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Buick Rendezvous Maintenance and Repair



  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    Early ones are problematic. If you are very handy around cars, or you get a warranty, fine, otherwise I would stay away from 2004 or earlier.

    Our 2007 has 38000 miles on it now and has been flawless. Drives beautifully, tons of room, quiet, good gas mileage. We love it and I wouldn't trade it for anything else out there. Our friends have a 2006 and they feel the same way.

    Every brand has lemons, foreign and domestic, its important to do your research before buying. So you're one step ahead of everyone else buying blindly!
  • I have a 2005 and I love it. Mine has captain chairs in the middle with a 2 seat bench in the back with cup holders between the back two seats. I love the fact that the back folds down anytime I basically need a truck type feature. I simply keep one of those waterproof blankets in the back storage compartment and I have a way to instantly haul things like mulch or wet soccer stuff instantly without getting my car a mess. I love all the fancy features of the backup system. I have only had to have some work to the front wheel area which was about $500 and replaced the fuel filter for about $50 and a new battery. I have about 70,000 on mine. Still love it and would definitely buy another one.
  • I have a 2006 Rendezvous CX with 75000 miles on it. I bought it brand new 4+ years ago. I have had one problem with it. The right front wheel bearing went at about 65k miles. Replaced it myself for less than $100. Other than oil/filter changes every 5k and new tires I have done nothing to it. More reliable than a Toyota. Been a great vehicle for our family.

  • pangspangs Posts: 1
    I purchased the car last 2008 then i was having too much problems 1st the tank keeps on going up and down. 2nd my steering wheel is shaking sometimes but not too often 3rd the car is having a hard time accelerating but when you reverse the car it feels smooth but when you go forward the car feels like its on a foot break and when i came out it smells like burning tire but there is no smoke at all
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    1. Sounds like a fuel sender. The tank will need to be lowered and the part replaced,

    2. Probably a tire balance issue, but could be warped rotors as well if it mainly happens when you're applying the brakes.

    3. Possibly one of your brakes is binding. Whoever did the last break job may not have properly lubricated the caliper slide points and now the brakes have overheated, warped the rotors, and fried the pads.

    Sounds like the last owner (or his shop) didn't do proper maintenance. Get those brakes checked out and you'll be back to enjoying the ride.
  • austinpaustinp Posts: 2
    I dispise my 05 Rendezvous now. I loved it for awhile but I have put 8 yes 8 wheel bearings on it. My trunk opens whenever it wants. It sounds like a freight train. AWD leaking AWD disable. I just had it at the shop yesterday to replace a wheel bearing again. My car alarm goes off whenever when it's hot out it never wants to start. Brake Warning. Squeeks and Rattles. Speedomiter quit one day when i was 200 miles from home and I had to drive home without a speedomiter luckily I had verizon's excellent GPS which helped somewhat. Liftgate is SO HEAVY! Shocks went bad, power window on right side stopped, Transmission Surges when going uphill, CD player skips, Liftgate stopped opening, Vehicle Service Soon comes on when it is below 30 degrees farenheit. I have had so manyn problems I expected better from a BUICK next week we'll be getting either a ford escape or chrysler pacifica. :lemon:
  • bbowen1bbowen1 Posts: 2
    NO IT IS NOT!!!!!!
    After having so many problems with it, I made up in my mind to trade it off. I was confronted by several car dealerships about this thing, known for transmission going out (had my replaced last year) known for to many minor problems, but costly fixes, and most of all known for the motor locking up (thats why I don't own one now). Still owing on it, an spending more money to fix it then the note itself. I surrendered it back to its owner, gladly.

    I have brought many lemons in my life time, this lemon was the only one that presented itself as a lime....then a trash bag. I too thought more of Buick then this. Next time (To: Buick Inc.) stop trying to be like the next man and just be the better man.... This was the worst invention you have ever made.... A ticking time bomb....
  • kriegsiekriegsie Posts: 5
    I have a 2002 Rendezvous with about 167,000 miles on it, bought new in 2001. It's had more than its share of problems. I too have the temperature sensitive airbag sensor light issue. The dealer is about to replace the SDM module for about $800.00. I'm hoping that fixes it. This is the last expense though for this car. Any more and it gets recycled. (still rides good though}.
    By the way. I just put Continental tires on and it's like driving a whole new car. Very good handling. :shades:
  • bre34bre34 Posts: 4
    Hello, I have a 2005 buick rendevous, got it 4 years ago with 11,000 miles and it currently has 86,000 miles, i've had several problems over the years with it. the current problem is the AWd disable light along with the anti lock brake light on, I took it to auto shop yesterday and they say it's the driver side hub and sensor needing replaced. I also have a problem the while driving, I'll be driving and the car feels like it is not getting enough power (sluggish) and I push on the accelerator and it won't pick up any speed, in town it does this a short period of time less than 1 min, but when on the highway when trying to speed up it won't pick up any speed or it will get sluggish for a longer time, I took it to a transmission shop and the first one said it sounds like the fuel pump, so the fuel filter was replaced first and then I took it to get a second opinion, and they said it's the catalyct converter and they also said if it was the fuel pump it wouldn't start. Does anyone have or had any of these same problems, if so please help.
    The speedometer stopped working at about 40,000 miles and still not.
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    Does this lack of power happen when the engine is still warming up, or only once its hot?

    Do you ever notice the engine idling poorly at a red light?

    I think the hub diagnosis is correct for your first problem.

    07 Rendezvous
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,057
    I am from GM Customer Service. Can you please email me more information on your situation? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Fot the AWD/ABS situation, many times it the wiring/connection to the sensor that is the problem, not the sensor itself. I would have them check that first
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    edited April 2010
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  • bre34bre34 Posts: 4
    I got a new hub and sensor for the driver side and that worked for the awd disable light and anti lock, and for the oter problem with it being slugglish on highway I got a catalic converter and that seems to be working.
  • :confuse: :sick: Hi there,
    I have a 2002 RDV that has an issue that for some reason can't get figured out... I am driving down the road and out of no where the car shuts off and the check gauges light comes on... all lights and radio are still working but the engine cuts off out of no where... I have taken it to so many mechanics since I bought it but they can't seem to find out whats wrong... I even took it to the Buick dealership and they said nothing is popping up on the computer... Transmission and engine are good, alternator is good, really weird, even passed emmissions, where i was hoping they might detect the problem. The only thing that really looks like needing attention is a tune up and I am praying that solves the issue, but i'm not sure and was really hoping I can get some input from anyone who has experienced this b4 or maybe even idea of what it could be? Buick service dept couldn't even find the issue. and now its gotten to the point where i can't even accelerate with out it sputtering and than shutting off now with check gauges light coming on... Its so weird, I just want to fix it because I really like my car, but i can even find what I need to fix... so weird!! lolz thanks so much for your feedback.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Couple things come to mind. First is fuel filter if it hasn't been changed in a while. Another is the C-305 connector which is known to have issues. It is a pass-through connector to the rear of drivers seat under carpet (about where a rear passenger would put their feet) and is subject to corrosion/water intrusion and can cause the exact symptoms you describe.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    edited April 2010
    If no codes come up, but the scanned *does* communicate okay with the ECM then one might suspect a defective component that isn't designed to throw what Ray suggests---fuel filter, fuel pump, relay, etc.

    If the scanned doesn't communicate at all with the ECM, that suggests a computer problem or wiring problem

    You might carry a can of starter fluid and when this cut-off happens, see if you can squirt some into the air cleaner intake. If the engine starts up again briefly, then that tells you that it was a fuel shut off issue.


  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,057
    That is great! If you do experience any other issues please let me know. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • I am having the same trouble with my 2005. Every year since 2007 I have had to replace the front wheel hub and bearing - 1x on the left and 3x on the right. I fought GM for the extended warranty. It just expired, needless to say the front right went again.....I have also had to replace the transmission......I would not recommend this car. I have never felt safe in it.
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186

    That is obviously not normal. Hubs don't go bad every year. The earlier designs were prone to having problems, but not THAT often.

    The bearings in these hubs are somewhat sensitive. Whatever shop/dealer is installing your hubs is probably placing pressure on the bearings and damaging them during install, causing premature failure. You should be demanding refund from your shop, and take it somewhere else where they know what they're doing.

    My Rendezous has 40,000 miles and 0 hubs have been replaced.
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