"I bought this SUV new in 2006. I LOVED Rainier. Wish Buick still made it. Had everything I needed. Very dependable and with the OnStar, I was always safe. XM radio, heated seats, moon roof, towing package (for the boat/motorcycles) and lots of room to haul my dogs Lots of Bells & Whistles! I have helped countless stranded people due to flat tires, because the Rainier comes with an air compressor with long enough hose to fill the other guy’s tires, beach toys, bike tires etc. Lots of room, separate heat/air and audio controls in the back seat. No major mechanical issues. Drove easily. The only reason I traded it in is because I drive 500+ miles several times a year and decided to get something with fewer miles. Did I say I LOVE this SUV???"
Pros: "Easy to drive, great size, comfortable for all."
Cons: "Stopped making this perfect model!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car is exceptionally reliable, practically drives itself, is very well designed, quiet and a soft smooth ride. Buick hit it out of the park with this car. It is a quieter better ride than the 2011 Cadillac SUV I bought to replace it. Never got rid of the Rainier, I am still driving it. I need a new Rainier model BUICK. Height, size, space, perfect. Encore too small, Enclave too big."
"Bought the car with 33,000 miles and put 50,000 on so far in three years. In those three years, we never saw a day without something needing repair. Some of the minor problems went unfixed for a while because I only had enough money for the more important fixes. Here's a list off the top of my head of the all the stuff that went bad.
Rear speakers buzz loudly,
center console latch broke,
heater for driver's seat quit,
roll-over sensor for airbags went bad,
exterior handle on driver's door broke,
exterior handle on rear passenger door broke,
lift struts for tailgate gave out,
water pump had to be replaced,
blower module that operates the cabin fan went bad.
This car is has been a money pit. For being a nice car with a quality looking interior, it sure has kicked me in the wallet to the tune of more than $2000 just for unexpected repairs.
Also, if you are a do-it-yourselfer and change your own oil, the filter is in a TERRIBLE spot that is hard to get a grip on."