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#55 of 137 2005 Buick Rendezvous Overheating Problem
Oct 22, 2011 (11:18 am)
This GM vehicle sucks! It has multiple design flaws and the American consumer is the guinea pig for the company! We have tried for two years to repair the overheating problem to no avail. If you think that contacting the dealership of the company you will get lots of lip service but no satisfaction in dealing with the overheating problem. WE are still waiting on the claim number that GM's customer service rep was going to email us! This why this company needed a bailout in the first place. They produce second rate vehicle. Remember, FORD didn't need a bailout and their cars that had recalls were fixed by the company. You do the math!!!!!
A disgruntled Buick Rendezvous Owner!!!!!
#56 of 137 Re: It will always heat up [jamieb22]
Oct 24, 2011 (11:22 am)
I apologize for your frustration. Each case is handled on a case by case basis.
Here is a link that shows we can assist:
Who did you speak with? Did you set up a case with GM Customer Assistance? If so, what is your case number? I look forward to your response.
GM Customer Service
#57 of 137 Re: It will always heat up [jamieb22]
Nov 18, 2011 (8:36 pm)
Funny, we are having the SAME issues. Nothing but problems since purchasing our Rendezvous (we purchased it used). The gas gauge hasn't worked (told the dealer about it & they wanted us to put money towards it a week after buying the vehicle). Both front wheel hubs have been replaced. Front struts - replaced (with a note from the mechanic that the bolt holding one of the struts wasn't even the correct one). The automatic level control is bad - goes off every 30 seconds. Took the fuse out so it stops the noise - so it's useless. The sunroof leaks. The engine coolant overheating light started going on recently - twice on me today alone - had to pull over. Tried contacting Buick about many issues and all they keep telling us is to go to a Buick dealership and have them run a diagnostic on it - which I have to pay for. I don't have the money for this - I keep having to put money into repairs on this POS. I filed a complaint with the Attorney General for the state - sent a copy to Buick and they call and again tell us to go pay for a diagnostic. But, if it's a Buick issue, they'll pay for it (which we all know it won't be b/c they say so). Said they'd follow up in two weeks - that was two & a half weeks ago. It's a joke. I have no money. They don't get it. I'm stuck with a POS vehicle that I don't want because something is always going wrong on it. Hugely disappointed - was hoping we had found a reliable vehicle for our family, but nope, got a lemon. Talk about frustrating.
#58 of 137 Re: It will always heat up [nothappyne]
Nov 25, 2011 (5:51 am)
Could I please get an update from you on how things are progressing? I would like to see how I can be of assistance.
GM Customer Service
#59 of 137 Re: It will always heat up [buddo9]
Dec 02, 2011 (10:08 pm)
I'm interested. Any chance you're willing to share a picture? How's the car running today?
#60 of 137 Re: 2005 Rendezvous Head Gasket [mrfsra]
Dec 27, 2011 (6:02 pm)
I also blew a head gasket under 70,000 miles. It ended up ruining the engine and I had to get a new engine. Fortunately for me I had an extended warranty; however I truly believe GM should be help accoutable. I got no warning for the head gasket. I was driving along a major highway and the car dinged I looked down and it was overheated and then smoked and wouldn't start after I left it cool down and tried to start it back up. Rendezvous are junk.
#61 of 137 instrument cluster not available
Jan 06, 2012 (12:31 pm)
My temp gauge was not working properly so took my 2005 Rendezvous to my mechanic since I was planning to be on a road trip to Fl. next week. Good news my engine was not running hot. Bad news is that the entire instrument cluster has to be replaced or rebuilt. Worse news is that there are not any available with no idea when one will be. Even an exhaustive internet search couldn't turn up one. So now I am faced with not only a big repair bill, but being without my car for up to 3 weeks! Anyone else had to deal with this?
#62 of 137 $2500 in repairs is only the latest
Jan 09, 2012 (3:32 pm)
Over the weekend, coming home from the beach, with dog in the back seat, the RED WARNING light blares at me "HOT TEMP" something and bing bings at me. I see the Temp Gauge is as hot as it can get. I immediately pull over. Towed to local dealer $, got a rental car $$, got a call from the dealer today $$$.
This is the 3rd major repair in the 4.5 years of owning my 2002 RDV. I do love driving the car, but the repairs are killing me! 6 months into ownership, the BCM had to be replaced, $600.
The day after Labor Day 2010 (15 months ago), it was making a funny sound on the freeway and i made it to the dealer for a $6000! repair. Yes, you read it right, $6-freakin' thousand dollars! They told me it was the transmission, $4,000. Then they had my car for 4 days.
On that Friday, i went after work to pick up the car, and they walked me back to the service area when it was up on the lifts and nearly gutted, parts strewn everywhere. They then told me, bad news, it's the transfer case too, which is an additional $2000, but they are giving me a break on the price, since they only just found out and they felt bad for me because of the $4,000 i will already be spending with them. $6000 total now. They had my car for another week.
They forgot to put fluid in the radiator before test driving and blew up the radiator. They had to replace that too. They didn't charge me for that, said it was their fault. 2 days later, my car was leaking fluid (water from radiator?) and i was scared to drive it, so it was towed back to the dealer. They said it was the water pump. I paid for that. I later heard from the men at my office that you should always replace the water pump when replacing the radiator. I guess when they replaced the radiator for free, they didn't want to be too generous.
Now I'm facing the $2500 - $3500 bill on the overheating/gasket/valve incident. I am frustrated as there was no warning whatsoever. I had literally been driving the car for 5 mins before the lights and whistles came on.
Even the dealer knows something is up, he is offering to split the cost of the rental car with me.
GM Customer Service, any help?
#63 of 137 Re: $2500 in repairs is only the latest [tammilani]
Jan 10, 2012 (7:50 am)
Please send us an email as soon as you can with the following information: name and Edmunds username, contact information (phone and address), the last 8 digits of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership.
I apologize that there have been so many frustrations lately, and appreciate your continued willingness to work with us towards resolving these concerns.
All the best,
GM Customer Service
#64 of 137 Re: $2500 in repairs is only the latest [tammilani]
Jan 10, 2012 (8:58 am)
This is all getting to be pretty bad as no one listens!? All Rendezvous overheat!
I bought a 2002 Rendezvous knowing full well that I could fix the overheating problem! I got a good deal on the SUV and bought it knowing it was an easy repair! The previous owner spent a bundle on new head-gaskets and still the overheating problem did not leave! I purchased it knowing full well what the problem "was" !
I did an inspection on the cavity (engine compartment) The engine sits quite high in there and the heat of the engine has no escape from the compartment. It’s closed off and the engine sits in it’s own heat getting hotter and hotter destroying gaskets and all other heat related injuries !
The inspection showed trails where the heat did escape around the upper rubber seal at two ends over the engine compartment.. Those very small openings were the only means of heat escape, but not nearly enough! The heat there was so intense it started bubbling and blistering the paint on the hood! That was all the information I needed to be confident in the purchase of this 2002 Buick Rendezvous!
After the purchase I cut the rubber seal down away from the hood at least one inch by two feet from center…I was also careful to not remove all of it as it is a guard for rain water. The lower section of the rubber guard takes care of that. For a test to be sure I sprayed water over the windshield and not a drop spilled onto the engine…..
Well it’s been two years and not one heating problem since…… I have photos on the work done if you like……