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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,685 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.

2006 Buick Rainier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2006 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


My 2006 Buick Rainier has a gas gauge that does not register any fuel in the tank. When the problem began the gauge would go up to the whatever level of fuel was in the tank but now it registers empty all the time. I have taken the vehicle to repair shop and found out this is a pervasive General Motors problem with these types of vehicles. The repair is going to cost between $300 and $400 to repair.

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Gas gauge failed at approx. 75000 miles. After researching on line, this seems to be a defect in the gauge inside the fuel tank.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 062011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Buick Rainier fuel gauge reads empty but tank is full.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 102010


  • 66,739 miles
In November of 2010 I had to have my 2006 Buick Rainier's fuel level sending unit replaced due to to faulty readings. The cost of the repair was $410.69.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

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