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2002 Buick Rendezvous Class Action?



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  • I am hoping someone can help. I have 2002 Buick Rendevous. The interior lights will not shut off after you start the car. I have changed fuses without sucess. Currently running without dash board lights because cirucuit is same as interior lights. Any suggestions?????
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,643
    Hhmm if this were the Pontiac version, I could guess maybe the interior lamp control had been turned to 'on' instead of 'door',not sure on the vous though.
  • :lemon: I have all the same problems listed in this blog. I just spent $2,000 getting the head gasket fixed and now I find the air conditioning needs to be fixed for $1,000. I've already replaced the gas tank, which I found became a recall item. I think the car is a lemon and poorly engineered. It's a shame Buick won't be more responsive. :lemon:
  • I do not know how many miles you have on this 2002, but my suggestion is get the extended warranty, quickly. My 2002, bought in 2004 with 29,000 miles has cost me $9000 in repairs, and tomorrow is going in for a new hum as the AWD light has been on for two months, and now the tie rod is going out.
    The head gaskets were repair a few monts ago for almost $3000, and both front window motors, and the driver side switch, and the first year I bought it the AC went out when I was out of town, that was over $2000.
    If you can, get rid of this car asap.
  • Welcome to my Rendevous 2002 world, first the AC, then the hubs, then the head gaskets, both front window motors, and the window switch, now the AWD is out and they found the tie rod is going too.
    The lemon laws do not apply unless you are the original owner and bought it from a dealer, which I did but it was in 2004. The dealer has been good but not much help to intercede for me.
  • I would love to join your class action law suit. I bought my 02 Rendevous 11 months ago with 60 thousand miles on it. First the transmission went out then the AC then the fuel pump and not the BCM is out. Please send me info on what I need to do to join. My Email address is

  • I am not positive there is a Class Action suit, I saw a reference on this board.
    Friday I reached $10000 in repairs in 4 years on this Buick Rendevous. The dealer and GM paid for the AWD system failure of $454.00, after a month of haggling, but the tie rod breaking and of course the front breaks and rotors were out.
    The front breaks could have been exacerbated by the failure of the AWD system, but GM said tough.
    If I were I would find an after market warrenty (cheaper than the dealers) and get it quick. You have just begun you disaster with this car.
    GM kept telling me my milage was too high at 114,000, but the car started breaking at 45,000 with the AC system.
    I suggested to the GM person, who by the way was in Argentina, that they should say they cars are only good for 60,000 miles and save us some trouble.
    The first GM customer service person I spoke with was in the Phillipines.
    So much for GM outsourcing our jobs.
    This company is totally stupid, and they make a crap car.
  • Have an 02 CX. All in all not a bad car. Had Gas tank issue(leak) fixed prior to recall, got recall notice, GM covered entire cost. had 80k manifold problem. Dealer says it is 'common' in this car, sounds like a design flaw to me, should be covered by GM). Now having issue with car just going DEAD. Drove yesterday about 50 miles, went to lock car with FOB, no response. Went back and tried to start car DEAD totally.
    came back 40 mins later, started right up, clock did not lose any time, so it was not the battery. Drove car home, turned off, every light and indicator started to blink,
    could not shut off, finally stopped, car was now DEAD again, 10 mins later started up, but everything blinking again. Trio to dealer next action. Anyone have DEAD car issue
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,643
    Really sounds like a cable connection problem, loose or corroded, could also be battery/charging system issue.
  • Dealer replaced battery and checked charging system abot 6 weeks ago. Charging system OK, or so dealer stated. I hpe it is something as simple as a bad cable
  • on my 02 , i was having problems with the car stalling out on me. this was after fixing all the the other crap on it 1st. i have a friend who pays for mitchell manuals and let me look up the tbs for my 02 . to my surprise i found one about gas. it had said that certain gas stations gas would cause stalling and other things to happen with how the car runs.i switched to kwik fil rather than hess. after 2 bottles of lucas gas treatment and 3 tanks of high test A ok. so check this site out. maybe this helps you.. good luck
  • SassyVSassyV Posts: 1
    I would like information regarding the class action suit for the Rendezvous 2002. I am having the same issues as everyone. I can't afford to pay the repairs anymore and am almost done paying off the car in 6 months. I hate to have get another car and make payments for 5 years again. I just want the problem taken care of once and for all!!
  • Given the symptom that every light and indicator started to blink, wouldn't it be the Body Control Module (BCM)? My folks have a Rendezvous (hopefully, not for long -- trading it in) and the lights started blinking when the BCM went.
  • hi i have a 2006 rendevous since january 2007 my belt has broken 5 times right know i am still in warrenty the belt just broke last night and the belt before that broke dec 9 i have took it to 2 different dealerships to try and solve the problem i have called buick every time since the 2nd time it happen when it happen the 3rd time i got free oil changes and tire rotation til my warrenty ends i havent even put 8000 miles on it in a year because i am scared to take it that far because i might get stranded :mad: :lemon: :sick:
  • Please include me in a class action suit if one forms, Ive had all the classic problems
  • If there are any Canadian Rendezvous owners on the forum, the class action settlement agreement has been approved. You can get info and claim forms here -> link title

    The settlement itself isn't great but at least it puts a little bit of money back in our pockets.

    With the junk that GM has been pushing out for the last number of years and their total lack of responsiveness to customers, is it any wonder that they are in the toilet and getting flushed? If it weren't for the fact that so many people would be out of work, I would tell the governments in Canada and the US to GM fail. Good riddance to bad rubbish. :mad:
  • juliaomjuliaom Posts: 29
    Does this only apply to the Canadian owners??
    My POS goes into the dealer again tomorrow, it is now leaking coolant. I took it to them the other day, and they looked at the fluid I took in, and said it was OIL.
    DUH, they think I don't check my oil, and know what it looks like??
  • We have an 02 CXLOn Friday the service engine soon light came on (the two front seat heaters were on). The light then went off while continuing to drive. Parked the car and left it run for about 30 minutes while wife waited for son, moved the car and then the power windows wouldn't work, next was the doors wouldn't lock and the rear hatch wouldn't work. Just went out to check fuses, car alarm started going off then car went completely dead.
  • We thought it may be battery - took it to Walmart. Explained to the guy what was going on, he immediately asked if we had a Rendezvous, then asked is it an "02"? We asked how did he know that, he said he used to work at a Buick dealership and said it sounds like the BCM. He suggested the dealership he used to work at. We ran up there and they said same thing, sounds like BCM. They called a little bit ago and said it was NOT the BCM but a bad connection with the underhood fuse box and that we did need a new battery. Since buying this car (used from a dealer) about 2 and 1/2 years ago, we have put rotors and brakes on twice, calipers this past summer and a new gas cap and fuel filter. We do have that "sound" in the back of the car when we turn the wheels (parking). We still have about 3 years left on payments - payoff on loans is way more than the car is worth, so basically stuck with it.
  • billohbilloh Posts: 5
    I just started having this problem. Transmission is going back and forth from 4th gear to the overdrive gear. While this is happening, the cruise control will not work. Anyone have any experience with this? I've had all the other problems.
  • (Note I have seen in other posts that this is also happening to the Buick Rendezvous. Please post reply to my poll in my Aztek post so that there will be one location to access the data. See:
    #283 of 283 Problem Body Control Module (BCM) for the Pontiac Aztek & "The DISCO effect by charocfl Jan 23, 2009 (11:50 am)
    at: or post below if you like)

    Hi, since I have now experienced one of the first stages of Problem Body Control Module (BCM) for the Pontiac Aztek & "The DISCO effect" where my hatch refused to open using either my key remote, dash button or manually with key (was not even able to turn key in lock to open). I did some research & found that this a prevalent problem with the Aztec & similar cars such as the Rendezvous & that several people have attempted to request assistance with this problem or at least a recall for the defunct GM: 15143352 Body Control Module (BCM) & note I have read that this BCM has been replaced by ACDelco 15235418 Control Module Assembly, but I have not been able to completely verify this as yet. Note these BCM cost between $325 to $175 ea. & require programming for each individual car which I have seen rungs around $80. Note this does not include the 2 hours tearing my Aztec apart by remove parts in order the hatch open (included removing the rear hatch window, hatch molding, etc.) & the time & labor to put every thing back. Also note that his will have to be done twice since I need to drive my Aztek while I am working on getting a replacement BCM. The fact that some many Azteks & Rendezvous have come down with this "Disco Effect" for going on over 5 years now from the posts & complaints I have seen I think it is about time that a recall should be issued to have the BCM replaced on all effected cars. To this end if anyone who has experienced the "DISCO effect" please post the following:
    Car, model & year:
    Disco symptoms:
    The repair costs:
    Any persons contacted, when, & response to complaint:
    Which BCM P/N was used to replace the defective one?

    Thanks for your cooperation, I have completed the email form & will be contacting the Pontiac customer care by phone later on & will post the responses when I get them, BTW if you want to contact Pontiac as I have their contact info is:
    Contact Us: Your complete satisfaction is important to us. We have facilities, representatives, technicians, tools, and up-to-date information to promptly resolve your questions or concerns. We provide multiple convenient ways to contact us 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
    Click the link below to open our e-mail contact form:
    Mail: Please mail your comments, questions, or concerns to the Customer Assistance Center located nearest you. From inside the U.S: Pontiac Customer Assistance Center
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    Inside the U.S.: 1-800-762-2737 Inside Canada: 1-800-263-3777

    PS: I will be keeping a running documentation on the research I am doing regarding this issue at my Yahoo link listed below: W1gLY

    CharO, Merritt Island, FL

    Copy of my email feedback to Pontaic:
    I would like to know the status on any recalls for the Azteks regarding the Body Control Module (BCM) for the Pontiac Aztek ref: GM: 15143352 which may have been replaced by Control Module Assembly - Model #: 15235418 Brand: ACDelco. As I under stand it from the several pages of complaints this is one of the stages of the 'disco effect' where the head lights were flashing constantly and horn honking, doors/windows & hatch unlock/lock &/or release, Dash instrumentations goes out & the AC & barratry(s) drain. For more detailed hatch/BCM problem please see: Note, I will hold off filing a consumer complaint at until I hear back with your response.

    01 Aztek GT - VIN: 3G7DA03E21S528105
    Charlene M. Ormsby, Merritt Island, FL 32953
  • My wife and I also have a 2002 CX with 112,000 miles on it. It is not the AWD model, but it is loaded with all the other options and even has the trailer towing option added. We bought the Buick from my father in 2005 after I totaled out my cavalier (never had one problem with that car). My father did not have any problems with the Buick during his ownership. Since we have owned it we have replaced the front brakes 3 times, rotars 2 times, back brakes and rotars, both front wheel bearings, the hood has been repainted for the paint bubbling (which GM knows about and they told me that it is a common problem, but could not do anything about it). Since then the paint has began to bubble again, and even though we were told that the paint had a life time warranty, they will not do anything about it unless it rust through, the hood is aluminum, it will not rust through. The extra air compressor will not work, my air leveling system will not turn on, my third tail light will not work and I can not find a replacement anywhere. My gas gauge does not work, the fuel used gauge works but the traditional gas gauge does not. I am always blowing fuses when we try to plug anything in to the cig lighter. Is anyone else having these problems and what could be causing them. I have taken it to dealers and they tell me that there is nothing they can do. We have $4000 left to pay on it and dealers are only offering us $2000 for it. Oh, and it also started to leak oil this year and they can not find where it is coming from. We love the car, it has a great ride, great room, and we like how it looks, but we can not afford to keep fixing it unless we know what is wrong. My father has felt so bad that he has paid for half the repairs, but it is GM's issue not my fathers.
  • billohbilloh Posts: 5
    Mine is leaking coolant from the radiator. $800.00+ to have the radiator replace. 3 1/2 hours labor. Very sad.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,643
    For the things to rear of vehicle (brake light fuel sensor for gauge auto-level) there is a connector that has an effect on many things. It is the c-305 connector and it is in back of drivers seat on floor (about where your feet would go if sitting in back), its been known to cause problems (bad connections) due to water intrustion.
  • Thank you for giving me someplace to look. The dealerships have told me that there is nothing wrong, they have also told me that I would have to replace my whole fule system, $1,000.00. So any adivce that I can get would be great. I will give this connection a look at. Thanks.
  • I also have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous CXL. 3 weeks ago I was driving home when the hot coolant warning came on flashing and chiming. I pulled off the road and waited for it to cool and took it to a lube center. They said the coolant looked fine, but they could smell fuel when they lifted the hood and encouraged me to take it in to a mechanic. The next day I took it to the mechanic and on the short drive there, I expereinced again the hot coolant warning light. The mechanic replaced the water pump and the thermostat - and the problem still wasn't fixed. We then took it to the dealership where they called a few days later and stated the problem was fixed - 5 miles from the dealership, here comes the warning light again! Took it back and they are now saying it looks like the head gasket and a whole lotta money! Like others, my door locks only work sometimes. Frustrating!

    I miss my car! I sure hope Buick steps up to the plate and helps us out with this as it appears to be pretty common ... am thinking I have bought a money pit!
  • :lemon: I had posted months ago about the head gasgets on my 2002 rendezvous.come to find its the intake vavles. So.... I paid 975.00 to fix the darn the thing! Now came back to tell me that on this model that the rings are worn down because water has got in the there because the seals were not put in right! Now I have to have the whole motor replaced!!!!! Please!!! tell me where to sign on the forum on the class action suit...
  • Make sure its not the intake valves.because I also thought it was the head gasgets too....and make sure who ever checks your car, that they check your rings before you lose your money....there are three other 2002 rendezvous here in odessa tx with the same thing that happened to them...Be careful!!!!!!
  • so porkchop did the battery solve the alledged bcm problem
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