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Buick Rendezvous



  • jijjij Posts: 4
    Whenever this occurs, I usually open the fuse box and reset the BCM fuse.
  • yuli1yuli1 Posts: 4
    I've leased my Buick Rendezvous 2006 for almost 4 years with 75K on it right now.
    So far I have not had any major problem with it but now it's time to make a decision whether to keep it or not. Can anybody advise me on this matter?
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239

    Deciding to keep (buy out the lease) or "release the lease" vehicle is always a hard call. Often, a "random roll of the dice" decision. Thus, only you can decide which path to take.

    My one neighbour had a 2002 AWD RDV for years. Then one season, it blew its intake gasket, it blew its plastic window clip, its rear axle started growning and for its final straw, its engine bottom end main bearings went (because its intake repair was left to long). Yes. All major problems within a 3 month time period. That vehicle got traded in when its bottom end blow bearings were discovered. I pitty the next guy who bought it (as a used vehicle).

    My other neighbour had a 2002 FWD RDV and got it stuck in the deep snow (at end of his driveway). Instead of towing in out backwards (like most normal folks), the guy floors it back and forth - like a 4x4 with a transport tractor grade drive train system. This `idiot level` rocking back and forth blew its front wheel bearings and its over revving back / forth also damaged its tranny. They pulled its engine out 2 times (for transmission rebuilds) before he gave up on it. Then again, the damage was originally created by him (and his angry foot). Very sad.

    My wife's 2003 FWD has been going great - since we got it 5 years ago. Yes. It needed new front wheel bearings and new front brake rotors (which are normal wear / tear items on this front end heavy weight vehicle) but in all, our 2003 FWD RDV has been a very reliable vehicle. This morning, our 2003 FWD RDV (CX - basic design) vehicle passed its E-Test with flying colors. The mechanic who did its E-Test kept commenting on how nice our 2003 FWD RDV looked. And, how he wished he had an RDV for himself (and his family).

    Long post short... If have still "quality is still solid" faith in your 2006 RDV, it still looks great, it still "feels great" and your mechanic says it still looks great (from his professional eye), then perhaps keeping your 2006 RDV is a good idea. So far, I'm glad we have our 2003 FWD RDV. To me, the RDV is a good "run about" vehicle. Especially for a family of 4 - who like space inside and out.

    Hope this helps - some how....

  • Hi -
    I have a 2003 CSX with 60,000 miles on it. I still love it. Yes, it had its BCM replaced, had "groaning" from the rear end (which was solved by proper changing of the fluid in the rear traction control) and one window regulator replaced...but its a 7 year old car! Of course the odd item here and there is going to need replacing, just like any other car. But I've also changed my oil every 3000 miles like clockwork, changed the air filters regularly etc. etc. Not only to keep it running smoothly, but so my mechanic gets a look-see now and again and can catch any small things before they become big headaches.

    I've used my Rondy as a moving van to move an entire household - twice! I've made multiple trips up and down the California coast, I've hauled sports equipment, carloads of kids to name it. And I've always felt safe and secure merging on and off the freeways. Ok, I'll admit, the gas mileage is nothing to write home about, but otherwise, I'm sticking with my Rondy! Hope this helps!
  • Just wanted to ask you veteran rondy owners what you think,and maybe what to watch out for on our 06 rendezvous?.Its the 3.6 liter,and has 59,000.Feedback please.
  • yuli1yuli1 Posts: 4
    Thanks a lot for your comments.
  • yuli1yuli1 Posts: 4
    As a matter of fact I am suprised you are not happy with your gas milege.
    Mine is just amazing better than any car I have owned.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    Actually, I'm NOT "very impressed" with the MPGs in my wife's 2003 FWD RDV either. Actually, our mini-van with 2.9L VVT engine gets better MPGs - and its got a larger size engine. Before buying her pre-owned RDV, the sales guy said it would get 32 mpg. Being idiots, we believed him. (lesson learned). In reality, our RDV might get 16-18 mpgs in the city and 22-24 mpgs on the fast hiway. Being a heavy weight vehicle, I suppose this is "ok" MPGs but in reality, its MPG doesn't come close to GM's printed value. Especially in city stop/go traffic. but for a local "run about" vehicle used for grocery and short distance trips, 16 to 22 mpgs is acceptable - for this weight of vehicle. But if doing long distance trips, I'd probably trade my wife's RDV in for a lighter weight vehicle (that get's better MPGs).

    Hope this helps as well....

  • cagencagen Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    Vehicle shimmy's (sometimes) when turning steering wheel to back out of parking space. Also, occasionally, feels like the front wheels slip and then grab as if on a slick spot when accelerating and turning from a stop. Transmission fluid is ok and brake pads are ok. Any thoughts as to what the problem might be?

    2004 Buick Rendezvous CX---83,000 miles
  • beauc1beauc1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002. The compressor which is used for the suspension has become excessively loud and runs much too frequently. It seems that the system has a leak? Any info would be much appreciated.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    Either front end alignment problems or front wheel bearings or perhaps both? Best to have a professional auto shop investigate.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
    I see its been 15 months since I posted my above inquire.

    So far, our 2003 RDV is treating us great. No unexpected technical problems / repairs. re: She still "starts and drives" like the day we bought her - from our local used auto dealer.
  • Just went to have my inspection and the technician plugged the handheld device into the OBD II port and said it was not 'working'. Said that the device wouldnt even activate. She said it could be a fuse, pulled the fuse identified as the emissions fuse and it looks to be ok (not blown). I read on some GM cars that the OBD II port can also be connected to the fuse for the Cig Lighter. Could this be the case? I didn't check that fuse yet.

    Of course, this is a lady who sits at a convenience store all day just going through the motions of emissions testing so I don't have a lot of faith in her knowledge and skills. It has worked fine that past few years with an inspection. Not really sure what else it could be. Any other ideas?
  • I'm trying to decide whether I should sell my 2002 Buick Rendezous. It has been a good car with little problems. We still owe about $4700, which is also its kbb value so we would most likely break even on the car. In order to purchase a another vehicle I would have to take out another loan. With only 2.5 years left on the RDV loan I am considering keeping the car but with such high miles (150k) I'm not sure its reliable and we can't afford to make any major repairs. My husband thinks we should sell but I don't want to take on more debt and the kind of car we could get for $4700 probably won't be all that reliable for me and my kids either. Any advice?
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Just my 2 cents. Back in 2007, I let my zero-problems @ 50K 2004 leased Rondy go. I've regretted it ever since. Not only was it the most useful, reliable vehicle I've ever owned, there was, and still is, no real replacement available in the new car market. Small on the outside, huge [=Tahoe] on the inside; good on gas [I averaged 22mpg; over 30mpg on the road] and full of Buick current RAV4 doesn't come close.
  • My 2003 Rhondy CXL has 75,000 and its still going strong. Gets me to where I need to go safe and sound every time. Just do your due diligence with oil changes and the like and enjoy the lower cost of your insurance vs. a new car. For me, it doesn't make sense to get into debt again when I've got a perfectly good car now.
    On the other hand, if you have about $8000, you can get a decent newer model used car. In the past 2 years, I've gotten two cars from AutoTrader for my two kids - a 2008 PT Cruiser with 17,000 miles and then a 2006 Saturn Ion with 12,000 miles. Both have been great and got them both under $8000 including taxes and fees. But you have to be patient and look at the website everyday to see what comes up for sale. (Of course, neither of those cars is as roomy and solid as my Rhondy).
    So, overall I think you should stick with your faithful Rhondy ....but it can't hurt to keep your eyes peeled for a good deal in the meantime. Good luck!
  • I am a little confused. My 2002 Rendezvous gear shift is on the steering wheel(automatic tranny) How is this close to the center console?
  • cdyoung1cdyoung1 Posts: 3
    A perfectly good 2005 Rendezvous with 80K suddenly melted electrical wiring from the cigarette lighter through the dashboard, fuse ultimately blew but the car's electric wiring under the dash is severely melted. The car has been basically good for 7 years, replaced hubs, bearings and wiring to all wheel drive. Anyone experience the burnt wiring? Why did the fuse take so long to kick in?
  • cdyoung1cdyoung1 Posts: 3
    Well folks my seven year old Rendezvous is looking at $2500 in costs at the dealer to replace the burnt wiring I had nothing to do with. ANY TIPS? HAS anyone had this problem and been able to get Buick to pay for part of the bill??? :confuse:
  • p8787p8787 Posts: 3
    im looking for a sway bar for a 2002 rdv. all wheel drive. would you know anywhere or anyone tht has it?
  • Wow, 6 yrs later n here I'am having this same issue.
    Don't knw if u guys still visit this website but, i sure do hope so.
    Just wondering if anyone ever found a solution... I have the exact same problem as @ragerrl...
  • Same issues began to run hot so I replaced thermostat and flushed system. No visable leaks. But I keep getting air in system I bleed air out and it runs fine for a while. Start it back up a couple hours later and it does the same thing. Someday I can drive it 35 miles to work and it will do fine after It overheats and I bleed air out. No smoke from tail pipe or coolant in oil either.
  • jhapp1990jhapp1990 Posts: 2
    Okay so I am new to this site as far as posting. I am in quite the pickle with my wife's 2002 Buick Rendezvous CXL. It blew a head gasket about a year ago and I got a motor for it. I installed the motor and engine wiring harness just fine. I thought. Then I noticed that the ground wires are not hooked up to anything and are missing there clamps. Do I found a rendezvous that was being parted out and obtained a wiring harness. Now, my problem lies here: I took the old harness out without marking where stuff plugs in at. I have the alldata for this car but I just cannot understand the wiring diagrams and I need pics of how to route the harness in the engine bay. Can someone please assist me here? We absolutely must have a second vehicle as soon as possible. I would love descriptive pics of how to hook up harness...I will add photos in the morning.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,503
    One option is to get the factory service manual for the Rendezvous. This will have explicit instructions for connections on the various components on the engine with diagrams. The closest I can find is the
    2001 Rendezvous manual set on Ebay for $65 including slow media mail shipping. I would guess for 10-15 more dollars the books go into a medium size USPS mail box for expedited delivery-Priority Mail, where weight doesn't matter.

    Or buy them if available from

    The same diagrams should be in AllData, but I'm not certain that they are. I've used
    Alldata free at my public library and found it arranged differently. More organized toward
    helping mechanics troubleshoot and diagnose.

    Some limited diagrams show individual components connections on websites,
    but are difficult to navigate and find.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

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