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2012 Buick Enclave repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (40%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 53 repairs.
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2012 Buick Enclave repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (51%)

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Chart based on 43 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Buick Enclave

Engine not specified

Buick Enclave in Texas, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

100000 mi
Buick Enclave in California, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2017
Feb 2016

67700 mi
Engine block bolts were damaged and had to be replaced. There is still a popping noise on the front left and a purr/click noise coming from the back left that the dealer could not identify and therefore did not fix. 
Jun 2017

104000 mi

US $1000
Torque Converter had to be replaced. 
Buick Enclave in Kansas, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

23000 mi
check engine light came on 

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2012 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

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

Buick Enclave in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012 Hard ride. 
Buick Enclave in Tennessee, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

28000 mi
Windshield washer would not work. They replaced the washer pump motor. 
Mar 2015

29000 mi
A/C was not blowing cold. Found leaking hose. Replaced. Recharged system. Windshield washer again. 
Nov 2016

44400 mi
Head lights were out of alignment,bad. They re-aligned head lights Bach to normal. 
Buick Enclave in Michigan, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2015
Mar 2014

27000 mi
Broken intake snorkel - caused stalling, undrivable 
Mar 2015

33000 mi
Small rust bubble on hood (no damage in this area that would have caused the rust) 
Buick Enclave in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2016 - Aug 2017
Jul 2016

95700 mi

US $200
Replace power steering pump due to power steering fluid leakage. 
Aug 2017

109770 mi

US $279
Engine Mount 
Buick Enclave in Georgia, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2017
Nov 2016

51000 mi
Rear system not working 
Buick Enclave in Texas, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012 Sunroof leaked over the third row seat from the dome light. Leaked also went forward to the right side passage dash board onto the floor 
Buick Enclave in Louisiana, United States
Aug 2014 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

43000 mi

US $1200
evaporator went out 

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2012 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

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

Buick Enclave in Ohio, United States
Mar 2016 - Jan 2018
Apr 2017

92000 mi

US $5500
Gaskets for gear case, engine cover 
Jan 2018

107000 mi

US $400
rear shocks replaced 
Buick Enclave in Michigan, United States
May 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

68000 mi

US $2700
Leaking steering rack was replaced. A/C slowly lost it's cooling ability. Rear evaporator and one line connected to evap were replaced due to freon leak. RPM would fluctuate 200RPM +/- while driving between 53 - 56 MPH. Mechanic found the duct between the air cleaner and the intake manifold was loose & not connected properly. Said it was caused by whoever checked the air filter last. I paid $50 (.5 hr) for the diag and repair, but the problem was not fixed. 
Buick Enclave in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2015

43600 mi
Hood repainted due to original paint not adhering to the primer. 
Mar 2018

75000 mi

US $119
Rear brake pads needed to be replaced. 
Buick Enclave in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Nov 2019
Jun 2015

108000 mi

US $175
A/C became weak--could barely keep vehicle comfortable at 80F to 90F ambient temperature on the highway. 
Jul 2015

109300 mi

US $105
NAV intment fault: Won't work, message "Map DVD read error." $105 diagnostics, dealer reported need new in-dash unit. $2671 for part alone! NO! Will replace with aftermarket unit if gets worse. 
Aug 2015

111000 mi

US $757
Air conditioning again became very weak, just as in the June event. Dye added with the recharge in June showed the leak to be in a refrigerant line assembly leading to the AC condenser. The shop replaced the line and did another recharge. 
Oct 2015

116000 mi

US $23
In stop-and-go traffic, engine began heating up excessively and transmission began to slip when engine temperature was elevated. Along with doing scheduled coolant change ahead of schedule, shop replaced leaking radiator cap. 
Jan 2016

US $293
Almost immediately after starting, idle became rough and odor of gas. Check Engine light flashing. Messages "Traction Control Off", "Service Stabilitrak", "Engine Power Reduced". Fuel injector temporarily stuck open. Cleaned injectors and throttle body. 
Feb 2016

122400 mi

US $1536
Nav system became unusable when intermittent map DVD drive failure worsened. Audio shop replaced factory audio/nav with aftermarket unit but did sloppy job. New system unreliable either because of internal problem or bad installation. 
Apr 2016

126300 mi
Aftermarket Pioneer audio/video/nav system installed to replaced failed factory system was unreliable. It might wait several minutes or even stay unpowered throughout a 40-minute trip. Installer replaced unit under Pioneer warranty. 
Jun 2016

131000 mi
Front blower (for dash vents etc.) became inoperative. Rear blower was working normally. Dealer let car sit for hours before attempting diagnosis, and the blower worked fine at shop--could not reproduce problem. A/C weak, did recharge. See previous "repair" trip. Front blower quit again and remained inop for hours. Rushed over to local independent shop to catch it "in the act" but blower started working again before I got to shop. Tech couldn't reproduce, no codes st 
Aug 2016

134700 mi

US $469
Intermittent failure of front HVAC blower cited in June reports--finally was able to catch it "in the act" and get it to shop for diagnosis. Tech determined issue was in blower motor or resistor assembly. Both were replaced. 
Dec 2016

143000 mi

US $2424
Occasional rough idle, with "Traction Control Off", "Service Stabilitrak" warnings and Check Engine light illuminated. Raw fuel odor. All 6 fuel injectors and the injector wiring harnesses were replaced. 
Mar 2017

147000 mi

US $8042
Transmission began slipping. I exited highway and transmission failed completely, leaving car unable to move under its own power. Replaced the failed transmission with a rebuilt unit. Worn-out engine mounts were replaced. Worn-out front struts were replaced. A slightly leaking power steering pressure line and two slightly leaking power steering return hoses were replaced. 
Apr 2017

146000 mi

US $152
Three days after I had gotten the car back after the completely failed transmission had been replaced by a GM-supplied factory rebuilt transmission, the car started having intemittent transmission slippage. My ODB II scanner showed a code related to something called an "internal mode switch." The repair shop which had installed the transmission had gone out of business on the very day I picked the car up, but my former service advisor there sent me to the local Buick dealer, Pearson Buick-GMC in Sunnyvale, CA. Dealer service personnel replaced the valve body plate and the internal mode switch. Note: Previous leak repair and recharge was 22 months and 36,000 miles ago. A/C would not work when ambient temperature was high. Light on A/C button would flash a couple of times and go out immediately after button was pushed. When ambient temp was below the mid-seventies, A/C would work but felt weak. A/C system was inspected and found to be low on refrigerant, though leak was was not found. Leak did not show up in in ten-minute leak test, but shop said there still could be a slow leak below threshold of A/C service machine to detech. System was refilled with refrigerant, compressor lubricant, and dye for for future leak detection. 
Jun 2017

151000 mi

US $250
Two months previously, the A/C had been recharged and dye added to try to diagnose a slow leak that the tester couldn't find. I noticed that A/C had gotten weak--couldn't keep up when outside temperature was mid-eighties or higher. I needed the car right away, so I couldn't go back to regular shop, which had done the recharge and added dye because that shop is open weekdays only. I expected that shop I went to on Saturday, June 17, would say I needed a recharge AND the dye that the other shop had added helped them locate the leak. Instead, they said that there was NO LEAK and that the system was overcharged. I didn't know what to believe but didn't have time to go back to the original shop. So I let the shop do an evacuate and recharge. I think they also added dye to help in case a leak developed. So the A/C is working OK now, but I don't know which shop is right and which is wrong. 
Sep 2017

156600 mi

US $200
The "Liftgate" tailgate failed in that it could not be usably opened. warningProblem developed suddenly, with no warning or sign of degraded functionality. Regardless of how it was actuated (exterior button, dash button, or button on remote keyfob) the tailgate would unlatch, rise to full opening height, and immediately come back down and latch closed. The dealershiip service tech diagnosed the problem as failure of the gas-charged support struts and replaced both of them. 
Oct 2017

160050 mi

US $3
I noticed that the driver's side Daylight Running Light was not working. I replaced it myself after shop estimated $160 for the task. I watched a YouTube video which showed how to perform this task on a Buick Enclave. I had replaced one DRL bulb earlier this year but can't recall and failed to not whether it was passenger side or driver side. 
Buick Enclave in Kansas, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2018
Aug 2016

70000 mi
Air conditioner recharged because it couldn't keep up when outdoor temperature was over 95 degrees. 
Dec 2016

74000 mi
Replaced evaporative emissions canister-full of dirt. 
Buick Enclave in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Aug 2012 When I bought the car the telescoping wheel wasn't working. Took it in and they stated a wire was loose. Now fixed and working fine. 
Buick Enclave in Oregon, United States
Sep 2012 - May 2017
Dec 2012

2000 mi
Smoke on startup. 
Buick Enclave in Idaho, United States
Oct 2012 - Jul 2014
Feb 2013

22700 mi
The memory settings for key fobs to drivers individuals settings was inconsistent and had to be checked. Maintenance tech identified an error code in one of the seat memory modules and uploaded a new software update to see if that was the fx 
Aug 2013

27100 mi
The drivers mirror occasionally will not return to it's pre-programmed settings after the mirror is moved. It's only off by a small amount and does not do this continuously but intermittently. Technician checked the computer parameters, OK. 
Buick Enclave in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2012 - Nov 2016
Nov 2015

41540 mi
Left front strut leaking, replaced under warranty. 

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2012 Buick Enclave 4dr SUV

Buick Enclave in Mississippi, United States
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2018

142000 mi

US $35
Another mechanic said it was transmission. Transmission shop kept it for 3 days, checked it out and just put some lubricant in it and said was good to go. 

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2012 Buick Enclave 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Buick Enclave in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Oct 2014
Jun 2014

42000 mi
RH passenger seat surround broken - replaced by warranty 
Sep 2014

51000 mi
two wheels refinished - peeling clear coat seat belt recall air bag recall 

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