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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,750 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

electrical problem

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 302005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles


Dash instruments and remote access clicker failed. We had no speedometer or any other engine indicators and could only gain access with key in door lock. After one week delay waiting for a new cluster it was replaced. Two weeks later, same problem and dealer again replaced the instrument cluster. Upon picking car up from the dealer it was driven home and parked in front of garage. Next day same problem again but, when door was unlocked with the key, smoke was observed inside. As soon as 911 call was made, car burst into flames and blew out windows, and sunroof 10 feet into the air. By the time the fire department arrived (located only 1/4 mile away) car was fully engulfed in flames and subsequently totally destroyed. If it had not burned, we'd have returned it to the dealer for the third instrument cluster.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 242004


  • 56,000 miles
While driving at any speed and when the air conditioner is used interior will not cool in the vehicle. Consumer contacted the dealer, and dealer found that air conditioner condencer malfunctioned. Also, dashboard lights flashed and went out. Then vehicle stalled at any speed.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 262003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The headlights on my 2002 Buick, Rendezvous kept going out for no apparent reason. I took the car to the shop (vanatta Buick in vestal NY) and they said it could be the body control module. They scanned the data output and found several codes that indicated a malfunction of this unit. I had them replace the unit. They covered the cost of the unit and I payed the labor.. the problem has not occured sense the unit was replaced. It is my opinion that this malfunciton is a very serious problem. In my situation the several times that the lights went out, II was not in a dangerous place (ie on a super highway going 65 mph) if I had been in that situation, the second or two the headlights and dash lights were out could have had fatal consequences-- such as a deer crossing the road or worse yet, a person on the side of the road.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 122003

(reported on)


  • miles


The vehicle was taken in for a recall # 03 V 211 000 and the dealer failed to reconnect the driver information center.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 022002


  • miles
While driving instruction panel lights go out, loses all power in vehicle. When system is out it is easy for vehicle to shift into neutral gear without applying brakes. Lost control, and vehicle went over hill.

- Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 022002


  • miles
While driving instruction panel lights go out, and vehicle loses all electric power.,etc head lights, power windows, etc.

- Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

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