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:
28,551 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 262008


  • 28,000 miles


I have a 2004 Buick Rainier that had the transmission rebuilt with 28,000 miles and again at 64,000 miles.

- North Augusta, WY, USA

problem #3

Dec 262007

Rainier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,200 miles
There seems to be a known safety issue with speedometer control module. The dealers know about this issue, transmission and speedometer repair shops knpw about this issue. This is a very dangerous problem as you are driving and the speed registers different & sometimes not at all.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 202007

Rainier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,403 miles
At 46,403 miles I noticed that the engine would rev up more than normal when shifting gears. Took into the Buick dealer and upon inspection the tech found that there was scoring in the valve body of the transmission. Extended warranty took care of the issue however I was told that this was rare for raniers.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 112004

Rainier 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,600 miles
Transmission leaking, shifting hard, revving high during shifting, and 'hunting' for gears while traveling.

- Appleton, WI, USA

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