2003 Buick Rendezvous Overview

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CX
Avg. Price: $5,025
CX AWD
36 national listings
CXL
Avg. Price: $5,323
CXL AWD
Avg. Price: $5,854

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I Love Pepito by Veronica
 — I bought this car so I can tote the grandkids around. We've used it on car trips and jetting around the Valley of the Sun. I love this car. It handles beautifully and is so easy to drive! My car is n... Read More
The Suv Is A Winner by pscardino
 — After 30 some days of owning the Buick we are very pleased with it. So happy we decided to get an SUV that is also Gas Friendly. Full size comfort without giving up gas mileage. We orginally were look... Read More
Good Deal And Great Vaule by BLA52
 — Good and smooth riding car especially on long trips, good gas mileage on trips for it's size, comfortable to ride in with third row seat for kids, babies or will fold down for cargo room. Better than ... Read More

2003 Buick Rendezvous Overview

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2003 Buick Rendezvous

The term "SUV" has increasingly negative connotations as an oversized, gas-guzzling, grocery hauler, so most carmakers are opting instead to call their new SUVs crossovers.  The 2003 Buick Rendezvous looks like an SUV, but handles more like a minivan, with a interior size and luxury of a Park Avenue sedan.  The 2003 Rendezvous comes in CX and the more upscale CXL trims, and this year the CXL comes in both FWD and AWD, just like the base model.  All AWD Rendezvous are accompanied with Versatrak traction control and ABS brakes.  The all-range traction control and ABS in the FWD trims are now optional instead of standard.

Also moved from the standard to optional list are side airbags, though the dual front bags are still included.  Dual-zone climate control is added to the CXL, which also gets a new DVD player and satellite radio option.  The 2003 Rendezvous is powered by a 3.4-liter, 185-hp V6 and 4-speed automatic that is somewhat sluggish on hills.  It comes standard with two rows of seats, but a third row can be added.  Both rows fold, and the second row can be removed for extra storage capacity.  Captain's chairs can be substituted for the second row, and there are even some handy footrests that pop out from behind the front row seats.  New in 2003 is an electronic liftgate release, which is helpful, though the heavy hatch is still hard to close.

The 2003 Rendezvous has helped boost sales in the Buick division, primarily because it offers all the versatility of an SUV with the luxury of more upscale brands, all at a much lower price point.  Drivers praise its roominess, though they wish there was more than 18 cubic feet of cargo room when the seats are up.  The exterior styling is contemporary and rugged, and the car-like handling appreciated by soccer moms everywhere.  A favorite feature is the optional heads-up display.  But the Rendezvous suffers from expensive repair problems, most notably with the wheel bearings and intake manifold.  Other downsides include limited third row legroom, second row seats being hard to remove, some wind noise, and an underpowered engine.

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Buick Rendezvous Questions

mikenealy60
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How Do I Check If The Fuel Filter Or The Fuel Pump Is Bad ?

Died wont start .. it will crank with starting fluid... then dies.. sounds like its starved for gas...

5 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)
cwall82
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2003 Buick Rendezvous Misfiring, Sending No Signals/codes. What Could It Be...

I have a 2003 Buick Rendezvous that i bought in feb of this year. All was good til about March when it started miss firing. It wouldn't send a signal though and the engine light would never come on. S...

222 views with 12 answers (last answer about a month ago)
Richard Simmons Jr.
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Big Red Brake Light

when traveling @ speeds greater than 50 mpg BRAKE LIGHT appears with loud dinging alert until car is shut down and re-started any ideas as to what is causing this. car drives and responds great @ all ...

1,168 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 years ago)
glendabigg
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Loud Alarm Can It Be Turned Down

97 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)
mudragon
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Can I Add A Third Seat To A Used Buick Rendezvous Cxl?

Dealer says cannot add third seat, had to be ordered that way. Is it possible to get anchors or other parts and retrofit?

996 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 years ago)