NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2002 Buick Rendezvous (Page 2 of 5)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,238 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #62

Jul 092010


  • miles


When hot outside 80+. the lights go out, the dash keeps flashing on/off, the security system locks up, the ac stops working\, the radio stops working, the door locks stop working etc etc etc. We have taken it in to my mech and he can't find problem. We are taking it back to the dealer and make him search for the problem. I am reading that it is the BCM on these cars.

- Williamson, NY, USA

problem #61

Jun 162010


  • 101,000 miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous otherwise known as the money pit. Seems that as usual our latest expense (101,000) is not covered under the recalls, due to the manufacturing date of the vehicle. Smelled gas for a week, then noticed gas gauge fluctuating, never showing empty even though trip odometer showed it had almost an empty tank. Mechanic stated crack in the fuel tank, but car was manufactured before the recall date, so Buick did not cover the cost of repairs. Have recently also experienced loss of all power to cigarette lighters, drivers side window fell down and entire regulator unit was replaced. Back hatch handle fell off, again. Rearview mirror also fell off. Ac fan will no longer blow at highest setting. These are all minor compared to the faulty ABS sensor, loss of traction control, ac condenser, tie rods, 2 replaced batteries, front wheel bearings, rotors. And those repairs are just from the last 3 years....

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #60

Mar 012009


  • 92,000 miles
2002 Buick rendevous, electrical and head gasket purchased this car over a year ago so far had to replace transmission and repair transmission X2, needs head gaskets due to my car overheating gradually, have to bleed the system for air pretty much every other day to get heat in the car. My computer has been replaced 6 months after purchasing it after being unable to clear itself of the codes. This last incident the battery died and since now the computer is running the car causing my car to run in park at 3 RPM's, in neutral it shoots up to 4500, it drives about 2-2.5 rpms. The computer was cleared and reset last night RPM's dropped to about 760 still elevated but ok, then started it this morning to take my daughter to school and it drove itself, stalling as I watched the computer run through as it was possessed, I have since called the car "christine". I can see the computer running the car, as the rpms elevate and then decrease, shutting the car down etc, I can not believe that there is no recalls as this is so dangerous. There are no codes relating to this issue, no transmission, engine issues, this is completely computer related. I had someone with a complex system delete all codes and have the computer relearn itself. It worked. Started it this morning and started all over. Between the computer and heating and cooling system, this car is a constant headache not to mention I have had this car in the repair shop more than I have been able to drive it especially since I'm still paying on it.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #59

Sep 172009


  • 139,000 miles


I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and on many (at least once per month for the last 3 yrs) occasions driving (especially at night), the power goes out to all the outside and inside lights and the car seems to do a system reboot. We've been scared out of our mind and have to pull over to remedy it (by unplugging battery and putting it back on) we've had the whole car shut off, lose power steering and nearly run off an embankment. We've taken it to mechanics, but it still happens. Other website complaints show it is the body control module and GM is aware of it, but no recall has occurred. I am attempting to get this looked at now, but after looking at the website complaints, I'm not the only one dealing with this. These have all been near-misses for our family and one was extremely scary when you have an 18-wheeler coming at you with not lights and no power steering at night. Please move forward and have GM do something about this before it results in something more severe than near-miss accidents.

- Murray, KY, USA

problem #58

Dec 262009


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick rendevous. While driving the headlights began to turn on and then off. Also the door locks were unlocking and locking on its own. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 102000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #57

Sep 252009


  • 120,000 miles
Just purchased a 2002 Buick Rendezvous 4 months ago and have had nothing but issues with this car, it left me stranded and started up by a jump start. I got the battery, alternator, and starter checked all reported fine. Car ran fine for about 2 months then it did it again. The headlights will flicker at night sometimes at a rhythm. The interior lights decided when they will and will not work. Mainly the seat heater buttons. Replaced battery yesterday and while driving to richmond va all interior/exterior lights flashed on and off with the battery light showing in the dash. After a few minutes everything went back to normal. These cheaply made vehicles will cause a serious accident if not deaths if these companies don't stand behind what they put out to it's public. Considering that I owe $5000 for it I will not put alot into it to keep it running. This company needs to fix their vehicles the way they were advertised.

- Lebanon Church, VA, USA

problem #56

Oct 232009


  • 107,150 miles


I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and the battery power drain which resulted in the car going into security mode. The security warning now flashes above the speedometer and my radio states locked. The power windows & locks, radio, fog lights, interior lights and ac are not working due to the security feature being enabled. The keyless remote is not responding to the truck as well. I have also heard and read about several Rendezvous owners having this problem. I am surprise it is not consider part of the recall on the 02 rdz.

- N Charleston, SC, USA

problem #55

Sep 052009


  • 15,600 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. He experienced electrical failure including failure of the lights on the instrument control panel, the head-lights, and the door locks. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician concluded that he would have to pay $500 for a diagnostic fee to have the vehicle inspected. The failure and the current mileages were 56,812.

- Benham , KY, USA

problem #54

Jun 302009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the service vehicle light illuminated on the instrument panel. It started to blink and dims the light or cuts off the exterior and interior lights in the vehicle. The vehicle also goes into security mode and locks the entire vehicle. The vehicle will need to be taken to an authorized dealer the current mileage was 81,500 and failure mileage was 80,000.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #53

Jun 302009


  • 87,500 miles
Lose all gauges, and lights in the car. Car continues to run. Happens from several times a minutes to every few seconds. Now security check light comes on and car is locked.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #52

Jun 022009


  • miles


I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous with 52,650 miles on it. In the past 3 months I have had to have the body control module, a rt frt wheel speed sensor replaced. When I had it in for the speed sensor replaced, the GM shop found that the intake manifold is leaking and must be repaired @ a cost od $1000 and then maybe the head gaskets may need to be replaced due to the type od gaskets that GM used and the dex-cool anti freeze used I by GM. This has been a problem for several years and numerous complaints have been filed. A class action suit was filed but no one--no one notified the public about it until it was to late to get in on it. I think that there needs to be a forced recall to correct this problem. Tax payers have bailed out GM and we get stuck with a faulty product. I contacted GM and in the end they refused to make good or even admit this problem has existed since they started to use dexcool.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #51

Apr 042009


  • 135,000 miles
Body control module needs replacement. This seems to be happening to a ton of Rendezvous owners. Please help!

- Bemidji, MN, USA

problem #50

Mar 272009


  • 83,504 miles
While traveling home for spring break. My 2002 Buick Rendezvous experienced electrical problems and stalled on the highway. I purchased this vehicle in December 2008 and it is still under warranty. I had the vehicle towed from stockton ca to tracy ca where it remains awaiting a service authorization to be fixed from my contract holder. The mechanic at the tracy dealership stated the battery was dead, the oil was very low and that the engine had internal problems that would require him to dismantle or replace the engine. This particular vehicle is listed in many complaints in the data base here and has serious mechanical / electrical issues. To date March 29, 2009 I am awaiting service and a resolution. Nothing has been done to correct the issue to date.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #49

Jan 102008


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. While driving at an unknown speed, the security system warning indicator illuminated and caused the automatic windows, doors, and trunk to lock. The door locks intermittently moved from the locked to unlocked position. The contact could not exit the vehicle and attempted to place it into park and turn off the ignition. However, she was still unable to exit the vehicle. In addition, the radio lock button enabled and she could not move it from the unlock position. The dealer input a code that unlocked all the components that were affected by the security system. The ignition cylinder was repaired and the contact removed a fuse in an attempt to correct the failures. Currently, the trunk is still locked and the failures persist. The failure and current mileages were less than 100,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #48

May 152006


  • miles
Car just shuts off will not start for 15 min. Then runs ruff after 30 min will start and run fine up to a week or a month no will not run at all. It is the wiring from BCM to fuel tank and now BCM is bad reading some foreign language also smell gas after fill up.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #47

Mar 022009


  • 130,000 miles
I have owned my 2002 Buick Rendezvous for less than 2 yrs and I have had to replace 2 wheel bearings and now I have blown a head gasket. Less than a month ago I had to replace the alternator and battery. The driver side window fell in less than a yr ago and I have electrical problems with it constantly. Including the alarm and security going off for no reason at all.

- Norwood, NY, USA

problem #46

Apr 072008


  • 105,000 miles
Changed battery in 2002 Buick Rendezvous. Now cluster is broke. Odometer displays error (no mileage). Cost to repair is >$800. Changing battery should not result in this repair. Need repaired to get plates and insurance.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #45

Oct 182008


  • miles
The rear hatch door unlocks by itself from the body computer problem when you first start the car also other things that are controlled by this unit work or don't work including air bags sys outside temp air cond. Cooling fans among others. If you shut the car off and turn it on it goes away until you shut the car off.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #44

Oct 102008


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact noticed that the power locks were inoperative, which prevented him from exiting and locking the doors. Secondly, he noticed that the instrument panel gauges displayed inaccurate readings. Thirdly, he noticed that the battery warning indicator illuminated on the instrument control panel. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the battery and two modules in the electrical system. One week after the repair, the failure resurfaced. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

- Burdett, NY, USA

problem #43

Mar 162008


  • 101,000 miles
I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous, it is the worst car I ever bought, transmission broke, ABS is damaged, cooling system has been repaired several times dashboard lights are out of control, condenser is cracked.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

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