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 3 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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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 2013 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

"A/C quits cooling due to low refrigerant x2. Dealer was unable to find a leak in the system even though more refrigerant needed to be added. Repair is still under observation pending warm weather"

William M., MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It had to be replaced. It stopped blowing cold air"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"AC compressor failed causing the serpentine belt to break losing pwer steering and causing the engine to quickly overheat"

Ed V., FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It would not provide cooling to 2nd row and 3rd row passengers"

Conrep B., MD (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The automatic climate control does not work automatically and needs to be reset everytime we enter the car"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side automatic climate control failed. Warm air came through vents while A/C was in use."

Michael H., OH (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"stopped working"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Still not right"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It stopped working. No air movement."

Michael H., OH (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"No air was blowing for heat or air conditioning."

Carole B., AL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Understand that the Enclave has a history of the back blower motor was a problem. Had to replace mine"

Tony B., PA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"The air conditioner was not getting as cool and we took it in. They said we had a condenser go out as well as a leak. Both were fixed."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"leaking connection"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"The rear evaporator coil was replaced for the 3rd time 10/19 and the rear evaporator actuator was replaced 03/20"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"rear evaporator leaked freon"

Peter B., AZ (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"After two trips to dealer because of low refrigerant in summer and fall of 2014 dealer replaced rear evaporator under warranty. No problems since then"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear evaporator coil had to be replaced twice. Car to dealer 3 times since purchase. First time recharged system and added coolant. 6 months later replaced rear coil, one year later had to be replaced again"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear evaporator was replaced twice over past 4 years. Second replacement included replacing blower motor. This was paid for by GM even though the vehicle was beyond manufacturer's warranty because the evaporator failure was caused by blower motor brush particles corroding the evaporator. This was one of those secret warranties covered by a Technical Service Bulletin on Buick Enclaves, GMC Acadias, Saturn Outlooks, and Chevrolet Traverses of certain model years."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Rear evaporator was replaced 1st year and now it leaks again have to add Freon twice a year or more,"

Anonymous, (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The rear AC coil developed a leak, which began intermittently. It was repaired by GMC dealer approximately four weeks later when we took it in for service."

Anonymous, (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Keep losing refrigerant, very frustrating"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"After about 12 months ac started to get weak. Dealer didn't fix. Got local maintenance operator to refill refrigerant and apply dye"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Seals failed and needed to be replaced and AC unit needed to be recharged"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"leaky cconnectionat the condenser"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Refrigerant low summer 2014. Dealer added R134A under warranty. Refrigerant low again fall 2014. Dealer replaced REAR evaporator and recharged. No problems since then"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"No AC. Low refrigerant, but dealer unable to find a leak. Refilled coolant 1 month ago, OK so far"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"First dealer did not find problem. Second dealer properly found problem in rear evaporator area and replaced asembly"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"AC stopped working during very hot weather on out of town trip. Dealer could not find leak. 6 months later same thing happed. Dealer replaced coils. I got the impression this was common with the 2013 Enclave"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Unit in back leaked all coolant"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Took 6 visits to identify problems and get it fixed properly"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear air developed a leak and had to be replaced"

Thomas C., IL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A/C has leaked since the vehicle was new. To date, they have not found the leak and continue to recharge the unit annually."

William M., MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"not found but required freon"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"AC was not working so Freon of substitute was added"

Brian B., CA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Loss of cooling due to pinhole leaks in rear condenser"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I aint no mechanic ,had extended warranty , fixed it , whats to tell ?"

Loren M., IA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"looses about .5 lbs of freon every 90 days"

Randall K., MT (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"cool air quit blowing out of vents. refrigerant added. no problems since"

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

Alignment

"I bought 2nd hand from dealer...I specified new tires and got them but, alignment apparently was not done...had to replace 2 tires at 20K miles."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Ball joints

"There was a groaning noise when the steering wheel was turned. It was a loose ball joint and the fix was quick and relatively inexpensive."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Bushings

"makes a rubbing sound but functions normally"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering unit had to be replaced by the dealer."

Albert C., VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump case cracked open and failed. Vehicle use driven to service."

Anonymous, (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Needed new struts. Car felt like it was sliding off frame."

Anonymous, (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"A distracting rattle which I assumed to be exhaust rub. It was diagnosed and repaired by local shop. The problem commenced at least a year ago the repair was costly $800."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"front left strut leaked and failed"

C J., OH (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The two front struts both failed. Took in 8 months ago and the dealer failed to identify the problem. Took it in recently and it was quickly identified because they had failed completely. They were replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Both front shocks leaking and to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Buick Enclave)

"Struts were leaking with less than 30,000 miles. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Both the front struts became defective within twelve months of each other. Although they were covered by the warranty, I firmly believe that the struts were not properly engineered for the vehicle"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Strut failure - (2nd time) on front passenger side."

Tim D., CA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front struts started leaking oil before the vehicle had 64,000 miles on it. They should last a lot longer than that as it is driven on paved roads all the time. This isn't normal for a vehicle with this many miles on it I don't feel."

Anonymous, KS (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Needed both front stunts repaced"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"when i went to the dealer to get my gps reprogrammed, they said my front struts were leaking and they replaced them under warranty. I had to pay for a realignment because they said it was not covered by the warranty"

Richard J., IN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"They needed to be replaced at a cost of about $1,200 - something ruptured and fluid leaked out and the torsion bars or something similar were damaged"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Leaking steering box discovered by dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"when driving down a paved street the front end of the car rattles like the front tires are going to fall off"

Randall K., MT (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking rack and hose"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"The car at just under 85,000 feels rattly and the steering wheel vibrates a little. It feels like an old car."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tire not lasting as long as I had anticipated. Maybe the tires I purchased. Car rides great."

Anonymous, (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"mostly due to faulty alignment because of defective shocks and vibrations"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Buick Enclave)
Wheel bearings

"Left front hub bearing went out and started making a lot of noise."

Anonymous, KS (2013 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Fixed Service Theft System message: Replaced theft module and keys. Repair was covered under warranty, including loaner car over night."

Warren W., FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Replaced left rear turn signal bulb."

Warren W., FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"Passenger side headlight burned out"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"light burn out at 40k and very expensive to fix and can not be done by me."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"One Xenon Headlight failed. Fixed under warranty, otherwise would have cost app. $400"

Dennis M., OH (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front headlight goes off and on. Replaced bulb. That fixed it at this point"

Jimmy L., LA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side HID light burned out at about 38000 miles. Fixed under warranty. According to dealer, not an easy job to gain access to the headlight fixture"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Headlights have shorted out twice"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Spent $800 replacing both headlights!"

Cesar C., CT (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Both headlights burned out within a few months of each other; one within warranty period, one after."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"light went off and on...and faded."

Harry R., KS (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Dealer replacement of the headlights was quoted at $800-$1,100 which is extremely too expensive. I bought the OEM bulbs on-line for $150 and replaced the bulbs in less than 1 hour."

Jim T., TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I was shocked at how expensive it is to replace a headlight and worry that the other will go out."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The passenger side headlight quit functioning. It was taken to the dealer under warranty and the dealer replaced the light bulb and the light ballast"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

"All dash lights go out without apparent cause. Has happened 3 times"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Dash instrument and console lights go from bright to dim for a time then return to bright"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"the blind spot warning system stopped working on the driver side."

Don-Jane S., FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Engine light goes on and off. This happens mostly in the cold months. Tire pressure lights show underpressure when the pressure is correct."

Cesar C., CT (2013 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

"Gasket under the satellite radio antenna located on the rear section of the roof was leaking. Water was entering through the gasket, running down the interior side panels and into the spare tire well. Front windshield leaked water into the roof console and out onto the dash"

Katherine A., SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather strip at driver door sill was loose and bothersome. P patched myself...winds nose has not been diagnosed yet"

Harry R., VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Enclave has a high pitched squeak in the back seat. I have taken it in and they haven't been able to rid the car of this high pitched squeak"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Bushings and engine mounts were replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Loose roof rack.........was repaired under warrenty"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"I have not complained but there is wi d noise on this vehicle as well in the back"

Anonymous, SD (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Just more wind noise and road noise than expected in a luxury vehicle. Noise affects conversation and radio sound"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Wind noise seemed to have developed after the front windshield was repaired for water leak"

Katherine A., SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Wind noise is louder than it should be"

Harry R., VA (2013 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

Display screen goes blank

"Radio had to be totally replaced to correct the problems"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The problem started around the 50000 mile odometer reading. The touchscreen wouldn't accept input, except spasmodically. The dealer eventually resolved the issue after we struggled with it for half a year."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"it locks up intermittently during destination input and has a very busy screen"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"gps froze up, would not let me cancel route guidance"

Richard J., IN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth system freezes causing continuous ringing of incoming call, all features of infotainment center inoperative until car is shut off for more than 1 minute"

Randy J., MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"My Nexus 5 worked when the car was new. !6 months ago it only worked intermittently. 3 Months ago it stopped working"

David W., SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"displays randomly "Lost Connection" but keeps playing without interruption"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I had just taken my vehicle to get the air conditioning issue resolved (leak and broken seal) and they found a power steering seal also broken. Got it back, brought it home, and the dash board lit up for emission. Took it back the same day and that's when they put it on the computer to say there was an issue with the Catalytic Converter. It seemed like it all hit at once."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Other/unsure

"The airbag warning light comes on intermittently. It has been brought to the dealer several times and they have not been able to fix the problem."

Anonymous, (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"It will occasionally turn off on its own. The radio will "skip" at times when connecting to a new station"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Recall for airbags in this vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger airbag warning light has been repaired 3 times so far and is still malfunctioning. Latest quote is in the ares of $800 to fix"

Ed V., FL (2013 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

"Was replaced as part of the transfer case warranty repair."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Engine coolant sensor failed and kept the car from starting."

Anonymous, KS (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The rear unit fail to cool. It had to be replaced, we were 500 miles away from our extended warranty from ending"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"Transfer case gears became noisy at about 68000 miles. As a known issue was replaced by dealer under factory warranty."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"loud noise from drivetrain or transfer case on occassion when accelerating from a stop and turning. It has not caused a mechanical problem but it is annoying and a concern"

Bradford S., MD (2013 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

"Calipers froze up due to winter conditions and salt"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The calipers needed to be replaced under extended warrenty."

Kent B., IA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"brake pads and rotors replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced rear brake pads and rotors (first time since I bought the car)."

Anonymous, MI (2013 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)

"The check engine soon light keeps coming on. I took it to the repair shop and the minimum fix is going to be in excess of $300. I haven't repaired it yet."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"We had just taken the vehicle in about the refrigerant leak and they said it had a condenser issue. They fix both and on the way home, a check engine light of sorts came on and when I contacted the dealership they said it was a major problem with the Emission control. Wish it had shown up when we were at the dealership. The dealership had to order a part to fix it."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Chronic low fuel indicator - electronic info not correct. Must reset manual calc and carefully track fuel use/miles personally - in order to gauge when fuel is needed"

Susan G., NC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Had derby in the injector"

Anonymous, AE (2013 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 knock or ping

"I have told you about it."

Frank O., FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Center mount broke causing a vibration upon acceleration. Repaired through Buick under drivetrain warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Main seal, where engine block & transaxle, join together began leaking; dealership had to PULL the engine/transaxle out of car, in order to replace this engine seal. Vehicle was out of use for 3 days, while this was done. According to the (head) mechanic at this dealership, GM doesn't put in the BEST seal available, when the engine/transaxle, etc. together. This seal is designed to fail between 40,000 & 50,000 miles: When it fails and new seal is installed, they (dealership) & GM replace it with the BEST seal in the industry, so there is less of a chance of it failing. As my Enclave was still under factory warranty, it didn't cost me any money, out of pocket; cost of this repair was over $1,200.00 which GM picked up. In my opinion, it would seem to me, they would want to put the BEST SEAL in, at the factory, WHEN THE CAR WAS ORIGINALLY PUT TOGETHER!!!! The mechanic, who did the work on my car, was the one who told me this was GM's S.O.P. (standard operating procedure): cheaper seal when it's built & the best one IF & WHEN the original one fails. Doesn't make any valid sense to me, but then, I'm not a shareholder of G.M. THEY (G.M.) probably do this, as they are hoping this seal will fail, AFTER THE WARRANTY HAS RAN OUT, so the customer will have to foot the bill..."

Anonymous, WY (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Front timing cover was leaking oil and required that they drop the engine down from the vehicle to repair. Fortunately for us it happened one month before the powertrain warranty expired. If it had been out of warranty it would have been over a $1,500.00 repair.I've heard that this is a common problem with this model year Enclave."

Anonymous, KS (2013 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

"Driver door catches on from fender on occasrtion. Dealership adjusted once but still occurs, especially in very cold weather"

Bradford S., MD (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Mirrors

"Electronic folding mirrors motor went out"

Cliff G., TX (2013 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Small paint chip on back door"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"This car should have qualified as a lemon. We spent 2 years negotiating with GM and finally got the warranty extended to 80,000 miles. There has been over $15,000 of repairs done to this car. We like the car and it meets our needs for hauling STUFF to the grandchildren, but the last thing to break was the rear airconditioning, paint was peeling on the rear quarter panel and the tail gate strut."

Randall K., MT (2013 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

"Broken #3 Valve Spring. Don't remember if intake or exhaust"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"2 major brake downs in 40000 miles Engine is now being replaced 2 weeks out of warranty so I have to pay for it."

Frank O., FL (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The torque converter was replaced 03/20 due to slippage between 2nd and 3rd gear and engine almost stalling when coming to a stop sign or light."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Apparently GM knew that there was a transmission issue with this year vehicle but did nothing. Transmission began clunking between gear changes."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator failed completely and had to be replaced by a dealer. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 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

Transmission computer

"Needed to be reprogramed. work just fine now"

Kip S., MI (2013 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

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

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