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2003 Buick Rendezvous

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Bought it used.
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By Joey
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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I like the vehicle a lot. My only problem is the fact that it suddenly depriciated. Now I am upside down with payments and cannot think of buying something new until it's near paid off.


Best Features

Comfort, cargo space


Worst Features

Looks more like a minivan than SUV. More leg room on front passenger side - 6'2 and my knees press the glove box.


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Never Again!!
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By Karma
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this Buick brand new for my wife and just traded it in. Took a huge loss but was glad just to get rid of it. Ball joints, transmission, engine gaskets,etc. Left us stranded on the road at least 6 times. Would not start after you shut it off. Dealer said it was a switch but I told them it was the fuel pump. Changed switch 3 times and still the same hunk of junk. Traded it in with only 40,000 miles on it. Lift gate latch had to be replaced and the windows wouldn't work. Trash, trash, trash. Never again GM, never again. I should have learned my lesson after the Jimmy I bought. I will drive a Kia before I ever by a GM!!!


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None


Worst Features

Give up GM, the Foreigners have you beat by a country mile!


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What a mistake
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By jb
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Mechanically the worst car I ever owned. The only saving grace was that I purchased the 100K mile warranty. Otherwise it would have cost me thousands in repairs after 60K mile warranty expired. Front wheel bearings (known issue), intake manifold (known issue), excessive inside tire wear (alignments did not help), heater blower (3 times), sheared bolts and head replacements.


Best Features

I got rid of it.


Worst Features

Forget the bells and whistles and build a mechanically sound, reliable vehicle.


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Money pit
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By stephanie
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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We purchased this used at 38,000 miles from someone smart enough to dump it before it started falling apart. Replaced front wheel bearings at 42,000 and 45,000 miles. The head gasket was replaced last month at 83,000 miles after dealer misdiagnosed the problem twice. The load leveler would not stop running (at 75,000 miles) so we pulled the fuse and replaced it to stop the noise. Dealer advised that unless we fix it, the rear air-filled shocks will fail. We have already spent too much replacing things too soon. Recently replaced rear wheel bearings (great design those sealed bearings, not!). It is currently at the dealer again for other problems. So sorry we bought this. No more GMs.


Best Features

We were really impressed with initial gas mileage. We got 20 city/ 26 highway. We get 16 city / 20 highway now if we are lucky.


Worst Features

Buick has discontinued the model. I wonder why? GM just needs to make it right for the people that own this car. It is not unreasonable to expect these to last over 100,000 miles given their cost.


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Virtually flawless as the miles pile-on
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By Dave
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Purchased 2WD-CXL - Mar 2003. I average about 11000 miles per year. 5 yrs later, no mech problems; tires & brakes in excellent shape. All fluids (ABS,p/s, coolant, oil, trans) were changed 3 wks ago. My family & I enjoyed 10 days through the Desert Southwest including TX, NM, & AZ. The highlights were The Grand Canyon & Tombstone. Smooth, comfortable, trouble free, 22-25 miles/gal - 75 mph avg; car was fully loaded! Maintain, rotate tires, wash & wax, change all fluids as scheduled, and you, too, can enjoy a terrific SUV. Summertime, I tow the jetski to and from many lakes. I almost traded for an Enclave. My SUV is paid-for & still looks brand new. Wife talked me out of it. Thanks!


Best Features

Comfort, reliability, front-end appearance, stereo, sunroof.


Worst Features

Dashboard looks "cheap".Controls and appearance were improved in later models. The Enclave is really attractive inside and out! More power, but the 3.4 V6 does do well with gas more than $3 a gallon


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