2013 Buick Encore engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,700 miles

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2013 Buick Encore engine problems

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2013 Buick Encore Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 202016


  • 58,000 miles


Contact was driving a 2013 Buick Encore (~58,000 miles) in a large parking lot when there was a sudden deceleration, the malfunction indicator lamp and traction off light came on with a message "engine power is reduced." Message cleared after turning off the vehicle and restarting; malfunction indicator lamp remained on. Dealership states problem with throttle body and need to "clean carbon" -- $1,059 so far.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #3

Apr 072015


  • 27,230 miles
My car drove fine and then I stopped at a red light at a busy intersection when my traction control and check engine light came on and the engine power reduced came across the dashboard. The lights, wipers, radio and engine was still running but when pressing on the gas pedal the car would not accelerate. I had to wave people to go around me put it in park and shut it down for 30 seconds. When I turned it on again I had to put it in reverse and keep pushing the gas pedal to get out of the intersection then I put it in drive and just kept pressing the gas pedal and inched my way into a parking space. After shutting it off and parking it for 2-3 minutes I turned it on the check engine light stayed on but the car drove like normal to get me to the dealership. I got this car in may of 2013 and the first time it happened was Feb 2014 pretty cold temps and now April 2015 about 56 degrees F outside. Both times the dealer replaced the throttle body and performed idle relearn procedure. I don't have time or money to replace this part every year. I loved the size, gas mileage, design and comfort of this vehicle, however I won't be buying another General Motors vehicle again. I always owned GM vehicles but not anymore I simply don't feel safe.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 282014

Encore 4-cyl

  • 11,540 miles
Car ran great then I stopped at a stop light. When it turned green the traction control and check engine light came on. Engine power reduced came across dash and the car failed to accelerate, the car, radio and lights were still on. Almost caused 3 different accidents trying to get out of traffic.scan check system, P2101, per document id:[xxx] diagnosis was to replace throttle body and perform jdle relearn procedure. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 282013


  • 2,030 miles
Leaving a stop sign onto three lane road going down a hill, when the car had no acceleration, I put on flashers and coasted to curb, had to call wrecker and be towed to dealer, said it was a throttle body sensor, that is sensitive to cold weather,2 dealers said the same thing. New part was ordered, but I don't feel safe in our cold weather if this happens on highway and it stops I am so afraid I will be run over by traffic moving at the speed limit and my Encore just stops. Feel my new part is not the fix for this safety issue, they say they can't say it won't happen again. Also read someone in N.D. was having same issue. Hope you can look into this.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

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