Decent Car for family
By craerz on
2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this car brand new and have kept up with maintenance. The RDV is pretty reliable under those conditions. What's gone wrong so far is; battery leak, head gasket leak, and recently (after 6 years) the battery and O2 sensor needed replacing. The first two were fixed under warantee so NBD. There was also a recall on the rear lift gate. Oh, and now my gas cartridges are shot on the lift gate. The gas milage started out at 22mpg city and 26 on the road, but now we're about 18 city and 22 on the road. Not too bad for a 7-seater. In 2005 we drove this on vacation from Houston, to Sante Fe, to Denver and back to Houston. No problem. We strapped a DVD player to the wide console.
This thing is really practical. We bought it cause it was the smallest SUV with 7 people seating. The seat is great, it flips up or down and we are constantly flipping that thing. The towing package includes an onboard compressor with a hose that will reach all the tires. That is really great.
Never have liked the amount of air coming out of the vent. The 1st setting is too high. Looks like a mini-van. Roof rack bars are too close together. Folded 3rd seat is flat, but not flat with the rest of the cargo area. Cheap looking door stowage bins. Rattling muffler when engine is cold. :)