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#1329 of 2539 Manifold Gasket and Wheel Bearing Issues
Feb 02, 2006 (5:05 am)
Good morning owners:
I an in Toronto, Canada.
I do not own a Rendezvous, but my sister has. Big issues with this vehicle.
First, manifold gasket systemic problem with GM Pontiacs and Buicks. My 2000 Pontiac Montana had a gasket failure in 2005, caught it early and got dealer to fix and pay - under the goodwill - it sure helped that I printed off pages from these boards. It intimidated the dealer and empowered me.
This same issue happens to the Rend - so DON'T PAY FOR IT.
Second, my sisters 2003 Rend has had the 2 front wheel bearings fail within the last month. This is also a systemic problem - as my sister is very forceful - she did not pay the $500 cost X 2. Yesterday when the 2nd bearing was being replaced - she spoke to 4 of the folks in the waiting room - all Rend owners and all in for wheel bearings. Interesting. She also got them together with her and none of them paid - WOW
I am quite fed up with the crap vehicles made today - I have a 1988, yes 88, Mazda MX6 standard with 320,000 miles on it and not a moments trouble - ever. Just routine maintenance - that is what I expect.
Fight for your entitlement to a reasonable vehicle
#1330 of 2539 AWD Disabled
Feb 02, 2006 (6:09 am)
Exactly 7 minutes after starting my car, the check engine light and AWD Disabled comes on (along with the constant dinging noise). The dealer hooked it up to his special machine and told us that it needed a new computer or sensor. The part is over $600 (probably $800 with labor, etc). However, I noticed that if I open and close my rear hatch, the check engine (AWD Disabled) does not occur.
#1331 of 2539 Flickering Lights
Feb 02, 2006 (8:57 am)
I have never posted before, but have read the boards for quite some time. I have an 03 Rendezvous with 38K miles and have never had problems before. This week I've started noticing that the interior, dashboard and head lights are flickering and getting worse each day. Anyone know what causes this? I'm hoping it's my battery but am afraid it's going to be something worse than that.
#1332 of 2539 Re: Manifold Gasket and Wheel Bearing Issues [nascarqueen24]
Feb 03, 2006 (7:40 pm)
You and your sister sound like some gutsy women and I'd sure want you both on my side.
I applaud you and your sister in getting GM to stand the intake gasket and wheel bearings.They should be doing this for everyone.Stuff like this just shouldnt be failing until well after 100,000 miles.
Its amazing that 4 people would all be in at once for RDV wheel bearings.I've always said that its a far greater problem than some on here want to admit.
My 1991 Buick Regal Limited has nearly 160,000 miles on it and has only had a power window motor,an alternator,and a fuel pump.If our 2002 RDV CXL had been this good we'd still own it.
#1333 of 2539 Low Tire Warning
Feb 07, 2006 (11:27 am)
My 2004 RDV CXL has developed a problem with the low tire warning. It has come on over 20 times without any tire having any low pressure. The warning happens on smooth and straight Interstate Highways. After being reset, enerything is fine for hours, days, or weeks. The dealer says no codes are stored and everything checks out ok.
Buick says that there is nothing they can do until they see a failure or a code is stored.
My concern (other than the anxiety experienced when the warning suddenly appears) is that if I really do have a dangerously low tire, I will just ignore the warning and have a tire fail causing an accident.
Has anyone experienced this problem?
#1334 of 2539 Re: Flickering Lights [yangkee]
Feb 09, 2006 (11:30 am)
You're not alone as I had this problem. I thought it may be the factory battery and replaced it about 3 years into the life of the car. With the new battery, the flickering remained. It didn't happen all the time but I still caught it by the corners of my eye when it does. About a month back it finally left me stranded at night after I came to a stop and put it in park. Completely no electricty - not even the clock.
The next morning I had a mechanic come out who was familiar with GM cars. He said most likely the battery connector wasn't tightened enough. All he did was tightened the connector and all the electricity was back and I could start up my car. He said the connector (the negative terminal) tends to be not correctly tightened - even in the factory. Which means my original battery was still good. He showed me the connector head with blackened spark marks from the loose connector sparking whenever it came back in contact with the battery terminal.
So tighten your negative terminal connector and hopefully it should fix your flickering.
#1335 of 2539 Missing brake pad clip for 2002 RDV CX
Feb 09, 2006 (3:08 pm)
Does anyone know where I can locate at least 1 brake pad clip for the front brakes of the RDV? I changed my brakes pads and rotors and noticed I was missing one of the factory clip from the bracket that holds the pads in place. I can't find them anywhere. The dealership says they have them, but I have to buy new pads to get them . Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
#1336 of 2539 Re: SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM - ANTI LOCK BRAKES [trturnerski]
Feb 10, 2006 (8:46 am)
I've had 4 bcm modules, the original which was replaced under warranty twice and the fourth which I paid for and has worked fo the last 75 thousand miles.
I think I now need to have my wheel bearings replaced and I also am slowly losing coolant.
I do have 115k on my rendezvous though.
#1337 of 2539 Re: Manifold Gasket and Wheel Bearing Issues [nascarqueen24]
Feb 10, 2006 (9:01 am)
My vous has 115k on it. I have had 4 BCM modules with the last one lasting 75k (thank god).
I'm also slowly losing coolent and I think a wheel bearing is going bad. Also had the radio replaced under warranty and the new one has worked fine.
The leaking coolant could be a result of a low speed front end impact I had about 1 year ago which may have slightly messed up a gasket or two.
I also replaced the crap uniroyals with michelins at 45 K and they have been great as I have 70k on the tires and they are still going.
I recently replaced the driver's side power window switch. The part cost $107 US. Note to all. This switch is very easy to replace yourselves and can be done with 2 screwdrivers.
You pry up the switch console and it lifts right up. You pry off the switch module. You push on a few tabs to disconnect the electrical. (Before doing this, make sure you have waited until the electronics shut off the electricity to the switches which is usually a minute or so after you shut off the car. Test by pushing on a good switch.).
Installation is just snapping stuff back into place without tools.
In spite of all this, I still like the car as the gas mileage is not bad, the AWD has been useful, the purchase price was low, the ride has been comfortable, the visibilty is excellent and that has saved my bacon more than once due to other idiot drivers, and the car handles decently.
I wish they would build it better though.
I think the visibility is somewhat less in the ranier and the lucerne. You can probably get used to it, but I like seeing out the front of the vous.
#1338 of 2539 Re: Flickering Lights [yangkee]
Feb 10, 2006 (9:05 am)
dollars to doughnuts, you need a new BCM module as mine did the same.
I hope you get a good one for a replacement as they can last anywhere from 3000 to 70000 miles by my experience.