Buick Rainier

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Buick Rainier
Buick Rainier -- 04-05-2011.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Production July 28, 2003[1]–June, 2007
Model years 2004–2007
Assembly Moraine Assembly, United States
Designer Harley Earl
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury 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)
2006–07: 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 was a midsize luxury SUV that was produced by General Motors. It was introduced on July 28, 2003 for the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Oldsmobile Bravada. 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. For the 2004 model year only, there was another trim called CXL Plus. The CXL Plus had offered a touchscreen navigation system.

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 was discontinued after the 2007 model year. The Rainier was replaced by the Buick Enclave in 2008.

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

2004 model[edit]

  • Rainier Is Introduced With 2 Trims CXL AND CXL +
  • Rainier Has an Optional 5300 V8 With 290 horsepower
  • Standard 4.2L I6 With 275 Horsepower

2005 model[edit]

  • Rainier Has A New V8 5.3L With 300 Horsepower
  • Rainiers interior was updated including Wood Steering Wheel, Chrome Buick Logo, Chrome Shift Handle and parking brake button, Black Gauges with a new font and the addition of chrome trim rings as well chrome a/c vent sliders and the ac vent sliders have been rubberized
  • CXL plus trim level is removed
  • Rainier Removes 2 Colors Indigo Blue, Augusta Green
  • Rainier adds 2 Colors Titanium Metallic, Deep Sapphire Metallic

2006 model[edit]

  • New 4200 Sfi I6 Produces 291 Horsepower
  • New Front fascia
  • New Displacement On Demand Technology Deactivates 1/2 The Cylinders On the V8
  • Rainier Now Comes Standard With Stabilatrak Control System With Built In Traction Control
  • Standard Chrome Luggage Side Rails
  • New Chrome Door Handle
  • Rear License Plate Pocket And Liftgate Handle Now Body- Color
  • 2 New Exterior Colors Dark Garnet Metallic And Red Jewl Tintcoat
  • New Standard Auto Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror With 8- Point Compass
  • New, Flatter window and heated seat controls

2007 model[edit]

  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Midnight Blue Metallic And Graphite Metallic Replace Carbon Metallic And Sapphire Metallic
  • Last Year for the Buick Rainier
  • New Vortec 5.3 L V8 With Active Fuel Technology With 302 Horsepower


Calendar year US Sales
2003 158,005
2004 367,222
2005 333,989
2006 249,524
2007 201,932
2008 21,953


In 2012, General Motors had 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 to the 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and in Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.[3]


  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. ^ "GM recalls SUVs for fire hazard". CNN. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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