Battery Problems of Buick Rendezvous

Buick Rendezvous owners have reported 13 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Buick Rendezvous based on all problems reported for the Rendezvous.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 1
Failure Date: 10/23/2009

I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and the battery power drain which resulted in the car going into security mode. The security warning now flashes above the speedometer and my radio states locked. The power windows & locks, radio, fog lights, interior lights and ac are not working due to the security feature being enabled. The keyless remote is not responding to the truck as well. I have also heard and read about several Rendezvous owners having this problem. I am surprise it is not consider part of the recall on the 02 rdz.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 2
Failure Date: 09/17/2009

I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvous and on many (at least once per month for the last 3 yrs) occasions driving (especially at night), the power goes out to all the outside and inside lights and the car seems to do a system reboot. We've been scared out of our mind and have to pull over to remedy it (by unplugging battery and putting it back on) we've had the whole car shut off, lose power steering and nearly run off an embankment. We've taken it to mechanics, but it still happens. Other website complaints show it is the body control module and gm is aware of it, but no recall has occurred. I am attempting to get this looked at now, but after looking at the website complaints, I'm not the only one dealing with this. These have all been near-misses for our family and one was extremely scary when you have an 18-wheeler coming at you with not lights and no power steering at night. Please move forward and have gm do something about this before it results in something more severe than near-miss accidents.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 3
Failure Date: 10/10/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. The contact noticed that the power locks were inoperative, which prevented him from exiting and locking the doors. Secondly, he noticed that the instrument panel gauges displayed inaccurate readings. Thirdly, he noticed that the battery warning indicator illuminated on the instrument control panel. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the battery and two modules in the electrical system. One week after the repair, the failure resurfaced. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 4
Failure Date: 08/31/2008

2002 Buick Rendezvous. Dealership has informed me that bcm needs replacement. Internet searches show me that this has been a problem for many owners. This is a very serious problem & I am just relieved that my family did not suffer any serious physical harm from the incident. Car packed to bring son back to college. All of a sudden, while traveling at highway speed, all electrical controls seemed to stop. Radio cut out, all windows became inoperable, air conditioning stopped, back hatch inoperable. Control panel gave security alert and locked message across radio display. Biggest problem was fact that we were traveling at high speed on interstate on a very hot day. No operable windows and no a. C. Had to exit over to shoulder. Took short spurts of stopping car to manually open doors for air, until we could return to our house. In the two weeks proceeding this incident, we had some sort of coil replaced in our steering column, and the car's battery replaced (already had replaced last year). Car only has 77,000 miles on it. Also were a victim of the Rendezvous' cracked a/c condenser about 2 yrs ago. This car seems to have some major problems and there are tsbs on this stuff, but no recalls. This latest problem with the bcm was very scary and dangerous! even though getting replaced at nearly $1,000 to me, I am afraid of driving this car on the highway. It was like the car was possessed.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 5
Failure Date: 02/15/2008

I have experienced a series of mechanical failures on my vehicle since the year I purchased it. The latest incident was 02/15/08 wherein the lights on the vehicle console began to flash. . . Engine coolant light, change oil, battery-the vehicle then began to slow down approaching 42mph (the car had regular maintenance on 02/08/08). This occurred on highway 680 southbound during rush hour traffic. The vehicle has been serviced repeatedly for the same issue with no remedy more than five times. I now feel at risk and feel the vehicle is a safety hazard. The car completely shut down on me 08/30/07 in triple digit heat on highway 680 northbound. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership for service. I was told the problem was a faulty fuel filter. The filter was replaced and the problem recurred about 3 or 4 weeks later. The dealership and gm tell me that since they cannot duplicate the problem, there is nothing they can do. The previous time I had my vehicle serviced for mechanical failure, my husband picked the vehicle up for repair and he experienced the same problem immediately after pulling off the delearship property. All of my services have been performed by the same dealership. All of my maintenance is current. There must be some reasonable explanation for this recurring problem, but no one seems to have an answer. I have had the computer/parts replaced twice within 6 months, fuel filters replaced, sensors replaced and a host of other items. I want to get rid of the vehicle at this point because I have to travel almost 30 miles one way to my place of employment. Since gm says there is nothing wrong with the vehicle, I should at least be able to trade the current vehicle in at the highest trade-in value and purchase a vehicle of similar design and value.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous 6
Failure Date: 11/24/2006

: the contact stated while driving 30 mph, all the interior lights went out intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the problem. The consumer stated the service engine light stayed on for days. The alrm didn't work, the key would get stuck in the ignition, the ac did not cool properly, the abs would engage when it was not needed, the battery was replaced, the turn signals wouldn't cancel, the doors wouldn't unlock when the vehicle was placed in park. Updated 12/29/06.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 7
Failure Date: 09/03/2006

At approx 20,000 miles my air conditioner unit went bad. I believe it was the condenser. At approx 23,000 miles my radio will stay on after we exited the car and would drain our battery. Took it to the dealer and found no problems. They regrounded the electrical system. After a couple of hundred miles same issue returned and didn't bother taking it to the dealer. At approx 30,000 miles we were getting a check engine light but dealer didn't find anything. They thought it was air in the fuel tank. Had same issues for a couple of times but didn't bother taking it to the dealer. At approx 45,000 -50,00 the computer unit went bad. The speedometer, odometer, temperature gauge and fuel gauge was going haywire. The dealer replaced the computer unit and at the same time they found the intake manifold gasket was bad. They went ahead and replaced it. At approx 50,00 - 52,000 the key cylinder went bad. I couldn't put in the ignition key and had to tow the truck to the dealer. I never had those problems with previous vehicles. Now at approx 57,500 miles there is a noise in the engine compartment. There's no noise when the engine idles when the car is stopped. When the truck starts speeding up you hear a hum in the engine compartment. The faster you go the louder it gets. It also gets louder if you steer to the right. I have to take it to the dealer to find out what's wrong. The problem is that after you get the car fixed, there's always some other things going bad. Once after another. I have to be at the dealer once a month. There is a website that you can reference to these similar incidents that correspond to what I have been experiencing. . Read more...

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 8
Failure Date: 03/01/2006

The contact owns a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. While driving 45 mph, the interior lights dimmed for approximately three seconds. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure; however, they replaced the electronic brake and traction control module along with the body control module. The failure continued. The dealer stated that the hvac control head and the battery caused the failure. The contact stated that her husband replaced both parts and there had been no further occurrences. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard a clinking noise coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle then shut off without warning. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact took the vehicle to a different mechanic and he stated that the transmission failed. As of November 8, 2007, the mechanic had not repaired the vehicle. The contact stated that the front passenger side electronic door locks would not operate. As of November 8, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 65,000.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 9
Failure Date: 08/26/2005

While driving all electrics shut off- engine seems to keep running. This is especially troubling at night. There is a ding-ding battery display turns on briefly then all interior lights, dashboard, and exterior lights shut down for 2 to 3 seconds. This has happened to my wife 3 or 4 times and to me on a very dark road. We purchased the car used and had it 3 weeks -the dealer replaced battery which tested bad -the dealer took care of labor but we had to pay for the battery. 3 days later same issue occurred.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Buick Rendezvous 10
Failure Date: 06/23/2005

Purchased 2004 Buick Rendezvous 6/22/2005 and while traveling to work on busy belt-line waiting in traffic, the vehicle just shut down completely and battery light came on. Put vehcile in neutral and it restarted. Later found that presets in radio had all been erased which would indicate a complete loss of electrical power. This has the potential to be a serious safety concern due to the possibilty of rear end collisions. Have read of similar complaints from other owners of this vehicle with out resolution. Will contact dealership if problem continues to happen.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 11
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

Transmission was kicking in and out and found out from transmission dealer that the electrical carriage was burnt and repaired/replaced. Now the gas gauge does not work, air conditioner quit and sensor for reversing quit as well. We are wondering if this carriage issue would control these other issues? there are a number of issues that continues to be a problem, that appears to be sensor/electrical related. We have also had several instances lately where the car would stall. We thought it was the battery, but the battery was fine.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous 12
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

While turning right or left at any speed the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but the mechanic could not distinguish the problem. The battery light has begun to illuminate intermittently.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous 13

Consumer complained about an ignition problem. Ignition turned over but won't start. Computer showed there was no problem. Also, battery replaced.

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