NHTSA — Fuel System, Other Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,911 miles

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2005 Buick Rainier fuel system problems

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2005 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #3

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

problem #2

Nov 012010

Rainier 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Fuel gauge reads empty after tank has been filled.

- Winthrop, IA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082009


  • 32,052 miles
I had filled up the gas tank, then it showed empty, the gauge has been jumping back and forth ever since. It goes empty every time it is filled up now.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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