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#4236 of 4284 Buick Rendezvous left front wheel speed sensor wire harness needs replaced
Jul 09, 2008 (1:57 pm)
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.
#4237 of 4284 Re: Starts with a paperclip! [valron]
Sep 12, 2008 (10:47 am)
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.
#4238 of 4284 Re: Looking for current owners thoughts/opinions [rkon2]
Sep 13, 2008 (6:05 am)
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....
#4239 of 4284 ''04 RDV The best ever?
Sep 13, 2008 (7:08 am)
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.
#4240 of 4284 rear bumper sensors
Sep 18, 2008 (3:39 pm)
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
#4241 of 4284 2005 CX AWD?
Oct 06, 2008 (5:22 pm)
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?
#4242 of 4284 Re: 2005 CX AWD? [tnes]
Oct 06, 2008 (6:18 pm)
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.
#4243 of 4284 Re: 2005 CX AWD? [tnes]
Oct 07, 2008 (4:10 am)
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.
#4244 of 4284 Broken timing chain
Oct 14, 2008 (7:15 am)
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.
#4245 of 4284 RDV seats and engine swap.
Oct 18, 2008 (11:12 am)
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.