2002 Buick Rendezvous Consumer Review: Worried about Relliability

2002 Buick Rendezvous - Consumer Review

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CX 4dr SUV (3.4L V6 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Worried about Relliability
By Family man on


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


We bought our Rendezvous instead of a minivan because of the looks and minivan functionability. In many respects this is an acceptable vehicle. It it definitely underpowered and this shows up in fuel economy in hilly terrain. In a car that is less than three years old, we have had electrical problems that have left us stranded. Since my wife carts our two children in it most of the time, this lapse in reliability is a serious issue for us. The first time the dealer said is was a dead battery. Then, 2,000 miles out of warranty it was the computer ($500 out of pocket). Now, they think it is the ignition switch (around $200). It seems like a systemic problem that GM is not acknowledging.

Best Features

Heads-up display, trip computer, AWD - I was one of the few to get out in a snowed-in car lot at the airport, folding 3rd row seat, leather heated seats, functional roof rack, towing capacity.

Worst Features

Increase horsepower and reliability. Increase fuel economy. Stretch length to accomodate suitcases behiind thrid row seat. We will be trading this one in as soon as possible for a Honda or Toyota. This is our last GM product.
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