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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.


  • 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 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 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
  • 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?
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I know the third row seats will be able to fold flat,and I am pretty sure that the second row seats would be able to fold. I hope this helps.
  • I just went to the GM media photo site to see if there were any more photos of the rear seats or interior. Sorry, but there is no other interior photos that I haven't already posted on my site. When Buick releases more photos, I will post them.

  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    I went to the Buick website, followed the string to the Rendezvous section. There was a statement about Florida State University setting up a Rendezvous website and a link. At the FSU Rendezvous website there was a showroom link. There I saw pictures of the back seat folded flat like my SUV. I expected the seat to operate like the Aztec, but it seems to be more conventional.

    Also I went back to the same website 2 hours later and did not get the same pictures so good luck.
  • js25js25 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know the base price for the Rendezvous?
  • camaclecamacle Posts: 15
    I remember something in the Lexus range, like 35K.
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    A target price that I saw somewhere was to be under 30 thousand. But there are going to be three trim levels and I am sure the target price is for the lowest.

    I feel that it will have to be less expensive than the RX 300 because if they are the same price, the Rendezvous would not entice new customers. But GM has not called for my advice yet. Also the new Oldsmobile Bravada is going to be on the market in January for the 35,000 dollar range with its 270HP six cylinder as well as all the gadgets as standard equipment.
  • gmdronegmdrone Posts: 78
    I have been working on the Rendevous for the last year and a half. We completed the prototype build last spring, and in all honesty, the vehicle went together better than any other program that I have worked on in 20 years at GM. It is so much better looking and riding than the Aztec, you wouldn't believe that they are based on the same pan. The four inches of wheel base, and Buick's ride tuning make the two vehicles COMPLETELY different. The only complaint that I have, is that I'm not particularly fond of the way the grille and headlights fit into the look, but that is nitpicking, and as an engineer, I'm always looking for a way to [non-permissible content removed] at Styling. I hope that the price does come in significantly lower than the RS-300, because Buick will have a winner here!
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    As you can tell by my posts, I am very interested in the Rendezvous. I am ready to trade now but I am going to wait for the Buick to see the Buick. I think Buick already has a winner because I called my local dealer yesterday to see what news they had. I found out they already have a list that I could get on, but they did not know when they would get one. The salesman talked like he was selling snowballs in hell. If I have to wait for summer I do not know if I will make it.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    hey engineer, how come these cars (Aztek and Rendezvous) have engines produce only 180-something horsepower? Where were you when they were making the engine decistion? Why didn't they use the 3.8L engine? What about Olds 3.5L?
  • gmdronegmdrone Posts: 78
    You know, I wish someone had asked ME about using 180 ponies in a 3000 lb.+ vehicle! Unfortunately, I work in the Manufacturing side of the house, and they don't ask US about what we WANT to build, they only tell us WHAT to build. It reminds me of being in the service, do what the commander says, and for God's sake don't question his orders! Seriously, though, it has been explained to me that the decision to use a particular engine over another is usually a financial and capacity decision, and as most of our divisions are now run by the BRAND MANAGEMENT school of philosopy, all run by financial people. I and others like me at the General, often wonder where we could go, If we only had a "car Guy" running the company. The last car guys we had were Stempel and Reuss, I'm sure you know what happened to them! I have just been re-organized again last week, for the third or fourth time this year! If I had to make the decision, I'd stop sending so many 3.8 pushrods to Holden in Australia, spin up Flint Engine, and start installing the supercharged version into all these Aztecs, Rendevous, and the new Saab! I think it would be fun to race soccer moms down I-696 durning rush hour here.
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