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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 2004 Buick Rendezvous

  • The Rendezvous is a well-rounded family vehicle with plenty of space for passengers and cargo, but with no off-road ability and less convenience than a minivan, it doesn't quite live up to its billing as the ultimate crossover vehicle.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Usable third-row seats that fold flat, comfortable ride, plenty of interior storage, lots of options available.

  • Cons

    Weak engine on standard models, good-looking but cheap-feeling interior materials, options push price up quickly, no off-road ability.

  • What's New for 2004

    A luxurious Ultra model has been added to the lineup that features an all-new V6, a monochrome exterior and heavy doses of wood and leather trim inside. A DVD-based navigation system is now on the options list for the CXL and the Ultra, and XM Satellite Radio is now available on all models. GM's head-up display is now available on the CXL as a stand-alone option.

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Customer Reviews

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Great car

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Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

Over all my car has been great. I bought the car 5 years old with 110K. I now have over 185k and no major problems.



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2004 rendezvous fuel lines

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Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I noticed strong odor of gas and the next day it wouldn't start. The car had to be towed to a mechanic who works on Rendezvous. The fuel lines are rotten and trying to get the parts seems to be impossible, GM has a national backorder, the car has been there for a week. When I called Buick and GM they keep insinuating that the car should be at a dealership. I feel frustrated and like I am going around a corporate spiral swirling around and around never getting anywhere. I really want to buy american. The next time I will investigate more thoroughly the customer service aspect.




2004 rendezvous ultra

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Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

Bought the Ultra in 2007 with 80K on it; put another 60K on it in three years. Has room similar to a minivan, but with better handling, and a 3rd row seat. The 3.6L engine is unusually advanced for a GM product; behaves more like a Honda motor and pulls my 21ft bass boat with no trouble. No problems with the climate control system or AWD powertrain. Wheel bearings wore out relatively early and recently the pneumatic ride control system quit. Fuel economy is not that great, but the VVT mechanism is sensitive to oil quality, and I suspect the O2 sensors have exceeded their life expectancy. In retrospect, I would probably purchase it again if I had similar requirements.



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It's falling apart

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Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I had hoped to keep this car for a long time but it's slowly falling apart. Part of it is the salt in our region. The rotors rust and wear out the brakes/rotors prematurely. The bearing hubs have been replaced. Control arm bushings don't last and the AWD actuator had to be replaced.The racheting device on the seatbelts caused the belts to tear and need to be replaced. It's constantly being repaired and I no longer trust it except for trips around town. The quality of the suspension/drive train parts is not good. It does have a nice ride and nice stereo and room to take my 90 lb German Shepherd but I think I may look at a Nissan, Toyota or Honda to replace it. American cars= no good.




Would not recommend

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Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car used with 59k miles. Loved the car at first site. Unfortunately, I have had to replace wheel hubs 4 times, the rear hatch pull down broke, and the AWD (ABS) system is on again. I wanted to support American made cars, however I am very disappointed.




2004 rendezvous good buy

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Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I own a 2004 Rendezvous CXL AWD and find it a very well constructed SUV, good handling, excellent ride, and quality construction. I have had no mechanical problems just normal maintenance in 37,000 miles of driving. The only dissapointment is that I get 15 MPG local driving and just 18 MPG highway driving. However, the excellent visibility with the sloped front hood and large side mirrors makes the SUV fun to drive. My wife loves this SUV and the relatively low step up height makes it easy to enter and leave this vehicle. GM may be having its financial problems but it hit an affordable home run with this SUV model. The Enclave is a very attractive replacement for Rendezvous but is too large!



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What's New for 2004

A luxurious Ultra model has been added to the lineup that features an all-new V6, a monochrome exterior and heavy doses of wood and leather trim inside. A DVD-based navigation system is now on the options list for the CXL and the Ultra, and XM Satellite Radio is now available on all models. GM's head-up display is now available on the CXL as a stand-alone option.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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