Buick Encore - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Buick Encore owners have reported a total of 201 problems for their cars built in the 6 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Buick Encore. The 2015 Buick Encore cars have the most problems reported (66 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Buick Encore

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Encore
7
  2017 Encore
22
  2016 Encore
20
  2015 Encore
66
  2014 Encore
30
  2013 Encore
56

  Common problems of Buick Encore

The following chart shows the 18 most common problems for Buick Encore cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (35 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (26 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Buick Encore

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
35
  Electrical System
26
  Service Brakes
25
  Equipment
21
  Air Bag
18
  Power Train
13
  Steering
11
  Other Fuel System
9
  Visibility
9
  Vehicle Speed Control
7
   
  Exterior Lighting
6
  Seat Belt
6
  Structure
5
  Tire
3
  Wheel
3
  Seats
2
  Suspension
1
  Electronic Stability Control
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Buick Encore of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Encore model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Buick Encore model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Encore Model Years

Encore
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 725,2391    
0.28
  2017 2289,9482    
0.12
  2016 2084,9813    
0.08
  2015 6672,8104    
0.23
  2014 3059,1515    
0.10
  2013 5631,7356    
0.29

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Buick Encore is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Encore
6
  2017 Encore
7
  2016 Encore
6
  2015 Encore
18
  2014 Encore
8
  2013 Encore
10


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