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Buick Rainier Repairs

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  • Learned from a former GM Garage that the "high end" GM SUV's may have two spacer washers on the battery cables. Remove battery cable, remove bolts from cable and take the two washers out and soak in coke. Brush with toothbrush under cold water and rinse.Reassemble.
  • _jasoon_jasoon Posts: 1
    edited June 2011
    I Bought my Rainier from Joseph Pontiac before they moved there last location from MI. Know if i have any problems i have to go all the way to OH for them to do anything, considering im still paying on it.. Well just this past Febuary i hit some slush on the high way and it sent me all the way the ditch. I had snow all the way up to my door and so much damage i paid my deductiblefor full coverage and the dealership i called Suski Chevrolet fixed everything but the one thing i told him about, it feels like if i pull into a tight parking spot the back tires are like grabbing on to the pavement like no other. Well my cousin looking at it and drove it around the corner and said its stuck in 4Wheel Drive. So i called to tell them that, they want 150$ to look at it and to determine whether it was from the accident or not!
    Can someone tell me what is going on before i ruin my car Completely?
    Please, and Thanks, (:

    (PS: Mind you i pay a 400.00 car payment a month for this thing, i can barely keep my head above water as it is!)
  • jackiepowjackiepow Posts: 1
    We own a '06 rainier, for the past yr. the gas gauge tells us we are empty even after filling it up! It has run out of gas 3 or 4 times and we are more than sick of it! Along with that the front door handles are broken and won't open from outside. Now the right rear passenger door won't open from the inside! Pretty soon we will have to climb in through the hatch.
    Come on GM why don't you use quality parts in your products and take more pride in them?!
    Our rainier is also eating oil like crazy. Yes, we look under it and no there are no leaks!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,132
    _jasoon,

    I apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your vehicle. Have you spoken with GM Customer Assistance? Could you please email me your VIN? I would like to look further into your situation.

    You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • I have a '04 buick rainier....I had my front brakes changed and a friend did it for me. My rotars were worn a little so i had them smoothed down. Now my truck is jerking really bad when I turn. I'm not sure if this is due to a sensor or what it could be, but i"m sure it has something to do with the suspension or something.....any ideas?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,276
    Not me - any owners with suggestions?

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    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • The only other time it did this is when my tire blew out and I had my spare put on and it wasn't the same size as the others and i did not know it....I had to get all the same size put on and it didn't do it anymore. This is why I think its got something to do with the balance or a sensor or something.....
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,276
    You can try Edmunds Answers while waiting for owners in here. Different group of folks tend to hang out over there.

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • mom0423mom0423 Posts: 14
    I have heard of this happening. My advice would be to take it to a dealer to have it repaired. I have a terrible time with this in my area due to the closure of so many dealerships. But if you don't and it is an issue that is recalled, then they will NOT honor the recall. I think this is TERRIBLE because there are many quality credentialed shops around but it doesn't matter. So take my word for it. At least have it evaluated and get a price. Because these vehicles are going to have some recalls further down the line if they already haven't. I love mine, but it has definitely had some issues. Costly ones at that.
  • I am having the same issues..
    My 05 CXL revs up to 3500 rpms before it shifts to 2nd. and when it shifts, it is a hard shift and will only do it if you take your foot off the gas like a manual trans.
    It will then shift into 3rd, but that is as high as it will go... It will not shift into OD.

    I dropped the transmission pan, replaced the 1-2 & 3-4 shift solenoids and the 3-2 shift solenoid.
    This did not help..

    I then took it to a mechanic and they ran some tests.. They stated that they found that the oil temp is reading -40 degrees- IT IS 87 degrees outside right now!!!

    Any help??? Anyone???

    I am dying without my car...

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!
  • Hello all,

    Since a few days ago when we start the 2004 Buick Rainier we get this "vacuum cleaner engine" noise that goes off after 10 seconds or so. we noticed it was mainly when first starting it or after a few hours of the suv sitting there. :sick:

    There is no engine light on at all and everything runs, or at least seems to run just fine.

    Now this sound is like a vacuums motor not a "swoosh sound" as I was asked by a friend. It literally sounds like a vacuums motor winding up then slowing down after 10seconds.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Dale
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,132
    steegs80,
    I apologize you are experiencing concerns with your vehicle. Have you spoken with an authorized GM Dealer? If not, I would definitely recommend doing so. They will be able to diagnosis your concerns. Work done at a dealer also has a parts and labor warranty I would recommend inquiring about.
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • Hey Christina,
    I appreciate your help..
    I spoke with a Buick Dealership 2 weeks ago.. They informed me that I needed to replace 1-2, 3-4, and 3-2 shift solenoids. This was funny because I replaced them that weekend before taking it to them. I EVEN BOUGHT THE PARTS FROM THEM THE FRIDAY BEFORE!!!
    I asked them if they checked for codes, and they informed me that they did.
    I then took the car to a buddy @ another shop. They informed me that there were MULTIPLE issues. i.e.- the oil temp was reading -40 degrees. The temp outside is 86 degrees...

    So I am open to any ideas to getting my car fixed...
    However, MY dealership experience was not a fond one @ all....
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,132
    steegs80,
    I apologize for your experience. I would be happy to assist you in finding a different dealer if you would like.
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • mstowersmstowers Posts: 12
    2005 Buick Rainier, V6, AWD. I'm having a few problems wth it and hoping to get some good advice. I was downsized by my employer, so I really can't afford for trial and error. Please help. I need my car.

    1. My gas gauge stop working about 2 years ago
    - My daughter ran it out of gas for the 1st time about 2 weeks ago
    - My car wouldn't start after that
    * We replaced the battery and the fuel pump unit and it still won't start?

    2. I know a mechanic and he came to my home to replace the above. He now says it may need a relay switch replaced and that we would need to get a diagnostic. The problems is. We would need to pay for it to be towed and for the diagnostic. Do you think it could be the relay switch?

    3. Somebody told me there's a fuel pump shut off switch? Make sure it's turned on. We looked in the manual and can't find where it's at? Does anyone know where it's located?

    4. Any other advice would be appreciated?

    AWD Problems

    1. When I back up, mostly on an incline and turn my wheel tight. The rear end makes some kind of scraping noise. I've had 4 mechanics look at the AWD and they say it's fine. That the wheels just aren't turning at the same time and that's what's causing the noise. There's nothing wrong with it and not to worry. It hasn't always done that, so it couldn't be normal plus....

    - It's very scary to drive in the winter. It slides even when I'm driving at slow speed turning corners and stopping. I ditched it last winter and I have never ditched a car in the 30 years I've been driving. I replaced the tires hoping that would help, but it didn't. It's my only car, but, I'm afraid to drive it this winter : (

    - That's not a normal noise for an AWD and it shouldn't drive in the winter like that, right? Any suggestions?

    Any advice or suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thanks a bunch for your help.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,132
    mstowers,

    Could you please email me your VIN and contact information? I would like to look further into your situation.

    You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • We just had he front differential quit on us in our '06 Rainier yesterday while going down the expressway. We had it towed to the dealership and they are going to be working on it for a while it sounds like, and it's still up in the air as to whether or not it's covered by our extended warranty.
  • This is the air compressor running that controls your rear air ride suspension I think.
  • I have a 2005 Buick Rainier with 62,000 mi.. I purchased the vehicle about 2 years ago and I have had almost nothing but trouble ever since. The SUV I thought would be a reliable and worthwhile investment has turned into a never ending headache and drain on my bank account. Here is the list of problems I have had with this SUV:

    1. At 60,000 mi. the front differential went bad. Total repair cost was about $2,200 from a local auto mechanic (the Buick dealership in my area quoted $3,200 for the same work/warranty).

    2. At 55,000 mi. the gas gauge stopped working. It constantly reads empty, resulting in constant headache and concern. I just ran out of gas for the first time and decided I need to have it fixed. Estimated cost from my local auto mechanic, $360. (again, the Buick dealership in my area quoted $450 for the same work).

    3. At slow or idling speeds, I notice that the headlights and other electrical lights in the vehicle often dim and then get bright again, correlating with a lapse and surge in power in the car.

    4. The check engine light comes on for brief periods of time, and after having the vehicle hooked up to the computer at Auto Zone and checked, the problem was identified as a problem with the cooling system. I replaced the part that was causing the problem at a local auto mechanic for $160, however, this did not solve the problem of the check engine light coming on, so they took the new part back out and put the old part back in and did not charge me (however, I still have the problem and it had to spend the time taking it to get if "fixed").

    5. The power steering dipstick rusted through and came, requiring some effort to retrieve the end of the dipstick and $15 replacement dipstick for it.

    6. The air conditioning does not maintain cool air when idling or driving at slow speeds.

    7. The center console in the interior of the car does not stay latched. The replacement lid for the console was from the local Buick dealership was about $150 (possibly more, I don't remember). Needless to say, I did not want to pay that kind of money for such a small, albeit annoying, problem, so I found a way to "fix" the problem with a piece of cardboard and a rubber band.

    I will no longer be purchasing GM vehicles. I am a nursing student working 2 jobs to pay for my school and other necessities, and this vehicle (which I am still currently paying for) has only added to the large amount of stress and debt I already have in my life. I have invested so much into this car I would like get my money out of it and have it be the vehicle I hoped it would, but as it stands, this vehicle only runs correctly long enough to get me to the next mechanic. I would also like to stress how disappointed I have been in the inflated prices for repairs from the dealership. Overall, I am a very dissatisfied owner.
  • I have a 2004 Rainier. You would think they would've solved a few of those issues by the next year, but that's a big NO. I will give them credit in that some of the problems don't appear right away. The biggest pet peeve is their lack to acknowledge the problems. We are all having these problems and spent ALOT of money for these vehicles. They could care less. Every time I post on here I get one of those messages from a "customer service rep" trying to make it look like they care. When GM closed all these dealerships they left me with no one within a decent radius to take my vehicle to if I DID want to spend the money on having the dealership do the repair. I had no choice but to have a local repair shop do the work and so now the "CSR" says it's no longer GM's problem. We have Hondas besides this vehicle and I have NEVER had an issue with Honda refusing to warranty a problem. Even if a local repair shop worked on it they STILL do everything they can to honor a warranty issue. And we are supposed to buy American? We too repaired the differential problem and now we are dealing with an electrical issue. Initially we thought it was the cluster panel in the dash, but it's actually a short in the electrical system but can't pinpoint the location yet. It may be the cause of your fuel gauge. I'll give you a futuristic view to help: various gauges in the cluster panel will randomly stop working. We initially thought it was the cluster panel but we noticed other minor electrical issues. The battery will not recharge regularly. What's worse, running out of gas or a dead battery? (ridiculous that we should appreciate something like that, isn't it??!!) My cell phone doesn't charge or doesn't charge as quickly as it does in another vehicle. I haven't noticed the lights dimming, so I'm not sure. I'm wondering if it was initiated by the differential repair work, as I noticed most of these problems started just after the differential work was done. A guy at Auto Zone recommended I take it to a specific dealership because a guy he knows there is excellent with electrical issues. Let me know if you find out anything else.
  • Ah, the GM CSR wants to know if they can help.
    I'm with you, it's ridiculous that you have to go to a dealership that far away. I seriously doubt it is from the accident. Mine did the same thing and I have NEVER been in any type of fender bender with this vehicle. It's the differential. And sorry, it's not cheap no matter where you opt to have it done. :(
  • I have a 2005 Buick Ranier and yesterday I was pulling into a parking space and the car seemed like it didn't want to turn and the engine was vibrating hard. Also when I go in reverse and am turning slow it seems like it is hard to turn and wheels are slipping. I guess I'm going to have to take it to the dealer and pay a high fee to get looked at and tell me what's wrong. I really can't afford alot since I am on disabilty and have a hard time paying for other things. Anyone have any sugguestions what it could be, so maybe I can suggust to dealer to check?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,132
    nanacakes3,

    I apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your vehicle. Please keep us posted on any information from the dealership.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • 2war2war Posts: 2
    Hi

    I see we are going through the same problem.
    I purchased a Buick Rainier 04 in 2007 and this car is driving me crazy.
    Like yours, I have faced numerous problems. I'm still paying this car also.
    I was in school during the last 2 years and it was so hard to make the payment because I was working part time. Fall 2009 I had a catalytic converter broken. I took it to the GM dealer since other mechanics couldn't fix it. I paid roughly $2000. This year (between Mars and May) I had to change first the Front wheel bearing driver side and later the passenger.
    Now the car had front differential leaking. I went to see a mechanic I know who told me to take it to the dealer because he wasn't able to find where the leaking comes from (pinpoint). The GM dealer said he needs to rebuild the differential (cost of reparation $2,400). I can't do it. What is confusing I went to see Pepboys and they said the cost will be roughly $1,500., they stated that the rack and pinion was rotted and leaking. When I went to see the first mechanic to ask him if he can do it, he said the diagnosis of Pepboys isn't accurate. He said he doesn't see the link between the rack and pinion rotted and the differential leaking. I'm not a technician I don't know. I just want to get rid of this car right now, the problem is my credit score is bad now. I have so many delinquincies accounts sent on collection (credit card) and I still owe around $4,000 for the car.... Like you I'm not going to pay anymore GM car for the rest of my life... The fluid differential leaks a little when the car is parked not while driving. I don't know how can I fix it when you have two different diagnosis. I thought it was a good car when I purchased it, but my opinion has changed since.
  • 2war2war Posts: 2
    I purchased a Buick Rainier 04 in 2007 and this car is driving me crazy.
    I have faced numerous problems. I'm still paying this car also.
    I was in school during the last 2 years and it was so hard to make the payment because I was working part time. Fall 2009 I had a catalytic converter broken. I took it to the GM dealer since other mechanics couldn't fix it. I paid roughly $2000. This year 2011 (between Mars and May) I had to change first the Front wheel bearing driver side and later the passenger.
    Now the car had front differential leaking. I went to see a mechanic I know who told me to take it to the dealer because he wasn't able to find where the leaking came from (pinpoint). The GM dealer said he needs to rebuild the differential (cost of reparation $2,400). I can't do it. What is confusing I went to see Pepboys and they said the cost will be roughly $1,500., they stated that the Power steering line and the rack and pinion were rotted and leaking. When I went to see the first mechanic to ask him if he can do it, he said the diagnosis of Pepboys isn't accurate. He said he doesn't see the link between the power sterring line, rack and pinion rotted and the differential leaking. I'm not a technician I don't know. I just want to get rid of this car right now, the problem is my credit score is bad now. I have so many delinquincies accounts sent on collection (credit card) and I still owe around $4,000 for the car.... . The fluid differential leaks a little when the car is parked not while driving. I don't know how can I fix it when you have two different diagnosis. I thought it was a good car when I purchased it, but my opinion has changed since.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,132
    2war,

    Could you please send me your VIN, current mileage and complete contact information? I would like to look further into your situation.

    You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • I have a 2004 Rainier and am having problems with the differentials "locking" when turning at low speeds. Is there a way to figure out which one is the problem? I have changed the center diff fluild twice in about a month and it is no better. I also had the rear diff fluid changed.

    I was amazed when I went to the Buick dealership that they really did not have a clue and told me to change the fluid in the center diff again and "drive the car in figure eights". My rainier has the G80 rearend, the "government bomb" as it is known for blowing up but the mechanic said all looked fine.

    Any way if I can get this fixed it will no doubt be my last GM vehicle unless it is a old classic, my last Buick regal was a better vehicle than this but it had lots of electical problems. I also have been having the dash problems, Shame on you GM for not recalling all these related vehicles instead of just the Trailblazer
  • My 2004 Ranier developed the same problem not long after I bought it. It was a transfer case l actuator roughly 500 $. I had an aftermarket warranty that paid for this and a subsequent speedometer failure after a 100 deductible. GM has gotten its last dollar from me. This model had several problems endemic to the design and GM cold shouldered the buyers. My Ranier had 42000 miles when I bought it. What makes them think I would buy another?
  • mstowersmstowers Posts: 12
    edited September 2011
    Boy, whatever happened to GM making good vehicles??? We're all basically having the same problems with our Rainiers and...it sure sounds like they're all duds! I have a 2005. My gas gauge stopped working a few months ago. I had to write my mileage down each time I bought gas and then keep track of my mileage. Well, I just missed calculated and that cost me a new fuel system. It wouldn't start at all after that, so I had to get it towed to my local mechanic (the GM dealership cost alot more). Then, after I had it towed to our mechanic, I received a letter from GM that they're having problems with the fuel sensor and I can take it to a GM dealership and they'll pay 20% of the cost. Well, to late for that. I called GM and told them my problem and if the fuel sensor was working correctly, I wouldn't have ran out of gas in the 1st place. The customer service asked me to take it to the GM dealership, but I'm laid off work and couldn't afford a 2nd tow, so he said he would check with the GM dealership and see if my gas gauge was part of the gas sensor. He called me back within a couple of days and said they said it wasn't! What! I'm not a mechanic but....I'm not stupid! If the sensor was working correctly. I sure wouldn't have ran out of gas. OMG! I'm honestly thinking about taking them to court. Okay, so now I just got my car back and my ABS light is on. My mechanic says it mostlikely a front wheel bearing or the sensor and it's going to cost me atleast another $350! Plus, I've been having problems with my AWD since last summer. It has a problem when I'm backing up and turning sharp. I had it checked out by 3 different mechanics and they told me that's a common problem and not to worry about it well...I am worried about it. It drives like I'm on a skating rink when it snows. I've been driving for over 30 years and...I have never ditched a car until last year! Does any one have any ideas of what's going on with my AWD? I don't want to go thru another winter like last winter. You know we have always bought GM products and I really do hate the thought of not buying American mad but...this really makes us think twice now. Thanks for letting me vent and, any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
  • I just went to a dealership today. Here is the rundown. I was told that my center transfer case is bad, I have the problem with the driveline binding when turning. Some people have had luck with changing the center diff fluid drive a few miles while doing tight turns and then change again. Only use GM AutoTrac II fluid. Not to hard to do yourself. This however did not fix mine and the replacement of the transfer case is $1500++.
    The dash cluster is also bad in alot of these trucks, GM did a recall on the trailblazer but not its sister vehicles. Fix is around $700.
    My ABS light has come on before and went off but forgot to ask about it today.
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