Last post on Oct 06, 2006 at 1:21 PM
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Buick Rendezvous, SUV
Aug 08, 2005 (5:49 am)
I have a slight groan once in awhile when I back out or turn out of my driveway too. It is always when it first starts up. I hope you are right and it is the brakes. I have read the problems with the wheel bearing and was getting concerned also. Mine is a 2005. I hope the bugs are all out by now. My only complaint is the external temp. my old car was exact all the time this one is all over the place from 115 in the garage in the shade to 74 when in the hot sun and it is 90 out. It changes when I get going and the dealer put a new thermometer in so I am guessing this is normal?
#58 of 63 Re: groan [tablescape] + readings
Aug 09, 2005 (4:18 am)
table, my '02 Regal's temp reading is always immediate and accurate. My '04 Rondy's always starts about 20 degrees too high and then settles down after about 5 minutes or so. Now, my COMPASS reading is all over the place. Like showing due south when traveling east. I've tried calibrating it per the manual [driving in a slow circle, etc.] with no effect. Also, the CD player sometimes forgets where it stopped the last time it was playing the disc in it. Since I've had zero problems [13K miles] otherwise, I'm chalking this up to a minor computer glitch[es].
#59 of 63 Re: groan [tablescape] + readings [verdi942]
Aug 09, 2005 (2:52 pm)
Well I guess I won't worry about the temp readings. I have never noticed the compass but since I never know which way I am headed it really won't matter. I probably should have gotten the navigation system. I do love my new car/suv so far. I never know what to call it.
#60 of 63 Re: groan [tablescape] + readings [verdi942] [tablescape]
Aug 10, 2005 (7:26 am)
I do believe the brief sound (groan) you hear shortly after starting is the ABS brake system. It happens once, right after starting, every time. I have read this occurs on other makes/models of cars as well.
My temperature readings are quite accurate, once you've been driving for a few minutes. Initially, the readings are artificially high, as I'm guessing heat is accumulating under the hood. Once you start driving, the temps match the actual exterior temp.
If recalibrating your compass doesn't fix things, I'd recommend that you bring it in for service. I've had to recalibrate only twice (when I let my battery run down ... oops). And, once I recalibrated, things were just fine with the compass.
#61 of 63 calibrating compass
Aug 19, 2005 (2:02 pm)
Just wanted to point out (in case someone didn't realize) that you must choose the correct zone of the United States that you are in. Your manual lists the different zones. Mines was set to the wrong zone and made the compass less accurate. When I set it back to the correct zone, it seems more accurate. It may help.
#62 of 63 Care of Leather Interior
Oct 06, 2006 (12:51 pm)
I searched the archives and didn't find much information on the care of the leather interior on the Rendezvous. The manual says not to use the commercially available cleaners and conditioners. It says to dust often and use a mild soap if necessary. I called the dealership and they told me they sell a product called Lexall and that they make a conditioner and a cleaner. But, again, the manual says not to use those cleaners/conditions. What do they mean by mild soap - Dove???? Ivory???? Mine need a little cleaning and I don't want to use anything that's going to make them dry out and crack over time. I'm curious what other Rendezvous owners are using.
#63 of 63 Re: Care of Leather Interior [jacklin30]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 06, 2006 (1:21 pm)
I use Lexol on my wagon (try a tack shop if you have trouble finding it in with the car waxes). You can find other alternatives in the Cleaning Leather/Cloth Interiors discussion while waiting for owners to respond in here.