The Rendezvous is Buick's
crossoverSUV, but in truth it's more
minivan than rugged off-road vehicle. Although the Rendezvous' unusual exterior design is intended to conceal its minivan origins, it's hard not to notice the low step-in height and tall roof. These same exterior dimensions, however, make for a truly spacious interior, including a usable third-row seat capable of comfortably accommodating two adults. The Rendezvous line has been paired down to just two trim levels this year, prompting the loss of the all-wheel-drive model and the larger 3.6-liter V6 engine. Still, the front-wheel-drive layout performs well in snow and the Rendezvous' long list of appealing features and quasi-SUV image make a good choice for parents seeking to avoid the stigma associated with driving a minivan.
If they still made them I'd be first in line !!
By corky on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,500
Cons: "Less than advertised mpg, A lot of repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"We bought this 2003 Buick Rendezvous as a used car. We specifically sought out the FWD version instead of the AWD because the fuel economy was SUPPOSED to be close to 25 mpg. We have NEVER gotten better than 21, basically the same as the AWD version. Also, before 100,000 miles the rocker arm was pushed up out of the head. The shank holding it in the head was significantly smaller than that of the rocker arms of another car we had with the same motor. This happened on the freeway at 75 mph. We got that repaired and then it happened not just once but twice more. Each time a different rocker arm. The mechanic finally just went to the junk yard and got the heavier duty rocker arms from another similar motor and replaced all of those he hadn't replaced yet. SERIOUS DESIGN FLAW!!! Cost us in total nearly $2,000. Other aspects just seem to be done on the cheap. The electrical system has a problem and the power port/cigarette lighter keeps blowing fuses every time we plug in a charger for a phone. The headliner is falling down because the clips broke and the ignition switch went bad. Just shoddy parts and workmanship. I have owned Buick vehicles for years and have loved each one but this one is a BUST!"
Cons: "Does not speed up quickly when mergin onto highway"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car when it was 3 years old, I now have had it for 6 years. It's roomy and I have only had a few instances where it has needed repairs. One where the gas gauge broke. It cost me 200 to fix. I believe at the amount of miles I have on it it probably could use a tune up but it's still running strong. I would recommend this car for anyone who wants a reliable older model car. It's not the most comfortable. I mean I have sat in better but it's not the worst either."