NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2005 Buick Rendezvous (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,509 miles

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2005 Buick Rendezvous electrical problems

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2005 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Dec 242008


  • 50,185 miles


While on vacation, the speedometer indicated a speed of 20 mph while it was obvious that I was traveling much faster. During this period, the speedometer would not go above 20 mph and at times indicated 0 mph while the vehicle was moving. The next day the speedometer worked correctly. When traveling home, the speedometer would work for about 100 miles and gradually would indicate lower and lower speeds. It I stopped the vehicle and shut off the engine and restarted the vehicle it would start working again for an undetermined length of time. This is very unsafe and is unusual for this item to fail on a vehicle. I called a local Buick dealer and was told that they have recently seen a lot of failures with the speedometer and the instrument cluster on the Buick Rendezvous.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 262008

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
A few months ago my car stalled at the bus stop and shut down. It would not restart. The car needed to be jumped. The warranty was going to be up soon so we took the vehicle to rice Buick in knoxville, tn to get looked at. They hooked it up to the machine and it didn't do it so they determined that it must have been something I did that made the car stop. This past Wednesday I was parked at the bus stop with my car running with the blinkers on in park and with the emergency brake on. My car shut down again and would not restart. It is habit for me to take the emergency brake off when I go to start the vehicle so it remained off while I tried to start the car. I kept taking the keys out and trying to start the car like it was the first time in it that day. I again checked to see if I was in park and it was. I took the remote keyless entry device off of the keys in case my friend could not help me and I had to use my house key on that ring. When I shut the door of my car everything was fine for about 10 seconds and then my car started rolling down the street. I tried to use the remote to get the door unlocked because my 2 year old was in the car. It would not unlock. I never locked the car when I got out. My car finally crashed into a parked truck and stopped. When my friend tried to get my daughter out the door would not open. She asked me to unlock it but I had dropped my keys on the way down. She tried again and it opened right away. All of the doors were then unlocked except the drivers side door. My daughter was fine because she was buckled in her seat. I had a lot of bruises and scrapes. This is the second electrical incident we have had with this car. The power steering has also stopped working on several incidents while we were driving. I don't know if that is linked to this electrical problem. I have read several internet complaints about the same thing happening to other Buick Rendezvous.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 162006

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,892 miles
I purchased my 2005 Buick Rendezvous on Jan. 14, 06. After having it for 3 days, I was driving down the highway, coming to a stop and the vehicle died. I put the vehicle in park, cranked it, and luckily it started with no problem. I later happened to me 2 more times. I took it to my dealer and they said due to the fact that they can not get it to duplicate what happened when I was driving there is nothing they can do about it. So I'm stuck driving a vehicle that goes dead on me for no apparent reason.

- Munford, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 202005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,368 miles
Engine on this vehicle has stalled five times since service date of 11/29/04. The vehicle is a 2005 Buick Rendezvous. The engine stalls without warning and has always quit at slow to idle speeds. This vehicle was purchased to replace a 2004 Buick Rendezvous due to the same stalling problem. Due to the problem I have become scared to drive this vehicle. The engine has stalled without warning on April 20th., May 5th, May 8th, August 13th, August 18th, and I have an appointment to take the vehicle into the dealership this coming Monday on August 22nd on 05/09/05 vehicle was at the dealership they could not duplicate the problem, and there are never any codes in the computer. On 06/24/05 vehicle was back at the dealership for the same problem and at that time the ignition relay was replaced per pip3139A and I have had two engine since then. I don't know if old parts are available. Any help here would be greatly appreciated as I am a 78 year old women scared to drive this vehicle.

- Reese, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 162005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 750 miles
On May 27, 2005 my husband purchased a 2005 Buick Rendezvous cx plus. 3 times since the purchase the vehicle has stalled during our rush hour trip to work, 06/16, 06/20 & 06/27. Each time the vehicle was slowing down, once when entering a highway (route I-95 in pa) and twice when coming to a stop light on NJ route 130. I was with him each time it occurred. Fortunately, the vehicle restarted. My husband has taken the vehicle to the dealer, explaining the exact circumstances before the failure. Because the dealer could not duplicate the problem, nothing was done. This seem to be the same problem encountered by the 2004 Rendezvous for which GM issued a recall (#05V157000). The resolution was to replace the ignition relay. There is also a njtsa action number PE04075 that describes this problem for the 2004 Rendezvous.

- Edgewater Park, NJ, USA

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