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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,460 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 steering problems

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 272014


  • 166,000 miles


Steering wheel fluid was emptying out rapidly, it was replaced. Start drving on the highway the car steerinf froze I could not steer it. Made it off the road mechanic put it on the lift he told me that the rack and pion was gone on both sides which is very dangerous and very expensive job. I heard nothing about a recall.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 032011

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Body control module went out. Had to find the answer on google so the dealer could fix it (headlights and dash controls went on and off while driving at night) $650 front seat inop dealer still does not know what's wrong $" gas gauge inop dealer still does not know what's wrong $" catalytic converter went out this month also cost $850 water pump $25 O2 sensor bank 1 and 2 - $145 mass air flow sensor- $104 fuel filter- $11 steering rack and pinion- $195 total $1980 all these things happened in one month. I hate the Buick Rendezvous. Getting rid of as soon as I can.

- Joshua Tree , CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162010


  • 101,000 miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous otherwise known as the money pit. Seems that as usual our latest expense (101,000) is not covered under the recalls, due to the manufacturing date of the vehicle. Smelled gas for a week, then noticed gas gauge fluctuating, never showing empty even though trip odometer showed it had almost an empty tank. Mechanic stated crack in the fuel tank, but car was manufactured before the recall date, so Buick did not cover the cost of repairs. Have recently also experienced loss of all power to cigarette lighters, drivers side window fell down and entire regulator unit was replaced. Back hatch handle fell off, again. Rearview mirror also fell off. Ac fan will no longer blow at highest setting. These are all minor compared to the faulty ABS sensor, loss of traction control, ac condenser, tie rods, 2 replaced batteries, front wheel bearings, rotors. And those repairs are just from the last 3 years....

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 152006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I have had nothing but trouble with this vehicle. I took it into the dealer the other day to have the front wheel bearing replace (paid for by GM) and in the process, the mechanic found another serious problem. I had been hearing a banging noise coming from the rear end for a few months now. I jacked the rear end of the car up and couldn't find the source of the noise. I was told by the mechanic that it is the right rear knuckle that was making the noise. When they got it on the rack, they found that the tire is moving front to back about 2 inches. I was told that this is a serious safety issue and that I will need to get it fixed asap at a cost of about $750. I took my vehicle to another mechanic to get a second opinion. I got the same diagnosis from the second mechanic with the addition of "we've never seen one of these go bad. You should never have to replace this part" they went on to say that they didn't want to do this work because it is extremely labor intensive and not their specialty. I am going to take it to a frame specialist and have the work done there. Did I mention that I had to replace the body control module two weeks ago?.

- Essexville, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 302005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,442 miles
At a slow turning speed the brakes give out and you have to re-pump the brakes for the brakes to work again. Also when you make a turn it sounds like somthing is straining ( sounds like a bunch of dying cows are under the hood of the car ) had the car in twice and was told I am turning the car to hard and there is nothing wrong with the brakes ! I have almost had two accidents because of the brakes and the moaning under the hood of the car is getting worse.this has been going on since they end of April 2005.

- Marathon, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 222005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,342 miles
I took my car to the dealer complaining of a rubbing/clunking noise while driving. The diagnosis was the exhaust was bent and was rubbing on the driveshaft. Dealer replaced complete exhaust system and driveshaft. I was told this could only have happened due to rear end impact. No impact occurred that I am aware of and no visible damage to vehicle. I contacted my insurance company and they inspected the vehicle and did not find any evidence of rear end damage. They suspect design/safety defect and asked the dealer to provide them with the drive shaft. Dealer said they have seen this happen one other time. I am concerned about the safety of this vehicle

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 122004


  • 33,000 miles


While driving, it was difficult for the consumer to steer the steering wheel.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,355 miles
On four prior occasions for sudden catastrophic electrical system failure / stalling while the vehicle is in operation, this creates a major hazard to safe operation of the vehicle. The dealership and General Motors have been unable to isolate / replicate and effect repairs for this intermittent nonconformity, yet they have expect us to continue operating the vehicle while they knowingly have failed to effect repair. My wife and I are afraid to operate the vehicle in its condition and jeopardize our safety by operating a vehicle that is unsafe for highway operation. Given the nature of the problem, automobile appraisers state our vehicle is worthless for sale or trade. Current mileage 18187.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 182003


  • miles
Automobile cuts off and does not want to restart. Then, steering locks, and she cannot get it to unlock until she beats on it for 5-10 minutes. Then, it releases. She has had it to 3 different dealerships, and they all told her that they could fix the problem because they could not get the vehicle to duplicate the problem.

- Sullivan, MO, USA

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