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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,906 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.

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2008 Buick Enclave body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Apr 082009


  • miles


Our 2008 Buick Enclave has leaked water on the passenger floor so many times I have lost count. I could raise fish in the vehicle. The first dealer could not find anything so we went to the next dealer with the passenger side soaked. They stated it was the windshield so we paid $300. To have it reseated. Nope that didn't work. Next they had the vehicle for 10 days stating the carpet was soaked, the padding underneath was soaked and they were bringing in a leak specialist. Just 2 days after it left the service department and the first rain I am raising fish again and it smells.

- Belle Isle, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 152011


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that whenever opening the rear power liftgate, it would close unexpectedly with great force. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 232010


  • 15,964 miles
2008 Buick Enclave with water leaks front, mid and rear of vehicle. Service dept has admitted GM design flaw in sunroof which is designed to leak. Water is supposed to drain thru tiny drain tubes which become clogged with debris. Enclave back in shop for 5th time; 3rd time in 1 mth.

- Clay , NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 032008


  • 200 miles
Safety problem with the power liftgate on 2008 Buick Enclave. When closing, it does not reverse at my shoulder height. A few days ago, it pushed me down to about to halfway point before it stopped (ouch!!!) later tried this a few times... in the first 6-12" of closing, the gate does not reverse, even with very firm hand pressure. Further tests showed that it fails to reverse at even more that the 12" mark (I didn't measure). At about midway to closed, it reverses with just a light touch. According to owners manual: * "if the liftgate encounters an obstacle during a power open or close cycle, a warning chime will sound and the liftgate will automatically reverse direction to the full closed or open position."

- Livingston, TX, USA

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