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#1889 of 2541 2002 Buick AWD Thumping
Dec 06, 2007 (8:41 am)
I recently purchased a 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD. Now that it is getting colder, it has started making a small thumping noise (seemingly from the front passenger side). It happened once when I started it (I think) and a few times when I put it into gear.
I'm not too familiar with AWD vehicles, so my question is... is this the sound an AWD makes as it locks the hubs (does it lock the hubs)? Or, is this something worse?
#1890 of 2541 Re: 2002 Buick AWD Thumping [kristers]
Dec 06, 2007 (9:56 am)
The VERSATRAK system shouldn't make any noise at all and ONLY gets engaged when moving and system detects slippage on one or both front wheels. You only hear the noise when at standstill?
#1891 of 2541 Re: 2002 Buick AWD Thumping [ray80]
Dec 06, 2007 (10:34 am)
I'm going to have to pay more attention again. I think it has only been at a standstill. Also, it doesn't happen every time. I'll add to this ASAP.
#1892 of 2541 Re: 2002 Buick AWD Thumping [kristers]
Dec 07, 2007 (7:36 pm)
I have 02 CXL 267K. Just about everything replaced. The only noise I get when I start is the compressor for the inflation pump in the rear compartment. Thumping when switching into gear sounds tranny related.
#1893 of 2541 major problems with the rendevous 2002
Dec 08, 2007 (4:58 pm)
I have seen a few messages from others sharing woes about their rendevous. I am at the end of my patience with mine. My husband and I bought the suv 3 almost 4 years ago used and for awhile had no problems. Since my husband deployed 11 months ago, the rendevous has been in the shop 6 times!. The first was to replace the head gasket. Then a fuel gauge that kept reading full when the tank was empty. That resulted in a replacment fuel tank because I noticed it was leaking when I brought it home. Then the fuel pump needed to be replaced. I had the 60,000 mile tune up done 5 months ago and now it is in the shop because the transmission is blown and one of the computre chips is fried. I can only thank God that we bought the extended warranty with the vehicle and that all I have paid is the deductible. The warranty company is not happy though. I know this is not normal wear and tear and I know that I have not done anything extreme with this vehicle. I want to know if anyone else has had problems like these and if anyone knows of any recalls on rendevous other than the one about the rear hatch. Thanks
#1894 of 2541 Re: major problems with the rendevous 2002 [tdaustin27]
Dec 08, 2007 (5:21 pm)
There was another recall on wheel bearings but only if you were under 100k KM (60k miles). My bearings have been done 3 times each side. Just wait until the manifold rusts out (if you live in an area that salts the roads in the winter). Also Torque tube (awd) will fail & power steering will groan constantly. Approx another $5k in repairs. You only have just over 60k Miles on her so my advice is to dump it & hopefully you can use the ext warranty as a selling point. Take the loss & move on...
#1895 of 2541 Re: major problems with the rendevous 2002 [exhausted]
Dec 08, 2007 (5:30 pm)
No salt on the roads here. Are deep in the south in Georgia. Have 74,600 on the car and only 400 miles to go til the warranty is gone. The dealership where we bought it has another warranty for $1900 for 2 years or 30,000 mile more, but it does not cover what the mastertech warranty that we have on it nowdoes. As for the power steering groaning, already doing that in tight turns. Maybe I should have that fixed alog with everything else now and rally drive the warranty company nuts!
#1896 of 2541 ABS problem solved
Dec 12, 2007 (11:32 am)
An oil leak had dribbled some oil into the conduit that the ABS harness is in, and I am told that the oil surrounding the wire caused the signal going to the ABS computer to vary (due to resistance), activating the AWD. After cleaning the harness off, the problem went away! go figure
#1897 of 2541 Re: major problems with the rendevous 2002 [tdaustin27]
Dec 14, 2007 (10:39 am)
Sorry to hear of all your problems.Just go back to page 1 on here and start reading forward.You will see every problem known to mankind with the 2002 Buick RDV's.When you get a bad one theres just no end to the problems.At least your wheel bearings havent gone bad yet,
Lots of us licked our wounds and dumped our 2002 Buick RDV's a long time ago.Our 2002 CXL loved to eat BCM's.It turned in to a 2004 Toyota Highlander which has been trouble free so far.
#1898 of 2541 happy owners exist too
Dec 14, 2007 (10:51 am)
I'm not saying any of your experiences are false. Just conveying that our 2007 with 10,000 miles so far has been trouble free. Yes I realize that it is still a very young vehicle, but I just wanted to post a GOOD Rendezvous experience. My wife and I plan on keeping it past 100k miles.
Loving it so far! Great on gas, so much cargo room, very comfortable.