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Buick Rendezvous Maintenance and Repair



  • When I try to start the car, it makes a strange noise and the gauges and messages flash and click on and off. Sometimes the car starts, and sometimes it acts like a bad battery. I replaced the battery and it still does it. The clock on the radio occasionally resets to 12:00 after turning the key back on. A few days ago, it stalled in traffic with the overheating message coming on. The temp gauge went way up to hot then back down to normal within seconds. Any ideas or similarities? It's a 2003. Also have ABS and AWD lights on when I hit bumps.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Sounds like battery cable connection problem, either corroded or broken. If it turns over slowly I would tend to suspect connection at battery. If it turns over ok but has trouble starting, I would look at connection to underhood fuse box (loose or corroded). For the ABS and AWD warning lights, I would try to correct the other electrical problem first to see if they go away then if they don't I would be looking at connections to wheel sensors for loose/ corroded/ or broken wires. If you were to get it scanned for those light, it will most likely point to sensor problem and first suggestion would be to replace hub assembly, but I would really be taking a close look at wiring first.
  • It wouldn't be the body control module like everyone else is talking about?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    Well it could be, but from what you are describing it doesn't sound like it to me. For one thing the BCM doesn't have any direct connection to starting vehicle.

    Oh, and for the overheating trouble the fact that it did stall would make me think it was really hot (not false indicaters), perhaps the thermostat got stuck closed for a bit.
  • I also have an 05 RDV I have the same problem with mine stalling or completely dying when coming to a slow speed or making a slow turn .I've taken my to the dealer 3 or 4 times thay cant find any codes or have no Idea what is wrong with it. I loose all power it just dies on me that is a very bad safety hazard because I had a semi behind me at one time when I was turning it was all i could do to try and steer it out of the way,thank goodness it was a slope that i had turned onto,and no one got hurt it was early morning traffic.The dealer does not think that mine is the ignition they have no idea.I told them that if I have a wreck because of this the blame would be put on their shoulders.Mind dosent do it every day it just happens out of the blue with no warning.Im scared to death everytime i get into : it ive had mine for 1 1/2 yrs. now.needless to say i want to trade it in but i dont want the next person to have this problem, I would like to know if anyone else is having this problem
  • cruzakcruzak Posts: 11
    I want to try tire rotation myself but Im not sure where to place my jack stand, front and back. Can anyone share illustrations on the proper place. Thank you
  • I recently purchased a 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD. Now that it is getting colder, it has started making a small thumping noise (seemingly from the front passenger side). It happened once when I started it (I think) and a few times when I put it into gear.

    I'm not too familiar with AWD vehicles, so my question is... is this the sound an AWD makes as it locks the hubs (does it lock the hubs)? Or, is this something worse?

  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,233
    The VERSATRAK system shouldn't make any noise at all and ONLY gets engaged when moving and system detects slippage on one or both front wheels. You only hear the noise when at standstill?
  • I'm going to have to pay more attention again. I think it has only been at a standstill. Also, it doesn't happen every time. I'll add to this ASAP.
  • I have 02 CXL 267K. Just about everything replaced. The only noise I get when I start is the compressor for the inflation pump in the rear compartment. Thumping when switching into gear sounds tranny related.
  • I have seen a few messages from others sharing woes about their rendevous. I am at the end of my patience with mine. My husband and I bought the suv 3 almost 4 years ago used and for awhile had no problems. Since my husband deployed 11 months ago, the rendevous has been in the shop 6 times!. The first was to replace the head gasket. Then a fuel gauge that kept reading full when the tank was empty. That resulted in a replacment fuel tank because I noticed it was leaking when I brought it home. Then the fuel pump needed to be replaced. I had the 60,000 mile tune up done 5 months ago and now it is in the shop because the transmission is blown and one of the computre chips is fried. I can only thank God that we bought the extended warranty with the vehicle and that all I have paid is the deductible. The warranty company is not happy though. I know this is not normal wear and tear and I know that I have not done anything extreme with this vehicle. I want to know if anyone else has had problems like these and if anyone knows of any recalls on rendevous other than the one about the rear hatch. Thanks :confuse:
  • There was another recall on wheel bearings but only if you were under 100k KM (60k miles). My bearings have been done 3 times each side. Just wait until the manifold rusts out (if you live in an area that salts the roads in the winter). Also Torque tube (awd) will fail & power steering will groan constantly. Approx another $5k in repairs. You only have just over 60k Miles on her so my advice is to dump it & hopefully you can use the ext warranty as a selling point. Take the loss & move on... :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • No salt on the roads here. Are deep in the south in Georgia. Have 74,600 on the car and only 400 miles to go til the warranty is gone. The dealership where we bought it has another warranty for $1900 for 2 years or 30,000 mile more, but it does not cover what the mastertech warranty that we have on it nowdoes. As for the power steering groaning, already doing that in tight turns. Maybe I should have that fixed alog with everything else now and rally drive the warranty company nuts!
  • An oil leak had dribbled some oil into the conduit that the ABS harness is in, and I am told that the oil surrounding the wire caused the signal going to the ABS computer to vary (due to resistance), activating the AWD. After cleaning the harness off, the problem went away! go figure :confuse:
  • tdaustin27,
    Sorry to hear of all your problems.Just go back to page 1 on here and start reading forward.You will see every problem known to mankind with the 2002 Buick RDV's.When you get a bad one theres just no end to the problems.At least your wheel bearings havent gone bad yet,

    Lots of us licked our wounds and dumped our 2002 Buick RDV's a long time ago.Our 2002 CXL loved to eat BCM's.It turned in to a 2004 Toyota Highlander which has been trouble free so far.

    Good Luck.
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    I'm not saying any of your experiences are false. Just conveying that our 2007 with 10,000 miles so far has been trouble free. Yes I realize that it is still a very young vehicle, but I just wanted to post a GOOD Rendezvous experience. My wife and I plan on keeping it past 100k miles.

    Loving it so far! Great on gas, so much cargo room, very comfortable.

  • My husband and I have a chance to buy a 2003 Rendezvous. It looks like there are so many complaints about it. Is there anyone that is happy with this car?
  • I have an '04 RDV with 103,933 miles on it and the only problem I have had was the wheel bearing which was taken care of under warranty. The only other issue is the lights in the steering wheel controls...I do a lot of night driving so I expected them to wear out. My dealer replaced the bulbs free of charge. I drive this vehicle everyday plus once or twice a month to cleveland or nyc and never has it broken down. I am trading up to the Enclave in March, but other than the fact I just want a new vehicle, I would continue driving this until it dies. I keep up with regular scheduled maintenace.
  • I am having the same problem with our 2005! We have had nothing but problems with this thing since the day we bought it. I too wanted to just turn it back in and get an Enclave. That's what I wanted in the beginning. How did you start out with this if you don't mind? I have had it with this car! I am afraid to drive it. :mad:
  • My 05 AWD RDV is a great vehicle with deteriorating fuel economy. With less then 22K on the car the fuel economy seems to get worse with every tank. I have the 3.6 ltr and was getting near 18 when it was broken in and now get around 14, what's up? I really enjoy the car and don't share the misery most of the people who post have.
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