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 2006 Buick Rainier has a lot going for it and just a few issues that keep it from making our "best vehicles" list.

The good news is the SUV has a quiet interior (thanks to triple door seals, acoustic laminate glass, and thicker sound-absorbing pads), a low number of overall complaints, and a RWD system which offers good balance and handling.

Unfortunately, it received poor safety ratings in crash tests, owners report that the gas gauge is unreliable, and there was a large recall for melting power window switches.

So close, Buick. So close.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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2006 Buick Rainier accessories - exterior problems

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2006 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 042012

Rainier 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. The contact stated that the exterior driver latch became loose and the driver's side door latch would not open. The contact took her vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the stated the door latch would need to be replaced and repainted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred two additional times. Whenever the failure occurred the dealer repaired the door latch however, the failure continued to occur. The identical failure occurred with the rear passenger side exterior latch. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000. Updated 9// updated 09/10/2014

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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