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Buick Rendezvous Maintenance and Repair

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  • regalluvr2regalluvr2 Posts: 114
    mnyhats,
    Heres proof that the RDV and Aztek wheel bearing problem is pretty wide spread.GM needs to help you guys out.Its pretty obvious they got ahold of some bad bearings.I found a place where you can buy a new RDV wheel hub and bearing set for $157 each but one needs to be a fair mechanic to do this by themself.

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    1. Posted Aug 12, 2004, 10:49 AM ET by Raj

    Rendezvous?

    I think you meant the Buick Rainier (the Trailblazer clone) rather than the Buick Rendezvous (the Aztek [blech!] clone).
    2. Posted Dec 27, 2004, 2:09 PM ET by Jeff

    Has anyone else had to have their wheel bearings replaced on the Rendezvous, I own a 2002 model and I had to have them replaced 2 times already, also since the bearings went bad, I had to replace my tires 2 times now and the vehicle is only 2 years old now. Can anyone do something about this>?

    Maybe a recall??
    3. Posted Dec 27, 2004, 2:15 PM ET by Jeff

    Anyone one else have the same problems on their Buick Rendezvous? the wheel bearings went out twice so far, and its a 2002 model. Of course I had to purchase new tires from the un even wear and tear it caused when the dealer could not find the new bearings for my buick. The brakes were also messed up, thus I had to pay for that fix as well. Shouldn't this have been covered under the warranty, since I did not build this car. Also, I am having problems with my All wheel drive being disabled and had to have the cd player replaced not to mention other problems to many to list.
    4. Posted Jan 27, 2005, 4:49 PM ET by terry

    I HAVE A 2002 PONTIAC AZTEK, SAME CAR BASICALLY.(I KNOW YOURS IS NICER). MY WHEEL BEARINGS JUST WENT OUT TOO, 42,000 MILES.WHAT A SCREW!!EVEN THE MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT HE SEES THEM IN THERE ALL OF THE TIME FOR THAT.PLUS THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE IGNITION. THE DEALER ALREADY PUT IN A NEW IGNITION SWITCH, STILL BROKE, DOING THE SAME THING!!I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU EXCEPT, DON'T BUY A GM PRODUCT. THEY DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS. AND TELL EVERYONE THAT YOU KNOW.HERE'S SOMETHING FUNNY, I WORK AT GM!GOOD LUCK.
    5. Posted Feb 5, 2005, 9:00 PM ET by dave

    I also have a Buick Rendezvous - $1100 bill for 2 front and 1 rear wheel bearings at 66,000 miles. Service manager says that he sees a lot of that on the Rendezvous and Olds Alero. I vote to recall the Rendezvous for bearings problems. Also had to replace CD player at 38,000 miles...$390
    6. Posted Feb 5, 2005, 9:00 PM ET by dave

    I also have a Buick Rendezvous - $1100 bill for 2 front and 1 rear wheel bearings at 66,000 miles. Service manager says that he sees a lot of that on the Rendezvous and Olds Alero. I vote to recall the Rendezvous for bearings problems. Also had to replace CD player at 38,000 miles...$390
    7. Posted Feb 11, 2005, 4:28 AM ET by Brian

    I also have a 2002 Pontiac Aztek and at 41200 miles my left front wheel bearing has gone bad. My mechanic is replacing it for $150, so $1100 for 3 wheel bearings sounds like a screw to me!
    8. Posted Feb 12, 2005, 6:31 PM ET by Tim Garrison

    Read the Rendevous comments so I might as well pile on. I have a 2002 Rendevous that I have spent $2000 on since I paid it off in Nov. The transmission blew up at 51,000 miles, I replaced 2 wheel bearings and now it is leaking a bright green fluid which the dealer can't seem to find the source of. I was told GM isn't using substanial enough parts for the purnisment AWD can dish out.
    9. Posted Feb 24, 2005, 7:47 PM ET by Jeff

    I see that everyone else has had the same problems with the Buick Rendevous, funny when I had my suv worked on, they tried to place the blame on my driving. So, $400 on new tires and now less than 8,000 miles on those new tires I find that I have to replace my tires again! seem that when the wheel bearings went out, they did not do a front wheel alingment at all, so needless to say I have to replace my tires again on a 2002 model. I will never purchase a new GM vehicle ever again, as most will stand behind me, GM does not stand behind what they sell. With as many Buicks that this has happened to, they know it was a design flaw, but they are unwilling to cover it, as it would cost them. Thats just the problems with wheels, not to mention the problems with everything else!
    10. Posted Mar 31, 2005, 6:53 PM ET by Amy Farley

    We bought a 2002 Rendezvous in nov. 2004. it was sold to us as a "gm certified" auto.. HA. just found out (it's march 2005) that it was never certified. the dealer gave us the "form" but it was never signed. NO wonder things are going wrong with this car..no parking brake, transmission broke, windshield wipers locked in middle of rain storm, .. and we have to pay for all of it.. WOW.
    So, our question is.. is this deal void???
    11. Posted Mar 31, 2005, 7:35 PM ET by Amy Farley

    these are our comments
    12. Posted Apr 11, 2005, 5:37 PM ET by Ragnar Schreier

    2001 Pontiac Aztek. Replaced Driverside Front Bearing at 19,000 Miles.(Warrenty) Replaced it again at 38,000 Miles (Warrenty Again) Replaced it again at 64,000 Miles (NO MORE WARRENTY)Now Both Bearings are Totaly Worn Out. I've Had it With Bearings. The Technician Says I Can't Drive it like this because The Wheel May Break Loose From The Vehicle. Maybe Then We Will See A Recall. Replacing Bearings 4 or 5 Times on a 4 Year Old Vehicle Obviously Doesn't Qualify. Perhaps GM is Waiting For Someone To Be Killed!
    13. Posted Apr 11, 2005, 11:59 PM ET by Alan

    On my 2002 Buick Rendezvous, the right front wheel bearing went out ($374)and the rear head gasket went out, both out of warranty about 40,000 miles. A sign of the head gasket problem was a small stain on the top of the engine near the side and a smell of coolant when the vehicle was brought in the garage when it was hot. The final sign was the temperature gauge rising near hot stopped at a stop light. At 58,000 miles there is a vibration noise at 2,300 to 2,500 rpm which I have noted is coming from the rear of the vehicle; possibly a rear wheel bearing. I had the transmission fluid changed about 50,000 miles instead of waiting to 100,000 miles because the color did not look good. The heads up display went out and a power control module was not right, both under the 36,000 mile warranty. It handles great in the snow and rain with AWD.
    14. Posted Apr 13, 2005, 1:08 PM ET by Dave S

    The front wheel bearings failed on my Buick Rendevous at 70,000 miles. I complained to everyone I could and basically just received lip service. Ridiculous. I will never buy a GM vehicle again. Not only have they lost my business, they will likely lost the business of the 100 other people I will tell about the poor service provided by GM. They definitely do not stand behind their products. My brother has a Toyota Previa that is over 12 years old and he has not had to put hardly any money into that car and it has 250,000 miles on it. GM needs to admit the problem with the wheel bearding is a defect.
    15. Posted Apr 13, 2005, 2:58 PM ET by Dave S

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  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    Regalluvr: You're back to your old ways -- posting only "negative" posts about the Rendezvous and then trying to extrapolate from just a few posts (this time 14) to somehow suggest that the entire Rendezvous line is "infected". It's just not the case. Why do you insist on Rendezvous bashing ... searching the entire internet to find negative posts? I don't get it. NOBODY (at least I'm not) is saying that the Rendezvous is perfect and absolutely trouble-free. But, it's getting a bit old.

    My post from February 2005:

    While I have no doubt that you can post lots of anecdotal anonymous unconfirmable posts gleaned from the internet, it doesn't mean that the Rendezvous isn't a great, reliable vehicle (unless you can post 200,000+ posts -- 1 from every RDV owner). The simple fact of the matter is that for every RDV owner who reports serious troubles, there are many, many others who have not had serious troubles!

    Remember ... every single solitary make and model of vehicle will have some lemons. That's just the way it is. Are you somehow making this your life mission to bash Rendezvous and prevent people from buying them? Or, are you simply trying to generate sales of extended warranties?

    Consumer Reports shows that each and every model year of the Rendezvous has improved, in terms of repairs and reliability. Consumers Reports made the Rendezvous a "Recommended Vehicle" in 2004. Even CR has acknowledged there were problems early on. OK, we get it, some Rendezvous will need repairs. But how many of the 200,000 on the roads are lemons? A few no doubt, but nowhere close to the amount you are suggesting.

    I continue to recommend the Rendezvous as a great vehicle. I have a 2002 RDV CXL (with no extended warranty). Still on original BCM, no bearings problems, no electrical problems, no stalling, no bad mileage. 40,000+ miles and going strong! Of course, YMMV.
  • emhemh Posts: 4
    There is no maintenance on this part. I replaced one for the cost of the part at Autozone of $130. If you are willing to take the wheel off, the brakes, etc. and push the new bearing in, you can do it, but it takes a cheater bar and some physical strength.
  • emhemh Posts: 4
    I have owned a 2002 since October, 2001. Mine has had the BCM module changed at 37,000 (for free). Then the front wheel bearings went out at 55,000 (only $260 since I did it myself). At 75,000 the a/c condensor was replaced for $900.
    Now at 85,000 the SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM and ANTI-LOCK BRAKE warning lights are starting to come on. Anyone know about this problem???? How do you diagnose, other than taking it to the dealer?
  • emhemh Posts: 4
    Bad news. Same thing just happened to mine. And it cost $900 to fix. The mechanic said the housing of the compressor was cracked. Rumors on this website say there is a design flaw with the vehicle that an engine mount bolt taps on the compressor housing, causing it to crack after x miles.
  • regalluvr2regalluvr2 Posts: 114
    Hi JK,
    Well this is the RDV problems and solutions forum.Most people that come here arent exactly praising the RDV.The regular RDV owners forum is for that and I will stay off it.I'm not bashing the RDV,its the owners themselves that are.Anyone can do a web search and find what I'm finding.Theres alot of good things about the RDV and we were sad to see ours go.It had a fantastic ride,handled great, and was so roomy.

    Most people that come here are looking for solutions for their problems.It seems like quite a few RDV owners are loosing wheel bearings which is a safety issue.It also gets real expensive paying for them out of your own pocket after your warranty is gone.If enough owners would complain to the NHSTA maybe GM would have to stand the cost of all the RDV owners with bad bearings.Bearings should never go bad before 100,000 miles.

    Didnt you read in several posts where garage owners and service managers say that its very common for RDV's,Azteks,and Aleros to loose wheel bearings?

    By the way I see you had a AC condensor go bad after your warranty was up.How would you feel if you had to pay for it yourself like lots of RDV owners have had to do?

    By the way here are the rest of the posts from that site I just recently found..

    16. Posted Apr 18, 2005, 10:44 PM ET by Rob Neitzel

    Wondering if this bearing issue exists on model years other than the 2002 Rendezvous. I'm looking at a 2004.

    Thank for all your input.
    17. Posted Apr 28, 2005, 7:09 AM ET by Susan Hodo

    I was extremely surprised to find that there were so many problems with these wheel bearings. I just had my brakes replaced on a 2003 Rendevous @ 36,000 miles and was told my 2 front wheel bearings have gone bad and are causing the grinding noise I'm hearing.

    Rob, I don't think I would buy a 2004. It looks like it's gotten worse and not better since I've only made it to 36,000 miles.
    18. Posted May 5, 2005, 5:05 PM ET by john

    have a 2002 rendezvous have had to replace both front wheel bearings both under 50,000 miles
    19. Posted May 5, 2005, 11:29 PM ET by Richard Williams

    I bought a 2002 Rendevous with 51,000 miles on it at the end of March '05 from our local Lincoln-Merc. dealer. It's been well cared for but I bought a 3 year extended warranty for it - sounds like that was the wise thing to do. When I got home from buying the car the annual Consumer Reports auto report was waiting for me and it showed that the Rendevous had slipped in its reliability rating and was no longer recommended by CR. The former owner provided the maintenance records and they show that a left front wheel bearing was installed at 32,264 miles. After putting about 1200 miles on it, I still like it and have no complaints.
    20. Posted May 15, 2005, 10:08 AM ET by Scott

    I had the front bearings replaced on my '02 at about 20,000 miles. On another issue, TIM above mentioned the "mysterious green fluid". I also had that problem (has since disappeared) but nobody could figure out what it was??!! I think I'm starting to hear the bearings problem again, so maybe I'm going to have to replace them AGAIN! Our RDV us now out of warranty. Our dealer has always been very helpful and has covered some things under warranty that maybe they technically shouldn't. I'm just wondering when my luck is going to run out.

    WE've always loved this car, but now we just worry about what is going to happen next.
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    I agree with Jeff. I have a 2002 RDV with just under 78K. Been reading this forum for a couple of years and it seems like the same people knock the RDV. I have had a few problems but all handled under warranty. I feel for a first year model and a new concept the vehicle did very well. If they ever change the body style I would definitely buy another one .
    ~Ken :blush:
  • arthur25arthur25 Posts: 3
    It is true this column is for complaints. All be it, as stated there is are still many owners who are very happy with their RDVS. People who get hurt in marriage do not go parading around telling other people not to marry, because there are still many happy marriages. I have stated in the past the people with problems are not to be overlooked. I love my 2003 RDV, I have had a few problems with it but all minor. I see other friends with new mercedes, toyotas,etc with major problems so that we can not say buying a new Japanese car etc will just solve everything.I hope Buick comes out with a new style RDV and they can count on me to buy it.Stated by post 1008 RDV is not recommended by Consumer Reports this is not true, since 2003 it has been recommended. My RDV is just jake with me. I looked at Highlander, Murano, and a lot of other names and I really made a choice. I did not by my RDV blind. It is hard to find a vehicle in it s class that offers so many options, which any fair and unbiased person can not over look.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I agree that Regalluvr2 seems overzealous with his continuing research and stated opinions on RDV failures (especially since he no longer owns one). I pretty much stopped posting here after GM repurchased my RDV 18 months ago. I will say however, that he does make (at least) one valid point that bears attention.

    What I think folks need to take from his comments is that if you own one of the few RDV's that is destined to have a problem, you can bet it's going to be a BCM, A/C compressor, wheel bearing, manifold gasket, etc. that fails.

    More importantly, if it happens to you out of warranty, you will likely be left out in the cold by your dealership and/or GM.

    Honestly ask yourself - if your front wheel bearings failed tomorrow and the dealership quoted you $1200 to fix it (with no help from GM), wouldn't you feel a little victimized?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Hey Brian
    Nice to see you are still lurking around this forum. You are absolutely correct. I think Buick should step up to the plate and take care of this or any other documented problems that the RDV has accrued.

    I have noticed that most of the problems other than the wheel bearings have occurred on the models with the most toy's (options). Mine is the bare bones model. I have had it since July 2001 and it has been one of the most enjoyable vehicles I have owned. It has become a very popular vehicle in North East Ohio. Maybe a little to popular for my liking.

    You would think Buick would want to make it's customers happy and take care of these problems especially the BCM's and wheel bearings.

    Ken
  • regalluvr2regalluvr2 Posts: 114
    Guys,
    I'm not really mad at the Buick RDV,its more with GM and the way they treat their customers.We were loyal GM customers for many-many years but our one year of Buick RDV ownership cost us a $5,000 loss and thats alot of money now that my wife is ill and can no longer work.

    The RDV's have some serious problems that GM needs to address.Heres a company thats built millions of 3100-3400 V-6 engines from 1995-2003 with known intake and head gasket problems.Theyve gotten away with this without any recalls despite 10's of thousands of complaints on the internet.Many owners have spent anywheres from $750 for intake gasket replacement and up to over $6,000 for complete engine replacement as a result of anti-freeze getting in the oil.Some are making payments on vehicles sitting in their drive ways with blown engines because they simply dont have the money to buy a new engine.I've seen the statement on the internet many-many times that "I'll never own another GM vehicle as long as I live" and now we wonder why GM is in serious financial trouble.

    GM has built who knows how many tens or 100's of millions of vehicles since the early 1900's but in 2002 and 2003 couldnt even design a hub and wheel bearing that would last on a Pontiac Aztek or a Buick RDV.This is unexcusable and GM should have to pay for every last bearing and hub thats gone bad before 100,000 miles..You pay $30,000+ of your hard earned money and have to wonder if the wheels are even going to stay on your vehicle.This is deffinitely a safety hazard and will get someone killed some day.I once lost a front wheel off a 2 ton farm truck due to wheel bearing failure and its not a fun thing to have happen.

    I can overlook some of the RDV problems but ones involving safety I cant.Several times we were driving after dark and due to BCM failure all we had left was an engine running,.the headlights were on,and we had On Star.We had no other electrical functions and had no tail lights.One time we were 40 miles from home and went home the back roads.Thank goodness it always happened while I was driving as my wife would have freaked out if she had been alone.It got to where she hated our RDV and was afraid to even drive it after dark.I was more in favor of keeping it than she was.When we called GM customer service they acted like we were the first ones to ever have a BCM to go bad when here at Edmunds there had already been many-many complaints.

    JK27,it amazes me how you defend the RDV no matter what.When someone posts about a bad RDV you have to tell them how great yours is.Do you work for Buick or GM?You seem to think its perfectly normal for your RDV to loose head gaskets and an AC condensor before 40,000 miles.I for one believe that in this day and age of $30-40,000 vehicles we should expect more out of our vehicles than this.

    Its late and past bed time.I bet I still own and drive as many or more liscensed Buicks than anyone else on here.
  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    OK, OK, we've heard you! I hereby stipulate to the fact that some Rendezvous owners have experienced problems -- some major! And some out of warranty! I have never denied that this is the case! However, what you don't seem to acknowledge is that there are also lots of Rendezvous on the road which are not having problems, or having minor problems, or which have had problems and Buick "stepped up to the plate" and paid for such repairs (like mine). I literally have paid $0 for my repairs; that is a sign of good customer service, in my opinion.

    As I have said ad infinitum ... all models of all manufacturers will have some problems -- it's simply a function of mass production and assembly lines. With ~ 200,000 Rendezvous on the road, I would certainly expect that there would be some problems.

    Regalluvr -- you know I don't work for Buick or GM -- I'm a corporate attorney. This is my first Buick (GM) purchase ever. I'm very pleased with it (even though it's not an "American" car -- as it was assembled in Mexico).

    As for warranties and length, I think that Buick gave a pretty good warranty on the Rendezvous. However, when you as a purchaser go into the transaction, you know up front that the warranty is finite. If you're not comfortable with that, buy an extended warranty. Nobody forced you to buy this car. Nobody prevented you from buying an extended warranty (in fact, I've never heard of a new car dealer that did NOT try to sell the extended warranty). So ... caveat emptor. It almost sounds like you EXPECT Buick to pay for all repairs -- no matter when it occurs (in terms of time or mileage). However, that's not what your contract reads. If you didn't like the contract, you should not have purchased the vehicle.

    You got rid of your Rendezvous two years ago. Move on! As I've pointed out, Consumer Reports has indicated that the Rendezvous continues to improve every single year. All your whining about 2002 model year Rendezvous problems aren't even relevant any more -- as the new Rendezvous have been improved, in terms of repairs and reliability.

    OK ... the horse is now officially dead. Stop beating it! :mad:
  • jdksjdks Posts: 42
    Just FYI, yesterday I got my third bearing/hub replaced - $555. This one was outside warrantee and I was told by GM customer service that this was normal wear. Does that mean I should expect that every year - as I have experienced. The dealer also told me that intake gasket need replacing as it is leaking - $1000 (Canadian) and when I did a search on intake gasket leak on 3.4 GM Engine I found out that this has been going on for years. I bought a GM car because JD powers was saying that GM quality has improved. Am I going to buy a GM car again? - not in my life time. You keep mentioning about this 200,000 sold, just go back in this forum and see how many bad ones are out there when there was only a few on the road and extrapolate that. Go the Aztek, Malibu, Venture .... forums and see if their problems seems familiar.

    Have a nice day... :P
  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    If you're not happy with your purchase, you can always get rid of the vehicle before anything else goes bad. Perhaps you should contact Buick corporate and see if they'll do anything for you. Being mad at me simply because I have had a good experience with my Rendezvous won't help you. And, if you haven't noticed, I've been active on these boards since I purchased my Rendezvous, so I have already read all of the posts regarding Rendezvous. As I've said before, statistically, the Rendezvous has a pretty good repair record. Does that help the people that have posted here about problems with wheel bearings? Nope. The fact remains that ~ 200,000 Rendezvous have been sold. Do all of them have bad wheel bearings? Nope.

    Thank you, I will have a nice day :) :) :D :) :)
  • ckinnyckinny Posts: 14
    I totally understand where Regalluvr is coming from. Not only that but the information he posted helped me in my fight with Buick.

    If you've never been burned with a lemon you have no idea how frustrating it can be. And if you've been through the nightmare you want to warn others and you feel the need to vent. Thankfully there's the internet and you can reach millions of people.

    I would have loved to have owned one the the "good" RDVs. The '02 I had was a nightmare and after a month of fighting I was given a choice of ONE RDV on the dealer's lot in a buy back. I'm shocked at how Buick has cut corners on my '05. The interior is crap compared to the '02, cheap fabric, cheap looking dash. I never would have chosen this car but after being without a car for a month I caved. I've already had problems with this RDV not starting. I'm going to get out of it while it has very few miles and I will still end up losing money.

    From my experience with GM I will never buy another car from them and I have never owned anything but GM cars. But they lost my business and my respect and I will tell every person I can about what lousy treatment I received when I had a problem. I will post my experience on every message board I can find.
  • mnyhats1mnyhats1 Posts: 19
    Hi Ckinny: I'm with you all the way. I totally support what Regalluvr has been saying. If only all of those checking into this site would check into the National Transportation Safety site that he referred me to in an earlier message, perhaps GM would be forced to do a recall on these bad wheel bearings in particular! I LOVE my RDV, however, I'm very angry at GM for not providing any type of reward for customer loyalty, especially after a company rep assured me they would pay me for the second replacement, only then to say it was normal wear and tear after I sent in all my documentation ($500 instead of the $330 at an independent repair place). I, too, have owned GMs my whole life, having only purchased new vehicles til now, and they don't care one bit about my lifetime commitment to their company. I heard an interview of the CEO of Toyota the other day and guess what he said: Toyota's No. 1 priority is customer service. GM hasn't been there for a long time. I'm concerned about having some of these other problems occur on my '02 RDV but so far, so good. And, I hope it continues. I just hope jk27 doesn't have any problems as his RDV accrues a few more miles. Perhaps then he will understand our frustration.

    Thanks again, Regalluvr!!! And to you too Ckinny!

    Mnyhats1

    :(
  • regalluvr2regalluvr2 Posts: 114
    I appreciate the support.Thanks.By the way this stubborn old Swede wont be leaving this site anytime soon.I think the horse still has a few miles left on it yet.Mr jk27 hasnt went thru the anguish of owning a problem RDV like alot of us have so he has absolutely no idea how we feel although at 40,000 miles his has already had $2,000 plus of warranty work.I sincerely hope his problems are over but for many they arent.Its funny that GM will pick up the repair bill for some RDV owners out of warranty but for others they wont.

    By the way jk our 2002 CXL has only been gone for a little over a year now.It was 3 weeks and 3,000 miles from being out of warranty when we dumped it..It was either buy an extended warranty and put up with it being in the shop all the time or get something more dependable.We liked many things about our RDV but its reliability wasnt one of them.

    Personally I think a 3 yr-36,000 mile factory waranty is pretty pathetic in a day and age when many vehicles reach well over 200,000 miles.I sure hate having to pay well over $1,000 for a factory extended warranty but for peace of mind I would highly reccomend one on a Buick RDV.I cant get over how GM says wheel bearing and hub failure is normal wear and tear on RDV's,most with well under a 100,000 miles..What a bunch of BS!!!!

    We found out how little our 2002 CXL was worth when we went to trade.Heres a fully loaded 2002 CXL AWD that listed new for nearly $37,000 and most dealers were only offereing $14,000 for it being 2 years old with only 33,000 miles on it.Thats some pretty high depreciation.

    By the way I put absolutely no faith in Consumer Reports.I'll take the opinion of the people that post here on Edmunds any day.What a fantastic site!!We now base our vehicle purchases solely off whats said on here.

    JK,my son will soon take his LSAT and hopefully will get a full ride to law school.He wants to be an environmental lawyer!

    This will be it on here for awhile.Too many 12 hour days at work,too much farming,and now that tractor pulling season is here I have 2 pulling tractors to keep going.My first hooks are tonite.

    JK,keep defending those RDV's but take it easy with those posting on here with problems that are wanting a little help and sympathy.
  • jk27jk27 Posts: 244
    You have apparently missed the point ... which is ... not all Rendezvous are "bad", "evil", "unsafe" or "lemons". Believe it or not, there are LOTS of happy Rendezvous owners out there. I'm not "defending" anything. I am simply sharing MY experience with MY Rendezvous (and my friends who own them). I am, however, responding to the the unfair and inaccurate blanket statements about Rendezvous being made by some posters on here (e.g., "all Rendezvous are bad; here's 14 posts from the internet that says they are bad" or x people have had wheel bearing problems, all Rendezvous BCM are defective"). Sorry, but that's not how statistics work. It's irresponsible to completely stereotype an entire model line based on RELATIVELY few posts about problems. I also think it's irresponsible for Regalluvr to continue to bash Buick for problems he had 3 years ago (and especially when he got rid of it 2 years ago!!). Get over it! 10 years from now, will he still be telling people that he once owned a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and had problems with it? Consumer Reports states that the 2002 had lots more problems than the more recent models (and the 2002 was not a "recommended buy"). However, statistics show Buick quality is increasing and problems have been reduced. The 2004 Rendezvous is now a "Consumer Reports recommended buy". Consumers who are considering a Rendezvous should also be told this information.

    I'm not saying you're not having problems. Nor am I saying that Rendezvous DON"T have problems (I've had a couple of significant problems with mine, thankfully they were fixed and paid for by Buick).

    Fact: it's a big bummer that you're experiencing mechanical troubles
    Fact: ALL makes and models of cars have some mechanical troubles, problems and need repairs.
    Fact: ~200,000 Rendezvous have been sold.
    Fact: There are relatively few posts about problems with Rendezvous. Relative as in relation to the 200,000 that have been sold.
    Fact: You knew going into your purchase the length of the warranty and what it covered. If that wasn't good enough for you, you shouldn't have purchased (or you should have purchased an extended warranty. (my wife bought a Hyundai Sonata and she's very happy -- nice warranty!) The GREAT majority of cars carry a 3 year, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. As far as I know, only Hyundai and Kia offer a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty, with ten year powertrain warranty.
    Fact: Buick Rendezvous continue to improve in quality and problems have been reduced. Consumer Reports now states that the 2004 Buick Rendezvous has "Better-than-average overall reliability"
    Fact: The 2004 Rendezvous is now a Consumers Reports recommended buy.

    I'm not the enemy here. I'm a fellow Rendezvous owner who is simply posting MY experience with MY Rendezvous. I thought that's what forums were for. It's absolutely fine that people post about the problems they have. Just don't make sweeping generalizations based on RELATIVELY few reports of problems. Maybe I'll have trouble down the road (I hope not, but if I do, I'll report back).

    As for me "not understanding what it's like to own a lemon", that's simply not correct. I filed a "lemon law complaint" against Isuzu and won. Believe me when I say I know what it's like to have a car that is not fixable. It was a nightmare and I ended up purchasing the Rendezvous after that car was repurchased by Isuzu. What a GREAT improvement.
  • carlover5carlover5 Posts: 1
    I have the same problem, but I can't see where a motor mount bolt is anywhere near the condenser which is in front of the radiator. I have about 40K on my RDV, air has never been cold, but now I got nothing but HOT! Let me know location of bolt you had replaced, please. :)
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  • jdksjdks Posts: 42
    Believe me JK27, I did try to unload it several times and the trade in value of this car is so ridiculously low that it is not worth it. I just came from a local mechanic (small town) to fix the intake gasket leakage and he showed me a box of those defective gaskets that he has replaced in the last few months. He blamed it on dex-cool and the gasket material. As I recall, you did have an intake gasket leak and you were the fortunate as it was still under warrantee. Just do a find on this board and you'll see how many fails on the Buick Rendezvous alone. For your info, I did contact Buick and GM to no avail. They are not doing well for a reason...
    :lemon:
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