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Pros: Comfort, gas mileage
Cons: The placement of the window controls.
Advice: Check problems that have been listed with this vehicleI had some problems at first. I was on my way to Nebraska with 1700 miles on the odometer when a valve spring broke. Needless to say this was very frustrating as my time schedule was very short. After returning home after about a month I experienced some problems with the performance of the vehicle. It had a sticky valve spring. GM instructed the dealership to change the head and so far I have not had further problems. I am happy with the vehicle.
Pros: Versatrak AWD
Cons: Missing tire pressure monitor
Advice: 2002 is a great buy with rebates. 2003 is safer (due to tire pressure monitor)We loved the 2002 Rendezvous CXL we purchased. It was a great kid hauler, and seemed to be the perfect combination of safety, practicality and decadence. Unfortunatley, after we bought the car we discovered that contrary to what the Buick literature, our dealer and even the owners manual said, the car was not equiped with a tire pressure monitor. This was a go/no-go feature for my wife (who once saw a SUV in front of her roll, apparently due to a blown tire). So we ended up returning the car. According to our dealer, the tire pressure monitor is not available at all on the 2002, but is available on the 2003. So we're waiting for a rebate program on the 2003, and we'll probably try again. Other than the tire pressure monitor, my only complaint was the lack of acceleration. The car accelerates enough to be safe, I had no problems merging onto highways. A bit more zip would sure be nice, but for hauling the kids around it's just fine. My wife thought the visibilty to the side and rear was pretty bad, but the large mirrors (and the backup warning system) compensated pretty well. When shopping, we decided the second row bench seat wasn't too hot. The middle seat on the bench doubles as a torture device, and the bench seemed to block the airflow from the rear-facing AC to the third row. Also, we thought that folding down the second row seat to access the third row was awkward, especially for guests who are not trained in the ways of the Rendezvous. We solved these problem by giving up one seat and getting the second row captains chairs, which we really liked. We chose this car primarily based on safety. It came down to this car and the Toyota Sienna. The Sienna has better crash test results than the Rendezvous, but we decided that the Rendezvous crash test results were good enough, it was equal to the Sienna in other safety features, and the Versatrak AWD was an important safety feature given how much we drive in the snow. Overall, a great car. I look forward to getting a 2003 when the rebates kick in again.
Pros: Memory power seats
Cons: Rear window does not open independently
Advice: don't be cheap, get the luxury packages they are worth every pennyWhat a great vehicle Buick has built. The third row seats along with the luxury package make this feel like a Mercedes for about $15000 less. Buick went all out and did not take any shortcuts on this on. The ride is smooth and luxurious but has the spaciousness of a full size truck. All I can say is thanks Buick.
Pros: The interior room and versatility
Cons: The powerplant is too small
Advice: Make sure you get the rear parking aid, or paralell parking will be an advetureAfter six years of driving two GMC Jimmy trucks, switching to the Buick Rendezvous has been a most welcome change. From one drive, I immediately noticed three major differences: First, the wider, roomier feel inside. Compared to the Jimmy/Blazer, this truck's interior is huge. Also, having test-driven the new TrailBlazer before purchasing the Buick, I can say it feels roomier than the new Chevy as well. Second, the smooth and quiet ride. I have occasionally turned the radio off and closed the windows just to 'listen' to the silence. Third, the interior's more sophisticated look and feel. Very car-like and nicely appointed. I must admit, when I first laid eyes on the Rendezvous at it's introduction last year, I was not in love with the exterior's look, but it too, has grown on me, and I now appreciate that it's not like every other cookie-cutter SUV on the road. It gets noticed. Study this truck for some time, and it's quirky good looks become evident. The truck really has nice lines. This is by no means, the perfect SUV, but the only fault I can point to so far is the engine. While it's powerful enough to get by, Buick needs to up the horsepower for sure. GM's 3.8 litre would make this a screamer. I would recommend this truck without reservation.
Pros: 'Heads-up' Display, OnStar System, Heated Leather seats
Cons: Not as quiet as I would expect or like.
Advice: You will not find a better value for the price - Use the extra cash to go on a vacation trip.I've owned & driven this vehicle for 10 months. It has the comfort and ride of a car, the feel and performance of a SUV, and the seating/convenience of a minivan.
Pros: Radio supression
Cons: Thumping in the rear suspension
Advice: It's all good!Great in snow. Fun to drive - even the teens like to drive it!
Pros: Interior gadgetry and comfort.
Cons: Rear styling
Advice: Don't expect a hotrod. It's got enough pep to get you thereIt's not as powerful as my '98 Jimmy but is equal in handling.