2002 Buick Rendezvous from North America


Vehicle was fine, except for the fire


Vehicle caught fire while driving. No other major problems with the vehicle during the three years I owned it.

General Comments:

Vehicle had lots of room. It was comfortable on long trips. Lots of head room for tall people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2010

26th Mar 2010, 09:15

- I'm glad that you used your head & got rid of the deathtrap before it killed you!!!

2002 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L V6 from North America


I'm pleased as punch with the fact that the most expensive parts don't seem to be problematic


Display warns of multiple problems at various times, but have come to the conclusion that they simply aren't reliable, and I must get a little old school and do my routine vehicle diagnostics myself, and pay close attention to what is going on at all times without so-called computer assistance.

General Comments:

Just purchased a used one. Upon reviewing and researching however, it appears that I should start scouring salvage yards and find myself a parts vehicle. I'm going to continue checking into information on its potential problems.

It appears that this vehicle is solid as far as engine, transmission, and drivetrain are concerned, not to mention its aesthetic appeal and driving/riding comfort. It seems that the negative issues primarily deal with small, piddly nuisances that may not hinder driving or performance, so much as simply cheapen the would-be pleasantries of the overall package it is supposed to represent.

I'm glad I bought this car now, and feel I got a fair deal. I would not have been pleased had I paid the price of a new one and later discovered these problems, but with a good heads-up now, I should just start preparing for these small things, and be thankful that the essentials of its driveability appear to have stood up and proven reliable thus far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th March, 2010

2002 Buick Rendezvous from North America


It is nice to drive, BUT horribly costly with all the repairs!!


This car has been horrible!!

Air conditioning compressor.

Rotors too early.


Gas gauge does not work.

Three (yes I said 3!!!) intake manifold gaskets.

Head gasket.

And I could go on and on.

Anybody have any luck with Buick??

General Comments:

I am a retired GM worker, and hate to admit it with all the problems I have had and continue to have with this car. The dealer repair shop says they all have these problems, and GM is doing nothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2010

7th Mar 2010, 11:41

Try to find a place that can put in an aftermarket rubber intake gasket. The ones from the dealer and factory are made of plastic, and ALWAYS eventually melt.. Whoever designed that needs to go apply for a job at Burger King, because engineering is obviously NOT his forte'!

2002 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L V6 from North America


Potentially dangerous


Car was virtually problem free for the first 40,000kms of ownership. After that, these things went:

Fuel filter broke, leaking out all gas and almost leaving me stranded on the highway. I was able to make it to a small town and jimmy rig a fuel filter from a '60s parts car the fellow had (had a slant 6, filter fit like a glove) and he also gave me gas. (40,000kms)

Shortly after that, I had the Buick taken to the dealership for regular maintenance, they told me the car needed a new battery (it was testing as weak, but I never noticed), no problem, then when I drove it home and looked in the back seat, the old battery was put in the back, UPSIDE DOWN, this leaked battery acid all over the floor. (about 43,000kms).

After that car was trouble free till about 60,000kms, then the traction control light came on, I took it to a mechanic, he said my rear suspension had hairline cracks in it and would need to be replaced, at the tune of $2000! After this my TC never worked again.

Then at 128,000kms, the rear axle broke while I was doing 120km/h on the highway, sparks were flying everywhere and I had to hit the ditch, thank god it was winter and I hit the snow, however the snow was hard packed and the front end was badly damaged, this was the end of the Buick. It was recalled for something in the rear axle, I had it replaced (for free) and it still broke!

General Comments:

Car was bought used in 2002 (it was a 2002 model, made in 2001) with only 19,000kms.

Engine had a lot of power and left anything in the dust; passing power on the highway was superb.

The car was fairly problem free until the things I mentioned went, I feel that the longer I would have kept it, the more things would have broke, and having a rear axle brake on me is unacceptable. This led me not to buy another GM, I paid it $32,000 in 2002, and just had it paid off a year before the accident, it was written off and I got $8,000 back on it. I took it and ran, I would have never got that much trying to sell it myself...

The Buick was also recalled for everything under the sun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2010

28th Feb 2023, 21:21

I own one of these, and while it has not been trouble free, I think a lot of your problems come from having either a bad mechanic and/or a dishonest mechanic. Putting the old battery in your car so that it spills battery acid all over should be a red flag; maybe he or she just hated working on this car so bad they wanted to pour battery acid on it? Also replacing the rear suspension should not disable your traction control unless it was not done properly. I agree with the general sentiment that these cars are not the most reliable from this era, but yours also seems to suffer from indifferent or incompetent care. Poor little Vous' nobody loves you!

2nd Mar 2023, 20:11

The mystery here (from 13 years ago) is: why did the owner still have the old battery, leaking acid in the back seat, after it was replaced? Any dealer/shop that replaced a battery would keep the old one to recycle, not give it back to the customer, upside-down or otherwise.