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#1171 of 2541 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 2541 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 2541 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 2541 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 ...
#1176 of 2541 Re: ac condenser [mfinoch7]
Aug 12, 2005 (4:55 am)
I've owned a 2002 RDV since 05/02. My ac condensor went at just about the same mileage --- I was told by the shop that replaced it that it was an engineering flaw in the original design. Be aware --- I have 75,151 miles on my RDV right now, and I just had to replace the head gaskets and the fan motor ($1331). I was extremely happy with this vehicle until about the time we passed the mileage for the warranty. Since then, BIG things seem to be going wrong, which are costing me big bucks. At this point, I couldn't be any less happy with a vehicle than I am with this one. Good luck --- and complain to GM!!!
#1177 of 2541 Re: No restart after re-fueling [97xj]
Aug 12, 2005 (6:56 am)
I too have had this happen to me 3 times. The first time was in June (48K miles) at a gas station. Would not start back until I let it sit for 15 minutes. Second time was 2 weeks later and my husband was driving, shut it off, and wouldn't start back. He tried for several hours. Had it towed to the dealership that same day (Sunday). Had it parked right in front of the bay doors (had already had it in to check after the first instance, told me it was just me). They get in on Monday morning and start it right up. Find nothing wrong. Third time happend to me at the gas pump, had to push it out of the way, started back up after 15 minutes. Called the dealership and they are still saying "we've never heard of the problem and can't find anything wrong."
Again I take them all the print outs of this website and they still say they've never heard of the problem and can find nothing wrong. I have 2 small children and this is getting very old and I'm ready to get rid of it. If anyone finds out what could be the cause, please let me know. Obviously there is something since so many people are having this problem.
#1178 of 2541 Re: ac condenser [jbholt]
Aug 12, 2005 (10:35 am)
thanks for the information. I actually spoke with a GM representative the other day. I have to say she was extremely helpful. She put me on hold, called my dealer and ended up speaking to one of the managers. He in turn told her that I was past my warranty, he did however say he would speak to his GM district manager about replacing it. I was told that they will most likely fix it(I'll find out on Mon) just to keep me coming back as a GM customer. I enjoy this vehicle but if breakdowns occure, I'll never buy a GM product again. Once again, thanks for the information.
#1179 of 2541 Re: Rendezvous Wheel Bearing Problems [jiminohio]
Aug 13, 2005 (1:42 am)
JIM..........and anyone else out there with this problem please report this to http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/home.cfm. This is a serious safety issue considering if you lose a wheel at 65 mph what the outcome would be. Be prepared to have your vin# to enter your complaint(s). Maybe with enough registered complaints we can force GM to address this and many other issues where the vehicle is having premature failures. NHTSA( National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration) will not act unless they receive enough complaints so don't procrastinate! Good luck to all...........we need it.
#1180 of 2541 Re: Yes,I'll Admit I'm Zealous [regalluvr2]
Aug 13, 2005 (2:22 am)
I agree with you that it sounds like JK27 works for GM.........maybe customer service since he(she) has been one of the VERY few that has had any good outcome from any contact with them. I do work for GM (UAW) so I come in contact with LOTS of GM product owners with many many of the same problems that are mentioned here as far as defects and dealing with customer service. I hate to be so blunt but I think he/she should go wave their flag somewhere else (maybe the I Love Rendezvous forum) because those of us that come to this forum DO have problems and waste far too much time reading his/her "happy" posts.