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#114 of 312 A/C Doesn't Want To Cool Fast Enough
Jul 25, 2010 (11:31 am)
It's about 100 degrees here and getting into my 2005 Buick Rainier is not a pleasant experience. We turn the A/C on and it blows hot air. It has to run for quite a while to get it to cool, but once it does decide to cool, it's cold. I read in another post the following..." If it sits for less than 4 hours and the temperature increases by less than 20 degrees you have to run it at a steady speed for a few miles/minutes for it to recognize that the increase in temperature at the sensor is real and not caused by the sun shining on the vehicle." Sometimes this is over 5 minutes. So if my A/C temp wasn't managed by a computer, I would be cool. How do I override this?
#115 of 312 Re: Rough Idling, Stalling Out. Please Help [iceman]
Aug 11, 2010 (3:47 pm)
My 2004 Buick Rainier has rough idle sometimes.and cuts off at red lights.Any help with this problem..Thanks anybody.
#116 of 312 Re: Rough Idling, Stalling Out. Please Help [iceman]
Aug 11, 2010 (3:57 pm)
My 2004 Buick Rainier has rough idle and also cuts off at times.Any answers.Please help.
#117 of 312 Re: Rough Idling, Stalling Out. Please Help [iceman]
Aug 16, 2010 (8:30 am)
Hey Iceman, My Buick Rainier did the same thing I changed the cam sensor and crank senor and it still idled rough and would stall. So for giggles I changed the fuel filter and what would you know it runs normal again. You will need to have the check engine light reset though other wise it will still say bad cam and crank sensor. I hope this fixes your problem as well. good luck.
Russbret from Vermont State
#118 of 312 Re: brake problems [dplavchak]
Aug 16, 2010 (8:45 am)
I was told by a mechanic to watch the fuel filter, to change it every 4 oil changes the whole fuel system is very touchy and will cause the engine light to come on and say you may have a faulty sensor which in some cases you may but start with fuel filter first its only $16.00, also when doing routine maintenance its always good to inspect the brake pads and rotors, also he told me that the Rainier is known for going threw front wheel bearings ,I have just replaced my rotors and bearings and I have had my Rainier for 1 yr. But it also has 96000 miles on it. I am not sure how many times the first owner changed it.
#119 of 312 dangerous fuel gauge readings
Sep 07, 2010 (5:22 pm)
My '05 Rainier just started having strange and disturbing problems within the past month. The fuel gauge registers E when it shouldn't, and always after I've just filled up. Warning light comes on along with the DIC low fuel msg. At other times, the gauge just bounces around. Thank God I haven't been stranded yet because I avoid driving whenever possible and don't let the tank get low. In searching for info, I've discovered this is a common problem with all the sister SUV's (Envoy, Trailblazer, etc.) of this age. Although out of warranty, it only has 47,000 miles. There are thousands of complaints about this identical problem. Seems the fuel level sensor is the culprit (along with instrument panel problems) and that the Trailblazer owners have been quite vocal about it for years. Probably because there are (or were) so many more of them. Sometimes the check engine light comes on too and on rare occasions, the DIC completely blacks out. Seems that there has been no recall and many owners have had to shell out a lot of money to fix what appears to be a case of faulty parts. I don't think I should have to pay for this repair.
I'd like to add that I'm a middle aged woman who for the 1st time ever, intentionally sought a GM product to maybe help save jobs there. Buick seemed to have the best reputation I could afford at GM. I need reliable transportation and thought that coughing up the extra money for this vehicle would buy me that. I plan to push this issue for some resolution. It is implausible that the service dept. at the largest GM dealership in Hickory, NC didn't acknowledge this common problem when I called them today, but seems that NHTSA has received lots of complaints. Since Mariah from GM customer service regularly monitors this site, my vin# is 5GADT13S352177361 and I shouldn't have to pay to diagnose what you already know, the fuel level sensor is bad...and the instrument cluster is going soon!
#120 of 312 Dear wake1up, Rainier owner
Sep 07, 2010 (6:37 pm)
Dear wake1up, it sounds like the beginning of the wire assembly unit challenges?
I have a 2004 and I have no use from the Battery, Hot Engine, Fuel, etc. The Rainier is a great vehicle with about 5-7 flaws. If you have the extended warranty then any dealer will help to eat the costs. The people from GM monitor and get involved to help pacify or assist vehicle owner to get into touch with a dealer. If you have good relations with a dealer you are 20% the way. Be ready for a long journey I wish you the best.
#121 of 312 Re: dangerous fuel gauge readings [wake1up]
Sep 08, 2010 (10:29 am)
I did check your VIN that you provided and it didn't show any recalls currently at this time. I can have an agent look at your situation further for you. I will need you to email me your contact information, current mileage, dealership and best time to contact you. The agent is going to require that you get the vehicle diagnosed. That is something I cannot waive, but you can talk to the agent about it. You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#122 of 312 Re: dangerous fuel gauge readings [wake1up]
Sep 29, 2010 (10:32 am)
I also have this same fuel gauge frustration in my 2005 low mileage Ranier. We spend the extra money thinking will will have Lexus comparable reliability. The vehicle drives nicely but I have learned and should have known this truck is full of their economy line parts. I am very disappointed that a fuel gauge of all things is a wasted effort of quality Engineering and design. I believe they know about this but will never admit to it because people like you and I will shop with a North American bias and will not make good on their known blunders. We are presently in the market to replace the Ranier and the Enclave has made our short list. Now I will do my research intentionally trying to find the best vehicle as opposed to being loyal. When I know I have done something wrong in my business I will hopefully get to my customer before he discovers it. Amazing...... what the results are with this type of Customer Service. This is not just a fuel gauge issue I have had to replace sensors, door latch, tie rod ends etc. I almost believe each and every part is a profit center competing against each other. Good Luck and I look forward to reading the GM comments.
#123 of 312 Re: dangerous fuel gauge readings [badbuickranier]
Sep 29, 2010 (11:15 am)
I purchased my 2006 Rainier in Sept 2006 as a "Program Car" with 10,000 miles on it and it now has approximately 51,000 miles on and I couldn't be happier with any other SUV. I can't believe all of the complaints that I have read on this website by others that own that fine SUV. I had similiar trouble with the fuel gage, but a four hour stay, as an "out patient" at a reputable GM dealer replaced the gage. I just spent over $1100 to repair an oil leak on the front differential, but those things happen and I am not going to cry about it. I can't believe that so many Rainier owners think that since they purchased a quality vehicle that they should have 100% assurance there would never be part that has to be replaced.