NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,024 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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2004 Buick Rendezvous brakes problems

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

May 242010

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Engine would not idle below 3000 RPM, and once almost 4500 RPM causing excessive brake pedal pressure, had to actually put auto in neutral at stoplights. This condition would occur at random times, sometimes it would seem to occur 5 or 6 times in a row, and then sometimes it would act normal when engine was started again. Unlike the idiots in the Toyota's I did put it in neutral, however there are apparently a lot of drivers that this would have been a severe problem for. This condition started May 24, ( I remember because it occurred while driving to my birthday dinner) 2010 only occurring once in a while, until engine was stopped and restarted, then by Sept it was every week. I had it checked at the dealer on 10/5/10 and they ordered a throttle position sensor and installed it on 10/11/10. This should definitely been a safety recall, and funny this kind of problem was never mentioned as a possibility during the big Toyota scandal. The automobile is a 2004 Buick Rendezvous cxl with a 3400 cc engine. With 57,000 miles on it at this time.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #5

Nov 012009


  • 79,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rendezvous purchased new in 2004. She stated there was a clanking noise upon starting the vehicle and would get louder when progressing speed. She also stated there was much resistance in the brakes when approaching a stop. The dealer stated the hub bearings were faulty and needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated the brakes and tires could be affected. She was advised that the brakes needed to replaced and all four tires due to the faulty hub bearings at the owner's expense. The current and failure mileage was under 79,500.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 052006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,100 miles
I have a 2004 Buick Rendezvous that I bought in 2004 with 9000 miles on it. At 32000 miles the check engine light came on and the dealer said the number three cylinder was misfiring. He reset the the cylinder and 10000 miles later it is doing it again. Also at 42000 I have had to replace both front and rear breaks along with the power steering pump and the master cylinder. I think these are excessive breakdowns for a vehicle this age and milage. So far repairs to the vehicle in the last month have exceeded $1000. Luckly I wasn't in and accident when the steering and breaks failed. There was no warnign chirp or dash indicator showing the steering and breaks were failing.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 252005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,545 miles


My 2004 Buick Rendezvous has been in the shop 8 times in 10 1/2 months. Currently I am experiencing a loud noise (much like an air raid horn) while I am stopped in traffic and when I turn my vehicle off. It started back in April, the dealership could not recreate the noise, in the shop again 11/4/05 and again 11/11/05. I just do not feel safe in the car. I it is getting progressively worse, louder and more frequent, lasting longer. I purchased my vehicle 17 Dec 04 and the very next day had a break problem. My service record is as follows: 1) 12/20/04- ABS light on - all wheel drive disabled 2) 01/27/05 - ABS light on - all wheel drive disabled 3) 4/25/05 - ABS light on all wheel drive disabled would not drive over 40 mph - 3) 4/25/05 - passenger side mirror clicking when vehicle is put into reverse 3) 4/25/05 vehicle makes a loud air horn noise when vehicle is turned off 4) 5-19/05 - ABS light on - all wheel drive disabled 4) 5/19/05 - vehicle looses power when making left turns or on incline 4) 5/16/05 installed rear lift gate latch 5) 7/15/05 driver side mirror glass came loose 6) 9/01/05 - drivers side power window inoperative- 7) 11/4/05 - very loud acceleration - exhaust manifold leaking right exhaust manifold 7) 11/4/05 loud noise while driving vehicle, stopping in traffic and when vehicle is turned off 8) 11/11/05 wobble in left front tire- reface front rotors out of round 8) 11/11/05 took vehicle in for the loud air horn noise while driving, stopping in traffic and turning vehicle off - had a 5 minute discussion with service person about this and it did not even make it on the invoice.

- Ft. Washingon, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 292004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Several-failures, braking noise, front/rear tire wear, unsecured roof and top tail lamp. Steering wheel was noisy along with a thump roar and grinding, there was poor air flow circulation on the rear passenger side, the rack roof was unsecured and side rails, poor wear on the tires front/rear, rear wheel rubbing/grinding during normal operation, brake noises, poor idle and shuts off the engine, lack of air flow for passengers in the rear of the vehicle, and the right front passenger window black rubber seam buckled.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Lost all braking due to brake fade while descending a 12% grade for 3 miles with no extra load in the car, with ambient air temperature of 50 F. 2004 Buick Rendezvous updated 07/24/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Pinehurst, NC, USA

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