NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,556 miles

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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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2005 Buick Rendezvous drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 242013

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


When we reach speed of 60mph it starts jumping in and out into a higher gear. This car has a transmission problem.

- Punta Gorda , FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 052014

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 117,703 miles
I was driving the car came to a complete stop at the right light, turned green took my foot off the brake push the gas pedal, car completely cut off, could not get it to crank, service engine light came on, I had to get the car towed, took it to the dealership, I have a 50% warranty on the engine, powertrain, and transmission. Then crankshaft position sensor need to be replace and the transmission needed to be replaced. I only had this car for one week, when it started doing this, the car is still cutting off and in the middle of driving I have a young son, this issue is very serious doesn't matter where I am whiling driving the car just cuts off. Please help with this.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 012012

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rendezvous. While the vehicle was in drive the contact attempted to shift to park but the vehicle would not respond. The contact shut the vehicle off and tried to restart it but it would not restart. The vehicle was towed to a transmission shop. The technician stated that the torque converter, the internal switch, the shift linkage rod and the internal parking rod would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000...updated 09/04/12 updated 09/07/2012

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 222012

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked while driving 10 mph and the vehicle would not go up hills. The vehicle would go in the reverse direction. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the vehicle was equipped with too much transmission fluid. The contact was advised to replace the transmission. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated that there was nothing they could do because the vehicle was out of warranty. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 87,000. Updated 08/01/12 updated 08/02/12

- Athens , GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 212011

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • 100,772 miles
Transmission clunks, jumps and shifts at the wrong times and at the wrong speeds. This can be felt and heard as a loud bank and whole vehicle jerk by all passengers. Unnerving as well as concern for safety. Two trips to the dealer without any solution.

- Vail, AZ, USA

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problem #1

Apr 152010


  • 33,860 miles
Multiple problems with 2005 Buick Rendezvous. I am writing to you in regards to the front wheel bearing and hub. 4th time being repaired since 2007 - once a year this part has failed and needed to be replaced. 5/4/07 right at 33,860 7/15/08 right at 61,546 4/6/09 left at 78,057 4/15/10 right at 99,500 the issue is the AWD disable and antilock break lock light iss coming on. I am so nervous to drive in this car, I do not feel safe. May I also mention that I have had 2 tie rod replacements, 1 transfer case assembly replacement, 1 rim replacement because it cracked. Actually my tires (4 brand new tires) continue to loose air - I am filling up approximately every 2 weeks.

- Shelton, CT, USA

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