definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,090 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I bought my 02 Buick Rendezvous in Oct of 05. It had 53K. I just hit 90K the largest part is highway miles from this passed year with several deaths in my family. To start with my passenger floor would get soaked. At first I thought the window was left down or the sunroof was leaking. I checked and the rubber is still intact and I can spray water on the roof and nothing leaks in. The tract around the sunroof is not wet. One morning my on star system had water dripping from it but no water was felt around the sun roof and the windshield sits below it. This had been going on since I got the car. Now within the past 6 months everything on the car is failing. My driver door will not lock with the remote. This is a 300 motor. My coolant disappears from reserve with no sign of leaking. I had the check engine light come on and the first day off I had to go get it checked it went off. My ac stopped working. I have 3 kids and no ac in 100 weather suxs. Had it charged and within 2 weeks back to no ac now after weeks of research I am finding out that the intake gaskets on this motor are made from nylon and the dex cool that is said to be used in it can eat them prematurely. I have been stranded on the highway because my car was over heating. The ac condenser is also known to go out regular. I just bought brand new tires in may and had the alignment done. I noticed that the front of my car has began to shake and the front left tire is ate up. I am wondering if this is the bearing problem that this vehicle was recalled for. I am not understanding why the government is not forcing GM to recall this vehicle. My research has found hundreds if not thousands of these problems. A class action lawsuit in Canada not including the recall that Canada has forced over this exact yr and model. I still owe a lot of money on this car and my repairs are almost more then what I owe.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #6

Mar 062007

(reported on)

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous customer wants parts replaced on side car customer states that parts should not dislodged by the wind*

- Ozark, AL, USA

problem #5

Oct 062006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Three safety related issues with my 2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl. The ABS sensors failed which was a difficult problem to diagnose as the problem was actually caused by water in the insulation to the sensor wiring harnesses. I'm now being notified of a front wheel bearing problem that has not yet reached a formal recall. Second issue involves the AWD rear axle assembly (differential). Moaning noises start in the rear end, in low speed turns such as parking lot maneuvers. Occurrence increases in severity and frequency fairly quickly. The rear axle is to be replaced by the dealer under my extended warranty. But I notice that this is not a random or unusual problem with this year/model Buick. I would think that both of these issues due to their rate of occurrence would trigger a formal recall. Why does the rear drive axle continue to fail" if it should fail catastrophically, will it pose a safety issue, especially if highway speeds are involved and the vehicle becomes unstable"

- Pembroke, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 192004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,289 miles


I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and the "check engine soon" light came on. The car was taken to a garage on 8/19/05 and they fixed what they thought was the problem (R&R fuel tank connection to clean and re-secure, had water in connector). Total cost of repair was $145.07. On 8/26/05 the light came on again, we took the back to the same garage and they found water again in the connector and determined that the water was coming from the inside of the vehicle. They discovered the water was coming from the air conditioning drain tube. As long as the car was sitting still the A/C would drain properly, but at speed the force of air would force the water back into the interior underneath the seats where many of the electrical connectors are, therefore shorting them out. The seats had to taken out, the carpet had to be removed and dried out and a new A/C drain tube was installed. The evaporator case was also resealed. Total for this repair was $276.38 upon ordering and receiving the new drain, the mechanic was told that the part had been "updated". the updated part had a slight bend in it now, and the old was just a straight piece. My complaint is, if a piece needed to be updated obviously something was wrong with the original design and I the consumer should not have pay for the damages or repairs due to a faulty part. Thank you.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 222005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,342 miles
I took my car to the dealer complaining of a rubbing/clunking noise while driving. The diagnosis was the exhaust was bent and was rubbing on the driveshaft. Dealer replaced complete exhaust system and driveshaft. I was told this could only have happened due to rear end impact. No impact occurred that I am aware of and no visible damage to vehicle. I contacted my insurance company and they inspected the vehicle and did not find any evidence of rear end damage. They suspect design/safety defect and asked the dealer to provide them with the drive shaft. Dealer said they have seen this happen one other time. I am concerned about the safety of this vehicle

- Springfield, VA, USA

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problem #2

Sep 032003


  • miles
The odometer read improperly and as a result the vehicles mileage was incorrect.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 252003

(reported on)


  • miles
The tailgate hatch opened while being driven. The dealer stated that there was nothing he could do. The consumer requested a replacement vehicle or a buy back. The left front door had a winding sound, can see a gap, and did not open properly. The hinges were adjusted. The heated seat was inoperative. The rear hatch light had come on when going over bumpy roads, and the rear hatch switch was sticking. The rear hatch switch was replaced, and the liftgate lock assembly was replaced. Scc

- Clarkston, MI, USA

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