2003 Buick Rendezvous Reviews - Page 6 of 6

2003 Buick Rendezvous CXL 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Best car we have had, just need to elimiate the road noise

Faults:

1) Excessive road noise when there is small consistent ridges or bumps on road.

2) Excessive noise & grinding in left front electric window.

3) Rubber boot around gearshift lever has split.

General Comments:

1) One of the greatest and most comfortable vehicle we have ever purchased.

2) Plenty of interior room.

3) We have the trailer towing package & have towed our small tailer. Wouldn't do big mountains, but "OK" for around Missouri.

4) Have reduced interior road noise by installing fiberglass insulation behind all the plastic panels in rear & putting a wide rubber tape on the thin stamped steel frame work. Next will try undercoating.

5) Great sound system.

6) Very comfortable to get in & out of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th November, 2003

6th Apr 2004, 04:08

I too had the boot around the gearshift split on my 2002. My dealer however replaced it under warranty at no cost to me. Mileage at the time approximately 45000.

6th Jul 2004, 20:42

I have a leased 2002 Rendez-vous with 40,000 miles and entirely trouble free so far. I like the car for its look, the space, the ride, the comfort, its reliability and the winter driving. However the road noise in the cabin from the powertrain is driving me and my family crazy.

I love my Buick Rendez-vous and would lease another one if the manufacturer is able to eliminate the road noise, add a more powerful base engine and eliminate the 3rd row seat on the CXL model.

10th Jan 2009, 11:46

The third row and the option to get the split row captain's chairs in the 2nd are the reason we bought this vehicle.

That and I have only ever drove Buicks. All other car experiences have been a nightmare.

I have an '03 AWD CXL and only just now, today, have to replace the intake gasket and front wheel bearing. Other than that, it has been a safe, reliable and comfortable vehicle. Not to mention - good looking.

28th Apr 2011, 09:03

I agree. :-)

It has been reliable, comfortable, except the road noise. I like the third row seating. It has been great for kids when adults also traveled with us.

2003 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.1 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

I am totally dissatisfied with my Buick Rendezvous

Faults:

Tires (Firestone) were replaced at 3500 miles, and the replacement tires (Firestone) aren't any better. Air Conditioner leaked fluid inside vehicle. Roof had NO roof support (must have missed that part of the line in the factory). Runs above average in temperature. Windows make noise when moving them up and down.

General Comments:

This is not a safely built vehicle.

This is not a dependable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2003

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 23 reviews