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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,100 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments

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

Nov 062013


  • 200,000 miles
I, the driver, wife, mother-in-law were stopped for traffic when we were rear-ended. My vehicle then struck the vehicle ahead of me, that vehicle then struck the vehicle ahead of it. The vehicle that struck me was then rear- ended. My car was totaled. The occupants in my car were transported to emergency room.. I had a broken back, broke ribs, damaged right lung.

- Huntsville , AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 212010


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave cxl (na). Both the driver and passenger seat belts became frail on the side. The retainer that held the seat belt cut the seat belt. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that there was nothing wrong and would not replace it. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000.

- Roberts, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 152008


  • 10,000 miles
2008 Buick Enclave cxl AWD the seatbelt casement on both front seats in this SUV are being damaged (cut into) by the belt moving out and back over the housing, causing the belt to occasionally catch and not retract into the B-pillar. This problem has been reported to the local dealer, as well as GM corporate offices, and neither will replace the worn out and catching parts, claiming that this is not going to be covered by warranty at this time. We have been told that this will be addressed in the future and in the meantime dealers are being told not to repair this problem. Safety concerns lie in the fact that the seatbelt fails to retract occasionally and does not sit tight against the passenger and drivers chest.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282008


  • 1,500 miles
Passenger seatbelt indicator turns off even when someone is sitting in the passenger seat.

- Land O Lakes, WI, USA

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