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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,929 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 102015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rainier. After the vehicle was repaired for a voluntary recall and driving at a low speed, the contact heard an abnormal noise underneath the vehicle. In addition, the contact noticed fuel fumes emitting from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the inlet check valve fractured and needed to be glued together as a temporary remedy due to part unavailability. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 192015


  • 92,643 miles
When vehicle is parked you can smell gasoline can park car in garage due to our water heater received notice from G M in November 2015 (G M special coverage program,14423) can't get nowhere with G M since November 2015

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 012015


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rainier. While driving 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the engine stalled as the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank was leaking and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 24,000.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 282010

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
When I park my 2004 Buick Rainier in my garage there is a strong smell of gasoline which is getting worse over time. I went on the internet to research and ultimately found that the 2004 GM Envoy (sister vehicle) had a recall due to a similar issue and that GM confirmed in 2008 that the 2004 Buick Rainier fuel line can rust and cause this condition. Although I understand GM extended the warranty to 10 years and 120,000 miles there was no notice to consumers that I am aware of. My truck is 9 years old but has 128,000 miles. I will go to the dealer this week to see if they can help. Historically the dealer has been less than helpful with problems as I did not purchase the vehicle from them. Being unemployed I would rather fix my truck at this time as a new car is not a reasonable solution. Any suggestions you can offer to help me would be appreciated. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chaska, MN, USA

problem #1

Jan 022012


  • 79,000 miles
1) fuel gauge - the fuel gauge has done a 180, the needle is now upside down. And doesn't work really. I searched the internet and found out the there is a recall on 2005- 2007 Buick Rainiers but not on my 2004. Maybe with my complaint, maybe it will include 2004 models. 2) drives door lock - the car key will no longer open the car door. I can only open the door with the remote button.

- Oak Hill, VA, USA

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