Wiring problems of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous

Four problems related to wiring have been reported for the 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous based on all problems reported for the 2003 Rendezvous.

car   Wiring problem 1
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and failed to restart. The contact mentioned that the abs and the service traction system warning indicator illuminated. Also, the fuel gauge was giving inaccurate readings. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the electrical wiring under the seat had corroded due to the internal leakage of the ac unit. As a result, the carpet created mold due to the wetness and the floor board was corroded as well. The mechanic also discovered that the all wheel drive was disabled. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

car   Wiring problem 2
Failure Date: 08/25/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact noticed smoke from the driver's side front seat. Upon further inspection, she noticed flames coming from the vehicle. She took her vehicle to a dealer and they concluded that when she adjusted her seat, the track ran over a cord in the wiring harness that created a fire. The vehicle does not have optional heat/cooler integrated seats. The technician stated that the seat would have to be replaced and the wiring in the electrical system needed to be repaired. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

car   Wiring problem 3
Failure Date: 06/20/2008

Smoke began to billow into vehicle shortly after our babysitter pulled out from parking lot. She pulled off the road immediately and turned off the ignition. After vehicle was towed in for repair, it was determined that the insulation on the main wiring harness had worn through where the wires rubbed against the front passenger airbag. Deemed by mechanic to have been a design flaw that nearly resulted in a fire. I have the remains of the wiring harness available for your inspection if necessary.

car   Wiring problem 4
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

While operating the vehicle on snow-covered roads, the abs and awd systems abruptly stopped working with the warning lights coming on. This happened several times that day before arriving home, causing the car to slide through an intersection at one point. Dealer found a corroded wiring harness due to water. The location of this harness is exposed on the undercarriage of the car and is still exposed to normal wet weather driving. The failure of this harness caused the abs and awd sensor to overheat and disable the systems. In the process, the wheel bearings also overheated requiring replacement and repair. Total cost: $890.

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