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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
16,803 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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2004 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 192011

Rendezvous

  • 113,138 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact could not turn off the vehicle because the key became stuck in the ignition. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing, which confirmed that the ignition lock chamber needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,138.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 052008

Rendezvous

  • 75,000 miles
A complete electrical system failure occurs periodically without any warning on my 2004 Buick Rendezvous. This is the exact same problem in the recall notice issued by NHTSA 05V157000. I contact GM about this problem and their position is the recall is not specific/covered by my VIN number. I suggest all 2004 Buick Rendezvous be considered for this recall as this is a potentially serious problem.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 242004

Rendezvous

  • miles
2004 Buick Rendezvous engine stalls while driving. Consumer states that he was driving around 65 mph when the engine shut off without warning. Customer states he is paying for Buick's mistake. The consumer was unable to steer or stop the vehicle. The vehicle veered into oncoming traffic which caused the consumer to have a fatal accident involving another motorist. The consumer was injured. Eight months later, the consumer received a received a recall stating the engine could shut down and result in a crash. The consumer requested recall information. Updated 03/24/12

- Tennessee Colony, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 102004

Rendezvous

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact had problems with the rear hatchback opening while driving since the vehicle was purchased. After multiple attempts to repair the defect by the dealership the contact was alerted of NHTSA recall campaign 04V150000. The recall notices were sent to the dealership 15 days before she purchased the vehicle, and the recall repairs did not solve the problem. The gas gauge on the vehicle did not work accurately. The dealership replaced the electronic control module (ECM) multiple times, but the problem persisted. They suggested that she determine the amount of gas used by the miles traveled. The locks did not unlock the door when the vehicle was in park. The contact had to turn the vehicle on and off to unlock the doors and the manual locks did not always work. There have been no repairs made to the locks.

- Runnells, IA, USA

problem #10

Jun 112005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The problem was ignition continued to crank even after letting go of key. This problem was looked at by mechanic, and he found no reason. Vehicle shut down while driving, when driving about 20 mph there was a warning light which showed a battery. Then the vehicle was checked, was put on a battery tester, no problem appeared. Dealer told owner there were no problems. There was a recall on the initial relay, and this was repaired. Yesterday the ignition was continuing to crank. This problem just happened every day, but not every time while driving.. the vehicle was regularly serviced.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #9

May 272005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Buick Rendezvous has stalled twice while driving. (car is 10 months old) 1st incidence occured while turning into a parking space at a busy mall parking lot. Car did start right back up. Called local dealership to bring in. They said there was a bullentin regarding this issue and replaced the fuse box. The 2nd incidence after the fuse box was replaced happended 5/27/05. My husband was driving the vehicle and it stalled while he was driving in a parking lot. Car did start up again. Called dealership and brought car in. They can not locate the problem. I asked what happens if this happens again and they advised to just keep bringing it in after it happens to examine car. Please note this is my 3rd Rendezvous and my first Rendezvous (2001) this exact same thing happened except I was on the turnpike driving 55 mph when it stalled and didn't start right back up and had to be towed. (state troopers were involved with this incidence) the dealership could not locate the problem. Needless to say since I was a GM employee they did a collateral trade since I refused to drive the vehicle due to the safety issue.

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 192005

Rendezvous

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles

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

While vacationing vehicle stalled and they could not restart it. Vehicle was towed to a nearby dealer, and consumer was told after it was started, not to turn it off until arriving home. Consumer made it home, and dealer could find nothing wrong with the vehicle.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 232005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,900 miles
My 2004 Rendezvous stalled 3 times. Took it to dealer who said some codes were stored and they said some wires were stretched. About 2 weeks later it stalled again. When it stalls I lose power steering and power brakes making it hard to control.

- New Hudson, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 102005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
Stalls slowing down at red lights, corners or driving through parking lots could result in being struck from behind with resultant serious injuries. Visited dealer for fourth time and inquired as to any new service bulletins from General Motors and was advised that there were none.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 122004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Vehicle stalled in traffic sometimes with cruise control on and sometimes with cruise control off. While on the highway at 55 mph vehicle just stopped and was almost rear ended by a tractor trailer. The ignition and the computer were changed. Dealer stated there was nothing defective. On several occasions while driving with no warning the vehicle came to a complete stop. Consumer could hear other vehicle applying thier brakes and the car following swerved to the right to avoid hitting the vehicle, whice could have resulted in a serious accident or/and death.

- Thornville, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 282005

Rendezvous

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I travel from Michigan to Florida every year and in June 2004 bought a Buick Rendezvous. It intermittently does not want to start. Never know when it will happen. Is there a recall or problem with this? my husband took the car to the dealership and left it and they shuttled him home. Inside the shuttle was another man with the same problem with his Rendezvous. Sounds like something we should worry about...

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 142004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles
The vehicle stalled when driving on the highway. The vehicle would sometimes cut completely off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for service, but the dealer could not duplicate the problem. While the dealer was trying to find the problem with the stalling, they found that the brake module lost communication with the computer. The stalling problem continued to occur. Other problems were: The battery light had come on followed by engine stalling, the ebcm was intermittently dropping out therefore the ignition relay was replaced and the liftgate did not open properly.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls intermittantly while in motion. Could be dangerous on busy road. Was checked by dealer twice but no cause found.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 132004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle stalls intermittantly while vehicle is in motion, so far, at slow speeds. Vehicle could be dangerous if stalling persists on busy roads. Have been to the Buick dealership twice and they cannot determine the cause despite thorough testing. No parts replaced.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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