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Buick Rainier, Auto Repair, SUV
Jan 27, 2013 (6:57 am)
I have had this car 3 years and loved it, up until about 2 months ago. I bought it used in 2009 at 59k and now have 141k on it and don't want to sell, but here is what is going on.
Until recently, it worked like a dream but last month the All wheel drive failed and the transmission guy charged me $1700 and now the rear differential failed for another $900. Can't keep dumping money into this so I guess I must sell. Are GM cars no longer made to last? I really wanted to get this to 200k at least. If a GM employee is listening, please help as I have driven GM cars since my first one in 1993 and am about to give up!
#247 of 312 air bag suspension
Jan 27, 2013 (12:31 pm)
just last week we had our rear air bags replaced after finding leaks. Now, they are not filling and releasing as needed and stuck very low. the pump is functionind (as checked by the accessory inflator). does anyone know if there is a sensor or something that needs to be recalibrated after installing new bags?
#248 of 312 Re: Buick Rainier 2006 [buickrainier1]
Jan 28, 2013 (11:11 am)
Have you been working with your dealership for these repairs, buickrainier1, or with an independent shop?
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#249 of 312 So Many Problems!
Jan 29, 2013 (8:45 am)
I bought My Ranier new in 2004. It has had nothing but problems since it hit about 50,000 miles. My heated seat over heated and almost started on fire, I have had to replace at least 4 wheel bearings, radiator problems, air shocks went bad, driver door lock switch had to be replaced because I couldn't close it (latch problem) and now my AWD is not working. I have sunk literally thousands of dollars into this piece of crap and things just keep going wrong. There is a reason GM is in financial trouble. In spring I will be looking at new Fords. We have always been a Buick family but I have had enough. The people at GM pretend they care, but they don't. What's even worse is the problems I have had with this thing is that most of the problems are just plain dangerous.
I am on vacation this week and today I have to take my truck to a dealer I have never been to in the area I am vacationing in so I don't keep getting stuck in the snow! Can't wait to see what they are going to hit me for this. Nope, Never again and I tell everyone I know, and plenty of people I don't know NEVER buy GM. My mom who has always had Chevy's even switched to Ford. GM... You are doing a wonderful job of putting yourselves out of business.
#250 of 312 Rainier Oil pan
Feb 03, 2013 (7:18 am)
Trying to replace an oil pump on a 2006 2-wheel drive Rainier with a 5.3l engine and cannot get the oil pan off. Removed one cross member towards the rear of the pan and all bolts. Pan lowered a few inches easily but now sits on a cross member and the steering gear cross member. Pan will not move forward enough to come out. Repair manuals do not say to remove the steering gear cross member or the second cross member (second steel cross member appears to be welded in place). Anybody know if I need to disconnect the engine mounting bolts and raise the engine to get this pan out? Can I work it out with removal of only the steering gear?
#251 of 312 Re: air bag suspension [ickyranier]
Mar 31, 2013 (5:13 pm)
i had the same problem, replaced air bags and leveling sensors. it was ok for a week or two, but is doing the same thing.
Mar 31, 2013 (7:18 pm)
I'm back again. I check periodically in hopes someone has resolved one of my '04 Rainier's many problems. No such luck. Our mechanic is a good guy and very honest. He's overwhelmed with business right now (a good thing, but...) but always does right by us. Our Rainier's problems have been literally prioritized, there's so many. We had an issue in early December with the other front axle due to the differential. Once that was fixed (very very costly but less than the dealer) we decided to address the occasionally working cluster panel. We had saved up to replace it but the axle/differential repair had bumped itself up to #1. Apparently when you get a refurbished one some of the dealers balk at calibrating the mileage. Now that it has been replaced we're getting error messages and have to diagnose those. This is ridiculous and embarrassing. I've seen all of these GM Representatives on here ceremoniously telling owners they will help to resolve the issue. BS. Once they hear you're over the 100K mark they don't care. Who knows, it sounds as if they don't prior to the 100K mark either! But come on Buick, stand behind your product. Do the right thing and help us - YOU are the common denominator. We've already invested a great deal of money and time. We can't dump the vehicles in the market because they don't stay running healthy long enough to do so. I love mine when it's running, but can't afford to keep doing this.
#253 of 312 Re: mom0423 [mom0423]
Apr 02, 2013 (7:14 am)
MOM, the instrument cluster can be removed with just a phillips screwdriver and a7 or 8 mm socket in less than 20 minutes. The company that GM uses to rebuild them is United Radio in Syracuse NY. It is $175 to have it rebuilt, and mine took 5 days from removal to reinstallation.
That is less than HALF what it would cost even to have an independant shop do it.
Hope this helps.
#254 of 312 Re: Differential [ekperry131]
Apr 30, 2013 (8:19 am)
It sounds like I am having the same issue. Did you ever find out what was wrong?
#255 of 312 2004 Buick Rainier
Jun 10, 2013 (7:07 pm)
I purchased my 2004 Buick new and paid the horrible price for it that everyone else did. Being a single mom, I wanted something reliable. My uncle was a GM dealer for 50 years until his death. He insisted that all of the ladies in his family drive Buick's because they WERE so reliable. Not only is this the first Buick I have paid full price for, it has been the worst one I have ever owned. GM really messed themselves up with this and have lost a lot of long time customers for failure to resolve all of the issues that exist with this vehicle. When it hit 60,000 miles everything started going wrong with it. It is currently in the shop and the repair man is having trouble identifying the problem. Every time I put it in the shop, they have to keep it for a month or more to try and fix the problem. I have had the following repairs done:
Instrument cluster replaced
Air Conditioner replaced twice
Suspension Air Bags
I am having the problem with the binding when I turn. I took it to the dealership and they told me that crow hopping was normal. Please . . . that is not normal. Now I have taken it somewhere else because the dealer obviously cannot fix this car. Every time they "fix" it, a whole new set of problems seem to develop. I asked them to put new brakes on my car and every time they gave me the little sheet back showing my brakes were fine (green check box) until I had to have the rotors replaced. It cost me an extra 300 bucks because they did not want to do their job.
At present, this trip to the shop is up to $2600.00 and they do not have it fixed yet. The sad part about it, when I put it on Craig's List to get rid of this money pit, I will be lucky to get $5000.00 for it. It has 107,000 and the transfer case and differential problems have happened within the last 10,000 miles. Then of course there is the ever present oil leak. Luckily, both of my boys have vehicles because I have been totally dependent on them to get me to work over the past two years. My car has been in the shop and parked in my garage for the majority of the past two years.
Having owned Buick's for the past 30 years, I will never purchase another one. My son has a 98 Ford Ranger that has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever seen. The great thing about it, it is super easy to fix. Takes a trip to Auto Zone and thirty minutes of your time. You can pretty much fix anything on it.
GM you should be ashamed of yourselves for charging such a huge price for a piece of crap. You should suck it up and refund the owner's of these vehicles part of the purchase price back for the countless hours they have spent trying to get these vehicles repaired. You continue to refuse to take responsibility for this mess. All of the ladies in my family know about all of the problems I have had. Since my uncle is now deceased, they are all turning to Ford, Toyota and Honda and other vehicle makers. I cannot wait to rid myself of this money pit. I traded in a Buick Rendezvous that had 218,000. I had minimal problems with that vehicle. I wish every day that I had my Rendezvous back.