2008 Buick Enclave miscellaneous NHTSA complaints: Unknown Or Other

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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.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,333 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.

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2008 Buick Enclave miscellaneous problems

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments

problem #16

Dec 242016


  • 161,000 miles


While driving engine turned off on 4 separate occasions in the past 2 weeks.never any warning lights or check engine light just engine turns off suddenly.the first time I was driving on a busy city road middle lane at 25-45 M/hr. No power steering or brakes. Unable to restart I was able to push into a parking lot and call for help, it was towed to my mechanic who said rollover switch tripped. 2 days later engine turned off again while exiting highway at the same speed but was able to restart in neural after a min stopped, I drove it straight to my mechanic who reset computer and drove it around for 3 days unable to diagnose problem on computer. 2 days later while driving 45 M/hr engine turned off again. I was on a small decline 2 lane busy road and able to restart in neutral position. A few times in the past few weeks vehicle would not start after parked for a few hours but would start in neural eventually after many attempts, 12/24/2016 while driving on a busy 2 lane street in town engine stopped again no power steering or brakes at 20 M/hr. Unable to restart and passengers had to get out of my Buick and push into nearest parking lot. Unable to restart, towed on 12/26/2016 to local Buick dealership to be diagnosed by a certified dealership per the suggestion of Buick usa. They can not find a problem per computer diagnosis and are trying to tell me there is some water damage behind dash on fuse block that will cost me thousands of dollars to repair but no guarantee that that is the problem I have never had any problems with lights, radio, ac or any other electrical issues that would lead me to believe that the fuse block has water damage..per GM forums there are many issues with ignition switches or ignition control module. Could this be the problem. My engine turning off while driving is a real safety concern and how do I resolve this problem.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 152013


  • 120,000 miles
Every time it rains water gets into my vehicle from sunroof. I researched information and it was a recall about it in 2009 under customer satisfaction recall nothing is being done about it and water may cause damage that I can not see.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 172016


  • miles
Car was parked. Water appeared to be coming from sunroof and running down pillars which flooded the front floorboards.

- Waverly, IL, USA

problem #13

Oct 012015


  • miles


I bought this 2008 Buick Enclave a year and a half ago with less than 80,000 miles on it, and it's been giving me transmission problems already. I almost got stranded and couldn't go aby faster than 30 mph. It almost cut off on me in the middle of the road. My transmission and engine both would lose power and wouldn't go past first geat. Myrpm hand went all the way up to 4 which it normally stays between 1 and 2, and my gas hand went from full, to half, full, and almost empty in a few seconds. Engine rides rough and has to take off speed. Transmission and engine problems were advised by Buick as being a known issue but apparently they haven't stayed true to their name "Buick." This is a safety hazard as I could've gotten easily hit with no take off speed as it barely moves. It has happened 5 times with these same issues but dealership kept saying that no codes would pop up to see what's the issue until a week ago, it did it again for about 5th time and I took it to the dealership who advised all kinds of codes were popping up with my engine and transmission. Also the writing on my control buttons have worn off and my front suspension needs replaced and my driver seat tracks which are not covered under my warranty. Buick nerds to hold true to their name and compensate or replace these detected 2008 Buick Enclaves. Buick is not holding true to their name. I'm very dissatisfied and is my first time being a Buick owner. Now the dealership is trying to fix these issues, bit I shouldn't have to pay anything.

- Heath Springs, SC, USA

problem #12

Feb 292016


  • miles
Purchased used vehicle from dealer Feb 2016. Noticed vehicle leaks when it rains through the sunroof, top of the windshield area and also from the drivers side floor area, under the dash toward the brake pedal area. I've had my dome lights fill with water, water leaking from the dome light as well as the top windshield area while I drive and stationary. This leaks are consistent whenever it rains, both while driving and while stationary. When this leaking/rain occurs the vehicle runs and idles very rough. The problem has been consistent since the vehicle purchase. When the vehicle was inspected and test driven it was not raining, therefore the leak was undetected prior to purchase. The water contacting the electrical components is a fire safety issue and needs to be addressed immediately.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

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problem #11

May 192016


  • 136,000 miles
When it rains, water leaks inside of my vehicle. The leak is on all panels, wetting the upholstery on the driver and passenger side windows, as well as surrounding the sunroof. Water leaks from the sunroof area, rear view mirror, and side panel onto the driver while driving. I contacted GM recalls, and they advised there is no recall related to this issue on my vehicle. It occurs during driving and when the vehicle is sitting in the rain.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 082016


  • miles


The air conditioner does not work most of the time. Once in a while cold air will come out but the majority of the time it does not work at all. It seems to have started when my car battery died and I had it jumped to start it.

- Moorpark, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 132009


  • 18,000 miles
Parked stationary but engine running: 250 pound male had left hand over the top of the door with the window down in 11 degree weather. He was backing himself into the car because he was on crutches so his left hand was using the open front passenger door for support at the top by the window. The window started going up and his pinky caught between the outside window seal and the window. It chopped off the tip of his pinky along with the tip of finger bone. Feel the outside black window seal above the front passenger window. It is very paper thin and very sharp like a razor if you were to lightly rub your finger along it. Now, imagine the black seal in 11 degree weather. It hardens. Maybe because it happened from the outside in we believe the window caught and forced the finger up and the seal shaved it off like a razor slice. A skin graph did not take and his pinky is now a deformed tip on the finger. Keep kids (and adults) hands away from the windows--especially in freezing cold weather.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Nov 042015


  • 93,333 miles
While driving car caught fire

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 312015


  • miles


Water leaking into the vehicle whenever it rains. This happens whenever the vehicle is not in motion. I have reached out to the dealership for repairs several times but has not solved the problem. It is affecting the electrical functionality in my vehicle. Dash lights, radio functionality etc.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The lift gate would not stay open. It would open but then suddenly just slam down. The lift gate struts were not working properly. On many occasions while we were unloading groceries, the lift gate came crashing down on my families heads. It began the summer of 2014. I ended up taken it to the dealer and they replaced it, however, I had to pay for it. I just now received a recall notice on the same parts so I will be taking it back to the dealer.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 032014


  • 65,000 miles
In 2014 our Enclave began having a popping noise in the audio system. All sounds, radio, dvd, turn signals, warning chimes, stopped working. After the vehicle sat for a time the audio would work again. It happened several times with the last time occurring May 5, 2015. On May 5, 2015 the audio started making a loud, ear piercing popping noise which almost caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. My two young children were also in the vehicle right next to the rear speakers. The only way to stop the noise was to pull the vehicle to the side of a busy highway, turn the vehicle off and open the driver door. (to turn the power to the radio off) the audio has not returned this time. This is happening to most 2008 Enclaves at around 70-75K miles. Buick refuses to assist as usual. Without the audio system working, all warning chimes are silent. Check engine, seat belt, tire pressure, airbag, rear park assist. This is a huge safety issue!

- Casper, WY, USA

problem #3

Sep 032013


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2008 Buick Enclave, the sunroof is leaking which is causing damage to other parts of the vehicle. This should be a recall!

- Rock, WV, USA

problem #2

Sep 142011

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Blower motor, fan motor for from doesn't work water leak on it, stering weel skeking noise do to driving shaft. Is leaking oil also.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 162011

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
2008 Buick Enclave has had at least 5 starting failures. Each time dealership has different explaination. Once they said some module.next they said bad battery. Today once again, no start. Vehichle was driven this morning. This afternoon, same doggone problem. Have'nt tried it this evening. Too disgusted!

- Crest Hill, IL, USA

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