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#106 of 288 RE: 02 BUICK RENDEZVOUS HORRORS
May 12, 2008 (6:28 am)
I purchased a 2002 Buick Rendezvous from Pinebelt Chevy Dealership - about 2 1/2 yrs ago. First off- I fault myself for rushing into the purchase of this vehicle - I had never heard of the Model & also that I purchased it at a Chevy dealership were both mistakes. But I was excited as this was my first vehicle purchase on my own. Within the first month of ownership it had to put in the shop because it wouldnt start. Then within the 1st year it had to be put in the shop two more times due to trouble starting. It left me stranded at Newark Airport with my mother at 11 pm at nite - we had to sit for over an hour before it would turn back on!! Also I have had to have the A/C Condenser replaced as well as the drivers side window switch as well as both front wheel bearings!! I am putting it BACK in the shop tonight because the A/C Blower only works on the #4 setting doesnt blow on 1-3 or the 5th setting either! Also it has started giving me trouble on start up AGAIN!!!!! I am PETRIFIED of this car - although it drives beautifully (which is the reason I bought directly after the test drive) is very comfortable and roomy - I have had a myraid of problems and it seems that these will continue throughout my ownership. Which is what REALLY makes me nervous!!! My loan on this vehicle doesnt mature until 2012!!!! OMG!! I thank my lucky stars that I let the finance manager talk me into the extended warranty - even though I didnt want one. Because on my last vehicle (Saturn) I NEVER needed it!! My extended warranty is due to run out in 15k miles and I am shaking in my boots wondering what this will cost me to hang on to this car. I looked into tradeing in the car 1 yr after owning it and I owe more than what it is worth and would have to take a HUGE hit to get rid of it. Although it may be worth it. I will also look into buying another extended warranty before this one expires. DO NOT EVER BUY A BUICK RENDEZVOUS!!!! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE VEHICLE!!!
#107 of 288 RE: 02 BUICK RENDEZVOUS HORRORS [hate02buick]
May 13, 2008 (3:18 am)
As bad as it will hurt the wallet, I really would get rid of it. Unless you can get the extended warranty. There was seriously something wrong with the 02 model. I know by "the law" this doesn't qualify as a lemon, but I bet most drivers would say it is. I wish I had come to this website before I got mine!
#108 of 288 RE: 02 BUICK RENDEZVOUS HORRORS [h2oaquadog]
May 13, 2008 (4:33 am)
I know it would be worth the HUUUUGE hit - but I just dont think I could honestly afford it - But I am going to do some research - I may have to seriously downgrade myself to an older vehicle so that when I tack on the 7k from the Buick it will cost me about the same - I owe about another 13 k on the Buick and I know they wouldnt give me close to that on it. My Buick is in the shop now as we speak getting the A/C blower fixed and investigating the 'hard start' problem AGAIN!! I just had the A/C condesor replaced last summer! I feel that this car will continue to have more and more and MORE problems as time continues. Oh yeah and Ive recently noticed rust starting n the hood near the windshield on the interior of the rear hatch - the hub cabs have started peeling AND I just had to have my front brakes and rotors done - the mechanic told me that the Rotors were decaying on the vehicle - they were RUSTING right off!! Now Im not a mechanic BUT that doesnt sound normal cost me close to $400 for the brakes and rotors. I am scared out of my mind thinking about this car. NEVER BUY THIS SUV!!!
#109 of 288 RE: 02 BUICK RENDEZVOUS HORRORS [hate02buick]
Jun 27, 2008 (7:31 am)
I also have a 2002 Rendezvous and had the same thing happen with the problem of the engine stopping and then not being able to get it restarted. After being towed into the dealership four times, they finally found that it was the spark plug wires. Might try that.
Jul 08, 2008 (5:21 am)
I purchased my 2002 Rendezvous in 04, I've had nothing but problems since! I've had to replace the rotors twice,the wheel bearings 3 times, the body control module and now my a/c doesn't work. The repair shop says it's the condenser and it'll cost $700.00 to fix. I'm sick of this car! I contacted the BBB and they are investigating my claim. Buick customer service called me to discuss my claim and informed me that because of the age and # of miles on my car there was nothing they could do. I have 68,000 miles on my car, what a joke! No wonder GM sales are down. I hope they never recover from this recession, I hope they go out of business completely. They deserve to be punished for all the suffering and expense they've caused. I will never support GM again, they are a bunch of crooks. Like many others, I wish I'd found this site before I bought that piece of crap but hindsight is 20/20. I would definitely support a class action suit against this auto maker - they're all a bunch of thieves, from the executives to the dealers! Because of Buick, I will never purchase another american-made automobile. They have no loyalty to their consumers!
#112 of 288 Re: I hate Buick [ginnmill]
Jul 08, 2008 (9:47 am)
Ginmill sorry to hear your problem.....but watch out for that head gasket......its another major problem for Buick rendezvous. I replaced in 2006 & GM didn't take care of it and within less then two years my head gasket again went bad.....I called Buick again and they still can't help it although it went bad within two years....they told me parts have only 12 months or 12000 mile warranty on it when replaced. I don't have $1500 to fix my head gasket.....
My condenser went bad too and GM don't want to take blame that its their condenser is defective....so i had to buy Condenser off ebay and went to local mechanic...i still end up paying almost 500 bucks. Dealer mechanic told i won't repair car if you don't buy parts from us........
#113 of 288 Re: I hate Buick [ginnmill]
Jul 09, 2008 (4:38 am)
It is just mind blowing to me that Buick seems to think that their cars are only good for about 80,000 miles. I don't care how "old" a car is, with mileage as low as this, they should be standing up for their product. Mine 02 CXL only made it for 38,000 miles before I had it towed to the dealership and told them it was theirs, I couldn't afford to fix it anymore. There is a class action against GM/Buick but it is for gasket leaks that you had to have repaired by I believe May 30th. There defintely should be one for the wheel bearings on this, even though they did one of their so called recalls on them. I'm curios to hear what you hear back from the BBB because this car should not be on the road.
#114 of 288 Re: Reply to "What a Nightmare" [da_hepcat]
Aug 10, 2008 (8:03 pm)
i have a question about the blower motor resistor, why did you replace this piece.
was it because the 1-5 channels were not working? my issue is 1-3 channels does not work, 4 & 5 the air does work.
any answer will help!
Aug 11, 2008 (12:42 pm)
My ABS takes over randomly and occassionally the light will come on. I have had it in to the dealer 8 times now (it's actually currently there) and they have replaced both front wheel hubs and harnesses. Last time it was in they said it was a wire further up the frame rubbing. Now they can't replicate the problem and have no clue what to do. HELP!!