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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...
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: Comfort and ride
Cons: no sunglass holder like the accord
Advice: get the leather interiorWhat a surprise. My previous cars were Accord and Camry. Both high-quality, dependable drives. But I wanted something just a little bigger and more comfortable. I found a great deal on a Regal program car. Now, this is a comfortable car. Just a pleasure to drive. The looks are refined and clean. No clutter -- inside or out. The 3.8 engine is perfect for highway driving.It's powerful and not to be confused with peppy.
Pros: (1) Large Car (2) Good gas mileage (3) Smooth and quiet ride
Cons: Image of 'Old Folks Car'
Advice: Good car with a history of good reliability.Great acceleration for a big car. Great fuel efficiency for a large car, and we are meeting the ratings for fuel use. A lot of interior room and cargo room. Good handling and a very smooth and quiet ride.
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: touring suspension
Cons: Outside mirrors too high for my very short wife
Advice: Drive it, you'll like itGood acceleration. Excellent seating comfort Excellent highway feel with the touring suspension.