NHTSA — Equipment: Electrical: Air Conditioner Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,041 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 102007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 Buick Rendezvous - engine gaskets, wheel bearings, AWD, rear differential, A/C condenser and on and on. Car is a lemon.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 012007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
Owner purchased 2003 Buick Rendezvous in July, 2007. At the beginning of August, 2007, with approximately 80K miles on it, the vehicle's ABS, traction control, and check engine lights came on and the gas gauge began fluctuating erratically. Upon inspection at the local GM service center, the service technician diagnosed that the problem had been caused by a manufacturer design flaw related to the air conditioning system in which the condensation drain was made forward facing, which while driving at moderate to high speeds, would prevent the condensation to drain properly while running the air conditioning due to wind resistance. This caused the condensation (water) to pool inside the vehicle, causing multiple valves to rust, various electrical functions to malfunction, and resulted in a musty mildew smell inside the vehicle because the carpet was becoming saturated. The service technician stated he had seen this problem several times before and informed the consumer that Buick remedied the problem for the 2005 and newer models. Therefore, the remedy provided was that the original A/C condensation drain was replaced to match that of the 2005 and newer Rendezvous. This remedy alone would have been relatively inexpensive had Buick issued a recall for this design flaw (which they clearly recognized as evidenced by the design modification on the 2005 and newer models), however since the problem was not observable until significant damage had been done (including multiple rusted valves that had to be replaced and several hours of labor), the repair ended up costing the consumer over $1,000.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,486 miles
I bought a 2003 Buick Rendezvous in July 2006. I had to have the driverside window fix immediately thank god the dealer fixed it for me and now here we are in September 2007 and now the passenger side wont go down and I live on disability and I have seen alot of people that have had the same problem. Also heat or air stops when you are sitting at a light.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 192006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Buick rendevous. 1st was a 2002 cxl - problems: Rear differential slipped, passenger side window regulator broke, ac condenser broken, rear view mirror fell off, back up sensors shut down vehicle - because of this fried entire electrical system, brakes and rotors replaced at 30K. 2nd is a 2003 cxl - problems - rear differential slipping, passenger side window regulator broken, driver 1 & 2 memory broken, engine running hot because of leak in radiator - again 30K

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 242006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,720 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph, all the interior lights went out intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the problem. The consumer stated the service engine light stayed on for days. The alrm didn't work, the key would get stuck in the ignition, the ac did not cool properly, the ABS would engage when it was not needed, the battery was replaced, the turn signals wouldn't cancel, the doors wouldn't unlock when the vehicle was placed in park. Updated 12/29/06.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

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