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#17533 of 18329 Re: rainier all wheel drive [quarque]
Jan 01, 2006 (12:03 pm)
We have a 2004 Rainier V8, I picked up four take off wheels out of Arizona. I put Les Schwab 245/65R17 studded Wintercats SST's on them. These are the Cooper Discoverer M&S.
Dot Code "UP" - COOPER TIRE & RUBBER CO FINDLAY OHIO US
Cooper makes it in the standard 255/60R17, but Les Schwab does not have that size. At any rate, I am very happy with the way the vehicle handles with these tires. Went skiing Friday and Saturday. Played around in the Stevens Pass parking lot last night, and it seems to handle well in the snow. Handling is very good and the mushy handling of the Michelin does not seem present with the snow tires. I am going to try 35 lbs all the way around in the spring for the Michelin's.
The road to Mount Baker ski area is a very twisty and the Rainie handles very good with the snow tires. The V8 makes for spirited performance on roads like this, with great passing acceleration when needed.
To review the Rainier a bit:
1. Head light push for highbeam pull for low is really bad. What happen to click high - click low. Wonder if there is a different GM switch that could be installed.
2. Storage and cup holds in the fronts seats in very lacking.
3. Seats could have been more contour ed.
4. Would have liked the cruise control on the steering wheels, but it is already full of buttons.
5. Windshield washer fluid capacity to limited.
6. Folding down the rear seats requires moving the front seats forward.
After having the Rainie for 10 months. I give it a 9 out of 10 rating.
1. V8 smoothness and power.
2. Quiet on the road.
3. Size and turning radius.
5. Bose Stereo with XM radio.
6. Buick Service.
#17534 of 18329 Re: rainier all wheel drive [quarque]
Jan 01, 2006 (1:47 pm)
I sure would like to know if a switch could be installed to lock the transfer case in low traction conditions? SNOKING
#17535 of 18329 Re: '05 and '06 TB [hardhawk]
Jan 01, 2006 (3:44 pm)
Yeah, I'm amazed at the 12 mpg they get on premium unleaded.........
#17537 of 18329 Re: '05 and '06 TB [gam2]
Jan 01, 2006 (9:40 pm)
Me too. However, I am intrigued by the suspension changes GM made to the SS to make a really decent handler. Does anyone know if these can be retrofitted to the "regular" triplets? Also, I see where they went with Corvette brakes. Does anyone know if these are just the pads or calipers and rotors? They could make a very nice upgrade.
#17538 of 18329 Re: '05 and '06 TB [raleigh]
Jan 01, 2006 (10:13 pm)
I have put the TB SS front springs on my '05 Envoy Denali. Much better for me than OEM.
SS brakes are different pads, calipers, rotors, hoses, according to the parts book. I'll be doing this as soon as all parts are available from GM.
#17539 of 18329 Re: '05 and '06 TB [gam2]
Jan 02, 2006 (5:24 pm)
If you are buying this kind of vehicle you shouldn't be worrying about the fuel consumption. World class performance does come with a price. Here in KS the property taxes alone would be a bite, not to mention the insurance.
#17540 of 18329 Re: '05 and '06 TB [01_hoe]
Jan 02, 2006 (8:53 pm)
01 hoe - I'm curious: why did you just put the SS front springs on your vehicle? What about shocks, sway bars, rear springs, etc., which are, after all, designed to work together?
I have Eibach springs, Bilstein HD shocks, and Hotchkis sway bar on my '04 Envoy. They lower the vehicle about 1 1/2 inches and it now sits level, not ass high. Needless to say, it handles a lot better, but I'm always looking for more.
#17541 of 18329 Re: battery dying periodically on 2005 TrailBlazer
Jan 02, 2006 (11:11 pm)
I have to leave my trailblazer sit for 10 to 12 days at a time. And when I return, the battery will be dead every time. The truc came with a 600 cca battery and the dealer replaced it the last time in, saying that it was just a bad battery...next trip out, 10 days, the battery was dead just like the first time. The dealer now claims that the .025 mv draw on battery from the alarm system will drain the battery if not started every 3 or 4 days.
Any one else having this problem...Any Ideas ?
#17542 of 18329 Re: battery dying periodically on 2005 TrailBlazer [gplum]
Jan 03, 2006 (7:14 am)
I often leave my Envoy sit in the garage for several days between starts. No problem with startup.
Do you have an aftermarket alarm system? That could drain.
Have you considered a larger capacity battery?
Are you still under warranty?