Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Cooling System Problems

2002 Buick Rendezvous (Page 2 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,920 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Buick Rendezvous cooling system problems

cooling system problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Buick Rendezvous:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #8

Jun 042007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,795 miles


I am having electrical problems with my 2002 Buick Rendezvous. First, the power door locks, windows, air conditioner, radio and remote keys entry would lock. Then yesterday the vehicle lost all power while I was driving in traffic. Somehow I managed to turn a corner (without power steering) and park the vehicle. After waiting a while and removing and replacing the connection from the battery to the fuse box under the hood, I was able to get it restarted and return to work. When I tried to leave work, it died in the driveway. Again I was able to reset everything after several tries and park the vehicle. I am afraid to drive it. I also have problems with squeaky brakes, which have been bad since I purchased the vehicle but the dealer and an independent garage cannot find a cause. I also am starting to have problems with the coolant level going down with no visible leak.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #7

Jan 232007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,904 miles
2003 Buick Rendezvous with 56,534 miles and needing a new head gasket, and new anti-freeze every couple of days. After research I know that I'm definitely not alone in this matter!!! bad stains on garage floor!!! nervous because wife drives it with our kids.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #6

May 242006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,174 miles
The intake manifold gaskets deteriorated and started leaking on my 2002 Buick Rendezvous and on my 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. The same thing happened on my mother's 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. All of the vehicles cited had less than a 100K miles on the odometer. The Buick being the latest victim had 67K when it was discovered. The gasket failure could result in severe engine damage and potential fire.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #5

Jan 112006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


: the contact stated after driving for 10 minutes the vehicle overheated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership. The dealership determined air was getting into the radiator coolant and the head gaskets need to be replaced.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #4

May 092005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Bought 2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl from carmax with 29K miles. Seemed to run ok for first couple around 36K miles, the condenser went out at the same time as the odometer started to display "error". unacceptable for condenser to fail with just 3 years of light use. Also, had to replace instrument panel to get rid of error - took a week to ship the error panel to factory so they could read mileage and set on a new panel to ship back to the dealer. Luckily I purchased extended warranty, but I still have a 75 deductable for every repair and rental vehicle is not covered.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #3

Apr 202005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intake manifold gasket causing coolant leak at 65000 miles.

- Linden, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 012004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Purchased 3/1/04 and got a free oil change in mail because it was sold to me when it already needed an oil change. I had to keep adding oil. I called because salesperson said he had to be there when they fixed several things on it. 1st time, I sat 3 hrs to get it fixed. 2nd time after 2 messages to salesman w/O response, I called and took it to get fixed again. 3rd time I took it down there to show them the results of oil consumption test and they didn't fix my windshield leak again, my air quit working when I got it back after 2nd time. They want me to pay to have engine tore down and pay my deductible for the 2nd time in a month. I am a full time student and appraiser. My car is my livelihood and I am loosing alot of money. Earl dunn Buick in Tennessee doesn't care after the sale. I guess we know where and why car salesmen get their reputations.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 102004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,682 miles
At 43,000 miles my 2002 Buick rendevous lost freon. The Buick dealer quoted me $848 to fix. I found a service bulletin on a 2001 Pontiac aztek with similar problems. Both the rendevous and aztek share components from GM. They fixed the ac condenser and 2 seal of the condenser. Also they recharged the freon. After I asked about a sevice bulletin on the rendevous, GM paid for the fix with a $100 copay.

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

Not what you are looking for?