definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,420 miles

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2005 Buick Rainier engine problems

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2005 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 122015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rainier. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was not able to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Warsaw, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 152015


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rainier. While at a traffic light, the door locks started to lock and unlock rapidly without warning. After the light changed, the vehicle failed to accelerate and then stalled. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000. The VIN was not available.MA 09/25

- Rockhill, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 092014

Rainier 8-cyl

  • miles
Pulling out of parking lot of a medical center off of rt. # 486 in lecanto, Florida...onto a side street. Car totally died. I could not move it. I could not steer. I could not start the car back up. I had to call for towing. Repair facility said it was the ignition switch. The same thing happened a few months earlier in lecanto, Florida in a carwash...could not move forward or backward. Called for a tow. The repair facility said it was a link assembly. I am very afraid this car will stop in the middle of a busy road and have a vehicle crash into the back of me. I can not find it on a recall list, but I see GM has recalled vehicles for faulty ignition switches which have caused fatalities. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hernando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 092011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 54,680 miles
Fuel gauge started displaying erratic gas level displays. Soon, when tank was filled, it would show empty. On one occasion it left us stranded on the interstate. I had no warning, the engine died, and I had to safely navigate from the fast lane on the far left to the shoulder on the right. Luckily, I avoided other traffic contact while doing this. I asked my mechanic and he thought it was the sensor in the tank. He said the Chevy trail Blazer were notorious for this. I checked carcomplaints.com and saw where my vehicle, a 2005 Buick Rainier, was also in this grouping. My mechanic thought the manufacturer had offered some financial assistance in making the repairs. I am about to find out. They should! I see there has been a petition for the NHTSA to investigate and consider a recall. I think they should. My scenario could have been very bad if I had been struck by other cars as I tried to move off the interstate with no engine power - just my coast and forward momentum. My vehicle is due for it's safety inspection, and my mechanic cannot pass it without this repair. Doesn't that say something in itself about the safety issue involved. He suggested I go to my Buick dealership, which I will tomorrow. If the dealer and Buick give me trouble with the repair, you can bet you folks will here about that too! the NHTSA action number is DP10001.

- O'fallon, MO, USA

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