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Buick Rendezvous Maintenance and Repair



  • dks3dks3 Posts: 1
    1 comment previous e-mailers are right don't think about buying this card without the extended warranty. In the last year I've replaced the air conditioner condenser $800.00, the anti theft sensor $766.00, the front right wheels speed sensor $366.00 and tomorrow will be picing it up from AAMCO where the transmission is beig overhauled estimated total $3100.00. I too have called GM, I'm not sure what they can or will do. But this is a ton of money for a car that I still have a year to pay on.
  • tey463tey463 Posts: 1
    I have had this same problem with my 02 Rendezvous CXL AWD. If you run it a while, shut it down and then try to start it back up within a few minutes, it sometimes doesn't want to start. The first time it happened I had it towed to the dealership and ofcourse they couldn't find a problem. They said possibly something to do with the security system. It has happened 3 times since and I've only had the vehicle a year. It's very frustrating being afraid to shut your vehicle down to get gas or run into a store etc. I have contacted Buick and am waiting for a response. (Probably wont help). If anyone finds out what the problem is, please post it.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,183
    We have this 'HOT START" thing happen with our Pontiac version also. I haven't heard of any official fix for it. When it doesn't start the first time, just hold it in start position a little longer and it should fire up ,
  • ckinnyckinny Posts: 14
    This is how the problems with my '02 RDV started. Then it turned itself off WHILE I WAS DRIVING IT. It happened to a mechanic while he had it out for a test drive and they never figured out what it was. But they didn't think it was a safety issue and I had to fight with them for weeks. They "helped" me into an '05 which I hate and isn't a car I would have chosen. This is why after having GM products all my life I WILL NEVER BUY A GM CAR AGAIN!

    Don't give in and don't wait. They are in no hurry to help you. You have to be persistent. Call customer service and get someone assigned to your case. Make them give you a time when they will call you back. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! If they don't call you when they say call them and let them know they let you down. Keep asking for someone higher up. Your ultimate goal is to talk to the illusive "zone manager". He has all the power but doesn't have time to talk to a lowly customer. Start asking for his name and tell them you know that this has happened with other '02 RDVs. Go to the NHTSA web site and search you'll find cases you can quote to them. They won't like it. DO NOT BACK DOWN.

    Part of the reason GM is in such financial problems is because of how they treat customers.
  • ehlers1ehlers1 Posts: 3
    Does anyone know where I can find the blower motor resistor? My fan speeds 1-4 do not work but I still have #5 speed. I was told the culprit was the blower motor resistor
  • I've read most of the postings and wonder if anyone has any insight into this problem. The vehicle is a 2003 RDV CXL AWD with 12,000 miles. On 7/13/05 and 7/15/05 the vehicle failed to start. Both times the following occurred:
    After re-fueling, the engine started, then stumbled roughly and stalled.
    After stalling, repeated attempts to start failed. (10 to 15 attempts over 25 minutes)
    After 25 minutes the engine started and ran fine.
  • gratergrater Posts: 1
    Add me to those with a A/C compressor (cost me 200 due to extended warranty coverage) and rear wiper motor (warranty covered repair) replacement on a 2002 RDV CX. I might have an intake gasket leak or something else as I have some drops on the driveway and it seams to be burning some oil. The intake gasket issue is not just limited to Rendezvous. My 96 Chevy S-10 has just had this replaced although it made it to 100K miles. The majority of my problems with that truck have been the coolant system. My mechanic says there seems to be a problem with the DEX COOL. I would change the fluid more frequently than recommended.

    However, today I was replacing the front disk brake pads (58K) due to some brake noises. When I pulled the pads off of the front passenger side. The outside brake pad basically dropped out. It did not have clips retaining it. This pad was almost down to the metal. All of the other pads had at least 1/4 to a 1/3 of the pad left. No one had the part that was open today. Also while trying to push the cylinder back, the boot would not recess properly leaving it out over the cylinder. The driver side had the problem, but it was fairly easy to correct. I am not a master mechanic or anything, but I have changed numerous brake pads and drum shoes and have never experienced this before. Has anyone else had this problem or could the cylinder and boot be damaged because of the clips missing?
  • duke516duke516 Posts: 2
    It happened to me also last winter - had to take it to the dealer.
    Hope you are still under warranty.
  • ehlers1ehlers1 Posts: 3
    No I'm not. I have 84K on the car and this is the first thing to go on the car. I know the part must be easy to replace and the cost I found out is around $25. I know if I take it to a dealer it will cost $150+
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,682
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    bozie, "Got a Quick, Technical Question?" #1699, 17 Jul 2005 12:24 am

    Alcan probably knows where the resistor board is on that car and also there might be a fuse to check that feeds the lower speeds for the blower. It's probably an under the dash, take off a sound deadening cover, find the right location, pull the connector for the power cable, remove two screws and you've done it.

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  • Had my 2002 RDV since 7/01. Drive very little (have 7200 miles). Today, after getting NYS Inspection and Oil Change/Filter/Lube (for the 1st time at local mechanic -had used dealer service,prior), I came home, parked the car, then came out again - NO START - Battery Dead. Tried a few more times, then it started. Also started again 2 hours later.

    Looked at orig Delco Battery and the "eye" is dark. Funny, I looked at it two or three times in the past few weeks and it was "green". (took two 400 mile trips)

    I guess I have to expect this after 4 yrs (dead battery). Anyone have good luck with replacement batteries? Anyone try the DieHard made for SUV's? I don't know if I would trust anyone at a Sears place to touch the car.

    I won't install it myself, but installation looks like a REAL HASSLE, involving crossbars, and other stuff in the way!

    P.S. Maybe I'm getting paranoid, but I don't even trust my own local mechanic anymore. Luckily, as I was watching, I saw his newer mechanic taking air OUT of my tires. I asked, what are you doing? He said, "putting them at 32psi"(they were at fac.recc 35psi). I said "where did you get that number?" He said "that's what I thought it should be". He had no idea that the number is on the door label.

    Isn't that why many of the Ford Explorer Firestone tire problems happened? MANY people (and dealers) were under-inflating those tires???

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,682
    I put Walmart Maxx battery with high cca (1000 and 960) rating and $59 price in my older Buick LeSabre 3+ years ago. Still going great. Has a 7 year/3 year full replacement. They will put in battery free. Guarantee good anywhere you travel and there's a Walmart (maybe even a Sams). If you go for midvalue battery, I'm not so sure on quality variations. I put an Autolite from Advance Auto into a friend's older Civic.

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  • gail04gail04 Posts: 51
    Hi folks,

    Had a scheduled appt. at dealership today for brake thumping which I mentioned in earlier posts, hard as rock Affinity Tire issues, and yesterday, the a/c shut off on me only to eventually come back on in 99 degrees weather. This appointment, other than the a/c issue, was scheduled by the SERVICE MANAGER, versus ADVISER. I drove 20 miles one way and another 20 back. He was in a MEETING for 4 hours! No one called, no one could help me and so I came home, rather agitated about this situation and the whole Buick Rendez. issue, and feeling so bad, that I bought an 04 w/1500 miles on it. I have now 4000 miles on it and these things shouldn't be happening. The brakes squeal as some of you have also experienced, and the brakes thump all the time. Your suggestions of brake pads, etc., has been very helpful to me. However, I really don't have any faith in this car, given all I've read about its past years history. It's also AWD and I am handicapped on fixed income, and I don't think I'll be able to afford any of the problems listed. The SERVICE MANAGER (I was told) will call me back this afternoon following his meeting. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for being there. BTW-On my way home, I stopped at Chrysler. They have this PACIFICA, similar to the Rendez in shape and a little longer/wider in body, but I didn't care much for the overall pick up on highway and you could hear the transmission groan just getting around on level ground, let alone hwy.
  • gail04gail04 Posts: 51

    I have a "new" 04 Rend. AWD. First summer with it...AC did exact same as yours...shut off on me last night, only had speed number 5. Today, same thing. See my most recent note on the boards about todays failed attempt to have the SERVICE :MANAGER meet with me. Good luck to both of us on this issue. I'll keep you posted. I expect him to call me today and reschedule. :mad:
  • gail04gail04 Posts: 51
    Hi, I haven't had this problem yet, thank God, but I was at the dealers for brake issues (squealing breaks at 1500miles and now still going at 4000 miles, a/c which shut off like others posted on speeds 1-4, but worked on #5, and a very hard riding feeling and brake pads that let go....Nice for a new car, hey? Anyway, someone came in with the same issues as you. The car was towed in and the service manager told her that if you don't push the hose all the way into the opening for gas to enter the tank, it creates what was once referred to as "vapor" lock, and screws up the computer. Something else to worry about, because he also said it happens very often. How comforting! :O)
    I make sure to turn my cap until I hear a few clicks, and if someone else pumps it, I always get out and make sure I turn the cap, and hear those clicks. So far, so good. Good luck. Gail
  • gail04gail04 Posts: 51
    Hi folks,

    Just giving you update. I rec'd call from service manager today (Thursday) apologizing for not making yesterdays appt. after my travels there for an appt. I went today, he took the car out. Tires are Affinities and very hard. He admitted this, but suggested I stay with them. He admitted the ride on the road was very rough. He heard the brakes and the thumping when I turn the steering wheel. Said a pad is probably not working right. The A/c blower which many have complained about here is indeed just that!! He told me speeds 1-4 go out "often" and it's the resister on the unit, supposedly an "easy" fix. He mentioned he can "soften" the suspension or do something to "soften" the ride and I wonder if anyone may have some ideas as to what he may do? This is an 04 AWD. I don't think he can do anything to the suspension, can he? He told me the car can be "raised" higher, and thought maybe this was the problem, but he looked under carriage and found it to already be at the lowest height from the ground, which is still high! :O) Just wanted to update some of you who took the time to offer help and suggestions. He didn't bother to let air out of the tires as he thougth he might. He wants to see how things go with all he wants to do. He will be on vac. next week, and the week after, and asked if I would wait till Aug. 1st so he can be there in the shop to check things out. I agreed to this. So for now, that's my update for you. Maybe something here will be of some help to others. Thanks! gail
  • boysmomboysmom Posts: 4
    wow! "Ditto", that's all I can say. I've asked this same question on a different Buick RDV forum and haven't had any replies. This started for me last summer when I was driving from KC to Dallas. I pulled right into a Firestone Tire and Service Center. Parked my car right in front of the store...ran in for a quick second...came out and my car would not start. Talk about embarrassed. My car was illegally parked and would not start. No re-fueling took place, but I too made several attempts to re start the car and it would crank but never "kick in". The store was closing and the mgr didn't want a stalled car on his lot. They even came out and shot some stuff in the fuel line to clear up any "vapor lock/flooding" issue. Still nothing. After about 25-30 minutes the engine started and ran fine... just like you said. I thought maybe the car was over heated because I ran the car over 80 mph on my last tank. Then back in KC I just went to the Post Office, parked on an incline and start...30 minutes...start. Most recently (last week), I drove from KC to Little Rock. Stopped for gas and the same thing happened. People look at you and will even say "hey, your new car shouldn't be doing that". NO KIDDING! On the return home, I had my boys with me and I was scared to death to stop for gas. When I did (at the very last drop), I pulled in, turned the a/c over to heat to draw off some engine heat, let it run idle for a few minutes and checked in with On-Star for a diagnostic before I turned the engine off. On-Star stayed with me while I fueled with the top $ gasoline. I didn't supper fill my tank and turned the gas cap around and around several times. On-Star was still there and my car turned right over. I also made sure I didn't give it a quick key turn. I didn't let go until I heard the engine turn over. I HATE this frustration. I have found that this only happens to me in the hot summer months...July and August '04 and July '05. Hasn't happened any other months. I know this sounds very detailed... but since it worked for me this last time it might help. Since then, it hasn't failed to restart. But I too, would love to hear what others are doing if they are having this problem.
  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    We owned a Nissan that used to do this on the hottest days of the summer. Turned out it was a faulty gas cap which was somehow causing a vapor lock to occur. Replaced the gas cap ... voila ... no more starting problems. Maybe try a new gas cap and make sure it clicks at least 5 times when closing it.

    2002 Rendezvous CXL here and I have never had this happen. Here in Wisconsin, we've been having a very hot, humid summer -- 80's and 90's with high humidity for weeks now -- no starting problems.

    Do you garage your car?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,682
    Your post is interesting. But it needs a paragraph or two to break it up, please?

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  • boysmomboysmom Posts: 4
    I also have a 2002 RDV CXL (32k miles) and yes, I do garage my car.

    Thank you for sharing your gas cap info. I certainly hope it's something as simple as replacing the cap.

    I also have a "whirring" noise that seems to come from the floor area, approximately at the back end of the console. It happens when I turn the steering wheel to park or turn in circles. I've taken it in to the dealership and they said it would go away with new tires. It didn't. I put on nice Michelin LTX tires (the ride is GREAT) but the noise is still there. After reading this forum I don't know if it's something dangerous, annoying or normal. I'm not smart with cars, just gullible.

    Also, my apologies for bad grammar. Just wanted to get a lot of info out.
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