NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,759 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous transmission problems

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 172009

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 114,324 miles


Undetected safety hazard with 2003 Buick Rendezvous..spent over 11,000 with repairs & maintenance on this SUV and now over 5000 dollars trying to find the reason for the vehicle to keep shutting down after appx. 40 miles of stop and go traffic..have had many close calls of being hit when this happens and have had the vehicle in 5 times to the dealer to diagnose the problem to no avail..can not afford to trade and should not have too..it loses power too when this problem happens..they say they can not duplicate it when they drive it..I have had 2 other people experience this problem..I believe this is a very big concern for my safety and others too.

- Poestenkill, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 182008

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
When snow builds up in wheel wells the AWD became disabled and spun out in road, have failed with mud, build up as well had replaced 3 times since owning vehicle. Also feel that the sideview mirrors have dangerous blind spot that could be a problem.

- Chassell, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 242007

Rendezvous 0-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,834 miles
My husband and I purchased a vehicle from little apple Toyota in manhattan, ks on June 2, 2006. The vehicle we purchased was a 2003 Buick Rendezvous and this was done through Toyota motor credit corporation. We explained to the gentlemen named tim that we would be making a few trips back and forth from Kansas to Texas. Also, my husband wanted peace of mind with him deploying to iraq that we would be safe. We were informed by him that this vehicle would be accepted even under the miles progam and that our vehicle would meet and exceed those. We took it for a test drive and heard some grinding and he said that they would put on new brakes that this was probably the cause. So anyway we have it a year to date and I am making a trip to Kansas when it goes haywire. I take it to little apple who will not help me and they send it to stagg hill transmission who tells me it's going to be $4,000 for a new transmission and that all my wheel bearings needed replaced, but they won't be able to fix that. I guess bottom line is that no one wants to make good on a vehicle that we have only had for 1 year. The transmission shouldn't just go out at 24,000 miles. I went to a site and found others complaining of similar problems with their Buick Rendezvous. I think they need to be looked into more carefully. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy one. Now I am stranded, car less, and my husband is deployed and can't help take care of the issues. I would like the Buick Rendezvous 2003 investigated.

- Fort Hood, TX, USA

problem #5

May 302005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Check engine light came on and took into transmission shop to have looked at told it might be sensor so took it to electronic shop who fixed wiring that had rubbed in half. Started to not go when gas pushed took back to transmission shop and transmission out.

- Tiffin, IA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Aug 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Blown transmission.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 142003


  • miles
While the vehicle was park in front of the house and without prior warning vehicle jumped out of gear and hit another vehicle.

- Knoxville, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 062003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,914 miles
Engine noise and over heating, transmission hard shifts between 1-2.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

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