2019 Buick Encore Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, tail lights, brakes and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The world of compact SUVs has seen a lot of models come and go, but the 2019 Buick Encore continues to be a favorite. The automaker claims that the new Encore helps owners “make the most of every drive,” but many people find it challenging to drive at all. This model suffers from a defective electrical system, malfunctioning service brakes, a broken engine and poor exterior lighting.

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Problems with the Electrical System

The Buick Encore is not a cheap SUV. With the price tag, one would expect high-end materials used throughout, but it seems that Buick forgot to take care of the electrical system.

One Cars.com review states, “I’ve had nothing but problems with this car. When I first got the car, the tire pressure light kept coming on. Did everything and finally bought new tires this year!. Also, the first year I had it, the radio locked up. Had to get that replaced. The second year my engine light kept coming on. For almost 6 weeks I was taking my car in to find out what is going on. So many sensors had to be replaced . One time I drove it out of the service and going home, the light comes on. This year, the engine light comes on and I lose braking and steering. Spark plug replaced! A couple of days out of service and the light comes back on! Take it to be looked at and light goes off before I get to the service. Another couple of days and the light comes back on! This is getting ridiculous.of course service is closed so I get ready to call service the next morning and the light goes off! When not experiencing any issues the car runs great. Come on this is new car! Suppose to feel safe but am scared to drive any long distance!”

It appears that this Encore was nothing but a nuisance to the owner. Aside from this, there is also a dangerous defect with this SUV model. NHTSA Campaign Number states that some might be equipped with a defective Sensing Diagnostic Module that can prevent the air bags from deploying. With that in mind, it’s challenging to see this vehicle as a reliable option for “every drive,” especially if owners want to live after an accident.

Problems with the Engine

One of the most important parts of any car is the engine. With the right amount of power and performance, the ride can be extremely enjoyable. Otherwise, owners just become frustrated with constant issues.

That’s precisely what’s discussed in this Cars.com review. “Beautiful car but after owning it for 5 days, the engine light came on and I was having problems driving it. I had to pull over on the highway at night! Being a single woman, this is a safety hazard. I was only 5 minutes from home, so I decided to risk it and drive it to the safety of my drive way. I then called the dealership and told them I was return it. Of course the dealership said I can’t return a car. I had it towed back to there anyway and refuse to pick it up. At this point, I don’t care what they do with the car. I have already notified the bank that I am not paying for it and I don’t care if it impacts my credit for 7 years. My safety and life are more important!”

This driver was willing to ruin her credit history over this car’s engine problems. It turns out that Buick isn’t oblivious to problems. The automaker even discussed how fuel can sometimes contaminate the oil because of defects with Service Bulletin #PIP5647. When these situations occur, owners can only “make the most of every drive” to the dealership and hope for a repair.

Problems with the Brakes

With all the problems already discussed, it makes sense that owners would want to ensure that the brakes are working correctly. Surprise, surprise; they aren’t!

Here is a complaint filed with the NHTSA. “The contact owns a 2019 Buick Encore. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the pedal traveled to the floorboard. The contact had to pump the brake pedal a few times for it to function properly. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to [dealer] on April 3, 2019 where it was diagnosed that a new vacuum pump needed to be installed; however, the same codes did not appear the following day. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not assist. The failure mileage was 3,000.”

Other complaints discuss the opposite, where the brakes were applying themselves in some situations. Either way, these instances show how dangerous the Encore can be. In fact, Buick goes on to state that some models were delivered with the shipping material still installed on the brake pressure sensor assemblies. This statement found with Service Bulletin #PIC5704F shows how incompetent the company truly is. It won’t be long before this Buick SUV is making the most of its drive to the junkyard.

Problems with the Tail Lights

It’s important to see clearly on the road and no one expects problems with the lighting on a premium SUV. However, the Encore disappoints yet again.

One NHTSA review states, “There’s condensation in both taillights every single morning. This is a 2019 vehicle that I’ve owned for only 4 months. No other car I’ve seen has this condensation. I took it to the dealership and they said the heat of the brake lights should burn up the condensation.”

When a dealer suggests that the condensation will “burn up” from brake light usage, that shows how poor the entire operation is. In fact, this dealer should have had enough sense to read Service Bulletin #010842001L, which discusses the procedure designed to replace the exterior lamps that have condensation buildup. It’s just one more problem that Buick doesn’t want to face in hopes they can continue to dupe customers. It won’t be long before many of these drivers become fans of foreign cars instead.

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