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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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,924 miles

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2008 Buick Enclave seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #59

Dec 142016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The failure occurred without warning. The contact contacted onstar who performed a diagnostic test, which determined that the transmission, engine, air bag, and brake systems failed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #58

Sep 052016


  • 125,000 miles
Passenger airbag sensor does not work with passenger sitting in seat at any time.

- Key Largo, FL, USA

problem #57

Sep 122016


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while there was a passenger seated in the front passenger's seat, the passenger air bag warning light was illuminated. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact stated that the seat mounted side impact air bag wiring harness was replaced however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000. The VIN was not included.

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #56

Mar 182016


  • 63,000 miles


Airbag light on passenger side indicates airbag will not deploy. Vehicle has been brought in to several different dealerships to be evaluated, each claiming a different code has been activated, however no fix has been permanent. Vehicle had previous recall (2011) on airbag sensor - fix was not permanent. Most recent time, dealership claims a sensor in the seat is bad and will require $1200 fix due to its location in the seat"?" codes B0074 & B0081 (internal fault in passenger presence module) there is not a time that the airbag engages - still or moving. This has been an issue while was still in warranty and beyond warranty - GM refuses to work with me.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #55

Mar 242016


  • 135,000 miles
I own a 2008 Buick Enclave which was parked stationary in my driveway on March 24th 2016. As I exited my home and attempted to unlock my vehicle I was surprised by a cloud of smoke that was released by the front passenger airbag. It had deployed for no apparent reason. Damaging the dash, radio, and destroying the windshield glass. I immediately contacted GM service department in which they sent out a tow truck to remove my vehicle from my premises and shipped it to a ed rinke Chevrolet service department. Their investigator claims that there was a previous crack in the windshield that caused the 12" of standing water damage on my floorboards and in the airbag sensor module. There was no crack... so after being inconvenienced for almost a month, GM claims that the windshield was an aftermarket product and that they've got no responsibility for the deployment or totaled vehicle damages. The truck was returned today Apr. 19,2016 very inoperable!

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

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problem #54

Feb 012016


  • 118,000 miles
Indicator light shows passenger airbag needs to be replaced. Dealer said it may not deploy in event of impact. Car has not been in accident and airbag has not been deployed previously.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #53

Jan 012016


  • 88,000 miles


While driving I noticed the passenger airbag light would come on and off. Now it stays on all the time. I took it in and found out that the passenger presence module needs to be replace at a cost to me of $900. I see that this is an ongoing problem many people have with this car. How is this not a recall?

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #52

Nov 302015


  • 10,161 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. While driving, the vehicle stalled and the engine reduce warning error illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V118000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,161.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #51

Jan 022016


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the front passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000. The VIN was not available.

- Thomaston, ME, USA

problem #50

Oct 012012


  • miles
The passenger airbag sensor does not detect a person sitting down. Most of the time it does not turn on even when an adult is sitting on the seat.

- Pharr, TX, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Dec 152014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that for months the rear liftgate randomly fell down without warning. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V415000 (structure:body) and stated that the part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. VIN tool confirms parts not available. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V118000 (air bags) and the dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. Parts distribution disconnect. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact continued to experience the rear liftgate failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Seven Valleys, PA, USA

problem #47

Sep 012015


  • 88,239 miles
My car was stationary sitting in my driveway and on Sept. 1, 2015 I notice the front passenger side windshield was shattered, upon further investigation the airbag passenger side and alone both sides of the car had deplored.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #46

Oct 022015


  • miles
I have a 2008 Buick Enclave and the air bag light came on. I took it to a mechanic to check it out but he said its a recall so I took it to Buick dealer to get it fixed. First of all they weren't very welcoming but long story short they said that its not a recall I have to purchase the entire module which will cost $1500 to get it fixed. I am very confused. They said the recall is for passenger side pressure sensor and they are having me replace the entire passenger side airbag module.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #45

Jul 132015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light continuously illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #44

Aug 082015


  • 66,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, there was a loud bang as the side air bags deployed without warning. The rear passenger sustained a laceration on the neck that did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 66,400.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #43

Jun 162014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V118000 (air bags), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning light remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 032015


  • 110,725 miles
Airbag service light came when a passenger sits in the seat the light says off. So that now the passenger will not have the airbag infliat if there is a accident...not good. This should be a recall.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #41

Nov 122014


  • 19,500 miles
Air bag service light came on and was taken to dealer for service as I already had a letter stating this could happen and if so take it to dealer for repair. After being check out by dealer I was told they could find the problem however my battery check out bad and that could be the problem, so I paid them to replace battery. After battery was replaced the service light went out, until 1/13/15 while driving vehicle home after having it serviced by dealer the air bags service light reappeared and when I took it back to the dealer I was told they would be happy to check it out at my cost which I said not knowing what the cost could add up to I would just continue to drive with the service light on. It is now 5/21/15 and it continues brightly burn. Dan hartzell

- Mckinleyville, CA, USA

problem #40

Dec 182014

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The 2008 Buick Enclave have a module air bag sensor in the passenger seat that when a passenger sets in the seat the air bag intercator light in center consul lights up letting you know that the air bag is on and working. My air bag module sensor needs replacing. I was told from dealership that the seat would have to be taken out to replace this part which will cost $850. People just don't have this kind of money. The Buick Enclaves especially the 2008 model have had numerous recalls.I feel this is a safety issue and Buick should address this issue to insure our safety. If not, there will be those on the road driving without the proper safety they need. I believe this is a part that was cheap made and Buick knows it and they should take responsibility to ensure the customers safety. Will you please review this case. I am one that is driving around with this issue.

- Erwin, NC, USA

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