NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Wheel Bearing Problems

2002 Buick Rendezvous (Page 1 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,373 miles

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

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 #22

Aug 262004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Air conditioner went out at 41,000 miles---can't afford to replace front wheel-bearing went out at 80,000---can't afford to replace intake gasket blown at 89,000---can't afford to replace.

- Osawatomie, KS, USA

problem #21

Jun 092007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Wheel bearings need replacement. Fuel pump was bad. Replaced tires and brakes 3 times since I hav E owned the vehicle 2 years. Intake manifold was leaking, causing the car to be sluggish and not start sometimes. ABS lights came on frequently. The car was a big nightmare. Wish I never would of bought a Buick Rendezvous.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #20

Oct 062006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Three safety related issues with my 2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl. The ABS sensors failed which was a difficult problem to diagnose as the problem was actually caused by water in the insulation to the sensor wiring harnesses. I'm now being notified of a front wheel bearing problem that has not yet reached a formal recall. Second issue involves the AWD rear axle assembly (differential). Moaning noises start in the rear end, in low speed turns such as parking lot maneuvers. Occurrence increases in severity and frequency fairly quickly. The rear axle is to be replaced by the dealer under my extended warranty. But I notice that this is not a random or unusual problem with this year/model Buick. I would think that both of these issues due to their rate of occurrence would trigger a formal recall. Why does the rear drive axle continue to fail" if it should fail catastrophically, will it pose a safety issue, especially if highway speeds are involved and the vehicle becomes unstable"

- Pembroke, MA, USA

problem #19

Aug 072006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's front wheel bearings went bad. The wheel bearings made a loud sound and were replaced. The replacement wheel bearings were also defective and had to be replaced.

- Eden, NY, USA

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problem #18

Aug 272006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. This vehicle has been nothing but trouble for me since the get go (2004). I have numerous amount of problems that are going on with my vehicle as other owners. All of these problems started at or around 70000 miles. The exterior lights and interior lights go off with out warning and for no reason for sometimes up to a minute (and this has happened at nightime) "major saftey issue" no one can tell us why the vehicle does this. The noise that comes from the front of the vehicle when driven at 45 mph or more is outragious...it makes an awful humming sound so loud that the radio can't be heard. The vehicle also will not start at times as well...for no particular reason at all...nothing can be found wrong with it all!!! it will stall or will not start at all after several starts and turn offs. It has also done this on inclines or after filling at the gas station once as well. If you go back and try to start the vehicle in about a half hour it will start...I figured this out after calling a tow truck several times...and by the time they got to me..they tried to start the vehicle and it started. The vehicle burns a qurt of oil every 3000 miles or so. Now my brakes are to the floor which I have recently had it to the shop again and the mechanic has told me that my brakes are fine that I need my ABS pump (master cylinder) replaced it is leaking $800 +++ just for the part alone hmmmmm"?" just another issue reported like all the above from other Buick Rendezvous 2002 owners. Oh and also my driver side window regulator has broke and that will be costing me $450. Passenger side door does not shut correctly now at all the hinges are messed up on these models. The door gets stuck all the time. All of these problems are problems that other Buick Rendezvous owners of the 2002 models are having and something needs to be done about it asap.

- Brooklyn Park, MD, USA

problem #17

Jun 112006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


Brought a new 2002 Buick Rendezvous cx from a dealer. At about 10,000 miles the car started having numerous problems that were beyond normal wear and tear. Starting with the engine light and other problems. They were repaired under the warranty. But about 24,000 and without warranty, the car got overheated for a 15 minutes traffic jam. Turned out the front wheel bearing needed to be replaced, and the ac sensor wasn't working. Replaced the front wheel bearing sensor. About 6 months later, the other wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Just about 1 month ago and 35,000 miles later, the overheated problem happened again, compounded with the A/C linkage, and the ABS sensor wasn't working. I paid $1,200 for fixing the overheat problem and replacing the ABS sensor. I didn't fix the ac linkage because it would cost me another $900!! now I am so worry that another major problem going to happen anytime soon. I am so disappointed with this car. I am hoping GM will issue a recall and stop cheating consumers.

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #16

Feb 272006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,560 miles
: the contact stated there was a slight thumping noise in the driver side front tire area at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop to have the tires rotated. The repair shop determined the driver side wheel bearing had significant play and needed to be replaced. Also, the repair shop determined the rear brake pads were completely worn and needed to be replaced. Updated 3/20/2006 - the rotors were also replaced.

- Veazie, ME, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Aug 102005


  • miles
Left front wheel bearing failed....replaced. Odometer failed at 5000 miles...replaced. Odometer failed at 52000 miles... replaced.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 092005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Both right and left front wheel bearings had to be replaced on the vehicle. The first (left) was replaced at approx 35,000 miles. The right bearing was replaced at 43,000 miles. The vehicle has no heavy use and is driven approx. 1,400 miles per month.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #12

Dec 232004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Low roar in front underside of vehicle, 53,000 miles. Took to dealership. Told it was a front wheel bearing and would cost $450+ and $36 diagnostic fee. Took to independent and had service done for $330 inclusive. On March 10, same noise occurring. Other front wheel bearing, 65,000 miles. Complained to GM. They assured me if I took to dealership for repair that GM would reimburse. Did so and then was denied. Total cost was $494 for second wheel bearing. Reason from GM: Wear & tear. I was able to put 65,000 miles on original tires. Obviously not a 'wear and tear' situation. Obviously defective equipment. GM should be liable!

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #11

Feb 022005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Both front wheel bearings need replaced at 67,000 miles. Along with right axle. Bearings squeal. Right axle has crunching noise along with

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

problem #10

Dec 212004

Rendezvous Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a noise coming from the vehicle. It was taken to a repair shop, and mechanic determined that the front wheel bearing on the driver's side needed to be replaced.

- Ossian, IN, USA

problem #9

Nov 102004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Increased noise and excessive tire wear at 40,000 miles. Bad wheel bearing on passenger side and was replaced. Two weeks later, increased noise again. Drivers side wheel bearing is also bad and will have to be replaced.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #8

Nov 182002

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Front left side wheel bearing failed at 30,000 miles of wear. Within two week or less the right side wheel bearing failed. Dealer was notified and made the repairs.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #7

Jul 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Consumer states that wheel bearings failed at 43000 miles. The cause has yet to be determined.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 042004

Rendezvous 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,500 miles
I have had all four wheel bearing on my 2002 Buick Rendezvous clx which was purchased new in may, 2002. I drive alot of miles, perform all regular maintanence and the vehicle currently has 120,000 mile. The first wheel bearing went bad at around 92,000.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 012003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Front right wheel bearing has been replaced tow times in the past 6 months.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 022004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,122 miles
Front left wheel bearing failed with 64,000 on the vehicle. Right rear wheel bearing was replaced at the same time. Left rear bearing has been diagnosed as bad and must be replaced. Both front bearing failed at 30,000 miles and need to be replaced. Right front bearing was replaced a second time at 43,539 miles.

- Columbus, MI, USA

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