and at no time was it a safety problem"

Dwane B., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Pump was leaking - internet search revealed this a common problem - GM might pay $1500. Mentioned that to dealer - problem was repaired (new pump)- 5hr labor + parts - all was done as warranty claim - had about 60k on it at the time- no charge !!!"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"front end power steering seal leak requires a $2,000 repair"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It was a problem with the power steering. It was susposed to be under recall but they disqualified it saying the recall item wasn't a problem but caused the resulting problem"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Noise when turning"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering gear problem that was covered by a manufacturer recall. Took to the dealer and they fixed it with no charge. Very satisfied with the process."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When cold, the power steering pump makes a loud whine. Yet tobe fixed"

Charles P., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to remove Power steering fluid, flush system and add power steering fluid to stop noise in steering column"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The pump was severely leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to be replaced twice! Leaking"

Dwane B., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I replaced the power steering gear two years ago now the power steering hose failed Very dissatisfied"

Jim C., MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Well known Enclave Acadia Traverse power steering pump and rack and pinion problem got. GM knows it's defective and covers cost of pump but not the other $3000 of work caused by failed pump"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"SPECIAL RECALL ON POWER STEARING"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"pump failed and was replaced under a GM program at no cost to me"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Noise and bad ride quality"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Struts and shocks failed,cost me $3000. to fix. Absolutely unexceptable. I would hesitate buying a GM vehicle in the future."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"clinking noise on front strut. replaced both sides"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The shocks or struts are very stiff, which they said can happen when it is on a lift for repairs"

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Struts probably would be normal repair for a car with over 180,000 miles!"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"struts froze up making driving impossible"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front driver's side strut seal broke, and needed to be replaced. Service provided recommended replacing passenger side front strut as well"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The struts failed when the car was on the hoist. I've now been to two dealers that post signs that say they aren't responsible for strut failures when the car is on the rack"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The front shocks / struts needed to be replaced at 35000 miles under warrant"

George W., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replacing the struts cost $450 at my local mom & pop shop. I have driven other GM vehicles 120,000-200,000 miles without replacing the struts"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"suspension was banging when it was cold out , had struts replaced ,all was covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"we also replaced all shocks and struts. struts were bad and one shock was totally frozen"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace worn struts which was causing rough ride"

Alan H., TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"80K miles and had to replace struts. I've got 130K miles on my Toyota Highlander and still haven't need to replace them"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front driver's side strut had to be replaced"

Tom G., NE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Struts had frozen and required replacement"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"it seems when they put my car up to check the leak in the rack and pinion the front struts locked up and we had to have them replaced as well"

Nancy T., GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front struts needed to bE replaced"

Warren H., CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"One of front struts started leaking. Had to replace"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"WE HAD TO REPLACE ALL SUSPENSION ITEMS AFTER WARRANTY RAN OUT $1989.00 WITH FOUR NEW TIRES"

Jerome M., NY (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"broken stabilizer? bar caused vibration at highway speeds. dealer replaced it - no further problems"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"One of the Coil Springs broke at 55,000 miles. It was an obvious defect that I reported to NHTSA"

David C., PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front end issues form day one and still seem to be a problem"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear suspension rods were bad"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion went out at 75000 miles. Contacted GM for help with price of repair. Of the $1800 repair, I paid $450. Unfortunately the GM dealer would not indicate if the new component had the same seal problem as the original--disappointed in that the rack may need to be repaired again in the future for the same problem"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Steering rack has persistent leak that will require replacement of the rack and pinion"

Matthew S., IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"steering rack leaking, not covered by recall"

Robert B., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Wheel shutter when turning corners."

C J., IA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"steering linkage gear got a squeek and had to be replaced under warrenty twice"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"rack and pinion seal failure at about 60000 miles resulted in a $2000 repair"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Steering wheel had a rubbing sound when it was turned"

Keith S., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"There was an rubbing that was coming from the steering column when turning left or right"

Harold L., TN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"vibrations. fixed by dealer. all o.k"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"had the steering gear and pump replaced, covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"steering leak and vibrations, Cost $1400.00 out of warrenty"

Graham M., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace the entire steering components"

Tom B., AR (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"THERE WAS A LEAK ON ONE OF THE SEALS AND THE RACK/PINION NEEDED TO BE REPLACED"

Joseph S., MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Within the 30 day warranty, CarMax had to tighten a loose steering linkage coupling, causing play in the steering"

Rich G., IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Required full replacement at only 83K miles"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump had to be replaced"

Tom G., NE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rack and pinion needed to be replace due to a leak in the power steering. Online research revealed this to be a "common" problem among Enclave & GMC Acadia owners"

Keith S., OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"power steering rack leaked and needed to be replaced"

Dennis V., MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replace power steering hose (pump to rack) (Found steering system leak). THIS IS THE 2nd time in 3 years having issue with steering system leak"

Stephane L., NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"This problem was related to the issue of the vibrating steering wheel and was repaired under a factory extended recall warranty"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"had to have rack and pinion steering replaced and it still makes a noise"

Nancy T., GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Steering would catch as though power steering not working"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"CV joints were leaking. Had to replace both front wheel drive shafts"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Noise and slight vibration as you turn the wheel."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rubbing-like sound in the steering wheel"

William P., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The steering wheel would vibrate when turning and would not return to driving position without bringing it back by hand. Normally, a steering wheel will return to the straight driving position as the turn is completed. The problem was due to a problem with the steering unit and was covered under a factory extended recall warranty"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Tie rods

"Had to re-grease joints to reduce thumping knock over bumps"

W I., CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"The tire wear was uneven in my last set of tires. I maintained proper tire rotation at 5,000 but it still occurred"

David C., PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Suspected tire howl was due to snow tires last winter but the issued continued and worsened following replacement with summer tires. We were surprised to learn of a bad right wheel bearing at the dealer this morning"

Anonymous, IL (2011 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

Calipers

"faulty calipers. not aligned properly scored the rotors and caused premature brake wear GM sent recall notice to all owners repaired under warranty"

Sanjay M., BC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"un even pad ware - replaced rear pads - greased the slides - car is kept in a dry garage"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Brake booster pump failed"

David C., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The master cylinder and brake booster have been replaces twice on the car"

Sondra L., TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"We bought the vehicle used from CarMax, and within the 30 day warranty, they replaced the master cylinder due to squeaking of the brake pedal"

Rich G., IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"The open brake design with no spring to separate the pads has caused a lot of issues. The rear brakes are particularly bad. I have had to replace the rear brakes four times in five years."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"see last comment caused by calipers"

Sanjay M., BC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"problem started at 60000 miles, rusting on rotors"

Walter H., IA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I'm on my third set of brakes and 2nd set of rotors"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear disc brake pads wore down to rivets and damaged rotors, at about 38000kms. This was about 6000 km after the certification.Had to replace rear pads and rotors. Front pads and rotors still okay"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Brakes locked up and smoked. Required complete 4 wheel brake replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Came on suddenly. Repaired immediately."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"We had to have the brakes fixed and the rotors too"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rotor's warped. It has reoccurred now 3 times"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"GM dealership conducted all regular maintenance on vehicle. Car brought in for vibration. Dealership explained that rotors had to be replaced (GM had replaced rotors at their cost 14 months previously) and quoted >$1000 in work. Took to other dea"

Ken A., ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"premature wear"

Thomas M., PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Normal wear from mileage--no one turns rotors anymore only replacing"

Eugene N., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Needed replaced. Out of round"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rotor deformation caused vibration. Replacement corrected the problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes are very annoying. Squeakes almost all the time. Have taken it back to dealer numerous times and they have been unable to fix the problem"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I had to take the car back to the dealer three times to get the noise out of the brakes"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"dealership says brake rotors have rust causing clicking, squeaking noise, Repair involves new rotors and brake pads"

Walter H., IA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"steering wheel squeaks when you turn it and brake pedal squeaks when you press it.Brake pedal was supposedly fixed but is still doing it and they said nothing wrong with steering"

Anonymous, SC (2011 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

12V power plug

"Used to power slow cooker. Blew fuses on two different circuits"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Body control module

"I have experienced extensive electrical issues. Most recently, when I turned off the car and removed the key, the engine kept running!"

Stephen S., VA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Radio/navigation should turn off when ignition is off and driver door opened. Sometimes it doesn't turn off. Dealer couldn't find the problem correction"

William P., CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Cruise control

"Quit working"

Ron R., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Daylight drive light constantly having to replaced."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I have replaced 5 Rear turn signal bulbs in 2 years, I believe this is excessive!(ie. poor electrical design??)"

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"3 of the secondary lights went out. Problem was fixed by Pelligrino Buick at no charge"

Charles P., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"needed to replace rear back up light & rear direction signal light. Must bring to dealer, can't self repair because whole door panel has to be removed"

Gerson S., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Passenger seat will sometimes fail to heat at all"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

"steering wheel lights went out"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Failure indicator light indicated a problem. Dealer gave an estimate to repair. It was more that I thought was worth it to repair so we just live with the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"2 of the 4 TPMS sensors leak air"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"front drivers side wheel is 3-5 lbs light and can't be corrected. Just past warranty"

Gerson S., AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers stop operating when the Left turn signal initiated. Continue operating correctly as soon as Left turn signal turned off."

Anonymous, SC (2011 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

Fuel gauge/sender

"The gas tank float broke. It caused a problem in refueling to FULL TANK. The float shut off the delivery of fuel from the gas station pump before the tank was full. The indicator indicated a less then full tank, yet additional fuel could not be added to the tank."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Fuel gage is not accurate."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Actually is the sensor in the gas tank"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had a fuel gauge that that was giving false and misleading indications. Took over a year and a half to get repair on extended warranty"

Lou B., TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The fuel level indicator will randomly show less fuel, even though the car has plenty. If you turn the car off and re start it, the gauge usually resets to an accurate indication. Am told this is a problem with Enclaves."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Carb dirty because of gas used."

C J., IA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"throtle body went bad"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Recurring problem"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"car was running rich. All injectors were cleaned and throttle-body was cleaned and recalibrated"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The engine was running rough with numerous misfires and could not pass an emissions test required to renew the registration. All six of the fuel injectors, the fuel rail feed pipes and fuel rail pressure sensor and purge vale were replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine came on, vehicle was not disabled. had repaired to extinguish check engine light."

Ralph B., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"check engine light came on and was determined to be releted to O2 sensors in emissions system"

Ralph B., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Check engine light comes on due to O2 sensor. Non-ethanol gas seems to help"

Tom M., MS (2011 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

Air or water leaks

"water pump leaking"

Robert B., NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water intrusion into both doors causing electrical problems with windows and heated seats"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A small leak in the radiator (hose) again was repaired by the dealership, no more problems!"

Dwane B., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"tires continually need to have air added .. the build in gauges many times indicate the wrong tire to be refilled. .. That is because the service tech doesn't reset after rotating tires. I have had the tires "resealed" but to no avail. While in my ga"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water pump gasket leaked"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"squeaking sound from turning steering wheel"

James K., OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"The seals around all doors need to be replaced."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"doors not a good seal compared to 2008 enclave I had"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Totally unacceptable for a vehicle in this price range, based on experience with three Lexus RX models"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"door seals"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Weatherstripping around doors leaks quite badly and at speed(60-75mph) front pass'er door can be seen open and closing enough to cause serious wind noise. Ask me about my engine failure experience!"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rubber gaskets around doors are failing"

Fred T., FL (2011 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The factory camera has not worked for a few years now. Slowly the picture became fuzzy but then stopped completely."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Had to replace alternator for repair"

Paul J., NH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"it was a very scary seneiro: Very glad it happened to me and not my wife: Fortunately I was near my repair shop and left it for two days:"

Paul J., NH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Headphone line in jack failed. $500 to fix. No thanks"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Will not read map CD. My sons boss has the same problem with his Enclave."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"GPS navigation will not recalculate and take you to you final destination in some areas. It is a software issue"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Stopped working entirely after only 2 years"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Total worthless. Must have programed by totally non-knowledgeable person. Tried to travel cross country on I-70 and it would not allow me use it. Kept reprograming me off on to side roads"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"No help from GM said by newdisk helped with new disk some tim es cost$200.00"

Graham M., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"On at least two occasions the disc has failed to read and the nav system has been non functional"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"The antenna rusted off on The outside, top of car."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"antenna failed"

Anonymous, MD (2011 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

"Had a 'leak' where oil got into head necessitating pulling it off and replacing all the plugs"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"After less then 19000 miles the cylinder had to be replace because of an oil leak"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"engine dirt build up caused major repair problems on a vehicle with very low miles"

Ronald M., PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It does not fire on all cylinders. 1 3 and 5 not firing all the time. It makes it sluggish to start or gain speed."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"had to replace engine"

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The Enclaves engine cracked and was replaced. This made sense since the rest of the vehicle was in terrific shape."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Engine blew, needed replacement"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"At 36,000 miles the engine seized up and quit. Dealer could not find reason why this occurred and relaxed under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"At about 200,000 miles, when I purchased the vehicle, the check engine lite showed a code. The timing chain/sprocket etc. was the cause. I was told that engine has 3 timing chains. At that point I decided to replace the engine with a rebuilt Jasper engine."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Head gasket

"I was told that engine dirt caused leaks"

Ronald M., PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"The timing case (underneath the car cracked, resulting in necessary replacement at a cost of nearly $3000. The part alone was approximately $1800."

Anonymous, KY (2011 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

Engine computer

"On highway Reduced Engine Power message came on and vehicle rapidly decelerated and would go beyond 15 mph"

Matthew S., IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Recently heard a knocking noise and took to our mechanic. After reviewing, he said it was the engine mounts worn out and they needed to be replaced. He indicated this is very normal on Enclaves and their GMC equivalent."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"second engine mount failure on this vehicle..poor design"

Robert C., TN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced passenger side engine mount"

David C., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"All three engine mounts have been replaced. Dealership said this is common"

Sondra L., TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"one found broken after water pump was removed"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced them at 100,000 miles, which was not unusual I guess"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Love the engine's power, however it is overpowered for the motor mounts used."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"normal wear and tear"

Ron C., GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"water pump seal recall"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The compressor to condenser hose was leaking and was replaced and recharged the system"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Overheating

"Engine fan kept running after turning car off intermittently for over a month before major leak and finding the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump failed suddenly near home and coolant blew out. Had to be towed to dealership. Repair would have cost over $1200 but dealership advised repair was covered under "secret" GM warranty for a manufacturing defect. Vehicle had 70,000km and had been on the road for 9 years so was very pleased to learn this. Kudos to dealership!"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water pump developed leak and subsequently failed"

Ralph B., FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Problem was diagnosed immediately. Dealer stated this happens a lot"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"water pump failed at 79,000 miles while on a short overnight trip. I had to have AAA tow me home and loose a day off the trip"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"under warranty"

Tom M., MS (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"replaced under drive train warranty"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking=loss of coolant"

Anonymous, NV (2011 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

Doors or sliding doors

"front doors dropped twice in the last two years. had to have them adjusted and realigned"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Small compartment in upper dash had push latch. Latch tab broke off, hence, no way to get into compartment. Dealership could not open compartment --indicated unit had been redesigned and replacement was only remedy. Material Cost for 5x8 compartment lid...$300. Labor additional"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Mirrors

"Remote control motor went bad. Required replacement of the ENTIRE mirror assembly."

Gary J., NE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The control motor, passenger side, stopped working"

Gary J., NE (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"soft touch latch switches, external and internal have had to have repair more than once"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Tailgate automatic liftgate apparatus will break if any dust or debris gets into it"

Deborah P., CO (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The vehicle was recalled to replace the power lift gate strut, although I did not experience any issues with it myself. It was still operating properly at the time of replacement"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Have had to replace lift gate supports twice now"

Anonymous, IN (2011 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rear bumper is attached with a hook and eye type system.. Long drive on a windy day broke the hooks. GM would not honor its "Bumper to Bumper" warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The tab on the trim piece on the bottom of the drivers seat that covers the power seat mechanism broke and the trim piece hangs loose. It is a $180 repair. Been waiting for the part for 8 weeks. It has not affected the actual operation of the power seat."

D P., WV (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Plastic cover around the base of front driver's seat has been repaired 3 times under warranty and is still not locking and separates when you seat down in seat. Was told on last visit that perhaps I should adjust my seat so that my legs are at the h"

Linda R., GA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint on right edge of hood starting to blister and crack. Buick paid for the complete repainting of the hood"

Elton H., MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Small bubbles under paint along edge of the hood. Oxidation on aluminum under paint, repaired 3 times in 3 years. Problem seems corrected now. Always on guarantee ......t'ill now. Hope no recurrence"

Ronald M., QC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Hood rusted with in 5 years of ownership"

Barry B., MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Some paint bubbling on the hood corner, near the seam, rust from underneath. Was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"1 month after warranty expired rust was discovered on the hood. Car had only been driven 250 miles in the previous 6 months. Dealer was unwilling to cover under warranty"

Greg C., MI (2011 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Heard a faint metallic rubbing noise coming from rear of vehicle. Problem was diagnosed, and a new part was installed in the rear axle under warranty at approx. 45,000 miles. No further issues"

Kenneth K., WA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"3 AC actuators failed pass couple years. Re-circulation failed first, make the defrost not functional during winter. Both cold/hot blend door actuators, driver and passenger side, failed after a battery change last year."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The Alternator failed, popped half the fuses in vehicle. causing inspection of wire harness, no issue found."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The alternator failed and stopped running. The alternator was replaced and the vehicles is all good."

Anonymous, (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"battery was dead when I went to start the car in the morning in the garage. call the dealership they call the wrecker and tow to the garage replace battery. Buick paid for all repairs plus battery and towing"

Elton H., MI (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"While traveling on the highway going 70 MPH all of a sudden there was a warning that traction control and the power to the engine was drastically reduced. It happened three times on the same trip. Took it to the dealer and it was repaired for free. Very concerning event!"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"I said transfer case but it was really the starter motor and the drive wheel gear. The gear lost teeth and the starter stopped working. The repair took days and when I picked it up there was still a problem (on my way home) I immediately took it back"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"check engine light went on engine running rough, needed to replace c converter"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Check engine light came on and had to replace converters."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Because of the check engine lite continuing to show a code, it was determined the catalytic converters were bad. The cost to replace was astronomical."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Supposedly there was a recall for this problem before I purchased the car and this warning light was fixed but it is on again and they want $65 just to look at it at the dealer."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"There is a connector under the drivers seat that when you change the seat position it puts the airbag warning light on and I have to massage the connector and associated wiring to get it to go off!!"

Anonymous, (2011 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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Just needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Coil

"Had to replace 3 coils at a cost of$800 each. Caused the check engine light ot come on and runs rough"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"new plugs, clean fuel ejection"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Just purchased this car when I noticed a rumbling noise occasionally. Had a 90 day warranty so I took it in and after a lot of searching, they found a torque conv. problem. When they drained the trans. to change the oil and filter, they found a lot of metal shaving, so the put in a rebuilt one. So now, I've only driven it for a month or so but it works very well."

Loren V., OH (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"$3500 transmission rebuild due to transmission computer overheating failure."

W I., CA (2011 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"There was a problem with the transmission at 4000 miles not shifting correctly from 2nd to 3rd. The dealer tried some adjustments / reprogramming but had to finally put in a new transmission"

George W., AZ (2011 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.

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