2020 Buick Encore GX Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Fuel system, brakes and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2020 Buick Encore GX is the first model year for the lineup, and the automaker hails it by saying it has a “style that stands out.” However, the only things “standing out” with this compact SUV are the defects. This Buick suffers from dangerous service brakes, a faulty engine and a defective fuel system.

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Problems with the Service Brakes

Stopping a vehicle before a collision occurs should be a top priority for every driver and automaker. However, Buick doesn’t seem to be concerned with it in their Buick Encore GX.

One Edmunds review reads, “I had my car for 2 weeks and the brakes and power steering went. Towed to dealer. It is the master cylinder. They are on back order and I have had a rental going on 3 weeks.”

It turns out that these brakes are beyond defective. NHTSA Campaign Number 20V588000 states that some vehicles are experiencing sensor connection contamination with the electronic brake boost system that causes communication interruption. When the electronic brake boost assist system goes down, drivers must apply additional pedal force to stop the vehicle, which increases the likelihood of an accident. There’s no faster way to “stand out” than to rear-end a vehicle in your Buick Encore GX.

Problems with the Engine

As a Buick, one would expect that the Buick Encore GX would be equipped with a reliable and potent engine, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Another Edmunds review says, “Engine and transmission had problems the first day I bought it with 20 miles. Dealership couldn’t tell me what was wrong with the car. Maybe it’ll be a recall soon since it’s a 2020.”

With engine issues, Buick is being surprisingly quiet. Until there is a recall, there’s very little chance that any communications will be issued. It appears that Buick doesn’t want to take responsibility for anything, or the defects might “stand out.”

Problems with the Fuel System

In conjunction with the lemon engine is a malfunctioning fuel system. These two systems work hand-in-hand to irritate customers.

Just read this Edmunds review. “2 fuel pumps in 4k miles, all kinds of noises, stay away. I leased this pile of junk for 3 years, ugh.”

Again, Buick has sealed communications, so there’s nothing talking about fuel system concerns. It’s just a big secret with the automaker and technicians, but without documentation, the company can make every customer feel like it’s only happening to them. Maybe it’s time owners search for a cheaper, more reliable brand instead of shelling out the big bucks to Buick for a piece of garbage.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Denise M

    Bought a 2020 Buick Encore. Got recall letter saying turbo defective. Took it into the dealership and now it gets the worse fuel mileage ever. Took it back to dealership and they say nothing is wrong. I know there is because I have to fill it twice a week compared to once a week before taking it in and driving the same amount of miles.

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