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#966 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [sampson3]
Apr 26, 2005 (4:55 pm)
Sampson3 and mnyhats1,
So sorry to hear of all your RDV problems.The (3) most common problems with the 2002-03 RDV's are bad BCM's,wheel bearing failure,and AC condensor failure.Just start at page one post # 1 right here and read all 965 of them and you will see that you arent alone.I have (15) other car sites bookmarked where RDV owners are on there complaining about the same problems you guys are.I sent these to ckinny that posts on here.I recently was at a very large Buick dealer and got them to admit the RDV's had far too many AC condensor failures.
When our 02 RDV's BCM's started going bad in Feb 2004 we called GM customer service about this problem.They acted like we were the first ones to ever have this problem even though lots of RDV owners here on Edmunds had already been having the same problem for over a year.You will have to hound GM to death to get anything out of them.GM will never recall anything until the govt makes them do it.10's of thousands of intake gaskets have failed on the 1995-2003 GM 3100-3400 V-6 engines and they still havent been recalled.
All I can say is good luck.
#967 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Odometer Error... [sampson3]
Apr 26, 2005 (7:16 pm)
I haven't had any odometer problems....yet. But I'm fighting right now with GM and plan to continue, even going to the local newspaper but I'm waiting for a reply in writing. If you know of anything at all that we can do, I'm happy to fight with you. I'm currently working with a friend who retired from GM and he is familiar with my wheel bearing problem and an engine problem he had with his 2002 RDV. He is going to get back to me. I'll share his info if it's anything that could help us. In the meantime, I hope others read this and decide perhaps we can do something if we do it together. Good luck!
#968 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [regalluvr2]
Apr 26, 2005 (7:19 pm)
regalluvr2: I just replied to the Odometer problem. HOpe you read that one. Do you know of anything we can do, even by contacting any governmental agency to find out the process to group together? No wonder GM's going broke! I love my RDV but I'm not looking forward to additional problems. So far it's only been the wheel bearings and I'm at 67,000. Otherwise it's been great! I guess I'll just keep fighting for now. Isn't this sad....
#969 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [mnyhats1]
Apr 27, 2005 (8:10 am)
Are the condenser problems because of a bolt that sticks out too far and rubs the condenser leading to failure? That should be repaired by GM whether in or out of warranty.
#970 of 2541 About those bad wheel bearings.....
Apr 27, 2005 (8:38 am)
Were there any noises that you now know were caused by the failing bearings? I'm hearing an occasional 'groan' from the front end when starting from rest and turning the steering wheel. Sound familiar?
#971 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [mnyhats1]
Apr 27, 2005 (6:03 pm)
I'd file a complaint with the NHTSA.Here is a link to them.If its not OK to use this link then the moderator can delete my post.
Find the Buick RDV section.There are alot of complaints there.Wheel bearings should never go bad until well over 100,000 miles,maybe even 200,000 miles.Bad bearings are deffinitely a safety hazard.I just cant understand why the RDV's and Azteks are having so much trouble with wheel bearings.I farm and have a total of 10 vehicles on the place and havent lost a wheel bearing in over 30 years.I also have 6 tractors and 2 combines.
We got tired of our 02 RDV CXL AWD being at the GM dealer all the time so got rid of it.There were many things we liked about it but the reliability just wasnt there.I see GM has recalled the 04 RDV's for intermintent stalling but not the 02's and 03's which have the same problem.
It sounds to me like your front wheel bearings are going bad.One way to find out is jack the front end up and block the rear wheels to keep it from rolling.With the tranny in neutral roll the wheels over by hand listening for a grinding sound.Then shake in and out on them to see if they are loose.If they are get it to a dealer immediately.
#972 of 2541 Re: About those bad wheel bearings..... [verdi942]
Apr 27, 2005 (6:12 pm)
Yes, the noise is quite obvious, especially after you've had one go bad. Now I'm paranoid every time I hear a noise. It is quite distinctive and I would call it a low roar, under the front seat area, if that makes sense. The independent that fixed mine, got in the car, we rode one block and he diagnosed it immediately. The Buick dealer, on the other hand, charged me a $36 diagnostic fee to tell me the same thing. Not sure if you have a Muffler Man in the area but that's who fixed mine at $330 rather than the $454 plus $36 diagnostic fee. You might want to check around. Good luck!
#973 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [regalluvr2]
Apr 27, 2005 (6:25 pm)
Many thanks, Regalluvr2: I checked out the site and will call soon to report my problems. There were only three complaints there but they sounded exactly like mine. I have a friend that didn't report his but I will now share the info with him as well. I really appreciate this! We need to do something and this make take awhile but at least we're fighting! Thanks again.
#974 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [mnyhats1]
Apr 29, 2005 (4:33 pm)
I have seen the RDV wheel bearing problems mentioned quite a few times in the past couple of years at various automotive websites.Here is one from a Canadian RDV owner that lost both front wheel bearings and hubs.Notice that he had to wait a month for the parts as they were back ordered.That means that other RDV and Aztek owners were having similar problems.
What things have gone wrong with the car?
A wheel bearing assembly and hub had to be replaced at about 70000km at my cost even though the parts were back ordered all over North America. I waited about 1 month for the part.
At 82000km the battery is dead for no apparent reason.
At 82500km the paint is blistering off the hood.
At 82500km another wheel bearing and hub had to be replaced at a cost of $440 out of my pocket.
At 82500km the air conditioner broke. The condenser needs to be replaced at a cost of $550.
I have found that I can't count on the quality of this car any longer. I have had to cancel vacation plans due to all the problems with this SUV at 82500km. I didn't feel safe to go a long distance with it. None of these recent problems are covered by the manufacturer due to the high mileage. I just think for $40,000 it should last longer than 2 years before it starts to fall apart.
#975 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [regalluvr2]
Apr 29, 2005 (7:40 pm)
Hi Regalluvr2: I checked out the website you referred me to at #971 message. Couldn't figure out how to enter my complaint online so I phoned today. She said system is down but should be up again on Monday and I could put the info in myself rather than waiting for a form. There were three complaints there just like mine. I wish all those others with complaints would file them at that site. Maybe we would have some success.
Perhaps I should consider myself lucky. The ONLY problem I've had (so far anyway...) is the wheel bearing problem, which was costly enough but at least it's running very well again. I am getting a bit scared however. I just turned 67,000 miles and so far so good.... Oh, and I never had to wait for the new wheel bearings. They were available both times. As I mentioned in an early notice, my first one was fixed in half an hour.
Thanks again for the information. I'm loving this exchange of information.