2006 Buick Rainier Consumer Review: AWD Issues

2006 Buick Rainier - Consumer Review

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By Michelle on


2006 Buick Rainier CXL 4dr SUV AWD (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


From week one, the Rainier has attempted to shift into AWD when in reverse. The shuddering that results makes it very difficult to back out of a parking space. Changing the rear differential fluid ($125) didn't help. Now the bearings in the front differential just burned up. Thankfully, the Buick dealer covered it even though I am 4,000 miles out of warranty. I am considering dumping this vehicle as I drive 30,000 miles per year and can't afford to be towed to the dealer on a regular basis.

Best Features

Rear cargo storage, no blind spots

Worst Features

Fix the AWD issues. This appears to be a common problem. Dampen the noise from the leveling system.
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