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Buick Rendezvous, SUV
#1 of 155 Hello & Welcome!
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jul 05, 2001 (9:26 am)
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Rendezvous!
My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.
Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on
4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET
5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)
Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.
Looking forward to meeting everyone!
#2 of 155 RDV Owners Club !!!
Jul 05, 2001 (10:33 am)
It's great to see we're up and running. Thank you Karen & Drew. This will be the perfect place for us "owners" to rendezvous.
I live in the S.F. Bay area with my wife and 2 children (Daughter 10, Son 7); we purchased our CXL w/Versatility pkg. & memory seats & mirrors about 2 weeks ago. It is pewter w/ Gray interior. It drives just great!
Topics I'd like to see covered here are: "Care & Maintenance" and although it's a bit soon, "RDV Problems". I'm looking forward to this forum blossoming as the other RDV sight has done. Thanks to Edmunds for this opportunity!
#3 of 155 So John snuck in while I was typing
Jul 05, 2001 (10:36 am)
Hi, I'm Chris Jacobsen, generally referred to as CWJ elsewhere in the town hall.
My Rendezvous is named Gamera, and he's a Sedona Bronze/Dark Bronzemist Oak interior CXL with the 1SE package plus sunroof, third row, and captains' chairs. Gamera landed in Fort Wayne, IN on June 4th and has already repeatedly proved his cargo capacity.
My wife and I love to ski and we're looking forward to loading up the vehicle and driving deep into Michigan this winter for some fun weekends.
Besides its looks and cargo capacity, what my wife and I enjoy most about the Rendezvous is its mileage, comfort, ride, and civilized demeanor on the road. It also has more luxury bells and whistles than any other vehicle either of us have ever owned. I know quite a few of the other owners already, but am looking forward to meeting many more over time.
Jul 05, 2001 (11:38 am)
I went back to edit my last post (sorry, it really is long and tedious) and got a call from Victor while I was typing.
My RDV is here (5 days early) and I'm going to pick it up tonight.
#6 of 155 My Rendezvous
Jul 05, 2001 (11:48 am)
Hey I'm Lance... I live in the Chicago area (Naperville) and we've had our car for about a month and a half now. It's black on dark grey with dark grey leather... 1SE package... captains chairs... no trailering package - I wanted the bigger alternator...
Anyway, I used to drive a 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 with a bunch of performance modifications and when I got into school down at ISU my parents decided it was time to get something a little more economical... So we went out looking at new cars... I wanted to get an 02 GMC Envoy, but with all the production problems and set backs, they started looking at the Rendezvous... well, basically, it was up to them and since they're best friends with Steve Woodring (Woody), we managed to strike a great deal with him and that is where we are today...
I'm probably the only kid (19) who drives one of these things and honestly, it's a pretty cool feeling... more people stare at the Bucik then did at my Trans Am... I've had a lot of people ask "what the heck is that thing?" and I just tell them, "It's a buick." And they're all amazed.
I'm also probably the only Rendezvous owner that's gonna have a show car audio system in it... all Infinity Kappa speakers with Kappa Perfect components up front, 3 10" Kappa Perfect sub woofers, new headunit from Pioneer with a 6-disc indash cd changer... it should be pretty nice when it all get's done (July 18th)...
Well, that's my story, and that's my car... I'll have pictures and everything once the audio gets installed so stay tuned - I'm a car care freak and it always looks good so the pictures should really say a lot about these cars...
#7 of 155 Waiting Patiently
Jul 05, 2001 (11:51 am)
My name is David and my wife is Mary Jo, and we are waiting patiently for our Sandstone and Bronzemist CXL with Captains Chairs and towing package to arrive in mid August. We are similar to fedlawman in that we have a GM retired Employee discount (my father in law Emmett) that influenced our buying decision.
I have owned a Mazda Navajo that I put 225,000 miles on in 10 years of driving to sales calls (mortgage banking wholesale) and soccer games (I am a national soccer referee). I have been shopping for a replacement vehicle for about the last year. I went to the Auto show in San Francisco with my list that included the Mazda Tribute (good mileage but cheap interior), the Hyundai Sante Fe (nice vehicle but reputation is suspect). The upscale vehicles I looked at were the ML320 and RX300. Both vehicles fit the luxury I was looking for, but economically the ML got low gas mileage and drinks premium, while the Lexus was close to the mileage I want (avg 20mpg both city fwy combined), the interior felt cramped in the drivers area. Not what I'm looking for in a vehicle that I will be driving 500 miles in. I sat in every SUV at the show but as soon as I read an article in the San Jose Mercury News about the RDV I knew this might be the one, and after the test drive, boy was I right. Now I just have to wait till it arrives.
So, in mid august look for a Sandstone RDV at soccer matches throughout California and it will probably be me running around on the field, and then driving in luxury and comfort back home to the Bay Area.
#8 of 155 Hi all....
Jul 06, 2001 (6:16 pm)
I'm Tony, married to Jill and we have a four year old son. We live in Fort Myers, Florida, and hope to stay here for a long while.
In April, we ordered a pewter/greymist CXL with the versatility pkg., the 6 CD changer and memory seat options through the pre-sell program Buick ran for the RDV. It arrived in mid-May and we literally drove 1000 miles to pick it up...
So far we've really enjoyed the RDV. It compares well to our RX300 and in more ways than not the RDV is the better vehicle.
I just want to add that the folks who have been posting on the RDV topic since the word first starting getting out about this vehicle are a top notch bunch and it's been a pleasure interacting with everyone.
#9 of 155 Thanks for the Owners' Board
Jul 07, 2001 (5:03 pm)
As a quick introduction, I'm John (age 41 years), married to a wonderful woman and superb physician (40 years old), and have two girls (ages 6 and nearly 5). We ordered our RDV in early April, before the dealer could even quote an exact GMO price, and received it May 31. I'm the guy who in my foolish zealousness to finally say something on this board made a mistake on the memory seats. Thankfully, this mistake was quickly corrected by another person. We live in eastern Lorain County (Ohio) and have seen several RDV's on the road in our area. All of them look great! I'm a hospital VP and have received several complimentary comments on the RDV, an Indigo Blue with Oak interior 1 SD. It appears Buick will convince a few Lexus RX 300 and others to give the RDV a try. My brother is an executive with GM and my father worked 41 years as tool and die maker for GM. My wife's father worked in a Ford foundry for nearly 40 years. I've always driven GM; my wife has always driven something in the Ford line, with the last eight years being either a Town Car or Continental. Now, I'm the one driving the 2000 Town Car as she prefers EVERYTHING in the RDV. It has enough luxury, an equivalent ride, and is certainly more manageable for her than the huge Town Car.
We have 2730 miles on the RDV and are averaging 22.9 miles per gallon, on both the RDV's gauge and my calculations. The only long highway trip we took was to Birmingham, Michigan.
Jul 08, 2001 (5:48 am)
Ray and Jean Lemay. We lived in Granby, Quebec, Canada.
We ordered our RDV CLX with Se package, captain chairs on feb. 28 th, and we took
delivery on June 22 nd.The colour is light driftwood with bronze metallic bottom and
So far with 960 km (app.550 miles) we are very happy with the car. It is as good or better
We like the HUD display. We had the same on a previous Bonneville a few years back.
Altahough the one on the Buick is brighter.
We had a CATERA before. As a rear wheel drive it was far from perfect in the snow.
As accumulation is pretty good here in winter, and that we like skiing a lot, we expect
better driving in winter.
We are retired and like to make small trips. Next september we will spend two or three
weeks in the Maritimes Provinces.
Of course we do not help to lower the average age of Buick owner. But this car make us
feel a bit younger.
The car was equippep with Uniroyal Tires (Tiger Paw) .
The owner club is a good idea and crongatulations for our hosts.