2003 Buick Rendezvous from North America
I would not recommend
It's been reliable. It has a check engine light that comes on annoyingly for more than a year, but mechanics haven't been able to find anything with it, and it doesn't act funny. That's about it apart from normal maintenance.
* Handling: Acceptable. It is a CUV, so it has limitations, but it handles better than my Mercury Grand Marquis sedan. It has independent rear suspension.
* Comfort - not as comfortable as my Marquis. No arch support and the suspension is stiffer. Though everything is more ergonomic. Less comfortable steering because it is really heavy.
* Build quality - pretty solid feeling. It has some cheap parts like the tic tac feeling plastic on the dash and some on the center console, but the majority is pretty well screwed together. On the other hand, on the outside there are massive panel gaps. Still, it is no 90s GM car, and feels better built than my Marquis.
* Engine - this is where I HATE this vehicle. It is SO slow. My Marquis is much faster and gets better MPG, despite being the same weight, and bigger with a more powerful engine. There is a point at which a car can have only such a small weak engine before it actually starts consuming more gas mileage. This car is at this point. I only get 12.8 MPG average mostly city. At the most my average is 13.8. That is my record. I literally have to put the pedal to the metal when passing. And that god awful little buzzing sound made by the overworked engine, burdened by this heavy CUV, drives me crazy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2014