NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,966 miles

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2005 Buick Rainier fuel system problems

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2005 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #20

Jul 022012


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rainier. The contact stated the fuel gauge sensor failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Rockllin , CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 162012

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I have various types of problems with my 2005 Buick Rainier. I have owned it for about 6 years now and it currently has a little over 93,000 miles on it. I am reported the problems to you so that you can document the problems to your list and I am also hoping that you can let me know if there is a recall for these issues" 1. AWD is not working. When there was snow on the ground. It caused me to ditch my car when I was turning a corner at a very low speed. There was a car coming towards me, but missed my car. Thank goodness it did not injure someone, myself or my car. The rear also slides when it is wet/raining outside. I'm scared to drive it when it is wet outside...especially when there is snow on the ground. 2. my drivers side door caught on fire. I just seen that my door could have been covered by a recall, but I didn't know that then. I paid for another door and installation. 3. when I am turning my steering wheel to back-up. There is a grinding noise. 4. my speedometer does not work. I drive with other cars when I can, but I also drive several country roads. I have received 2 speeding tickets due to this. 5. my gas gauge does not work. I keep track of my gas by my current mileage and per gallons of gas, but I have still ran out of gas at least 8 times and...nearly got hit in the rear several times. 6. I believe there is a windshield recall. Is it still active" I do know that all of my car problems are very common with Buick Rainier's and I am hoping that there is active recalls on all of these serious issues and that Buick/GM will gladly repair them. These are all safety issues that could result in fatal injuries. Thank you for your help, research and response. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 152010

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 61,998 miles
Three years ago the fuel sensor on my Buick rainer failed. GM has issued a bulletin on the repair that covers 50% of the cost. I view this as an acknowledgement from GM that there is an issue with the sensor. I took the vehicle to a Buick dealer and they informed me that the out of pocket expense to repair this item is around $200. After numerous calls to customer service I gave up on trying to get GM to cover 100% of the cost. After talking to your office I understand that the engineers are still looking into this issue. Do you know when this will be resolved?

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 292012

Rainier 6-cyl

  • miles


On 2/29/12 I came back from the grocery store and parked my vehicle and unloaded my groceries and returned to my vehicle which was left running. I put my vehicle in drive and proceeded to do a uturn and had put the vehicle in reverse to prevent collision with other vehicles parked on the odd side of the street. When I put the vehicle in reverse the car just stalled, it did not move at all. I looked at the dashboard and it keep informing me that the fuel was low. This was impossible due to the fact I knew I had over a half tank of gas in my vehicle. I had to put the vehicle in park and re-start the car to continue parking the vehicle. I live on a very busy street and luckily there was no traffic coming when my car stalled. The incident occurred again on 3/4/12 when I went to start my vehicle and the dash indicated that the fuel was low but this time the gas gauge proceeded to beep and the orange low fuel indication light came on and the gas gauge needle began to move to E and then the car stalled once again and I was unable to move the vehicle.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #16

Feb 032012

Rainier 8-cyl

  • 68,500 miles
Fuel system sensor was the first to malfunction. Then the oil gauge is malfunctioning and now air suspension and other systems are starting to not work properly.

- Monroe, ME, USA

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problem #15

Feb 022011


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rainier. The contact stated that the fuel indicator gauge would read inaccurately, making it difficult for the contact to detect how much fuel was in the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the fuel sensor would need replacing. The manufacturer assisted the contact with repairs to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage was 112,000.

- Tusan, AZ, USA

problem #14

Sep 282011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • miles


The fuel sensor gauge does not accurately depict how much gasoline is in the tank. When I fill up the tank it remains on "E" and the low fuel indicator light is on. The gauge will fluctuate up and down and never go all the way to "F". I am very upset that this problem is so prevalent yet GM will only cover 50% of the expenses. It is unsafe to not know the correct amount of fuel in one's vehicle.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #13

Jan 252011


  • miles
Fuel gauge sensor malfunction. Correct fuel level not indicated on interior of vehicle. Reads as always empty.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #12

Mar 192010

Rainier 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Buick Rainier. The contact stated the fuel gauge on the vehicle was providing inaccurate fuel level readings. When refueling to maximum capacity, the fuel gauge would read the fuel tank as empty or half full. The contact took the vehicle in for a routine oil change when he was informed of an open investigation into the fuel gauge failure, but the contact was not told what caused the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 8/30/11 updated 09/28/11

- Clinton, ME, USA

problem #11

Sep 102009

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Malfunction of fuel level sensor. In September of 2009, the fuel gauge in our 2005 Buick Rainier began registering empty at all times, even when the fuel tank is full. The problem has been diagnosed as having to do with a malfunctioning fuel pump module assembly. This problem seems to be happening with GM vehicle of this type include the Rainier, Blazer, jimmy and so. I believe this is systematic problem through this family of vehicles and is dangerous as the fuel gauge will not accurately read the fuel level.

- Wa, WA, USA

problem #10

May 172010

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


Gas gauge failed reads less than 1/8 tank. Warning for low fuel alarm comes on even after full fill-up. Check emission light periodically turns on.

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 022011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
No gas gauge, it reads empty even when the tank is full. Low fuel light is constantly on, and when I am truly getting low on fuel, it may bounce to an area between E and 1/4 tank mark. I am having to pay attention to the miles I drive and hope that the mpg at 15.9 is accurate since nothing else seems to be.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #8

Jun 262011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 43,400 miles
This just started with my last fill up of gas. The gauge is starting to go up and down. Not sure if gas gauge is correct.

- Hinckley, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011


  • 47,500 miles
Vehicle fuel gauge started fluctuating from full to empty, and vehicle would pause while accelerating. Dealer priced repair at $535. This problem started at 47,500 miles and now fuel gauge is stuck on empty. Vehicle still randomly hesitates on acceleration. Apparently this is a common problem on GM raniers, trailblazers, Yukon, etc. GM has been aware of this problem/defect for some time with no response.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #6

Jan 162007


  • 28,426 miles
Gas gauge is erratic, goes from empty to full and full to empty leaving you with no idea how much fuel you have. When slowing down or turning, vehicle lunges or stalls. Also, low beam headlights will go off with no warning and takes time to re-light. Low beams also tend to flicker to dim.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 102010

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
We filled up the SUV and the gas gauge did not register that the tank was full. After a while the gauge slowly moved up and showed that the tank was full. After a couple of weeks of that, the gauge now does not move off of empty at all. Often times the gas reminder signal goes off letting us know that the tank is empty, however we had just filled up the tank.

- Westwood, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 052011

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Gas gauge is inaccurate- does not read gasoline level correctly 2005 Buick Rainier.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 172010


  • 45,501 miles
Fuel gauge registers inaccurate readings, giving false "low fuel" warnings immediately after fill up and dropping to E unpredictably at other times, causing great consternation at being "run over" on the freeway or stranded without proper warning. The gauge seems to bounce up and down at will. This is an '05 Buick Rainier, under 47K miles, sister vehicle to Chevy trailblazer and GMC Envoy which are already documented with this problem.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 032010


  • 100,000 miles
Having difficulty with driving vehicle. Seemed to be over road. Several evaluations at car dealership, different fixes without resolutions. Finally the air system which regulates the balance, height etc stopped functionally. The car sits low to the ground. I first started complaining of unusual noises from the speakers of the car. Approximately 9 months ago. Dealership did not know what that could be. Now I am told the compressor and the shock system is gone. The cost to fix is $3000 I have found a company who has an adaptive kit with conversion to standard shock system. This company tells me that they are sedmomg 15 to 20 of these kits out a week. GMC does not offer any options. My concern is this has been a problem for multiple months without the dealerships ability to find the problem in a timely manner. The car was rendered unsafe to drive because it was hard to steer and difficult to keep in your own lane. Additionally, the gas gage has gone bade, approximately 50,000, the first Rainier I had there was a problem with getting the fuel into the tank. Traded the 2004 for 2005 because of this problem. Now this gas tank the gauge is defective.

- Southern Pines, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 232009


  • 55,000 miles
Fuel gauge reading incorrect. Dealer replaced sensor and had to drain/remove gas tank to replace. While this was still under warranty (55,000 miles, I would have had to pay approximately $550.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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