NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,361 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.

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2005 Buick Rainier brakes problems

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2005 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 252011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 109,082 miles


One Sunday morning. Turned car off and heard a humming sound coming from under the hood on the driver side. Friend at church thought it sounded like the ABS module running. Removed the fuse, cutting off ABS module. Was advised by friend to replace fuse when we went to leave church but to take out when we got home or the battery might go dead. He said get it to a dealership asap. I took the Rainier to john newsome superstore in hartsville, South Carolina. I spoke to shop foreman and he agreed it was the ABS module. Cost to replace was $1200 and being unemployed and my wife only one working. A mechanic said it was still ok to drive without anti locking brakes. He was ase certified and told me to stay my distance from other cars in the rain and not to drive on the snow. Nothing about slamming on the brakes. That's just what happen, on October 25/ 2011 I top a hill around 9pm at night running the speed limit. The hill is pointed and as you top the hill you can not see what is in front of you until you start down the hill. Once the Rainier started down the hill, in the middle of the road stood a large deer. I had to make a split decision and that decision was to hold the steering wheel straight at the deer and apply the brakes. When I had applied the brakes the rear end of the Rainier started to go around on the drivers side. I never turned the steering wheel, but as the rear of the car started going around the driver side it force the car to go forward into an embankment, air bag did not deploy. The car flip over and slide upside down, down the road. When the Rainier came to a stop, I unbuckled my seatbelt and feel to what was the roof. Could not open any doors or get any windows down but yet the radio was still playing and the motor was off. I climbed out the passenger side rear window, which broke during the accident.

- Mcbee, SC, USA

problem #2

Oct 302011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Buick ranier. The contact stated that the anti lock brake light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the brakes would perform fine even though the anti lock brake module failed. The contact also stated that the vehicle was later involved in a crash when he lost control of the vehicle attempting to avoid a deer. The air bags did not deploy as the vehicle crashed into a ditch. The failure and current mileages were 120,000.

- Mcbee, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 172010


  • 30,000 miles
(1) complete brake job w/rotors and drums replaced, I was told I had been driving with the emergency brake on though I never had used the emergency brake..fixed under warranty. (2) hatch back door "pistons??" that holds up the hatchback failed..fixed under warranty. (3) fan clutch failed...fixed under warranty. (4) paint chipping/peeling; radio buttons chipping/peeling. (5) ac/heater gets stuck on hot air blowing out when switching to ac sometimes. (6) passenger side feels like tire or front end is wobbly??...dealership couldn't find anything. (7) Dec 2008, driver seat heater was replaced due to major overheating...fixed under warranty. (8) Feb 2010 - 14 months later replacing driver seat heater again due to major overheating...seat heater has now burned 3 holes into leather seat..not under warranty.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

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