pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
59,800 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the A/C condensor (8 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. replace the unit (2 reports)
  4. replaced condenser (1 reports)
2002 Buick Rendezvous AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #13

Oct 152010

Rendezvous CXL 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


I had the air conditioner condenser on a trip to Florida. Then I had to repair the Versa Track'

- stew.jr., Halifax, PA, US

problem #12

Jun 152011

Rendezvous CXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Purchased my 2002 cxl in 2010 with only75,000 miles on it,in cold weather so turned on air but dealer said it is automatic control with temperature outside so not knowing believed him,now in hot 90 degree weather took to certified air condition repair and he inspected and said did you wreck this car in the front end at any time? And I said no,then I told him I have the car fax when I bought this car and only 1 owner before and no accidents reported. Then he said the condenser was cracked,he said he never repaired a condenser that was cracked only one that was crashed in the front end!!!! I was shocked and then became worried about our car. Had the repair made of replacing the condenser. $$$$$$$.

- Jim S., Kensington, OH, US

problem #11

Jun 232003

Rendezvous CXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

Had brought the car in Dec 02. not the time you chk for air conditioner. In summer figured it wasn't working properly took back to dealer who did replace but it only lasted 1 season by that time the warranty per dealer was out and haven't had the funds to have it fixed again. So consultation is only a few days a year that its needed but it takes 20minutes before the heater will warm up the car I think it is all connected but cant and haven't been able to get a reasonable answer.

- Cindy C., Vancouver, WA, US

problem #10

May 012009

Rendezvous CXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


Only had the car for 4 months when the AC stopped working. I'm a single parent with two children and I thought that I spent my hard earned money on a reliable car

- Sherrye F., Minneapolis, MN, US

problem #9

Oct 012009

Rendezvous CXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

This is but on of many problems with this vehicle. The pulley in the AC stopped working so the entire unit needed to be replaced. The dealer is a bad place to go for repairs because the rip you off and seem to enjoy it.

- missick, Palatka, FL, US

problem #8

Jun 172008

Rendezvous CXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I am disappointed with the problems and the cost of Labor on my GM vehicle

- 2002lemon, Charlotte, NC, US

problem #7

Jul 012004

Rendezvous CX 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Man that AC condenser went bad in 2004 and i didn't have money to replace condenser so i drove my suv 3 years without AC and finally i got tired and borrowed some money and fixed in 2007. Later i realized its a common problem but Buick won't accept it. There are lot of other this model has problems......Sorry No more GM nor any Americans car since they are not very reliable....

- alexpatel, Burlington, NJ, US

problem #6

Sep 112007

(reported on)

Rendezvous CX AWD 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Reported it to GM, and worked with a dealer to reach a solution. I was paying parts only for $380. I hope the new one can last longer than 5 years, 40,000 miles.

- Yang H., San Diego, CA, US

problem #5

Oct 312007

(reported on)

Rendezvous CXL AWD 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I purchased my first american car/suv 2002 Buick rendevous cxl, awd, factory wheels, etc- Loaded 68,000 miles 5/07-"BUICKS FLAGSHIP" (vs the last 10 years, toyotas -12ea) because my friend is a broker and he told me your quality is a lot better now then before, WELL NOT TRUE, within the first week i had to replace a defective gas tank it took an act of congress to get one (2003 and up had recalls but of course not mine). i had to call and wait 2 weeks and get approval to get one, $1500.00.

Next a/c broke, transmission, brakes, sunroof, overheating, burning oil (1 qt per week). Bottom line I've spent more on my Buick to repair than 10 years of "NO REPAIRS AT ALL" on my vehicles with some over 100,000 miles - my toyotas. WHY????????? I'll never buy another GM anything. A very disappointed American in our lousy Quality.

My toyotas have/had a better quality, no repairs, better residual value (my Buick depreciates $100/month since i bought it. Yet my 4 runner doesnt WHY???) I had a compressor go on my 1999 Toyota 4 runner fixed under warranty) other than that ive never been towed (have AAA for my Harley it broke too USA made, sold for kawasaki no more repairs). I dont understand how a company like BUICK can produce such a lousy product and sell cars and stay in business. If i had to rely on usa made cars i would have been out of business 15 years ago. Im a traveling salesman i only do 40-50k miles per year, Ive been doing it for 25 years. My first year in sales I was told by a friend who told me to buy a Mercedes pay triple for it and drive it for 10 years and save $100,000 on american made cars.I DID NOT LISTEN i spent/Lost over $100,000 in next 10 years on usa made cars plus repairs. I hate fords every one i owned needed 1-3 transmissions (have had 10 mustang convs) all broke, then i found out about the Celica GT Conv 1993 (sticker $28,000) bought for $5000 (all advertised for sale have over 120,000 miles) runs like a top, no repairs. You show me a usa car with those miles that still runs.

MY Whole complaint is BUICK. Lousy Workmanship and Quality and value and you want $42,000 for the new Buick Flagship SUV. I'd buy a Toyota for less first. Look over the past 10 years (kbb, nada, edmunds)on your suvs/and/or others vs Toyota and see at 120,000 miles which one, #1 still runs and #2 will still bring a good price on trade/sale/auction. It's not Buick.

- toolmanwpb, Lantana, FL, US

problem #4

Oct 232007

(reported on)

Rendezvous CX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

It's just very sad that I'm reading all these notifications of condensors gone bad and GM doesn't have any liability. I'm just living without my aircon but I think if it's affecting so many cars, perhaps there should be some litigation going on here.

- Maureen E., North Royalton, OH, US

problem #3

Sep 222006

(reported on)

Rendezvous LS

  • 60,000 miles


Purchased my used vehicle in October whne summer came around AC would not work. Dealer was no help was told it was a problem with these vehicles

- David C., Bloomington, IL, US

problem #2

Jul 182006

(reported on)

Rendezvous LE

  • 60,000 miles

A/C condensor does not come on. I checked all electrical fuses, relays, and diodes and were all good. what next?

- Eric T., Erath, LA, US

problem #1

Aug 042005

(reported on)


  • 40,000 miles

We bought the used vehicle from a dealer in November in Wisconsin, never thinking to check the AC. When June came along, we tried the AC and it didn't work. This all happened just before a planned trip and several weekends of weekend guest. Not a good time to have a problme- logistically or financially!! The broker who found the vehicle for us wasn't able to do anything to help.

- Laura S., baraboo, wi, US

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