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Buick Rendezvous Intake Manifold Gaskets May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil

Buick Rendezvous Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Engines Affected: 3.4L V6, 3.6L V6

Average Mileage: 122,853 mi (48,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Running the engine with a coolant/oil mix may result in engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct this issue.

  • Visitor, , 3.4L V6, 72,000 mi

    Was driving home from work and surprised by the "High Coolant Temp" light and chime. Temperature gage was pegged on H(ot). I turned the AC off and saw the temp needle move down some. Continued the ride home with the needle oscillating between medium and hot.

    When I got home, I noticed the coolant bottle was still filled, suggesting that I still had coolant. Checked the oil level the next morning and noticed coolant mixed with oil. Had vehicle towed to local mechanice where it is having the lower intake manifold and head gasket manifold replaced. Mechanic recommended refilling with a non-dexcool coolant. Repair bill estimated at $1700.

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  • Clorann, , 3.4L V6, 149,860 mi

    I was driving one morning when check engine light started to flash. suddenly the check engine went solid and engine started to overheat and producing thick white smoke. The engine was diagnose head and intake gasket failure. I had to replace the engine. their was no symptoms or warnings before failure begin.

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  • Visitor, , 3.4L V6, 200,000 mi

    Small hose on to of motor was busted. Replaced it still some oil in water.So far so good motor sill runs fine.

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  • Visitor, , 194,544 mi

    I was having battery issues where my car battery was dying over night. I found that if I unplugged the battery at night it would not die. One day when I was revving the engine to charge the battery I noticed a water leak under my car. I touched it and it felt like water was leaking mixed with oil. I took it to my mechanic and he told me it was the manifold intake gasket had to be replaced. He quoted me $730 for the job. After he was done with the job he found that the radiator was clogged and that was another $$337.00 to replace the radiator. car is running fine now but I still have a battery issue where if I leave the battery plugged in over night it will die. I put a switch on the positive side of the battery where I just lift the switch whenever I leave the car for long periods of time without turning it on and so far so good :D

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  • Visitor, , 126,000 mi

    Gasket worn out!

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  •  Rookie

    engine oil leaking into the coolant and coolant leaking out of the intake gasket, engine is ruin and extended warranty won't cover it. So right now it sits.

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  • Visitor, , 104,000 mi

    small leak on garage floor mechanic said it was intake gasket. Haven't done it yet wondering if it could be waterpump since it was similar small spot when past waterpumps were 'weeping". It's been so cold haven't gotten in and looked closely. Will this weekend tho. It's been sitting in garage not driving it. Do a radiator pressure test and confirm source.

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  • Visitor, , 3.4L V6, 48,000 mi

    This is a common GM issue with this engine. Happened to a Pontiac I had also. GM will deal with you on this to defray cost. You may have to bypass dealer who gets lower payment from GM to do work. Big fight with Buick dealer. Actually would not call GM. I did it myself since Pontiac was done before by my really nice Pontiac dealer. No questions asked in their case.

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  • Visitor, , 165,000 mi

    leaking coolant and overheating..

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  • Car began to over heat on the highway on the way home. and the change engine oil light came on. I parked it and noticed coolant had mixed with my oil. I had it towed to mechanic. They said that the head gasket blew. It also needs a new intake manifold seal. cost will be between 1300 to 1500 dollars.

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