NHTSA — Suspension Problems

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


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,610 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 suspension problems

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2004 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 202012

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


Air suspension ? it seems as if the air suspension is running continually and could cause a drain on the electrical system. After I stop the car it hums for a short period of time near the drivers doors and will eventually stop.

- Dudley, MA, USA

problem #4

May 292014

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 82,300 miles
Frame rot " I brought my 2004 Buick Rainier in for service and had the mechanic check the status of the braking system. He discovered that the frame near the rear driver side wheel was rotted through. The steel design of the frame is ?cupped" near the rear wheels and there was no drain hole in the area to allow the road water and debris to escape. He advised that if I were to go over a pothole or hit a bump that the rear wheel would cave inward and cause a potentially serious accident. He welded on a steel plate to stabilize the area and drilled a hole in the passenger side rear frame on the opposite side and undercoated the areas to prevent additional damages. The cost of the steel plate repair, undercoating and labor was $180.

- Dudley, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012012

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Air bag suspension will not stay air up. Constantly have to work on the ABS.

- Savannah, TN, USA

problem #2

Sep 102011


  • 99,749 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Rainier. While driving 65 mph, the contact noticed a loud noise coming from under the vehicle. The contact later inspected the vehicle and discovered a broken axle actuator. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the part needed for repair was on a national back order and was discontinued. The manufacturer offered the contact a discount toward the purchase of a new vehicle. The vehicle was rendered as non-drivable. The failure mileage was 99,749.

- Commerce City, CO, USA

problem #1

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

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