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2005 Buick Rainier

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 14/Hwy 19/Comb 16 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 4.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2005 Buick Rainier Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 197 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Would be better without auto AWD and air bag susp

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, loaded with options, reliable engine"

Cons: "no manual 4wd option, air bag suspension, heavy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"4.2L inline six and auto transmission have been reliable. Gas mileage reflects heavy, old-style SUV. By far my biggest complaint is these Buicks don't come with a manual 4wd option. You can't turn it on or off, it only comes on when it senses wheel slip and they're very prone to breakdown. If the tires aren't exactly the same size, such as more wear on rear than front, the AWD will kick in. It cost me about $1000 to have the front axle housing replaced. Right now I have the transfer case fuse in the front fuse box and 4wd fuse under the back seat removed so the AWD doesn't kick in when I don't want it to. Also, I don't like the air bag rear suspension, and it really clunks when going over a significant bump. Other than AWD and air bag suspension I'm pretty pleased with the quality. Although I don't have the electric mirror control on because it has a mind of it's own and I don't know how to change it."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love, love, love this SUV

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Plenty of engine power, interior options!"

Cons: "Cup holders too close to shifter."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this vehicle used. It is 9 years old, low mileage, a V-8, and is in near perfect condition. Love the heated seats, nav system, and all the other options this SUV is loaded with! Smooth ride, awesome acceleration. I have been wanting a SUV for a few years and was looking at a Buick Rendezvous when this caught my eye. I do not regret buying this vehicle!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Buick Rainier - Best Car I've Ever Owner

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, Comfortable, Great Size, Great Power w/8"

Cons: "Had to replace air shocks in the rear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have my 2004 Buick Rainier for over 10 years now and the car just seems indestructible! My wife has been asking me when I'm going to trade this in and I cannot let it go. It just keeps running without issue and I still way more comfortable then any of the new cars and had a ton of power."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

One of the best vehicles I ever owned.

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This auto performs as if it was brand new. Great power to weight ratio. Lots of get up and go when you need it. Comfortable ride and reasonably good mpg. Wish the model was still available. I like V-8 power."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I already miss my Rainier

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Many options (bells & Whistles)"

Cons: "No USB or Nav (too old)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"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???"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My favorite car ever!!!! LOVE IT!!

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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