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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,667 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Owner purchased 2003 Buick Rendezvous in July, 2007. At the beginning of August, 2007, with approximately 80K miles on it, the vehicle's ABS, traction control, and check engine lights came on and the gas gauge began fluctuating erratically. Upon inspection at the local GM service center, the service technician diagnosed that the problem had been caused by a manufacturer design flaw related to the air conditioning system in which the condensation drain was made forward facing, which while driving at moderate to high speeds, would prevent the condensation to drain properly while running the air conditioning due to wind resistance. This caused the condensation (water) to pool inside the vehicle, causing multiple valves to rust, various electrical functions to malfunction, and resulted in a musty mildew smell inside the vehicle because the carpet was becoming saturated. The service technician stated he had seen this problem several times before and informed the consumer that Buick remedied the problem for the 2005 and newer models. Therefore, the remedy provided was that the original A/C condensation drain was replaced to match that of the 2005 and newer Rendezvous. This remedy alone would have been relatively inexpensive had Buick issued a recall for this design flaw (which they clearly recognized as evidenced by the design modification on the 2005 and newer models), however since the problem was not observable until significant damage had been done (including multiple rusted valves that had to be replaced and several hours of labor), the repair ended up costing the consumer over $1,000.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jul 282003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The side view mirrors were grossly oversized and made the vision obscure at the intersection. The driver was unable to view vehicles traveling in either direction. The consumer almost had several accidents due to the problem. The consumer turned his body in order to make right/left turns at intersections. The mirror was very close to the side window.

- Pembroke, MA, USA

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