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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Buying the first model year of any vehicle is rarely a good idea. You become a guinea pig for the automaker and they are really not nice to guinea pigs.

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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,505 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.

2008 Buick Enclave electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Jan 232009


  • 5,000 miles


2008 bought new in July 2008 has had two dead batteries. Dealership can find nothing wrong. The GM acadia which is a "sister" car to my Enclave, has a recall for the same problem. There are many owners on the Enclave forum that seem to be having this dead electrical system problem.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042009


  • 1,200 miles
Have had the battery die 3 times in one year on the car with everything shut off etc. Also once you put the key in the car to start it and it doesn't start, the key won't come out.

- Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 202008


  • 6,000 miles
New 2008 Buick Enclave, the battery went dead after not being driven for 6 days. Buick told me I need to drive the car at lest every 3 days to prevent this. Battery was jumped and car started fine. I can't live with a car that needs to be driven every 3 days.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 012008


  • 3,200 miles
2008 Buick Enclave - 8 months old - 3200 miles. For no reason whatsoever the car would not start and the ignition key would not release. Triple a came and jumped the car - dealer said there is no problem with battery or alternator. However, there are any number of owners expressing this problem. This is a problem that needs to be addressed. I have owned cars for over 50 years and never had a problem like this.

- Wayne, PA, USA

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