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2002 Buick Rendezvous Consumer Reviews

3.7
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115k - great car with one exception

by from Maryland on October 4, 2010

I bought this 2002 in 2005 for 22k, it had 6k miles on it. Bought from Carmax and bought warranty - glad for that when the engine went at 90k - cost me nothing but I still think unacceptable for 90K. ...
I bought this 2002 in 2005 for 22k, it had 6k miles on it. Bought from Carmax and bought warranty - glad for that when the engine went at 90k - cost me nothing but I still think unacceptable for 90K. The car runs like new with no other major repairs and I am happy with it but apparently the 2002 had engine troubles so buyer beware!
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Best vehicle I've ever owned!!!!

by from Des Moines,IA on October 19, 2010

I own a Rendezvous and am looking for a second one for my wife. We have never owned a better vehicle and couldn't be happier! I bought my 2002 with 78,000 miles and now have 211,000 without any proble...
I own a Rendezvous and am looking for a second one for my wife. We have never owned a better vehicle and couldn't be happier! I bought my 2002 with 78,000 miles and now have 211,000 without any problems. I ahve a CXL with all the comforts including heated seats, heads-up display and a sunroof. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
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Loved this car!

by from Jackson, MI on June 6, 2013

Being a very picky individual who didn't want to spend a ton on a used SUV, I looked around for a long time before deciding what I wanted. Ultimately, I landed on the Buick Rendezvous due to good expe...
Being a very picky individual who didn't want to spend a ton on a used SUV, I looked around for a long time before deciding what I wanted. Ultimately, I landed on the Buick Rendezvous due to good experiences with Buicks lasting a long time and the size seemed perfect for my needs. I really wanted a 3rd row, but not a huge vehicle to go along with it since I didn't need the extra seats on a daily basis. The dealership went to the auctions specifically looking for an AWD Rendezvous with a third row and a bench in the middle. They came back with the 2002 CXL model with 80,000 miles which also had a moonroof and heated leather seats. I almost didn't buy it due to the seats, I never liked leather before and was worried about my dogs damaging them. I am so happy that I did. The back was plenty large enough for my dogs to be comfortable and never need to be on the seats, keeping my interior much cleaner. The storage space was great and it was very comfortable to drive which was very important to me as I have back issues and drive a lot. I now feel the need to have a sunroof and heated seats in every vehicle, they were wonderful! The vehicle itself had quite a few miles on it and I did purchase an extended warranty but I never needed to use it. It handled great in the snow without being too big or bulky and met all of my needs perfectly. There were no issues with the engine the entire time that I had it, just regular servicing. I had the brakes and rotars replaced once, but only with an appropriate amount of wear on them. I do believe that the rear wheel bearing were replaced by the dealership before I bought it. I was told that they commonly went out between 70,000 and 90,000 miles so they just went ahead and did that for me. I never had any issues with them and I put another 65,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, this vehicle was totaled in an accident about a year and a half ago. Initially, I tried to find another one but when I couldn't get one "exactly" the same I decided to downsize to get better gas mileage. It didn't take long before I realized how much I missed my Rendezvous and I have started looking for another one again. I have also looked around at other SUVs since the Rendezvous are all older now, but nothing makes me quite as satisfied and I'm likely going to go with an older model Rendezvous instead of a SUV that is currently available.
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Comfortable but Mechanical Disaster

by from Long Valley, NJ on June 8, 2012

Comfortable car, but thank you for the after market warranty. The warranty cost about $2000. They spent about $10,000 to rebuild it! (Wheel bearings, AC, AWD trans, fuel pump, etc,, etc). The car now ...
Comfortable car, but thank you for the after market warranty. The warranty cost about $2000. They spent about $10,000 to rebuild it! (Wheel bearings, AC, AWD trans, fuel pump, etc,, etc). The car now has 172,000 miles on it and is still very comfortable to drive. However, it has been a money pit from about 72,000 miles on. Average cost about $250 per month to own it and that is just maintenance, not gas and insurance. It has been rebuilt, except for the engine. Wheel bearings have been replaced two times on each wheel! My mechanic said the bearings are undersized for this weight vehicle. Buick took a comfortable car and made it a mechanical disaster. Very reluctant to buy an Enclave now.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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i love my rendezvous

by from PHILADELPHIA on July 19, 2009

i just bought a used 2002 buick rendezvous so far it has been a great reliable car the only thing is the gas it cost me about 47 dollars to fill the tank but i love the comfort of the inside and the s...
i just bought a used 2002 buick rendezvous so far it has been a great reliable car the only thing is the gas it cost me about 47 dollars to fill the tank but i love the comfort of the inside and the smoothness of the ride its a great car and im loving it!!
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perfect

by from birmingham alabama on January 26, 2011

i have owned my rendezvous for 8 years, the best vehicle i have ever bought for the money. drives so smooth, not to meantion roomy for a small suv. i would recomend this vehicle to anyone.
i have owned my rendezvous for 8 years, the best vehicle i have ever bought for the money. drives so smooth, not to meantion roomy for a small suv. i would recomend this vehicle to anyone.
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WONDERFUL CAR!

by from California & Missouri on December 12, 2012

Car has been driven 197,000 miles. I expect to drive this car to 300,000 miles. I had no repairs,(only maintanence) until it had gone 144,000 miles. I have only spent around $4,000. in repairs since t...
Car has been driven 197,000 miles. I expect to drive this car to 300,000 miles. I had no repairs,(only maintanence) until it had gone 144,000 miles. I have only spent around $4,000. in repairs since then. The car is solid, paint is great, interior is holding up. It drives like a new car and has never had a breakdown, nor has it ever failed to start. It is a winner.
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2002 Buick Rendezvous

by from Lakewood, CO on December 8, 2010

this is a very good car. The power and pickup is not too satisfying and the mileage is in the 18-20 mpg. However, it is a comfortable car with all the bells and whistles. If they had added a turbo in ...
this is a very good car. The power and pickup is not too satisfying and the mileage is in the 18-20 mpg. However, it is a comfortable car with all the bells and whistles. If they had added a turbo in this car, it would just knock your socks off. The size is good for a person that likes company and wants to haul large loads inside.
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2 cars later, I want another Rendezvous CXL

by from Kansas City, MO on December 5, 2006

After owning 2 Troopers, we wanted a comfortable SUV for long trips with consecutive all-day drives. We weren't off-roading, so the cost of rugged SUVs wasn't justified. I never fell in love with the...
After owning 2 Troopers, we wanted a comfortable SUV for long trips with consecutive all-day drives. We weren't off-roading, so the cost of rugged SUVs wasn't justified. I never fell in love with the exterior. The wheels look undersized, the back end looks like a city bus, the grill looks feminine. The wife loved the ride, tho, and we took it home. It drove like butter spreads on warm bread. The power-everything leather seats are the most comfortable I've ever owned. The Buick's bucket seats are wide & firm, but not hard. The heads-up display is addictive; you miss it when driving anything else. The side mirrors seem as big as dinner plates; I nearly tore them off getting out of the garage not paying attention. There are so many storage compartments we actually would lose things for a while. I never had a better FWD or 4WD vehicle for street driving in the snow. The second row buckets are sumptuous, nearly as great as the front. They unlatch & come out easily. They are pretty heavy, and not nearly as easy to put back in. The third row seat was typically folded to get more storage room. When we traveled, we took out the second row and stowed gear in the floor. With no third row seat, you could easily sleep back there. Heated seats were awesome. The high end "circulation system" seemed overly complex, and always seemed to need too much manual intervention. I read the manual and saw I was doing it all wrong. We primarily use a sun roof as a safer way to photograph bears, and the Buick's roof was almost too small for that. We drove from Kansas City to the Canadian Rockies (Banff, 6700 miles roundtrip) twice, once going on to Alaska. We'd do 5 solid days driving at a time, and the comfort allowed us to go distances not enjoyable in other SUVs. After owning Jeeps following the Buick, I want the overall comfort of the roomy and well-designed vehicle again. The 3.4L V6 gets gets better MPG than Grand Cherokee 6-cyl. Our travel logs frequently recorded 23-25 mpg. I never felt like I needed more highway performance, even on long hills. Nothing broke in 3 years/35000 miles. I don't love the shape, but this is a vehicle that totally pampers you; my daughter's Acura and boss's Lexus feel cheap in comparison.
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GM is very stupid for discontinuing this 4X4

by from Cincinatti, OH on February 7, 2007

2 months ago I bought this car and everything is fantastic. I love everything! I have the 4x4 and it is great in the snow. Buy it.
2 months ago I bought this car and everything is fantastic. I love everything! I have the 4x4 and it is great in the snow. Buy it.
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