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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 1
Average Mileage:
109,816 miles

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2004 Buick Rendezvous seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 022016


  • 289,640 miles


Trac light would come on and off a few times. Eventually the trac off, and ABS light stay on. It occurs at random moments while stationary and in motion. Disabling the traction control. This is hazardous when it is on and in motion with not favorable weather ie rain or snow. I have had this happen to me, driving in the rain with the ABS disabled, I had to apply my brakes hard to avoid rear ending the car in front of me who had hit their brakes to avoid an accident as well. I have replaced hub assembly, rotors brakes, brake calipers, brake hoses the whole nine yards. Was told by one mechanic that when the traction system lights are on and ABS is disengaged this causes higher wear and tear on the rotors and brake pads. Was also told that the ABS wiring harness is too short, so it gets pulled when making turns. This issue will also happen if I go over bumps, like railroad tracks, the small street ditch for rain at the end of a driveway. Sometimes I just start the car up and it will immediately come on. I also had the side sear front passenger airbag deploy when a friend closed the seatbelt in the door. The car was in drive, however it was not in motion. The buckle got stuck on the frame at the lock latch. The door flew back open, air bag deployed, and all interior lights on the car as well as the dash lit up.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 062014


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the steering wheel seized and the contact crashed into an embankment. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The front passenger sustained injuries to the shoulders and the chest due to the seat belt but did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000. Updated 03/17/15

- Hollister , MO, USA

problem #7

Dec 062014


  • 115,000 miles
Traveling on highway, roads were wet but not icy. Hit a wet spot on a curve. Slid slightly to the right and passenger tire dropped off pavement. Easily corrected back onto the road, but then the back hydroplaned and the vehicle rolled over and crashed, landing upside down in a culvert. Driver and front seat passenger transported to local hospital via squad. Vehicle totaled by insurance. None of the airbags deployed.

- New Lexington, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 162013


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while the driver drove at approximately 90 mph, he lost control of the vehicle causing the vehicle to roll over several times and crashed into an embankment. The driver and passenger frontal air bags failed to deploy however, the front passenger side air bag did deploy. The driver died and the passenger sustained injuries to the hand, face, and shoulders that required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to the sheriff station for further investigation. A police report was filed. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 212012

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 125,707 miles
I was involved in an accident. The right front of my vehicle struck a car that came into my lane. I continued across the highway (garden state parkway in New Jersey) and hit a guardrail hard with the left front of my vehicle. The airbags did not deploy with either front end collision. My vehicle sustained $10,000 in damage and was totaled by the insurance company.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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problem #4

Dec 192011

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I was in a head on collision hitting a car that ran a stop sign off a highway. He was traveling at a high rate of speed. No airbags deployed. The entire front end was pushed into me causing extensive injuries to both knees and left shoulder because the seat belt did lock upon impact.

- Brodheadsville, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 142008

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


While driving on a slippery highway, my Rendezvous was involved in a crash which consisted of a left front/side collision with a concrete guardrail and a head on collision with a metal guardrail on opposite sides of the highway. Speeds of these collisions ranged from approx. 40mph to 25mph (first/front side collision @40mph and second/final head on collision @ 25mph). In neither collision did the airbags deploy. Vehicle suffered major damage, mainly cosmetic, and totaling approx $5000, but vehicle was not totaled. Vehicle was towed to a dealership, pending repair.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 152007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Car accident, air bags did not deploy, car was totaled.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 232004


  • miles
While traveling at 30 mph another vehicle that was traveling at 45 and hit consumer's vehicle on the passenger's side. Upon impact, none of the vehicles airbags deployed.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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