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Buick Rendezvous, SUV
Mar 04, 2004 (5:44 pm)
please dont have a bad feeling about your RDV because of what I and other owners have said.There are lots of good ones out there.You must remember that this is the problems and solutions side of the Rendezvous forum so it will be mostly complaints on this side.
The regular Rendezvous forum is where there should be praise for the Rendezvous and I'm surprised at how quiet it is over there.I'm sure there are many satisfied RDV owners but they just arent talking.If our RDV had performed well I would have been bragging it up.I have posted many times on the Regal forum telling how good our Regals were doing.
I think most of us that posted on here about our RDV problems were trying to get GM's attention that there are some bad problems out here that need looking in to.GM likes to act like your vehicle is the only one out there thats ever had that certain problem.Ask all the GM 3.1 and 3.4 V-6 owners with leaking intake gaskets and ruined engines how happy they are with GM these days.Most say they have bought their last GM product.Its a huge-huge problem and GM denies that one exists.
Thanks to Edmunds and other sites we quickly found out we werent alone in our problems.Our RDV was recently out of service for 12 days with electrical problems and that just shouldnt happen to a vehicle as new as ours.The BCM was back ordered and that must mean theres alot of them going bad.
Since 1976 we have owned 11 new and 2 low mile program vehicles and only one of them was ever in the shop over night and that was for a power window motor.This is on over 700,000 miles of driving.We have also had numerous other used vehicles including a 77 Toyota Celica GT that was going strong at 200,000 miles when the body finally rotted off it.We have a 91 Buick Regal Limited thats running great at 155,000 miles with no major problems so far.
On March 21,2003 we paid $22,900 for our 2002 RDV CXL AWD from Bob Moore at Oklahoma City,OK.It listed new for nearly $35,000 and was a GM factory exec vehicle that had never been titled and Onstar had never been activated.It had 13,000 miles on it and could have easily passed for new.We got the AWD drive as we live way out in the country and when it snows they dont plow our roads for days.We loved its heated leather seats and many other nice features.
It pained us to get rid of our RDV as we liked alot of things about it.
Whether one pays $20,000 or $40,000 for a new vehicle they should expect quality from it.We recently spent numerous time on the Edmunds Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot sites.Their owners seem to be far more vocal in praising their vehicles than RDV owners.Most of their problems semed minor compared to our RDV problems.We hated to leave GM but we lost confidence in their product.They may never get us back.
Mar 05, 2004 (6:16 am)
I wished that rdv owners didnt have the problems that they are. I have a 2003 cxl loaded with most options, which with 7000 miles has been problem free. I have total confidence in it. I also know that toyotas and hondas are not totally problem free as many people seem to think. Buick is a very reliable vehicle unfortunally as a new model this vehicle has had problems. But I do know consumer reports has it on their list of recommended vehicles now. I certainly would buy another if it were stolen. I believe it to be a better vehicle then a Highlander, etc in it class, even with the less powerful engine.
#728 of 2541 "Get use to it" BCM Failures" Read
Mar 05, 2004 (8:55 am)
I guess it is normal for those who have problems with their cars to frequent these boards as stated. My only complaint to date is the replacement of two BCMs. One of which I am not too sure was a problem but was changed anyway under warantee:-)(Service Engine Soon Light)that went out when bringing it in. Interesting link. I advise all of you beating up on the RDV(in many instances due to GM's lack of customer satisfaction and at least by GM not recognizing real problems , to read this link. I don't care what car you buy today it will still have the same BCM technology and failures. I will stay with my RDV knowing that if I get on the band wagon due to an insecure feeling of something that"May Happen" and sell it or trade it for another vehicle that may have the same insecurities. For those that legitimately purchased "Lemons". They are entitled to a fair deal from the manufacturer period. They have suffered enough and this can happen to any make and model. Check out link.
Mar 06, 2004 (6:47 am)
islandpete,very interesting reading on BCM's.Thanks.This will be my last post on here since we no longer own a RDV.I will still lurk on here to see whats happening.
When our first 02 RDV BCM failed we drove 40 miles home in the dark with only our head lights working and we could barely see.We had no tail lights and all the rest of the electrical system was gone.Thats not very safe.After arriving home the head lights wouldnt even shut off and I had to pull the battery cable to turn them off.
We lost the use of it for 12 days on the 1st BCM.We drove it 5 days and had more problems so it was back in the shop for 2 more days.The BCM was on back order so it wasnt replaced then.
The second time I dont think it was the BCM but GM had no answers to whats causing our all of our electrical problems so lets just slap in another BCM.GM needs to get busy and figure out whats going on.Once electrical problems start they seem to never go away.We had a 1986 Toyota Camry that was an electrical nightmare and no one could ever fix it.We carried a box of fuses with us at all times and the Toyota dealer once had it for 6 weeks.
The 02 RDV CXL is my wifes vehicle and she loved it until the 2nd time we had problems.She soured on it quickly.I was never a big of fan of it as she was but I'm stubborn and I was in favor of keeping it,getting a GM extended warranty,and make GM fix it no matter how many times it took.She drives it 90% of the time and me 10%.She said she wanted rid of it so I told her if we could get over $18,000 out of it we'd trade it.I never thought wed get that for it but we were offered $18,300 for it so its gone.
I wont say that our new Toyota Highlander will be trouble free but in over 10,000 posts on the Edmunds discussion only and problems and solutions board there is only one mention of the BCM or body control module and that wasnt a failure.The Highlanders have been out longer than the RDV's.
I wish all Buick RDV owners the best and hope you have good luck with them.If you have problems hound GM to fix them.There are 7-8 RDV's in our town and I believe ours is the only one with BCM problems.
We still have (4) Buick Regals (00,91,86,85)with no major problems on them with well over 400,000 miles on them.My go to work car is a 1985 T-Type Regal thats running strong.
#730 of 2541 Since so many ...
Mar 10, 2004 (11:33 am)
folks have been having with the RDV's...has anyone checked VIN numbers to see if they have anything in common such as the country it was manufactured in, the vehicle assembly plant, or just the sequence they came off the line?
I'm new to the Town Hall and I've got to tell you that I'm mortified by some of the problems I'm hearing about. Incidently, last week my alternator light came on and stayed on for about a day. Last Friday my anti-lock light came on along with the DIC display citing that my AWD was disabled. Dealer found the right front wheel bearing sensor was defective. Had to replace the entire wheel hub assembly since it's all integrated. Cost of part was $402. Present mileage: 46,880. Real glad I bought the extended GM warranty. On that note, those of you who are considering internet warranties - buyer beware. I got burned last year on a Warranty Gold automotive warranty. Made payments all year and then they filed for bankruptcy.
#731 of 2541 First problem with my RDV
Mar 17, 2004 (7:02 pm)
We had a couple of days last week in the 70's ( we also had 10 inches of snow yesterday...you just gotta love this city ) anyway my air conditioner didn't work so I took it in Monday to have it checked.
The Dealer checked the AC operation and found the condenser leaking and replaced it and recharged the system. They also pressure tested the coolant system for leaks and found that they had to replace the lower intake gasket & all related gaskets and seals. ( I didn't even know I had a problem with this )
When the technician test drove my RDV he noticed a squeal coming from the front brakes. When he checked it out he found that my front rotors were defective and ruined the pads, so they replaced the front rotors and pads. ( I am a little hard of hearing and never really noticed or paid any attention to the squeal ) however I am
very grateful that he caught it and took care of it for me.
I have owned the RDV for about three years and have a little over 46k on it and this is the first time I have had any work done on the vehicle other than having the oil changed every 3500 miles.
My extended warranty covered the entire cost. So I hope I am set for another 50k. I can't say enough about the service I have received from my Dealer. I believe the cost to Buick was about $1500.00
#732 of 2541 RE: Rear tail light problem [airmojo #464]
Apr 16, 2004 (10:08 am)
I am new to this thread but I noticed your discussion on the rear signal light and break light problems. I am having the exact same problem with my 02 RDV.
Did the dealership ultimately solve the mystery?
I have also been very frustrated with the inconsistency of the malfunction.
Any help would be appreciated.
#734 of 2541 Key fob and BCM programming mode
Apr 23, 2004 (11:09 pm)
Perhaps some/all BCM glitches could be eliminated by entering and exiting the BCM program mode?
To find the step-by-step instructions on how to access BCM programming mode and to program the key fob, click on the first result from a Google search for
programming bcm rendezvous
#735 of 2541 How remove door panels
May 06, 2004 (1:22 pm)
I want to insulate the doors, floor & tailgate of my '04 RDV for noise reduction. Maybe I won't need a manual, but does anyone know where I can find help in removing the door panels and floor mounted stuff