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2005 Buick Rendezvous

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$1,169 — $6,945 USED
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
  • Resale value

What to Know

about the 2005 Buick Rendezvous
  • Five- or seven-passenger seating
  • Available Versatrak AWD
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio
  • Optional DVD entertainment
  • Sloped rear-end styling

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2005 Buick Rendezvous Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for 2002, the Buick Rendezvous continues into 2005 in regular and Ultra forms with front-wheel drive or Versatrak all-wheel drive. Ultra editions feature a 245-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing. Regular models use a 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6.

Buick’s crossover blends characteristics of a sedan, sport utility vehicle and minivan. In addition to Ultra versions, the Mexican-built Rendezvous comes in CX and CXL trims.

A front-drive version of the Rendezvous Ultra is available for 2005; it previously had been offered only with all-wheel drive. The 3.6-liter V-6 also becomes available in CXL models. A touchscreen navigation system is newly optional, and 17-inch wheel packages are offered.

Billed by the manufacturer as “unpretentious luxury,” the Ultra competes against the Lexus RX 330. Monochromatic exterior paint includes a body-colored grille.

Exterior
Described by Buick as having a “refined ruggedness,” the Rendezvous has an overall shape like that of an SUV, augmented by details that promote a youthful image. Sharp lines take precedence over curves, and Buick gave it a rear slope in contrast to the typically boxy SUV shape. It shares styling elements with other Buicks, including a painted, oval-shaped grille.

Eight-spoke 16-inch wheels are standard on CX models, but others get 17-inch tires. Each Rendezvous rides a 112.2-inch wheelbase, measures 186.5 inches long overall and stands 68.9 inches tall. A full...

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for 2002, the Buick Rendezvous continues into 2005 in regular and Ultra forms with front-wheel drive or Versatrak all-wheel drive. Ultra editions feature a 245-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing. Regular models use a 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6.

Buick’s crossover blends characteristics of a sedan, sport utility vehicle and minivan. In addition to Ultra versions, the Mexican-built Rendezvous comes in CX and CXL trims.

A front-drive version of the Rendezvous Ultra is available for 2005; it previously had been offered only with all-wheel drive. The 3.6-liter V-6 also becomes available in CXL models. A touchscreen navigation system is newly optional, and 17-inch wheel packages are offered.

Billed by the manufacturer as “unpretentious luxury,” the Ultra competes against the Lexus RX 330. Monochromatic exterior paint includes a body-colored grille.

Exterior
Described by Buick as having a “refined ruggedness,” the Rendezvous has an overall shape like that of an SUV, augmented by details that promote a youthful image. Sharp lines take precedence over curves, and Buick gave it a rear slope in contrast to the typically boxy SUV shape. It shares styling elements with other Buicks, including a painted, oval-shaped grille.

Eight-spoke 16-inch wheels are standard on CX models, but others get 17-inch tires. Each Rendezvous rides a 112.2-inch wheelbase, measures 186.5 inches long overall and stands 68.9 inches tall. A fully independent suspension aims to ease the ride quality.

Interior
In standard form, the Rendezvous seats five occupants, but its reconfigurable interior can be equipped with third-row seats that hold two additional people. The second row can have either a three-place split bench seat or two captain’s chairs. The second-row seats flip and fold for access to the rear. 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, XM Satellite Radio and DVD entertainment are optional.

Under the Hood
In all but the Ultra models, a standard 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Rendezvous Ultra gets a 245-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; this engine is optional in the CXL. All Rendezvous models can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive.

Safety
Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are available.

Driving Impressions
Despite structural similarities to the wildly styled Pontiac Aztek, Buick’s crossover model has a personality 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 delivers a generally soft ride, but its suspension hits some bumps rather hard. Handling is reasonably precise with good steering feel and feedback, very much like what drivers might expect from a minivan.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.8
26 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

GM Failure

by NeverBuyGM from Indianapolis, IN on May 27, 2019

This car was bought from a friend for $1000 with 156,000 miles on it. Everything mechanical needs to be replaced. This includes the differential which GM no longer makes parts for, the brake lines, ... Read full review

(4.0)

Reliable

by Unique from Columbus on April 1, 2019

Gets my kids to school every day and me to work. Takes a little time for the heat to kick on but other than that it runs awesome. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Buick Rendezvous currently has 2 recalls


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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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