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Cons: everything else
Advice: buy a dodgeI have owned a few buicks and my rendezvous is the worst car i have ever owned. First the gauge cluster went out at about 5000 miles. The headlights flash very quickly every once in a while. Valves tap all the time dealer said its piston slap but gm won't fix it. Wheel bearings have been replaced 3 times and right tierod once. Hood rusted all around edges and car is garaged. Air conditioning condensor went out. radio is broke stays on full volume and won't turn off even when keys out of ignition. Took staight to dealer and gm would not cover it want 350 dollars to replace.versatrack is great but the way the exahast is run over the rearend it ehcos in the spare tire well and makes the cabin noise level terrible can't hear kids in back seat. I will will not be buying another gm product thats for sure. I asked gm to buy this vehicle back and they refused now i will refuse to do bussiness with them for life.
Cons: Lack of power.
Advice: Buy the larger engine. At more than two tons, this vehicle is underpowered at 180 hp.I bought the Rendevous CX Plus for my wife right before a planned road trip from St. Louis to Traverse City, Mich., to Ithaca, NY, and then on to Washington, D.C. before returning to the Show Me State. It was our first SUV so I really didn't know what to expect. I drive an Infiniti G35, so I expected to be dissapointed. But after more than 3,000 miles, despite a decided lack of power, I was definitely satisfied with its overall performance. Great room, comfortable ride, attractive appearance, surprisingly quiet on the road and an overall 25 mpg on the highway. And, oh, that OnStar--what a great feature! Why doesn't every car offer it?
Pros: Driver Information Center
Cons: Poor gas milage & lack of power
Advice: wait for a more powerful engine.Nice driving car, not enough power.
Pros: Automatic load leveling, memory seats and mirrors, standard rear doors in lieu of sliding doors
Cons: The Uniroyal Tiger Paws - Noisy at low speeds and wearing quickly
Advice: Up-grade to better tires, get the CXL if you can afford to & wait for the high rebatesWe purchased this loaded 2003 Buick Rendezvous CXL in August of 2003. The rebates were great and the dealer contribution made the vehicle a little more affordable. The dash gages are hard to read, but the heads up display helps. The load leveling feature is great when towing and/or hauling a load. The outside mirrors are 'BIG', but at least you can see what's behind you better. Handling and power is OK, but remember it's not a race car. The third row seat is not made for adults on a long trip, but for short rides it is OK. The second row captains chairs are very comfortable, as well as the front row buckets. The memory seat and mirrors is a great feature. It would be helpful to have a running board to help smaller and elderly people access the vehicle. The ride is very comfortable and seems to be more car like than SUV like. There are so many features on the CXL that make the vehicle so pleasing that one has to test drive it and check it out.
Pros: Cargo space and gas mileage.
Cons: Hard to say... maybe the Bosch windshield wipers... GM original was better.
Advice: Roomy .. easy to handle... good gas mileage... quiet smooth ride.. convenientThis is a two year report on my Buick Rendezvous... Problems 0 ... hasn't been back to the dealership for anything but oil changes and tire rotations.. over 23,000 Pgh. miles and it has more power now than new... I know because of the long steep grade I have to pull every day getting to work and back... it doesn't have to down shift anymore. Gas mileage is better than a 4cyl CRV... a coworker travels the same route as me to work and I'm getting at least 22mpg and he hasn't gotten 21 yet... and the Buick is larger heavier smoother. The engine isn't as nice as the 3800 in my Bonneville ... but close... and the gas mileage is better. Being able to take all the seats out is nice and handy .. no other SUV can do this.
Pros: The overall quality.
Cons: Uncomfortable seating in center of back seat...and price!
Advice: Take a test drive and see for yourself.We test drove a 2003 used Rendezvous. The Rendezvous drove like a dream, handled very well and even my big guys in the back seat were comfortable. (Except in the one in the middle!) Compared to other small SUV's this one seemed more spacious inside. The kids loved the audio system and husband loved the power. The storage areas are superb! If you can afford it, this is really a great vehicle.
Pros: Quiet ride
Cons: Terrible visibility round giant outside mirrors, handling is awful.
Advice: There are much better vehicles out there, but the price is very competitive.Overall this is a quiet, comfortable minivan in disguise. The high step in height causes problems for my 6-year old son to climb in the back, but he likes the visibility and having an opening window unlike a minivan. Generally the ride is good, except the rear suspension is seriously underdamped causing the back to bounce over bumps. This can be very disconcerting when going through corners. Don't waste your money on the traction control system as it is so slow to react to wheelspin that it is useless. Not a great vehicle, but if you want a quiet, relaxed and practical van then this is probably a good one for the price.