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#116 of 235 2008 Buick Enclave AC issue
Jul 10, 2012 (6:52 pm)
I just found this site as I was researching a problem with my AC that I was having with my 2008 Buick Enclave CXL. I have had the same issues as many of you have noted, especially rjluke(post # 107). This has been the most expensive purchase I have made for a car! I bought it used Feb 2011. 2 weeks after purchase, our fuel pump went out. Then I had breaks changed and had issues with them. Then steering wheel starting making a strange noise and had to get the rack and pinion replaced. Then later had to get something else replaced in connection to my steering(the power steering casing maybe?). Then had a seal leaking oil and had to have my engine pulled and the seal replaced. I was told I had a full warranty on the car when I got it then found out later from a Buick dealership that it was limited and only for a short time did I have it available.
I drove fromTn to Va shortly after buying the car (summer of 2011) and noticed the air getting warmer in my car. I tried turning the fan up and it did nothing. I have asthma and hot humid air is a trigger. I got to Va. and no dealership was open. I stopped to let my car sit for a while and went in to a restaurant cause I could not breathe. When I came out it was working again. I took it to the dealership in Knoxville, (Rice Buick) and they said they could not find anything wrong and were not familiar with the problem. My car was under warranty at this point. It did it another time as I was driving around showing homes (I am a Realtor). Took it again to the dealership the next day and again, they said they could find nothing wrong.
This summer, it has already happened to me again, but of course after hours of the dealership and I am of course out of warranty now.
I am getting ready to make another trip to Va and am worried to death that my AC will go out again. I agree with others that say there should be a recall on this. I also notice that my AC drains a lot of water from under my car. This cannot be right. I feel like something is freezing up. It is like my blower just stops. I can hear the AC running but no air is coming out. I would also appreciate any help from Buick!!
#117 of 235 Re: 2008 Buick Enclave AC issue [renee51]
Jul 11, 2012 (5:52 am)
Contact GM and have them open a case file for this. The more people that bring this issue to GM's attention, the more likely they are to issue a recall. I think there are some major design issues and/or manufacturing defects with this vehicle (the 2008 model in particular). Power steering, AC, leaky sunroofs just to name a few. A vehicle in this price range shouldn't be having so many major failures in the first 50-60,000 miles. It's not acceptable.
Be ready to get wait a long time for any satisfaction however. I am still working with a GM rep trying to get this issue resolved. It is taking forever! I haven't had AC in my vehicle for nearly a month now during one of the hottest summers on record. It's not very pleasant to get inside this vehicle after it's been parked outside all day where I work. Not much cooling to be had with the windows down when it's 100 degrees outside.
Until the AC issue is fixed, I have to cram my family into our 1999 Infiniti G20 to go anywhere. Great car by the way - never a single issue with it. It's a 1999! The 2008 Buick Enclave has been a huge disappointment thus far. GM needs to step up and stand behind this vehicle and all its problems or consumers will avoid GM products and tell anyone else who will listen to do the same.
#118 of 235 Re: 2008 Buick Enclave AC issue [rjluke]
Jul 11, 2012 (6:03 am)
I opened a case file for my 2008 Enclave and it got me nowhere. I specifically asked my rep to let me speak to his supervisor and he basically told me that there was no one else I could talk to. I told him that unless he was the president/CEO of GM, then there should be someone above him I could speak with. I was never given the chance to talk to a higher up. I even received an email from another rep telling me that GM would not discuss the issue with me anymore. My 2008 Enclave was in the shop 7 times for the A/C and I was on my 3rd transmission when I finally got fed up last September and traded it in for a Ford Edge which has given me no problems at all!
#119 of 235 Re: 2008 Buick Enclave AC issue [vickiefontaine]
Jul 11, 2012 (7:13 am)
I would love to trade mine in but I know we are upside down on it. I am just praying for a big real estate deal in which I can use my commission to pay the difference in a trade! I am really very disappointed in this car!
#120 of 235 Re: 2008 Buick Enclave AC issue [renee51]
Jul 11, 2012 (7:33 am)
Thank you for taking the time to post your concerns with your Enclave. If we can look into this matter with your air conditioning, please send an email to socialmediagm.com with the following information: your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership. We will set up a Service Request in our department and go from there.
GM Customer Service
#121 of 235 Re: 2008 Buick Enclave AC issue [gmcustsvcsarah]
Jul 11, 2012 (7:45 am)
Thank you Sarah! I will get that to you as soon as I can!
#122 of 235 Disgusted with my Buick 2008 Enclave
Jul 12, 2012 (6:11 am)
I purchased this car in December of 2010. Last summer I had noticed the air conditioner stopped working. I brought it to the dealership. They ran a dye test and could not find the leak anywhere. The re charged the air and it worked for the remainder of the summer. Flash forward to 3 weeks ago once again the air stopped working. It would only blow HOT air. I have 2 small children so this was not going to work. Once again I called the dealership but now I am out of the warranty by a little over 3000 miles. I brought the car to our local repair shop who works on my husbands company vehicles. Well let me say the nightmare began. The repair to get the air conditioner to work once again cost me $1680.50. I needed a new evaporator core which is located behind the front console of the car. The entire dashboard needed to be removed to repair the issue. The labor that went into fixing the problem was over 10 1/2 hours. I was without a vehicle for almost 3 weeks.
The money that I pay for my car and to have such a major issue is ridiculous. Never never again would I buy a GM car. I have brought this car in several times already. I had to bring it in for the steering wheel issue alignment issues tire issues and now the air conditioner. That is about all I can take.
#123 of 235 Re: Disgusted with my Buick 2008 Enclave [furino2009]
Jul 12, 2012 (8:03 am)
I have the exact same problem with my AC system. It died just after warranty expiration. This after the power steering pump failed at 49,000 miles. The dealer re-charged the freon and did the dye test. That lasted about a week. Brought it back in and they could not find a leak. Freon once again low. The dealer gave me an estimate of $1,675 to replace the front evaporator core, which they said "might" fix the problem. I haven't scheduled the repair yet. GM needs to pay for this and guarantee the repair will solve the problem. Having these major failures on a car with this many miles is unacceptable. I have a case file established with GM, which so far has gotten me nowhere. I'm still waiting for my case manager Tony to get the information he needs from my local dealer. He's been working on this for over 2 1/2 weeks - still "trying" to gather data. I've been trying to get in touch with him for the last three days, but he is not returning my phone calls. That is also unacceptable. I am running out of patience. It's beeen almost a month without air conditioning during a very hot summer. GM needs to issue a recall for this. There are way too many people having the same issue and all at about the same mileage. Either there is an engineering design flaw, poor quality parts, and/or a manufacuting defect with the AC system (as well as the power steering, which is another issue).
#124 of 235 Re: Disgusted with my Buick 2008 Enclave [furino2009]
Jul 12, 2012 (8:53 am)
I am sorry to hear that you have had so many difficulties with your Enclave, furino2009.
I see that your recent A/C work has been done at an independent, were your steering wheel alignment issues also addressed there? Do you have any current concerns with your Buick?
GM Customer Service
#125 of 235 Re: Disgusted with my Buick 2008 Enclave [gmcustsvcsarah]
Jul 13, 2012 (3:26 am)
Good Morning Sarah,
I could have brought the car to the dealership for the a/c to be repaired but I knew they would be more expensive than the independent station. To have to shell out that large amount of money is terrible. After reading all the posts about the a/c for this vehicle I don't understand why GM is not issuing a recall. There is obviously a serious problem that we the customers are dealing with.
All other issues were dealt with by my local dealership.