NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems

2002 Buick Rendezvous (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,360 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous fuel system problems

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

May 202008

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 15,600 miles


Fuel leak at point where fill tube joins gas tank.

- Tecumseh, NE, USA

problem #9

Nov 152007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact smelled fuel inside the passenger compartment. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the inlet check valve was fractured. He attempted to repair the failure, but the entire fuel tank had to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V349000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage), even though the vehicle was experiencing the exact same failure. The failure mileage was 93,000 and current mileage was 103,000. Updated 03-25-08 the consumer stated the manufacturer decided to include in the recall and has disbursed a reimbursement check. Updated 03/25/08

- Spring Dale , OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 212007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. When the vehicle was parked and the windows were rolled up, the contact smelled a strong gasoline odor. The vehicle will be taken to a private mechanic for a diagnosis. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V349000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) and they would not be able to assist. The current mileage was 81,000 and failure mileage was 78,000. The fuel tank was cracked. Updated

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #7

Sep 152007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


My car has a gas leak from the fuel tank. The intake manifold gaskets are leaking. I have an musty odor in the car along with gas smell. The air condition failed last week due to what I find out now is a known issue. The gasket failure is a known issue the fuel tank is a known issue. How can you allow a manufacturer get away with this.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 082007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Bought a 2002 Rendezvous in 2006 with 60,000 miles drove great until now 3-7-07. Now after I fill the tank and start the car the engine sputters and stalls. Possible fuel filter.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

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problem #5

Oct 012006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge for 2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl was reading incorrectly. The operator of the vehicle ran out of gas while gauge indicated full tank. Dealership indicated that the vehicle needed a new fuel kit. Dealership (certified Buick dealership) installed new fuel kit. Next day, there was a puddle of fuel on driveway. Vehicle was leaking gasoline from fuel tank. Dealership was notified and able to correct. During same time period, transmission was not properly shifting gears. The vehicle would never shift into overdrive and would sometimes shift abruptly or very hard (jerks). Dealership indicated that the vehicle needed new transmission. Dealer corrected. Several months ago, vehicle turning became increasingly difficult and power steering failed intermittently. Dealership indicated needed an entire new rack and pinion. Dealer corrected. Current defect involves coolant leaking into engine due to a leaking lower intake manifold gasket. Several service bulletins out for same component in this and other GM vehicles. Dealer indicated that this will cause extensive damage to engine if not corrected. Currently scheduled to have vehicle serviced in 2 weeks. Total repairs for 4 year old vehicle are now over $8000. All repairs have been paid by owner and none have been covered by dealership.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 042005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


Bought a used 2002 Rendezvous in December of last year. First month of ownership, oil light on. Took to pennzoil. Oil changed. Two weeks later, low oil light on. Took back. Low on oil. Took to garage, says it's leaking from around the trasnsfer case (they think) and can't fix it. Now big problem: Traveling to an appointment. Had just filled gas tank about 30 miles before, low fuel light came on. Fuel gauge went to empty. Started surging and idling so fast it could drive itself. Just quit at 60 miles an hour in the middle of the road. Caused a slight fender bender, but no one was hurt. Everyone agreed it was ok not to call the police for a report. (mistake) called onstar. They said something about a relay getting too hot, probably causing part of the problem, but not all of it. Had it checked out by a mechanic friend. Related he had no idea what is causing the problem. Husband took it out a few days later to see if it was acting any better, drove just fine and then did the same thing. Quit in the middle of the road. Will have to take it to the dealership, but have no money. Stretched our budget to buy reliable transportation for our family. Was told Buick was a reliable automobile. Has turned out to be the worst we've ever owned. Also, have had to have the wheel bearings changed twice, and we've only had it since December. Mechanic says it's a chronic problem with Rendezvous. The ones we got to replace the bad ones were even bad. Have no idea where to turn. It is unsafe! I have no way to Transport my children without taking our two smaller cars everywhere. I would apppreciate any assistance you could provide. Thanks and have a blessed day!

- Oneida, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 202005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous, failure to restart after fueling or other short duration shut offs in hot weather.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 222003


  • miles
Fuel system.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 152001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas gauge would be sporadic, would show a correct reading, but opposite of what was happening, vehicle would be filled with fuel, but gas gauge would show empty or vice versus. Vehicle has a back fuel system. Consumer stated dealer fixed the problem which was a faulty sending unit.

- Crittenden, KY, USA

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