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Mixed farewell to our Rendezvous.

We purchased our RDV in July 2001 just shy of five years ago and we had a tad under 50K miles on it when we sold it. It has been one of the Best/Worst vehicles I have ever owned.Like a saying from an old movie I once saw "When she was good... SHE WAS VERY GOOD,.... But when she was bad.... SHE WAS VERY, VERY BAD" and that pretty much sums up how the past five years went.

In all fairness to our Buick Dealer he did the best he could do too keep it running. I am not sure if it "IS" or "WAS" a design flaw with the 2002 RDV or just poor quality control on Buick and or Buick's vendors.

1) We had three BCM replacements one under the original warrantee and two under the extended warrantee. Cost about $800 each time to GM and $107 twice to me ( we had the $100 deductible + tax ).

2) We had the engine head gasket replaced twice. 1st one was replaced at about 12K and the second one at about 40K. Cost about $1200 each time to GM and $107 once to me. I fought this $107 with GM and lost

3) The air conditioner and radio were both replaced in the 1st year we owned the vehicle. We also had the under carriage in the rear of the vehicle replaced at about 48K. I was told this caused tire wear. Cost about $1000 to GM and $200 to me. ($107 deductible and $89 - four wheel alignment ).

There was quite a few other smaller things but I think you get the idea. Our Buick dealer was very good about supplying us with a free loaner each time but we did spend a lot of time and money there.

Would I buy another RDV? In a simple answer "YES". Did I buy another RDV "NO". However not because of the problems with the vehicle or service from our Dealer but because we no longer needed this type of vehicle. My wife and I are both retired now, and our kids and grand kids are all grown and we just felt it was time to down size before anything else went wrong with the RDV. I loved the ride of the RDV but could no longer justify the cost to maintain and run it.

Best,
Ken Myers

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