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2007 Buick Rainier

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2007 Buick Rainier Review

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Those who dismiss the Rainier as little more than a GMC Envoy in Buick clothing need to look a little closer. While it's true the Rainier uses the same engines, transmission and chassis as the Envoy (and its cousin, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer), Buick has given its midsize SUV a number of features befitting the nameplate's upscale image. A premium interior includes standard perforated leather seating, dark walnut dash appliques and power seats, while underneath the Rainier resides a standard load-leveling rear air suspension. Compared to traditional steel springs, the air suspension not only makes the Rainier's ride smoother, but keeps it sitting level, even when loaded down with crew and cargo. When equipped with the six-cylinder engine, the five-passenger Rainier provides good power and reasonable fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need room for five and all their cargo, the Rainier makes an excellent choice. Its interior is sufficiently plush to satisfy most luxury owners, and its 291-horspower in-line six-cylinder engine and optional all-wheel drive make it a good all-around hauling machine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't like the high step-up of a truck-based sport utility vehicle, and prefer a more car-like ride and interior, you may be better off with an Acura MDX or Chrysler Pacifica.

What's New for 2007

OnStar's Directions and Connections package makes the standard equipment roster, as does a tire pressure monitoring system and two new exterior colors: Midnight Blue and Graphite Metallic.

Driving the Rainier

Driving Impressions On the road, the Rainier performs admirably. The standard rear air suspension gives it a smoother ride than its steel-sprung counterparts at GMC and Chevrolet, and the standard 17-inch Michelin...

tires and Bilstein front shock absorbers provide impressive handling characteristics. Buick has worked hard to find the right balance between ride and handling and, from what we've experienced, has done a pretty good job. You'll find the steering and brake feel on the Rainier to be as good as any car in the Buick lineup and — so long as you don't charge through curving off-ramps at double the posted speed limit — you'll find body roll and lean to be minimal. The interior is very quiet at highway speeds, with only a little tire noise making its way into the cabin.

New Navigation Unit
The new GPS navigation unit incorporates navigation, audio and satellite radio into one, easy-to-use unit.

Dual-Zone Climate Control
The dual-zone climate control allows the driver and front-seat passenger to select individual temperature settings.

2007 Buick Rainier Details
Interior

The Rainier's interior is as lush and inviting as any Buick sedan. Perforated leather covers the seats and door panels, while a combination of dark burl walnut and chrome accents graces the Rainier's dash. The instrument layout is clear, legible and straightforward, with large rotary controls for the audio and climate control, and a four-spoke steering wheel complete with touch controls for the audio and the Driver's Information Center. The Rainier provides outstanding interior room in both the front and rear and, even with the second-row seat up, there is plenty of usable cargo space.

Exterior
2007 Buick Rainier photo

Although the Rainier's TrailBlazer/Envoy roots are clearly visible, Buick has massaged the Rainier's exterior sufficiently to give the vehicle its own identity. By grafting on the brand's signature grille and headlamp treatment and dressing up the rear-most pillar and liftgate, the Rainier takes on a smooth, somewhat rounder appearance than its GMC and Chevrolet cousins. Long rear doors make it easy to slip in and out of the Rainier, although the step-up height is greater than that of a minivan or crossover SUV. Additional chrome is available for those who desire a more premium appearance, as are six-spoke polished aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Notable standard equipment for the Rainier includes automatic dual-zone air conditioning, StabiliTrak, Driver Information Center, fog lights, anti-lock brakes (ABS), rear privacy glass, automatic headlamps, rear audio, OnStar with Direction and Connections package, a tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls for Driver's Information Center and audio, traction control and aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Popular Rainier options include a 5.3-liter V8 engine, a limited-slip rear differential, GPS navigation, DVD entertainment system, front and rear side-curtain airbags, XM Satellite Radio, heated front seats, power moonroof, power adjustable foot pedals and all-wheel drive.

Under the Hood

Unless you plan on towing something really big, you'll find the Rainier's in-line six more than adequate. Though the Rainier's standard 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine has more than enough power to satisfy even the most demanding drivers, the optional torque-happy 5.3-liter V8 permits you to tow up to 6,700 pounds, compared to a maximum of 6,300 pounds for the six. The Rainier's V8 is equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management technology, a system designed to improve fuel economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when their power is not needed— and it's completely unnoticeable, as well.

4.2-liter in-line 6
291 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
277 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (AWD)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (AWD)

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2007 Buick Rainier Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 184 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Rear end repair with all new GM parts..rear bumper

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

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): 10

"and support underneath all new. This vehicle has been serviced every three thousand miles and has never had oil added between changes. Drives perfect. I purchased the vehicle as a program vehicle with 16000 miles on it. It has no issues more than a wash job."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

198K trouble-free (for the most part) miles

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 198,000

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

Pros: "Like riding on a cloud, very nice handling, ..."

Cons: "What to replace the thing with?"

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

Early 2014

"I bought this SUV new in Dec 2003. And, hit the road almost, immediately. The failures are listed below, but the Rainier was there when we needed it. And, it has been coast to coast, several times, plus north and south. The service guy says that the brakes are far from needing work (mostly highway miles). I have never had problems in weather (summer or winter) or in the mountains (it does get up the hills). Too bad they quit making the thing. I'm looking but am not sure what to drive. In the meantime, I intend to run this as far as it'll take me. Of course, I have been regular with service plus tire replacement. I had the transmission serviced at 100K (what is the workhorse?) and then at 170K. Plugs? I actually waited until 134K and kept records (performance did increase a little after that - the plugs were still serviceable). I waited on the belt until 150+ (still looked good, but that is a crucial part). It is funny. I did have the O2 problem which dealt with the first few minutes of warm up but did not get that fixed for a couple of years. Why? I knew what the code meant. Beside,it was not rich enough during warm up to worry. Since it was fixed (two years ago, the problem has not re-occurred). On the other hand, when the dash unit went, I had to get that taken care of (we did, for a couple of short trips, judge speed with a stop watch and milepost markers). Of late, the battery went dead (second one) and the mode actuator froze (coincidental?). But, other than those things, it has hummed along. I have been using this vehicle for studying longevity (blog, etc.). ... Lots of the miles were Interstate (open country). Is that a major factor? One day we drove 16 hours, taking a quick break every 4 hours. Cannot ask for more than that. ... Aside, I'm an experienced driver who accelerates in a controlled fashion, brakes similarly, and never has had the tach above 2.4K (except for a few circumstances where it was necessary - you can actually climb hills (mountains) without straining the engine)."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Early 2014

Very dependable... in 7 1/2 yrs, no repairs needed

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Dependable!"

Cons: "2nd cup holder in ackward place."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Simple controls, does not show wear and tear easily, turning rage is good for U turns, very dependable. Interia lights are on a timer so your battery doesn't go dead... Too bad this model is discontinued."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Terrific Suv

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE AND GREAT COMFORT."

Cons: "NON"

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

"I have own this suv for a while. I am extremely pleased with it's performance. I would recommend this to any one that wants a classy suv. I also own a FORD EXPLORER, and I think Buick Rainer is a much better SUV. Just keep the oil changed and you will have a SUV, that will last a very longtime.Sensational ride and comfort."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Fun to drive!

By on Monday, February 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "It has been a fun vehicle to drive"

Cons: "No place to put snacks, and cell phone"

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

"Love the appeal of this vehicle, it has been a great vehicle. It is real good in snow and offers a very quiet ride."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Had a problem with V8 knocking lifters

By on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Beautiful SUV with power and great drivability."

Cons: "Seats are not very comfortable (leather)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

Shes a beauty

"Around 94000 miles the lifters started chattering and soon after I had to have it repaired. Always changed the oil and filter every 3000 miles. Never drove it hard, mostly in town. Not sure the Vortec V8 325 is built as good as the chevy 350."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Shes a beauty

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