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Buick Rendezvous



  • tnestnes Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 2005 Rendezvous. The dealer assured me that the vehicle has AWD, I however, do not know how to tell for sure. Can someone please help me?
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    Crawl under the rear of your RDV and look to see if it has axles going horizontally into each rear wheel. To confirm, simply ask your local mechanic to take a quick look - to confirm. If you take your vehicle to the same auto shop to change it engine oil, I'm sure they will look under its rear (for visual AWD axle confirmation) for free.

  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    The easiest way to tell (if supplied) is the versatrak badge on rear window. In addtion to what previous person posted, if your underneath the vehicle you should see something that looks like a driveshaft running front to rear if you have the AWD.
  • timwestimwes Posts: 2
    We bought our RDV in January of 2006; a 2003 with 35K miles on it. The head gasket went the day after we bought it, but other than that we have been fairly happy with it...only other problem was the bearing hub, which I replaced (and have another one in my garage if/when I need to do it again).

    However, this weekend, with 103k on it, the timing chain broke. Sitting at a stoplight it just shut off. I can pay $1000 to put a new timing chain on and HOPE there is no internal damage, or I can pay about $4000 to drop a reconditioned engine in there (not a junkyard one; but a crate engine). Needless to say, I'm pretty disappointed with this development.
  • zootrzootr Posts: 3
    I need info on 2005 to 2007 Rendezvous. Can the second row bench seats be interchanged with caption's chairs? I would like to replace the caption's chairs with bench seats. Will they fit into the same floor tracks? Also can the 3.4 and 3.5L engines be swapped out with the 3.6L engine. I have a 3.6L engine that I would like to put into a RDV with the 3.4L or 3.5L.
  • angeltangelt Posts: 1
    Have to replace the BCM in my 2002 Rendezvous. Can someone let me know where this is located? And is it neccessary to take the car to the dealer to have the BCM programmed after it is installed? Please advise.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    It is in the center console area, underneath the cover. It does have to be programmed by dealer and potentialy you could have troubles starting it if you don't (althugh I haveb;t heard of it being any issue)
  • Does anyone know where I could download an owner's manual for my 2003 Buick Rendezvous?
    I just bought one used, but there was no manual.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,944
    Where To Find Your Car Owner's Manual Online should point you in the right direction.
  • Thanks Steve!
    Found all the info I needed!!
  • What fuse do you change? My 2006 has the same problem starting. They can never duplicate it in the shop. Sometimes I have to try to turn it over 2 or 3 times before it will start. The dealership told me I had a bad battery at one time and replaced it under warranty. But, it continued to have the non-start problems in spite of that. It didn't leave me stranded though. It would start on the 2nd or 3rd try. Now the battery is going dead again and the new battery is only 2 years old. This problem has been ongoing since I bought the car. It's intermitent though and those are the hardest to get taken care of.
  • Can someone tell me how to reset the security system on my 2002 RDV? The security light stays on and the radio displays locked and I can't use my remotes to unlock the doors. I'm not sure what to do. When I remove the key from the ignition the parking lights stay on.


  • Does anyone know if I can change out the manual climate control with an OEM heater/AC/rear defrost digital auto climate control just by unplugging the manual and exchanging it with an auto one.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239

    Approx 2 years ago, my wife & I bought a used 2003 Buick RDV. Its a CX FWD model and it has basic options. NO DIC, NO AWD and no other fancy options. Just the basic PW,PL,PS,AC, only front climate control system vehicle. Even to this day, not a spec of rust is on it - which is rare for my high salt / winter climate area. Since we bought this used vehicle, we had to replace both front wheel bearings (which is a known weak design) and already had to replace both front brake rotors (which is another known weak design). Since we had to replace the wheel bearings using our own dollars (instead of GMs free replacement - if under 60 kms), we installed the available HD/High Quality wheel bearing replacements ourselves. From a driving comfort perspective, we "love" this vehicle. Its steering is tight, its got a great ride, it starts every time and overall, its a "very fun" vehicle to drive. We also love its extra rear storage area and how tight it drives on the sharp corners. Except for its poor MPGs, I can't find other dramatic faults with this vehicle. That's how much my wife & I love it. Currently, my 2003 FWD CX RDV has 100,000 kms (or 62K miles) and we both drive this vehicle more gently then others. We do NOT tow with it and we don't abuse it - like some too agressive drivers.

    Within this forum, I've been reading that many 2002 and other RDV vehicles start to "fall apart" after 60K miles. Their expensive Computers blow, their window hangers tend to snap and their engine's intake gaskets leak. Especially in the early year 3.4L engines. My mechanic told me to replace its DexCool fluid every 3 years (which we did / will do again), change its engine oil on schedule and "enjoy the vehicle - that we love so much".

    For my 2003 FWD RDV CX (with basic options that is driven gently), should I worry about future problems (re: its known high risk pattern design / quality problems) or simply "drive it and enjoy"? Or, "sell/trade and run" - like some RDV folks are now doing?


  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    It would be nice if we had a crystal ball that would let us know exactly when we should get rid of our vehicles, but since we don't we have to use our own judgement to determine the time. As long as you like it and it is giving you good service maybe you should be happy and keep driving it. I have the Pontiac version with about 95k miles on it with no major complaints and plan to drive it a while longer. I also know of a few (again the Pontiac version) that have well over 100k miles (one aproaching 200k) and owners are still driving them. Also it is always good to remember most of what is posted is from people with troublesome vehicles and the many thousands of owners that are happy don't have anything to post (complain) about.
  • I am having the same problem..I took the car to a GM dealer and they put it on the computer but no problems were found. The engine quit twice on the way home from the dealer with no warning.If you were able to solve the problem,please post what the solution was.
  • Do you happen to know where the best (and cheapest) place to purchace a body control module for a 03 RDV? I looked on ebay and maybe I typed it in wrong, but I didn't see any for that particular car. Also can you get a used one and have it programmed to your car? And where is it located? I haven't had this vehicle very long. Any help would be very much appreciated.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,186
    The BCM is located in the center console area sorta beneath and if front of shifter. It is my understanding (don't know if its true) that they can only be programmed twice (even by dealer) so getting a used one could be trouble.
  • All you have to do is jack up the entire car, please use jack stands in the front and rear, all 4 wheels have to be off the ground start the car put your foot on tye brake, then put the car in drive all 4 wheels should spin if not push the gas pedel down a little that should make all 4 wheels spin
  • catycaty Posts: 1
    Can someone tell me how to reset the security system on my 2002? The security light stays on and the radio displays locked and I can't use my remotes to unlock the doors. I'm not sure what to do. When I remove the key from the ignition the parking lights stay on. I disconnected the battery for a couple minutes last week, that work, but start again today. Can somebody help me pls!!

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