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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,650 miles

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2004 Buick Rendezvous fuel system problems

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 012010


  • 56,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the instrument panel gauges failed. In addition, there was a strong odor of fuel emitting from inside the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that a fuel line was rusted but he was unable to diagnose the cause of failure for the instrument gauges. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 132011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that there was a strong odor of gasoline inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised her that the fuel line was corroded, causing fuel to leak. The vehicle was repaired for the fuel line. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Woods Town, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 012010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the fuel gauge did not display the accurate amount of fuel that was in the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 100,000. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #7

May 242010

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Engine would not idle below 3000 RPM, and once almost 4500 RPM causing excessive brake pedal pressure, had to actually put auto in neutral at stoplights. This condition would occur at random times, sometimes it would seem to occur 5 or 6 times in a row, and then sometimes it would act normal when engine was started again. Unlike the idiots in the Toyota's I did put it in neutral, however there are apparently a lot of drivers that this would have been a severe problem for. This condition started May 24, ( I remember because it occurred while driving to my birthday dinner) 2010 only occurring once in a while, until engine was stopped and restarted, then by Sept it was every week. I had it checked at the dealer on 10/5/10 and they ordered a throttle position sensor and installed it on 10/11/10. This should definitely been a safety recall, and funny this kind of problem was never mentioned as a possibility during the big Toyota scandal. The automobile is a 2004 Buick Rendezvous cxl with a 3400 cc engine. With 57,000 miles on it at this time.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #6

Jul 022010


  • miles
I have been seriously frustrated with my vehicle. I have taken to mechanics where I paid to have it placed on the diagnostic machine and I have had every fuse checked numerous times. Not once but many times over the past year. My 2004 Buick Rendezvous' gas gauge and speedometer work when they want to. Most of the time not at all. The speedometer will read over 100 mph. The gas gauge does not work. I took it to another mechanic today to be told it must be in the board. I have been told it has something to do with a ground wire. I don't know but for the money I spent on this car it should work. I am worried about safety. I have had problems with it stalling also. One window will not roll up and down by the button on the door (only by the driver's button). One door won't open from the inside. And the back windshield wiper does not touch the window. This also has been looked at since 2 weeks after I purchased the vehicle. I just found out about GM' recalls etc today and am hoping something will finally get done cause I love my SUV.

- Hornell, NY, USA

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problem #5

Mar 062009


  • 121,000 miles
My engine light came on and I took my truck to have an oil change where they discovered that gas was leaking my truck and they told me I need to have my gas filler hose replaced before it starts a fire and endanger me and my family. I was researching this on the internet and came across recalls for the same problem that I am having now. I want know how can I see if my truck is on that recall list. I am not the original owner of the truck but I only had it a year and a half. If my truck is only the recall list can I still get it fixed if I am not the original owner.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 102009


  • 11,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact smelled a very strong gasoline odor in the garage. She took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and they found a fuel leak. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 03V454000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage). The current and failure mileages were 11,000.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 072005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
In late July, the fuel gauge showed about 1/4 tank remaining. While on expressway, low fuel light came on. 4 miles later, car ran out of gas. Roadside assistance (via onstar) delivered gas. In early October, the fuel gauge showed about 3/8 tank remaining. Low fuel light came on. Ran out of gas about 1 mile later. Literally coasted into the gas station and had to be pushed to a pump. Now I fill the tank remaining the "gauge" reads 1/2 tank.

- Commerce Twp, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 082005

Rendezvous 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle's manual states 18/25 mpg, vehicle average 13.0 mpg. Service department at rydell (dealership) stated 18 mpg after 40 miles test drive, service department at Vermont Chevy/Buick (dealership) stated 27 mpg after 25 (freeway) miles test drive. Both service departments are wrong: Vehicle averages 13.0 mpg under normal driving conditions & normal driving habits on city streets and freeway. Dealer could not duplicate problem, I was advised that vehicle checked ok after scan. Problem persists. Service advisor/service manager advised that this high mpg is normal for this type of vehicle: 3.6 L engine. Door locks sometimes work, sometimes don't. dealer could not duplicate problem. Scan and check system after recall. Problem persisting. Passenger side mirror moves inside mirrors housing at highway speeds (65 M/H) and have to be re-set upon reaching destination. Dealer could not duplicate problem. Problem persisting. Audio system could not read all cds. Dealer replaced radio/cd player twice. Problem persisting. Driver's seat moves back and forth. Dealer replaced seat adjuster due to excessive loosening. Replaced seat track assy. Vehicle went to rydell's service department three (3) times due to excessive alignment/steering issues: Vehicle currently still pulling to right side of road, steering wheel off center. Dealer did not resolve issues after three attempts, alignment now out of warranty (7.5 K miles only), problem persisting.

- Toluca Lake, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
The vehicle will stop running and indicate that there is low fuel and/or no fuel, with a visual display (flashing light) and an audible display (dinging bell). The car will shutdown. Pull to the side of the road and the vehicle will restart, but the visual and audible display will still be present. The vehicle actually has well over 1/2 a tank of gas at this point. The dealer has replaced the fuel control module, the fuel level sensor and the problem persists. Additionally, the driver steering column does not lock into the upper limit location and wiggles free very easily. The vehicle is difficult to get out of park on occasions and when shifting from park and/or back into park, the doors very frequently don't lock and unlock as they should. Finally, the electronic compass no longer functions as it should, I've reset it three times and it continues to only go in southerly directions (sw, S, SE) and the fuel monitoring system (gallons used, miles left to empty, etc.) no longer function as they should either.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

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