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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,976 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 #10

Aug 092016


  • 102,000 miles


Service traction control and stabilizer. I believe this is a safety issue. And not covered by warranty.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #9

Oct 262015


  • 5 miles
The electronic stability control is malfunctioning. Every time I turn, the stability control displays different messages that brakes are no functioning, stability control, check engine, etc.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #8

May 092014

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 103,900 miles
We were driving our vehicle on the highway (route 1 near stafford, va) when it felt like it was suddenly not shifting gears correctly and quickly thereafter lost power beyond 30 miles per hour. We drove into a parking lot. We called the nearest Buick dealership/repair shop (route 1 Buick in woodbridge, va) and told them of issue. They said it sounds like transmission and the wave plate is a "known Enclave problem." They said to have it towed to them and they may be able to assist us with cost as it's close to within powertrain warranty. We had it towed there to route 1 Buick. They diagnosed and found all transmission codes a wave plate code. They said it was a "known problem" and so they called Buick GM service manager. Route 1 Buick called us back to say GM would not assist us as we were outside warranty and had no previous issues with transmission (I have found several other transmission and power loss complaints I and the previous owners have made on this exact vehicle in my research into this...I have kept all records!). route 1 said that our cost would start at $3,800 with no guarantee they wouldn't find other issues needing to be addressed. The also said lucky for us, our vehicle had an open recall on side air bag issue they could fix. As we realized we must pay out-of-pocket and could not afford $3,800, we paid them the $120 for diagnosis and towed it (at our expense) to dun-rite transmission in fredericksburg, va. Dun-rite found it had a broken wave plate. They rebuilt transmission for $2,800. Unfortunately, the stabilitrak, traction control, and air bag sensors are all also going off and car has had 2 other instances of losing power when going up hills. We purchased the certified GM car Nov 2012. My car payment is $462. Per mo. Since that time we have spent an additional $6,095 on repairs and maintenance. Our average month expenses are therefore $801! help!

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102008

Enclave 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased this car in January 20. 2008, went to get my first oil change, pick up the car start to drive off every light, can on the car including the button for the door locks, return to the to the dealers where I got the oil change and purchase the car. They keep this car for 4 weeks, took the whole engine down on a brand new car this was a brand new buck Enclave, that I purchase out of the stock room on display, was given a rental car for that period, pick up the car after four weeks, return back with the same problems and a leak in the roof also got that repair, back and forth to the dealers. Change dealers and took it to another dealers they did a good job but time after time I was still having problems at paying 47,000 for this car I was giving a bad deal, and they should have taken this car back because I am having problems to this day. I am smelling smoke like something is burning and a little afraid to drive this car in fair for my kid life.I had valve change, cylinder head change, seal, gasket, bolt, ignition coil replacement, liftgate strut replacement, master cylinder replacement, replace steering gear. This car has been nothing but problem to me, and its a very nice comfortable car, but I got a bad engine, and buck should have handle this different instead of fixing and fixing given me a different car. When I park this car in the parking lot and I come back this car front window has not visibility and windows be frosted like something is still running in the car. Since I purchase this car I have been in a rental more than this car. 3. personal information [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- West Park, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 182014

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 50,625 miles
My husband, I, and our 3 young children were driving on I-94 at 70mph when our check engine light started flashing, the vehicle immediately starting shaking and riding extremely rough and the engine died. Fortunately we were in the right lane, and there was a wide shoulder for us to pull onto. We had the car towed to a GM dealership, who ran diagnostics and found that there were cylinder misfires on cylinders 1,3 &5. they ran further diagnostics and found that a valve spring broke & dropped into the cylinder. The piston hit the valve, knocked a hole in the piston, and pieces of the valve went through the engine. This vehicle was purchased 5 yrs and 9 months ago (9 months out of the warranty), but only halfway through the 100,000 mile warranty. We were given a GM customer service contact name ([xxx]) and number, but she will neither answer her phone, nor return our numerous messages! we purchased this vehicle brand new and have done all maintenance work on schedule, and have never had a problem with this "luxury" vehicle. We chose this vehicle for all of its safety features, as parents of 3 young children, safety is of our utmost concern. We certainly didn't feel safe 3 hours from home, traveling back from vacation, in the middle of wi completely stranded with a vehicle whose engine died within 5 seconds of the warning lights coming on. As inconvenient as it is that our vehicle is 3 hours from us, we are so thankful this didn't happen in downtown Chicago, where a dead vehicle on I-94 could have easily turned into a fatal collision. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 242013

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Transmission failed 3 weeks out of powertrain warranty and required a rebuild then failed again about a year later. Steering pump and cooling motor failed during warranty period and were replaced and then both failed 18 months later (out of warranty) stabilitrac and check engine lights keep turning on after the dealer has repaired it 3 times (turns on about 30 minutes away from dealer each time). NHTSA really needs to take action against Buick and GM regarding the 2008 Enclave, it is a lemon and people are being ripped off over it and put at serious risk because of its' short comings.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 022013


  • 114,354 miles


I was driving and upon trying to press the brake the car jolted almost causing me to hit another car. The car said traction control off. I cautiously drove home with the same issue occurring but realize that the traction control kept going on and off constantly. When I read online about this issue I realized a lot of people with the same model and year are dealing with this issue no matter the mileage.

- Lauderdale Lakes, FL, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jan 282010


  • 26,500 miles
Snowy conditions - about 2 inches on the ground; as I began to descend the hill near my home I tried to apply the brakes to keep a slow pace down the hill. Brakes failed and I began to slide down the hill. Steering was unresponsive; messages interchangeably flashed on the dashboard - 'service stabilitrak' and 'service traction control'. I had no control over the vehicle, and halfway down the hill jumped an 8" curb. Fortunate that the vehicle swerved to the right because there were parked cars to the left. Also, fortunate there were no people/children around, who could have been hit. $3000 damage to the underside of the vehicle. Very frightening to lose complete control of the car - I thought AWD, ABS, traction control and stabilitrak are supposed to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in adverse conditions. Everything failed at once. Got the vehicle to the closest GM dealership; they ran diagnostics and surprise, everything checks out. They have no indication anything failed, so nothing further they can do except repair the physical damage. I experienced a complete failure of brakes, steering, traction, and electronic stability control and the dealership is telling me I did not - that the conditions were slick and that's what caused the accident. Isn't that when all of those safety features are supposed to engage? this is the first time I experienced a malfunction like this in this vehicle. Now I'm afraid to drive the vehicle, once it's fixed, esp. With other passengers. I may not even keep it.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 092007


  • 380 miles
Approx. 380 miles, the service traction control & service stability track light came on. I took it to a Buick dealer in my town & they did not find anything wrong. Periodically this keeps happening & each time they cannot diagnose the problem. I was given a device that was plugged into the computer& set in the cup holder. If it happened again to push the button to record the code, which I did. It has been 3 weeks since I gave the device back & still no call to bring my car in. The last time it happened the car acted like it was not gripping the road & we felt a jolt when stopping or going forward from a stop. I am afraid it will cause more damage if not taken care of. I have 13,000 miles now & I bought my 2008 Enclave in July 2007. It seems to be getting worse each time it happens. I have taken it to two different Buick dealers to no avail. The car handles a little different while it is going on. I am afraid it could cause me to get into an accident.

- Merced, CA, USA

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