2015 Buick Encore electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,200 miles

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2015 Buick Encore electrical problems

electrical problem

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2015 Buick Encore Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 042016


  • 24,800 miles


Driving on freeway, approx 74 mph in a 75 zone. About 1.5 hours in to a 2.5 hour trip. All systems were functioning and no warning lights were on. Car suddenly lost power on gas pedal, power steering light came on, check engine light came on, all gauges are functioning erratically and then all gauges stopped or went to zero. Light indictating the transmission gear kept changing. But the cars tranny didn't shift or change just the light for the gear indicator wasflashing. Car slowed to approx. 40 mph, with the RPM's racing to approx. 4500/6000. Engine was still running and not over heating or any other lights except check engine and power steering light. Stopped car on shoulder to take inventory of situation, car running and idile RPM's seemed normal chk. Engine and power steering light still on, proceeded to drive again. No leaks or overheating. All gauges came back up/ on. Proceed to drive... car had no acceleration, very little, like the car was still in a higher gear. Speed up very slowly until it reached approx 55-60 mph. But the RPM's were at 5500/6000, felt like the tranny needed to shift but wouldn't. slowed down to approx. 35-40.. to get RPM's in line or more in line. Drove home last hour on side roads and frontage roads with flashers on. Can't drive that slow on a freeway. All of car functional were normals, ac, radio, windows, lights. Just the power steering and check engine light stayed on with no acceleration power or power steering....called dealer Monday morning for a tow into the shop.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 272015


  • 2,100 miles
Driving along at approx. 55 mph on a main hiway slowed to approx. 40 mph to make a turn, when suddenly the engine stopped operating. Everything shut down, no steering, no brakes. On star did not respond, car was disabled about 5-7 minutes, tried to start several time with the key. Serious issue, had car towed to dealer, found nothing wrong and no codes were obtained from the computer system!

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 092015


  • 2,300 miles
Driving about 45-50 mph and the car suddenly turned off. The steering wheel became stiff and all the electrical power turned off, and the dash board screen was black. I then turn the ignition key off and restarted the car in the middle of the main driving road.

- Marathon, FM, USA

problem #1

Aug 282015


  • 3,600 miles
While braking to stop for a traffic light on a busy 45 mph speed limit road, the engine stopped running. I shifted into park to restart it. Entire electrical system was dead except power seats and door locks. Engine would not start and no other electrical related equipment worked including engine, gear shift, instrument panel, radio, lights, turn signals, and emergency lights. Two safety issues because the car could have been rear ended: 1). could not shift out of park to push car off the road. None of the 4 ladies in the car could get it out of park. Fortunately, when my husband arrived he could not get it out of park either. Two macho police officers gave it a try, but failed also. After some effort, the tow truck driver was able to put it into neutral by using the shift lock maual release. None of us ever heard of it 2). Emergency flasihing lights did not work GMC dealer told us a weld on the battery failed causing battery wire to short. I don't understand why some power worked, but there should be a backup source for emergency flashing lights.

- Hudson, OH, USA

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