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Buick Enclave Owners Give Us Your Report

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    edited August 2014

    @paulj5, the GMPP extended warranty can't be extended or another one purchased since you can only buy it when you buy a GM car, right?

    I'm curious too about the "GM approved" extended warranty. This dealer site indicates that the only GM approved extended warranty (aka service contract) is the GMPP one.

    It sounds like your basic warranty was 4 years/50,000 miles so the GMPP did get used for the rack. The leak and water pump may have been covered under your 5/100 drivetrain warranty though. What I'm getting at is weighing the cost of the extended warranty vs simply setting aside $2,600 for unexpected repairs. You may have overpaid for the GMPP warranty if all it really covered was the rack (okay, getting a rental car is a nice benefit too) .

    The answer to the question of whether you need an extended warranty depends on how well you sleep at night not being "covered".

    I drive my cars forever and have never paid for an extended warranty. I've had a couple of $1,500 repairs, but when you spread those big bills over a lot of years (15 in my case), the annual cost isn't so bad.

    If you want an extended warranty, I'd double check to be sure the one the dealer is offering is really backed by GM. If not, I'd probably pass on it. If it is a GM backed warranty, then ask your dealer what their best price is. There's typically a lot of markup on these.

    Note that you aren't limited to your selling dealer if you decide to get a third party extended warranty (or a GM one, if there is one still available to you) - the rub is getting cooperation from the dealer who ultimately works on your Enclave to get reimbursement from the third party warranty company. There's plenty of horror stories around about aggravation and delay getting the dealer paid or yourself reimbursed.

  • emardiniemardini Posts: 8
    Just purchased a 2008 Enclave with 113000 miles on it, I took it for inspection and it has oil leaks in the front timing cover, the rear seal and is leaking in the steering gear. The dealer (Perry Buick in Norfolk) is charging me a ridiculously high amount of money to repair these leaks: $3000, Other than that I will need to replace struts ($650) and axle ($650).

    To fix my steering pump noise they are charging $1300, way too much!!

    I should say that I feel like the dumbest person in the world for having purchased this car. I have a Hyundai with more than 1700000 miles and none os f this issues.

    What is your advise? What should I do?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
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  • psforsythepsforsythe Posts: 2
    I got a 2010 Buick Enclave back in December, made my 1st payment in January. It went in shop for tire pressure sensor..3xs. They changed them sensors and it did it again. So after 1 1/2 months of being in the shop more than I was driving it, I made appointment to have it seen again, but in meantime I was going to my brothers funeral and my car blew up. Was told they could put it on diagnostics and check it out if I have it towed there..mind you they said that the 30 day warranty(WHEW) was out and I do not have extended warranty n it would come out of my pocket..1st off..BUICK YOU MAKE PIECES OF CRAP...2ND..That is why they ask you if you wanna take out extra warranty for an extra 130.00 monthly..like I can afford that..bcuz they know about these cars...3rd...they(CRAPPY CARMAX) oughta extend their warranty by 90 days..,after all it does REFLECT BAD ON THEM. 
    ANYHOW, I guess the lemon law only applies to newer cars, NOT OURS...IT OUGHTA APPLY TO EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE CAR IS IN SHOP MORE THAN YOUR DRIVING IT!!!
    SO IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO IS THINKING OF GETTING A BUICK OR GOING THRU CARMAX...TELL THEM TO THINK AGAIN...
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