by Billy Dee

The Buick Rendezvous is a combination of desired characteristics of a Sport Utility Vehicle, minivan and wagon. It has defied categorization by overlapping the delineation between sedans, minivans and SUVs.

Sharing an elemental structure with the Pontiac Aztek but is quite a bit longer that allows the Rendezvous to have a third seating capacity and is quite adaptable in seating five up to seven passengers. You can even choose to fold up the third line of chairs to make room for cargo plus, you can even move the second line of chairs to make more room, especially if you have fewer passengers and want them to have more space to stretch in during the long ride.

Rendezvous boasts of a 3.4 liter V6 engine, horsepower of 185 at 5200 rpm and 210 pounds of foot torque at 4000 rpm. With this features, the rendezvous can hold its own with whatever obstacles it may face. The Rendezvous is available in front wheel drive and all-wheel drive, but the latter does cost more.

There are five different categories of 2004 Buick Rendezvous that you can choose from. It is listed from highest priced to lowest priced as follows: Ultra, CXL Plus, CXL, CX Plus and CX. Rear-obstacle detection, satellite radio and head-up instrument display are standard features found in an Ultra but not on other rendezvous models but can be bought optionally. Further, at an extra cost there are other stand alone security products that can be had such as Ultra’s powerful engine, anti-lock brakes, side impact airbags and traction control.

If you have at least a Rendezvous CXL, you will be able to buy a DVD entertainment or the multi-media navigation system. A towing package inclusive of the following: high output alternator, transmission of oil cooler, heavy duty engine cooling and automatic load leveling could also be added to your car. Once there is proper installation of the towing system, your car can tow up to 3,500 pounds of weight.

The Buick Rendezvous comes in the middle of luxury sedans and SUVs when you talk of quietness of engine. It is very much responsive to driving efforts and the ride is smooth. Actually, it is unbelievably easy to deal with even in precarious roads like sandy and rocky arroyos given that you have a four wheel drive. Versatrak is the name of Rendezvous’ four wheel drive which is clever enough to turn on by itself when it feels that traction aid is considered necessary.

If you are on a budget and still looking for a really nice ride, then you can never go wrong with the 2004 Buick Rendezvous!

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