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#2435 of 2539 Re: Auto dim rear view mirror, gas tank leak, oil leak [tflanster]
May 04, 2012 (1:30 pm)
Hi there, I am sorry to hear that you have issues with your RDV. I myself have had nothing but a giant head ache with ours. We have a 2002 RDV, and well I don't even think I can list all the problems we have had. I was wondering, you mentioned a Buick Adjuster or Customer Relations? Do you have a website or email address or anyway of contacting them. I want to have a little chat with them and let them know I want my money back. Please let me know on this forum. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
#2436 of 2539 Re: Auto dim rear view mirror, gas tank leak, oil leak [tflanster]
May 04, 2012 (2:59 pm)
I too have a 2003 CXL with 76K on it. Other than a BCM and the crazy Versatrack fluid change, I've had no real issues with it. Are you the original owner? On the mirror issue, if I were you why not pull it off the window, open it up, and see if somethings come loose ( since the only other option is replacing anyway you have nothing to lose). Since Buick isn't going to help, shop around. I'm sure you can find a small local mechanic willing to do the gas tank job for much less. Otherwise remember its a 9 year old car and things are going to crop up here or there. I bet these repairs will still be far cheaper than making a monthly car payment on a newer car.
#2437 of 2539 Re: Auto dim rear view mirror, gas tank leak, oil leak [glesser]
May 06, 2012 (12:58 pm)
I don't know if they'll help but its worth a shot.
#2438 of 2539 Re: Auto dim rear view mirror, gas tank leak, oil leak [bostonterrier]
May 06, 2012 (1:12 pm)
I am the original owner. I got Buick to replace the gas tank because it's a safety issue. That's no longer a problem. I think I mentioned it was taken care of. I did in fact have a local, trusted, mechanic look at the tank. His quote was $500+ for the tank and another $250 - $350 for additional parts and labor. (BTW) My wife drives a LeSabre. The catalytic converter crapped out at 60K. $1200 to replace the entire exhaust system because here in California, you can't replace just the converter, and GM won't sell only the converter. So, the whole shebang had to be replaced.)
I can live with the mirror I guess. I believe the problem's with the cable not the mirror itself since wiggling the cable turns the dimmer on. Both map lights work o.k. too.
Sure, its 9 years old. I know that. But the thing of it is that at 67K miles the engine shouldn't be a "threat." Front and back crank seals leaking? Oil pan gasket leaking? And now I was told that's there's some corrosion in the head gasket. I did a web search about RDV problems and found that these are not unique to my car. Head gaskets, oil leaks, gas tank leaks and some electrical problems are common. I checked with NHTSA, the Federal Gov't site too.
I agree, a new or newer used car would be more expensive than what repairs would cost on this one. Can't argue that. But that isn't the point. 67K is relatively small mileage when one considers how well kept the car has been. I'm not looking for Buick to pick up the entire price but I'd sure like to get some "help" on them.
#2439 of 2539 Re: Auto dim rear view mirror, gas tank leak, oil leak [tflanster]
May 07, 2012 (6:30 am)
From the research I have done on this site in dealing with problems with my own 05' RDV, I think that the problem with your head gasket may be the OEM antifreeze. That was a common problem with the earlier models. You might want to keep an eye on that as it might start giving you problems with cooling.
#2440 of 2539 Antifreeze leaks from bottom of engine just as fast as I pour into radiator
May 07, 2012 (6:59 am)
2002 Buick rendezvous getting hot coolant level reading changed the water pump and thermostat after adding coolant in radiator all the coolant drained straight from bottom of engine fast as I poured the antifreeze in it drained out.
Here is what I have experienced:
First, I saw that at the water pump coolant was spitting out so I changed that then after test drive after changing the water pump still got high coolant temp reading now I saw that coolant leaked from the thermostat housing area so I changed that after putting everything back together doing another test drive return home and adding a little more antifreeze in the radiator all the coolant began to leak from the very bottom of the engine just as fast as I poured it into the radiator. What do I do now, What is the problem? Please help
#2441 of 2539 Re: Antifreeze leaks from bottom of engine just as fast as I pour into radiator [kikiren]
May 08, 2012 (8:30 am)
This is probably not the same thing but early on with my '03 RDV I was seeing a lot of coolant loss. I'd fill the reservoir to the line and a month or so later it was down, near empty. I did that for about 4 - 5 months, refill, refill and refill again until, I guess, all the original OEM fluid was gone. I used aftermarket fluid, the kind that's recommended as a replacement. Since then, no problems.
This car is the oddest one I've ever owned. Crazy problems that never have happened in any other car I've owned. The car I had before this one was a Mercury Villager - 122,000 miles on it and except for a faulty EGR valve, zero problems. Now this . . .
#2442 of 2539 Re: Antifreeze leaks from bottom of engine just as fast as I pour into radiator [kikiren]
May 08, 2012 (9:29 am)
What brand of antifreeze are using?
#2443 of 2539 Re: Antifreeze leaks from bottom of engine just as fast as I pour into radiator [ealford]
May 08, 2012 (4:26 pm)
GM brand 50/50 Antifreeze
#2444 of 2539 Re: Antifreeze leaks from bottom of engine just as fast as I pour into radiator [tflanster]
May 08, 2012 (5:37 pm)
You are right in what you did getting the OEM grade, I'm an old timer and now work in at O'Reilly Auto part time. I was amazed at the different requirements car to car manufacturer. This includes battiies , brake fuild, trans and antifreeze, so you need to ck your manual for the required fluilds. If it says universal your probably safe.