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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: Live close to dealer.
Cons: What I paid for this car.
Advice: Shop around for alternate brand.I paid $3,700 more to get a 2006, however I got a 2005. This vehicle is no where near being a 'Buick'. I have owned Buicks since the 70's, Park Avenues since 1987. An 87, 93, 2000, 2004. I thought that the Rainier would be comparable. The fender and bumper panel are mismatched, the ride is horrible, the environmental system has a mind of it's own, necessating turning off the auto setting. Remote door locks will not program to identify each driver. Rear seat configuration has 64/40 reversed. Inadvertenly left key in ignition, in garage, and computer drained battery. DIC not as functional as the Park Avenues. Do not attempt to contact Buick through their web site, no one is home.
Pros: automatic leveling system
Cons: The fact that my transmission went
Advice: Beware - Transmission defectsPurchased 2004 Rainier on June 2004. I have 16000 miles on it. Transmission went and GM will not cover under warrenty claiming that I drove it thru a flood which I did not. Has anyone else experianced any problems like this.
Pros: Buick's 'Quiet Tuning' that really quiets coarse pavement noise
Cons: The lack of fully-extendable visors like other GM SUV's have
Advice: Take it out on the highway and see how well it performsAfter 5 years in a '99 Blazer I was looking for an upgrade for under $50k. I was disappointed in all the foreign and domestic SUV's that were supposed to be quiet and smooth. I nearly passed up the Rainier until a friend gave me a ride in his TrailBlazer and I read that the Rainier was even quieter yet. After driving one I was sold. It is extremely quiet, smooth and comfortable. The air suspension eats up bumps like marshmallows. The inline 6 has plenty of power (275 HP). The standard equipment list is impressive. They even give you an air hose with guage so you can pump things up from the onboard compressor! I can't say enough good things about this SUV and how much I like it.
Pros: Quiet ride
Cons: poor overall performance
Advice: It's okay if you don't mind the shudder that GM can't repairDon'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.