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#3987 of 4284 Re: No [vanman1]
Jul 07, 2005 (7:34 pm)
I have a 2003 Rendezvous AWD CXL I purchased new in Jan. 2003-now has 27,000 miles. Two weeks ago I experienced transmission failure, 300 miles from home. Buick Dealer there replaced "parts," radiator, water pump, intake manifold, etc. etc. I am still in shock. Supposedly a "part" broke down, transmission fluid mixed with engine coolant. Dealer had car 7 working days, I did have rental car, all covered under warranty. But, I do a lot of traveling and I am not confident of the car. My hometown dealer would not deal (I felt I deserved a bit of a good deal with the experience) with me on a new car.
My concerns: what car is similarly priced with the options I like? Is my car going to last for several years if I keep it? And, I cannot determine what is guaranteed/warrantied at this time?? Did anyone else have similar problems? I thought this car was a keeper!
#3988 of 4284 Re: Air Conditioner Condensor: Paid for by Buick even though out of warrant
Jul 08, 2005 (6:53 pm)
The GM Technical Service Bulletin that covers this problem is 02 01 39 008. If you want a copy of it I can e-mail you a .pdf.
#3989 of 4284 Re: Abnormal MPG? [mstockhowe]
Jul 09, 2005 (6:02 am)
I have an 04 Rndz, purchased at 1500 miles, now has 3300 miles. I, like you, am not happy with the gas mileage. I was told 18/24. I've yet to see 24, and I honestly don't think I'm getting 18. I don't know how to read that "fuel used/instant economy" information center...I can read it..just haven't figured out how it works. It's never right. All I can tell you, is I had a dodge caravan, 3.3 V6 engine, and my gas on that was far better than this vehicle. I know I am at the pumps more often, and if you watch the gas gage, it'll empty out like someone sucking down a soda with a straw! I don't know of any sure way to truly determine what we're getting for mileage other then to take 2 complete fill ups and divide it up, but I will say this...I haven't found the car to downshift on an uphill, but with the AWD, it does certainly "drag" on hill climbing..mine almost feels like it's stopping! I don't know if I helped you, but these are just some thoughts.
#3990 of 4284 Re: Air Conditioner Condensor: Paid for by Buick even though out of warrant
Jul 09, 2005 (8:05 am)
Thanks for the info on a GM service bulletin for the 02 RDV AC condensor problem.I knew one was out there as its been a problem for quite a few RDV owners.
Its real sad when some Buick dealers and some GM customer service reps lie and say that they know nothing about one..I guess they figure they can save GM some money by doing this.Lets have the customer pay an $800 repair bill for a problem that wasnt their fault.It was caused by a faulty GM design.
#3991 of 4284 Re: Abnormal MPG? [gail04]
Jul 13, 2005 (12:24 pm)
I have a new '05 CX that I have put 1200 mi on. Mostly (80%) around town travel. So far I am getting at least 20 mpg average. I say at least 20 because the Driver Info Center "fuel used" reading (which I'm sure is used for the calculation) is constantly high. I never put in as much fuel as it says I used. Does anyone know if this can be calibrated by the dealer?
Regarding the gas gauge, this is just a bad design. By having the gauge sweep over 180 degrees it increases the movement of the gauge. For example, my Olds fuel gauge swept about 90 degrees from empty to fuel, therefore, every gallon of fuel used would move the gauge about 5 degrees. This is at least doubled on the RDV which makes it more noticeable. Also since the fuel tank is arranged in a more front to back orientation, starting, stopping and going up/down hill make a huge difference in the readings. I have seen a variance of as much as 3/8 between parking facing downhill and parking level.
#3992 of 4284 what's wrong??
Jul 16, 2005 (2:49 pm)
My '02 RDV has 32k miles. Overall seems to be okay...but...I experience a problem after driving at highway speeds for a couple of hours. I'll be driving at a high speed for a couple of hours...stop for gas...and then the car will not restart. The car will crank but will not turn over. Then, after a "cool down" wait period of about 30 minutes, the car restarts and I don't have any problems until the next stop. Each time this happens I end up waiting at least 30 minutes before hitting the road again. VERY annoying since I like to hit the road with very little stops. It almost makes me think of some kind of gas vapor lock, but I shouldn't have this on a fairly new car. Took to dealership and since it couldn't be duplicated they couldn't come up with an answer/solution. Any ideas???
#3993 of 4284 Re: Abnormal MPG? [gail04]
Jul 18, 2005 (11:33 am)
I have an '03 RDV AWD with about 60,000 mi. I use it for work, so I keep track of every mile & every gallon of gas for expense purposes. (Don't trust the trip computer, you have to actually record your fuel used and miles driven to acurately figure fuel mileage.)
Over the life of my vehicle, I have averaged 21.5 MPG - in 75% highway/25% city driving. I also have an '02 Town & Country - it gets slightly higher mileage, (but its not an AWD). If your used to driving a mid-sized car that might seem like poor mileage - but its actually very good compared to other SUV's and mini-vans.
Remember, the EPA highway mileage figure is based on driving a constant 55 MPH (the national speed limit when the test was developed). Since nobody drives that speed anymore, the EPA figure is usually unrealistic.
#3994 of 4284 Re: Air Conditioner Condensor: Paid for by Buick even though out of warranty [jk27]
Jul 18, 2005 (6:05 pm)
I have the same issue with my 2002 RDV - A/C condenser leaks. Dealer told my wife who is out of town that it was a $1000 repair job. Vehicle has just under 50K miles. Can you give me any details about service bulletins (specific number or title) that might help and I can go to battle with our local Buick dealer when my wife gets back. Thanks, TK
#3995 of 4284 Re: Air Conditioner Condensor: Paid for by Buick even though out of warranty [tjk]
Jul 19, 2005 (5:58 am)
tfcheek posted this: "The GM Technical Service Bulletin that covers this problem is 02 01 39 008. If you want a copy of it I can e-mail you a .pdf.
#3996 of 4284 Re: Air Conditioner Condensor: Paid for by Buick even though out of warranty [jk27]
Jul 19, 2005 (5:24 pm)
I would really appreciate the pdf of the service bulletin (02 01 39 008). Thank you - tjkinsightbb.com