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Buick Rendezvous, SUV
Feb 20, 2012 (9:03 am)
Hi, I found this forum and thank god I did. I was going to dump a bunch of money into my 2002 buick rend to get things fixed on it and up to par, but it sounds like that would be a very dumb idea.
I have a 2002. It has 140k on it.
I bought this car 2 years ago, almost 3 for $5,000. I thought that buicks ran forever, good engines, should be a good car…. Really wrong about that clearly. The AC went first, then the Bank One Sensor/check engine light came in about a month in. This is after the dealership I bought it from sold it to me without a spare tire, (VERY IRRESPONSIBLE DEALERSHIP PRACTICES) The car makes all kind of thumps and bumps in the suspension even after I had rear shocks done. The Anti lock light is on, stays on at all times, the braking system comes on at odd times, if the light does ever go off, it comes on immediately when I back up. The engine is eating oil, I have to top it off every few weeks, the heat comes and goes based on coolant levels, (excellent problem to have in February in Michigan) the rear defrost doesn’t work at all- Not a fuse either. The interior lights are dying at a rate of one every 6 weeks….
This car sucks…
This car was supposed to last me for 4 years, that was my financial plan. It isn’t even going to make it to 3, I suspect I am going to have a very large repair any day now and I am trying to unload it ASAP.
Everything I have read is telling me that I am doing the right thing getting rid of this car as fast as humanely possible. I have to pay $3500 to get rid of the loan on it and then I have to find something else and for only $5-7,000 as that is all I can afford for a car loan.
So a few questions: is there any hope for fixing this car or just unload it?
Also, what is everyone buying after they get rid of their rendezvous. I need a small SUV, something without these kind of problems and will have relatively low problems in the high miles years.
Third question: what are dealerships paying out on trade in on these buick P.O.S…..Can I get $2,000 on it? I see some dealerships are still selling these lemons for $5, $6,000 when I search for another car!!!! Are you kidding me!!!!
#274 of 288 Re: Only one remedy! [spike99]
Apr 03, 2012 (9:28 am)
I had an overheating issue a couple months ago with my 02 rendezvous and was informed to change out the Dexcool with regular antifreeze after a flush. I had that done and it hasn't over heated in a while. I noticed that you said your rendezvous temp indicator stays at the half way point and doesn't move. Mine will stay at the 10 o'clock position while heading down the road. When I stop it will go up to about the two o'clock position until the fans kick on the take it back to the 12o'clock position. If not moving it will float between 12 and 2, do you know how to stop that?
Also and much more importantly, the other day my fiance' was driving home and the temp climbed high enough to set off the alarms, so she let it cool on the side of the road and drove the rest of the way, twice as far as she made it before, with no problem at all. Now I'm noticing that the coolant is draining somewhere and I think that it's going into the oil. Do you have any input as to what I can do to make it stop draining the coolant into the oil? Or possibly how to test to see what is going on. I hear that it can either be the intake or the head gaskets. The dealership wants $80 to test it and the gasket kit is around $75. I'm thinking about just putting in new gaskets and seeing what happens but that will probably take me all day to accomplish.
thanks in advance
#275 of 288 Re: Only one remedy! [buddo9]
Apr 14, 2012 (2:35 pm)
I have the same issue please send me the pics torr2334gmail.com thanks
#276 of 288 2002 Rendezvous Nightmare
May 13, 2012 (8:03 am)
Problem with water temp gauge reading half way on 2002 rendezvous: 1. Dealer in L.V. changed radiator about a year ago claiming the radiator was not cooling the fluid. Drove off the lot and problem was still there and called dealer on the way back home to L.A.. Dealer said it must be air in the system and everything checked normal at the dealership. 2. Next day went to local dealer and was informed the problem is intake gaskets and had this replaced. Temp still read half and now will go past half to 3/4 before cooling back down to half or little below half. Now the A/C does not blow cold air. Seems like this is a common problem with rendezvous and no clean cut repair procedure. This is us spending money for dealers to learn how to fix common problems with no clear final satisfatory outcome. Anyone have a solution to water temp running higher than normal and A/C all of sudden not blowing cold air?
#277 of 288 Re: 2002 Rendezvous Nightmare [silverfish]
May 13, 2012 (8:20 am)
Drive it into the closest RIVER and save your self four years of heartache, panic, frustration, and an empty bank account.
I love my new Murano!!!!!!!!!!!
#278 of 288 Re: my buick [jennhardatwork]
May 13, 2012 (8:30 am)
Dump it, you will be money ahead. Four years and $11,000 later I am still paying my credit card bill of $3100 for the blown head gaskets from the dealer. Not to mention all the other repairs.
I to thought Buick, being an AMERICAN car was Patriotic to buy, however, after purchase the RDV paperwork stated this car was made in MEXICO.
I sure could have used some of thier Marguarita's but this time.
I LOVE MY 2007 MURANO, white, four door, beige leather seats, new 18 inch tires, drives like a dream, 58,734 miles now.
Never again will I buy and American car, even as a Patriot.
#279 of 288 My Rendezvous Nightmare
Mar 01, 2013 (2:10 pm)
My grandmother bought her 2002 Buick Rendezvous CXL brand new in 2002. Almost immediately, she experienced problems with this vehicle. The electrical system went out completely. She was actually locked in the vehicle. Computer was replaced. Next was the air conditioning compressor. Replaced. Then, overheating. Head gaskets replaced. Heater won't blow out hot air. Fixed. More electrical problems, to the tune of $3000.00. My grandmother passed away in 2010. She very lovingly willed this car to me. Immediate problems. Overheating, again. Leaking water, antifreeze AND oil. And the air conditioning compressor went out, again. The fans stopped working. The car overheated yesterday, took it back to yet another shop. Cracked head gaskets. $3300.00 to fix. OR $4100.00 for a new engine. Did I mention this car has 71,000 miles on it? What a NIGHTMARE. Why hasn't there been more recalls on this vehicle!!!!! The mechanic told me today this vehicle is known for the head gasket issues. Not happy AT ALL. GM needs to stand behind these cars.
#280 of 288 Re: My Rendezvous Nightmare [jvondrak76]
Mar 02, 2013 (10:48 am)
I'm also a rendezvous owner. Also same problems and repairs. Also was a ford minivan owner with similar problems. Never again American cars. Very sad.
#281 of 288 Re: WORST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED [kolsen]
Apr 17, 2013 (11:10 am)
I've had the same problem, been left stranded 7 times. also have a problem with the dash lights flashing on & off when I cut the car off. Gotten a new key, had the electrical to the ignition replaced, & the body control module replaced. Still not fixed. If you find a solution please let me know.
#282 of 288 Re: WORST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED [staciecaskey]
Apr 17, 2013 (11:43 am)
Sorry, I can't help you only to say that I went ahead and dumped mine shortly after that post. I really lucked out and got like $3k trade in on it at a B lot, this guy sells rendezvous for a buttload of money in Mexico I guess and had a Texas connection to get them across. I ended up with a Ford Escape a couple years newer than the buick. It was a good choice. Love the escape, minus the fact that this one has a bit of rust as it is a Canadian car... The only thing I miss on the Buick was the stadium seating in the back seat and it was slightly roomier, but otherwise, the transition to the Escapae was great. I paid off the lien, got the $3k trade in and financed a few k from the bank and it was still probably worth it to not have to dump major money into the buick.... good luck.