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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,934 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.

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 122011

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Vehicle handled very poorly at highway speeds. Right rear coil spring broken in 1 place, left rear broken in 2 places. Aftermarket replacements had more windings. Bought this car new - gets normal use, no accidents, never run over anything, e.g. curb. Many other owners complaining of same issue online.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #9

Dec 082005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a used 2002 Buick Rendezvous in April of 2004 from a GM dealership (above). It is an AWD V6 cxl SUV. My car manual specifically states not to use anything other than dexcool antifreeze. I never received any notice from GM or the dealership or dexcool regarding the problems on this vehicle and dexcool. Even after the lawsuit against GM in 2008 I did not get notified in any way, and the dealership never told me to stop using dexcool, so I have been continuing to experience engine problems! when I bought this car it had 37,591 miles on it. I paid just under $20,000 for it. On 12/8/05 I did a transmission flush. Four months later, on March 9, 2006, the car was found to have the intake manifold gaskets leaking oil and coolant, and the front timing cover seal was leaking. It also needed front and rear brakes. At that time they told me the coolant was leaking all over everything and was getting into the transmission (and the brakes, too, I think.) had to have another transmission flush done and I think coolant flush done - cost was $222. I had 3 estimates done for the rest of the work and they ranged from $3,300, to 1700 to $1,380. It cost me $89 and $73 for two of the estimates. Had work done at 4th shop on 4/20/06, cost me $730. On August 22, 2007, I had to have the intake gasket done again as well as a coolant flush; cost me $492. On August 11, 2009 I had to have the oil pressure switch replaced as it was leaking plus other work; total was $257. I was told about a year ago that the intake gasket was leaking oil and coolant again and had to be replaced again. The car did not pass inspection in June, 2010; one of the problems is transmission is slipping. Is that a result of the dexcool coolant contaminating the tranny? other work needed is steering rack (again), air compressor, & rear air shocks. The coolant leaking has caused the failure of many of the parts I have had to have fixed on this car, not just the gasket.

- So. Portland, ME, USA

problem #8

Jul 152008


  • 49,000 miles
Multiple issues with regard to 2002 Buick Rendezvous: With less than 50,000 miles, I have had to replace the onboard computer ($900), left front hub assembly ($1100) and A/C condenser ($1300). Among other issues related to design defects, the odometer is located inside the onboard computer, so the vehicle was in the repair shop for 5 days while the part was shipped to California (from Virginia) for repair. Recalls have not been issued for these parts, though there are numerous complaints on web forums (recommend initiating google search for "2002 Buick Rendezvous complaint").

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #7

Apr 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


Buick Rendezvous 2002 failure with blown transfer case & transmission, main exhaust pipe loose from head, rear end noise, passenger door sticks.

- Merrickville, 00, USA

problem #6

Mar 282006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Bearings and sensor on anti lock went out. Car stopping, locking up, not re-starting.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

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problem #5

Jun 292006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
I purchased my 2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl in early 2003. By 2004 I had to have the A/C condenser replaced, the shocks & struts replaced and numerous problems with the A/C. then in summer of 2006 the car engine started misfiring and the car stalled out with smoke coming out of the hood, etc. Had it towed to Buick, they said the engine had a leak somewhere and water leaked into the oil...huh" anyway, of course even though I had the extended warranty, I was just out of warranty and they refused to fix it. The option was to replace the engine for $6,000. This vehicle was already paid off and worth about $14K prior to the engine blowing up. I ended up selling it for $3K. Is this normal" I think not. I submitted my case to several "lawyer" claiming to specialize in this type of rip off activity by car manufacturers but they said it wasn't worth it to them to pursue it. Maybe if someone had died it would be worth more. I would like to see Buick at least admit poor manufacturing and refund me some of my money. I took a loss of $11K on this vehicle.

- Wilmington, DE, 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

Jun 152004


  • 62,500 miles
The consumer stated the horn would blow and the radio would come on for no reason. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership for inspection; however the mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The consumer had taken the vehicle to another dealer and they fixed the module the same day. There has been no other problem. Currently the vehicle is in security mode. The consumer was unable to open the windows and the rear doors. The consumer noticed the floor mats were discolored, it was determined that the air condition system had malfunctioned. There was a screeching noise in the steering column, but no problem was found. The left front hub and bearing was replaced the brakes were replaced.

- Newport, RI, USA

problem #2

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,502 miles
Front wheel bearings defect twice in six months. (cannot understand how this could happen twice in one year on a new car. I only do highway driving live in NY and work in ct. I was told part (hub kit 6.307 R )on back order for at least three weeks. I could not be without a car for three weeks nor could I rent a car for three weeks. So I took it to my mechanic who fixed it in one day.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle pulled to left when accelerating. Dealer rotated tires and did an alignment. Currently, vehicle pulls to right. Vehicle has been taken to dealer a total of 7 times, dealer stated there was nothing else they could do.

- Gladwin, MI, USA

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