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2004 Buick Rendezvous

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Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Steering feel
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Minivanlike handling
  • Quietness
  • Spacious, versatile interior

The Bad

  • Ride quality on rough pavement
  • Controversial appearance
  • Frontal crash-test rating
  • Resale value

What to Know

about the 2004 Buick Rendezvous
  • Five- or seven-passenger seating
  • Versatrak AWD available
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio
  • Optional DVD entertainment
  • Fastback rear-end styling

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2004 Buick Rendezvous Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2002 model year, Buick’s crossover model blends the virtues of a sedan, sport utility vehicle and minivan. Buick hoped the Rendezvous would attract more young buyers and counteract the brand’s appeal to older motorists.

Depending on the seating configuration, five or seven people can fit inside this vehicle. A fully independent suspension aims to ease the ride quality. The Mexican-built Rendezvous comes in two forms: as the front-wheel-drive CX model and the higher-level CXL with Versatrak all-wheel drive (AWD).

Buick will add a Rendezvous Ultra trim level early in 2004. It will be equipped with a posh interior and a new dual-overhead-cam 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Billed by the manufacturer as “unpretentious luxury,” the Ultra promises more power and less noise and vibration; it will compete against the popular Lexus RX 330. Monochromatic exterior paint includes a body-colored grille. Wood decorates the instrument panel and console, and the gauges are trimmed in chrome.

Exterior
Described by Buick as having a “refined ruggedness,” the Rendezvous has an overall shape like that of an SUV and is augmented by details that promote a youthful image. Sharp lines take precedence over curves, and Buick says the fastback rear slope is less boxy than a typical SUV’s back end.

Styling elements that are common on other Buicks, such as an oval-shaped grille that is painted rather than chrome trimmed, are evident on the Rendezvous. Chrome is used sparingl...

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2002 model year, Buick’s crossover model blends the virtues of a sedan, sport utility vehicle and minivan. Buick hoped the Rendezvous would attract more young buyers and counteract the brand’s appeal to older motorists.

Depending on the seating configuration, five or seven people can fit inside this vehicle. A fully independent suspension aims to ease the ride quality. The Mexican-built Rendezvous comes in two forms: as the front-wheel-drive CX model and the higher-level CXL with Versatrak all-wheel drive (AWD).

Buick will add a Rendezvous Ultra trim level early in 2004. It will be equipped with a posh interior and a new dual-overhead-cam 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Billed by the manufacturer as “unpretentious luxury,” the Ultra promises more power and less noise and vibration; it will compete against the popular Lexus RX 330. Monochromatic exterior paint includes a body-colored grille. Wood decorates the instrument panel and console, and the gauges are trimmed in chrome.

Exterior
Described by Buick as having a “refined ruggedness,” the Rendezvous has an overall shape like that of an SUV and is augmented by details that promote a youthful image. Sharp lines take precedence over curves, and Buick says the fastback rear slope is less boxy than a typical SUV’s back end.

Styling elements that are common on other Buicks, such as an oval-shaped grille that is painted rather than chrome trimmed, are evident on the Rendezvous. Chrome is used sparingly.

Eight-spoke 16-inch wheels are standard, and the new Ultra gets 10-spoke 17-inch wheels. Each Rendezvous rides a 112.2-inch wheelbase, measures 186.5 inches long overall and stands 68.9 inches tall.

Interior
The Rendezvous seats five occupants in standard form, but its reconfigurable interior may be equipped with third-row seats that hold two additional people. The second row can have a three-place split bench seat or two captain’s chairs. The second-row seats flip and fold to give access to the optional third-row seats. Cargo volume totals 108.9 cubic feet when the seats are folded, and a 4-by-8-foot panel can be loaded through the back door. Low doorsills ease entry and exit.

An optional Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist system warns the driver of obstacles to the rear. GM’s OnStar communication system is optional. Two entertainment units may be installed: an XM Satellite Radio or a DVD entertainment system.

Under the Hood
A 185-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 engine generates 210 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Versatrak on-demand AWD is standard on the upscale CXL model and optional on the CX. The new 3.6-liter V-6 in the Rendezvous Ultra will produce about 245 hp.

Safety
Side-impact airbags and all-disc antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
Despite structural similarities to the wildly styled Pontiac Aztek, Buick’s crossover model has a personality all of its own. Automatic-transmission responses are quick and easy. Acceleration is good, if not exactly inspiring. The Rendezvous runs very quietly and offers plenty of versatile space. The gauges are notable in appearance, but they’re not the easiest to read at a glance.

The Rendezvous offers a generally soft ride, but its suspension hits some bumps rather hard. Its handling is undeniably minivanlike, which means it is reasonably precise with good steering feel and feedback.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 5/14/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
30 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

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(2.0)

Transmission is screwed

by Peteman from STOCKTON on June 13, 2019

The transmission on my vehicle is failing to perform shifts hard fails to shift on time ,late ,just a garbage tranny ,apparently there are lot of problems with these transmissions Read full review

(3.0)

Good condition

by Tvashane from Albany, Ga on December 16, 2018

Clean and comfortable. It is a nice car to drive in town and on the highway. The radio sounds real good. And, the CD player works fine. The air conditioner and heater work well, also. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Buick Rendezvous currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rendezvous received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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