Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous

31 problems related to manifold/header/muffler/tail pipe have been reported for the 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous based on all problems reported for the 2002 Rendezvous.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 1
Failure Date: 05/14/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle started to overheat and the temperature gauge started to flash. The vehicle was taken to an unknown independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the intake manifold gaskets were damaged and it would be best to rebuild the engine. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 2
Failure Date: 08/20/2016

The vehicle was running for 45 minutes on two-lane paved country roads. I drove the first 15 minutes, with one of my sons driving the other 30 minutes while I was a front seat passenger. We pulled into a parking lot and switched drivers so another son could begin a driving lesson with me. When he began to back out of the parking space he said that the brakes did not feel right and noticed what I thought was steam coming from under the hood. I told him to pull back into the parking space and release the hood so I could check for an overheating engine, even though there were no warning lights on the dashboard and the temperature gauge was in the center of the visible range. When I opened the hood I saw a six-inch wide area of flames to the right of the alternator. I told my sons to get out of the vehicle and asked one of them to call 911 on his cellphone and the other to go to the nearest building, about 75 yards away, and look for a fire extinguisher. In the meantime, I opened the rear vehicle hatch to look for something I could use to put out the fire. Finding nothing useful, I ran to the building my first son had approached for a fire extinguisher and found him inside the outer door of a locked lobby area. We both ran to the next building about 100 yards away where we located a fire extinguisher and returned to the vehicle. I estimate this took less than five minutes. When we returned to the vehicle the flames were about twelve inches wide, still only to the right of the alternator. I was able to quickly put out the fire, but had to aim much deeper into the engine compartment than the visible flame area to stop all flames. When the dealer later checked the vehicle I was told it appeared that a ruptured brake line had sprayed brake fluid on the exhaust manifold and started the fire. There had been no prior leaks or brake issues observed.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 3
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

Gm has recalled (fire hazard) 6 models for a small oil leak onto the exhaust manifold but did not include the Buick Rendezvous. My Rendezvous doesn't drip a 'few' drops onto the exhaust manifold it 'coats' the whole underside of the vehicle all the way to the rear wheels. I have to carry a 5 quart jug of oil with me to re-fill. Going to the dealer inquiring about a fix they asked me if I lived on a dirt road. I'm totally confused as to what that had to do with anything. . . . But no, I don't live on a dirt road. With the severity of this leak compared to the 'recalls' it seems that gm should be liable for the fix. With that being said I'm sure there are other owners with the same problem. If the engine is running it's leaking, the motion of the vehicle just pushes the oil further to the rear. I don't have pictures now but I can get them.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 4
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle overheated causing the check engine warning to illuminate and the temperature gauge to rise. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered a leak coming from under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the manifold intake gasket needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not been notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 5
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

Intake manifold gasket failure.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 6
Failure Date: 03/12/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. While the vehicle was idle, the vehicle warning lights came on and within a few minutes the check engine light illuminated. She checked the owners manual and it stated that the failure was caused by a high engine temperature. She drove the vehicle a short distance and parked it. When she drove the vehicle to a local repair shop the mechanic advised her that a gasket needed to be replaced. She was not sure what type of gasket since the vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic advised her to continue adding coolant since she could not afford to repair the vehicle. On July 8, 2010 she stated that the low oil pressure light came on. She took her vehicle to an authorized dealer and was advised that the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 7
Failure Date: 12/03/2009

Head gasket blew. Was fixed for $2000 then next day after I picked it up from the shop the engine caught on fire, they said brake lines leaked on manifold. . .

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 8
Failure Date: 07/12/2009

I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous with 86,000 miles. Ever since I have had the vehicle I have had problems with the abs system, having it fixed over & over. About a month ago my vehicle began overheating all the time. Since my extended warranty has expired taking it though the dealership I am sure would cost me mucho bucks which I do not have. My neighbor is a top licensed mechanic who has worked for a Chrysler dealership for 30 plus years. He took the vehicle to work with him one day last week to see if he could locate the problem. . He informed me I had a leak in my intake manifold and it needs to be replaced. He checked to see if gm had any recalls for the problem, low and behold they did not. After telling me how much it would cost to replace it, I nearly passed out. I am a single woman and since the economy has fallen I have had to take 3 pay cuts at work. It was either take the paycuts or look for a new job. I can hardly even I have pay my mortgage, let alone pay for a major issue with my vehicle. I purchased gm cars before with no problems . I believe gm should stand up for their vehicles and fix the issue for me. I now understand there are many people out there that have this same issue.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 9
Failure Date: 03/28/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that the intake manifold gasket was leaking coolant. After she placed more coolant in the vehicle, it would overheat while driving approximately five miles. She continues to add coolant, but the vehicle keeps running hot. The mechanic stated that the upper and lower intake manifold failed. The contact will call the manufacturer for assistance. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 109,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 10
Failure Date: 01/23/2009

My 2002 Buick Rendezvous began to lose cabin heating and showed low coolant levels. Repair facility found coolant in engine oil and determined intake manifold gasket repair was needed. Repair facility commented that this is a common problem that was easily confirm by some research. I am strongly of the opinion that this matter should be a recall by the manufacturer.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 11
Failure Date: 12/28/2008

I own a 2002 Rendezvous that has intake manifold / head gasket issue. I have condensation under the oil cap and have been told that this problem was part of a class action lawsuit as the result of dexcool antifreeze deteriorating the intake manifold and thus damaging the head gasket. It is now way past the class action filing deadline and am left to pay for the repairs myself. Gm service departments have acknowledged that this is a problem with the 3. 4l engines yet is not owning up to their responsibility by remedying the defect. Build a faulty product and get off scott free. The only time it seems the auto companies take responsibility is when someone is seriously injured or dies. Sad to say the least.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 12
Failure Date: 11/22/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Buick rendevous. The contact experienced failure in the engine and was advised that the intake manifold gasket in the engine needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that there were no recalls related to her VIN and she would be responsible for the repair. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 13
Failure Date: 11/03/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The first failure occurred in the summer of 2006. The vehicle overheated without warning. The contact took the vehicle to an auto repair shop and they stated that the gasket failed. The gasket was replaced. The second failure occurred on November 3, 2008. The contact noticed that the heater was not working and she added some coolant. After a few minutes, the vehicle began to overheat. She pulled into a parking lot and the vehicle shut off. Fluid was leaking from the rear of the vehicle and it was towed to a repair shop. The diagnosis indicated that the gasket failed and the intake manifold was deteriorating. The repair shop will replace the gasket and the intake manifold at the cost of $600. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 105,000 and current mileage was 143,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 14
Failure Date: 07/31/2008

We have had to replace manifold gasket twice,now waterpump and cracked head gaskets resulting in need for new engine at 81,000 miles on 2002 Buick Rendezvous. From reading seems like common fault and yet no recall.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 15
Failure Date: 01/02/2008

Vehicle overheats; intake manifold repaired twice (once in warranty and once out of warranty period); independent garage and Buick dealership say that head gaskets are leaking. Buick has been contact to assist but has said mileage is too high for any coverage; appears to be an issue with increased claims of head gasket repair after about a year and a half in service; the may 2002 build month has very high occurrence of this replacement (my vehicle was build in this period).

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 16
Failure Date: 11/18/2007

2002 Buick Rendezvous intake manifold gasket defective.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 17
Failure Date: 09/15/2007

My car has a gas leak from the fuel tank. The intake manifold gaskets are leaking. I have an musty odor in the car along with gas smell. The air condition failed last week due to what I find out now is a known issue. The gasket failure is a known issue the fuel tank is a known issue. How can you allow a manufacturer get away with this.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 18
Failure Date: 09/01/2007

I bought my 02 Buick Rendezvous in oct of 05. It had 53k. I just hit 90k the largest part is highway miles from this passed year with several deaths in my family. To start with my passenger floor would get soaked. At first I thought the window was left down or the sunroof was leaking. I checked and the rubber is still intact and I can spray water on the roof and nothing leaks in. The tract around the sunroof is not wet. One morning my on star system had water dripping from it but no water was felt around the sun roof and the windshield sits below it. This had been going on since I got the car. Now within the past 6 months everything on the car is failing. My driver door will not lock with the remote. This is a 300 motor. My coolant disappears from reserve with no sign of leaking. I had the check engine light come on and the first day off I had to go get it checked it went off. My ac stopped working. I have 3 kids and no ac in 100 weather suxs. Had it charged and within 2 weeks back to no ac now after weeks of research I am finding out that the intake gaskets on this motor are made from nylon and the dex cool that is said to be used in it can eat them prematurely. I have been stranded on the highway because my car was over heating. The ac condenser is also known to go out regular. I just bought brand new tires in may and had the alignment done. I noticed that the front of my car has began to shake and the front left tire is ate up. I am wondering if this is the bearing problem that this vehicle was recalled for. I am not understanding why the government is not forcing gm to recall this vehicle. My research has found hundreds if not thousands of these problems. A class action lawsuit in canada not including the recall that canada has forced over this exact yr and model. I still owe a lot of money on this car and my repairs are almost more then what I owe.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 19
Failure Date: 06/09/2007

Wheel bearings need replacement. Fuel pump was bad. Replaced tires and brakes 3 times since I hav e owned the vehicle 2 years. Intake manifold was leaking, causing the car to be sluggish and not start sometimes. Abs lights came on frequently. The car was a big nightmare. Wish I never would of bought a Buick Rendezvous.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 20
Failure Date: 04/04/2007

2002 Buick Rendezvous cxl has coolant leak from the intake manifold. Several times the coolant was almost gone. After the fourth refill of fluids the service engine soon light came on and is still on. I just keep filling the coolant and driving the vehicle because I was told by the dealership that this is not covered by warranty & no recall. I can't afford $1,500 for the repair so I am driving with the possibility that the engine may blow up. The problem has not been corrected. Updated 12/12/07.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 21
Failure Date: 03/01/2007

2002 Buick Rendezvous - intake manifold gasket. . . Intake manifold gasket needs to be replaced - 2 mechanic opinions. . . One from dealer, one from private garage. After researching found out it is a common problem that Buick is aware of yet no recall. Needs "new" type of bolts, and replacement of gasket. Problems arise with low mileage. Cost to fix range from 500. 00 - 1000. 00.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 22
Failure Date: 02/09/2007

Own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. After numerous problems including speed sensor replacement, hub replacement multiple times, lift gate replacement, washer motor replacement, brake failure, odometer that zeroed out, now I am told the intake manifold has failed. Have been advised by independent garage that incidence of intake manifold failure in this vehicle is well above average. Also advised that since initial model rollout, gm has modified, redesigned the intake manifold to address manifold failure. Gm is unwilling to correct problem with vehicle which at the time of initial intake manifold problem had less than 60,000 miles on it. Repair will cost in excess of $850. 00 as long as the head gasket has not been damaged. Unfortunately while saving up the $850. For repairs, the head gasket could very well have been damaged. Will not know until I take it in for repair in a few days. Shouldn't have to pay to repair a defective design but gm is unwilling to stand behind their product.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 23
Failure Date: 02/01/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact began experiencing failure with the heater and noticed that the coolant reservoir was always empty. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and he stated that the intake manifold needed to be replaced at the cost of $800. The dealer stated that the intake manifold was replaced by the previous owner at 30,000 miles. The manufacturer stated that they could not assist due to the vehicle's age and mileage. The current mileage was 98,333 and failure mileage was 93,000.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 24
Failure Date: 01/07/2007

2002 Buick Rendezvous head gasket and intake manifold gasket failures.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 25
Failure Date: 01/01/2006

2002 Rendezvous. I have had all the problems: bad intake manifold, hole in the a/c condenser, windows falling down into the doors (twice) due to bad regulators, front passenger door became sprung on it's own, it eats tires for breakfast. I could go on. . . I contacted Buick a few times but got nowhere. I traded the car in for a Toyota.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 26
Failure Date: 12/10/2005

@ 81,000 mile the intake manifold, head gasket and front drivers side speed sensor needed replaced! recently the window has come off the track and the switch for the sunroof is no longer working! problems, problems, problems!!!!!!!!.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 27
Failure Date: 12/08/2005

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 never received any notice from gm or the dealership or dexcool regarding the problems on this vehicle and dexcool. Even after the lawsuit against gm in 2008 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! when I bought this car 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, 2010; one of the problems is transmission is slipping. Is that a result of the dexcool coolant contaminating the tranny? other work needed is steering rack (again), air compressor, & rear air shocks. The coolant leaking has caused the failure of many of the parts I have had to have fixed on this car, not just the gasket.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 28
Failure Date: 11/14/2005

My Buick Rendezvous with 65,000 miles had it's third major repair in 4 months. This time the intake manifold gasket was leaking and needed to be replaced. I was told by the service technician that this was a common problem on this vehicle and should not have happened. Gm customer service has refused to take responsibility for any of this.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 29
Failure Date: 11/05/2005

The contact stated the dealership diagnosed that the intake gasket was leaking coolant. There have been no repairs made to the vehicle due to excessive cost.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 30
Failure Date: 09/21/2005

2002 Buick Rendezvous with intake manifold gasket defect. Consumer stated the leaking intake manifold gasket was replaced for a second time in two years.

car   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem 31
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

Purchased 2002 Buick Rendezvous in April 2005 within a month started to experience locks turning on and off ,a/c also would turn on and off while driving. Car began running hot this spring had to replace manifold gaskets ,still overheating . Now car is no longer running needs major repair owe more than its worth.



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