Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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The 2008 Enclave has a wide enough range of problems to issue a warning. There's transmission failure under 90k miles, new power steering units costing over $1,300, and enough engine complaints to NHTSA to scare anyone away.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,831 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 182015


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that both the rear and front sun roofs leaked consistently. The contact stated that the failure was persistent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #7

Mar 092016


  • 161,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the sun roof developed a leak. The interior upholstery sustained damages and water leaked into the center console, which caused failures to the electrical components. The vehicle was taken to be diagnosed for the failure. The contact was informed that the drainage hoses needed to be cleared of debris. The drainage hoses were cleared, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 161,500.

- Mayfield, KY, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009


  • 23,507 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that water leaked through the sun roof during rainy weather. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on numerous occasions to have the debris cleaned out, but the failure recurred. The fuse box was replaced due to the water leakage. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,507.

- 618-663-3670, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 022012

Enclave 6-cyl

  • miles


2008 Buick Enclave. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle leaking. The consumer stated water was leaking into the vehicle from the sunroof.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 092011

Enclave 6-cyl

  • miles
Water leak in front of sun roof. Gets progressively worse with rain and in time.

- Miramar, FL, USA

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problem #3

Oct 262010

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 20,140 miles
The first problem that occurred was the engine overheated and the water pump had to be replaced. Car was only 3 years old with 20,140 miles on it. Since then the main problems have been with the sunroof leaking. This caused the blower motor to fail. The water leaks have happened at least 4 times. The drains keep clogging. There is no fix for this according to the dealer. Not acceptable! they told me not to park under trees. Are you kidding me? I've had sunroofs before and never had a problem. The recall for the drain extensions did nothing. Eventually there will be other problems. Who knows what else is getting wet where I can't see it. Mold is inevitable. I have 3 kids and this is ridiculous. I didn't spend all this money for a piece of junk! I will never buy GM again if they don't do something.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 112010


  • 51,500 miles
My vehicle has been in the shop X 1 for a leak in the sunroof. I am now on my second attempt to get the vehicle repaired. On the previous leak water could be heard in the dash while turning out of my driveway, the location of the leak at that time was near the passenger side a post. This current leak is also on the same post but on the drivers side. This time I had my brake light flashing on and off with my parking assist lamps. An audible chime could also be heard. Their is an obvious history of problems with this specific body from all of the research I have found online. I am concerned for the health and safety of my family as we drive in a car that may have mold and the possibility of electrical problems causing the vehicle to stall out or catch fire. I hope the matter is taken seriously and a follow up is done. Thank you.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 302010

Enclave 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Buick Enclave. Consumer states recurring warning that stabilitrack and ABS require service and recurring sunroof drain leak the consumer stated the sunroof leaked again for the second time. The dealer stated the sunroof drain was plugged, so they cleaned it, and the leaking stopped. The end of June 2010, the leak occurred again. The dealer was unable to diagnose a problem regarding the warning lights for the ABS and stabilitrack.

- West Monroe, NY, USA

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