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Pros: Quiet and comfortable, I can actually hear
Cons: Not much space in the front seat area for storage
Advice: Check out every part of the vehicle and look for the factory defects because you will find some more than likely if you look close enough....check out that rear tailgate glass...it was a factory defect...they had not attached a rod that enabled it to lockWe have only had our 2007 Rainier for two weeks. There was a chip in the side trim, loose screw under hood lid, radio lights were going on and off and tailgate upper glass would not lock. All of these things were found after vehicle was purchased. But, dealer took care of everything at our convenience. Comfort is great, in fact with the 8-way power seats and our back trouble that was a main selling feature for us. I find the steering to be very quick and can get away from you around turns if you are not very careful. Smooth and Quiet, WOW! We drove every SUV out there and compared and this was the only one that met all our needs. The only thing it is missing is storage areas up front for eyeglasses, kleenex or such. Regardless, we love it so far and are getting 21.5 mpg so far and expect to get more as the engine gets broken in good. My sisters Rendevouz didn't get very good mileage at first and has increased as time goes by. The inline 6 engine is plenty powerful and don't understand why anyone would really need more power in this vehicle. It is great!
Cons: No factory or dealer support
Advice: Buy the six cylinder or another SUVThere is a loud thump every few seconds from the climate control system. GM has so far refused to do anything about this terribly annoying noise. They say it is common in the V-8 models?
Pros: quiet interior,great ride, good power, not a lot on the road so you stand out more
Cons: i got the 2 wheel drive, should have got the awd
Advice: get the awd for winter driving though for 2wd it does have locking differential and tractioncontroldrives great for an SUV. averaging 18.6 mpg with the inline 6. has good power, isn't too noisy. does get buffeted by the wind on the highway but it's an SUV not a sleek sports car. a bit too much wind noise but overall am very impressed with the quality. the 2005 models address the few weakness's i see with my 04. 04 instument panel is cheap looking( 05 looks great)and shift nob on 04 looks cheap(05 looks great). arm rest cover on 04 made of rubber, 05 is leather.
Pros: xm radio
Cons: no light in glove dept
Advice: get all incentivesGreat riding vehicle. Quiet and smooth. Impressive looking. Great features.
Pros: Quiet Interior
Cons: Bad wind buffeting on highway while following trucks or driving in even slight wind. Must constantly correct vehicle to stay in lane.
Advice: Drive it on the highway on a windy day. Check rear seat ingress/egress. Check mileage. Check resale.I was especially impressed with the quietness of the Ranier. I had driven two other Raniers and was less than impressed. The one with the V-8 idled so bad the vehicle shook. The second Ranier was OK. I had just about given up on the Ranier when I came back and test drove the vehicle I bought. It was all that I had hoped for.
Pros: The interior cabin is well designed. XM radio is fantastic.
Cons: Back seat opening could be bigger.
Advice: don't be afraid to drive it-you will be surprised.The Rainier's smooth ride and quiet interior is better than anything I test drove. The V-8 has plenty of power for any occasion.
Pros: Sitting up straight, feeling in control of the car. The secure feeling over bumps.
Cons: The lousy gas mileage. The window sticker proclaims 15-18, but so far I am seeing 12 mpg.
Advice: Make sure you get all the discounts available. Check the vehicle for body damage from the factoryThe Buick Ranier runs very quiet. There is space on the interior, and at the same time it gives one a feeling of being cozy. Both my wife and I felt the same feeling of not wanting to get out of the car. There is a secure feeling sitting there. Driving it also feels secure. Many say the interior is not as luxurious as other $40,000 cars, but to me they all had shortcomings in their interior design. I liked the simple nature of the dash, with a touch of wood grain here and there. I would of course like real cherrywood instead of the black walnut plastic trim. The seats are comfortable, but not the same softness as I found in the Jeep Overland model. The Jeep, while appearing more luxurious, gave a smaller feel, and I felt confined, although the specs say the space is the same. The center console in the Ranier is poorly designed because if you put several CD's in there, then there is a pocket of useless space below, without access. I just like the car. It is smooth, fast enough, and with the V8 it has plenty of power up hill. I downplayed the performance and quality because of two factors. One is the poor gas mileage, and the second is that there is small spots of body damage that appears to be from the factory prior to painting. In addition to what looks like it was sandblasted in one small area above the door handle. And...the wax guy at the dealer is overzealous...it appears that he buffed some of the paint right off the car. These are very small spots and barely visible to the naked eye. Otherwise they would have entered the negotiations prior to my buying that car.