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#135 of 312 on and on and on...2004 Rainier
Dec 13, 2010 (6:51 pm)
In the beginning this was a great vehicle. I have the kick at stops, much like everyone else. Then came the front end troubles. After sinking a ton into fixing the right axle now I have to fix the left one. As I save to do so, then the instrument panel dies. This is the last straw. I've just been laid off and this is not the time of year to have car repair bills. I got pulled over today for going over the speed limit and the officer did not ticket me because he said he'd heard that these vehicles have been known for this. Buick, get your act together. With the auto industry in this predicament you can't charge me $100 to diagnose a problem you know is an ongoing issue. I have Hondas and I can tell you they do a much better job of recalling their vehicles. I truly cannot afford a $700 instrument panel right now. Period.
#136 of 312 Re: instrument cluster [wake1up]
Dec 14, 2010 (6:10 pm)
I TOTALLY agree with you. I've had ENOUGH of shelling out money to have this vehicle repaired. I was just laid off from my job and I can't afford to keep sinking money into this vehicle. They know this is an issue and the officer who pulled me over (due to NO speedometer) said he's seen other ones in the same situation. GM - get with the program! RECALL IT!!!!
#137 of 312 Re: instrument cluster [mom0423]
Dec 14, 2010 (7:31 pm)
the officer who pulled me over (due to NO speedometer)
I'm curious. How did the officer know you had no speedometer?
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#138 of 312 Re: instrument cluster [tidester]
Dec 14, 2010 (11:16 pm)
When he pulled me over I explained that my speedometer wasn't working and that's when he told me he'd seen several of the same vehicles with this problem. But he was good and advised me to get it fixed or the next time I may not be so lucky.
#139 of 312 Re: instrument cluster [mom0423]
Dec 14, 2010 (11:53 pm)
Oh! I misunderstood you to mean that he pulled you over because of your speedometer.
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#140 of 312 04 buick rainier
Jan 10, 2011 (5:45 pm)
Are they all awd vehicles
#141 of 312 Re: 04 buick rainier [w0rkman6]
Jan 11, 2011 (3:29 am)
No, they were available in rwd
#142 of 312 Re: instrument cluster [tidester]
Jan 11, 2011 (7:29 am)
This problem has been going on for some time now. But I've come to the conclusion that I don't believe it's the instrument panel itself. I think something is telling the panel that there is a problem when there isn't. Such would explain why it would say a transmission problem, or a check engine situation or a oil pressure issue. GM, which I have now renamed "BS" refuses to address my problem because they say I did not have it serviced at a GM dealership. Ok, let's think about this: GM closes almost every dealership within 50 miles of where I live. I call the only dealership which is within that range and they tell me I have to leave the vehicle there and they do not provide a loaner. So - GM, how am I supposed to have the vehicle repaired?? I take it to a local guy who has a great reputation and you refuse to accept that as qualified service? I will NEVER buy a GM product again because of this. I bought this vehicle instead of a Honda (which I am thoroughly regretting now). My kids have Hondas, all with over 100,000 + miles and still running strong (knock on wood). I have a '92 Honda with over 340,000 miles on it and it is more reliable and I don't have payments still to make on it!! If anyone has any advice I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
#143 of 312 Re: Right Rear side sags. [iceman]
Feb 12, 2011 (3:00 pm)
In my case the right rear air bag had dry rotted and intermittently would sag. SOMETIMES till I heard a thump where it had bottomed out. Destroyed the rear shocks and replaced only one, after changing out the right rear airbag sensor height adjuster. Big mistake. First replace airbags in pairs.
Yes you change out the airbag suspension. There is a company that sells aftermarket changeover kits. But they are also testing a new airbag. Not sure if it is available yet.
#144 of 312 Re: 2004 Rainier Rear Shocks lowering while engine off [dmrjlr]
Feb 12, 2011 (3:06 pm)
Replace BOTH rear air bags or change over to springs. YOU GOT GOOD AGE OUT OF THEM!