hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,812 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #13

Oct 202017


  • 126,000 miles


My vehicle did not have heat. I was not able to determine if it was blowing cold air or not blowing at all. Before I had a chance to address the heating issue, the vehicle ran hot and continued to run hot until a mechanic replaced the thermostat and the coolant and cu at 2/3 slit in the rubber under the hood. It came to my attention that the vehicle had overheating problems before it was sold to me. I have since tried to sell it and found th St it was not accepted by two car buying/selling websites due to previous salvage. I purchased from a buy-here pay- here. It still has over heating issues and it still has not heat blowing inside. I want to know if repairs will help since it's regarded as a salvage. Is it lawful to sell a salvaged vehicle knowing the purchaser was putting the car on the road? I bought the car in Ohio and I live in New York.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 132017


  • 40 miles
Fuel tank is defective, with the car in motion and stationary, when I put more than a half tank, gasoline will find a way out the tank, I already replaced the fuel tank for another original one and it was good for only 3 months. The traction system when the car is in motion and stationary is always giving an error on the computer and making funny noises and sometimes brakes make a noise like ta ta ta because of the traction system. Battery system is a joke I had to replace and put the battery terminals on the top because cables get disconnected from the original way. I would like to see more recalls on this car, so many problems and my car have a little over 80,000 miles

- Clewiston, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 302016


  • 187,000 miles
One day last week, I noticed that the lighting behind my gauges was out and the light on the radio is dim. Then the next day none of my windows work, they are stuck down about 2 inches. And then I get on the highway and at 60mph the front end feels like its going to fall off. And when in the drive through the engine temp was heading for the red zone, I had to shut the vehicle off. After coming to a stop and then accelerating to go, the front wheels act like they grab the car jerks then the tires squeal and car moves. I have a service engine light on now, that is some dealer code :autozone did a diagnostic check., but the dealer wouldn't tell me what it was when I called. I have a light that came on for the brakes, as well as a light for servicing the traction system"? all this happened with in a couple days time. Its very frustrating. I don't even know where to start first, or if it just needs to go to the junk yard. Very disappointed. I'm on disability, thought I was buying a reliable GM product. Also a piece of rear window trim on the passenger side just fell off.. and $132 is ridiculous to replace a piece of trim. And I noticed on other vehicles like mine many are missing this piece of trim on the same side. Whats up with that"

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 302015


  • 163,000 miles


Driving down the road over heat light comes on tried everything took to service and head caskets need replaced! 28 days after purchasing a used as is vehicle!everything I had to purchase a junk.looks good on the outside and run good for first few weeks even took to midas before purchasing all the fixes all very well hidden.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #9

Aug 282015


  • miles
It started overheating, a very reputable mechanic checked it, said it was possible radiator, then said said may be gaskets. I saw where others had overheating problems on the internet. Will the company pay for this to be fixed and are their other safety issues with this car I have a disabled son and do not want to be out in it and have it catch fire or worse.a older lady owned it and her sister sold it to us when she had to go into the nursing home its been well taken of its a four door.

- Dayton , OH, USA

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problem #8

Nov 272013


  • 70,000 miles
Had battery replaced during routine maintenance. After two days the car would not start battery was dead. After the 3rd battery we took the cat to the dealer. Thet checked everything said it was the battery again!!! so we had it replaced at that time. We also had them fix the ABS for the 3rd time in 5 years. The car was at home two days later would not start! had it checked this time it was a module and then the dash cluster wnet out while they were fixing the car. Still same problems took the car out again this time after GM called us. They kept the car for three weeks, said it was a short in the stereo. Now 1 week later car is dead again!!!!!

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 012008


  • miles


Power window clips break or crack then window falls down and won't work. I have complained repeatedly about the grease stripes on windows and have been told the problem is universal with all Rendezvous. Not covered on warranty or extended warranty.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

Mar 012004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Purchased 3/1/04 and got a free oil change in mail because it was sold to me when it already needed an oil change. I had to keep adding oil. I called because salesperson said he had to be there when they fixed several things on it. 1st time, I sat 3 hrs to get it fixed. 2nd time after 2 messages to salesman w/O response, I called and took it to get fixed again. 3rd time I took it down there to show them the results of oil consumption test and they didn't fix my windshield leak again, my air quit working when I got it back after 2nd time. They want me to pay to have engine tore down and pay my deductible for the 2nd time in a month. I am a full time student and appraiser. My car is my livelihood and I am loosing alot of money. Earl dunn Buick in Tennessee doesn't care after the sale. I guess we know where and why car salesmen get their reputations.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #5

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,502 miles
Front wheel bearings defect twice in six months. (cannot understand how this could happen twice in one year on a new car. I only do highway driving live in NY and work in ct. I was told part (hub kit 6.307 R )on back order for at least three weeks. I could not be without a car for three weeks nor could I rent a car for three weeks. So I took it to my mechanic who fixed it in one day.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 142003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
2002 Buick Rendezvous very low passenger heat, trouble defrosting windsheild. Car taken in to dobles Buick in manchester, nh three times then tulley Buick of nashua, nh. Informed, will not put out more heat. Driving in cold weather a blanket is used. Some times turning left or right a blast of hot air comes out of vents. More hot air comes out of top vents than floor vents. Both dealers tested car and informed it was working to factory specs. We have asked to have the Buick area representive contact us on this matter. This car purchased new 12-20-2002, currently has about 1600 miles. Dealer said wait until the weather got warmer and it would not be an issue. Have contacted Buick @ 1-800-521-7300 assigned case 1-66914926 and doretha holder, this was 1-24-2003 @ 1-866-952-4368 X58900 she has failed to respond to our phone calls. Called main number again now talking to elisa ortiz @ 1-866-942-4368 X48335 she said she would take over the case. The car is not enjoyable to drive is a hazard as the passenger compartment does not get adequate heat for defrosting windows and heat the passengers. I told dobles that we would claim it under a lemon law they informed us that being they do not find a problem that our case would be weak and would perhaps be thrown out. Every person that has been in this car in the cold weather complains it is too cold. Can not feel safe in car in cold freezing weather as the windows ice up. Our family owns chev 2001 Silverado, a 1997 chev conversion van, 1997 cady- catera. All of the other cars will provide enough heat for defrost and passengers. This will not. Is the burden of proof on us because the factory says it is normal? we initially liked the car and all we asked is for a resolution to our problem. I have taken car to an independent service station and they said Buick should look at connections in the "air connection box".

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #3

Oct 022002


  • miles


VIN [xxx] on way to lemon law arbitration continued malfunction of computer components, security system, electrical system(s) independent diagnostic by certified technician requests vehicle to be garaged not driven due to danger. Dt information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 022002


  • miles
Lemon law in process vehicle was returned to owner w/ manufacturer aware of defect. Independent diagnostic report completed concluded vehicle unsafe to operate garaged. No ignition start invalid computer codes overide security system and safety systems intermittent operating engine & emergency brake light & windows & ac & radio, etc.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 282002


  • miles
Operater that answers to onstar system was unable to assist consumer with a lock out on a vehicle. There was no where in owner manual or internet that stated onstar may not be able assist in a lock out. A toddler was locked in vehicle with keys for about 10 to 20 minutes. In manual it stated if ever locked key in vehicle onstar could get in vehicle within seconds.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

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