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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.
My wife and me purchased a 2010 Buick Enclave CXL-2 AWD, 8 pass., on 9-22-09. Now have 49,000 miles on it and just paid it off! Yay. My wife loves this car and after 5 years, she still loves it. It has been fairly trouble free. We received a recall notice some years ago about leaking water pumps and recently the seat belt soldering recall. I took in to the Buick dealer one hour away from us where we had purchased it. The week before I noticed abnormal wear on the right front tire and took it to our local tire shop for a four wheel alignment, which seemed to correct the high speed vibration, but did not cure the "clunking" sound when turning the wheel at low speeds and a seemingly whiny power steering motor. When I arrived at the Buick GMC dealer for the recall fixes, I was informed by the service advisor that the power steering had a leak and most likely the rack was toast; and engine oil leak on the right side of the engine; and the water pump was indeed leaking and would need replacement (under a GM "special coverage" deal).
I have to say I was a bit stunned by the failed steering rack and leaking engine (Water pump - not so much). Fortunately, my GMPP extended warranty covered the engine oil leak repair and steering rack replacement. My car was down for a week and I had a rental car. The dealer service was great and we have the car back now and the burning water smell and the clunking steering are gone. And the engine oil seep was also corrected. Our GMPP warranty expires 9-22-14 and after reading some of the other horror stories here from other Enclave owners, I wonder if I should purchase for $2600 a GM-approved extended warranty that my dealer is recommending?
We will have this car for 3-4 more years, as we had my wife's previous car (01 Pontiac Montana)
for 8 years. Any thoughts? The GMPP extended warranty cannot be extended. I wish it could. We still love the car.
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