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Buick Rainier
2004–2005 Buick Rainier
Manufacturer General Motors
Production July 28, 2003[1]–December 23, 2008
Assembly Moraine Assembly, United States
Predecessor Oldsmobile Bravada
Successor Buick Enclave
Class Mid-size SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GMT360
Engine(s) 4.2 L Vortec I6
5.3 L VortecV8
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 113.0 in (2870 mm)
Length 2004–05: 191.8 in (4872 mm)
2006–07: 193.4 in (4912 mm)
Width 75.4 in (1915 mm)
Height 74.5 in (1892 mm)
Fuel capacity 22 US gallons (83.3 L/18.3 imp gal)
Related Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Chevrolet SSR
GMC Envoy
Isuzu Ascender
Oldsmobile Bravada
Saab 9-7X

The Buick Rainier was a mid-size SUV sold by the Buick division of General Motors. Introduced for 2004 to replace the Oldsmobile Bravada, the Rainier was the first truck sold under the Buick marque (the unibody Rendezvous might also qualify, as it is classified by the EPA 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 four GMT360 SUVs to offer a V8 engine in this configuration along with the GMC Envoy Denali, Saab 9-7X 5.3i, 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 2008, 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 rolled off the line on December 23, 2008, because of the Moraine plant closing.

The IIHS gives the 2004 Rainer an overall Marginal score for front impacts while the 2005 and newer models are given an Acceptable score. In side impacts the Rainer 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

  • Available in CXL Trim Model
  • Standard Rear Air Suspension
  • Available all wheel drive
  • OnStar Directions and Connections with turn-by-turn navigation
  • Standard StabiliTrak
  • Last Year for the Buick Ranier


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  1. Domby, Debi (August 4, 2003). "Buick begins building Rainier.", Retrieved on 2009-10-25. 
  2. "IIHS-HLDI: Buick Rainier". Retrieved on 2009-10-25.

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