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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,286 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Buick Rendezvous exhaust system problems

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 282009


  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the intake manifold gasket was leaking coolant. After she placed more coolant in the vehicle, it would overheat while driving approximately five miles. She continues to add coolant, but the vehicle keeps running hot. The mechanic stated that the upper and lower intake manifold failed. The contact will call the manufacturer for assistance. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Feb 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact began experiencing failure with the heater and noticed that the coolant reservoir was always empty. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and he stated that the intake manifold needed to be replaced at the cost of $800. The dealer stated that the intake manifold was replaced by the previous owner at 30,000 miles. The manufacturer stated that they could not assist due to the vehicle's age and mileage. The current mileage was 98,333 and failure mileage was 93,000.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 152007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
My car has a gas leak from the fuel tank. The intake manifold gaskets are leaking. I have an musty odor in the car along with gas smell. The air condition failed last week due to what I find out now is a known issue. The gasket failure is a known issue the fuel tank is a known issue. How can you allow a manufacturer get away with this.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I bought my 02 Buick Rendezvous in Oct of 05. It had 53K. I just hit 90K the largest part is highway miles from this passed year with several deaths in my family. To start with my passenger floor would get soaked. At first I thought the window was left down or the sunroof was leaking. I checked and the rubber is still intact and I can spray water on the roof and nothing leaks in. The tract around the sunroof is not wet. One morning my on star system had water dripping from it but no water was felt around the sun roof and the windshield sits below it. This had been going on since I got the car. Now within the past 6 months everything on the car is failing. My driver door will not lock with the remote. This is a 300 motor. My coolant disappears from reserve with no sign of leaking. I had the check engine light come on and the first day off I had to go get it checked it went off. My ac stopped working. I have 3 kids and no ac in 100 weather suxs. Had it charged and within 2 weeks back to no ac now after weeks of research I am finding out that the intake gaskets on this motor are made from nylon and the dex cool that is said to be used in it can eat them prematurely. I have been stranded on the highway because my car was over heating. The ac condenser is also known to go out regular. I just bought brand new tires in may and had the alignment done. I noticed that the front of my car has began to shake and the front left tire is ate up. I am wondering if this is the bearing problem that this vehicle was recalled for. I am not understanding why the government is not forcing GM to recall this vehicle. My research has found hundreds if not thousands of these problems. A class action lawsuit in Canada not including the recall that Canada has forced over this exact yr and model. I still owe a lot of money on this car and my repairs are almost more then what I owe.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #3

Jun 092007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Wheel bearings need replacement. Fuel pump was bad. Replaced tires and brakes 3 times since I hav E owned the vehicle 2 years. Intake manifold was leaking, causing the car to be sluggish and not start sometimes. ABS lights came on frequently. The car was a big nightmare. Wish I never would of bought a Buick Rendezvous.

- Thornton, CO, USA

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problem #2

Dec 102005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
@ 81,000 mile the intake manifold, head gasket and front drivers side speed sensor needed replaced! recently the window has come off the track and the switch for the sunroof is no longer working! problems, problems, problems!!!!!!!!

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 052005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the dealership diagnosed that the intake gasket was leaking coolant. There have been no repairs made to the vehicle due to excessive cost.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

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