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Buick Rendezvous

shane2shane2 Posts: 8
Has anyone seen any more info than is available on
the Buick website?
It could be a cheaper alternative to a Lexus RX300
if the interior materials a not too cheap and if
it has a quiet and refined ride.
It had better be MUCH cheaper than a Lexus RX300
or it will fail.
It is not nearly as ugly as the similar Pontiac
Aztek though.
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  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Looks like it will be out in the spring as a 2002 model. From what I have read in car magazines, it looks pretty good. My thoughts are to wait and see as our next lease comes up in early 2002. The other one we are interested in is the Saturn SUV which will be out in fall 2001. Check www.saturnfans.com for a preview.
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    If I am not mistaken, isn't the Rendezvous the same vehicle as the Pontiac Aztek with different sheet metal skin and a more upscale interior?
  • mark189mark189 Posts: 107
    Both vehicles are built on the GM minivan platform. For that reason, I would be concerned about their safety and reliability. GM minivans consistently rank near the bottom on all crash tests.
  • I have not researched the reliability of the GM minivan platform so I know nothing of its reliability. But since the Montana is made in GA and the Rendezvous is going to be made in Mexico I wonder if there are any differences in tooling or build quality? I suppose only the Aztek owners could shed any light on the subject.
  • mark189mark189 Posts: 107
    The fact that they'll be built in a different plant is a good point.

    I think the Silverado pick up is also built in Mexico and has low reliability (per consumer reports). The new Tahoe/Yukon is being built in Mexico and Wisconsin so reliability at each plant would be hard to pinpoint.

    However, almost across the board, GM reliability is poor, with the exception of Buick. So, maybe this will be one of the better ones.
  • I have the brochure and have seen the website, but I have only seen one small glimpse of the interior. I drove an Aztek and bucket seat was narrow with deep side bolsters. It reminded me of a Fiero I used to have.

    I also cannot get a clear picture in my mind of the rear window angle. (Does it slope like the Aztek.Does anyone know of another source of pictures?

    I believe early projections were for it to be on the market around next March? Anybody hear anything new?
  • I have a 94 Buick Roadmaster SW which is presently losing its second driver side door panel. This is an extremely expensive item to replace and I wonder if anyone else has had similar problems with this car.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    nothing's falling off on the Rendezvous, because they are not building them yet.
  • I was looking at the 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada on www.bravadasuv.com and found a list of shows it will be displayed at. One of them will be at the Texas State Fair for a month starting next week.

    Has anyone seen where a Rendezvous will be on display?
  • But I'm sure Buick'll bring it everywhere to get the word out. I'm looking forward to seeing it this November at the Tampa Auto Show.
  • Hey everyone! Here's some news about the safety of the Rendezvous. Today on Edmunds I read that the Rendezvous and Aztek have a strengthened steel safety cage. As everyone may recall, the problem with the vans is that the safety cage buckled in a crash, hopefully the Rendezvous and Aztek's will improve crash test safety.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    its front grille looks like a dog's nose.

    It also looks like a rounded Mercury Mountaneer's grille.
  • The Buick Rendezvous will debut in the spring of next year. It is built off of GM's minivan platform,which means that the only engine available is the 3400 V6. That engine produces only 185hp and 210 lb ft of torque. A little slow for my tastes. The Rendezvous will be offered in two trim levels with AWD standard in the top line trim, but available in the base trim. It will seat seven people and will have a fold flat rear seat. Buick has said this SUV will ride like a family sedan. It will have an independent rear suspension,and easy entry.
    As usual GM will have some gimmicks to attract some people to buy it. IMHO this seem like Buick really gave it some thought with th exception of the engine. Sorry this is long.
  • Regardless of how one feels about the Rendevous, you've got to admit it looks better than the junior high sketch book penned Aztek. It will be interesting to see how the Buick fares against some of its stated competition; Lexus RS, Acura MDX, etc. It will also be interesting to see how it fares against vehicles such as the redesigned GMC Envoy and Olds Bravada. I'm sure it will be cross-shopped w/the Envoy and Bravada. It's interesting, just when I thought GM designers were hanging out in opium dens, they come along and design a couple of well styled SUV's, the 01' Envoy & Bravada.
  • The Rendezvous will be powered by a 3.4 Liter V6. Is this engine currently used in any Buick? If not what is it used in besides the Aztek.

    By the way after the comment about the grille looking like a dog nose I have noticed a resemblance to the dog van in the movie Dumb and Dumber. I thought that was a cool van.
  • ratoxratox Posts: 12
    The 3.4 is not used in any Buick. It is a larger displacement version of the 3.1 used in the Century. It originated in 1980 as the 2.8 in the GM X-cars (Citation Skylark, etc). The 3.4 is currently used in the GM minivans (Venture, Montana, etc), and is the base engine in the Monte carlo and Impala, and optional in the Grand Am and Olds Alero. It's been around.
  • Now I will know what to look for. I have never owned any one of those vehicles.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    I am not crazy about Rendezvous' rear. Not the view from the rear. Rather the way rear looks when one looks at the vehicle from front 3/4. It looks like it has a chopped off back - the line where metal ends and dark glass canopy starts is pretty unattractive. If you pretend that the rear glass canopy does not exist, the rear looks like a big Yugo.
  • I have added pictures of the 2002 Buick Rendezvous to my "Unofficial General Motors SUV Information Site". The photos can be found on the 'Photographs' page of the site at http://suv.s5.com
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    In one of the pictures I could the back of the second row seats. I cannot tell if they are like the seats in the Aztek or not. For what I need the cargo space more than the seats.

    Does anyone know if the seats fold away or not?
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