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#144 of 155 2002 RVD / 48K - Looks great! w/ some problems
Sep 01, 2010 (4:34 am)
Well, I just bought a 2002 RVD CXL with 48K 7,500. I test drove it and the ride was nice. The interior is very nice, the leather seats were well taken care of. I bought it from a hyundai dealer, a few days later I get the check engine and they fixed it at no cost. It needed to have the Air pump replaced. I picked it up and noticed some vibrations on the break pedal, I had to bring it back b/c it was doing it too frequent. Right now I'm waiting from their reply, I will keep you guys updated though.
According to the info displayed in the dashboard, it's only giving me average 14 mpg!!!!! I read that some of RVD owners changed to K&N Filter and this noticitibly helped in the mpg, so I will try that sometime this week. Do you think I need to replace other parts in order to improve the mpgs? Thanks a lot
#145 of 155 Re: 2002 RVD / 48K - Looks great! w/ some problems [rvrsd]
Sep 01, 2010 (7:02 am)
Good luck, the milage is the least of your problems, I would not worry about that.
The bigest problem is that you "bought it" in the first place.
The next to go will be your AC, ($2000) and then probably your front power window motors, then some tie rods, the gaskets leak due to the Dex Cool (class action suit over), the head gaskets will start to leak around 75,000mls, mine blew up at 84,000 miles and my new heads were $2700. Buick said "tough" you have too many miles.
Now my AWD light has been on for months, my power lock break lights are on, and the sensors are $700.
The gasket under the head is leaking, and now the Torque convertor is stuck open, its overheating, and I just replaced the pcc solenoid, and now the Tcc solenoid is gone, and the car is at the shop and will not run.
I had to have it towed 65 miles on I64 back to Lexington when it stopped running.
I am buying a new car this weekend, it will not be an American car, (the Rendevous was made in Mexico), and I am salvageding the Buick, or donating it to the Fire Dept.
I want to watch it burn.
Get rid of it, do not wait till you are upside down in repair costs that you can't even afford another car, like me.
#146 of 155 Re: 2002 RVD / 48K - Looks great! w/ some problems [juliaom]
Sep 01, 2010 (7:10 am)
Wow... scary... I hope I dont go through that. I bought the extra powertrain warranty I hope the major problems happen within the next 3 years or 36,000 miles. By the way I think it has already started, the passenger's power window makes a squeaky noise when bring it back up. gggrrrr
#147 of 155 Re: 2002 RVD / 48K - Looks great! w/ some problems [rvrsd]
Sep 08, 2010 (8:09 am)
If I were you, I would cut back on the groceries and save for all your future RDV repairs.
Bless the Lord and the Nissan Dealer, I AM FREE. I traded that RDV in this weekend, bought a Nissan Murano 2007, dealer was wonderful in Richmond, KY and I love the way it drives, like a sports car.
I am really broke but its worth it, maybe I will have a monthly cash flow now that I am rid of the RDV. Go drive a Murano, and trade that RDV in today or you will live to regret it.
#149 of 155 2005 bruick rendezvous
Jan 25, 2011 (11:16 am)
I am looking at buying a used 2005 with 75000 miles awd. Please tell me experiences that others have had and you feel about that yr bruick.
#150 of 155 Re: Rocker arm bolt pull-out [brithor52]
Mar 16, 2012 (7:01 pm)
I have had the same problem with my 2003 CXL. I was on the highway, got on it, and my car started knocking and missing terribly. I talked to several mechanics and they said that there was no way to tell with either one, replacing random parts or two, tearing into the engine. I had a compression test done, and I took it to my mechanic and he said the the rocker arm assembly, on cylinder 3, had stripped and fallen into the bottom of the motor. He used a magnet and pulled out the parts, and replaced the rocker arm assembly with a new one with a longer bolt. He fixed it and a few months later, the same thing happened on cylinder 2. We took it back to him and he fixed it again. We had him check all of the cylinders to make sure it was not going to happen again.
#151 of 155 Re: Rocker arm bolt pull-out [jordand]
Mar 17, 2012 (6:03 pm)
Dude, there is no way your mechanic can tell if it is going to happen to more cylinders. So far I guess it has only happened to the cyls on the front bank. Otherwise your mechanic would not be fixing them so easily. A longer bolt is not the way to go. a heli-coil is the only permanent fix that will also make it stronger than it was originally. If it happens to a cyl on the back bank you are in a world of crap. As I probably stated in my original post, you need to drop the engine and do all 12 bolts. Or, if possible do the pull engine forward trick to get to the back bank. Since my car was done nearly a year and a half ago, no problems and it seems to pull harder and stronger than ever. Good luck.
#153 of 155 Engines for 2003 Buick Rendezvous
Mar 24, 2012 (9:09 am)
Are there any types of other engines I can put in her to make it faster. I don't know why i just want to an idea of all the crazy things i can do with it.