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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,817 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 #6

Apr 062016


  • 107,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the second row seats were not operable on the driver side of the vehicle. The contact noted that both the second row driver and passenger seats were not operable upon purchasing the vehicle; however, the technician was able to repair the passenger side seats. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the second row seats needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 107,000.

- Hanson, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 202014


  • 85,000 miles
There is a big leak coming from the roof or side of door way..everytime I wash car or its raining I noticed leaking from side from front driver seat all the way back to passenger side.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 132015


  • miles
The pps module keeps breaking every 1.5 years. This is the passenger presence module in the passenger seat that gives indication to the vehicle as to whether there is a passenger over 100 pounds, and tells the vehicle whether to deploy airbags. Since the original purchase, it has broken 3 more times. It was replace twice under warranty, and now it has broken again out of warranty and ritchey Cadillac tells me that I have to pay for it. It is over $1000 to fix...every year and half?? the 'service air bag' message comes on, the airbag icon comes on. It breaks so often that I don't trust it at all! clearly this is a passenger safety issue, that is not being properly addressed. They keep replacing the issue with a junk solution.

- South Daytona, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 292014


  • 89,900 miles


Three weeks ago I took my 2008 Enclave to O'neal Buick GMC to have the air bag recall completed as I had the airbag warning light illuminated in my dash along with the service airbag warning sign. I also noticed when I dropped my vehicle off that the passenger side airbag wasn't working regardless if anyone was sitting there our not even my husband who's 210 pouinds the light stayed off. After looking at the vehicle the technician came to me and advised that the passenger side airbag issue had nothing to do with the recall and that I would need to bring it back and leave it but that they were fixing the recall which had to do with them touching wires under my driver side seat. Upon leaving the dealership I expected the passenger seat to be the same as they told me I would need to bring it back. However the airbag warning light and service airbag sign should have gone away and they both were still present. I questioned it and the tech said again it has nothing to do with the recall. Upon driving home I noticed that I now had another issue a clicking noise coming from under my driver side seat which was nsot present before they did the work. I dropped my vehicle off to them again on 7/28/14 for the follow-up visit and advised the dealer that based on my paper work from GM the warnign lights I have are a result of the recall. I also alerted them to the clicking noise and they said we will look into it. To my surprise when I picked my vehicle up on 7/29/14 all lights were off and even the passenger side seat was working and of course no charge to me. However, as of today 7/30/14 I still have the clicking noise and it's worst. I hear it all over my front end and now even when I turn my steering wheel to the right. I think something went wrong electrically when they initially tried to do the recall. But it may not be them since someone else is having the same issue.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

May 242013

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle was already once serviced for a water leak. Water coming from interior rear back up sensor notification. Also water leaking into the a pillar. Also water coming out of the visor attachment to the head liner. Again, water is coming into the interior. Passenger carpet is always soaked.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
My wife weighs 120#. during normal driving the passenger airbag on and off light is erratic at best. Once set to off while driving even bouncing up and down won't turn the airbags back on.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

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