NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Wheel Bearing Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,883 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous suspension problems

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 152004


  • 11,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph and applied the brakes however, the vehicle emitted an abnormal grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised the contact that the front driver's side wheel bearings would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 11,000.

- Clune, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 092008

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
2003 Buick Rendezvous. Sporadic brake noise and braking problems with accompanying warning messages required service assessment. Diagnosis was defective hub and bearing assembly on right rear. Repaired at cost of $340. Six hundred miles later, same problem, same repair required. Now, three weeks later, I have the same problem. Each time, it seems a different wheel is involved. I have begun investigating and it appears Buick has had a significant problem with their hub and bearing assemblies. It seems a recall is in order.

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Jul 102007

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


All 4 of my wheel bearings went bad before 60,000 miles, I received a letter from Buick stating they are offering an extended warranty for the front wheel bearings up to 60,000 miles. This problem was not diagnosed until I had 63,000 miles, though 4 months ago when I asked my mechanic about the load noise coming from my vehicle I was told it was from my new tires and I just needed to wear the tread and the noise would stop. It got worse and I brought the vehicle to 3 mechanics. The first 2 both said it is almost impossible for even 1 wheel bearing to go bad with this little of miles and they could not explain how all my wheel bearings could be shot. They stated when I asked about the noise 4 months ago it is most likely this would not have been diagnosed because no one would have even considered wheel bearings problems in a vehicle this new. One of the mechanics shook my tire in front of me a half an inch, stating "this is a huge safety issue". the letter I received from Buick claimed this was not recalled because it did not pose a safety concern. I did have the front 2 recently replaced and the dealer/Buick paid for half the cost, but refused to pay for the rear wheel bearings because that was not an issue on the letter I received. I researched online and found this was reported on a news station and over 272,000 people are affected by this.

- Le Center, MN, USA

problem #8

Sep 052006

Rendezvous 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,901 miles
Received a letter from Buick that my 2003 Rendezvous has had problems with premature wear of the wheel bearings. I took my car in to be checked by the place I purchased it (quality auto of warsaw in) a week before receiving the letter because I heard a loud humm. Was told to bring it in on 9-8-06 for wheel bearing replacements by service manger matt dilley, but on 9-5-06 my front passenger tire sheared the studs off and the tire flew over the car at 50 mph, and crashed into a farmers field. Now Buick states it is not their fault and will not pay me or my insurance for repairs.

- Mentone, IN, USA

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problem #7

Sep 112006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
I have an 03 Buick Rendezvous and the intake manifold gasket ($875) was identify by the dealership as the source of the problem at the same time my front hub bearings were fixed at just over $400 by the Buick dealership in New Jersey. The dealership took my money gladly and later that day I find out in this forum my vehicle should have been repaired at no cost to me. I find it hard to believe the service manager/dealership were not aware of this problem and the notice posted by GM. I feel used and abuse at this point and my vehicle is still have problems with leaking coolant/overheating even after getting the problem fixed. All I want from GM is justice for all us who work hard each day and have continue to support their company and products. I would like to be added to class action lawsuit, can anyone give me information on getting on that train. I found other consumers across the country and in Canada on this website with the same problems www.topix.net/forum/autos/Buick-Rendezvous/T1tik6gq01P6ghp7D/P3.

- Lumberton, NJ, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Apr 052006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,250 miles
I just purchase a 2003 Buick Rendezvous with 41,532 miles on it. Within 700 additional miles a front wheel bearing has failed. Any auto should be able to last twice that mileage. Is this a one of a kind failure or has Buick's quality control people asleep?

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 242004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I have had so many problems with my Rendezvous I feel like the dealership has had my car more than I have. For starters, the front and rear hub failed four times, with the fourth one still needing to be repaired and GM refusing to address the problem because of the number of miles on the car, the check engine light stays on intermittently, the rear wiper stays on and I had to remove the fuse, I have replaced the tires three times with no explaination on the uneven excessive wear, the power steering pump makes loud whining noise and leaks power steering fluid with no explaination, windshield wipers catch on each other and I have on numerous occassions had to stop the car, get out and untangle them, however, the dealer cannot duplicate the problem, the rear air compressor still does not work after being repaired twice, fuses blow for no reason.

- Harbor Springs, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 012003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Transmission failure- replaced 12/04, wheel hub bearing failure-replaced 06/05, heating/ac problems since new 09/03, brake problems since new, window regulators replaced 2X's, hatch latch failure-multiple, parking brake failure 07/04-present, overheating 07/04-present

- Lineboro, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 202005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,900 miles
Loud roaring, squealing noise from front of vehicle. Wheel bearings are going out on both front wheels. I own a 2003 Buick Rendezvous with under 49,000 miles. I called Buick and they said this is the 1st time & no one else has had this problem. I checked w/edmunds website and there are about 1,000 people who have had this problem. Please help as GM will not support their defective products. This could be very dangerous as wheels could be come loose and or come off the car.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 082005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Wheel bearings defective on two occasions, caused extreme vibration and noise. Dealer was notified and they supposedly fixed under warranty. Had to return a second time to the same dealer to be fixed again with the second incidence being worse than the first, thus making the car difficult to drive, especially at high speeds.

- Brighton, MI, USA

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