Used 2004 Buick Rainier review, specs, photos, price quote

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Buick Rainier

2004 Buick Rainier

One of the new models GM is proud to introduce is the 2004 Buick Rainier. The Rainier is the first truck-based sport utility vehicle in the Buick family. It is a midsize model that benefits from this architecture with increased ruggedness, durability and power.

The 2004 Buick Rainier comes with two brawny engines and plenty of upscale features. The only midsize regular length SUV in the entire GM family to offer a powerful V8, the 2004 Rainier is available with rear-wheel drive with traction control or with an all-wheel drive configuration that does not include low-range gearing.

Available Models

The 2004 Buick Rainier is offered in two models: CXL and CXL Plus.

Interior Features

The 2004 Buick Rainier is a four-door model that does not have three rows of seating. It features two spacious rows that allow it to handle five passengers with ease. Its total cargo volume is a roomy 80.1 cubic feet.

With all its standard features, the new Rainier could almost fit into the luxury segment, were it not for its price. Air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate controls, the OnStar telematics system, a tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio and climate controls, leather upholstery, a memory system (driver seat, mirrors) and a trip computer are all standard.

The 2004 Buick Rainier uses QuietTuning, which increases sound absorption in the engine compartment, doors and quarter panels. For options, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system tops the bunch.

Exterior Features

As mentioned, the new Buick Rainier was given special attention to its structure and sealings to reduce unwanted road noise. It is also very stable, thanks to an aerodynamic side profile that helps minimize forces transferred to the chassis from wind-created side loads.


The standard engine with both Rainier models is a 4.2-liter inline 6-cylinder model with 275 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. Also standard is 4-speed automatic transmission.

The 2004 Buick Rainier uses independent front suspension and five-link, electronically controlled rear air suspension. With this system, sensors manage a compressor that instantly adjusts air spring pressure to maintain a level load.

Power junkies can opt for the 5.3-liter V8 without hesitation. It cranks out a whopping 290 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

Safety and Security

Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and locking rear differential are standard on Rainier. Two-wheel-drive models are also standard-equipped with traction assist. Other features include dual front airbags, fog lights and cornering lights.

Buick Rainier

2004 Buick Rainier – Vehicle Highlights

Five-passenger, full-frame sport utility vehicle based on GM’s award-winning mid-size SUV architecture

Standard, award-winning 275-horsepower Vortec 4200 I-6

Optional 290-horsepower Vortec 5300 V-8 (exclusive to Rainier on GM’s short-wheelbase mid-size SUV architecture)

Standard world-class independent front suspension and electronically controlled rear air suspension

Best-in-class body stiffness, with 23 Hz overall rating providing optimal isolation from road vibrations and noise

Spacious, versatile interior among roomiest in segment

Safety features include dual-stage front air bags and available side air bags for driver and front-seat passenger

Optional on-demand all-wheel-drive system

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