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#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.
#4274 of 4284 Re: Should I worry (too much). [ray80]
Apr 30, 2010 (5:14 am)
I see its been 15 months since I posted my above inquire.
So far, our 2003 RDV is treating us great. No unexpected technical problems / repairs. re: She still "starts and drives" like the day we bought her - from our local used auto dealer.
#4275 of 4284 OBD II Port Not working 2004 Buick Rendezvous
Jul 26, 2010 (5:18 pm)
Just went to have my inspection and the technician plugged the handheld device into the OBD II port and said it was not 'working'. Said that the device wouldnt even activate. She said it could be a fuse, pulled the fuse identified as the emissions fuse and it looks to be ok (not blown). I read on some GM cars that the OBD II port can also be connected to the fuse for the Cig Lighter. Could this be the case? I didn't check that fuse yet.
Of course, this is a lady who sits at a convenience store all day just going through the motions of emissions testing so I don't have a lot of faith in her knowledge and skills. It has worked fine that past few years with an inspection. Not really sure what else it could be. Any other ideas?
#4276 of 4284 Should I sell Rendezvous with 150k?
Jul 27, 2011 (1:54 pm)
I'm trying to decide whether I should sell my 2002 Buick Rendezous. It has been a good car with little problems. We still owe about $4700, which is also its kbb value so we would most likely break even on the car. In order to purchase a another vehicle I would have to take out another loan. With only 2.5 years left on the RDV loan I am considering keeping the car but with such high miles (150k) I'm not sure its reliable and we can't afford to make any major repairs. My husband thinks we should sell but I don't want to take on more debt and the kind of car we could get for $4700 probably won't be all that reliable for me and my kids either. Any advice?
#4277 of 4284 Re: Buick Rendezvous 2006 [yuli1]
Jul 28, 2011 (7:19 am)
Just my 2 cents. Back in 2007, I let my zero-problems 50K 2004 leased Rondy go. I've regretted it ever since. Not only was it the most useful, reliable vehicle I've ever owned, there was, and still is, no real replacement available in the new car market. Small on the outside, huge [=Tahoe] on the inside; good on gas [I averaged 22mpg; over 30mpg on the road] and full of Buick goodies.....my current RAV4 doesn't come close.
#4278 of 4284 Sell of Keep? My opinion
Jul 28, 2011 (8:14 am)
My 2003 Rhondy CXL has 75,000 and its still going strong. Gets me to where I need to go safe and sound every time. Just do your due diligence with oil changes and the like and enjoy the lower cost of your insurance vs. a new car. For me, it doesn't make sense to get into debt again when I've got a perfectly good car now.
On the other hand, if you have about $8000, you can get a decent newer model used car. In the past 2 years, I've gotten two cars from AutoTrader for my two kids - a 2008 PT Cruiser with 17,000 miles and then a 2006 Saturn Ion with 12,000 miles. Both have been great and got them both under $8000 including taxes and fees. But you have to be patient and look at the website everyday to see what comes up for sale. (Of course, neither of those cars is as roomy and solid as my Rhondy).
So, overall I think you should stick with your faithful Rhondy ....but it can't hurt to keep your eyes peeled for a good deal in the meantime. Good luck!