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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,167 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 082010


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. After parking the vehicle, the contact was able to remove the key from the ignition before shutting off the engine. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The current and failure mileages were 129,000.

- Raliegh, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 282006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Bearings and sensor on anti lock went out. Car stopping, locking up, not re-starting.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 022005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving there was flickering and clicking coming from the dashboard. All of the lights went out and the vehicle began to idle. Although the vehicle went into gear, it would not move when the contact took foot off the brakes. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who replaced the electronic control module (ECM). The vehicle was then towed to the dealership to have the computer reprogrammed. Prior to this incident, there were other components replaced on the vehicle which the dealership stated were related to the aforementioned failure. Also, the dealership stated that there may be other problems with the vehicle. However, the ECM needed to be replaced before they could be diagnosed.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


After running for a while if you shut the vehicle down and try to restart it within minutes it doesn't always want to start. The first time it happened I had the vehicle towed to the dealership. It was afterhours, so it sat overnight. The next morning when the service dept. Checked the vehicle it started right up. They put it on the computer and found no problem. The problem has happened 3 more times since then. I just let have to let the car sit for upto 30 minutes and it will start up again. I spoke with GM and they said there is really nothing they can do. The dealership can't duplicate the problem and therefore can't find a solution.

- Cooperstown, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 292004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous 3.4 engine would not start after travelling approximately 200 miles and ignition was turned off. Check engine light did not illuminate at any time during travel. Engine water temp. Was normal. Gasoline consumption was 1/2 tank. Engine would turn over but would not start during 45 minute try. Vehicle towed for 50 miles to GM dealer. After being towed, vehicle let down from tow truck and started with no problem. Engine continued to operate normally for remander of trip, approx. 50 miles. Vehicle continues to start normally. Did not have dealer diagnose problem.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #1

Apr 282004

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer complained about an ignition problem. Ignition turned over but won't start. Computer showed there was no problem. Also, battery replaced.

- Rockford, MI, USA

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