by mannyr5653 on Dec 30, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rainier CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
Being only 19, this isn't car most college guys have. Im the only one on campus with one of these! Ever since I bought my Rainier, It has been nothing but good to me. It has proved to be a reliable, luxurious, and all around great vehicle. Only repairs I've done are oil changes and new brake pads. This truck is extremely comfortable and surprisingly easy to drive. The V8 is very powerful, and can get up and go. Highway driving is awesome, the rear air suspension really makes the ride a million times better. The AWD is awesome when driving in snow and rain, it has kept me out of a lot of trouble. It really is a hit or miss with the rainier, either you get a good one or you get a lemon.
by rknack on Oct 18, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rainier CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
My Rainier is a piece of garbage. Parts are expensive, and labor even more so unless you are like me and do your own repairs - and even then, it is so poorly designed that it is a major undertaking to repair. As an example, the front differential blew up recently and I had to remove the steering rack, axles, AND the engine oil pan (the passenger side axle goes THROUGH the oil pan!) to remove it. Many of the bolts are difficult to get at. It would have cost me $2500 in labor alone to have a shop repair it for me, plus parts cost. I will NEVER willingly own another vehicle in this series again, and if I could afford to buy another vehicle I would. At least it's fully paid for...
by shadav on Dec 10, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Buick Rainier CXL Plus AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
I have owned several Buick's and this is by far the worst one I have owned.
The one I traded in had 143,000 miles on it and was still running perfectly.
With the Rainier, I began have trouble around 60,000 miles.
The instrument panel had to be replaced, then the air conditioner blew hot air on the passenger side.
Then it was the transfer case, then the air bags used in the suspension area began leaking.
At this very moment, it is parked in my garage with a broken water pump.
I haven't driven it in 4 months.
Instead, I bought a used vehicle that I paid cash for to get around town in.
It has been much more reliable than the Buick.
The Rainier is an all-new SUV for Buick. It is based on GM's capable midsize SUV architecture which also supports the Chevy TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy. The Rainier is available with a V8 power, but there is no extended-length version.