By Keith D. Wheeler
I own a 2002 Buick Rendezvoodoo that was designed by monkeys.
After about a year of owning this vehicle I experienced a severe instantaneous oil leak from
the intake manifold gasket. This was a known issue to GM, but it was not covered by warranty.
Replacing the air filter is at best a 45-minute event because the air duct to the intake is so
short it doesn’t flex enough to open the filter cover. Removing and replacing the duct …
Replacing the battery is at best an hour and a half. It’s buried below the headlight. You have to
take off the support bar running across the top which entails removing the fuse box, and the battery clamp does not go over the top, so you have to get at a bolt buried at the bottom of
Replacing spark plugs on the rear bank - IMPOSSIBLE.
The radiator had to be replaced. There are a myriad of parts that have to be removed just to get to the radiator to replace it. But the worst part is that in order to replace it, you have to evacuate the AC system because the AC condenser is mounted to the radiator and you can’t get it off while it’s in the vehicle.
Finally, replacing a thermostat. Rather than running the front cylinder exhaust down the front
of the engine and out, they bring it up and over the top of the engine and down, right in
front of the thermostat housing bolts! To get to the bolts you have to remove the exhaust pipe
which is, of course - IMPOSSIBLE!
Sure makes my old beater ‘93 Corolla look like a dream machine. I’ll never own a minivan or minivan based vehicle ever again.