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I agree with anyone who says Don't Buy. My 2010 with 48,000 miles is a money pit and GM could not care less. When I called GM and asked for some "goodwill" help they told me in some many words, that I would have to wait until government forced them to recall.
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PS I understand that some are saying the 2015 and 2016 are better, but having been burned one time, I will pass.
 

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HI new member here with a 2012 enclave. I have only had it 2 months and I had to take it in for a popping noise. They found a bad strut bearing, need new rack and pinion ( steering gear box) , and a front motor mount was busted. I regret buying my 2012 Enclave already. I researched this car and I had hoped that it had most of its problems worked out but this is ridiculous. I hope I don't end up with the dreaded timing chain problem! Unfortunately its out of warrenty too but only has 62,000 on it! They did replace the motor mount for free by its under drive train.
 

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HI new member here with a 2012 enclave. I have only had it 2 months and I had to take it in for a popping noise. They found a bad strut bearing, need new rack and pinion ( steering gear box) , and a front motor mount was busted. I regret buying my 2012 Enclave already. I researched this car and I had hoped that it had most of its problems worked out but this is ridiculous. I hope I don't end up with the dreaded timing chain problem! Unfortunately its out of warrenty too but only has 62,000 on it! They did replace the motor mount for free by its under drive train.
101,400 miles----- replaced the front motor mount on my 2010.

here is how I replaced it- if youre curious.

http://www.enclaveforum.net/index.php?topic=31289.0
 

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My Buick Enclave 2015 is now at the dealership- They tell me it has Motor Mount issues. The car only has 29thousand miles on it and I wonder how the heck this could have happened so soon. The dealership first said it comes from driving it hard- such as in "gunning" it when you start out. I told them that NEVER happens. I am a gentle driver and am super careful with the car to not hit potholes or anything. Then he said "well, they wear -from the start- every time you put you foot on the gaspaddle" This sounds absolutely outrageous to me and I am searching for a reason why this car has to have the motor mounts worked on??? (it is still under warranty- but still the issue itself is concerning) I have never, ever had a car in which this was an issue? Does anyone have any feedback for me to help answer my question? Trying to figure out what is going on- Thanks in advance!!
 

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We've updated our reliability stats for the Enclave to include owner experiences through September 30, 2016.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year (lower is better):

2016 Enclave: 23, moderate
2015 Enclave: 21, low
2014 Enclave: 49, high
2013 Enclave: 50, high
2012 Enclave: 46, moderate
2011 Enclave: 77, high
2010 Enclave: 67, moderate
2009 Enclave: 74, moderate
2008 Enclave: 69, 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: 82, 3
2014 Enclave: 74, 3
2013 Enclave: 62, 7
2012 Enclave: 67, 3
2011 Enclave: 50, 9
2010 Enclave: 49, 4
2009 Enclave: 46, 2
2008 Enclave: 61, 2

Additional participants always helpful.

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

Buick Enclave reliability ratings and comparisons
 

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Inger said:
My Buick Enclave 2015 is now at the dealership- They tell me it has Motor Mount issues. The car only has 29thousand miles on it and I wonder how the heck this could have happened so soon. The dealership first said it comes from driving it hard- such as in "gunning" it when you start out. I told them that NEVER happens. I am a gentle driver and am super careful with the car to not hit potholes or anything. Then he said "well, they wear -from the start- every time you put you foot on the gaspaddle" This sounds absolutely outrageous to me and I am searching for a reason why this car has to have the motor mounts worked on??? (it is still under warranty- but still the issue itself is concerning) I have never, ever had a car in which this was an issue? Does anyone have any feedback for me to help answer my question? Trying to figure out what is going on- Thanks in advance!!
wish I could help as I also have a 2015 enclave with roughly 25k miles but this is concerning for me.. were you the first owner?
 

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I am the owner of a 2015 Enclave Premium AWD. I bought it used with 5000 miles and 18 months old. After almost 3 years this Buick has been perfect. After owning an 09 Traverse LTZ That had numerous problems. That i had for 7 years and 80000 miles, the Enclave has been a pleasant surprise. The 09 was a first year model run, The Enclave was after 7 or 8 year model run. Lesson learned, no more first or second year of a model.
 

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After 4 years of ownership the 15 Enclave Premium has still been perfect. Going on 42000 miles not a single trip to a dealer except to update the Nav. Just replaced the tires at 40000 miles and had the brake pads replaced. Not worn but cracked and creating ruff breaking. Just returned from a 2000 mile trip to Myrtle Beach SC. and the E was great.
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2014 Enclave Leather. Purchased used in 2018 with 45k on the clock. Just oil changes, wiper blades and tires until we hit 80k. We had a check engine light p0442. Changed gas cap and purge valve on my own and that did the trick. Hoping for a few more years of mostly trouble-free motoring for the wife!
 

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The entire Lambda platform is absolute junk and I consistently see it listed as one of the worst used cars. I don't think it takes a genius to figure out that with the volume of posts on this site regarding major component failures that it is a garbage vehicle. The amount of bulletins and recalls from GM is also evidence of it's failures although they didn't seem to do a whole lot about the transmission issue in particular. I was never a GM fan, but this is certainly the last one I'll ever own.
 

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2014 Enclave Leather. Purchased used in 2018 with 45k on the clock. Just oil changes, wiper blades and tires until we hit 80k. We had a check engine light p0442. Changed gas cap and purge valve on my own and that did the trick. Hoping for a few more years of mostly trouble-free motoring for the wife!
Update - just about to hit 100,000 miles. Some other problems have cropped up since my October 2020 post. So about 1.5 years later, changed the PCV valve to help deal with oil consumption. Oil consumption has dropped a bit, but I still need to keep an eye on the oil level and I add about 1/4 quart every 2 weeks. I've gotten an airbag system warning message that goes away when I check the connectors underneath the seat and I have also gotten a cylinder misfire warning once. Other than that, I've changed my front brakes and that's about it. For hitting 100,000 miles, I consider that to be mostly trouble free. Oh, I forgot to mention I did a half shaft when I changed tires at 75,000.

Update 2 - At about 104,000. September 2022. Some air conditioning issues - had to do an AC recharge September 2021 and again in August 2022. The dealer cannot find the source of the leak so probably good again until next year. I now also seem to have some sort of rotational noise occurring at highway speeds. I'm thinking something with the rear breaks which I have never changed (at least 60k on the rear breaks).
 

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My wife and I just returned from a 4000 mile, three week road trip in our 2020 Enclave. It now has 34,000 miles with 7 months left on the 3 year lease. We have not had a single warranty issue with the vehicle. It has had 5 oil changes at the selling dealer using the Delco synthetic oil. The only thing I would try to improve on is the transmission shifting, which is common with a lot of current transmissions from several manufacturers. At this point, I don't think I will even look at any other vehicles, just roll into a 2023 Enclave, which is very little difference from our 2020.
 

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My wife and I just returned from a 4000 mile, three week road trip in our 2020 Enclave. It now has 34,000 miles with 7 months left on the 3 year lease. We have not had a single warranty issue with the vehicle. It has had 5 oil changes at the selling dealer using the Delco synthetic oil. The only thing I would try to improve on is the transmission shifting, which is common with a lot of current transmissions from several manufacturers. At this point, I don't think I will even look at any other vehicles, just roll into a 2023 Enclave, which is very little difference from our 2020.
We have 30K on our 2020. No issues with ours other than a dealer prep issue with the navigation. It was left in demo mode and locked up the system on our way home from vacation. It has been great so far
 
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The reliability has been great as well as the fuel economy. On our 4000 mile trip, it averaged 27.2 mpg. I think a replacement Enclave will be around 50k and I'm not sure what else you can get now days in that price range, but will probably just get another Enclave as that's the easy way out. The dealer and GM are already sending "friendly" reminders as to my options at lease end.
 
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