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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: My wife say's I'm an old man for buying it. (I'm 35)
Advice: Buy itGreat care all around in the design of this whip. Rides and handles better than anything else in the class. GM finished this thing and did not miss a detail. The Germans and Japanese have fallen behind this time.
Pros: Incredible ride plus fun.
Cons: Complex option packages.
Advice: Forget everything you ever knew about Buicks.This ain't your daddy's Buick. The ride is great, and it's fun, too. It has more features than anyone could use -- and they're relatively easy to use (compared with the Acura MDX, for example). It's my first Buick since I had an aging '51 when I was a teenager. Never thought I'd have another one...
Pros: overall appearance
Cons: color selection
Advice: we drove the honda accord, nissan maxima, and camry. all were 1000's more and the Buick was the better car of the lot.its a great car. quiet, outstanding fuel economy, 30 mpg highway, very tightly constructed, excellent interior, large trunk, ONSTAR, 3800 V-6 was named one of the 20th century's best engines and theres none better.
Advice: Make sure you know your warranty!I can sympathize with the others who have had transmission problems. Our 2004 Rainier with 28000 miles on it has been in the shop 6 times since Christmas 2005. The first couple of times, the technicians did not 'notice' the obvious shuddering/stuttering of the vehicle. Now, they acknowledge it, but always claim that it has been fixed by recalibrating the transmission. I am about to take it in for the 7th time, of course now the cruise does not work and the engine light is on. All I can say is 'thank God it's under warranty'. I have always said that I would always buy American, but this vehicle and the service problems have changed my mind!
Pros: Heated seats and DVD system
Cons: Lack of take off power and not much power going uphill
Advice: Step on the gas pedal with both feet before buyingThe vehicle performed well until I purchased it. Major problem with the rotors, dealer cut them instead of replacing after 5,000 miles, then had problem with them again at 10,000 miles. They get burn spots. Also, problem with the sliding door latch not wanting to close all the way.
Pros: The Heads up display, and the color of the car, the leather seats, love all of it!
Cons: No locking gas cap but that's minor.
Advice: You have to buy it used now like I did, but look for one with low mileage, garage kept, etc.The Buick Limited is the one to pick not the Custom. I bought mine used with less than 27,000 miles. Has every option except heated seats. Gas mileage is phenomenol-about 33 on the highway and 23 around town. I use the driver information gage to see how to best save on gas-when to accelerate and when not to. It coasts forever once you take your foot off the break. I love all the gages and different ways to adjust for comfort. The trunk is cavernous as well as the back seat.