NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Interior/Under Dash Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,687 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 072006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,547 miles


I have had ongoing electrical problems with my vehicle for about a year now. It keeps blowing the number 40 fuse which causes the vehicle to lose its turn signals, break lights, and emergency flashers. The dealer has attempted to fix the problem 3 times since June of 2005. The fourth time this happened a wiring harness under the dashboard caught fire while my wife and a friend of hers were traveling 350 miles from home. It was at night, in the rain, and on I-77 in the mountains of West Virginia. A local GM dealer looked at the vehicle. They stated a serious fire could have resulted from this, particularly since a 30 amp fuse was place in the #40 position which is made to take a 15 amp fuse. I have also replaced both front wheel bearings on this vehicle one with under 36,000 miles and the other with less than 50,000 miles. The vehicle has been very hard on front tires. I am guessing due to the defective bearings.

- Shelby, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 102005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
I was not able to start my vehicle. Had to get it to the dealer, where by they found wires that had shorted out to the body via vibration in different places. I was also charged close to $500 for repairs on what is an engineering defect in the vehicle. Its only 2 years old with 56,000 miles at the time. Never been in an accident.

- Perry, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 012005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving on the road vehicle stalled. The service engine light did not turn off, causing it to fail state of Georgia inspection. Dealership stated that there was a drain hose that is draining water into the wiring harness, and that was why the light will not go off. When the part was replaced that the diagnostic code states needed replacing, it continued to fail. The vehicle had not been in accident. The vehicle stalled because the wiring harness was damaged.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 112002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Dashboard lights can't be visible during the day. Consumer can't see the speedometeror gas gauge. Continuous complaints to the manufacturer have been made with no resolution.

- Fargo, ND, USA

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