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.
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There are 2 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 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)

"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)
Blower (fan) motor

"Still not right"

Anonymous, PA (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

"leaking connection"

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

"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)
Refrigerant leaks

"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)

"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

Bushings

"makes a rubbing sound but functions normally"

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

"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)

"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)
Tire wear is uneven

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

Anonymous, QC (2013 Buick Enclave)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"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)
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)

"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)

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

Headlights

"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)

"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)

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)

"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)

"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)

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

Anonymous, WI (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

Fuel injection system

"Had derby in the injector"

Anonymous, AE (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)

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

Transfer case

"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)
Electrical failure

"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)

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)

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)

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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"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)

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)

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)

Engine Minor

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

Brakes

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

Power Equipment

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

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Recalls
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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
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