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NHTSA — Communications: Horn Assembly Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,833 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.

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012014

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. While the vehicle was parked, the horn activated independently. The failure persisted until the battery was disconnected. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000. Updated 11/20/14 updated 5/4/2015

- West Milton, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 032007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The horn will not engage unless the contact pressed the icon. This incident has been reported to General Motors, and that was an engineering defect that was related to the placement of the air bag in the steering wheel. The dealer was unable to fix the horn. Updated 02/22/07.

- Clarkston , MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 242004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I have had so many problems with my Rendezvous I feel like the dealership has had my car more than I have. For starters, the front and rear hub failed four times, with the fourth one still needing to be repaired and GM refusing to address the problem because of the number of miles on the car, the check engine light stays on intermittently, the rear wiper stays on and I had to remove the fuse, I have replaced the tires three times with no explaination on the uneven excessive wear, the power steering pump makes loud whining noise and leaks power steering fluid with no explaination, windshield wipers catch on each other and I have on numerous occassions had to stop the car, get out and untangle them, however, the dealer cannot duplicate the problem, the rear air compressor still does not work after being repaired twice, fuses blow for no reason.

- Harbor Springs, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 042005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The dashboard failed to illuminate. This caused poor visibility for the driver to see properly. Driver took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the dashboard panel needed to be replaced. During the day the instrument panel does not light up and as a result it is hard for the consumer to see the speedometer, RPM's, etc. The horn can not be sounded by extending thumb from steering wheel. The consumer has to remove one hand from the steering wheel and press it firmly in the center of the steering wheel to activate the horn.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #2

Oct 232002


  • 6,000 miles
The horn is very hard to operate during an emergency. The horn has to be pressed forcibly in the center in order to operate properly. Dealer has examined the vehicle twice for this problem.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #1

Oct 242003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Buick regal and 2003 Buick Rendezvous, the horns are impossible to sound in a panic or emergency situation. Complaints have been made to the dealer and manufacturer to no avail.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

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