The Buick Rainier was a mid-size SUV sold by the luxury division of General Motors Buick. Introduced in 2004 to replace the Oldsmobile Bravada, the Buick Rainier was the first SUV sold under the Buick brand ( Buick Rendezvous unibody may also qualify, as it is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States as a light truck) from the 1920s, and was the first body-on-frame V8-powered Buick Roadmaster from 1996 is also the first rear-wheel drive as the Buick Roadmaster. The Buick Rainier was only available in a 5-passenger configuration, however he was one of only five GMT360 SUVs to offer a V8 engine in this configuration with the GMC Denali Envoy, Isuzu Ascender EXT, 9-7X 5.3i Saab and Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT (optional) and SS. Both models rear wheel drive and four-wheel offered. A luxurious CXL adds a better fit Bose and XM Satellite Radio.
Most Rainier body style was a direct transfer from the Oldsmobile Bravada, with a new front fascia that bears a resemblance to other models of Buick. Buick also debuted soundproofing QuietTuned in Rainier. Buick QuietTuned involved the design of a vehicle with sound dampening features such as triple door seals, acoustic laminated glass and pads that absorb sound thicker hood and firewall.
The Buick Rainier (as well as the crossover Buick Rendezvous Buick Terraza and minivan) were replaced by a new crossover SUV, the Buick Enclave, the Lambda platform GM for 2008, which marked the end of a rear wheel drive Buick, again. However, GM ended production of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Saab 9-7X after the 2009 model year, according to the website of the GM fleet. The last of the three, one white GMC Envoy rolled off the line on 23 December 2008 due to the closure of the plant in Moraine.
Buick Rainier Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2004 Rainier overall Marginal rating for frontal impacts, while models 2005 and newer are given an acceptable score. In secondary impacts Rainier was given a rating of Marginal with side airbags generally present.
Buick Rainier Recall
General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the USA and Canada to fix a shorted power window and door lock switches that can cause fires. The Buick Rainier, recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Saab and Isuzu Ascender SUVs 9-7X models 2006 and 2007. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 states in the United States, Washington, DC, and Canada where salt and other chemicals used to clean streets during winter.