NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,543 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous fuel system problems

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 102013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 94,700 miles


Fuel tank inlet check valve fracture. Fuel leak. GM is refusing to pay for repairs. This is a known issue. NHTSA recall notice: 07V349009 GM recall number: 06230 GM still refusing to pay 100% of repairs & forcing GM vehicle owners to pay for repairs on known recall issue.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 122011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while driving 8 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel tank intake valve failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #12

Nov 212013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Buick Rendezvous. Consumer writes in regards to gas tank recall notice. The consumer was informed by a service center, the vehicle had a gas leak, and a recall had been issued. The consumer then took the vehicle to the dealer where he was informed he would have to pay a $200 deductible because of the expiration date. The consumer was never informed about the recall.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 012013

Rendezvous 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


Noticed a strange smell and the check engine light had come on. Took the vehicle to my certified mechanic (non dealer) and was informed the fuel tank inlet check valve was the reason for both, and that it had been the cause of a recall. Mechanic printed out the recall info and sent me to the Buick dealer, where I had purchased the vehicle brand new in 2003. I had never received a recall notice. Dealer claims even though my VIN falls within the recall vehicles involved, my particular vehicle isn't involved, and the recall expired earlier this year. I was then quoted repair costs of over $3000, or 80% of the blue book value of the vehicle. This is my only vehicle and now I'm afraid to drive it. I'm on a fixed income and cannot afford this repair. My gut tells me the Buick dealership isn't being completely truthful. The symptoms my Rendezvous is displaying are an exact match to what I've read about the recall, and my VIN is definitely within the range of numbers listed as involved.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 152012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, she smelled gasoline inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The gas tank, sending unit and the fuel lines were replaced. Updated 09/26/13

- Richmond, IN, USA

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problem #9

Oct 312011


  • 92,000 miles
While driving vehicle I get a strong odor of gasoline, inside the cabin, with kids in the vehicular it is dangerous for them with arsenic smell....GM needs to do something to fix this known issue on hand.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #8

Oct 012010

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


2003 Buick Rendezvous - the gas gage does not read correctly. Sometimes it will read full and then it will drop to empty. Then the gage will randomly read full again. The gage will not read anything other than full or empty. It does not matter how much gas is in the tank. We took it to a dealer and they said it would cost approximately $300 to fix it. I believe they said it was the sending unit (but I do not remember for sure). This is a safety concern because we could run out of gas while driving.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 272009


  • 49,860 miles
2003 Buick Rendezvous is leaking fuel around where the fuel inlet joins the gas tank. There was a recall in 2007 but GM claims that this vehicle is not included in the recall.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #6

Aug 152009


  • 67,000 miles
My 2003 Buick Rendezvous has a slow gas leak.

- Bellbrook, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 102008


  • 72,390 miles
There is a recall - investigation # ea 07-006 that describes a gas leak near the inlet of the gas tank. I smell gas fumes in my garage every day after filling up the tank and there is residue under the tank inlet on the floor of the garage. I took the vehicle to the Buick dealer on 10/4/08 and they indicated there was no evidence of cracks and this vehicle was not part of the recall. I am still having the problem and the dealer has provided no remedy. There is gas residue along the side of the tank. What can I do? so far the dealer has done nothing but inspect.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 042008


  • 76,352 miles


On June 4th,2008 our 2003 Buick rendevous # began leaking fuel from the vicinity of the fuel filler neck. We were on vacation with our three grandchildren and took it to the nearest dealer. They said I had to have the whole fuel tank replaced. I had it replaced and learnt later that there was a recall for this problem. I had my dealer look at the car and they advised me to send in a customer reimbursement for the cost. Buick has advised me that my car was not covered, by serial number even though it was in the same place every other one was failing at. I had brought the car to specifically carry my grandchildren with the third seat. Their ages are 4,3 and 1 1/2. lucky we did not have a fire. The thrust of my complaint is that regardless of the serial # issue, they have a bigger problem with a lot more fuel tanks then they are willing to admit to. In my 45 years of driving I have never had a fuel tank problem.and the dealers I have talked to agree with me. I think I should be reimbursed and you should look into this continuing fuel tank issue before some innocent children get burnt alive. Awaiting your reply. Jim ryan

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 222007

Rendezvous 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,300 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. On August 22, 2007, the contact smelled gas fumes in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and he diagnosed the failure as a fuel tank fracture. She then took the vehicle to a General Motors dealer for a second opinion and they confirmed the fuel tank fracture. The VIN was invalid. The current and failure mileages were 50,300.

- Landsdale, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 102007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the gas tank was leaking. He took the vehicle to the dealer and had the leak repaired. He notified the manufacturer because the 2004 Buick Rendezvous is under recall # 03V454000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) for the same failure. The manufacturer informed the contact that he could not be reimbursed since there was no recall for the 2003 model. The current mileage is 80,000 and failure mileage was 78,000.

- Hilliard , OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 032007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the gas tank is leaking in the welding seam, where the check valve is welded into the tank. He has notified the dealer and the manufacturer and they stated that because there is no recall, nothing can be done unless the contact agrees to pay for the repair. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 60,000.

- Manistee, MI, USA

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