By BooToBuick on
2005 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Boo to Buick. Was thrilled with the Rendezvous for the first year. After that, all downhill. Like many others, the seat cloth stained very badly, rear hatch strap broke, sunglass compartment fell off. I'm now about to replace the rear differential for a 2nd time, the front end shimmies badly, and the air conditioning appears to be failing. The car has less than 50k on it. I have an extended warranty and these issues have all been addressed. BUT, it's a real pain dealing with these nuisances on a car that, at the outset, seemed so well-built. The gas mileage on the highway is actually pretty good but in town, watch out!
Exterior styling, even though the model was discontinued, Buick deserves credit for creating such an attractive vehicle. Many thoughtful creature comforts insdie as well.
Don't ever apply any of the Rendezvous' engineering to another vehicle. It's a mechanical disaster.