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#231 of 288 2002 gasket & engine problems
Nov 09, 2010 (9:27 am)
I purchased a used 2002 Buick Rendezvous in April of 2004 from a GM dealership (above). It is an AWD V6 CXL SUV. My car manual specifically states not to use anything other than DexCool antifreeze. I was afraid to use anything else because I thought using the \"wrong\" antifreeze might damage my engine. ??!! I never received any notice from GM or the Dealership or Dexcool regarding the problems on this vehicle and DexCool. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RECALL AND ALL CAR OWNERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED AS SOON AS THEY REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH IT! Even after the lawsuit I did not get notified in any way, and the dealership never told me to stop using DexCool, so I have been continuing to experience engine problems!
Damage Resulting = I bought the Rendezvous on April 3, 2004. It had 37,591 miles on it. I paid just under $20,000 for it. On 12/8/05 I did a transmission flush. Four months later, on March 9, 2006, the car was found to have the intake manifold gaskets leaking oil and coolant, and the front timing cover seal was leaking. It also needed front and rear brakes. At that time they told me the coolant was leaking all over everything and was getting into the transmission (and the brakes, too, I think.) Had to have another transmission flush done and I think coolant flush done - cost was $222. I had 3 estimates done for the rest of the work and they ranged from $3,300, to 1700 to $1,380. it cost me $89 and $73 for two of the estimates. Had work done at 4th shop on 4/20/06, cost me $730. On August 22, 2007, I had to have the intake gasket done again as well as a coolant flush; cost me $492. On August 11, 2009 I had to have the oil pressure switch replaced as it was leaking
plus other work; total was $257. I was told about a year ago that the intake gasket was leaking oil and coolant again and had to be replaced again. The car did not pass inspection in June of 2010; one of the problems is transmission is slipping. Is that a result of the Dexcool coolant contaminating the tranny? I have thrown good money after bad into this car, and now the value of it is almost nothing. I can\'t afford to have it fixed again and I can\'t afford to buy another car. I can\'t sell it in this condition either (needs steering rack again, air compressor and rear air shocks in addition to the intake gasket.) I have also had problems with wheel hubs, bearings, harness, & wheel speed sensor. Engine is throwing lots of codes now. Air compressor is unique to the 02 & is $600 alone for the part. (BTW those of you with loud grinding noise problems if you have automatic load leveling it's probably your air compressor going.)
The interior & body are great, love the ride and the features. I just can't believe what a lemon this car's engine is, and I can't believe this car has dropped so far in value! Has anyone had any success with flushing their radiator, replacing the coolant with something other than Dexcool, replacing their gasket, and then been fine?
Love to hear success stories about how folks fixed their RDV problems & how they made headway with GM.
#232 of 288 Re: 2002 gasket & engine problems [02blues]
Nov 09, 2010 (10:00 am)
3 sets of intake manifold gaskets? That sounds really unusual to me. GM had a new replacement gasket available in 03' and I haven't heard of any problems with the new part from anyone (doesn't mean it hasn't happened though). I also don't know how coolant manages to get into transmission from a leaky intake gasket. Some have switched from dexcool to regular green stuff, just should be very careful to fluch ALL the dexcool out first (I hear they don't play well together).
#233 of 288 Re: the [ritzylady]
Nov 09, 2010 (10:40 am)
Yes, my driver side window fell into the door & I had to have it fixed. I'm concerned about your issues with acceleration, tho. It makes me wonder if you have a transmission slipping problem. You might try having them replace the solenoid & see if that helps.
#234 of 288 Re: 2002 gasket & engine problems [ray80]
Nov 09, 2010 (10:51 am)
Yeah. 3 intake gaskets. Huh. Fight to get GM to cover it, or offload a vehicle I still owe on and hope I don't inherit someone else's lemon? I'm having a hard time with this decision. I have loved this car. I just can't keep throwing money away on it.
#235 of 288 Class Action Against GM
Dec 11, 2010 (9:42 am)
I have had all the problems mentioned in post with my 2002 Buick Rendevous. If there is a class action please post information. I purchased mine in 2005 and started having problems in 2006 and it got worse as the years went on. It is in the shop now because the body modual system needs to be replaced. It has been a nightmare with this vehicle. Please post on FB and here if there is a class action as I do not want to miss out.
#236 of 288 Re: 2002 gasket & engine problems [02blues]
Dec 27, 2010 (12:17 pm)
oh many of us have had issues and this was from day one when we purchased it from a local dealer. Took in many times for over heat,electrical issues and brakes. We hate this car and finally the engine due to the dexcoolant 2 years ago. They refused to fix and said it was they never heard of such a thing yet it was displayed many times on edmunds . we had a local gentleman replace gaskets only to find the engine was gone after $ 2300 and days of riding a bike to work. I hate they have not contacted any on the lawsuit we are in finally after 2 years selling for junk with the engine apart in the trunk since the gentleman passed away probably due to this headache vehicle. We hate this vehicle and everytime we see one it makes us sick how much thousands we lost and just finished paying off the junk. get rid of it fast .The lawsuit was closed a two years ago we knew of and it was closed .Good luck to all whom own the junk
Jan 04, 2011 (5:35 am)
We are currently experiencing problems with our Speedometer. It registers I am doing 100 when I know I am only doing 30mph. We contacted the dealer and they said it would be approx $1000. I have owned this vehicle less than a year and it has been a headache more than once. I have been in the shop with it more than any other vehicle. Two weeks after we bought the vehicle I kept smelling gas - it actually started coming through my heater. I took too the dealer to find I had a major gas leek which the service tech said it was actually life threatening could have caused a fire. They had the vehicle 2 weeks - they would have had it longer but my husband blew a gasket at them. Then after getting it back I went through $80 of gas in one weekend - come to find I had another gas leak in a different area. I can't even believe this vehicle passed inspection. Now I have the speedometer problem. I have read that this issue is known with GM products but no recalls. Why Not! If any one knows of an existing class action suit please let me know or where I can go to get justice. I absoultly refuse to pay for this.
#238 of 288 Class Action???
May 24, 2011 (6:57 am)
Please contact me if there is a class action lawsuit. Email is sharrow225yahoo.com. I have had nothing but problems with this vehicle. I am not a person who can afford all the repairs. Within a month of buying the vehicle the head gasket went (on a vehicle with 60,000 miles on it) while my husband and I were on our way home from a special weekend. It was my birthday and we spent the night 200 miles away from home in February in the back seat of my vehicle for 12 hours waiting for our dealership to help us out with the problem (I realize this is a problem with the dealership, who ended up paying for the whole repair after much argument) but needless to say I spent most of my birthday crying and frozen and sleepless. This would have never happened if the Rendezvous wasn't a piece of junk. My window fell off the track and shattered, got a new window but couldn't afford to get the track fixed. No air conditioning, the heat only works when it is turned all the way up, my passenger seat won't recline, the rear knuckle is bad. Just the knuckle alone will cost $1800,not to mention my year old tires that are now ruined because of it. I am so disappointed with buick. I had planned on buying Buick for a while because I used to like the reputation but unless something miraculous happens to where their customer service is phenomenal (which I have yet to encounter) then I don't see that happening. I saw the Enclave came out and was kind of excited about it, but then remembered it was a Buick and said forget it. I have 3 kids and a husband, I need to worry about saving money for a more reliable car like a Subaru or something. I will continue to tell everybody who likes my car what a piece of junk it is and to not buy a Buick until their quality changes. They used to be known for their quality. Ever hear the saying "It's built like a Buick"? That was the whole reason for buying the vehicle. Now if I hear that saying I will steer away from that purchase because it's probably a lemon.
#239 of 288 Re: Class Action??? [sching225]
May 24, 2011 (11:29 am)
I missed the first class action suit, sadly. I bought a 2002 Rendv in 2004, spent $11,000 on repairs, incl the head gaskets, tie rods, AC, etc, and finally dumped it in Nov 2010.
Reread your message and ask yourself why you are even keeping this vehicle. Take it from us former owners it will only get worse, and do not expect any Buick assistance.
By the way, reread your paperwork, my Buick was made in Mexico, I found this out after I bought it. Guess I should have fueled it with Marguarita's.
I traded my nightmare in for a Nissan Murano, love it to death, its a perfect midsized SUV, leather seats, 2007, pearl white, 20.8 mpg, and 18 inch tires, and paid same as I paid for the 2002 BR in 2004.
Had to buy the new tires, as it came in off lease with orig tires.
If you want to save your sanity please dump this piece of junk or you will go crazy with the repairs and the costs. I feel like I have a weight off my shoulders since I dumped that Buick.
I will never buy another GM or American car, ever.
#240 of 288 Re: Class Action??? [sching225]
May 25, 2011 (12:10 pm)
Have you had the vehicle into a GM dealership, if so could you provide details of their conclusion? Also, could you please email me your VIN? I would like to look further into your situation.
Caron, GM Customer Service