Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Buick Rainier is a replacement for the Oldsmobile Bravada, hopefully minus the transmission issues and AWD complaints.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,168 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Buick Rainier electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012004


  • 6,500 miles


In September 2004 while driving the fuse box blew and caught on fire. On January 14, 2005 the dashboard completely failed.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
There are no dashboard lights on the vehicle. When it gets dark consumer cannot see the speed. The dealer states they cannot repair the defect. Manufacturer indicates it is normal.

- Wellington, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Rainier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At dusk the instrument panel lights fade, causing poor visibility of the speedometer and gauges.

- Kitty Hawk, NC, USA

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