GM Extends Warranty on Some Front Whe...

GM Extends Warranty on Some Front Wheel Bearings

There are 105 comments on the WKYC-TV Cleveland story from Sep 18, 2006, titled GM Extends Warranty on Some Front Wheel Bearings. In it, WKYC-TV Cleveland reports that:

If you own a Buick Rendezvous or Pontiac Aztek, General Motors says front wheel bearings on 2002 through 2004 models could wear out prematurely.

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Ernest Lee Khandid

United States

#81 Apr 4, 2011
2005 Rendevous needs wheel bearings changed between 12,000 and 18,000. Unbelieveable GM would put this trash on the road and not have a recall and free replacement.
Now that's GM is government operated, no more GM's for the rest of my buying years.
Dwarner

Macedonia, OH

#82 Apr 4, 2011
I have a 2007 Rendezvous I purchased with 36k at 40k both front bearings went. Covered under warranty, six months later bearing went out again bearings covered under warranty but labor $500.00. Now 13 months later front bearings gone again.
For Sale one American made junk buick....
Someone offers you a Rendezvous tell them thanks but no thanks.
Buying Honda in Ohio
Chip wrote:
I purchased a 06 Rendezvous in dec 2006 with 19000 miles on it. In August 2008 BOTH front wheel assemblies had bad bearings at 44000 miles and were replaced at my cost as the car was out of warranty. now, 14 months later the right front is bad again with a roar coming from the front wheel. what is up? does anyone know of whether Buick is doing anything for this?
Margo

Fresno, CA

#83 Apr 23, 2011
I have an 02 Buick Rendezvous and it has gone through front wheel bearings like I cant even describe. I have placed 4 on the front drivers side just in the past year. I have taken it to the dealer to check and all they tell me is that it needs bearings, no reason why it needs them ALL THE TIME! I miss my old Honda. This car has run ok but the front end by the wheels has been a nightmare and
Buick will not own up to, and explain why. It has been a terrible experience for my family.
Frank

Prairie Village, KS

#84 Jun 4, 2011
I own a 2004 Buick Rendezvous 2wd. This is the last GM I intend to own. There is a Toyota in my future.
Jennifer

Pearland, TX

#85 Jun 9, 2011
2005 Aztek wrote:
I have just started having this trouble at 77k miles with my 2005. I'm looking to see where I can file the complaint to hopefully get the 05 and 06's included.
Did you have any luck? I too have an 05 that is growling, replaced the brakes, and now the "service active traction" light is on. Don't feel safe it slips a bit when I least expect it.
Jennifer

Pearland, TX

#86 Jun 9, 2011
'05 Buick Rendezvous, front growling sound :( after reading up on this site pretty sure it is the wheel bearings. It is past the 5 years obviously, but under 100,000 miles, what do I need to do to get GM to take responsibility for this defect and fix?
Anne from Pennsylvania

Honesdale, PA

#87 Jun 19, 2011
I have an 07 Buick Rendezvous, front wheel drive, had to have front and rear brakes last year at 25,000 miles....front brakes replaced after hearing a noise like a flat tire, then would disappear....this year driver's side wheel bearing and only 28,000 miles!! I am going to write GM to see if they will cover this.
keith

United States

#90 Oct 29, 2011
yes i have had my bearings replace. right now i am burning about 1 quart every 3000 miles. i use mobile 1 extended life. they say (dealer ship) that is normal.
keith

United States

#91 Oct 29, 2011
opps. sorry about that. 2006 rendezous, all wheel drive went out also. Takes bumps bad, had it in to check shocks dealer said they were ok. warranty is getting ready to end. is there anything i should have the look at before it goes of warranty?
Mary

Portland, OR

#92 Nov 29, 2011
Wow... should have seen it coming. I have owned an 05 Rendezvous for 3 years now. Going on my 3rd set of wheel hub assemblies. The speedometer died at about 60K. What a piece of crap. Piece of advice, replace the hubs yourself. The warranty through the parts store is 3 years to lifetime and it doesn't take much to replace it. Wish I'd had a better grasp on the problems before I bought it. I've owned 3 Honda's and NEVER experienced one problem with any of them. Guess what kind of car I'll be buying next? Hint: It WON'T be American made.
karen PA

Philadelphia, PA

#93 Dec 3, 2011
Had my 2003 Rendezvous for almost a year, I have a growling noise on the pass. side, when I bought it heard it on the my side (left), Well anyway called Action News for help, they called the dealer and they did fix the problem, but new bearing on left side, but then 5mth later I'm hearing right side!! Took it to two shops I thought it was breaks they said didn't need them! So could it be right side bearings, Do they replace both sides at the same time or is that not nessary?? Also my tire has been going flat, does that have anything to do with this problem??
Big Daddy

The Colony, TX

#94 Dec 26, 2011
Donna wrote:
<quoted text>where is the plug located that come unplugged
The plug is located on the hub assembly. It controls the anti-lock system.You have to pull the wheel off to get to it. It may take some searching, but if you can change your own oil, chances are you can find it. It should come from the back and go up the strut area. Good luck, it should be the only plug ends in that area.
Olds Silhouette

Seattle, WA

#95 Jan 15, 2012
I can't believe this. I have an 2002 Olds Silhouette with the same problems as many Rendezvous owners. My front wheel bearings went out when it only had a few thousand miles on it. I'm glad it was covered under warranty. But now I am having all the other problems too, and then some! GM is not a Great Machine any more. Maybe Garbage Machine!:-(
I should have bought a Japanese vehicle instead!
Pragmatist

Greenville, MI

#96 Jan 31, 2012
Have 2007 Rendezvous with 26,000 miles & front wheel bearing failed. Fortunately still under the 5 year drive train warranty, so took it back to the dealer who repaired it with no hassle. Picked it up today and returned to the dealer after driving it a couple of miles as it still had a rumble in the front end. Turns out the bearing on the other side is also bad and is now being replaced! I reschearched this car on the net and in consumers report before I bought it and it had rave reviews. Guess reviews don't mean much. I bought my first buick, a Wildcat, in 1967 & another every 3-5 years since. Bought my LAST Buick 2007.
suck 04 pontiac

Houston, TX

#97 Feb 7, 2012
wats tha code pso455
Dawn

Elk Grove Village, IL

#98 Sep 26, 2012
Creaking in rear for me was bushings!
nworb44

Pulaski, TN

#99 Feb 18, 2013
Doug Theiss wrote:
I took my 2003 Rendezvous in three or four times while it was under it's original 36,000 mile warranty and complained of a "growling" coming from the front wheels. The dealership said they could not "duplicate the problem and that they could find nothing wrong. Now the vehicle has 71,000 miles on it and we received the notification from Buick regarding the problem. We took the vehicle back to the dealer and they have now found the problem with the wheel bearing but it is no longer under warranty, so they won't pay. Any suggestions? Anyone else out theri with a similar problem?
go straight to GM. customer rep.
Bob C

Winona, MN

#100 Mar 1, 2013
I have a 2002 Rendezvous that was "free" from my father in law. Didn't want it, based on horrible reviews and expensive repair record. Last few days heard the growling sound from left front wheel, today it made all kinds of weird noises. Anti-lock brakes and traction control lights went on. Lucky I took it in; the wheel bearing assembly was totally shot. The local mechanic found files on possible recall and called Buick for me. Turns out GM issued an extended warrantee for 60,000 miles until 2012. Of course, my Buick has 60,500 miles, and it's two months past the extended warrantee.$360. Waiting for the other bearings to fail. Will go to Buick dealer and see if something can be done about the first repair but I don't have much hope.
buickleasbre owner

Orillia, Canada

#101 Apr 6, 2013
just replaced the l/f wheel bearing on my 1997 Buick le sabre it has 120,000 klm on it that's like 75,000 miles , it took 20 mins to do if you can fit brake pads you can easily replace the hub assembly , and well worth it I love this car and it has no other real issues there's a lot worse out there ,, and these cars are more interesting than any Honda ,,,, sorry Honda guys but i'll happily replace the wheel hub assembly every other year than drive a Honda
Bob C

Winona, MN

#102 Apr 6, 2013
Bob C wrote:
I have a 2002 Rendezvous that was "free" from my father in law. Didn't want it, based on horrible reviews and expensive repair record. Last few days heard the growling sound from left front wheel, today it made all kinds of weird noises. Anti-lock brakes and traction control lights went on. Lucky I took it in; the wheel bearing assembly was totally shot. The local mechanic found files on possible recall and called Buick for me. Turns out GM issued an extended warrantee for 60,000 miles until 2012. Of course, my Buick has 60,500 miles, and it's two months past the extended warrantee.$360. Waiting for the other bearings to fail. Will go to Buick dealer and see if something can be done about the first repair but I don't have much hope.
UPDATE:
Went to Buick dealer service manager, who was actually pretty civil to me. He called GM. The extended warrantee on the 2002 Rendezvous ran out in 2007. Bottom line is I have an old car, and even with low miles I'm still out of luck with this well-known defect. Waiting for the other 3 bearings to go kaput, which doesn't inspire confidence to drive very far considering how fast the first one disintegrated (about a day from when I first heard the noise).

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