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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Buick Rendezvous Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.4 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous

  • A much improved version of the Aztek, but with an old-tech, low-power V6 and still relatively awkward proportions, it's a tough sell over an MDX.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Available third-row seat that folds flush with the load floor, independent rear suspension, optional rear parking assist.

  • Cons

    Down on power compared to the competition, minimal off-road capability.

  • What's New for 2002

    Who woulda thought -- a Buick SUV? More accurately, the Rendezvous is one of a new breed of crossover vehicles that combines the look and utility of an SUV with the comfort of a touring car. The Rendezvous is based on the Pontiac Aztek, itself based on GM's minivan family consisting of the Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette.

Full 2002 Buick Rendezvous Review

What's New for 2002

Who woulda thought -- a Buick SUV? More accurately, the Rendezvous is one of a new breed of crossover vehicles that combines the look and utility of an SUV with the comfort of a touring car. The Rendezvous is based on the Pontiac Aztek, itself based on GM's minivan family consisting of the Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Nice family car

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Vehicle: 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my 2002 Buick RDZ CXL near 80K miles for $5,500. So far the only significant maintenance that I have had to perform is replacing an expensive sensor in the rear dif. that enabled AWD ($650). Ouch! But no problems otherwise. Nice luxury features for the money. Will probably be switching air ride shocks for stock shocks because the air pump is going, but its just routine care. Not crazy about the lack of power, but it makes me drive slower (my wife is happier). Handled very well in the winter. Surprised that I don't need my truck every time I go to Lowes. Service Records did show that previous owner had trouble with intake. Not my dream car, but a nice cheap drive so far.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Still going

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Vehicle: 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I have owned my 2002 Rendezvous for 6 years now. I bought the car for $6,500. in 2007 and up till a year ago hardly had an issue. Last year I did do some engine work and this year replaced the transmission. The transmission was due to a solenoid. This is a common flaw in these transmissions. Other than that hardly any repairs. I did also replace the wheel bearings this year. Hoping to get another few years out of it.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Lucky (i guess)

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Vehicle: 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

It has been a pleasurable 3 years; I bought this car at a buy here pay here lot with 99000 miles on it, and it has been great. NO PROBLEMS, jus the usual breaks, oil change, and tires (which could get expensive). If I were to say something negative I would probably tell you that it is a gas consumer. Car has no problems, but as some of the reviews here I guess I'm a lucky one. GREAT CAR!!!!



4 of 10 people found this review helpful

Dont make this mistake

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Vehicle: 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

bought used. WORSE car EVER! first transmission went out, cost close to 2 grand to fix, then over heated due to a leak in the coolant system, blew an intake gasket costing another wad of money, then the AC went out, AWD and antilock break system went out, replaced thermostat three times, and now has a blown head gasket! been in the shop more than it has been driven. Still paying payment :(



5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Very happy with this car.

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Vehicle: 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

We bought this car new in Dec 2001. We have done regular maintanence. The car now have over 195,000 miles and is still great to drive. There were a few early repairs done under warrenty, but we have had few problems with the car. Just the unual, tires, brakes, shocks, regular oil changes, etc. I love driving the car. It is very comfortable. Even though the car in nearly 10 years old, many people thing is is still fairly new. They are always surprised to find out it is a 2002. So far the car has been very reliable. I was hoping to see more positive reviews of the car. I can only think that those cars that have been a problem were not properly maintained. We are very happy with ours.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

A mistake

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Vehicle: 2002 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

Bought used but shouldn't have, Luckily I got the extended warranty because 2 months later the transmission went out (While crossing the Bay Bridge into San Francisco- what an adventure!) Took a month to fix. No trouble for a while but then the something computer module which controls nearly everything went and it overheated. Spent tons of money to replace heads and the dealer (Covert Buick in Austin TX) and apparently they did not fix correctly. It's back in the shop after having it back for only 2 weeks. I should have just bought another car. The car is comfortable and I like driving it but it is the second worst car I've ever owned (The first worst was a Renault LeCar) Don't buy it!



Talk About The 2002 Rendezvous

2002 Buick Rendezvous Discussions See all Started By

kaylmix
kaylmix
09-07-2014
so i was driving and my 2002 buick rendezvous starting overheating quickly. there is a hose towards the rear of the engine that busted. first...what is this hose and second...is this something that ca...


daylite1
daylite1
12-06-2014
I cant get it to start when hot and it sounds like it wants to crank and when it finally does it stalls sometimes . We have replaced the Battery, Fuel pump , o2 sensor, fuel sensor,Map sensor ect. It?...


fader325
fader325
03-27-2006
Does anyone know if there is a pending Class Action Against Buick on the 2002 RDV Model? We have a CX that we purchased used in June 2005. Since then, we have replaced the manifold intake gasket ($?...



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