2003 Buick Rendezvous Consumer Review: A good idea gone bad

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A good idea gone bad
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2003 Buick Rendezvous CX AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


This vehicle does what it's designed
to do, but not with the enthusiasm
that GM touts. Our Rendezvous is a
good people (mainly children) hauler
and performs admirably in snowy
conditions. Unfortunately, it is
plagued with numerous rattles and
mechanical defects due to poor
workmanship. It stickered at $37,470
and is now worth $16,000 with only 27k
on the odometer, 1 1/2 years old, and
in excellent shape. Driveability is
only marginal, as trying to maintain
highway speeds with it's anemic engine
can produce a sore foot if the cruise
control isn't used. The weak engine
and high profile contribute to abysmal
economy...17mpg average.

Best Features

The heated/memory seats are excellent in quality and comfort. The heads-up display comes in very handy, as the instruments are hard to read during the day. OnStar, memory fobs, and leveling air compressor are noteworthy features.

Worst Features

A more powerful and economical engine (a 225hp 3.6 is coming in 02/04) should have been in place from the beginning. Get rid of the cheap interior cladding and address the mechanical shortcomings.
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