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Struts would be considered a wear item and at 113,000 miles if they were not changed before would need to be replaced. Don't know if the leaks should last longer than what mileage you have on it now. I have bought used cars for my kids with high mileage but they basic transportation cars not ones that were meant bro be kept a long time. When w bought used cars for my wife and myself we kept the mileage under 25K miles and that one was a rental car that we bought in FL.
 

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Struts, axle, breaks, are expected to be changed at 100K, I can change those. I just do not understand why the gaskets in the engine are broken after 100K miles.
Is it bad material, bad design? is it purposeful? Just plain bad luck?
 

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Struts, axle, breaks, are expected to be changed at 100K, I can change those. I just do not understand why the gaskets in the engine are broken after 100K miles.
Is it bad material, bad design? is it purposeful? Just plain bad luck?
Unfortunately, It is just an uneducated buy. But you know stuff happen even to utmost careful people.
 

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Could be the lock of the draw. I've had severa cars that had over 100K on them with no seal leaks. My 98 Malibu had over 150K before the alternator went bad and 175K when the water pump started to leak.
 

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Our reliability stats for the Enclave now cover the year ending June 30, 2015. (Others are over a year behind, and so report how these cars were doing when a year younger.)

Repair trips per 100 cars:

2015 Enclave: 8, low
2014 Enclave: 26, low
2013 Enclave: 48, moderate
2012 Enclave: 33, low
2011 Enclave: 63, moderate
2010 Enclave: 82, high
2009 Enclave: 84, high
2008 Enclave: 80, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2014 Enclave: 82, < 1
2013 Enclave: 62, 3
2012 Enclave: 83, < 1
2011 Enclave: 50, 2
2010 Enclave: 43, < 1
2009 Enclave: 42, 8
2008 Enclave: 50, 5

For the descriptions of all reported repairs, results for other models, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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We've updated our reliability stats for the Enclave to include owner experiences through September 30, 2015.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2015 Enclave: 5, low
2014 Enclave: 30, moderate
2013 Enclave: 57, moderate
2012 Enclave: 33, low
2011 Enclave: 69, high
2010 Enclave: 83, high
2009 Enclave: 92, high
2008 Enclave: 87, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2014 Enclave: 70, < 1
2013 Enclave: 55, 3
2012 Enclave: 78, < 1
2011 Enclave: 50, 4
2010 Enclave: 42, < 1
2009 Enclave: 42, 4
2008 Enclave: 38, 3

We'll have further updates in February and in May. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

For the details, including repair descriptions, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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I have to agree, my 2010 CXL2 has been quite the money pit as well. Three times in the last 8 months I encountered the dreaded "Traffic Control Off" / "Service Stabilitrak" / "Service Traction Control" / "Engine Power Reduced". The last time was over this past weekend in mountainous Western Pennsylvania, where I could barely get up hills on the Interstate. I'll put together a full write-up on my car for the benefit of others on this forum, but I highly recommend looking at other brands if you are in the market for a vehicle. And definitely avoid Anchor Buick GMC in Elkton, MD!
 

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We've updated our reliability stats for the Enclave to include owner experiences through the end of 2015, about eight months ahead of other sources.

In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year--lower is better:

2015 Enclave: 13, low
2014 Enclave: 44, moderate
2013 Enclave: 64, high
2012 Enclave: 38, moderate
2011 Enclave: 76, high
2010 Enclave: 93, high
2009 Enclave: 78, moderate
2008 Enclave: 93, high

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2014 Enclave: 67, 3
2013 Enclave: 63, < 1
2012 Enclave: 74, < 1
2011 Enclave: 51, 5
2010 Enclave: 54, 7
2009 Enclave: 51, < 1
2008 Enclave: 40, 3

We'll have further updates in May and in August. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

For the repairs behind these stats, reliability information on other models, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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Struts would be considered a wear item and at 113,000 miles if they were not changed before would need to be replaced.
during 3-5-R waveplate "warranty" work, dealer replaced our 2 front struts @ 50,000 miles. i think they broke at least one of them when pulling tranny.
they also said "front timing cover was leaking" and replaced the seal for $700
they also replace a "leaking steering gear" for $1000
all of this was done while the engine was laying in a cradle on the ground. unbelievable. so much for "warranty work."

we have had 2 steering racks replaced, 2 power steering pumps replaced, and the fuse block has been replace due to a leaking sunroof.

this is the worst excuse for engineering i have ever seen in my 50 years of owning automobiles.
 

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during 3-5-R waveplate "warranty" work, dealer replaced our 2 front struts @ 50,000 miles. i think they broke at least one of them when pulling tranny.
they also said "front timing cover was leaking" and replaced the seal for $700
they also replace a "leaking steering gear" for $1000
all of this was done while the engine was laying in a cradle on the ground. unbelievable. so much for "warranty work."

we have had 2 steering racks replaced, 2 power steering pumps replaced, and the fuse block has been replace due to a leaking sunroof.

this is the worst excuse for engineering i have ever seen in my 50 years of owning automobiles.
What model year?
 

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I just bought an 2015 Enclave Premium with 5000 miles. Traded in a 2009 Traverse LTZ with 77000 miles. I Never let it go out of warranty. Other than warrant cost out of pocket money was brake pads and tires. I don't know how you can let any of these highly electronic modern day cars out of warranty. I certainly will not let this Buick warranty ever expire. They definitely pay for them selves. In my opinion not one manufacture is that much better than another.
 

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New member here, 2008 CXL, AWD. Silver with leather interior, moon roof and sunroof. 152k. No Nav.
 

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New member here, 2008 CXL, AWD. Silver with leather interior, moon roof and sunroof. 152k. No Nav.
Good luck with your purchase. Hopefully all the repairs that are endemic to the 2008 MY have already been made. :cheers:
 

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We've updated our reliability stats for the Enclave to include owner experiences through June 30, 2016. Reliability information elsewhere is based on a survey conducted in April 2015--well over a year ago.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2016 Enclave: 20, low
2015 Enclave: 18, low
2014 Enclave: 41, moderate
2013 Enclave: 58, high
2012 Enclave: 45, moderate
2011 Enclave: 75, high
2010 Enclave: 75, high
2009 Enclave: 87, high
2008 Enclave: 82, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2015 Enclave: 83, < 1
2014 Enclave: 72, 3
2013 Enclave: 62, 7
2012 Enclave: 64, 5
2011 Enclave: 51, 8
2010 Enclave: 50, 3
2009 Enclave: 35, 2
2008 Enclave: 49, 5

We'll have further updates in November and next February. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

For the repairs behind these stats, reliability information on other models, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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