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2002 Buick Rendezvous Class Action?



  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,655
    If the brakes are being applied while your foot is in gas tank it sounds more like traction control is being engaged, usually because it thinks tires are slipping.
  • jml14jml14 Posts: 2
    Well, i just tried first experiment, I pulled Mini Fuse 6 - ABS Control Module fuse. Started the car, and dash lights up message ABS Disabled, and the warning beeper in the car beeps constantly and does not shut off. Obviously I cannot drive like this.

    I plugged the fuse back in.
  • pjk2pjk2 Posts: 9
    My sister bought a Honda Oddasee and had to replace all the brakes and tires after 10K miles... not under warranty... my Buick brakes lasted 42K and my original tires lasted 60K... total repairs for my Buick Rendezvous for 8 years 90K in Pgh ... $101.
    While my sister continues to repair and replace parts in her Honda and see paid $10K more than my Buick.
  • First of all, you claim is wrong unless your sister bought old honda odyssey....Any new car regardless of brand is covered under warranty if you have drove only 10k miles unless normal wear and tear. Paid 10K more???? Unbelievable.. Did she donate some money when she bought her Odyssey? unless you comparing to way higher end model with lower end model.

    And your another Biggest lie, Buick introduced Rendezvous in 2002. How did you get 8 years old Rendezvous????? Plain & Simple, Get your fact right first...there is no credibility in your post.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The Rendezvous was introduced in the spring of '01 as a 2002 model per Wikipedia.

    Let's calm down a bit and stick to talking about the cars please.
  • I am having a starting problem with my 2002 RDV. I bought the car new, have loved it but now the repairs are taking the joy out of owning it.
    It's recent history is not starting for a couple of hours when I drive short distances. If I try to start it too frequently it strands me even longer so I just wait it out. Now it won't start at all.
    At first I was told it was the fuel injection first so got some of the stuff to put in the gas. It did help but not for long. It kept doing the same thing and leaving me stranded.
    I took it to a private auto shop for 4 days and they could not replicate the problem.
    I had it took it to a Buick dealership for 2 weeks and they could not replicate the problem.
    When I picked it up and went to the market for 20 minutes. When trying to leave, I was once again stranded. I was also stranded on a short lunch break many times from work and recently on several occasions. This has been happening for about 3 months.
    I've recently had the fuel filter, fuel pump switch and now the fuel pump replaced w/new parts and it still won't start. AAA towing just picked it up to take it to the dealership once again. What on earth is keeping this car from starting???!!
    Battery is new, cables are good, spark plug wires are GM and new but my mechanic found a cracked spark plug. Could this stupid spark plug have been the culprit and no one even considered that? He didn't replace it or even put it back in, so now I won't know, which irritates me too.

    Meanwhile $600 later, the dealership will do a diagnostic now that it won't start and Service Engine Soon light is on. They said they couldn't do a diagnostic before because it always started for them.
    Does anyone have any experience with this for me that won't cost an arm and a leg at the dealership?
  • I have had a lot of repair problems with my 2002 RDV. I bought two of them new and one ended up being returned as a lemon.

    How do I get more information on this Class Action Law Suit for repair reimbursements and maybe get rid of the car for a new something else?
  • I have a 2002 Rendezvous that I just love. I have had issues with it but nothing like what I read in these forums. I have the ABS issue. I got stuck in the snow once and my ABS system hasn't worked since. I had the tie rods replaced but the pigtail needs to be replaced. That's my only issue other than the Manifold gasket replacement 2 years ago. My question is, Gloria as I lovingly refer to her, has 124K miles and I've never owned a "truck" before. Is this really a truck or is it a car? Should I be thinking about sending Gloria off to the great scrapyard in the sky or will she last longer. I have not been faithful with the oil changes but I have had fairly regular maintenance. The body looks pretty good considering her age and I just wonder how much longer this car will last. Any thoughts???
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,655
    You never know, some will contiunue to be good others not. I know of one or two Pontiac versions of this vehicle that have over 200k miles on them and still going.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239

    Knownig "if" / "when" unexptected repairs will hit one's RDV seems to be a random thing. And, it's a hit/miss for each specifc vehicle as well. With this in mind (since it sounds like you love Gloria so much), I'd "drive her until she drops and cannot be rebuilt anymore". The "Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall" saying...

    If wondering, my wife has an '03 RDV (FWD basic model). Only repairs / replacements to date is 2 x front wheel bearings and 2 x front brake rotors - which seems to be a common "wear / tear" items with these front end heavy weight design vehicles. Our "Blue Thing" (which we call our RDV), always starts in the deep cold, always gives us a great smooth ride, has firm steering and overall, it's a "fun vehicle" to drive. Especially for a local "run about" vehicle - where MPGs savings isn't a high priority.

    For our "Blue Thing", we plan to "drive her until she drops - and isn't worth fixing anymore". Actually, we're hoping to keep our RDV for another 5+ years - since it has no external rust and is still running great. And when she does need to be replaced, we'll probably replace with simular shape "pre-owned" mini-SUV vehicle shape - like Torrent or GM Equinox. Or, perhaps a Santa Fe.

    Hope this helps with your Gloria....

  • Hi There
    I am having a major problem with my 2002 Buick Rendezvous. I have already had a part on both sides of the rear replaced, the dealership said that this would fix the problem but to no avail. While other cars on the road can go 60 - 65 miles per hour in very mild snowy conditions, I cannot go more the 30 or I will spin out. I absolutely cannot control the vehicle on ice, snow, or loose gravel. The rear end just sways back and forth. I am at a complete loss, I have no other vehicle and three small children. It is just a matter of time before a disaster happens. I dont know what to do. This car is too dangerous to drive in the winter months but I got to get to work and I cannot afford a new car. If anyone has any insight, please repond.
    Thank you
    Concerned Mother
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,655
    Number one on my list of thoughts is tires (those 4 little patchs of rubber on the road are the first thing to ensure control is maintained not matter what vehicle you are driving), do you have winter tires and are they in good shape? After that proper tire inflation, proper alignment could be a consideration. Is yours FWD or AWD and do you have traction control turned on if FWD. Any lights indicating problem with AWD or ABS?
  • I had the same issue with my 02 Rendezvous, the issue was that the people who owned it before me had put the wrong size tires on it. I put all new tires on it this fall, which cost about $550.00, and I have had no problems this winter on the roads. The car is actually a dream in the snow, as for any car ice will always be an issue.
  • Hi,
    Yes, I got new tires two months ago. It is a FWD and there are no lights indicating any issues with the ABS :( The traction control is on. I truly am at a loss as to what is wrong, The dealershiip is not able to help. I bought the car in 2005 and did not have a problem with it until last winter. The rear tires were severly warn on the outsides and the dealer told me that the part they replaced was causing the tire wear and would also cause me to be unable to control the car in winter road conditions. Well.... it did take care of the tire wear but I still cannot control the car on snowy roads. It is more severe then just that the roads are bad. I have lived in Michigan my whole life so I am very experienced with winter roads. In very mild conditions I cannot go more then 25 - 30 miles per hour when everyone else is still going 60 or more. I can feel the back of the car just swaying back and fourth. It feels the same as bald tires on snow and ice. :lemon: Does anyone know if there is a chance that the rear tires could be a different size then the fronts? I have never heard of that but maybe for this car that is the issue? They put the same size tires on all four wheels
    Thanks and any more input is much appreciated
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239

    My wife & I have 2003 FWD RDV and if driven with normal winter driving TLC, our vehicle holds the snow/icy roads well. Actually, our RDV holds my winter roads better then our "lighter weight" mini-van.

    For your 2002 RDV, stock tire size should be: 215/70R16. During winter time, some folks upgrade to slightly wider 225/70R16 rubber (on all 4 tires on their own steel rims). Regardless of stock size or +1 wider rubber size (only for winter months), all rubber must be the exact same size (and same brand - if possible). With cloth and water/soap in hand, you may want to wash the outside of your RDV's tires. Each tire must have the same numbering. re: 215/70R16. And ask your local auto shop to insure each of your tires are inflated at the same air pressure as well. Even 5 lbs LESS air in one tire could make it sway.

    As a test, drive down the paved road (while no others are around you) and let go of the steering wheel. Does your vehicle want to wonder to the left, wonder to the right? If so, your RDV needs an aligment. (or perhaps its wheel bearings is gone). With hands off the steering wheel and no one around, hit the brakes. Does your brakes pull your RDV to the left, or pull to the right? Does your steering wheel shimmer back and forth under hard dry braking condition? If so, you need the brakes looked after. If steering wheel shimmer while braking hard also means a warped rotor. If one rotor needs to be replaced, replace both at the same time.

    Another common problems with RDVs is front wheel bearings wearing out. When front wheel bearings wear out, the vehicle gets way too much "over steeer" and "under steer". Lots of road wondering as well. Approx 2 years ago, my wife's RDV felt sloppy in the corners. After lots of tests, we got both its front wheel bearings replaced (with higher quality replacement parts). Today, its steering is now firm and tight. No more sloppiness on the corners. And, no more wondering down the straight road either. As a suggestion, get your RDV's front bearings inspected. If needed, replace with higher quality replacement parts. Glad I did this repair (upgrade) on my wife's RDV.

    Also... If you lost faith in your current dealer, perhaps visting a specialist alignment shop is better? Especially if you feel the problem with your RDV is an alignment or perhaps a support/stablizer bar issue - not a core mechancial issue.

    Hope these ideas help....

  • Thank you for your answers. We jacked the car up and looked at it ourselves and saw that both of the springs behind the wheels are broken right in half. I called a new mechanic and have it set up for service. How could they have not noticed this? In any case, I already placed a complaint with the dealer. They asked me to bring it back in and I said NO WAY!!! Taking my business elsewhere.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239

    Good find. re: Broken coil springs in the rear of your RVD. Good eyes!!!! Yes. It amazes me that your dealer missed these broken rear coil springs as well. When replacing tires, you'd think they'd do a simple visual inspection (like you did) in that area as well. Definately look for a different auto mechanic. Your blind mechanic should NOT be working on any cars - especially on vehicles that transport kids around...

    If you tow a trailer or tend to put lots of cargo in the rear of your RDV (like we do), you may want to investigate the addition of Timbren SES units as well. If wondering, Timbren SES units fit inside the coil springs and replace factory bump stops. When rear of vehicle is compressed down too much, they come in contact with the Timbren SES units. Vision air bags filled will soft rubber - instead of compressed air. If wondering, we have Timbren SES units on our vehicle and love them. They do NOT impact empty ride comfort or change "empty" vehicle stance. But when loaded down, the rear of our vehicle is much firmer - without worry of air shocks or air bags blowing. For more details, surf:

    Hope this helps as well....

  • wifey2uwifey2u Posts: 1
    Yes, include me in the '02 Class Action Suite. I bought my car new in 2002, and the ABS light comes on every time we go over a bump, called GM, and they said that this is the first time that they heard of this, so I went online, and I am not alone. So, please include me in. Thanks.
  • dlhoffmandlhoffman Posts: 2
    Hello, do you have any information regarding the class action suit.
    I just purchased a 2002 rendezvous and now the power to the windows and raio are locked can't roll them up on the radio it says locked. I took it to a mechanic he says take it back where you bought it from, but I purchased as is. I got a diagnostic it says I need body control module replaced, intake manifold gasket, air conditioner condenser, what is wrong with this vehicle, 2 days and now I am screwed. Does anyone have any advice.
  • dlhoffmandlhoffman Posts: 2
    Hello, do you have any information regarding the class action suit.
    I just purchased a 2002 rendezvous and now the power to the windows and radio are locked can't roll them up on the radio it says locked. I took it to a mechanic he says take it back where you bought it from, but I purchased as is. I got a diagnostic it says I need body control module replaced, intake manifold gasket, air conditioner condenser, what is wrong with this vehicle, 2 days and now I am screwed. Does anyone have any advice.
  • 2002nightmare2002nightmare Posts: 5
    edited June 2010
    My radio locks up all the time too. I have not yet a problem with the windows though. I just usually pull the fuse for the radio for a few minutes and then put it back in and it seems to fix the problem. Try it with the windows too.My car gives me every code when I get in and start is up. I was told it is the sending unit. I have no AC, the lifters tick badly, the radio problem, the sending unit giving me every code imaginable, the anti lock brake light never goes off. ENDLESS problems. What a lemon :lemon:
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,655
    For the radio locked and windows not working, do you have a sunroof? On my pontiac version and that and all kinds of messages indicating problem. In reality the sunroof ;leaked and moisture snuck its way around to somewhere it shouldn't have. Took the cover off the fuse box (both sides) and drove with heater on (towards floor) for for about 100 miles before I shut it off and problem was gone and hasn't returned. Glad I didn't waste money replacing BCM.
  • If there is one, please add me also. Everything in the RDV just started acting super possessed. I don't know what to do.!!!!! AAAHHH!!!!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Hello Sickntired2,
    Can you please tell me what problems you are experiencing with your vehicle? Have you had the vehicle diagnosed? How long have the concerns been present? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • Mariah, where were you when I had severe problems with that Buick Rendevous from when I purchased it in 2004 till 9/5/2010 when I finally traded it in for a Japanese car.
    You have my name on record as calling GM several times for help.
    I am still paying on my credit card for the dealer repair on my head gaskets that cost $2700,
    The AC went in 2004, ($2000) then both power windows, then the tie rods, then all kinds of other problems, then the head gaskets blew up probably from the Dex-Cool, then the AWD and the Power Lock brakes light went on and they said the sensors were bad, for $700 apiece (I passed), the the PCC solenoid for $495 I fixed, then the TCC solenoid and the Torque converter stuck open and it shifted with a slam.
    I am over $10,000 in repairs on that vehicle, and you wonder why I traded it in for a Japanese car made in Japan.
    Glenn Buick in Lexington, KY made lots of money off me, but you will not make any more off me or anyone I know, as my friends and family know what problems I had with the RDV and would never buy one.
    Besides that car was made in Mexico, I should have known you would not make a car in America, no wonder you needed a bail out of my tax dollars. Not that I had anything left after all those repairs.
    You can pass that all on to your CEO, tell him his car sucks. :mad:
  • We bought ours used with 55,000 miles and we still love it. We love the features and the comfortable ride on long trips. We are still, however, dealing with issues. We occasionally experience the dreaded 'Security' which flashes when you hit a bump (once in awhile). When this happens, the dash warning lights flash randomly. Sometimes this is all that happens, other times once you turn off the vehicle, the radio will become locked, can't use power windows, no heat or air conditioning, door locks don't function, basically nothing works except the headlights and turn signals. I have to pull the cable off the battery for a few seconds to reset (the BCM?). I expect to have to replace that BCM someday... We had a coolant leak that turned out to be the intake gasket and had that replaced. I saw the stories about air conditioning condenser failure, so I removed the one screw that is missing on the new condenser they put on when the old one breaks, hoping it will prevent it from failing. So far so good on that. I had to replace the rear differential fluid because of the squeaky noise it made when backing up. I had to replace the front left wheel bearing and, after a recall was announced, I was reimbursed my parts costs from Buick (they would not reimburse my labor which I reported at about $60). Now we have this clunking, lumbering sound coming from the right rear of vehicle. No one can seem to find it. I've had the spare tire off and had several different places inspect it. I even replaced both rear 'knuckle' assemblies which cost $440 for parts and still had the clunking. I am now sure it is the strut. I finally realized this after driving on a real bad road. The right rear strut couldn't keep up with the bumps and was just 'hammering' itself down the road. That is why I stumbled upon this site, looking for rear struts. We now have 85,000 miles on it. All that in 30,000 miles and still dealing with issues. We decided to keep it because we like it, we have invested some time/money into it and hopefully the major issues are over, and I know other vehicles will have their own issues too. My brother-in-law had a transmission go out in their RDV :( , then they sold it. It had a hitch on the back when they bought it. We won't be putting one on ours...
  • juliaomjuliaom Posts: 29
    edited September 2010
    Rendezvoodoo is so true. I had so much money in mine at the $10,000 mark I thought I would keep it too, but then the AWD went out, the Power Lock Breaks, then The Torque converter stuck on on, then both the solenoids (?), and it was slamming into gear at 21, 30, and 41 miles an hour. I thought then I would have to pay for a new trans, so I cut my losses and dumped the GM disaster.
    Love my new Nissan Murano, pearl white, leather seats, a 2007, made in Japan by Japanese.
    Not like the Buick Rendezvoodoo, which I found after I bought it was made in Mexico probably by underpaid Mexicans with no health care benefits, while the fat cats in Michigan or wherever took their outrageous bonus' and drove the company into the ground.
    Even making the car cheaper for them in Mexico did not reduce our price, only added to their bottom line and reduced mine to pennies.
    Now my tax dollars are bailing those jerks out, they should have let them fold, they are not producing jobs anyway, just whinning about no money.
    Guess the Mariah from GM Customer service that answered someone on this board is scared to show her hand, as I have had no response.
    If I were you at 85,000 miles, you better dump that disaster, as the head gaskets are probably leaking and are ready to explode about 93,000 miles.
    That was $2700 that I am still paying on.
    Trust me, this car will not get better, it will only get worse, and even as comfortable as they are on the inside, it will explode.
    If you value your retirement, you better trade it in for a foreign car.
    To Mariah and GM, no one in my earshot will ever buy a Buick ever again. ;)
  • Hi Mariah
    I wrote GM customer service several times about the extensive problems I have with my Rendezvous and never have received any type of response. The entire sending unit in my car is fried!!!!! It gives me every code all the time (low oil pressure, low oil engine level, service traction system, service Anti lock brake, etc. etc. etc.) I took my car in two times before the warranty wore out for these same issues and of course the dealership could never duplicate the problem. Low and behold as soon as the warranty ran out I was told " Your whole sending unit is bad and it is $1800 to fix" - WHAT????. Also the air conditioning stopped working right after the warranty ran out. AND the worst problem of all. I CANNOT drive this car in the winter, it is a serious life risk. The back of the car sways all over the place. I have had several repairs made to the back suspension including replacing the springs and the spindles. No one can diagnose the problem. I have spent thousand of dollars on this issue alone and to no avail. I am terrified to put my family in this vehicle in the winters. This is the WORST car I have ever owned. :lemon:
    Just my thoughts
    Thank you
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Hello 2002nightmare,
    I apologize that nobody got back with when you wrote us. To clarify are you current concerns the sending unit is bad, the back suspension, and the air conditioner? Or have any of these been fixed? Also, can you please e-mail me your VIN and current mileage? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • Mariah, I have a 2002 Buick Rendevouz with VIN number of 3Z5DA03E82536011. My heater no longer is working and I have taken it to get checked out at numerous dealers and no one seems to know what is wrong. Please Help!!!!
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