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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,240 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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2003 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jun 202008


  • 75,000 miles


Smoke began to billow into vehicle shortly after our babysitter pulled out from parking lot. She pulled off the road immediately and turned off the ignition. After vehicle was towed in for repair, it was determined that the insulation on the main wiring harness had worn through where the wires rubbed against the front passenger airbag. Deemed by mechanic to have been a design flaw that nearly resulted in a fire. I have the remains of the wiring harness available for your inspection if necessary.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #8

Aug 252008


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact noticed smoke from the driver's side front seat. Upon further inspection, she noticed flames coming from the vehicle. She took her vehicle to a dealer and they concluded that when she adjusted her seat, the track ran over a cord in the wiring harness that created a fire. The vehicle does not have optional heat/cooler integrated seats. The technician stated that the seat would have to be replaced and the wiring in the electrical system needed to be repaired. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 082006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the electrical system in the vehicle causes the interior and exterior lighting to fail. As a result, the speedometer fails. Also, the power source outlets do not work and several attempts must be made in order to start the vehicle. General Motors could not assist her because the vehicle exceeded 100,000 miles and did not qualify for repair service. The Buick dealer where she purchased the vehicle is no longer in business, therefore she is unable to obtain copies of the paperwork. The vehicle has not been repaired due to the cost. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 110,000. Updated 03-04-08 updated

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 242006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,720 miles


: the contact stated while driving 30 mph, all the interior lights went out intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the problem. The consumer stated the service engine light stayed on for days. The alrm didn't work, the key would get stuck in the ignition, the ac did not cool properly, the ABS would engage when it was not needed, the battery was replaced, the turn signals wouldn't cancel, the doors wouldn't unlock when the vehicle was placed in park. Updated 12/29/06.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Nov 282005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2. a.heater does not work with only 40,000 miles on the vehicle 2. B. ABS stopped working after 38,000 miles. ABS light is on 2. C. traction control does not work. Traction control light is on. Since, I am in the middle of winter, I have taken the car for repairs and it is turning out to be a expensive one.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 112005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


No events leading up to event. Dash fire. Car is totaled. Waiting on insurance pay off.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 032004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Electical failure in car caused catestrophic fire within 5 minutes of initial indications of smoke.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 112003


  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning electrical system failed, causing a distraction to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Indianola, IA, USA

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