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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Buick Rendezvous drivetrain problems

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 302014


  • 131,000 miles


AWD disabled itself and the antilock came on and have started to stay on then when I make turns the car starts screaching really loud so I just recently learned of a recall for this so what can I

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 112014

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Engine completely dies making it impossible to steer. It willl turn on right away, go a few miles and then dies again. It has been serviced, the trottle has been clean, fuel filter replaced, spark plug wires and spark plugs have been replaced to no avail. We've even changed tramission fluid and filtered.

- Corpus Christi , TX, USA

problem #5

May 122013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 147,500 miles
I was looking up info on my car found there was recalls on my specific problem. The transmission shifts very hard with poor engine performance. It idles high and at times it sputters taking off from a stop. I am afraid one of these times it will stall and will end up in an accident. We had it hooked up for a diagnostic it came up trouble code P0742. This is our main transportation and the car used to Transport our son. I would really like to get this fixed before it becomes a major issue or a problem resulting in a new car or accident.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 132012


  • miles


While driving the brakes will start to lock up and cause it hard to stop this will continue until the message comes up that the traction is off. Once the traction system disables itself the brake will work properly. If a bump is hit the brake light comes on and continually dings until you turn off the engine and restart it.

- Belpre , OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 272009


  • miles
2003 Buick Rendezvous...making humming noise when turning wheel. Very bad. I took it to a garage and they tell me it is the differential, that it will take 9 pints of fluid to flush it out at 29 dollars a pint! if I don't get this done, it will freeze up and will not move. I came home and looked it up on the internet and cannot believe what I am reading. Every person that has had a Buick Rendezvous, this has happened to. I am not talking a few, there was about 300 of them, just posted on the internet. Why would there not be a recall on this" I would really consider that all of them doing this is definitely a defect somewhere. One woman even stated that she had to do this every year that she had it!!! these are not cheap cars to own. I have only had mine 1 year and have put 2000 miles on it. It now only has 55, 000 miles on it. I would like to know what qualifies a recall" I am sure I will be letting it sit while I am still making another 4 years payments on it. No way can anyone afford to keep fixing the same thing every year. It is going to cost between 450 and 625 to fix it...the mechanic told me and then couldn't promise that it would stay fixed. I think something should really be investigated on this one. I hope you check out the complaints online concerning this....thank you!

- Lucas, OH, USA

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problem #2

Oct 232008


  • 65,000 miles
Had to replace front left wheel bearing on 2003 Buick Rendezvous cz (AWD) at about 65,000 miles. Now the right front wheel bearing is being replaced at 70,000 miles. This is a common defect in this Buick product and a recall should be issued.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 102007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. While making a right or left turn, the vehicle made a grinding noise. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact had to replace the front driver side tire. When the spare was placed on the vehicle, the all wheel drive system had to be disabled. Ironically, the noise stopped immediately afterwards. Once the repairs were made, the all wheel drive was reactivated and the noise returned. When attempting to stop the vehicle, she heard a dinging noise and the all wheel drive indicator light illuminated. The brakes failed and the contact drove off the road in order to stop the vehicle. The brakes locked, which caused the all wheel drive to engage. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that this was impossible. They stated that the two front all wheel drive sensors needed to be replaced and a code was received for the ABS light. The contact stated that the ABS light never illuminated. The current and failure mileages were 90,000.

- Bonner Springs, KS, USA

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