hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,558 miles

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2004 Buick Rendezvous drivetrain problems

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 162013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


The speedometer stops working correctly. While traveling at highway speeds the speedometer will read anywhere between below 0 mph and 30 mph. It happens regardless of the weather. There have been multiple occurrences that the speedometer is working correctly, (confirmed by calculations using time, mile markers & odometer readings, ) and at any point during travel it will stop and the needle is observed to gradually drop below the 0 mph mark. Sometimes restarting, whether by turning off the ignition or using the autostart to remove the key while leaving the vehicle running, will temporarily correct the problem. The problem was noted by an independent mechanic at the end of September while addressing potential transmission issues. (which also has not been resolved. The mechanic was unable to find a cause to "hard shift" problem that began several months ago.) the currently mileage on the vehicle is approximately 81,200 miles. It is being taken to a mechanic this week to address the issue.

- Palmer, AK, USA

problem #5

Mar 052014

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 128,050 miles
I had a transmission repair at an ammco transmission outlet. As a result of the repair my instrument cluster was not working the first day the car was declared repaired. I left the car with the repairer who told me a second transmission would be installed. I was told approximately ten days later my car was repaired. When the car was picked up a second the time the problem was not resolved. I was told it needed to time for the computer to reset itself. That never happened since I found out later that the computer was in default mode and was not communicating with the transmission. Aamco pretended to tell me my car was safe to drive throughout this ordeal. The same night I received the car back my exterior lights went when my car glitched again. I almost hit the side of the mountain because there was total darkness. My complaint is that there is no oversight of secondary repair shops. I have tried hard. No one should go through what I have been through. This mechanics used many excuses but in the end it was a pinched (best word I can utilized) wire that caused the problem. After being turned down by four local mechanics the problem was fixed by the dealer. No one was wants to step forward to explain my problem. However I have documents to show that my electrical system was working fine prior to this repair. The attorney generals office in pa has limited authority on this issue and cannot help me. These people need oversight someone will be killed or already has.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 022013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
When pulling into or out of parking spot you get a humming sound at slow speed seems to be in the rear of car I think does not sound like power steering whine ck the fluid in power steering it is fine no leaks.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 062013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 16,800 miles


I was driving the vehicle to an appointment and all of a sudden it thumbed when I moved from the light taking off not like it was shifting but as something was knocked in, then the lower light I turn on in the truck stopped working, the interior dash lights as well stopped on the 11 of March about 6 pm I was heading back in from out of town had to position my cell phone so I could see what speed I was going, the turning to the right knocks like something is about to fall off, and the to top it off the wiper from the back window leaks in the inside when I try to clean with fluid, the seat belt as well is not locking I and my on star it reads and talks as I tried to set up an account the system failed and my engine stalls as well the temperature gauge runs hot if I go in town and stop at the lights I checked the fluid and it is in their I called GM and they quote and quote say their was never a recall on my vehicle but I see online that their was why is it that they can't seem to locate any information I hate that I am always getting duped in with these vehicles and then I get more depressed and shut down and feel like all my funds mean nothing to any one.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #2

May 012007


  • 25,000 miles
2004 Buick Rendezvous AWD light came on and has never gone off. It came on when we had less than 30K miles on the car. We have had our car to many, many mechanics. None are able to fix this problem. One told us we needed all new tires, we bought new tires, one said it was the alignment we had it aligned. One mechanic went through the car and charged us 3 hours of labor to tell us that he did not know what was wrong and nothing appeared to be wrong. Another suggested we contact the dealer must be a central computer system defect. Called the dealer and he stated there were no warnings on this defect. AWD is something we wanted when we purchased the vehicle. I have done a lot of research online and many other owners of this vehicle have had the same problem many, many mechanics and no fix to the problem. The owner's manual states that without this working it poses a safety hazard to the driver and occupants. We want to get this repaired but can't afford to keep spending money to investigate a problem no one can fix. Kindly investigate this.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 102004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I brought a Buick rendevouz on July 17,2004. From the very first week I had it I told the dealer the gas gage doesnot work properly. They checked it over and still cannot find ahything wrong with it. And it still not working properply now but theat is not the biggest issu with this vehicle. The first incident 10.10.04. I was driving on the highway to work when the vehilce just stalls out. I didn't know what was going on. The car get rolling for a couple of sceonds and then I applied the brake put the car in park. A couple of seconds later I started the truck up and begin driving. I dropped the truck off to the dealer and told them what had occurred. They replaced a apart and sent me on my way. Since then the vidhilce hase stalled out over 10 times. And someday it stalls out twice a day. I have brought it back to the dealer and they keep changeing and replacing parts but its not fixing the stalling out. I am scared that me and my daughter will killed from it stalling out. They just changed something witht the transmisson and now it back in the shop with the same problem.

- Bklyn, NY, USA

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