31st Jan 2006, 17:25
I purchased a 2005 Rendezvous and this is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I currently have 20,000 miles on it and the only thing I have had to do is change the oil. Vehicle is very quiet and on the hwy the wind noise is almost non-existent. Excellent gas mileage as I am averaging 28 mpg overall. (city & highway - Canadian gallons)
There are bad vehicles built everyday, but overall this vehicle stand out in it;s class. I have several friends who have one and they too love the vehicle.
If you check the new Consumer report you will see that this vehicle is now "Recommended". You can also see that the 2002-2004 years were very troublesome. Most of problems disappeared in 2005.
Local dealer here cannot keep in stock due to popularity. Believe me I know what owning one of the Friday vehicles is like. Had a Dodge Caravan that was rebuilt at the local dealership.
I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who is looking for a good quality crossover. New warranty for 2006 which covers 4yrs - 80,000km bumper to bumper.
23rd Feb 2007, 00:09
I have had my 2005 Rendezvous CXL for just over a year. After only 6 months it began randomly stalling when coming to a stop. It has been in for service for this problem too many times to count. They had service men driving it for over a week and sent me home with a recording devise, which of course also showed "no problem". It hasn't been out of the shop for 8 hours and I almost hit another car as I lost the power steering when it stalled pulling into a parking lot! I am very tired of hearing "We can't duplicate the problem" and "We have never heard of this before". I wonder what they will say in the morning when I take them all the reviews I found on "Rate-it.com" with multiple people saying they have had their RDV in for the same issue?
23rd Mar 2008, 18:54
First of all, the Camry is not manufactured in Indiana, the Tundra is. Secondly, the manufacturers of the cars are the biggest part of what make a car company. Toyota fans will claim anything to dance around the fact that their cars are no better than the domestics. Quit blaming the manufacturers and blame the product. In my opinion, Toyotas are not worth owning whether produced in Japan or Kentucky. So what if yours is from Japan, it is still as boring as they come and probably not that much more reliable than a US counterpart, plus it does nothing to boost our economy which is in desperate need of it.
21st Jun 2008, 06:54
2004 Buick Rendezvous owner: I purchased the car new, and now have 22K miles on the SUV. A few months ago the warranty ran out, and that's when the temp gage starting going all over the place. I took it to have the oil changed and was told that my SUV had a head gasket leak. Went to the Buick dealer and the head gasket was leaking and I was given the est. of repair $1400.00. I told the dealer that I paid $36,000.00 for the SUV and only had 22K miles on the vehicle, but guess that I have to pay and then wait for the 2009 vehicles to come out. I will buy a new 2009, but it will not be a Buick.
This is sad because I have been a Buick owner for 40 years, but now retired I have to go with a vehicle that gets more than 22K miles before a major repair.
28th Jun 2008, 18:30
TO the person with the Rende that keeps stalling out... your dealer techs are imbeciles. This is a well-known RECALL on the '05 CXLs... tell them they need to contact GM's automotive service retail customer service assistance and DOWNLOAD the proper update into your vehicle, immediately, otherwise you will SUE, due to this being a DANGEROUS/LIFE THREATENING recall issue on the vehicle. Mine did the same thing, they told me the same thing when I brought it in, basically laughed that "nothing was wrong" with the car. I personally called GM customer service, got the appropriate information and called the manager of the dealership repair center. Your vehicle is DANGEROUS and SHOULD NOT BE DRIVEN until it the update is downloaded and installed. Have GM contact your auto service group ASAP if they won't hear you out. My service group was Kelly Automotive Group, Emmaus, PA. Your garage can call them if they're "lost" in the dark. Hope they resolve this for you!
1st Jul 2008, 11:15
I bought a 2005 Buick Rendezvous in August of 05. I have been complaining about a rubbing thumping noise in the right front tire. Had 22,000 miles and the dealer told me I needed new tires. I was so mad. I went to Goodyear and they replaced the tires for 50% off. Now I have 15,000 miles on the new tires and they are wearing down sooner...
Had to have the wheel bearing's replaced in both front tires; that did not solve the problem, and now thry are going to try putting Bridgestone tires on the car see if that solves the problem; don't think it will.
Ps also had trouble with the horn; DID NOT WORK. Dealership in Florida said nothing wrong. Dealership in MA had to replace it..
9th Dec 2008, 10:19
2004 Rendezvous CXL. Bought it 2 1/2 years ago with 50,000kms on it, I now have 168,000kms on it. I do look after it with regular oil changes etc. The list of problems is endless, luckily I bought a warranty with it so that the new tranny and AC condenser were covered, since then major $$ items include alternator, cracked heads, ABS. Less costly issues include heater controls, on board air compressor, back door springs plus a whole load of annoying minor things. It's a shame because I enjoyed driving the Buick and and have always bought NA vehicles, but like many others I am done putting up with poor quality. Sorry GM, Ford and Chrysler but from now on I'm buying foreign and I suggest anybody thinking of buying a Rendezvous should do the same.
7th Jan 2009, 09:23
I also bought a 2004 Rendezvous and like to drive it, but hate the fact that it is in the local garage getting fixed monthly!!!
In the short year that we have owned it, we have replaced both front wheel bearings one of those twice, also the AWD clutch and fluids and gas cap to the tune of $700, we have the rotors and brakes done, and have a constant electric problem that Buick cannot figure out, so we drive around with it and deal with it, and hope the car doesn't lock us out while running - it has happened.
All this happened in a year, and as I type this it is the garage for another problem!!! Worst car ever owned!
11th Oct 2009, 21:16
Hello everyone... I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous CXL and I love it. I bought the truck used with 60,000 on it, and the only problem I have had was the front wheel bearings. After changing them a total of 5 times, I have now discovered that the problem with the bearing was only the connector from the bearing to the truck itself. The Buick now has 158,000 drives and shifts like a dream. It's quieter than most vehicles I have driven with a decent ride and control. I did read all of your comments and I'm hoping that mine continues to be dependable. Keep in mind that I'm a huge stickler for proper maintenance right down to the rear grease every 60,000. I have had the truck for a lil over 2 years and I have put almost 100,000, replaced tires and brakes only once.