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2003 Buick Rendezvous

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GM Deserves to go under
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By Never Again
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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The only other GM product I have owned was a Vega; the Rendezvous is much worse. I complained about groaning hydraulics from day one, but CMP Classic said it was normal. Then the AWD quit, just out of warranty. Both GM and the dealer washed their hands of it. Everything has gone wrong with this piece of rubbish, including the driver's lumbar support exploding while I was on the highway. Acceleration (if you can call it that) comes in intermittent bursts; the transmission doesn't change down until you floor it, then it kicks down into first - all show, no go.


Best Features

Nothing that other (Japanes or South Korean) brands don't do MUCH better


Worst Features

Replace it with a used Yugo, and you will have a far better vehicle.


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Won't do that again
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By charlie_m
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought in '04 with 25K miles - needed something that would fit a 6'3 teenage boy. It was great the first year or so, then started nickel-and-diming me. At 125K miles, and nickels and dimes are now up to $1000 repair bills. Poor mileage - gets about 20 mpg average. Cheap interior - coating chips off of radio and climate control knobs No interior release for the rear hatch. Now the exterior release doesn't work. Back seat fold-down handle slips. Can't find replacements anywhere. Replaced both front wheel bearings last year, just replaced rear wheel bearing and cylinder head gasket. Should replace rear suspension knuckles, but I'm still recovering from the head gasket replacement.


Best Features

Good head room. DVD player is good for long trips.


Worst Features

Better quality for interior parts. Interior release for rear hatch.


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The Reason GM is Bankrupt
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By Waldo
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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I just dumped mine. In 4 years: wheel bearing twice (the electronic controls for AWD are in the bearing assembly - a lousy design), heated seat burnt out, spare tire safety mechanism rusted shut (could not get spare out one night), and the best of all - valve lifter bolt sheared out of aluminum head. In the same time frame all I did was change the oil in a Honda Accord. A guy in my office also has 2003 and has had even worse problems including head gasket.


Best Features

Heads up display


Worst Features

Let GM go under.


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Run away as fast as you can!
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By Alconik
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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My wife and I loved the Buick when we got it. Great for our 3 boys. Very nice inside and out, then it got some mileage. If you plan on putting more than 75000mi on this car, do not buy a Rendezvous! Great car up to 75k after that: ABS-Traction Control( caused accident as it went out during hard braking), driver window, door locks, power mirrors, switches and engine blew at 103k. Replaced engine and now it is totally impossible to fill coolant at home. Also, it gets horrible gas mileage, worse than my 94 Mustang Cobra! Do not buy a Rendezvous!


Worst Features

Put some quality into your vehicles


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Great Vehicle-Certainly Worth Purchase
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By Mom of 3
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this vehicle new in 2002 & it now has 84,000 miles. Only had to replace wheel bearings (just recently) and am having fuel line replaced (recall). Other than that, just regular maintenance. My family loves this vehicle and it is still as much fun to drive as the day I bought it.


Best Features

Room, exterior design, exterior color


Worst Features

Cargo space with 3rd row seat is extremely limited. Just another 6 inches would make a huge difference.


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