really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,705 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous engine problems

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Apr 292014


  • miles


I have replaced the air conditioning motor multiple times and no matter what I do it continues to blow and fall off. This means there is some type of malfunction with this vehicle. I've seen multiple other complaints online from others with the same issue.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #49

Apr 042012


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle overheated and leaked coolant. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic stated that the thermostat needed to be replaced. The contact did not notify the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #48

Jan 012011


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the fuel system, air conditioning and the engine failed. The fuel gauge would not indicate when the fuel tank was full or empty. The air conditioning would not blow cool air and the engine was exhibiting an abnormal knocking noise. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 1,794.

- Brooksville , FL, USA

problem #47

Jan 072012


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken in for an oil change and the contact was told that the oil and anti-freeze was leaking. The mechanic stated the leak was coming from around the gaskets and the fly wheel. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileages were 50,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #46

Jan 042012


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the vehicle would overheat while in motion. A local mechanic diagnosed that the head gasket was failing. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was 140,000 and the current mileage was 140,030.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #45

Oct 032011

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Body control module went out. Had to find the answer on google so the dealer could fix it (headlights and dash controls went on and off while driving at night) $650 front seat inop dealer still does not know what's wrong $" gas gauge inop dealer still does not know what's wrong $" catalytic converter went out this month also cost $850 water pump $25 O2 sensor bank 1 and 2 - $145 mass air flow sensor- $104 fuel filter- $11 steering rack and pinion- $195 total $1980 all these things happened in one month. I hate the Buick Rendezvous. Getting rid of as soon as I can.

- Joshua Tree , CA, USA

problem #44

Feb 012011


  • 120,000 miles


Intake manifold gasket failure.

- Willamina, OR, USA

problem #43

Jun 012005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The oil pan gasket failed and cause an oil leak. Buick failed to honor the warranty on this part. As a result I paid $670 to repair the vehicle.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #42

Oct 012010


  • 85,000 miles
We purchased this vehicle used in 2004, and over the past years we have had to replace the following: Both front hub assemblies (with speed sensors), intake manifold gasket and the air conditioner condenser (one year ago). Just within the last 2 months we have had to replace the following: Tie-rod, radiator, water pump, thermostat, head gasket, and the intake manifold gasket again. The vehicle only has 86,000 miles on it to date. The only thing that we had the Buick dealer work on was the front hub assemblies, the rest of the work was performed by tire dealership, radiator shop, and an automotive repair garage. Now, the ABS light is on again meaning that one of the front hub assemblies are out (replaced by Buick themselves) and our anti-lock brakes are not working. And, also, the air-bag warning light is on. I have noticed quite a long list of complaints over the internet concerning all the above problems others have had as well with this model Buick which leads me to believe that it has been an on-going problem of which Buick will not deal with nor step up to their responsibility. I have been told by auto-repairmen that they have had numerous customers come in with problems with the 3400 model engine. I have contacted Buick concerning the air-bag problem, and they act as though they have never heard of any problems and deny any responsibility to look into it, even though they have issued a recall on the air bag inflator for this year, make, and model, just not for my VIN#. over the years that we have owned this vehicle we have invested quite a sum of money into repairs on this vehicle, and it has never been in an accident! I believe that with all the NHTSA safety complaints concerning the air bags system, Buick should be held responsible! all the other unique problems with this engine have been repaired by us, and is too late to expect any help

- Celina, OH, USA

problem #41

Nov 182007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous intake manifold gasket defective.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #40

Dec 082005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased a used 2002 Buick Rendezvous in April of 2004 from a GM dealership (above). It is an AWD V6 cxl SUV. My car manual specifically states not to use anything other than dexcool antifreeze. I never received any notice from GM or the dealership or dexcool regarding the problems on this vehicle and dexcool. Even after the lawsuit against GM in 2008 I did not get notified in any way, and the dealership never told me to stop using dexcool, so I have been continuing to experience engine problems! when I bought this car it had 37,591 miles on it. I paid just under $20,000 for it. On 12/8/05 I did a transmission flush. Four months later, on March 9, 2006, the car was found to have the intake manifold gaskets leaking oil and coolant, and the front timing cover seal was leaking. It also needed front and rear brakes. At that time they told me the coolant was leaking all over everything and was getting into the transmission (and the brakes, too, I think.) had to have another transmission flush done and I think coolant flush done - cost was $222. I had 3 estimates done for the rest of the work and they ranged from $3,300, to 1700 to $1,380. It cost me $89 and $73 for two of the estimates. Had work done at 4th shop on 4/20/06, cost me $730. On August 22, 2007, I had to have the intake gasket done again as well as a coolant flush; cost me $492. On August 11, 2009 I had to have the oil pressure switch replaced as it was leaking plus other work; total was $257. I was told about a year ago that the intake gasket was leaking oil and coolant again and had to be replaced again. The car did not pass inspection in June, 2010; one of the problems is transmission is slipping. Is that a result of the dexcool coolant contaminating the tranny? other work needed is steering rack (again), air compressor, & rear air shocks. The coolant leaking has caused the failure of many of the parts I have had to have fixed on this car, not just the gasket.

- So. Portland, ME, USA

problem #39

Mar 122010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. While the vehicle was idle, the vehicle warning lights came on and within a few minutes the check engine light illuminated. She checked the owners manual and it stated that the failure was caused by a high engine temperature. She drove the vehicle a short distance and parked it. When she drove the vehicle to a local repair shop the mechanic advised her that a gasket needed to be replaced. She was not sure what type of gasket since the vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic advised her to continue adding coolant since she could not afford to repair the vehicle. On July 8, 2010 she stated that the low oil pressure light came on. She took her vehicle to an authorized dealer and was advised that the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Schnecksville, PA, USA

problem #38

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 #37

Mar 162008


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. When the contact examined the vehicle she noticed that the coolant reservoir was lower each time she would drive the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the head gasket needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 69000.

- Tavernier, FL, USA

problem #36

Dec 032009


  • 72,000 miles
Head gasket blew. Was fixed for $2000 then next day after I picked it up from the shop the engine caught on fire, they said brake lines leaked on manifold...

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #35

Jul 122009


  • 86,000 miles
I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous with 86,000 miles. Ever since I have had the vehicle I have had problems with the ABS system, having it fixed over & over. About a month ago my vehicle began overheating all the time. Since my extended warranty has expired taking it though the dealership I am sure would cost me mucho bucks which I do not have. My neighbor is a top licensed mechanic who has worked for a Chrysler dealership for 30 plus years. He took the vehicle to work with him one day last week to see if he could locate the problem.. he informed me I had a leak in my intake manifold and it needs to be replaced. He checked to see if GM had any recalls for the problem, low and behold they did not. After telling me how much it would cost to replace it, I nearly passed out. I am a single woman and since the economy has fallen I have had to take 3 pay cuts at work. It was either take the paycuts or look for a new job. I can hardly even I have pay my mortgage, let alone pay for a major issue with my vehicle. I purchased GM cars before with no problems. I believe GM should stand up for their vehicles and fix the issue for me. I now understand there are many people out there that have this same issue.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #34

Oct 232008


  • 60,000 miles
Multiple discussions with Rendezvous owners all revolve around hub bearings being almost detached making driving hazardous and the car running hot, multiple people have check engine light on.

- Maple Heights, OH, USA

problem #33

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 #32

Apr 122009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. When the engine was started the contact could hear the engine rods and lifters knocking. The noise would stop after 3 mins. The contact has kept up with regular maintenance on the vehicle. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer for this problem. The contact also stated that the fuel level sensor failed and the air conditioner recharge unit failed and he has had them repaired. The current mileage was 56000 miles.

- Cedar Crest, NM, USA

problem #31

Mar 072009

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
My wife and I purchased a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and we've had issues with it not starting up once being turned off. It does it quite often. If we travel to different stores or appointments that require, estimating here, more than 2 hrs driving then we are stuck in that location. We've had it towed to a trust auto shop (grismer tire) and a Buick dealership and neither can find a problem with it when it stops on us. We've checked the recall list for Rendezvous for anything pertaining to this problem and the 2004 model does the exact same thing as our vehicle, but there is a recall for that year but not the 2002. It also state that this happens while driving and we thank the lord that we haven't experienced that. We spoke with someone from GM and they say to take back to the dealership when this occurs and have the dealership contact them, but with the economy being the way that it is we would have to save money to afford the price of them putting it on the machine to try and diagnose the problem. We are also frighten to drive the vehicle more than a few miles now due to reading that if could also cut off at anytime. We are also aware that there many owners of this vehicle that experiencing the same problem with no resolution or help from GM. Updated 05//05/10.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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