General Motors introduced a new mid size SUV for 2004. It was the Buick Rainier. Actually, the Rainier was the first truck to be introduced under the name Buick since the 1920′s.
Since Oldsmobile had discontinued the Bravada, the Buick Rainier was the intended replacement in this particular slot for General Motors. The Rainier was built on a body on frame style and had a V8 engine. The vehicle’s designer was Rainier Rodriguez from California.
The Rainier had rear wheel drive, which was a first for Buick in a long while. The last vehicle to be produced by Buick with a rear wheel drive was the Roadmaster. Designed as a five passenger SUV, the Rainier was one of four SUV’s in the General Motors stable to be offered with a V8 engine.
The Buick Rainier engines offered during its production included the 4.2 Liter Vortec I6, the 5.3 Liter Vortec V8 and the 6.0 Liter LS2 V8. All models were offered with a four speed automatic transmission.
General specifications of the Buick Rainer include the following:Production 2004 through 2007, Assembled at Moraine Assembly, the United States, Class was mid size SUV, Layout included Front engine, rear wheel drive/four wheel drive, Platform was the GMT360.
Although designed to be a new SUV, many of the characteristics of the Rainier were a carry over of the SUV’s predecessor the Oldsmobile Bravada. Buick debuted a new feature with the Buick Rainier, the QuietTuning sound insulation which minimizes outside road noise. The vehicle came with sound dampening features such as triple door seals, acoustic laminate glass, and thicker sound-absorbing pads on the hood and firewall. While welcome feature on the vehicle, it certainly did not generate a tremendous amount of interest in the vehicle. Sales were sluggesh for the Rainier from the outset. General Motors replaced the Buick Rainier and the Terraza minivan with the Crossover SUV, the Enclave for the 2008 model year.