Buick Rendezvous owners have reported 15 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings (under the service brakes 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.
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.
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My 2002 Rendezvous almost had a crash because of instant brake failure due to a rapture of the original brake-line. I had the brake line repaired immediately and was told all my original brake lines are corroded and need to be replaced. I contacted gm with this issue , got a case number 71-145-560-7396 , and was told by ms. Bianka ( the highest ranked resolution officer ) gm does not consider this a latent defect issue and will not correct the brake line problem.
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the brakes failed and the emergency brake was used to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who noticed that the warning indicator low brake fluids warning light was illuminated. The mechanic diagnosed that the brake lines that crossed over from the drivers side to the passenger side were fractured due to rust on the inside. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 134,000.
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Rear brake line broke because of rust. Pedal went to the floor then lost all brake fluid for rear brakes after a couple stops.
I was driving home from work, I tried to stop my car and the brakes went to the floor, the car started smoking, and I had to put the car in low so it would slow down. And when it slowed I finally got it to stop. The mechanic said the car was put together funny and that the brake line corroded cause its over the exhaust. I didn't get hurt but I could have, but if it were someone who didn't know how to slow down a car, or a new driver it could have been bad.
No brakes, brake line rusted and burst, due to it being under fire wall, according to the mechnaic the fire wall gets wet and this causes rust to set in. The brake line was not visible to mechanic to do an inspection during regular safety checks. Since the line was not visible there is no way to tell if it is viable. Thankfully we felt the brakes go soft and stopped safely. This is a poor design, and am not sure how many more cars are designed in a similar manner.
Brake failure due to corroded brake line on firewall above exhaust pipe. I was able to bring car to full stop using emergency brake. Because of light traffic and low speed major accident was avoid. Brake line fixed by shelton Buick dealer in rochester hills and price was $429. 70. I'm finding out that this is common problem with this type of gm vehicles.
1st occasion (3/11/11): I was driving east bound on a freeway, in the right lane, and at a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour. I also had my two young boys (ages 4 and 7) in the car with me. I had to brake suddenly when traffic backed up unexpectedly and it was at that moment my brakes failed and I had to veer off the right shoulder and up onto the embankment and fortunately did not crash into another car. I had minimal brake power. My regular repair shop was about 3 miles away and was able to very slowly drive my car there. The brake line on abs pump to right wheel had to be replaced. 2nd occasion (2/28/13): I was driving east bound in the right lane of a busy road during rush hour traffic. I was going about 30 miles per hour. I had to brake hard for traffic backed up at an intersection. Again, my brakes failed and fortunately there was enough distance for me stop before hitting the car in front of me. I had minimal brake power. At the intersection I turned right, heading south bound and then was able to safely pull into a parking lot and park my car. This time I had to be towed to my repair shop. The same brake line failed ¿ the brake line on the abs pump to right wheel had to be replaced again.
I was driving with my family and went to apply the brake. I had good pressure at first, but then lost all brake pressure. I was able to get to the side of the road and coast to a stop. After getting the car home, I found a hole that had rusted through the brake line leading to the front right brake. I am currently in the process of getting the car in for repairs. A brake line should not rust through on a car that is under 10 years old. . . . Actually they should never rust through, they are the most important component of a safety system. Use quality steel, brakes are not a good place for car companies to skimp.
Brake failure due to corroded brake line on firewall above exhaust pipe. Those 2 brake lines are shielded together by a heat shielded insulation which in return keeps in moisture and corrodes brake lines,very poor design. Called gm to see if there is a recall and see if they can do anything about this problem financially ,waiting for answer. This is going to be a common problem and expensive one,on top of being a dangerous one. Have to replace front and rear passenger brake lines,if one corroded the other one will follow.
My 2002 Buick Rendezvous had complete brake failure a few months ago. Luckily I was only traveling about 10 miles an hour and was within a mile of home. The brake line had rusted out. This car was stored in a garage when not driven and has been in florida for two years. The Buick dealership implied that this is just common wear and tear. There was no warning, and no repair shop that did work on the car ever indicated this rusting of the brake line was happening. Car had about 100,000 miles on it. I have also been through three control modules, luckily covered under warranty. Also, because I got an extended warranty at time of purchase, the air conditioning, the head gasket and various other problems were covered. This 2002 model definitely has some specific and expensive and dangerous problems. Lately, it's calmed down. Great car for comfort, and roomy for carrying household items. Too bad Toyota didn't make it.
Main brake line between front brakes rusted through and all brakes were lost instantly. According to brake mechanic, the line runs under the firewall and has insulation wrapped around the line. The insulation retains moisture and allows it to start the rust process. Brake failure would be sudden and without warning. Brake failure occurred in this situation when vehicle was being backed out of a parking stall and brakes were applied. Brake pedal went to the floor with little or no brake response. My wife and grandson were in the car. If this had happened on the freeway, they could have been killed with the sudden and total loss of brakes.
2002 Buick Rendezvous with approx. 80k miles at time of failure. At approximately 40mph while exiting the freeway, the front brakes failed totally. I was (barely) able to stop the vehicle safely due to the relatively low speed at the time of the failure. It is pure luck that there was not an accident or fatality. The brake failure was due to a rusted out front brake line that runs from left to right behind the engine and against the firewall. It is impossible to see unless the vehicle is on a lift. The ruptured brake line was replaced by shelton pontiac at a cost of $620. When gm was contacted about the failure, they took the position that rust was normal and it was the owner's responsibility to inspect the brake lines and replace as necessary. They refused to acknowledge a problem or to help with the repair cost in any way whatsoever.
Brakes failed on 2004 Buick Rendezvous.
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When changing the oil to our 2002 Buick Rendezvous, my husband found bubbles in both front brake lines. We took the vehicle to bob myers Buick dealership in our home town of anderson, in and was told the service department inspected the brake system and found all rubber components damaged due to possible fluid contamination. They advised it would require replacement of all rubber components and complete system flush to prevent further damage. The estimate was quite expensive and we were advised this would not be under warranty. We took our vehicle then to dean's engine shop, anderson, in and had them do repair work. He advised on our paid receipt " checked for contaminated brake fluid, took master cly apart and checked, none found, possible defect in rubber hoses; replaced rubber lines at all 4 wheels replaced master cyl flushed out and blead total cost of $572. 26 (repairs done 3-4-04) first inspection from bob myers Buick 2-25-04. We also had to pay for a rental vehicle while our vehicle was in for this repair 02-27-04 to 03-02-04.
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|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
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|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Grinding Noise problems||
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|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Fluid Leak problems||