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CarComplaints.com 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.

1.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,511 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 lights problems

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2006 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 212016

Rainier

  • 139,607 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the low beam headlights failed without warning. The contact stated that the high beam lights were activated in order to view the road. The contact also stated that the contact points for the headlight module melted into the fuse box and also damaged some of the fuses. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V519000 (exterior lighting). The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,607.....updated 0711/16

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #9

Mar 042015

Rainier 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V519000 (exterior lighting). The part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 05/17/16 updated 06/09/16.

- Oaklawn, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 262015

Rainier

  • 124,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. While driving 50 mph, the exterior lighting dimmed as if they were not on and started flickering. The contact activated the high beam lights, which also dimmed and flickered. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (exterior lighting); however, the part for the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 124,500....updated 02/04/16

- Newport, VT, USA

problem #7

Nov 022015

Rainier

  • 116,000 miles

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

Regarding exterior lighting- while driving at night -the headlights will suddenly go off & stay off for a period of time.sometimes they will come back on & stay & other times just stay off. It was not happening every time, but now seems to do it more frequently. I'm afraid to drive it at night.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 022015

Rainier

  • 100,000 miles
When driving at night in the middle of a drive the headlights and drl failed. The next day they worked. This is similar to NHTSA id# 10724629. Called Buick at (800) 521-7300 and she said my complaint was recorded as service request 8-1699743903. She also informed me that even though some 2006 Buick rainers were recalled that my VIN was not included in the recall. I am experiencing the exact problem of other rainers and should be included in the recall. I informed Buick of this. Please contact bucik to demand the same.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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problem #5

Oct 152013

Rainier

  • 101,000 miles
While driving at night, the headlights go out. Leaving only the brights or fog lights operatable. They some times will come back on, but other times not at all. This is sporatic, with no rythme or reason. Driving at night for over a half hour with only your brights is extremely dangerous. Other motorists flash their lights at you if you have your brights on, or if only the fog lights are on, other motorists will flash their lights also. Driving with only the fog lights in rural areas, then being blinded by on coming vehicles is a nightmare. I drive to work at 5:30 am, always in the dark, on rural roads with no streetlights. When the head lights go out, while I am on a curve, and I have a semi barreling at me at 60mph, all I can say, is I'm thankful I can tell the story. I can only hope, the next time I have my brights on, because nothing else is working, the motorist coming towards me has had a good day, and doesn't come after me with a road rage mentality.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #4

May 302015

Rainier

  • 108,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. While driving approximately 65 mph, the headlights shut off and failed to illuminate. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (exterior lighting); however, the parts needed were unavailable to perform the repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable about of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Brookland, AR, USA

problem #3

Jan 012015

Rainier

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. While driving at 45 mph, the low beam head lamps failed to function intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V75500 (exterior lighting). The failure mileage was 100,000.

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 252013

Rainier

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Rainier. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the passenger side low beam headlight blew out. The contact replaced the bulb; however, the failure recurred and the headlight socket melted. The contact repaired the vehicle. The failure recurred on the driver side low beam headlight. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Kintnersville, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182010

Rainier

  • 36,000 miles
My car has an intermittent headlight problem. The head lights will go off when driving the vehicle and stay off from 10 to 30 seconds. I do turn on the fog lamps and pull over when safe to stop.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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