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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,498 miles

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2005 Buick Rainier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 162012

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have various types of problems with my 2005 Buick Rainier. I have owned it for about 6 years now and it currently has a little over 93,000 miles on it. I am reported the problems to you so that you can document the problems to your list and I am also hoping that you can let me know if there is a recall for these issues" 1. AWD is not working. When there was snow on the ground. It caused me to ditch my car when I was turning a corner at a very low speed. There was a car coming towards me, but missed my car. Thank goodness it did not injure someone, myself or my car. The rear also slides when it is wet/raining outside. I'm scared to drive it when it is wet outside...especially when there is snow on the ground. 2. my drivers side door caught on fire. I just seen that my door could have been covered by a recall, but I didn't know that then. I paid for another door and installation. 3. when I am turning my steering wheel to back-up. There is a grinding noise. 4. my speedometer does not work. I drive with other cars when I can, but I also drive several country roads. I have received 2 speeding tickets due to this. 5. my gas gauge does not work. I keep track of my gas by my current mileage and per gallons of gas, but I have still ran out of gas at least 8 times and...nearly got hit in the rear several times. 6. I believe there is a windshield recall. Is it still active" I do know that all of my car problems are very common with Buick Rainier's and I am hoping that there is active recalls on all of these serious issues and that Buick/GM will gladly repair them. These are all safety issues that could result in fatal injuries. Thank you for your help, research and response. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 172010

Rainier

  • 30,000 miles
(1) complete brake job w/rotors and drums replaced, I was told I had been driving with the emergency brake on though I never had used the emergency brake..fixed under warranty. (2) hatch back door "pistons??" that holds up the hatchback failed..fixed under warranty. (3) fan clutch failed...fixed under warranty. (4) paint chipping/peeling; radio buttons chipping/peeling. (5) ac/heater gets stuck on hot air blowing out when switching to ac sometimes. (6) passenger side feels like tire or front end is wobbly??...dealership couldn't find anything. (7) Dec 2008, driver seat heater was replaced due to major overheating...fixed under warranty. (8) Feb 2010 - 14 months later replacing driver seat heater again due to major overheating...seat heater has now burned 3 holes into leather seat..not under warranty.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052009

Rainier

  • 40,143 miles
Design fault - air pump is mounted low on the frame of 2005 Buick Rainier. On 10/30/07 it failed and had to be replaced. Mileage at that time was 30,947. Pump failed again because of water intrusion. Since it is mounted low without any shield. I would expect rain water to splash up as you drive. Pump was replaced a second time on 12/12/08, mileage was 39,994. The second pump only lasted 9,000 miles and GM refuses to pay for replacement ( the warranty is for 12,000 miles or 12 months, your part is 13 months old). It had to be replaced for a third time on 1/5/09, mileage was 40,143. Thus, third pump only lasted 149 miles.

- Southern Shores, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 082008

Rainier

  • 39,850 miles
Design fault - air pump is mounted low on the frame of 2005 Buick Rainier. On 10/30/07 it failed and had to be replaced. Mileage at that time was 30,947. Pump failed again because of water intrusion. Since it is mounted low without any shield I would expect rain water to splash up as you drive. Pump was replaced a second time on 12/12/08, mileage was 39,994. The second pump only lasted 9,000 miles and GM refuses to pay for replacement ( the warranty is for 12,000 miles or 12 months, your part is 13 months old).

- Southern Shores, NC, USA

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