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Buick Rendezvous Maintenance and Repair



  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    They have to check all of the common suspects. Alignment (front and rear), tires (balancing and inflation pressures), suspension, etc. It's still under warranty, so don't let them give it back to you if it's not fixed. Steering is definitely a safety issue. If they can't fix it, let them know you'd consider a reasonable buyout. Have you considered a lemon law claim? I had to do this with an Isuzu Rodeo that wouldn't steer straight and kept veering to the side of the road if you took your hands off the wheel.

    Keep on them!
  • I personally think this bulletin just protects themselves. That way they can say they are "working on it." For how long is anybody's guess. As long as they can get by doing nothing, that's exactly what they will do most likely. I keep my tank above half a tank consistently so I don't have the problem of running out of gas. Should I have to do that? No, but I don't think GM will be coming to my rescue if I do run out of gas, so in that way I am protecting myself. The gas gauge problem is an annoyance. I don't like having that problem on a new car, especially when everyone I know told me "save yourself some headaches and just get a Toyota or Honda or something, they are better cars." I decided to give GM a chance. Then I have a problem with the gas gauge and the battery right from the get go. That's not a good sign in a new car and everyone who told me not to buy a Buick has been telling me "I told you so." I have owned Nissans and Hondas for 25 years and never had a problem with their new cars - not one! Having problems with the Buick this early in the game does not look good. But, I do like my Rendezvous very much. The battery was replaced (they said it had a bad cell in it) and so far, so good. It does still show signs of a problem when starting now and then, but so far it turns over and hasn't left me stranded anymore. The other problem is the gas gauge problem, which I took it in for and for which the dealership told me they didn't detect a problem. They told me the design of the gas tank was the cause of it. I guess we all need to make sure we have extended warranties just in case the car continues to have problems down the road. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't, because I do love my car.
  • Well, today we took the 2002 in for the recall on rear ball joints. We are really happy about that recall as it's an expensive fix if we had to do it. Now, we have another problem- just started few days ago. The fuel gauge is going crazy!You can sit and watch it go from a 1/4 to full and back again. If you rock the car it goes even faster. Has anyone had this pro :lemon: lem & how did you fix it, and how expensive was it??? Help!!
  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    macpherson posted that Buick sent him/her a rear ball joint recall notice for the 2002 RDV. I have a 2002 RDV and I haven't received any such notice (nor have I noticed any problems with the rear ball joint). Did anybody else get this?

    macpherson, what type of 2002 RDV do you own? I have a 2002 AWD CXL -- no recall notice. Also, did you experience any problems specifically related to the ball joint?

  • clm51clm51 Posts: 9
    I was wondering about a recall also. In fact, did a search on the Internet and can't find anything about such a recall. My Rendezvous is a 2002 and the only notice I have received in 4 years was a recall on the rear latch assembly and recently something concerning wheel bearings. Which after reading it I didn't think that since mine had not been replaced during a certain time frame that I was not going to benefit in any way.
  • jdksjdks Posts: 42
    I have received two other recall notices in addition to the bearing recall. One of them is the rear ball joint and the other one it just mentioned recall #####. Hope this help.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Hhmm I'm not sure if its officialy a recall or a special fix it thing. Every one I've heard of so far that got the notice is in Canada and since its seems to imply salt being culprit in degrading seals it may be more prevelant in the snowy north. On the RDV side I think it would apply to all of them since they all have the independant suspension in rear, on the Pontiac side only the AWD versions would be involved.
  • In Canada,here,I got one about two weeks ago.If you owned the vehicle since new,they should have your address.Maybe your dealer can help,as this is an across the board RECALL,and an otherwise expensive fix.Did you get the wheel bearing notice?
  • I had both bearings replaced at 62,500 and submitted the recipts to Buick after getting their letter. I was denied, but am trying to write a letter documenting the other problems along with the bearing that were taken care of at the time -- namely AC Condensor, bad wiring in the tailgate, blown rear wiper motor, and fan blower resistor.

    Has anyone had any sucess getting the wheel bearings replaced at no cost just after 60K?
  • Hi, just purchased a 2005 RDV CXL with the XM radio and Nav. However, we have found that there is EXTREMELY poor reception for the AM stations. When doing a search, the radio will only find 1 AM station. My other cars would find the dozen or so local AM stations... Anyone else come across this problem and how it was fixed? Car is still under warranty for another year.
  • lane2lane2 Posts: 28
    Want to replace original 215-70-16 with larger/wider tires and stay with 16 inch wheels. Getting conflicting answers from tire dealers concerning what will work without causing error with speedometer and/or causing a problem with the brakes. Tire size calculator shows that a 235-65-16 or a 255-50-16 will both be within .4 mph or the originals. Has any of you gone to a larger/wider tire and if so, what was the outcome. I am interested in getting the softest riding tire with reasonable wear rating.
  • lane2lane2 Posts: 28
    I made a mistake on what tire calculator showed. It showed a 235-65-16 and a 255-60-16 (not 255-50-15) as being within .4 mph of original tires. Would appreciate any help.
  • asraasra Posts: 1
    I bought my RDV 2003 on 7/5/2006. On 10/5/2006 with 51000 miles, I started to here a grinding in the front of the car. Took it back to deacon jones(a buick dealer) i bought it from. Estimate of 3000 dollars for a transmission. I said "i would pick it up." They called back and said it would only be 1600 dollars est? I picked the car up & paid a great transmission guy 2300 dollars. The trans had a stripped shaft, multiple broken clutch plates and broken chains. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • netnerdnetnerd Posts: 117
    So did you not go with the lower Deacon Jones estimate because it seemed like they were trying to rip you off?
  • I was just told today that they found metal in my transmission. My 2003 Buick RenedezVous has 60,000 miles on it? Is this normal?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Hopefully someone with more knowledge will reply, but I don't think its all that unusual to find some metal shavings when doing tranny fluid change. If I remember correctly, some os ok, a lot might indicate trouble.
  • $1500 surprise. The spedo went crazy and had a hard time shifting. Idled great and if held speed steady was ok. Deceleration was fine. Planetary gears shot. No warning at all. Only problem, 9 months out of warrantee (sp?). I've looked back and only seen 2002'a with similar problems. Do I have any recourse? Been a GM fan all my life but my 04 Malibu has been in the shop 9 times and now this. GM may not be in the future for us. OUCH!
  • serenseren Posts: 1
    Hi Everyone,

    Noticed this morning that my lights weren't as bright when I went to unlock my Rendezvous. The alarm wasn't quite as chipper when I set it. The engine turned right over but there is a whirring noise when I turn accessories on and off. The vehicle has 41K miles on it. Any ideas on what the problem could be?
  • ang31ang31 Posts: 2
    I was told the same thing and eventually had a new transmission put in. I was only around $50,000 miles. About 7,000 miles later I feel like it's not driving the same.
  • I NEED YOUR HELP!!!! I have an 2004 buick Rendezvous that will not play or eject my CDs. Everything worked fine last night.
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