hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,328 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 152009


  • miles


I have a 2002 Buick rened. I have had an on going problem with the car overheating and no ac. I have had the ac replaced on the vehicle, the temp gauge, the thermostat, the water-pump, 2 blown head gaskets, the fuel sensor, anti lock brake sensor and the fuel pump. I also have had to replace the window regulator on the passenger side window. I have receipts for all repairs but no I do not have the old parts. These repairs have costs me at least $5000K if not more.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #11

Mar 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The anti lock lights and AWD disabled lights came on and the brakes acted as if sliding on ice when trying to stop on a dry and smooth road.

- N Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #10

Nov 152006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. While driving 5 mph, the brake pedal stiffens and the vehicle fails to stop when it should. The failure does not occur while driving at high speeds. Safety recall # 05V379000 (service brakes: Hydraulic antilock) does not apply to the VIN. The current mileage is 72,463 and failure mileage was 65,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #9

Jun 092007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Wheel bearings need replacement. Fuel pump was bad. Replaced tires and brakes 3 times since I hav E owned the vehicle 2 years. Intake manifold was leaking, causing the car to be sluggish and not start sometimes. ABS lights came on frequently. The car was a big nightmare. Wish I never would of bought a Buick Rendezvous.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #8

Mar 292005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 272006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. This vehicle has been nothing but trouble for me since the get go (2004). I have numerous amount of problems that are going on with my vehicle as other owners. All of these problems started at or around 70000 miles. The exterior lights and interior lights go off with out warning and for no reason for sometimes up to a minute (and this has happened at nightime) "major saftey issue" no one can tell us why the vehicle does this. The noise that comes from the front of the vehicle when driven at 45 mph or more is outragious...it makes an awful humming sound so loud that the radio can't be heard. The vehicle also will not start at times as well...for no particular reason at all...nothing can be found wrong with it all!!! it will stall or will not start at all after several starts and turn offs. It has also done this on inclines or after filling at the gas station once as well. If you go back and try to start the vehicle in about a half hour it will start...I figured this out after calling a tow truck several times...and by the time they got to me..they tried to start the vehicle and it started. The vehicle burns a qurt of oil every 3000 miles or so. Now my brakes are to the floor which I have recently had it to the shop again and the mechanic has told me that my brakes are fine that I need my ABS pump (master cylinder) replaced it is leaking $800 +++ just for the part alone hmmmmm"?" just another issue reported like all the above from other Buick Rendezvous 2002 owners. Oh and also my driver side window regulator has broke and that will be costing me $450. Passenger side door does not shut correctly now at all the hinges are messed up on these models. The door gets stuck all the time. All of these problems are problems that other Buick Rendezvous owners of the 2002 models are having and something needs to be done about it asap.

- Brooklyn Park, MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 192006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous that just recently started having ABS and traction active issues. This only occurs at slow speeds such as pulling into or out of a parking space, going through drive thru's, etc. When it happens, the anti-lock brakes come on and the pedal vibrates and it takes the car longer to stop. When the ABS kicks in, it sometimes then activates the "traction active" light. I also notice this happening when driving on downgrades or small hills that I'm traveling at slow speeds. I also sometimes hear a rubbing sound when the traction activation light comes on. I have had this car in the dealership twice and they first said it was because I had two different brands of tires - so I replaced them and that didn't make any difference. I have asked them to check the ABS sensor/wheel bearing, but they state it's fine. After reading several of the same issues on this site, I feel there is definitely a faulty issue with the ABS sensor. My car has 73,000 miles on it.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 082006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Two safety related issues with my 2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl. The front hub ABS sensors failed at 51,000 miles (left side) and 58,500 miles (right side). Difficult to diagnose the problem until actual failure and error code. Meanwhile, the brakes are very erratic at low speeds. Often long stopping distance while the pedal pulsates severely. Vehicle pulls severely to one side. Dealer replaced a wheel hub the first time it happened. They rewired the ABS sensor on the other front wheel the second time. It was corrected when finally diagnosed but, particularly with the first incident, we had to drive the car with unsafe brakes until the error code would register and the dealer would perform the repairs. Second issue involves the AWD rear axle assembly. Moaning noises start in the rear end, especially in low speed turns such as parking lot maneuvers. Occurrence increases in severity and frequency fairly quickly. The rear axle assembly has been replaced twice by the dealer. Once at 27,000 miles and once at 55,000 miles. This is a $3,000+ repair and is no longer covered by warranty. Why does the rear drive axle continue to fail? if it should fail catastrophically, it will pose a safety issue, especially if highway speeds are involved and the vehicle becomes unstable. Not only is safety involved but the very high cost of replacement is unacceptable if it happens again.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 302005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,442 miles
At a slow turning speed the brakes give out and you have to re-pump the brakes for the brakes to work again. Also when you make a turn it sounds like somthing is straining ( sounds like a bunch of dying cows are under the hood of the car ) had the car in twice and was told I am turning the car to hard and there is nothing wrong with the brakes ! I have almost had two accidents because of the brakes and the moaning under the hood of the car is getting worse.this has been going on since they end of April 2005.

- Marathon, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 292005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous developed problems with the brake system.** answer required***. the consumer heard a grinding noise and felt a vibration when braking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated the he also heard a slight noise in felt the vibration but the computer didn't detect a failure. He believes the problem may be a faulty ABS sensor.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 082005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Anti-lock brakes activate at low speeds. Basically the same thing that is stated with the new recall for GMC! when I unplug the sensor and plug it back in the problem goes away for a day, then the problem lasts for several days until the sensor is unplugged again.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 152004


  • 62,500 miles
The consumer stated the horn would blow and the radio would come on for no reason. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership for inspection; however the mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The consumer had taken the vehicle to another dealer and they fixed the module the same day. There has been no other problem. Currently the vehicle is in security mode. The consumer was unable to open the windows and the rear doors. The consumer noticed the floor mats were discolored, it was determined that the air condition system had malfunctioned. There was a screeching noise in the steering column, but no problem was found. The left front hub and bearing was replaced the brakes were replaced.

- Newport, RI, USA

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