Buick Rainier

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Buick Rainier
Buick Rainier -- 04-05-2011.jpg
Manufacturer Buick (General Motors)
Production July 28, 2003[1]–June, 2007
Model years 2004–2007
Assembly Moraine Assembly, United States
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GMT360
Related Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Chevrolet SSR
GMC Envoy
Isuzu Ascender
Oldsmobile Bravada
Saab 9-7X
Engine 4.2 L Vortec I6
5.3 L Small-block V8
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 113.0 in (2,870 mm)
Length 2004–05: 191.8 in (4,872 mm)
2006–08: 193.4 in (4,912 mm)
Width 75.4 in (1,915 mm)
Height 74.5 in (1,892 mm)
Predecessor Oldsmobile Bravada
Successor Buick Enclave
Buick Envision

The Buick Rainier is a mid-size luxury SUV sold by Buick. Introduced for 2004 to replace the Oldsmobile Bravada[citation needed], the Rainier was the first SUV sold under the Buick marque (the unibody Rendezvous might also qualify, as it is classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a light truck) since the 1920s, and was the first body-on-frame V8-powered Buick since the 1996 Roadmaster. It is also the first rear-wheel drive Buick since the Roadmaster. The Rainier was only available in a 5-passenger configuration, yet was one of only five GMT360 SUVs to offer a V8 engine in this configuration along with the GMC Envoy Denali, Isuzu Ascender EXT, Saab 9-7X 5.3i and Aero, and Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT (Optional) and SS. Both rear and all-wheel drive models were offered. An upscale CXL trim added a better Bose stereo and XM Satellite Radio.

Most of the Rainier's body styling was a direct transfer from the Oldsmobile Bravada, with a new front fascia bearing a resemblance to other Buick models.

2006–2007 Buick Rainier

Buick also debuted the QuietTuning sound insulation on the Rainier. Buick's QuietTuning involved designing a vehicle with sound dampening features like triple door seals, acoustic laminate glass, and thicker sound-absorbing pads on the hood and firewall.

The Rainier (as well as the Rendezvous crossover and Terraza minivan) were replaced by a new crossover SUV, the Enclave, on the GM Lambda platform for 2007, spelling the end for a rear-wheel drive Buick once again.

However, GM ended production of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, and Saab 9-7X after the 2009 model year according to the GM Fleet website. The last of those three, a white GMC Envoy rolled off the line on December 23, 2008, because of the Moraine plant closing.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2004 Rainier an overall Marginal score for front impacts while the 2005 and newer models are given an Acceptable score. In side impacts the Rainier was given an overall Marginal score with side airbags present.[2]


  • 2004–2007 LL8 4.2 L (256 in³) I6
  • 2004–2007 5300 5.3 L (323 in³) V8

2007 model[edit]

  • Available in CXL Trim
  • Standard Rear Air Suspension
  • Available all wheel drive
  • OnStar Directions and Connections with turn-by-turn navigation
  • Standard StabiliTrak
  • Last Year for the Buick Rainier
  • Heads-Up Display (projects speed & other info on the windshield)


Calendar year US Sales
2003 4,797[3]
2004 24,134
2005 15,271
2006 12,691
2007 4,819
2008 117


In 2012, General Motors and Isuzu recalled more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that could cause fires. The recall covered Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs from the 2006 and 2008 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.[4]


  1. ^ Domby, Debi (August 4, 2003). "Buick begins building Rainier.". accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Buick Rainier". Iihs.org. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.autointell.com/nao_companies/general_motors/gm-sales/GM-US-data-book-2005.xls
  4. ^ "GM recalls SUVs for fire hazard". CNN. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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