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 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2012 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

"Fluid leak"

J W., OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"There is a smell that is emitted by the cooling system when the A/C is operated. The dealer has not been able to effectively eliminate it."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It went out at approx 50K miles and less than 5 years old"

Robert J., TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The unit was blowing cold are when we needed heat"

James B., GA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I had Freon topped off several times in the past three years. This time, mechanic found Freon lubricant and dye on compressor and both hoses. With compressor, hoses, and condenser* replacement total cost was $2000. *Condenser replacement required for compressor warranty coverage."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It stopped working."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"A/C has required recharge past two years. Recent issue with dual climate control -- driver's side blows hot and passenger side blows cold."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace acctuator"

Kevin B., VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The automatic climate fails to maintain a set temperature, often times blowing the fan excessively beyond the time that the vehicle has cooled to the set temperature. Dealer has no remediation for this. Sometimes the automatic climate will cool/heat to the desired temp and then slow the fan as you would expect. Very inconsistent problem."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The passenger side failed to cool."

Loretta T., KS (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Air temp sensor was reading incorrectly, therefore system didn't maintain comfortable air temp"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side & driver side AC not working correctly-one side hot & other side cool! Of course this happened after warranty just expired!"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"climate control switch for passenger side"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A/C Heat Diverter Inop"

J W., OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"one of the damper controls in the dash wet bad."

Anonymous, MS (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The recirculation module was clicking and it stopped our climate control from working. I replaced it and took it apart to find the gears were broken inside the device."

Anonymous, LA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The HVAC blower failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When air was on, blower would blow hot air"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Blower stopped operating during the winter months. Not drivable due to inability to defrost windshield"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side Heat/AC stopped Working"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"This vehicle has been the best one we have EVER owned. It's eight years old with nearly 190,000 miles on it and had not let us down. The fan going out isn't a big deal compared to the VALUE we have received."

Anonymous, NE (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"No matter what temperature the control was set to, the heater turned on and blew hot air"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"AC quit on trip. Took it to dealership at home and they could not find anything wrong. A couple days later it went out again. This time they discovered that both the front and the rear condensers had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave)

"Leak in the condenser coil. Wouldn't cool"

Anonymous, (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"installed evaporator in summer 2016; replaced rear evaporator core"

Barbara M., AZ (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"First the rear system stopped working then the front system stopped working. Very expensive to repair"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"noise was comming from the ac system. had to replace rear evaporator"

David A., NM (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"The passenger side was blowing cold air in January. I do not remember the cause, but it was repaired at the dealer."

William M., PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Vehicle has tri-climate control. The heater when set on combo of defrost/floor would function as set for a short period and then suddenly change to very cold..set at 22 celsius would become about 15 degrees celsius at the windshield and mid area of"

Anonymous, SK (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"blowing cold air"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"after 4yrs old, cooling system needed a recharge of refrigerant.. Had it done and now its fine."

Peter M., CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to add refrigerant with dye but never found a leak and is working properly."

Edward A., VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"leak in the pipe line. Repaired. . System recently recharged by the dealer at no charge."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"very minor leak, requiring a refrigerant recharge after 4 years. A/C has been fine now for trhe last 16 months."

Peter M., CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The car does have 72000 miles on it, but this is the first time that a car has run out of coolant. A check of the system does not show any leaks. We are still investigating, by using a dye in the coolant. The system is functioning nicely at this time, but.....we are still looking and I have it checked at regular intervals."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"had to replace line--$1500"

Jack H., NV (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Cold air coming out is 62*. Will not cool on normal. Have to close out side air to cool inside. Only use car on vacation . Stays in home garage most of time. Never driven in rain yet. to hard to clean"

Smokey S., TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I spent $1400 in November 2016 and another $930 April 16th 2017..Condensor, compressor, evaporator, poor, poor air conditioning parts and issues"

Robert J., TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Coolant leaks out somewhere can't find leak"

Larry M., IL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"HERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH A FUEL LINE MAKING CONTACT WITH THE REFRIGERANT HOSE BEHIND THE DASH. THE CONSTANT RUBBING CAUSED THE REFRIGERANT LINE TO BREAK. REPLACEMENT REQUIRED REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF ENTIRE REFRIGERANT LINE TO INCLUDE THE REAR A/C UNIT. EXPENSIVE TO FIX. I BELIEVE IT WAS A DESIGN FLAW OR SOME MECHANIC SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE FAILED TO DO SOMETHING CORRECTLY"

Robert N., CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"there was a leak in one of the pipes, which affected the A/C cooling"

Michael M., ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Leak at rear evaporator core; condensation drain tube covered in refrigerant oil; installed evaporator; replaced rear evaporator core"

Barbara M., AZ (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The valve on the low pressure refrigerant refill port leaks"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"AC system failure"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A brake line crossing a coolant line for the rear air conditioner seems to be by design. A poor design. The fix was very expensive and the manufacturer did not take responsibility"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"AT ABOUT 24500 MILES I NEEDED A REFRIGERANT RECHARGE. REPAIR SHOP CHECKED FOR LEAKS, DID A REGHARGE AND PROBLEM SOLVED"

Anonymous, CA (2012 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

"The car started to to give me a similar control issue as noted before. They discovered that the passenger side, front ball joint was damaged. While I do not recall any trauma, they felt the potholes in the northeast were the guilty party. All good"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering high pressure hose leak. Difficult to access, so 6 hours of labor to repair."

David O., (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering had small leak and dealer wanted $900 to repair what should be a covered repair or a recall by GM."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering hose leak -- minor"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Problem was fixed by local Buick dealer. I don't understand exactly but it was a $3000 repair for leaking power steering and it had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering hose leak, along with failing coolant pump and thermostat. Dealer cost $1700 to repair; most of that cost is labor, given the difficulty of accessing the faulty components."

David O., (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When I had my car looked at re the coolant leaks, the mechanic found a leak in a vacuum hose associated with the power steering system. This was very difficult to access (between the engine and the firewall). It took the mechanic six hours to address it, which cost huge amounts in labor cost (parts cost was relatively minor)."

Dave O., NC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Dealership and Buick decision claim the whine or whistle I now hear while turning and accelerating can't be fixed. Dealership replaced power steering parts and bled the hose three times to no avail"

William H., CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to have steering pump and gear replaced at 55000 miles. GM did help with the cost but it was still $250 and required time and inconvenience"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump failed (leak) so replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"required warrantied replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Power Steering Box Leak"

Louis T., PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Car was getting somewhat bouncy, which was surprising considering it is garaged and has less than 60 thousand miles (mostly highway). Replaced back shocks, which helped."

Dave O., NC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front shocks both failed causing limited to no adsorption of road induced vibrations."

Robert B., CO (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Struts had to be replace twice. Warranty covered one but I had to pay for the 2nd. Warranty should have also taken care of the 2nd repair."

Ed J., FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Struts failed and had to be replaced."

Larry H., TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front Suspension System sounds like parts are loose going over any bumps, but two different dealers have told us that unless we replace the entire front suspension, the integral bushings are the only failing part and are not individually replaceable"

Adam W., NM (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It wasn't a big problem. I just noticed that the ride was as smooth as it used to be. I began to sense even minor bumps in the road."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced two worn shocks in the rear"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"The car would not settle down after a bump. The dealer had to replace the anti-sway bars. Its all good now"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Complete replacement at 75,000 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Worn, as per the dealer's diagnosis"

Clyde H., PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Leak in rack and pinion system. Entire unit replaced by Buick dealer (warranty item)"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Problem resolved by adding fluid"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Had the car less than a month when steering gear went out. If you excelled it would jerk the steering wheel out of your hand. When I first complained they thought it was all in my head because I had been driving an Avalanche fort seven years. Took t"

Pam M., NV (2012 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

Normal routine brake wear

"just routine brake servicing."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Brakes lasted on the car for close to 100000 miles before a squeeking grinding noise caused us to have them surviced for the first time since buying the car."

Anonymous, (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"seal on the cylinder broke causing the parking brake to engage while driving. got hot"

Steven P., MI (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Vehicle was sold to us with new brakes all around, rear brakes had section on both side where the pads were gouging the rotors"

Keith W., NJ (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to purchase brake pads and rotors with less than 23,000 miles on the vehicle. I am the only driver of this vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"rear calipers ceased and caused linings to burn down"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"warped rotors"

John A., KY (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"car sat in driveway for long time and brakes rusted"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Needed them turned down and selling dealer refused to do under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace all brakes and rotors due to warped rotors"

John A., KY (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Vibration on braking, had GM coupon for brake replacement local dealer name on coupon would not honor it"

Jane M., OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"there was a rough braking and squeegeeing sound,"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace front rotors"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"Squeeking/screeching brakes; source of problem has yet to be identified by service technicians"

Jean S., MN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Had to replace ECM (computer)"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Evap canister plugged with dirt (I live on an unpaved road)"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"multiple leaks causing engine light to come on"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"car was difficult to start and ran rough. the problem was an emmission valve that was stuck and would not open properly. this was a valve that allowed gas fumes from the tank to be burned rather than released to the outside air"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Check engine light came on at 80k miles, problem was a failing gas cap"

Adam W., NM (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Carbon Buildup due to Cheap Gas"

James J., GA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The injectors needed to be replaced because they were dumping fuel in the engine causing poor performance and fuel vapors entered the cabin."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Low fuel pressure regulator required replacing the entire fuel pump"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Stopped working while I was driving across town"

William F., FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The high pressure fuel pump began to fail. Caused the engine to go into low power mode. After restart, it operated normally. Dealer shop diagnosed from error codes. Repair cost more than $1600."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"This was needing to be replaced due to the fuel dump caused by faulty injectors."

Anonymous, OK (2012 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

"plug doesn't work to charge phone or anything else"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One of the running lights burns only intermittently."

Terry T., AR (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I've tried to have the dealer fix the light twice, but it doesn'thold."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"passenger side blinker stopped working due to electrical issue"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Turn signal failed twice"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"minor. left tail lite out. replaced twice"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace rear turn signal bulb."

Anonymous, (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"The buttons peeled off leaving confusing indicators with no markings"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"bulb failure was a problem because it could only be replaced by dealer due to the necessity for specialized equipment to remove bumper"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"I kept receiving a low tire pressure warning from a defective sensor. I detest this sensor. Its just unnecessary in my opinion and it cost a fortune to repair"

Robert N., CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor simply stopped working."

Anonymous, KS (2012 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 backup camera started to only show a partial display. Was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"when put car in reverse screen goes blank (service rear vision system) or screen works then goes blank after putting in drive (get service rear vision system message). happens sporadically not all the time. sometimes turning radio (head unit) off & on solves blank screen problem"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"start car up & DVD read error message comes on screen. turning radio (head unit) off & on solves problem sometimes"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Nav system crashed. It is integrated with the radio. The fix is get a new radio for way too much money."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Cd reader fails no navigation at all"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Unable to repair due to costs. Over $1000 per dealership. The navigation CD no longer works told would have to replace entire system."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"IT WORKED FINE AT FIRST, THEN I WOULD HAVE DIFFICULTY PAIRING. NOW WHEN IT CONNECTS IT WILL GO INTO MAKING A CALL MODE AND DISCONNECT THE RADIO"

Robert N., CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Has stopped working and far too expensive to replace."

Pat M., NC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"started to experience dead spots in certain areas. Had dealer check system with no negative results. Had Sirius/XM reboot the radio with no improvement"

James K., NC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"Speakers and entire sound system (blinker sounds, etc) blown possibly by foot pushing against driver door to open it to exit"

Anonymous, IL (2012 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

"One warm day the rear side passenger door panel between the door window and the rear third seat left side window just fell off when closing the rear door."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Plastic trim around front passenger seat has come completely loose."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Plastic around the drivers seat cracked twice and had to be replaced. Very costly repair. Should not have happened to begin with."

Ed J., FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Seat control cover on drivers seat fell off"

James J., GA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Both the front doors silver trim panels in the middle of the doors cracked completely through."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"A 3" X 3" section of corrosion developed on the drivers side of the hood (down by the trim). The dealership quickly repaired it. A rental car was provided by GM. I can not notice where the repair was"

Paul S., VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The paint on the hood began to de-laminate, on one corner of the right front contour above the headlight. It looks like bubbling, and it appears to be the base-coat and clear-coat only, not the primer. I have 25 years working in automotive assembly with Ford Motor co. 16 years in the paint facility at the Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada. This problem is a factory defect cause by poor primer prep, before paint application. GM refused to cover this under warranty because I was outside of the warranty period by about 6 months. I will be seeing GM for this Repair in small claims court."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front hood on right side. The paint is bubbling up about 3-4 inches on the far right, front part of the hood. About an ich has since peeled."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Paint flaw on Hood that results in bubbling and rust in small corners near grill. Common issue not covered by warranty"

John M., ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"slipping and shaking"

Anonymous, (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"torque converter started to have problems, so replaced the whole transmission"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission began shifting strangely and vibrating vehicle. Transmission replaced at cost of $4,000 at 106,000 miles -- just out of warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission went bad at around 150000 miles. Transmission would rumble and slip."

Ronald S., MI (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Issue started with slipping. Dealer advised that transmission needed replacement. Contacted Buick customer service but they offered no assistance. I took it to an independent transmission shop where they told me this was a known issue and replaced for less than the dealer wanted. Yes, the vehicle had just over 100K miles But I have driven others for far more mileage and never had to replace a transmission before. We've had a GM product For our primary vehicle since 1992 (4 total) but this is our last."

Anonymous, (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission needed replaced after about 120000 miles."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The vehicle started to have RPM changes as alow speeds, diagnosed with torque converter problem, and decided it was best to just replace the whole transmission since these have known transmission problems"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Car stated to shift roughly. Changed Trans fluid, very EZ to do, problem gone."

Mary Sue P., IL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"told by dealer may need to replace transmission"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Started with traction control sensor coming on and car not shifting as smoothly several times while under warranty. Never resolved. At 114000 miles traction control off, stabilatrack off and reduced power came on. Speed automatically went from 65 to 25. Had mechanic look at and he stated transmission issue"

George K., GA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission slipping started after an initial 100,000 mile fluid replacement at the dealership. Continued until about a month after I added a stop slip oil to the transmission. I will never replace the fluid again."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Engine would increase in RPM's to 4,000. And would not pull it self for just 5-6 Seconds"

Alfred G., IN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Just saw it was leaking and took for service immediately"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Seals leak on both sides of the transmission. Cost to repair, over $500.00"

Alan H., WA (2012 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

Differential

"Torque converter malfunctioned. I was advised to replace that and the transmission at the same time. I did and it cost about $4000."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"ONE OF THE DIFFERENTIALS WAS GETTING LOCKED UP AND BECAME NOISY AND A PROBLEM WHEN THE CAr was turned. It did not happen all the time and was not a problem as far as the car's useable. They did a great job finding the problem and fixing the problem"

Robert K., PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"It was a strange sound the car was making and turned out to be a part that required the transmission to be removed to access. It was covered under my warranty."

Cindy E., FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Constant shifting. Could never find the right gear to be in"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The driveshaft fell out which the dealership had no explanation and it was baffling to me"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Had problems with the system keeping the setting I set."

Pat M., NC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"shudders at shift points"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Leaked out when radiator failed"

John D., TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"water pump seal defect. does not install gasket in factory, only use permatex to seal. repaired under warrenty"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Radiator

"radiator failed during Interstate travel. Replaced under warranty"

John D., TN (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

"Saw leak and took for service immediately"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"started leaking. was replaced"

George B., FL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Coolant Leak"

J W., OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Water pump went out. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 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

"General Motors intentionally sold me an automobile they knew to be defective"

William D., TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Door seals are splitting but probably to be expected at this age."

Terry T., AR (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Seals and gaskets on the engine failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dash rattle, removed motor ?!? afterwards said motor mounts broken. Afterwards came to have me SHOW where the rattle was. ?!?!I put toothpick stuck in dash to stop rattle. Now steering wheel whines when you turn wheel. Now ask me about hesitation"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"2nd Row Captains Seats rattle and can't find cause of rattle. Have to have seat adjusted completely forward and folded for rattle to stop. Very Annoying. Will definitely not have captains seats iin my next vehicle. Seat belt restraint holders rattle"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear bucket seat has squeak that dealer fixed once but it has returned"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"wind and road noise extreme compare to 2008 Buick which I owned"

Damir R., NB (2012 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

"Car would randomly not start. No power. Not a battery problem"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Engine mounts broken while it was at dealership for rattle in dash"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"found engine mount bad when water pump was being replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Have had two replace engine mounts twice since purchase. Currently need repair now"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Picked car up 11/19/15, two days later I noticed oil leak. Called and took car in. They said it was a front seal. Took them nine days to repair. So far no further leaks have shown up"

Pam M., NV (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Timing gear/chain leak"

Anonymous, OK (2012 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"switch did not turn on seat coils for heat on back"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Mirrors

"Drivers side electric mirror quit functioning and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Seat belts

"Seat belt latch cover broke and fell off. Drivers seat cushion and trim degraded/broke"

Anonymous, WV (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Seat controls - manual

"The second-row right side quad seat un-latchs itself While someone is seated in it, usually while driving. The dealer was never able to discover why this was happening. I will Repair it myself."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Windows

"Rubber seals are separating vertically on both rear door/window"

Anonymous, OH (2012 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Major carbon buildup causing sputtering and hesitation on hills. Told 2X needed $6K worth of work to attempt a remedy."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"engine ceased competely when 50 km from home having to be flat bedded to dealer on a sunday & left at the dealer without loaner until next day--all under warranty but very inconvenient & without car for 2 weeks repair"

Anonymous, ON (2012 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

Ignition switch

"Recall. Long wait for part"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"I started my car and it was running ruff and engine light stayed on. I shut off my car and restarted the check engine light stayed on so I immediatly took to the dealer and the check of information stated it was a miss fire so they kept and relaced"

Sue L., OH (2012 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
Apr 08, 2021
Unsecured side curtain air bags may not perform as intended, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2010-2015, 2017 Buick Enclave, 2010-2019 Chevrolet Traverse, and 2011-2016 GMC Acadia vehicles. The side curtain air bags may not be properly attached.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, realign or replace the weld nuts, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on May 24, 2021. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N202321200.
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: 21V246000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 108
STRUCTURE
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
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
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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