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#221 of 312 The problems are heaping up.
Mar 22, 2012 (11:51 am)
I used to love my 2004 Rainier but am beginning to have problems. I looked at this forum and found that I have had most of the issues.
I had fuse problem, air conditioning problem.
In the past month, the car had problem with suspension. Sometimes it was OK, but there are 3 times when the rear part failed to raise up. I was on a trip, and this happened once more. I restarted the car and it became OK again. After I came home, I think I should bring it to the shop.
Last week, on a Thursday morning, it broke down. The car could go for a few feet, but I can't make turns and the car would not accelerate.
At the dealer's shop, they took it apart and it was the actuator. I told them about the suspension. Turns out the air bags had to be changed. They were kind enought to loan me a loaner car. But the entire repair had costed me $2368.
Don't know if this is a rip off, but I could not afford to trust other smaller shops (I had a buick regal before, everytime I took it to the shop, it magically got more problems afterwards).
2 days after I took my car back, I found that the panel begins to dim. I still can see, but the light is not as bright . I am worried. So many people have had issues with this part, but I really don't need it now!
I am a foreigner but I always purchase American cars. My first was Buick Regal, second was gmc 2004 envoy xuv V8, but it was totalled. So I purchased this Rainier. I really want to trust GM, but I don't know how long this trust would last.
#223 of 312 Front Diff, dash cluster check engine light, and now Fuel sensor!
Apr 06, 2012 (12:38 pm)
I too have a 2005 Rainier, I have blown a front differential, which cost me about 2500.00 to get towed and to replace. I have had to replace the entire instrument panel, and NOW I am getting the fuel level sensor issue. I also have a check engie light that according to the dealer is a cooling sensor, and will cost around 400.00 to fix.
I have only purchased American cars for my entire 30 years of driving.
I have a 16 year old Grand Cherokee with 250,000 miles on it that only gets routine maintenance. I have NEVER had issues with it. I am so sorry I bought the Buick for my wife. When everything works, which is rare, it is a joy. but normally there is something going on with it.
I have an appointment with the dealer tomorrow, not looking forward to seeing this bill.
My next vehicle will be a Ford, and I doubt if GM will EVER see any more of my business.
#224 of 312 Re: Front Diff, dash cluster check engine light, and now Fuel sensor! [benmacey]
Apr 07, 2012 (5:16 am)
I apologize for your frustrations and inconvenience. Can you please email me directly with your VIN, current mileage, and the dealer you are working with? Please include a copy of your post. I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your weekend.
GM Customer Service
#225 of 312 Re: Front Diff, dash cluster check engine light, and now Fuel sensor! [gmcustsvc]
Apr 09, 2012 (5:13 am)
Your email does not appear in your profile.
Do you want me to post the information here?
#226 of 312 Re: Front Diff, dash cluster check engine light, and now Fuel sensor! [benmacey]
Apr 09, 2012 (7:04 am)
I apologize for that! For whatever reason, our email addresses have not been displaying recently. You can email us at socialmediagm.com
All the best,
GM Customer Service
#227 of 312 Re: Front Diff, dash cluster check engine light, and now Fuel sensor! [gmcustsvcsarah]
Apr 09, 2012 (12:54 pm)
Christina, and Sarah,
#228 of 312 All kind of problems, happened simutaniously
Apr 13, 2012 (5:58 am)
2 days ago, I started pulling out my driveway and noticed that my dome lights would not go out. As I started coming to a stop, my ABS light came on and abs did not work. I then started testing everything and noticed that my rear wiper quit working and my key fob has stopped also. All of this at one time.
I bought this car new in 2004 and have had SOOO many problems with it. When is enough enough???
Has anyone else experienced anything similar?
#229 of 312 Re: All kind of problems, happened simutaniously [ickyranier]
Apr 13, 2012 (6:32 am)
Not that one in particular, but my understanding is that there is a short somewhere in the electrical system. My battery will not stay charged but for a day or two, even with a brand new battery. If you notice, alot of functions inside the car work electrically whether the car is on or not. From what I understand there is a short happening somewhere between the battery and the computer. I am not taking it to someone who is going to spend weeks trying to figure it out at my expense. I will wait till I find someone who knows what they're doing. I can drive without the dash by using my GPS, so I will till I find someone who has figured it out.
Meanwhile, be prepared to get "messages" from gmcustomer support who swear they're going to help you. If it's out of warranty - and most of our are by now, they don't care. They're just posting this on here to make it look like they'll do something. Who would've thought when we spent those thousands of dollars on this vehicle we'd have all these problems!
PS - I will NEVER EVER buy another GM product. They refuse to stand behind it and rebuild our faith in GM. My kids all have Hondas - made in America, and I can drive it in to a dealership any day of the week and they will honor a problem. And they will fix it at their expense or a reduced one if they've found it to be an issue. And they acknowledge those issues. Not ignore them as if they weren't happening. My 92 Accord with 313,000 miles is running better than my 04 Buick with 140,000 miles. What's THAT tell you...???
#230 of 312 Re: 7 years of trouble with 2005 Rainier [mom0423]
Apr 18, 2012 (5:34 am)
I totally agree. Our dealer has already been told by GM there is "no fix ".
I am sure they have found a fix, but it would cost them to much to repair
the mistake to everyone experiencing this problem. They want to use
our taxpayer money to bail them out, but they don't want to make
a problem they created right.
I would love to see someone from GM stand up and own the problem,
but sadly, they really don't care. They have their money.
My next vehicle will definitely be a Chrysler.