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Cons: Center console bulkier then necesarry
Advice: Make sure you take alott of vehicles out before deciding.Great value and surprisingly good mileage. We shopped around allot and the Rendezvous was the complete package. It seemed to offer more then any other competitor at an equal or lower price and best of all has very respectable mpg. All that and a classy interior and a rich ride. Very happy with our decision. We were convinced we were going to get a Ford Escape until we went to the dealership. Very uninspired by the drive and the presentation. We looked at a Sorento next and were floored by the classy look, feel, and ride for the money, but the mileage was just not acceptable. From there is was a tough decision between the Rendezvous and the Highlander. The Rendezvous was more feature rich for the price and had more character in our opinion.
Pros: Seating flexibility and overall space available; quietness of vehicle; feels like driving a car.
Cons: Not able to open the tailgate without using the memote or releasing from dashboard
Advice: Was much more impressed the 2nd time I test drove (4 months in between) -- it grows on you.Pleased with almost everything after 3000 miles. Milage has been consistent with Buick claims. Quiet ride and stability is impressive. Power is fine-didn't buy to drive like a sportscar or haul like a truck. Made 4hr trip with 7 and tailgated with no problems. Need a roof carrier if using all seats for a trip. On the downside, middle seat of 3rd row is somewhat uncomfortable. Tailgate is large-touches garage ceiling when opened. Test drove in April, then drove MDX and Pilot. Purchased in Aug & got 6K in rebates which more than justified passing on Acura and Honda (who wouldn't budge on price). Hoping quality holds up over long haul-time will tell.
Pros: Interior Quiet, finish, comfort, style, safety & practicality.
Cons: Firestone Tires
Advice: Got a CXL FWD, should of gotten 4WDEven though I read the reviews on this vehicle on the 'lack' of power issue, I must say that the readers were exagerating, the current power coming from the 'established' 3.4 v6 is very decent to say the least, maybe is because my previous vehicle (chevy Venture) had the same power-plant and I got used to it right away. If you put something bigger the 19mpg city will suffer a lot.
Pros: The height makes it easy to get in and out of.
Cons: The pick up is very slow at the take off.
Advice: It is a great vehicle for the moneyIt has a very comfortable ride and very sharp looking vehicle. Should have a larger motor the pickup is very slow for such a heavy vehicle. We noticed that right away seeing we owned a gran prix with a 3.8 engine.
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: Supercharged 3.8 V6
Cons: Weight (weighs 3500 lbs.) you can really tell in hard cornering
Advice: Test drive it, floor it once, and I guarantee you'll like itI bought a '97 regal gs, fell in love with it, put 100k on it in less than 4 years, and bought a 2002 regal gs. i'm only 19, not the stereotypical buick customer. It's fast enough to race someone (not that i'd ever do that ;) and comfy enough for a long trip. What camry do you know of that will smoke the front tires? The engine is a dream, is very very durable (i put my old regal through purgatory and back, kept on going past 100k). People are now into souping up their cars, making them faster, only problem is that it voids the warranty. Buy a regal gs and you won't have to do anything to it. Not many cars can do 0-60mph in about 6.4 secs stock can they? It corners awesome (although in a hard corner, you can feel the car's bulk pushing the tires), and on a hard corner the rear end will give before the front end does (that 3.8 is pretty hefty). If there are any people who like to tune, the gs is easy to fix up. I've got an open exhaust and a smaller pulley on the supercharger and have been dyno'd at 304 front wheel hp, more than enough to leave an '03 Bullitt Mustang in the dust. Two words of advice if you buy a regal gs: ALWAYS use premium fuel, no matter what the price goes up to, and second is get better tires. I bought Michelin X-One's and they're a harder rubber than the Goodyear Eagles, which won't wear off as quick while they're smoking on asphalt. If you think the price is too high, take a test drive and take a look at all the standard features, then you'll understand the price. One last thing, it's governed at 112mph ;) any more questions about it, you can email me...