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Buick Rainier, Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy



  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Hope you found the renamed discussion ok - we're moving the Rainier in here and updating the Triplets title. Bravada fans are still most welcome!

    Steve, Host
  • There is now a fix for the V8 powered triplet climate control thumping. 04-01-39-006B We had it done and it fixed the noise. They replace one of the hoses on the AC system. SNOKING
  • tblazedtblazed Posts: 945
    Ever watch Motorweek? The guy on there who does the tech stuff and looks like an unshaven groundhog

    Pat Goss. Yes I watch Motorweek weekly either on my local PBS station or off the satellite feed. He makes sense, usually. Occasionally he will say or promote something that makes me wonder though.

    Like I said, BG is mostly sold by dealers. I have seen a few of their products at Autozone and O'Reilly's. BG is not well known for their lubricants like gear oil.
  • From: Jill Williams []
    Sent: Fri 11/11/2005 3:52 AM
    To: Karen
    Subject: (no subject)

    I am hopeful someone can answer these questions?
    we bought a 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada with approximately 101,500 miles for
    $6,500 about six months ago. At the time the book value was about
    $9,000 I think. It now has approximately 107,000.
    we have replaced the fuel and water pump and now before it will pass
    inspection I need to replace the upper and lower ball joints..and have a
    right ride exhaust leak? Can one of your experts tell me the track
    record on this vehicle? when I researched it I seemed to find that you
    either buy them new or with low mileage...or after major repairs are
    Also the drivers side door never did close right but about two weeks ago
    the spring popped out on to the ground. I am wondering if after I fix
    and get it inspected if the electrical system is a problem? seems to
    sometimes quit on me when slowing down to a stop at intersections, after
    the fuel pump was replaced, and the radio and temp lights go dim
    thank you for your input..
    Jill Williams
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    you bought a old car with a lot of miles and things are starting to wear out. You have no idea who had or how they took care of it so be prepared to start replacing things. This is why people get rid of cars when they start nichel and diming you to death (old term) but when you have to spend near what a monthly payment is on a BRAND NEW VEHICLE it's time to cut your losses :sick: :sick:
  • gail04gail04 Posts: 51
    04 Rendez, has had 2 major sunroof leaks, left front strut replaced, tire's had air reduced to bring down roughness of affinity tires and brakes squeal. GM involved at this point as it's a true "lemon." Despite that, I started thinking about another one (newer perhaps) or the Rainier. Anyone who's had both who can compare for me, I'd appreciate it. Is either one more costly, or requiring more repairs than the other, as I'm single/handicapped and know nothing of the Rainier, as I didn't know much with the Rendez. I have been in dodge caravans over 20 yrs & loved them..just wanted a change and apparently made a mistake. Thank you.
  • I have owned an 05 Rainier CXL AWD since March of this year. It has been a real pleasure to drive. I was looking for a solid, quiet SUV and nothing below $50k came close except the Rainier. I was appalled at the road noise (my biggest pet peeve) in some like the Pilot. So far the Rainier has been very reliable and the only thing the dealer has done is reprogram the throttle/shift control computer to clear up a problem at low speeds. I highly recommend the vehicle. Consumer Guide gave the '06 a "smart buy" rating. Rather surprising since none of the 04-06 models impressed them and very little has changed since 04! The overall rating was 59-60 which is below their "class average" - I can't figure out their rating system. I nearly dismissed the Rainier because of their ratings - glad I didn't.

    As for the Rendezvous, I have only ridden in one briefly and was not impressed. The Terraza seemed like a better vehicle to me. Almost bought one until I drove the Rainier.
  • gail04gail04 Posts: 51
    Quarque-Thanks for the info. Something to think about, for sure. Gail04
  • topgun7topgun7 Posts: 412
    Any one has tested drove the 06 with V8? How is the new nav work? Any feed back will be greatly appreciated..
  • Last weekend I pulled the plastic handle to close the lift gate and it broke into two pieces. How do I replace it? Do I need to take the vehicle to dealer or can I replace it myself? Any suggestion is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  • 01_hoe01_hoe Posts: 273
    The plastic handle often breaks. No handle for my '05, they did away with it and put a handhold in the liftgate.

    Read somewhere an owner fixed by putting a piece of leather belt instead of the plastic handle.
  • 01_hoe01_hoe Posts: 273
    My '05 Envoy Denali has a V8. Very satisfied with performance. Don't have Nav, because I would have lost the 6 disk Bose, and can't play CD's while using NAV. Others do not have a problem with the Nav. It is personal choice.
  • I had mine fixed under warranty and mine is 3.4 years old with 20k. Back in July, I extended my warranty for 60 months/ 40k zero ded., GMPP, Majorgard. it only cost $900. My dealer beat the internet price I found. I'm worry free until July 2010.
  • My 2002 Bravada experiences all sort of problems with the memory settings. It's no longer under warranty, and I can't spend the money to take it to a dealership. Does anyone know if there is a simple fix for this? The mirrors to not remain where I've set them, whether it's for driver one or driver two. The seat was set for easy exit and when I moved the seat back for comfort, it moves almost all the way back to the front when I turn the key off... that's not what I call easy exit. Also, the doors lock themselves if I turn the key off, take it out, and then decide I need it back in. Then when I shut the door, to pump gas, for example, the doors are locked. I turned this off in the memory functions, but that didn't help. It's like the memory board has lost its mind! Thanks for any help you can give.
  • n7donn7don Posts: 188
    When you insert your key and attached remote, does the DIC properly recognize the correct remote? For example if you have remote #1, does it display correctly as #1? I ran into a situation where remote #1 would display as #2. Generally we start and stop the Envoy in the garage and often didn't lock/unlock it for long periods. I think I had unlocked the Envoy with the wife's #2 remote but later started it with my #1. It still thought it was #2. Various memory settings were lost or wouldn't stay in memory. As a long shot, try using the same remote to unlock as you are using for starting. Then reset your various memory settings for that remote. What I'm suggesting is the memory settings may be associated with the other remote or becomes confused because "it" doesn't recognize the remote. Purely speculation but does clearly fall into the "simple fix" category!
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    I would just go to the DIS and turn off these features. Get everything set they way you like then turn off the memory system. Yes, you lose the memory feature, but no longer have all the aggrivation!
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 384
    yeah- I did. The new 5.3Lv8 with DOD (displacement on demand) is a great engine. You can notice just a notch more acceleration than the 4.2I6, and the gas mileage is pretty much the same. The extra torque really isn't needed if you're getting the smaller wheelbase version. if you're going for an XL or do some heavy towing, then It's probably worth it.

    But the 4.2, with 291hp is a lot of power.
  • gmfangmfan Posts: 188
    Man, you sure do not put much mileage on your vehicle!. I had the 5/75k, but I am now at 80K miles and out of warranty. Tblazed changed his fluid and the seal expanded and his leaking stopped. I should have tried that first, but who would have known that changing diff fluid would really impact the seal. But then again, I have heard people use that Barbadhl Stop Smoking stuff on high mileage vehicles (180K +) (thick has honey) in their crankcase, and the smoking stops which means it swelled or reconditioned the seals.
  • Man, I got Steve to bring the Rainier over here and now this forum has gone quiet. Sorry

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Just keep posting and the lurkers will unlurk. :shades:

    Steve, Host
  • They moved my office about a year and a half ago and I am only 3 miles from work now. I am lucky to put 6k a year on the TB, should last a long time. I just replaced my tires with uniroyal laredo Cross country, I read some good reviews on them and they were $112 a piece at BJ's wholesale Club including everything. Rides much better.
  • Does anyone know where I can find the build sheet for my 05 trailblazer? It's usually under the back seat, but I can't find it.
  • I would like to install a temperature gauge to tell me the outside temp. on my 05 trailblazer. any thoughts on how.
  • One idea: either Kmart or Walmart sells a digital temp gauge with a 10-foot lead to the external sensor. You could stick on the dash and run the lead through the firewall. To get a reasonable reading I think the sensor will need to be as far forward as you can get it so it won't pick up engine/radiator heat. Anyone know where GM puts their sensor?
  • 01_hoe01_hoe Posts: 273
    RPO Codes are located inside the glove box on a sticker. The paint code will also be there. You can give your VIN to the GM parts or service dept and they can print a no cost complete build sheet.
  • It's a tiny little clip on guage attached to the driver's side of the radiator housing. It is just behind the grill. A pretty cheap and simple fix.
  • I am going to be changing my spark plugs in a few days. I have good info on changing them, but I cannot find recommendations on changing plug wires. I've actually read that you do not need to change them on some websites. What's the scoop? :confuse:

    I have a 2002 Envoy w/ 102k miles

  • 2004 GMC Envoy with standard equipment wiper system. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem or if there is a known problem. Sometimes the windshield wipers work, other times they don't. Sounds like an intermittent open somewhere in the wiring or the motor.
  • Plug wires only need to be changed if they are bad. They age more with time than mileage. The usual failures are cracks in the insulation and gaps in the conductive core. You should inspect them for cracks visually but internal faults can't be seen except on an analyzer at a repair shop. Most wires last well past 5 years & 150k miles.
  • 01_hoe01_hoe Posts: 273
    There was a recall on the wiper system.
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