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2003 Buick Rendezvous Overview

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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2003 Buick Rendezvous Transmission Problem

My 2003 rendezvous slips into neutral between 1st and 2nd gear but just for a few seconds when cold. Once the transmission is warm the problem goes away. Any ideas as to what's wrong?

Problem With Transmission Shifting Into 4

Transmission functions perfectly until 4th gear won't go into 4th gear downshift II function to normal upshift to third normal 3rd 4th doesn't work I had it scanned the only thing that came up wa...

Problem With Transmission Shifting Into 4

Transmission functions perfectly until 4th gear won't go into 4th gear downshift II function to normal upshift to third normal 3rd 4th doesn't work I had it scanned the only thing that came up wa...

Vacuum Leak And Rough Idle

Yeah I have a 2003 Buick Rendezvous 3400 SFI motor and it's throwing code P0301 p0403 p0405 what do I do

2003 Buick Rendevous Ignition No Start

My ignition was drilled out due to lost key well original key was found and i need to get car started now. How can i the passkey3 isnt damaged around the key hole but locking cylinder of metal is g...