Notes: The 2006 Buick Rainier has a lot going for it and just a few issues that keep it from making our "best vehicles" list.

The good news is the SUV has a quiet interior (thanks to triple door seals, acoustic laminate glass, and thicker sound-absorbing pads), a low number of overall complaints, and a RWD system which offers good balance and handling.

Unfortunately, it received poor safety ratings in crash tests, owners report that the gas gauge is unreliable, and there was a large recall for melting power window switches.

So close, Buick. So close.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,922 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Buick Rainier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Buick Rainier Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 162017


  • 109,760 miles


Takata recall. My service airbag light is coming and on and going off for no apparent reason. Reason unknown. This is happening while the SUV is in motion, in drive, on highways and side roads traveling anywhere from 25mph to 65mph. I am gravely concerned for my safety and the safety of my passengers. I cannot risk anything happening, there are children involved. I went to the GM recall website and entered my VIN# and my particular make/model/year is not on the recall list and I am requesting that it be added for those of us who own them. Please respond, I am very concerned.

- Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192017


  • 6 miles
Takata recall. "service airbags" message keeps popping up. I am concerned for the safety of myself and passengers. This is happening while driving, vehicle in motion, in drive on the highway and back roads. The message comes on and goes off sporadically for no apparent reason. I checked my VIN# on the GM website/recall list but my particular make/model/year is not on the recall list. I have concern for the safety of myself and passengers. The cause is unknown. The service airbag message has been coming on for the last 2 days.

- Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 022012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick rainer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the airb ags deployed without warning. The onstar system concluded that the system had detected that the contact was involved in a crash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that they could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Golconda, NV, USA

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