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Buick Rendezvous, SUV
Aug 23, 2003 (8:10 pm)
I just purchased a 2003 CXL a few weeks ago. I did not even go to the dealer looking or had ever heard of the Rendezvous before that trip. We were taking our Chevy Venture in for service. My wife saw the brochure for it. We ended up taking one for the weekend. And really liked it,I had a 96 Honda Accord and was actually quite happy with it, except for winter driving(some of the scariest time I have ever spent in a car) Anyway with the deal GM is offering of $5000 in Rebates and what the dealer discounted it, who could refuse. I sold the Honda and purchased the Buick. I do not have a problem with the power this engine provides and have found the gas mileage to be better than I thought it would be. It doesn't tear up the road, but neither did my Honda or my Chevy Venture. We test drove a Limited Toyota Highlander and I was not overly impressed, I thought the Rendezvous had a better ride and was more comfortable and luxurious. But than again I am not a experienced Car reviewer like the ones that keep ripping on the Rendezvous.I would say if any one is in the market to buy now. I have never seen deals like being offered now. I am quite happy with my purchase. About the only other SUV I would have considered would have been the Honda Pilot, but who can find one. They are very scarce around here and you know what that means for getting a good deal on one. Also I was told the cabin filter is only available on the CXL plus package. I wish I could have found one with the plus package, it has the heads up display. A very cool option.
Aug 24, 2003 (3:09 am)
My LeSabre didn't have the air filter I thought it did -- it had been dropped for 03 and I didn't realize it, but it was listed as available. All it required was a small plastic frame and the filter snaps into the frame. Came as a $50 package and replacement filters are about $20. Dealer snapped in the frame, placed the filter itself and voila, cleaner filtered air. No dust on dash anymore. If it is on the CXL plus, it probably has parts that can be purchased and put in!!!
Aug 25, 2003 (5:40 am)
The Pilots are not cheap either. The ones I saw on the lot a few weeks ago stickered at C$45K + and you know there will be almost no discounts though Honda Canada is offering 3.8% financing right now.
Aug 25, 2003 (9:04 pm)
MPG will suffer somewhat with the upgraded engine on the local drive; however, with the Variable Timing, the highway mileage should be comparable to the current engine....so it'll really depend on your driving style.
Distance driving is always excellent. Lines of sight and the comfort of the seats do well over the 3 hours of driving without problems.
IMHO, I would wait for the 2004 and get the Ultra or the upgraded engine in CXL because the accelleration is anemic from 40-65--the on ramp onto freeway, oh my gosh there's a semi coming need for acceleration.
Otherwise, the current 185hp is quite capable if you don't have large grade inclines to climb at 70MPH.
Aug 26, 2003 (8:28 am)
I noticed from a few posts about different waxes people are using. I have been using Meguires gold. It seem to work pretty well but requires a lot of elbow work. I tried NU finish last night. I noticed it left swirl marks on the finish. I have the dark blue and it shows everything. I had to re- wax with the Meguires Gold. I am hearing about a product from 3M that is supposed to work well, but can't seem to find the name of what it is. I also have been hearing the price on the Ranier is going to be in the Forty Thousand range. Quite a bit more than we have paid.
Aug 26, 2003 (9:35 am)
I use Speed Bead from Stoner products. It is a spray and goes on quick and comes off very easy. It is the best stuff that I have ever found and will never look back. www.moreshine.com will take you there.
It also out last anything that I have bought locally. Just a thought.
Aug 27, 2003 (2:52 pm)
did GM push any of the Cadillac technology down into the RDV? I'm looking at the SRX, but am hoping that the RDV would be "a poor man's Cadillac."
#3521 of 4284 The test is this Sunday
Aug 28, 2003 (4:57 am)
We have had our rdv now for about a year, and have not experienced any problems. I keep reading about the lack of power...well this Sunday we are going fishing to Ignace Canada. We will be loaded with extra gas, food, and pulling an old 16 ft fiberglass tri hull boat powered by a double nickel johnny and a 10 popper evin kicker. The canadian trans hiway has lots of those long hills with passing lanes...when I get back I will tell you which lane I was in. Also the last leg of the trip to Fish Camp is unimproved road. Be back in about a week...
Aug 28, 2003 (5:53 am)
When you're pulling the boat and extra load, do you use 3 or let the trans go into 4th? It would seem to me that 3rd would keep the trans cooler circulating the fluid faster.
Aug 28, 2003 (6:35 am)
Do you have AWD and towing package? So folks get a better idea...