NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,953 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Buick Rendezvous brakes problems

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 102009


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the ABS system was engaging independently and as a result, the brakes would not function properly. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the wheel bearings and tires were replaced and the wiring harness was inspected. The failure persisted and as a last resort, the contact completely disconnected the ABS system. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Mechanisburg, PA, USA

problem #5

May 012010


  • 79,000 miles
Losing oil and water everyday temp. Gauge showing hot. Now trac and anti brake light comes on. Brake pedal is got a jumping movement. We got our 2003 Buick Rendezvous a couple years ago.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 012008

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
I have had to replace the front and back brakes and rotors in my 2003 Buick Rendezvous twice now - one at 36,000 miles and again just recently at 73,000 miles. I had to have $1200 worth of work on the transmission at 62,000 miles because a gasket was leaking and causing transmission fluid to leak into the anti-freeze. Buick knew of this problem and had changed the design in 2003, but after I had purchased my vehicle. Now, I have been told the transmission cooling lines are leaking. Didn't they notice that when I had the transmission work done or did they cause it? mechanic says it has been leaking a long time.

- Highland, IN, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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

problem #1

Nov 282005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2. a.heater does not work with only 40,000 miles on the vehicle 2. B. ABS stopped working after 38,000 miles. ABS light is on 2. C. traction control does not work. Traction control light is on. Since, I am in the middle of winter, I have taken the car for repairs and it is turning out to be a expensive one.

- Northville, MI, USA

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