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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,700 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 202015


  • miles


Steering wheel squeaking and rubbing on something when turning? when I turn from side to side I can feel a slight drag and rubbing/squeaking noise. I was told it is the steering rack. I have been doing research and see complaints of this dating back to 2009. If they know there is a problem with this why have they not done a recall. The repair cost that was quoted is high over one thousand dollars. There is also the the service lights and stallig that resets itself on the Buick Enclave it happens when vehecil is sitting still the doors lock and unlock and the lights flash and the car engine makes a sound and the service engine light comes on. We have taken it in twice for this and it seems to reset itself because dealer does not find a problem.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 102014


  • 67,500 miles
Purchased vehicle end of Feb 2014. Problems started right away. 3-13-14 replaced front struts, complained about trans shifts and heater motor working part time. Dealer said they could not duplicate. 4-8-14 replaced blower motor and pigtail. 6-5-14 replaced ac evaporator old one was shot. 7-5-14 replaced transmission, & water pump, & steering gear pinion shaft seal. Now we currently have clear coat pealing and water coming in on the drivers side floor.

- Arlington, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 072014


  • 94,000 miles
2008 Enclave developed a clunking noise when turning a slow speeds. Took to dealer who says it needs a new rack and struts. Car had been totally serviced in July with no issues seen. I have seen many reports of these parts failing on this model year.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 142013

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Power steering making noise, front left side suspension making rattling sound.

- Vestavia, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012008

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact state that the vehicle experienced several failures the transmission gear could not be shifted out of first gear, the engine compression failed, the suspension sway bar failed, the traction control failed, and the rear lift gate opened on its own. The dealer replaced the transmission and all other parts that failed however the failures were not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 117,000.

- La Grange, OH, USA

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