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2003 Buick Rendezvous Review
High performance in a sleek modern look SUV.
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In Buick’s desire to attract a younger clientele, they introduced the 2003 Rendezvous. Buick has put in some commendable work and the vehicle could pass for a three in one vehicle – sports utility vehicle (SUV), a sedan, and a minivan. The 2000-lb towing capacity transforms the 2003 Buick Rendezvous into an ideal vehicle with multiple utility. The passenger capacity is five or seven occupants. It comes with a powerful 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that puts out 185-horsepower at 5200 rpm.
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic overdrive, four-speed automatic overdrive
Models: Rendezvous CX 2WD, Rendezvous CX AWD
The 2003 Buick Rendezvous provides a more comfortable ride to occupants and the vehicle now comes with four-wheel independent suspension. This model comes has both a two-wheel-drive and a four-wheel-drive option. Other changes are on the aesthetics. The color options are increased, and the entertainment system now comes with a DVD-based interface.
The 2003 Buick Rendezvous is a different SUV design that will specifically appeal to a younger owner who is looking for a vehicle with a fresh look. It comes with classy 16 x 6.5 inch steel wheels with P215/70R16 all-season tires. The two shades on the body color, a darker lower half with a lighter upper half give it a regal look. It has variable intermittent wipers on the windshield and the rear window has a wiper and defogger. It comes with privacy glass from the factory, a roof rack, and the rear comes with a rear lift-gate door.
The exterior dimensions of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous are 73.6 inches wide, 68.9 inches high, 186.5 inches long, and it stands on a 7-inch ground clearance and rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase. It can ferry 54.5 cubic feet of cargo when all the seats are in place, and this expands to 108.9 cubic feet cargo capacity maximum. When the 2003 Buick Rendezvous has the right towing equipment, it can haul 2000 lbs. at maximum capacity.
The interior of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous comes with cloth front seats. The rear has reclining seats that have a center armrest with storage. The power features in this edition include power door locks, power mirrors and power windows. Leather covers the steering wheel and the doors. The vehicle comes with power steering. The steering wheel is tilt-adjustable and has audio and cruise controls on it.
The vehicle has a universal remote transmitter that the vehicle owner can program to open the garage door. The owner can also use the transmitter to trigger a security system in an emergency. The 2003 Buick Rendezvous comes with a number of storage areas in the interior. It has cup holders in the front and in the rear, and it has door pockets. Both the overhead console and the front console have storage, and the front seatback has a storage pocket.
Convenience features in the 2003 Buick Rendezvous include air conditioning, reading lights in the front and rear, and both the driver and the passenger get an illuminating vanity mirror each. On the dashboard, the 2003 Buick Rendezvous comes with a clock and an entertainment system. The entertainment system includes six speakers, an AM/FM radio and a single CD stereo player. The interior dimensions of the 2003 Buick Rendezvous are 40.9 inches headroom, 61.1 inches hip room, 40.5 inches legroom, and 58.7 inches shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The engine on the 2003 Buick Rendezvous is 3.4-liter V-6 with185-hp at 5200 rpm horsepower and 210 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. It is comes in two options: a front-wheel drive, and a four-wheel drive with four-speed automatic transmission.
The Buick Rendezvous offers a stable drive. The suspension system includes MacPherson strut suspension, short and long arm rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension. It comes with safety systems to enhance safe stopping, such as ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear. In this edition, safety features such as Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) and disc brakes in all four wheels are optional features.
Side airbags for the 2003 Buick Rendezvous are optional features. The standard safety features include two height-adjustable headrests in the front and on the rear seat. The rear seat has child seat anchors, and the rear doors have child safety door locks. These ensure that a child cannot open the rear doors without adult assistance. The vehicle has an anti-theft remote alarm system and an engine immobilizer. To enable the driver to see in all types of light, the Buick Rendezvous comes with daytime running lights, fog lights, and dusk sensing headlamps.
EPA Fuel Economy
Rendezvous CX AWD: 18/24 mpg city/highway
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