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#1094 of 2539 RE: AC Condenser [jay14]
Jun 29, 2005 (10:00 am)
Go to the regular edmunds RDV forum and start reading at post #3955.This RDV owner was from Canada.
buickrdv02, "Buick Rendezvous" #3955, 9 Jun 2005 2:58 pm
Earlier this year I was at a large midwest Buick dealer and a salesman there said that the #1 problem for 2002 model RDV's sold there was failing AC condensors.Buick knows theres a condensor problem and theres a service bulletin about it.Your dealer sounds about like mine.No matter what the problem is they've never heard about it before.GM customer relations is lying if they say they know nothing about 2002 RDV AC condensor failure.
Just go back and read all the Buick RDV posts on edmunds and you will see that quite a few RDV owners that have lost an AC condensor.Print all these posts off and show your local Buick dealer.jk27 that posts on here got Buick to stand his AC condensor after it was out of factory warranty.
Do a google or askjeeves web search for Buick Rendezvous AC condensor failure.It will turn up more than just whats on edmunds.
#1095 of 2539 Beyond Depreciation
Jun 29, 2005 (3:44 pm)
I have posted my story here. I had an '02 RDV that was a nightmare and after a month without a car and fighting with Buick, the dealership, and GM I was "helped" into an '05 RDV which I hate.
Today I took the '05 to a non GM dealership to see about getting out of this nightmare and was SHOCKED at what I was offered for the trade in, $16,000.
This is for a car that only has 2000 miles on it and that had a sticker price of $35,000.
Someone on here said they were offered $10,000 for their '02. I would take that and run!
Every car I have ever owned has been a GM car but after the way I was treated I have sworn that I will never buy a GM product again and I really wanted out of this car but $16,000 isn't going to cut it. I'm trying to resign myself that I'm stuck until I pay it off or win the lotto.
#1096 of 2539 Re: Beyond Depreciation [ckinny]
Jun 29, 2005 (9:36 pm)
Sad to say but RDV trade in values are pretty poor these days.We were very fortunate to find a Toyota dealer that would give us $4,000 more trade in than any other dealer would on our 2002 CXL.I dont know where you live but I could give you the name of this dealer.If it werent for them we'd still be stuck with our 2002 CXL but we would have bought an extended warranty for it.
Our local Ford dealer recently had a problem 2002 CX RDV traded in and its already gone..It visited our local Buick dealer quite often.We were recently in a large town 60 miles to the south and the Toyota dealer had a low mile 2002 CXL AWD on the lot and the Honda dealer had a low mile 2002 CXL AWD on their lot.I guess some are biting the bullet and getting rid of them.
I'm kind of like you.I've been loyal GM for almost 30 years and love my Buick Regals to death but I've probably bought my last GM product.
Jun 30, 2005 (8:38 am)
I would like to share with you my experiences with a 2002 RDV CX that I purchased in July 2001. I took a risk knowing it was a new model with no reviews whatsoever.
I have traded the RDV last night for something else and will miss some aspect of it.
-Oil Life indicator
-Low washer indicator
Follows are problems experienced under warranty
-I had installed a remote car starter. Installer could not install has it keep blowing the remote start unit.
-Different installer, worked for a few months, then BAM, BCM failure. At the request of Dealer, remote starter was removed and BMC replaced.
-Asked the dealer if they had a recommended installer and asked the Service Guy if itís safe for me to try the recommended installer. Followed his advice and a few months later, BAM, BMC failure.
-I have since then have it removed and gave up on the remote start..
-About once every six months, the Lock/Wrench indicator comes on. That means no power door/windows/radio. Shutting off the engine for a minute, it reset itself.
-Occasionally, shifting to park will not cause the door to auto unlock.
-Last week, shifting to park will not cause the door to auto unlock, the car radio indicated 12:00. The same day for no reason the car would not start. I always have a booster pack on hand and saved my but a few times. Since this episode, all is well.
Follows are items that I find unacceptable for the first three years in the life of a vehicle.
-Wind noise leak, front right door. I had it repair under warranty. Of course when the warranty expired I had to pay for body work because structurally the door hinge support had to be redone.
-Front well bearing replace about one a year? This is not a good thing. Under warranty
-Wiper controller, under warranty
-Water leak inside left real lens of brake light, it would fill up like a glass of water until the water reached the bulb and blow. I have silicone the thing and it appeared fixed.
-Last nigh, the car now has a fait whistle noise.
-Interior heat thermostat control. In order to ensure I have full heat, I must slowly turn the knob from Hot(right) slowly turn the knob towards the center until I hear a POP sound then I can put it back full right and get full heat.
-The first year, the heater/flan blower started to vibrate and I could feel it quite pronounced in the steering well. Under warranty.
-Had the replace my car battery after 3 years. This is not good.
-Interior Radio Clock loses time
-Horn location, visibility on steering well, makes it difficult, press hard.
-Front suspension single audible knock when vehicle starts moving. Out of warranty.
-Key ring Plastic Remote break. Used glue to re attached.
-Driver, lumbar knob keeps falling off.
Over all I am displeased with GM. My last three vehicles when GM and now moving to the other side. The fact that they are in financial difficulty does not inspire confidence either.
#1099 of 2539 maintenance question
Jul 01, 2005 (9:18 am)
We have a 2003 Rendezvous cxl. The dealer offers free tires for life as long as you have dealer change oil/lube every 3,000 mi. and rotate tires every 6,000. This turns out to be more trouble than worth. We now have 44,000 mi and recently got new tires. The dealer did not want to provide as they said I was over on some oil changes and/or rotations (overage was negligible). I informed them that I was told emphatically by the salesman that as long as the oil change/rotation record was close to recommended mileage that it was no big deal and I felt that this was simply a sales gimmick and now they were trying to get out of it any way they could. Unless you have oil changed and tires rotated early (which is crazy because oil doesn't even need changing at 3,000 miles--all mechanics I know say up to 6,000 mi. is fine). Anyway, to make a long story shorter, after I told serv. mgr. that I was a reasonable person but I was extremely unhappy with this and would discuss it with the dealership owner/mgr. she finally asked if I would be happy with free tires if I paid for installation and balance ($48.). I told her that I would do that but I still wasn't happy. At this point we are staying close to schedule and will try it for next tires but that's it--after that we're going to Jiffy Lube!
However, my main concern is that every time I have the RDV in for service, they come out with something else (always expensive) that I really should take care of right away. At 38,000 miles, I was told that if I did not have the fuel line serviced I was in for major problems. They also said the transmission needed service to include flushing the transmission (the fluid was "brackish" and it should be "cherry red." Both of these come to $500. I did have the fuel line service done (now I wish I had not) for $250 and said I would hold off on the transmission service. Today I was in for service and was reminded I still need transmission service and need new air filters (one he said was cleaning air inside the vehicle). At this rate, Maintenance costs will overtake the cost of a major engine or transmission repair soon. If fuel line and transmission service are required every 40,000 miles, I'd be better off to take my chances of a major problem later!!?? Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
#1100 of 2539 Re: maintenance question [mack2099]
Jul 01, 2005 (10:07 am)
You didn't think those tires really were "free" did you? You pay for them with all the extra service.
I would have the engine air filter changed. Just changed mine on 3800 engine at 30K. I would have the trans fluid changed with a new filter by dropping the pan. I would have the cabin air filter changed. Those filters you can do yourself. I recommend Purolator filters from PepBoys or Advance Auto, etc.
I'd forget their tires and buy my own from a Michelin dealer or whatever you prefer when you need the next set. You'll probably save money.
#1101 of 2539 Re: Wheel Bearings [regalluvr2]
Jul 04, 2005 (3:03 am)
I used to love my rendezvous, and we bough gmc because we like to buy domestic...but no more....
Here are the problems so far with my 2002 rendezvous...
both front wheel bearings, leaking gasket, bubbling paint on hood, wind noise on drivers side door, ac condenser gone, brakes gone, electrical system sometimes locks up, needed to flush transmission....all this and i'm still paying for the car too! Has anyone had any success getting gm to do anything about the crap they are selling?
#1102 of 2539 Re: AC Condenser [atstpier]
Jul 06, 2005 (1:25 pm)
I have the same problem with my 2002 RDV with ~64k miles. When did you talk with Buick, after the repair was completed or before it was completed? I can see from reviewing these boards all day that I'm in for a fight with my dealership who denied any knowledge of an A/C problem when I called anonymously at which point I decided to do some research before scheduling an appointment. Thanks.
#1103 of 2539 The rest of the story
Jul 07, 2005 (6:12 am)
For those of you who have posted the information on the BBB autoline, you haven't been listening to most of the victims here. That resource is limited to 15 months and/or less that 15,000 miles. Most people are stalled by the dealership with problems until after the warrantee peroid of 36,000 miles/ 3 years. Also the arbitration process is not really a winning solution since GM bases the life of the vehile at 100,000 miles and you are prorated on usage fees at the time of arbitration. On a 2000 Olds Intrigue of less than 1 year I had to pay $4600.00 in usage fees just to be awarded a replacement lemon. Problems with my Rendezvous (I know 2 other people with similar problems)....transmission failure, wheel bearings, window regulators, brakes, heating/ac problems, just too many too remember. Everyone here should go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ and click on "Here's How To File a Complaint About Your Vehicle Right Now", have your vin# and mileage handy. Maybe we as a group can get something done!!! MAD IN MARYLAND