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Not your average College Student's Car!
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By mannyr5653
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Heated seats are a good thing to have in the winter time, really help warm me up fast in the morning on my drive to work. XM satellite radio keeps my drive less boring and the Bose sound system is pretty good. Steering wheel controls are nice feature to have. Exterior wise I like the fact that it has a light on the side of the front bumper that turns on when blinkers are turned on, it helps see what's around the corner a little better, and I think it's kinda cool!


Suggested Improvements

Painted plastic over radio peels easily, it should have been the same soft touch materials that the dash is mostly made of. Also wish mpg's were better, but hey, it's an SUV! Everything else about the Rainier is good!


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Don't bother with this one...
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By rknack
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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...


Favorite Features

It gets me where I need to go (when I'm not busy fixing something that has broken on it...)


Suggested Improvements

Re-design the whole thing so it isn't so labor-intensive to repair!


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Buick Rainer V-8
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By shadav
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL Plus AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

I like the fact that the body is metal and not plastic like the Rendezvous was. AWD is great. Lots of room for tall people. Love the towing package. The handling is fantastic like all previous Buick's I have owned.


Suggested Improvements

This Buick has so many problems, I do not know where to begin. The plastic coating around the stereo started peeling off early on. It looks really ugly now. Then all the other mechanical problems that exist. That is probably why Buick no longer builds them. It definitely did not retain its value at all. At present, with repairs and purchase price, I have spent $45,000 on this vehicle. Even though my uncle is a GM dealer, I will probably never buy another Buick again. This vehicle is very unreliable. You never know when you are going to be left walking with this vehicle. With my past experience with Buick, this vehicle is lacking in quality from every direction.


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More Electrical Problems
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By brassones
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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My Rainer has had soo many electrical problems. 1. No speedometer for over 2 yrs 2. No gas gauge for 1 yr 3. The ambient temp sensor was knocked loose because the water pump dislodged it causing the A/C to quit working. So its 100 degrees outside and the rad out says its -14. Cost me $600 to repair 4. And not to mention every once in a while when you hit a bump wrong at night, the headlights will just quit. And I have checked connections. Anyone else have ideas or comments.


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terror on the road
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By terror on the road
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL Plus AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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I started having problems a week ago with the check engine light coming on. I took it to the buick daler here in selma, they found no problem. I was advised to go to larry puckett in prattville. I live about 50mins. from prattville.Anyway, halfway there my truck caught on fire from behind,which I was unaware of until I heard a noise like a blown out tire. To my surprise,when I got out with my teenager daughter and a set of twins; the rear of the truck was on fire.By te time I picked up the kids and ran, the entire rainier was engulfed in flames.The fire was so intense it consumed the entire under carrage,air stablizer,the complete motor,the stepping bar,and two tires, it could have exploxed


Favorite Features

gps system and on star


Suggested Improvements

make sure any recalls are made very care as well as any other concerns the manufacture my hav


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Air conditioning
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By tcharles
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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The air conditioning just went on me. It actually works but it will not blow out of the top vents. It blows out of the bottom and through the defrost areas. Was told by a dealer that it'll cost me over $3000 to repair it because of where the vent is located. Has anyone else had this problem?


Favorite Features

size, all the luxuries. I came out of a Mercedes E320 and found this SUV to have more features than my Mercedes did. I never missed any comfort


Suggested Improvements

Haven't had any problems other than the air conditioning. I think the design of where the vent is could be improved. The repair shouldn't require removal of the steering wheel. There should be a reset switch in an accessible location.


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Best I've ever had
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By Gort
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL Plus AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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I have owned a lot of vehicles and this is by far the best. Great performance, I feel like a King driving this. All the options you could ask for. Quite smooth ride. You just cannot beat this SUV. I stumbled upon it by accident and will never buy anything other than a Buick SUV again. People need to stop complaining about the mpg. Its an SUV if you want better than 25 mpg get a geo metro. I get 15-16 in city and 18- 21 highway. So impressed I wish I could write more in this space. Perfect SUV for a family looking for performance, reliability, safety, room, comfort, options, quite smooth ride, good looks inside and out, not to mention you will be driving something that not everyone else drives.


Favorite Features

Memory seats, quite smooth ride, style, performance, room, sound system, awd, safety, luxury for the price you just cannot beat!


Suggested Improvements

breaks are just a little soft, other than that it is as close to perfect as you can get. Great job Buick! Its about time someone made an SUV that has it all and makes true on their claims


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Bitter Sweet
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By Tony1234
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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This 2004 AWD Rainier has major ongoing issues. Starting at 80,000 miles its one repair after another. I love the features, style and ride. I don't tow, off road or plow. I just drive like any normal person. All scheduled normal lube maintenance has been practiced as recommended by manufacture manual yet the AWD never seems to work. I replaced the transfer case, transmission, front differential, axles, 4 decoder motors, wiring harness and 2 front wheel sensors($9,000+)and the front wheels still don't work. This whole vehicle should have been recalled in my opinion. Oh! The speedometer is brke


Favorite Features

Everything cosmetic is great! The features, style, erganomics, comfort and ride are the best. Its the mechanical problems I'm experiencing which is so frustrating. I should have kicked the wheel when I bought it to see if the vehicle would crumble.


Suggested Improvements

If anyone can recommend any aftermarket parts companies which may have heavy duty replacement parts for this Rainier I would appreciate a reply. Hopefully the specifications will be improved over the originals.


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Okay for my first SUV. But I love Buick.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Neeka
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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I brought my Buick Rainier last June. I needed to get an up to date buick I had a 93 lesabre, the air went last summer. Thats when I knew it was time to get a new car, or a new used one. Thats when I did my research, I wanted a car buick but when I seen the rainier I said thats what I want. Guess what I hav I got it too.The only problem I had was with the CD Player. I hav to get a new radio in there any way. My CD's got stuck in them. I am just going to get one put in there myself. Otherwise the vechicle is okay. I had a recnt problem with the AWD, but the dealership where I went to go buy it from fixed, it was still under warranty. That was a plus.


Favorite Features

The sunroof,heated seats,my mirrors, and just the name buick.


Suggested Improvements

I have a V6 every buick should be a V8. Make the vechicle more faster.


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Rainier - Top Marks
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By ellenob
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2004 Buick Rainier SUV CXL AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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This car's performance has been strong and repair history has been light, equal to my previous Hondas. I'm very satisfied and will keep it.


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