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Buick Rendezvous, SUV
#1165 of 2539 Re: Is the Rendezvous a good buy???? [da_rookiee]
Aug 09, 2005 (3:35 pm)
I also had a 2002 RDV and it was a nightmare. What was worse was how Buick and GM treated me when I was having problems. I was "helped" into a 2005 RDV and regret that I caved in to their tactics every time I get in to this car. It has the third row seat and the only people who can manage to get and sit back there are small children.
Go to consumer reports and research to find a decent vehicle with a company that treats customers with respect.
STAY AWAY FROM BUICK!!!!!!
#1166 of 2539 Re: Is the Rendezvous a good buy???? [da_rookiee]
Aug 09, 2005 (3:58 pm)
From a former 2002 owner. Run away and don't look back. This is a classic example why GM and Ford are in this financial mess
#1167 of 2539 My [late] '04 FWD Rendezvous....
Aug 09, 2005 (4:09 pm)
has been a zero defect car so far [only13K miles]. As even many of the owners of lemon Rondys will say, it's a GREAT design. It's EXTREMELY versatile and useful + easy to drive & maneuver, good on gas, quiet, etc. I have several 55+ friends who ASK to ride in the third seat; although, as the owner, I can't say I've been there. Clearly, from this forum, you can see that, when a Rondy has problems, it has PROBLEMS and Buick's record in satisfying the owners is spotty, at best. Consumers has rated the '04 models onward highly; it's the owners of the older models who have been the guinea pigs for this car.
#1168 of 2539 Re: My [late] '04 FWD Rendezvous.... [verdi942]
Aug 09, 2005 (5:03 pm)
Consumer Reports has just comeout with their list of car that are worth buying with the "employee pricing" incentives and there isn't a Buick on the list.
Aug 09, 2005 (6:15 pm)
I puchased my RDV 2002 this past Jan. I have 45,000+ miles and the condenser just went on it. My dealer wants $710.00 to fix it. I'm at a loss, any information would be helpful. I've heard that dealers were at one point notified of this problem so I am wondering if I have any amunition to work with. I was thinking of calling GM cust. service to complain. Please help.
#1170 of 2539 Get into the Dodge Caravan or similar
Aug 10, 2005 (6:18 am)
I come from 20 years w/dodge caravans, and as a single person, I loved the caravans and had a great relationship with them, with no issues, and 120K and 10 yrs on each one!
I went to the Buick on it's "name" and also because as a single person in caravans for 20 years, I wanted to "downsize" a bit, but still wanted the flexibility of the caravan seating at times, etc. I bougth an 04 Rndy. If, I had known of this site prior to my doing so, I would've like they've said, "taken the money and run and not look back." For what we pay, the car is not at all worth it. I only have 4000 miles on it, and brakes squeal, car thumps in the rear end, been to dealers 3 times for this, front lights load up with moisture and a/c switch blew on a 90 degree day. Would I recommend this car to you or anyone, No, not at all. If you don't like the caravan, maybe toyota highlander may be something of interest. It does ride rough though, which is also a problem I am having with the Rndy, despite their reducing air pressure and greasing undercarriage. Do yourself a favor--look around. There are many similar type vehicles. Sadly, to trade where mine is so new, I will suffer a huge loss. I'd be back in the caravan in a heart beat, if I could work the deal as to not incur such a loss. I wish you well.
#1171 of 2539 Re: Is the Rendezvous a good buy???? [da_rookiee]
Aug 10, 2005 (6:19 am)
As you can see, opinions vary widely about the Buick Rendezvous. Some people love 'em; some hate 'em. Me? I'm in the camp who loves my Rendezvous. I purchased a 2002 Rendezvous CXL new. I have had 2 major problems: leaking head gasket and AC condensor. The head gasket leak occurred during the 3 year, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and was replaced at no cost to me. The AC condensor replacement occurred AFTER my 3 year warranty had expired. Buick replaced it at no charge -- I did not even have to ask (that's great customer service in my book!). The other problems I've had with my RDV have been minor (lumbar support knob broke off, replaced for free; tailgate latch recall, no charge; twisted seat belt, no charge).
The ride is great, the creature comforts are great, the stereo is great and the mileage isn't terrible for a vehicle this large (I'm getting 19-20 mpg with mostly city driving/commuting). The cargo capacity is gigantic! We purchased the 3rd row and it works great for those occasional times when you are transporting lots of people (it's not as small as some people claim). I have had no wheel bearing problems, BCM problems, starting problems, hard ride problems, etc.
The downside? Depreciation is about the only one I can think of. This vehicle depreciated very quickly (as many American vehicles do). If you buy it new, be prepared for that. That being said, you may be able to get a good deal on a used one.
Also be aware that Consumer Reports did not make this a "recommended" vehicle until the 2004 model year. So, the 2002 and 2003 models statistically have more problems. If you buy used, I recommend getting a 2004 or 2005. However, Buick has responded to this by improving the RDV, and reducing problems, every single model year.
Would I buy another RDV? I would definitely consider it. It's a unique vehicle which carries a lot of cargo, has AWD (VersaTrack on my CXL), conventional doors and provides a safe ride for my family. It meets my needs and, so far, I have not had to pay for ANY repairs. I do recommend this vehicle. Of course, YMMV
Bring on the flames ...
#1172 of 2539 Re: My [late] '04 FWD Rendezvous.... [verdi942] [ckinny]
Aug 10, 2005 (9:32 am)
No Buicks on the Consumers "employee pricing" recommended list? What do they know? But, maybe that's because the prices are still too high for what you get, not that some Buicks aren't good cars if the price is low enough. Which is how I got into my Rondy. I was looking for another Regal to replace my '02; my wife tested the Rondy and we wound up keeping the old car and buying the new one, too. And, getting a $32K car for $25K with 0% financing helped a lot. Although we've had zero problems so far, I'm grateful to this forum for keeping me informed of potential trouble spots. Would I recommend the Rondy? Only as a new, heavily discounted buy, or, a very late model [post '04] used car.
#1173 of 2539 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [mnyhats1]
Aug 10, 2005 (9:33 am)
My 2002 rdv is at the dealership today, (now). They are replacing the left front wheel bearing, I have to pay. They are replacing the odometer... for the 2nd time and I have to pay for that this time. Total cost to me today will be around 700.00.
Can't believe all the post I read with bearing & odometer problems.
I would like to voice my complaint if I knew who to complain to.
Any one know ?
#1174 of 2539 Consumer Reports List of "Best Employee Pricing Deals"
Aug 11, 2005 (6:18 am)
verdi942 stated: "Consumer Reports has just comeout with their list of car that are worth buying with the "employee pricing" incentives and there isn't a Buick on the list."
For the lazy, there are only 6 cars on that list ... and 3 of those cars are, indeed, built by GM: the Cadillac STS, the Chevrolet Avalanche, and the Chevrolet Impala. The remaining 3 are Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Caravan.
I think what is more interesting is the absence of any Ford vehicles on this list ...