Buick rainier

Review: 2004 Buick Rainier

In 2003, the “classic” mid-size SUV, called the Rainier, was introduced at the New York Auto Show. The model was named after the Rainier volcano in the Cascade Mountains, the highest point of Washington in the United States. Production started at General Motors in Moraine, Ohio.

Buick Rainier is a typical SUV-class SUV (Sport Utility Vehicles), since it was created on a single corporate all-terrain MSU / GM800 platform with a frame chassis and a longitudinal location of the power unit. The front suspension is independent, on the A-arms, in the back is a durable and reliable five-link dependent suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers.

The line of power units offers two petrol engines: the basic inline "six" of 4.2 liters capacity of 275 hp. and an optional 16-valve aluminum V8 Vortec with a central camshaft of 5.3 liters capacity of 290 hp. The gearbox is a four-stage “automatic” Hydra-Matic 4L-60E with electronic control. Drive - rear or plug-in full torque-on-demand type with self-locking rear differential.

The gear-rack steering mechanism works with power steering. Brakes with ABS and ventilated discs; in front with a diameter of 325 mm, behind - 305 mm. P245 / 65R17 tires are mounted on alloy 17-inch wheels. Also there is a system of exchange rate stability. Ground clearance - 203 mm; Curb weight - 2,099 kg (weight distribution on axles - 55/45%).

The standard vehicle equipment includes an automatic system with air control in two zones. Passengers in the back seat can individually adjust the intensity of the air conditioning or heating systems. Memory is provided for installation of automatic locking of door locks, as well as remote control of driver’s seat adjustments, rear-view mirrors, climate system and even audio system settings. The driver’s workplace is optionally equipped with an information and diagnostic center with a trip computer, as well as OnStar’s proprietary communications and navigation system. Also, the equipment includes: up to six airbags, electric windows, leather seats, audio system with CD (optional - with a changer, MP3 or navigation), xenon headlights, optional - QuietTuning noise insulation package.

Buick Rainier (2005) Competitive Comparisons

In 2005, the car in standard configuration received a Stabilitrak system of dynamic stabilization with the drive thrust control function, as well as a device for controlling the air pressure in tires, optionally side and window airbags. Minor changes were made to the trim and design of the false radiator grille. The transmission remained unchanged - 4-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 4L60-E.

The equipment of 2005 includes ABS, electric windows and mirrors, optional - electric seats and leather interior, audio system with CD (optional - with a changer, MP3, or navigation), OnStar, cruise control, optional QuietTuning ™ noise insulation package. Despite stricter exhaust emission requirements, Rainier gasoline engines became more powerful in 2005. Thus, the power of the 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine increased from 275 to 295 hp, and the 5.3-liter V8 engine - from 290 to 304 hp

The family of 5-seater Buick SUVs in the 2007 model year has not changed significantly. The only grade CXL Premium class is offered in four basic versions with two power units and the usual (drive only on the rear wheels) or all-wheel drive transmission. The basic equipment of the models of the 2007 model year Rainier is complemented by the OnStar information and navigation system. In the same year, the 5.3-liter V8 engine rated at 304 liters. with. equip with system of shutdown of a part of DOD \ AFM cylinders that allows to save fuel at the favorable modes of movement.

The release of the Buick Rainier was completed in early 2008.

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