NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Buick Rendezvous (Page 3 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,043 miles

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2004 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Oct 012004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving, the vehicle would just shut down. This caused all the functions of the vehicle to become inoperable. There was no warning. The vehicle would not start again for a couple of hours. The consumer contacted the dealer. However, the problem recurred. In attempts to correct the problem the ignition relay #59 in the fuse box and the dampness/corrosion on the terminals to the body connector of the fuel pump were replaced on two separate occasions.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Purchased the vehicle on 7/15/04, 3 days later upon startup the security light on the dashboard came on and stayed on until the vehicle was restarted. Dealer replaced a body control module and that solved the problem. In October 04, the engine stalled while pulling into a parking space; as the engine stalled the check engine light came on. Vehicle restarted and check engine light turned off. Had vehicle towed to the dealer and several body control modules were replaced. During this time had an intermittent problem with the radio not holding presets, also upon startup the radio would randomly pick a station that was not preset. I will have to return to the dealer in the near future for a possible problem with the anti-theft; the dashboard light does not flash to show that it is armed, also a rubbing noise coming from the right front area just as the vehicle starts to move either forward or rearward. Worst american car I have ever owned and will never buy another GM car again.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 232004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,205 miles
Vehicle stalled while stopped at intersection - occurred twice in 2 days. Subsequently vehicle experienced excessive cranking to start - twice. Orange Buick serviced the vehicle and repaired a wire harness that had been worn. 2 days later while driving the vehicle at 30 mph the vehicle lost all power (engine and electrical), I had to turn on the flashers and pull on to the shoulder. Once the vehicle was stopped I put it in park and it restarted. However, the 'traction control off' light was on and after pressing the button it remained on.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 212004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Suddenly about 3 months ago the vehicle began to stall in traffic while being driven. The dash board lights all go off, the radio washes out the presets, when the engine is turned off sometimes the radio presets are erased. Many times the auto locks and unlocks when sitting in the lot. The dealer has worked on it at least five times, two engine control modules, a new wiring harness, the auto has had its radio "recalibrated" this thing is dangerous because it keeps shutting off while driving. Dealer says he has had multiple problems with similar cars, and that they continue to behave irrationally. Obviously an electrical problem, GM denies there is anything wrong, but when it shuts off going 0-60 mph on the highway there is a problem. Not to mention that when the dash board lights shut off, or the radio starts to act unusual it is very unsafe especially at night. One time the steering wheel radio button were switched, seek was band, and band seek.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 102004

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On 7/27/04 vehicle suddenly stalled while sitting in traffic on interstate 4. after several minutes vehicle restarted. Drove to dealer for servicing on 7/28. Dealer ran scan test and found multiple lost of communication failures at multiple modules. Upon diagnostics found bussed electrical center connectors not torqued to specs. Tightened all connectors at bec and road tested. Vehicle returned ok on 7/29/04. On 8/5/04 vehicle suddenly stalled while traveling 60 miles per hour on interstate 4 in heavy traffic endangering driver and passenger. After several minutes vehicle restarted and vehicle was returned to dealer on 8/6 /2004. Dealer stated diagnostics found multiple failure codes setting. Per GM tech assistance center was advised to replace ignition switch and road test. Replaced ignition switch and road tested vehicle. Vehicle returned ok on 8/10/04. Upon picking the vehicle up on 8/10/04 from the dealer. The vehicle was driven several miles on route 50 and suddenly stalled while traveling 45 miles per hour endangering the driver. After sitting several minutes the vehicle restarted and was immediately returned to the dealer. The vehicle again stalled upon arriving at the dealer. Dealer currently has the vehicle. The vehicle must be repaired to prevent further stalling since driver and any passengers are in danger along with any other vehicles in close proximity. The dealer and Buick have been made aware that the stalling creates a hazardous condition for the driver and the public. Due to the repetition of such stalling that has occurred any future hazards created by this malfunction are foreseeable by the dealer and Buick. As such, we can only accept the vehicle back upon the dealer's and Buick's assurance that it safe to drive at the posted speed limits on the public highways. If such assurance is not possible, then as a matter of public policy the vehicle should be replaced or our money refunded.

- Celebration, FL, USA

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