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Buick Enclave Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

Buick Enclave repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (7%)

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Buick Enclave transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (29%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 28 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Buick Enclave

Engine not specified

29000 mi Hard down shift, but we did the 30k service and drove with tech all wired and no indication of transmission issue. We will monitor as there may be an issue with some of the shifting in the transmissions 

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2014 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

31000 mi A shudder occassionally when shifting and one time a clunk. No problem found so nothing fixed to date. 

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2013 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3000 mi Had a slight oil leak from delivery date. Would find a small stain on the driveway. Dealer found leak at the left transmission c/v shaft seal. Replaced seal and leak fixed. 

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2011 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

36000 mi Excessive brake dust/grease on right front wheel Leaking right front drive shaft Replaced right front wheel drive shaft 

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2011 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1000 mi Transmission would not go into 4th - 6th gears and reverse. Replaced seals in the trans. and new gaskets and fluid. 
97600 mi Car was experiencing a periodic slight shudder, similar to driving over rumble strips but less severe. Would also experience periodic jerks along with the shudder. Problem was in torque converter. Replaced w/re-man under warranty. 
98100 mi Leak from transmission seal. Defect from previous warranty work. 
12529 mi Transmission was slipping at slow speeds. CAUSE: K7403 1-2-3-4 Clutch Plate Replacement, 1-24237074 CLUTCH, 2 -24238272 PLATE, 2-24223728 PLATE, 1-24259063 PLATE, 1-24256112 SEAL KIT, 1-89021182 FLUID, 1-24245131 PISTON 

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2010 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

46300 mi CV Boots leaking 
80000 mi

US $250
48700 mi Check engine light came on, car struggled to move. Eventually ran as normal but light reamined on. Code P182E was detected by mechanic. Replaced tranmission internal mode switch. 
64000 mi

US $503
Transmission cooling lines were leaking. 2 lines were replaced. 
57000 mi

US $175
Transmission cooling line leakage where hose and pipe were connected. Replaced entire line and hose. 
81000 mi check engine light on;transmission not reading correct gear selected; replaced transmission internal mode switch, lever, pin and fluid 
9521 mi Replaced steering gear. Could have been the "rack" but not exactly sure. 
25130 mi Apparently was a computer problem. Replaced shaft position switch assembly. Transmission stuck in 2nd gear. Replaced shaft position switch assembly which was sending erroneous signals to the computer. 
93000 mi

US $1300
Replaced both front axles 

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2010 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

39000 mi Seal between valve housing and transmission leaking. New seal ordered. Will be installed 4/8/2011. 
41000 mi seal between pump and transmission housing was replaced. Problem solved. 
76000 mi spyder gear in rear differential. 

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2009 Buick Enclave

Engine not specified

48360 mi trans will not shift properly.Will not shift into 6 gear after several hours of driving.Engine cooling fans do not seem to shut down during cold temps. 
40000 mi

US $450
Transmission slipping 

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2009 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

60500 mi Right axle seal was leaking. Replaced under warranty.  
38300 mi Front axle gasket leak 
23551 mi Found 5 transmission gaskets and seals leaking fluid (for some time). Repaired and replaced fluid. 

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2009 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

100000 mi

US $55
Transmission over heat. 
114000 mi

US $1495
Rebuild the transmission 
64000 mi They told me it was a bad wave plate. Still under warranty 
65000 mi

US $200
same problem as last month. The wave plate replacement did not fix the problem. Multiple times since, I have not been able to get the car to move. Took to dealer, first they said it was the battery, then said they couldn't find anything. after getting no satisfaction in terms of successful repair, having the vehicle not move when put in reverse or drive, and having dealer tell me nothing was wrong with the car, I traded it in. 
79700 mi Trans start top shift erratically then progressively got worse and worse until it was more or less undriveable. i do not remember exactly, but i think a clutch plate broke. 
41000 mi Car is still currently in the shop. Torque tube has been replaced and determined not to be the issue causing driveline noise. They are currently replacing the rear differential. 

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2008 Buick Enclave

Engine not specified

75000 mi Apparent failure of Pressure sensor in the Transmission Control Module (P0752). CEL and transmission went into limp mode, second and reverse only. GM has issued a service bulletin for this failure mode. 

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2008 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

98580 mi

C $3000
Noticeable slipping shifting into 3rd and slightly into 5th. Lurching when in reverse. Replace 3-5-Rev housing,sun gear,control solenoid assembly, replace all necessary pistons, seals and gaskets 
1000 mi engine and transmission reflash 
127000 mi

US $4700
Replaced transmission 
86000 mi Car would not drive above 20 mph, took in to dealer and they fixed after a week with no charge. Transmission replaced December 2013 under extended warranty. 
60000 mi

US $4400
I was close to home when my car was slow to respond after being at a stop sign. I had three stop signs to get home and each time, it was very slow to respond. After I got it home, could not put the car into gear at all. 
140000 mi Transmission started slipping.Refused to go into Reverse a few times.Check engine light came on,after car downshifted into a lower gear by itself after I came off a freeway exit ramp.Service dept reset the check engine light&I TRADED it in! 
60000 mi

US $4800
Transmission blew on a back road in Oklahoma with only 60000 miles on car. It is the result of a known issue with the 2008 Enclave--a defective wave plate. Transmission so damaged, it could not be rebuilt. 
102000 mi

US $650
90000 mi Would have kept it but had incident of engine feeling like running on 5 cylinders. Checked it out and determined I might have the 2008 tranny problems. 
56000 mi

US $2400
3-5-R clutch waveplate replaced 
110000 mi 3.5.R Wave plate was cracked and spread metal all through the transmission. Replaced wave plate, piston, clutch steel, housing and seals 
52700 mi Rear seal of transmission replaced as it was leaking; wave plate replaced. 
87000 mi

US $1400
The valve body in the transmission had to be replaced. The vehicle was hesitating to go into drive - and then began only going into first gear without changing to second, etc. Limped it to dealership under its own power. 
99000 mi

US $700
Left front axle/CV joint leaking and making lots of popping sounds when turning. Had both sides replaced. 
1000 mi Reflash of transmission shift points. 
5000 mi Transmission leak detected by independent shop during routine oil change. Install new transmission seal(s). 
104000 mi

US $2200
gears don't shift properly, won't go beyond first gear. 
1240 mi TSB update that I found (not the dealer, in fact, they couldn't find it at all until I gave them the TSB#). Transmission has poor shifting, flash update but there will be another one, mark my words. 
4000 mi Transmission reflash and front tire well replacement. 
28800 mi Leak in transmission cooler line. Replaced under warranty 
50840 mi Complete failure of transmission. Had vehicle towed to a GM dealer who did a complete rebuild. Extended warranty has expired so my cost was $3600.00 (discounted). That was a hard pill to swallow seeing the low mileage. 
50000 mi The check engine light came on and the vehicle started making a revving noise when in motion. The transmission control module needed to be replaced. 
57000 mi Transmission fluid leak has been ongoing but very slow. I had to allow the leak to build in order for the technician to find it. Replaced passenger side output shaft seal under warranty. No more leaks. I paid to flush transmission.  
1000 mi Reflashed the software for the transmission 
34700 mi Wave plate failure. 3-5-R waveplate. 
28000 mi Both left & right axle shaft seals were leaking. 
93000 mi Transaxle seal(s) leaking at transfer case. Repaired under the 100,000 drivetrain warranty. 
124000 mi

US $3200
Transmission failure. Another victim of GM's famous transmission "wave plate" problem. No reverse and would not shift out of low gear. I believe that this is a known problem to GM but they are yet to step up. 

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2008 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

94500 mi Car did not shift out of 1st gear at times. It looks like they repaired it under the special policy 14404A it says on the work order they removed and replaced the reverse clutch plate. It seemed like it was a fairly major transmission rebuild. 
27000 mi Had the tranny reflashed. 
11000 mi Trasnmission had slow leak, shop ordered parts. 
121700 mi

US $1000
Wave Plate Issue, which has since been issued under a recall notice. 
97000 mi

US $120
Sounds like driving over rumble strips, makes wired noise and seems like tranny is slipping. Happens ay 40 to 45 and I have let off the gas and the car runs fine seems to happen when engine is cold 
77000 mi The dreaded clutch wave plate failure. Wave plate and associated parts replaced. 
69900 mi

US $3500
Wave plate broke -- required new transmission. GM paid for $1,200 and I paid the other $2,500 for a remanufactured tranny with a 3 yr 100k mile warrnaty. This is a known issue in the 2008/2009 Enclaves (and traverse and Acadias). 
5000 mi Transmission reflash to improve shift performance. 
8000 mi Reflash transmission controlling computers. We received a tsb on this. 
140000 mi

US $1000
Shift solenoid stuck. replaced solenoid and rebuilt valve body 
9000 mi Seal in transfer case blew. The seal was replaced, drove car for a week but still leaked. They tried to replace seal again, when it fell into the transfer case. They eventually replaced the entire transfer case having the car for over a week the second time. 
3000 mi transmission searches for 3rd gear before finding it. 
13000 mi I took the Enclave in for transmission flash which helped, but did not cure the early shifting. There will be no more flashes for the '08 so will have to live with it, or sell it. 
4000 mi Transmission front coverter seal was leaking ---- Seal, transmission/transaxle coverter replaced 
65000 mi

US $8000
replaced transmission 
70000 mi

US $2400
Transmission blew 3 days out of warranty and the company would not fix 
73000 mi Replaces a seal that was leaking. 
30000 mi Transmission oil cooler line started leaking at one of the crimped ends. They replaced it even though it was not supposed to be covered under the power train warranty because of the small number of miles on the car. 
79000 mi Transmission would not shift, wave plate failed. 
85000 mi Transmission replaced under warranty. 
73000 mi

US $100
Driveshaft bolts fell out 
113700 mi 35r waveplate failed Struts froze while car was on the lift 
65000 mi Vehicle would not shift gears properly. The Wave plate(s) was replaced 
72000 mi

US $100
The AWD sensor needed to be cleaned and adjusted because it was malfunctioning 
64480 mi

C $100
replace Stick shift . shifter paddle failed. 
55500 mi Bad transfer case replaced. Done under warranty 
66000 mi Cracked wave plate 
87700 mi

US $600
Replaced cv joint.  
68000 mi Failed 3-5-R wave plate in the transmission had to be replaced. 
26000 mi transmission oil was too low to detect on dipstick. Problem: Leaky seal between torque converter and transmission 
48000 mi While driving transmission stopped working. Engine spun freely in gear. Onstar did remote diagnostic and found tranny to be at fault. Dealer said all tranny bolts sheered off. Transmission getting replaced. 
82000 mi wave plate replacement 
96000 mi

US $250
speed sensor replacement 
70000 mi

US $170
transmission slipping; transmission disassembled and part replaced; still shifting rough after receipt of vehicle so had to return to shop for further work 
78000 mi Transmission shifting roughly and incorrectly, replaced pressure plates 
23000 mi Driver noticed transmission fluid under car. Dealer found the transmission speed sensor leaking aroung the O-ring. The ordered a new speed sensor with expedited shipping and replaced it. 
95000 mi

US $3000
Car was having difficulty shifting in various gears. After a while, the car would not shift into reverse. for the first time, car was seizing up and would not shift into reverse. the transmission light was also on. 
55000 mi Transmission after driving highway speed for 20 min or more would fail to shift past 4th gear, even in manual mode. Check engine light came on and DIC indicated overheating fluid. Shop has determined that entire trans must be replaced. 
90000 mi

US $620
Transmission - no reverse, 3rd or 5th gear. Transmission was removed and rebuilt. 

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2008 Buick Enclave 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

1000 mi Solenoid in transmission was faulty and required replacing. Symptoms included being intermittently stuck in park, engine "revving" when in drive and refusing to move forward, and "check engine" (or transmission?) light constantly on. "Check engine" li 

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