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 4 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 2011 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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)
Shocks or struts

"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)

"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)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rear suspension rods were bad"

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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"Rubbing-like sound in the steering wheel"

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

"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)
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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"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)

"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)
Automatic climate control

"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)

"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)

"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)

"condenser replaced before recharging ac system"

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

"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)

"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)
Heater system

"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)

"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)
Refrigerant leaks

"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)

"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)

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

Anonymous, NJ (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

"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)

"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)
Master cylinder

"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)

"Brake booster pump failed"

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

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

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)
Rotors

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)
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)
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

"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)

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 gasket leaked"

Anonymous, AZ (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)

"squeaking sound from turning steering wheel"

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

"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)

"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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

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

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

"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

"Leaking=loss of coolant"

Anonymous, NV (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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"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)

"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

"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)

"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)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"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)

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

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)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)
Fuel injection system

"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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"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)

"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)

"water pump seal recall"

Anonymous, FL (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

"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)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"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)

"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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

"I was told that engine dirt caused leaks"

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

"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)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"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)

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

"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)
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)
Electrical failure

"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)
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)

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

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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"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)

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
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
SEAT BELTS
May 20 2014
If the steel cable becomes fatigued and separates, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the seat occupant increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured June 6, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 9, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through March 18, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue and separate over time.
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair and replace the lap pretensioner, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. An interim notice will be mailed to owners in July 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners once parts become available. The recall for the 2009-2010 model years began on July 11, 2014. The interim letter for the 2011-2014 model years were distributed on July 11, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14187.
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: 14V266000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1339355
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
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES
Apr 09 2012
IF THIS OCCURS, DRIVER VISIBILITY COULD BE REDUCED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE, BUICK ENCLAVE, AND GMC ACADIA VEHICLES CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN 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. SNOW OR ICE BUILDUP ON THE WINDSHIELD OR ON THE WIPER MAY RESTRICT THE MOVEMENT OF THE WIPER ARM, CAUSING THE WIPER ARM TO LOOSEN AND CAUSE THE WIPER TO BECOME INOPERATIVE.
What should you do:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN THE WIPER ARM NUTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 20, 2012.
For more information:
GM¿S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12036. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V151000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 47846
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