2nd Aug 2006, 09:08
I bought my Rendezvous CXL Versatrac in Jan. 2002 for 41.000, thinking I bought a good car.
Up to now:
Fuel tank sender renewed,
Complete brake system
Rust on hood
Board computer lights go wild
ABS not working correct
And dealer says ; sorry, but you have to pay
DON'T BUY A RENDEZVOUS. This is a serious warning!
4th Aug 2006, 16:34
2002 Buick Rendezvous
Front driver's side wheel bearing replaced for 385.00 today.
Shop told me they are fixing them frequently and most drivers of these cars trade by 60,000 miles.
5th Aug 2006, 21:58
We bought a 2002 CXL AWD Rendezvous with 36K miles on it 3 yrs ago - wish this website had been available then! Both front wheel bearings, drivers side door doesn't open or close correctly, the chrome wheels are peeling, brakes twice - front rotors warped AGAIN - A/C condensor (found an aftermarket place - Radiatorworld I think was the website) They were less than 1/2 half the dealership price for parts and a local repair ship installed it - total was way less than 1/2 of what the Buick dealership wanted. Now the paint on the hood has started to blister along the back edge - looks as though a seem wasn't sealed at the factory. Now I also have a squeal in the power steering and a knock in the left front when I turn under braking. What a piece of junk. I spoke with customer service at GM and they don't give a rats ***. It is amazing to me that with the number of complaints that have been made that GM acts blind to the situation - I am all for a class action suit against them.
11th Aug 2006, 11:54
I bought the 'Vous used and got a great deal (should have been my first clue) because it had high mileage. I thought that it was discounted because of the mileage being high... guess not! The first time I turned on the air, it didn't work. Took it back to Buick dealership and they replaced the condenser... they felt bad and covered half of the $1000 bill. It still doesn't blow hard enough to cool the car. I was told that the reason was because the head gasket needed to be replaced. Had to spend $1300 in January to replace the head gasket. I've been considering getting rid of it, but I really like the interior roominess and the comfort of the vehicle. After reading all other comments...I'll probably trade it in on a Saturn Vue. I would participate in a class action suit.
16th Aug 2006, 09:18
The comments here only confirm my experience with 2002 Buick Rendezvous CXL. I paid close to $48,000 with almost all the options, and now have paid more than $4,000 for repairs last month alone. AC condenser craked, engine gasket cracked and coolant leaked. yesterday, AWD disable warning came up so I went to the dealer, guess what? another $650. The GM dealer even said that it was a defective part, nothing that drivers of this car could have caused, because it was a computer part on the front right wheel.
NEVER BUY RENDEZVOUS!
9th Sep 2006, 16:14
As others, I really wish that I read this web site before I bought my 2002 CXL last year. I was choosing between a Lexus RX 300 and this car. I choose the Buick for several reasons 1. the cost 2. It had more bells and whistles for the money I was spending. 3. The room. First I would like to say I LOVE MY CAR, but I HATE ALL THE PROBLEMS.
Boy do I regret buying the car now. I have experienced all the same problems as everyone else. But thankfully, I did buy the extended warranty and do not have a lot of money out of pocket. -- Maybe around $400.00.
First week home the computer had to be replaced. 2 months later the intake manifold had to be replaced. 5 months later a/c problems. 4 months after that - the sensor for the digital display which tells you the temp in external and internal went bad. Month after that Back end starts to moan dealer said the back end fluid had to be replaced and probably should every 30,000 miles (I looked in my manual it does not mention this as maintenance anywhere) - replacing the back end fluid cost me $260.00. Another month goes by and I am now getting water in the tail lights. They want $500.00 to do this. I did not have this replaced yet because the warranty will not cover this because it is considered a water leak.
I am trying to convince my husband to trade it in now, but he won't because we still owe 4 more years on it. But I don't feel it will last that long.
Class action suit sounds good too me.
My only recommendation to anyone is who looking at these cars in to run the other way (don't walk RUN)
11th Sep 2006, 23:02
I hear your pain. I went thru the same thing and owed $15,000 and I decided to trade it in for a Toyota. I took a loss of $9000 but now I don't have to deal with the problems that the Rendezvous had. Getting rid of it will solve your problems as it did mine. I can rest in peace now.
14th Sep 2006, 08:20
Did anyone else get the notice around September 10, 2006, that because of the wheel bearing issue, (they are not calling it a recall), the warranty for the 2002 Rendezvous wheel bearing is being extended to 5 years or 60,000 miles? I was over 60,000 miles when I had to pay for my repairs, but you might be able to get reimbursement from Buick if you meet their guidelines.
16th Sep 2006, 13:56
I just purchased a 2002 Buick Rendezvous... the company I financed it through purchased a 2 year warranty for me. After reading pages and pages of other comments on this vehicle.. I am now a little worried.
I think I made a huge mistake... It took several visits to get me to walk out of the dealership with a smile.
Again after reading this website, I am extremely worried.
It has been a month and the brakes are squeaking.. I told the dealership I purchased the car from and they said "the car has been sitting a while, just wash the brakes".
With my previous car I was able to use the recycle air feature, and the air would blow just as cold as if the A/C was on. With the Buick Rendezvous, I have to have the A/C on constantly.
The car has 53,000 miles on it, I purchased it for 9,000 + financing 6,000. Which totals $15,000.00.
21st Sep 2006, 12:43
I bought my Rendezvous in 2003 new. I have to say it has been the most reliable car I've owned. The rear tailgate handle has torn off and yes my wheel bearings are going on me, but otherwise I haven't had any problems. Maybe I got lucky since some of these posts are pretty scary. It seems the 2002 models had more problems, perhaps they corrected some of those after the inital year. My lease is up in march 2007, and I'm gonna keep it as long as it behaves through the winter.