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Buick Rendezvous Maintenance and Repair



  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,183
    Many have had troubles with bearings going out. I believe it should be covered (paid for) if you have the work done by dealor ( 02,03,04 models 5 years or 60k miles).
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,183
    One thing I don't see listed is intake manifold gasket replacement. If it hasn't been replaced with the updated part, I would be sure to check to see if its leaking. Its a very prevelant problem on that year
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    I would confirm what the deductible will be on the warranty, and buy a warranty that will meet the miles and time you expect to own the car.

    Kts1 is correct that intake manifold gaskets are a problem on these cars, BUT even a powertrain warranty would cover that.

    And frankly... even if I had those gaskets checked out and they were good, I wouldn't own the car without the warranty. That's not really a knock on the car, but, any car over 100k will need some repairs and you said you did not want any surprises.

    Buy enough warranty to cover you during your ownership and I think you will have a good experience!

    Brian D
    07 RDV CXL
  • I posted this in the parent folder, but I didn't get a reply. I hope you don't mind me posting it here again in case no one saw the other one.

    I need to buy 4 new tires for my 2004 Rendezvous CX with 65,000 miles on it. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good tire under $100 bucks?

    Thanks again,

  • cwebercweber Posts: 10
    It Depends on what type of tire you want. All terrain, Touring, winter and summer ect. If you go to your local tire store they should be able to help you. But I dont think you will find a tire for the RDV in your price range.

    I had trouble finding a tire store that carried 215 70R 16. I was told that it is an odd size and it would take about a week to order them. But, I was also looking for a good all season tire, so that might be why I had trouble. The tires I did put on are Copper Discovery ATR. They are about 140 to 160, but they are an excellent tire.

    Alot of the tires I found that fit were around the 130 mark. When replacing tires I always shop around for the best deals on a particular tire. So just call some of your local tire stores and tell them your price range and most of them will get you pretty close.
  • you won't find a good tire under $100.00. go with a Yokohama Geolander H/T at about 115 to 135 a peice . price depends on where you go. stay away from Uniroyal. they dont last on this vehicle. I have an 04 with 105k and the Uniroyals wore out within 20k. I bought the Yokohamas at 77k and they still ride and look good
  • Thanks for the tips. I'll check out the Yokohamas. You never know how different tires perform on different vehicles. It always helps to get some first-hand info.


  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    The Yokohama Geolander is available in 215/70-16, but it has a mild off-road tread pattern. Be sure you are ready for an aggressive tread like this, it will yield more noise and a stiffer ride.

    Besides the Coopers mentioned, you could go with:
    General Ameri-GS60
    Kumho Solus KR21
    Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SR

    Based on online reviews of these tires, I would recommend the Kumhos. And they're only $61 each (plus shipping/installation). They're the best choice if you stick to your stock size. - num=17TR6KR21&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&place=1&speed_rating=S&speed_r- - ating=T&speed_rating=U&speed_rating=H&speed_rating=V&speed_rating=Z&speed_rating- - =W&speed_rating=Y&speed_rating=(Y)&minSpeedRating=S#Survey

    If you have time, I recommend studying TireRack's site, lots of tire info and reviews and test results available there. If you don't want the Kumhos for some reason, I can run your size through an online tire size calculator and find a second size that would be acceptable for your 04 RDV. (one that wouldn't mess up the rolling diameter and keeps the speedometer accurate)

    Feel free to ask more questions, and good luck!

    Brian D
    07 RDV CXL
  • I purchased a set of 4 B.F. Goodrich Long Trail T/A from Costco for $327.50 including tax and installation. Periodically, Costco will offer $60 off on a set of four tires. Mine have 20K miles and show no wear. I rotate and balance them every 5K miles and this servive is free at costco for as long as you own the tires. I definitely recommend the tires and the dealer. I have an 04 Rndz.
  • netnerdnetnerd Posts: 117
    Got a letter from GM stating that the 2002 Rendezvous has the potential to "develop a small crack at the base of the fuel fill tube near the fuel tank that can allow ffuel vapors to escape and cause liquid fuel to drop to the ground during refueling and normal driving."

    The letter states that if you think you have this problem, you should schedule an appt. with a GM dealer to get it repaired.

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the gasoline smell I notice in the car sometimes.

    Here's a PDF of the letter I got:

    Buick Letter
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    Unfortunately all manufacturers have these "notifications", or sometimes even worse, "silent recalls". Reminds me of the sludge problems that were ruining Toyota 6 cylinder engines a few years ago, used in Toyota and Lexuses. If an engine was damaged due to the problem, and the person KNEW to complain at the dealership, they got a free engine. I think they called it a "campaign".

    No manufacturer wants the stigma of "recall' associated with their products.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    Ya. My wife got the same letter for her 2003 FWD RDV as well. One those politically written "don't call us unless your vehicle has this problem. And if it has this problem, its repair is free - if you show the GM dealer this letter". From a campaign perspective, excellent marking technique. re: Its not a recall or free repair (if your vehicle "proactively" needs it). Its only a free repair if your vehicle has the problem - from a "reactive fix" perspective. So... If 20% vehicles has the problem and say 10% of the folks remember to show their letter (assume they didn't lose the letter) at the GM dealer, GM only needs to fix 10% of the vehicles "for free". And if the vehicle is sold to another and that new ower takes the "broken problem" to a non-GM dealer, the problem won't appear on a formal GM/Buick recall list. Thus, the customer pays (out of their own pocket) the non-GM auto shop to fix the gas leak. In the end, GM may end up paying for only 10% of the vehicles to be repaired. For a formal recall perspective, 100% target of vehicles are formally logged and recalls are done on a proactive approach - whether your vehicle has the "gas leak" problem or not.

    Long story short... Their approach on this one is more then a political campain. Its how to reduce their repair costs.... And keeps more dollars in their pockets. To me, very unethical way to fix a known gass leak problem.

  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,183
    Just to put it in a different perspective, they have already identified the vehicles they believe are most subject to the problem and have officialy recalled them. The warranty extenstion is just in case others may develop them problem. To me it would seem to be a large waste of time effort and money ro replace things that aren't broke (and may never break).
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,183
    netnerd, if you smell raw fuel and your not actually at the gas station, or driving behind some other vehicle that may be leaking, or have the SES light on because of fuel cap problem, I would definetly get it checked. Sooner is better then later.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    If your vehicle has a "high risk" of a known braking problem, then mandatory recall is done. If your vehicle has a "high risk" of known steering problem, then immediate recall is done. If your vehicle has known "high risk" of seat belt problem, then immediate recall as well. These are all human safety issues and without too much debate, a recall is done. To me, a recall isn't a bad thing. Its actually a "good thing". Good thing because Buick is willing to "proactively" fix the under designed item. And yes, under design items happen all the time - in any industry. To me, a recall shows that "they care" and are willing to fix 100% of the vehicles involved - before others are hurt.

    If your vehicle has a "high risk" of known gas leak, then a "campaign" to get it fixed is acceptable? To me, leaking gas is a human risk issue as well. Just like brakes, steering and seat belts. Too bad "the jury" is still out on their leaking intake gaskets and known electronic problems. Especially ib tger 2002 RDVs.

    A "campain" is a means to keep more dollars in their pocket - by fixing less then 100% of the vehicles involved. That's the bottom line behind their political correct written words...

    Something to think about....

  • First Forgive me if this has been asked / answered already.
    Keep in mind all repair made by dealer...

    In last year- have had to replace:
    - moonroof -(bad motor):
    -door switches (stopped working);
    -a pulley (loud squelching);
    -Onstar;--ok so this I saw coming,,,,,,,but since December 2007 my electric system went dead and replaced ignition switch, battery, they also found oil leak on intake manifold,,,,luckily most covered by extended warranty. But then the squelching began again so they sprayed wd40,the rain was blamed. ....

    This past week,,AWD / Antilock brake lights come on --they have to replace a brake sensor and found something faulty in my braking,,also squelching now blamed on bad power steering pump,,,,again most covered by a warranty.

    BUT a Problem that has been consistent is it stalls when at slow speeds, usually 5-10 miles when turning, onto a drive way, parking lot, etc,,,,,doesn't happen often,,,about 1 every four months,,,,,plenty of gas and no dummy lights,,,Onstar runs diagnostic at the time but no problems noted . Had it looked at for this problems at 19,000 miles,,,(currently at 44,000), back then no source of problem could be found, and they stated that without a code,,,,,,,Now, they state that a TSB suggests the fuse box in engine compartment be changed due to corrosion. Warranty wont cover this,,I am insisting that since this problem was originally brought to their attention two years ago,,that they cover it.. I know that was wordy,,but any one else go through this,,,,,,,,any help would be appreciated..... thanks :sick: :sick: :lemon:
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    Tell them to take a look at the fuse box and just tell you if it is corroded. This will take them 5 minutes, insist this CHECK should not cost you a penny.

    If they come back saying it is corroded, then you are correct, this condition could be causing the stalling and since you brought it up to them before the warranty expried it would be covered by GM. It's important in these cases to make sure they document your complaint in the service record WORD for WORD. Don't let them get away with anything less otherwise you won't have a leg to stand on in post-warranty claims.

    If they don't find corrosion, then the problem lies elsewhere.

    When it stalls, does the engine sputter/cough and then stall (which would lead me to other issues than just electrical) or does it turn off very abruptly (more electrical in nature then).
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    Totally agree with you. They should only charge you for the part if you qualify for the free tank. After all, the new tank will not come with a new sensor, SO if you tell them you aren't paying for the sensor they still have to take the old sensor out of the old tank and install it in the new tank. So you're not increasing their labor by one minute.

    Insist on this.... demand to speak to a service manager. If you don't get what you deserve go to another Buick dealer, or even a Pontiac/Chevy/Saturn (in that order, that's how familiar they would be with this vehicle). Changing a fuel tank isn't very vehicle specific.
  • The fuel guage on my 2002 CXL would go to empty and the low fuel light would come on whenever the car idled for over 2 minutes. I finally took it the Buick garage and they said the fuel guage sensor would have to be replaced, $541, then they discovered there was a recall to change the fuel tank ..... do you think I should have to pay for changing the sensor since it's located in the fuel tank (I can see paying for the part, but not the installation)?
  • GREAT NEWS,,,,The service manager agreed to change the fuse box. This was after several call backs,,,I did go back wIth paperwork from 2006,,that stated WORD for WORD the exact problem that was currently happening. There was no sputtering / coughing when stalling In fact when I went back and asked the service writer if this indeed would be covered if under the original warranty,he explained that it would. Thats when BAM!, I pulled out the receipt from 2006. (although all this was on their computer records)I got the old "I'll have to run this by my manager" bit,,,but after a third call to find out the status on Tuesday, (mind you, I took it in in in Friday 2/15/08, and it wasnt ready until 2/20/08,,but I can live with that. The car appears to run well,,,,,,,,,although I did get the chimes ringing in the
    car when comingto a stop ( no lights, plenty of gas ,no turn signal left on),,,this has happened twice before,,,so I'll will keep watch. Thanks for the advice,,,,,,,,, :) :)
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