Buick Rainier Ratings

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    2005 Buick Rainier - 4x2

    Pros: Quiet ride

    Cons: poor overall performance

    Advice: It's okay if you don't mind the shudder that GM can't repair

    Don't let the quiet ride fool you. This SUV has a 'shudder' as deternied by an idependent technical expert hired by General Motors and the BBB Auto Line. This problem has been acknowlegded by the GM yet they state that this is a normal characteristic of the vehicle and they refuse to repir it, or maybe they can't. The technical expert states the vehicle is not operating per manufacturer's specification. Other problem: loose body parts and poor alignment; leak in the steering rack; loud buzz form the fuel pump. DON'T BUY ONE.

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    2004 Buick Rainier - 4x2

    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 tractioncontrol

    drives 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.

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    2004 Buick Rainier - AWD

    Pros: xm radio

    Cons: no light in glove dept

    Advice: get all incentives

    Great riding vehicle. Quiet and smooth. Impressive looking. Great features.

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    2004 Buick Rainier - 4x2

    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.

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    2004 Buick Rainier - Plus 4x2

    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.

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    2004 Buick Rainier - AWD

    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 factory

    The 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.

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    2004 Buick Rainier - AWD

    Pros: Never thought I'd use it, but the OnStar communications system is a great feature AND it's free for 2 years!

    Cons: For the price you'd think they would throw in a cargo cover. Mine didn't come with one, but I'm going to call the car dealership to see if it was supposed to.

    Advice: Even with the inline six cylinder engine this car is fast, real fast. Make sure you test drive the Rainier before you buy it.

    Wow, rock solid! That's how I rate the 2004 Buick Rainier. After researching all of the luxury midsized SUV's I reduced the list to the following five; the Lexus RX330, the Toyota Highlander Limited and 4Runner Limited, the Infiniti FX35 and, to my surprise, the Buick Rainier. I test drove all five again. The Infiniti FX35 drove like a car, and that's exactly the problem. I felt I was in a station wagon. The interior was cramped and not to my liking. Then there’s the price. I wasn’t going to pay a premium for a fancy station wagon. Bye, bye FX35. The 4Runner was the biggest disappointment as it rattled and lacked the quality Toyotas are known for. Bye, bye 4Runner. The Highlander reminded me of the RX300 I was trying to replace but the exterior design of the Highlander is so dull that, at the price Toyota was asking, I couldn’t give it any serious consideration. Bye, bye Highlander. The list was down to two finalists. The RX330 and the Buick Rainier. The RX330 is comfortable, luxuriously appointed and well constructed. But again, to my surprise, the Buick Rainer matched the RX330 in every category except the interior of the Rainier is not as luxurious as the interior in the RX330. The Rainier handled as well as the RX330 and outclassed the RX330 with its rock solid feel. With both finalists nearly tied, it came down to value and there was no comparison. The Rainer’s rock solid construction, luxury amenities and GM’s financing make the Rainier a true value. Trust me, I’ve owned foreign brands like Toyota, Nissan and Lexus and things go wrong on their cars too.