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#4264 of 4284 Re: Buick Rendezvous 2006 [yuli1]
Feb 08, 2010 (12:08 pm)
Deciding to keep (buy out the lease) or "release the lease" vehicle is always a hard call. Often, a "random roll of the dice" decision. Thus, only you can decide which path to take.
My one neighbour had a 2002 AWD RDV for years. Then one season, it blew its intake gasket, it blew its plastic window clip, its rear axle started growning and for its final straw, its engine bottom end main bearings went (because its intake repair was left to long). Yes. All major problems within a 3 month time period. That vehicle got traded in when its bottom end blow bearings were discovered. I pitty the next guy who bought it (as a used vehicle).
My other neighbour had a 2002 FWD RDV and got it stuck in the deep snow (at end of his driveway). Instead of towing in out backwards (like most normal folks), the guy floors it back and forth - like a 4x4 with a transport tractor grade drive train system. This `idiot level` rocking back and forth blew its front wheel bearings and its over revving back / forth also damaged its tranny. They pulled its engine out 2 times (for transmission rebuilds) before he gave up on it. Then again, the damage was originally created by him (and his angry foot). Very sad.
My wife's 2003 FWD has been going great - since we got it 5 years ago. Yes. It needed new front wheel bearings and new front brake rotors (which are normal wear / tear items on this front end heavy weight vehicle) but in all, our 2003 FWD RDV has been a very reliable vehicle. This morning, our 2003 FWD RDV (CX - basic design) vehicle passed its E-Test with flying colors. The mechanic who did its E-Test kept commenting on how nice our 2003 FWD RDV looked. And, how he wished he had an RDV for himself (and his family).
Long post short... If have still "quality is still solid" faith in your 2006 RDV, it still looks great, it still "feels great" and your mechanic says it still looks great (from his professional eye), then perhaps keeping your 2006 RDV is a good idea. So far, I'm glad we have our 2003 FWD RDV. To me, the RDV is a good "run about" vehicle. Especially for a family of 4 - who like space inside and out.
Hope this helps - some how....
#4265 of 4284 Re: Buick Rendezvous 2006 [spike99]
Feb 08, 2010 (2:21 pm)
I have a 2003 CSX with 60,000 miles on it. I still love it. Yes, it had its BCM replaced, had "groaning" from the rear end (which was solved by proper changing of the fluid in the rear traction control) and one window regulator replaced...but its a 7 year old car! Of course the odd item here and there is going to need replacing, just like any other car. But I've also changed my oil every 3000 miles like clockwork, changed the air filters regularly etc. etc. Not only to keep it running smoothly, but so my mechanic gets a look-see now and again and can catch any small things before they become big headaches.
I've used my Rondy as a moving van to move an entire household - twice! I've made multiple trips up and down the California coast, I've hauled sports equipment, carloads of kids to Disneyland....you name it. And I've always felt safe and secure merging on and off the freeways. Ok, I'll admit, the gas mileage is nothing to write home about, but otherwise, I'm sticking with my Rondy! Hope this helps!
#4266 of 4284 First rendezvous.
Feb 09, 2010 (7:36 pm)
Just wanted to ask you veteran rondy owners what you think,and maybe what to watch out for on our 06 rendezvous?.Its the 3.6 liter,and has 59,000.Feedback please.
#4267 of 4284 Re: Buick Rendezvous 2006 [spike99]
Feb 11, 2010 (1:55 pm)
Thanks a lot for your comments.
#4268 of 4284 Re: Buick Rendezvous 2006 [bostonterrier]
Feb 11, 2010 (2:00 pm)
As a matter of fact I am suprised you are not happy with your gas milege.
Mine is just amazing better than any car I have owned.
#4269 of 4284 Re: Buick Rendezvous 2006 [yuli1]
Feb 11, 2010 (3:00 pm)
Actually, I'm NOT "very impressed" with the MPGs in my wife's 2003 FWD RDV either. Actually, our mini-van with 2.9L VVT engine gets better MPGs - and its got a larger size engine. Before buying her pre-owned RDV, the sales guy said it would get 32 mpg. Being idiots, we believed him. (lesson learned). In reality, our RDV might get 16-18 mpgs in the city and 22-24 mpgs on the fast hiway. Being a heavy weight vehicle, I suppose this is "ok" MPGs but in reality, its MPG doesn't come close to GM's printed value. Especially in city stop/go traffic. but for a local "run about" vehicle used for grocery and short distance trips, 16 to 22 mpgs is acceptable - for this weight of vehicle. But if doing long distance trips, I'd probably trade my wife's RDV in for a lighter weight vehicle (that get's better MPGs).
Hope this helps as well....
#4271 of 4284 Shimmy's When Backing Out Of Parking Space
Apr 22, 2010 (4:51 pm)
Vehicle shimmy's (sometimes) when turning steering wheel to back out of parking space. Also, occasionally, feels like the front wheels slip and then grab as if on a slick spot when accelerating and turning from a stop. Transmission fluid is ok and brake pads are ok. Any thoughts as to what the problem might be?
2004 Buick Rendezvous CX---83,000 miles
#4272 of 4284 suspension compressor noise
Apr 27, 2010 (10:58 am)
I have a 2002. The compressor which is used for the suspension has become excessively loud and runs much too frequently. It seems that the system has a leak? Any info would be much appreciated.
#4273 of 4284 Re: Shimmy's When Backing Out Of Parking Space [cagen]
Apr 30, 2010 (5:10 am)
Either front end alignment problems or front wheel bearings or perhaps both? Best to have a professional auto shop investigate.