NHTSA — Structure Problems

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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
300 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.

2004 Buick Rainier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 302004

Rainier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle's speedometer has inadequate lighting. While driving in the day time the lighting in the dash is not adequate enough to light the speedometer making it difficult for the consumer to see the speed the vehicle is traveling. The vehicle was taken to the dealership. Updated 2/27/2006 -

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #3

Jun 132005

(reported on)

Rainier 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2004 Rainier experiencing intermittent popping noise. The dealer indicated that the noise was normal. The brakes made a grinding noise and the vehicle would not stop. This occurred three times. The driver heard wind noise while driving. The consumer also heard idling noises.

- East Dundee, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 222005

Rainier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
At dawn or dusk the speedometer fades out and the driver was unable to determine how fast she was going. The dealer stated there was no solution at this time. GM suggested that this was an engineering design problem. The speedometer and the odometer would fade away when it was dusk or dawn while the vehicle was in motion. The problem was first noticed in June 2004. The consumer marked March 22, 2005 as the incident date.

- Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 072004


  • miles
The vehicle's engine has been sputtering, missing and surging since it was purchased. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to find the cause of the problem. The vehicle battery failed. Water leaked through the front driver's side floor. Water also leaked into the vehicle by the hood release lever when raining. The passenger's side fender rattled. Headlight assembly seemed loose. Rack and pinion leaked.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

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