Notes: The Buick Rainier is a replacement for the Oldsmobile Bravada, hopefully minus the transmission issues and AWD complaints.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
114,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace AC system (1 reports)
  3. replace some type of control that has to be programmed (1 reports)
2004 Buick Rainier AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #3

May 062016

Rainier CX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles


Ok, headed down south to pick up family member and went to turn air on and there was not cool air. Wait no air... We had to drive thru Chicago in early summer and 90 deg weather. All windows open and moon roof it didnt help because of the heat/temp out side. Meet up with our brother and he checked said it needed the cooling stuff in it. He tryed to add some but it wouldnt take it. He said it looked like the wheel (I dont know the right word for it) was not turning. I hadnt had my truck that long and heres things going wrong. When I got it the air was working. I work as a HHA and dont make a lot of money, and Im paying on a loan for the suv. Can any one help please.

- Debbiy W., Coloma, MI, US

problem #2

May 012013

Rainier CXL Vortec V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

This SUV is my first and a huge regret. A/C went out within the first 4 months. $800.00 plus to fix it. Had to replace the entire unit. Rear air ride system bladders went out next with a replacement cost of over $600.00.

Both left and right differentials went out at the same time. Came over a hill and the left front end just locked up and I came to a screaming halt. I have 2 engine warning lights that will not go out after numerous repairs for EEG and O2. The odometer will jump to 120 mph and stay there for weeks. I have to use my Garmin GPS to see what my speed is. Finally it will start to drop down at 7 MPH every time I start the engine. The Power steering reservoir needs to be replaced and I can not afford it. Uses 1 quart every damn week. This is one big piece of sh*t for Buick. I wish Buick would give me my money back or fix every damn thing on it FREE OF CHARGE.

- ad2larkin, SIOUX CITY, IA, US

problem #1

Dec 262007

Rainier CXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

Has anyone else had this problem? Hvac not working, no digital readout, buttons don't work. With only 51,000 miles you shouldn't have to replace a control that has to be programmed after installation to the tune of $650.00. I love the SUV, but good grief. It has also have some other module problem that would make the vehicle just stop running while you were driving down the road. That was covered under warranty. This the speedometer cable went out and when you were driving 50 it said you were driving 90. That was under warranty also, except the part that they replaced it with was also faulty. Then another one had to be ordered and installed. That one worked.

- Tracy H., Gallatin, TN, US

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