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Buick Enclave Owners Give Us Your Report



  • barnzoboybarnzoboy Posts: 4
    Bought my 2008 Buick Enclave in October of 2011 as a "Certified Pre-Owned" vehicle from a GM dealer. Worked fine for the first year, the length of the CPO warranty. Now my Enclave is experiencing the lemon-like problems described on these boards. I've already gone through the leaky sunroof/moonroof fiasco.

    Now at 64,500 mile, the engine light comes on, along with "check traction control", "check stabilitrak" which are ancillary warnings for timing chain or other cylinder head failure. GM dealer computer warning comes back as "Cam shaft end play" but they can't diagnose anything specific until they tear down the engine at a cost of $1,500. What's been hilarious to me is both the local dealer and the GM rep on the phone are questioning why I haven't changed the oil in 17,000 miles like I'm an idiot. Fact is, I am following the computerized on-board system which tells me when to change the oil and when it says to change it, I get it done. Apparently post-2008 they did a recall on the oil life feedback system, but didn't do that on my 2008 model. I'm debating on whether to get the car fixed or simply park it across from the dealership with the word "LEMON" painted on the side.
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  • i11inii11ini Posts: 1
    I have noticed lately that the battery voltmeter on the dash is varying from less than 13 v to about 14.5 v or so. I know they are not calibrated, but I think the charging system should vary over a volt while driving.

    I have a 2008 Buick Enclave CXL FWD and all the options. It has 46,000 miles on it. Seems like it just started doing this recently. I am calling today for a service appointment.

    BTW when the meter shows around 13 v, I measure 12.8 v with a multimeter.

    Anyone else seeing this? This is the only problem I have had with this vehicle.

    Thanks! Joe
  • barnzoboybarnzoboy Posts: 4
    Thanks for the info biggerfoot1, I will try those things first.

    Wondering though if you experienced low engine oil volumes as part of the problem? My dealer said my engine oil was 2 quarts low.
  • doudadouda Posts: 3
    I am sorry to hear about all of your problems with the Enclave but you did save me over $40K by cancelling my Enclave purchase and going with Toyota Highlander instead. The Buick looks nice but these issues and the GM nonesense has cost them my business. Once more, thanks for posting all of these problems online for us perspective buyers. Happy 4th of July!
  • ndn11ndn11 Posts: 1
    edited September 2013
    I purchased my 2010 Buick Enclave at the end of 2010. We have 4 kids and thought that this was a good fit with the bucket seats and 3rd row that seats 3.

    1st thing was the outlets. They did not work. I have had them repaired by the dealer 4 times. I have no idea what the problem is but now we just don't use them. This is not good as we have phones and other "kid" things to charge.

    2nd thing is the Ipod Plug is loose and I have to jiggle the wire to get the sound to come out. I now that soon it will not work also.

    3rd last winter 2012 the water pump had cracked. That was a $800 repair. I was told that the fluid that Buick uses creates cracks.

    4th thing was the engine kept reducing power so I took it in and the gas and brake peddles were sending a signal that something was wrong. This is not a repair item this is a replace the entire peddle system. This was $1200

    5th thing the trunk motor broke. This was very scary as it went up and then would slam down and did not "read" that there was anything or anyone below it. This also caused the back up camera to sometimes work and sometimes not. $60 for motor have not had camera looked at.

    6th thing is the tire sensor is saying it needs replacing. $100

    At this point I feel like we have a lemon. I was so excited that we were not going to have to get a van, or a big gas car but now I want to get rid of this car.
  • I purchased a brand new Buick Enclave in 2008. I have 70,000 miles on the car over the last 5 years. I have had the car at the Buick dealer over 10 times. Prior to 30,000 miles I had 2 ac compressors, 2 rack and pinion steering replacements, transmission work, 4 climate control cover replacements, 1 seat belt cover replacement on the drivers side, window motor replaced on back passenger window.

    Now I am at 70,000 miles and out of warranty. I just had the 2 front struts and mounts replaced, new battery, new water pump (thank goodness that was on a recall, but I did not hear that until I took it to the service department and thought I was out $500), now the kicker...$4000 for new head cylinder.

    My owner opinion of the 2008 Buick Enclave... DO NOT PURCHASE ONE. I have also vowed that I am done with all GM products.
  • I hope you've learned a important lesson: never buy a car on first year release. If you really like it, just lease it. I've had 2011 and now 2014 Enclaves and didn't have mechanical problems at all. I loved the quiet cabin & smooth ride, but don't like the gas consumption on Enclave.

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