really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,738 miles

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2006 Buick Rendezvous suspension problems

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2006 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 052011


  • 95,000 miles


This vehicle is a joke. I've had the ball joints worked on, gear shift (suddenly wouldn't change gears anymore), the transmission pump needs replacing, and when I drive, specifically if I turn or have to go over a speed hump, or over a small dip, there's a loud pop and lots of creaking even though the tire rod, ball joints and wheel bearings were replaced. After they were replaced, everything was quiet. About a year later, I'm hearing noises again. I've just grown accustomed to the fact that my car is loud. I know not to buy another Buick.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 242015


  • 85,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway going around a bend at about 65 mph when I heard a bang and thought it was the tire. It took all my effort to get it over to the side of the road. I have new tires on the vehicle. When I got out to look, the wheel was bent out and first thing I thought was tie rod. Tire is fine. When my husband and uncle came out they noticed the ball joint had broke off. Thank goodness I had control of the vehicle and did not hurt myself or someone else. Don't know the extent of what is going on yet, but I do not feel safe in the vehicle after seeing so many complaints about the suspension, etc. In fact when I have driven it in snow, even with the new tires, I didn't feel like I had very good control. I have never felt that way with other vehicles that I have owned.

- Nashotah, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 202014


  • 114,000 miles
My wife was traveling South on a 2 lane roadway, heard a loud bang, lost control of steering and crossed the centerline, then swerved back across road to her side and struck a guardrail. Later we found that the right rear ball joint broke off causing the wheel to collapse and when the car skidded out of control the left rear tire blew off the rim. This car had regular maint. And service. If she would've hit someone head on and caused a fatality no one would know the real cause and everyone would assume she got distracted and caused the accident which makes me wonder how many times this occurred and nobody is the wiser. The ntsb needs to make Buick issue a safety recall now!

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 122013


  • 115,000 miles


10/2012 - (aprox 115,000 miles on vehicle) vehicle was turning left onto a city street when without notice the right rear ball joint broke off and forced me to the side of the street. Luckily there were no cars directly behind me. The vehicle had to be towed and repaired. The left ball joint was deemed good at that time. Once in repair, front tie rods where also replaced in prevention of any failure because of there poor condition. 2/2015 - (135,000 miles on vehicle) driving vehicle down major highway at 65 mph the left rear ball joint broke without notice causing me to slide out of control and crash into a ditch. Only because there was not heavy traffic and the blessings of the location and snow, did I not suffer injuries to myself or vehicle. 100 ft in any other direction would of resulted in a different ending. This vehicle had been serviced with tire replacement and alignment without any indication of ball joint distress. I do not feel safe in this vehicle and fear any other major fault in the vehicle parts/design that might occur without notification. Updated 3/31/16

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #5

May 142014

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving in right lane, someone cut me off, by switching lanes & cutting in front of me as light turned green. I pressed on my brakes, which went all the way to the floor, hitting the person in front of me. I found out later that I injured my left knee, displaced my knee cap. I was traveling alone. Airbags did not activate. During the second incident my daughters where traveling with me. My daughter's were with me. I enter road from right, heard a popping noise. Pressed brakes which went to the floor, car seem to accelerate and I ran into the back of the car. Airbags once again didn't activate. Stunned from the weirdness of the incident I couldn't think. I told her I was ok. After getting back in car I was hurting & so were my daughters. Life changed for us. They have back & neck issues. We see various doctors to manage pain.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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problem #4

Nov 142008


  • miles
My last alignment was at the extreme of correction. I was told any further adjustments would require taking apart the front wheel section and drilling new holes to put in new adjusters. The car has 38K miles. I was told this was not a warranty item and it would cost over $200.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 082007


  • 17,542 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rendezvous. The contact heard a grinding sound and the brakes became hard when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they replaced the front and rear brakes. Shortly afterward, the automatic transmission, wiring for the all-wheel drive, wiring for the speed sensors, and the rear tie rods were all replaced between 17,500 and 22,000 miles. The rear driver's side door also fell off the vehicle and was re-adjusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least once a month for failed components. The failure mileage was 17,542 and current mileage was 23,126.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 262005


  • miles
2006 Rendezvous tire pressure was low on all four tires. The vehicle is equipped with 17 inch wheels. A few days after the vehicle was purchased the consumer noticed that the vehicle lacked the smooth ride and stability as his previous 2003 model. The consumer notified the dealer of the problem. The consumer checked the tire pressure and it was 28 psi in all four tires. The consumer increased the air to 35 psi as recommended but the vehicle became even more difficult to control at highway speeds.

- Clementon, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 302005

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,100 miles
: the consumer stated while driving 30 to 40 mph, the vehicle pulled to the left side with front end vibrations. The vehicle was taken to the dealership; the tie rod ends and both tires were replaced. After driving the vehicle, the same problems still continued. Starter stayes engaged until engine is turned off. Updated 02/26/06.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

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