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Buick Rendezvous



  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,643
    From the desription of the problem, I would have to think about the BTSI (brake transaxle shift interlock). Its a little gizmo inside the center console area that has a history of having troubles (broken/wiring issues).
  • rocky43rocky43 Posts: 1
    My AWD light stay on. The Rendezvous seem to still run good, no change in the performance in the way it rides. My problem the light stays on. One time it went off for half hour then it came back on. Do any one know what could be the problem.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,643
    It could be something simple, like a tire that is low on air. Your dealer can plug in a scanner and it should point to one wheel where it thinks the problem is. The first thing they woul most likely do is change wheel bearing/hub assembly , but quite often the problem is due to bad connection to wheel sensor or broken/bad wire.
  • azdougazdoug Posts: 9
    have a 2002 vous the passenger side mirror has a mind of its own . when adjust switch is on passenger side the mirror goes crazy when i turn the key off. keeps moving until i set the switch to drivers side, anyone have this problem? fix it ?
  • rkon2rkon2 Posts: 1
    I'm thinking of puchasing a 06 Rendezvous w/ 32k miles. I'd like to hear from current owners to see how they like theirs and what problems can be expected. thanks
  • I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and I've had the left wheel bearing replaced twice. Now I'm having a Intermittent problem. The service traction system panel light comes on and it turns the anti lock brakes off. The Chevy dealership is telling me the left front wheel speed sensor wire harness needs replaced. Over $250. Since it's Intermittent I'm thinking it might be a wire that needs soldered? The wire harness is only $66.00. Is this easy to replace myself? Or could I solder the wire that seems to be broken? This only happens Intermittently and most of the time when I make a hard right turn. Thanks for any suggestions.
  • I have the same problem, but I just change the fuse,

    No one seems to be able to tell me how to fix it. It has been in the shop several times but, it will always start when it is there. As soon as I pick it up and drive it for several hours it will not start. When I turn the key to start nothing , I have lights and the door chimes, but it will not start. The fuse will be borken and when it is changed it will start.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    Hi there...

    My family has a 2003 FWD RDV. As expected, we had to replace its front wheel bearings approx 6 months after we bought it. And, like other RDVs, we have to replace its front rotors every time it needs brakes. Being a front end heavy vehicle, our RDV loves "wearing out" front end parts. GGGRRRR....

    From a driving comfort perspective, my wife & I "love" our RDV. Love the way it brakes, love the way it holds the corners, love its ride comfort, love its take off power (even for a 3.4L engine), love its ground height and loves its 4 doors. From this perspective, definate 9+ rating for us. For us, it really is a "fun" vehicle to drive and for doing local town "run about" needs.

    For my family's 2003 RDV, I keep getting the impression that its a ticking problem waiting to blow. Its intake gasket, its main head gasket, another set of wheel bearings (every 50K-60K mile replacement) and possible BCM "computer" replacement. This "often happens to many other RDVs" has got me worried. Especially since these parts are so expensive to replace.

    My neighbor has a 2005 FWD RDV. He got it stuck in the snow, over spun its front tires and blow something in the front. Long story short, they had to replace its wheel bearing, CV boot, its BCM computer and something else. Something about $3,800 repair bill because it couldn't take normal abuse.

    My 2003 RDV and his 2005 RDVs are "pigs" on gas. My wife & I are very disappointed in the poor mpgs our RDV is suppose to get. re: Listed at 32 mpgs and it might get 22 mpgs going down hill (with the wind). LOL!!! My neighbor drives his V8 Dodge 4x4 because it gets better MPGs then his 2005 RDV. Don't listen to the sales guy. When the RDV goes above 50 mph, it loves the gas. Probably due to his brick shape air flow and heavier chassis.

    Next time around, I don't think we would buy another RDV. Many positive "comfort" points (with our 2003 FWD RDV) but mechanically and MPGs, its hurting our wallet too much. If I had to do more driving, I'd trade our 2003 RDV in for smaller size SUV/Cross Over type vehicle. Something that is lighter weight and gets better MPGs. For example, the FWD Saturn Vue, FWD Torrent or maybe even the Vibe (for a really good MPG cost savings "run about" vehicle).

    As a suggestion, visit a few auto mechanics in your area and ask them for "most known problems" with the RDV product line. Specifically, known problems with 2005/2006 RDV model. Thus, getting mechanical details from the trenches (sort of speaking).

    Hope this helps....

  • Different years and individual vehicles vary. My '04 FWD 3.4 RDV has been flawless since day 1 through 53,000 miles. Average MPG = 24; 30+ on the road, still running the original brakes and tires. Yes, it could use a few more HP and bigger brakes. But I love it - it's the most versatile, efficient vehicle I've ever owned. Too bad they've discontinued it; when I trade it in, maybe Buick will have a new, improved RDV [no, the Enclave is real pretty, but it's too fat, too thirsty, and too expensive]. Better luck with your next vehicle.
  • I have a 2005 Ultra Rendezvous and I love it. Just recently I realized my back bumper sensors were not working. I didn't run into a pole but usually they go crazy when I get close to anything and I could see I was getting close. Does anyone know how to fix them? Is there a fuse or anything easy I can do? Thanks
  • 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: 1,643
    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: 1,643
    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.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
  • 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: 1,643
    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: 1,643
    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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