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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

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2004 Buick Rainier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #2

May 052009


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rainier. The contact was driving 65 mph when the fuel gauge malfunctioned and displayed that the fuel tank was half full but an indicator flashed on the dashboard stating that the fuel was low and the vehicle only had five miles to empty. The contact did not call the manufacturer regarding the fuel gauge failure. The contact stated that the fuel gauge malfunction could have caused the vehicle to run out of fuel on the highway. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Iota, LA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012007


  • miles
2004 Buick Rainier speedometer & gas gauge went haywire at 43,000 miles. The needles pointed randomly and the gas gauge showed 180 degrees off the markings, pointing straight down. Complained to the dealership, who stated this was a known defect and replaced the entire unit for a $100 deductible even though the car was out of warranty.

- Naples, FL, USA

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