2004 Buick Rainier Buick Rainier 2004

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2004 Buick Rainier repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (21%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (29%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (2%)

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2004 Buick Rainier transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (55%)

Chart based on 11 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Buick Rainier 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

77000 mi

US $85
Leak from driver's side seal where CV axle enters differential 
87000 mi Leak from driver's side seal where CV axle enters differential 
37000 mi

US $100
AWD would not engage and the front wheels would not function leaving the AWD truck a 2WD vehicle. 
39000 mi MV has intermittently had a problem with the drive train binding up. Additionally, there has been a distinct thump sometimes when stopped and the car is in drive feeling almost like you have been rearended. 
64000 mi Car returned from dealer with a large transmission fluid leak after previous repair. Dealer found mechanic had destroyed a seal for the transfer case while conducting original repair. Dealer fixed problem on their dime. 

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2004 Buick Rainier 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 4.2L I6 4-speed automatic RWD

77200 mi

US $850
AWD inoperable. Replaced output shaft and carrier bearing 
63500 mi

US $10
Transmission cooling lines rotted, repaired & refill fluid. 
83000 mi

US $2200
Front differential failed. Replaced with used unit. 

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2004 Buick Rainier 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 4.2L I6 4-speed automatic AWD

81000 mi

US $1200
REPLACED ALL TRANSFERED CASE SEALS. WHERE LEAKING. $75 FOR REPAIR REPLACED REAR AXLE ASSEMBLY. GEARS BROKE. GOT USED ONE FOR $200 
87300 mi

US $400
REPLACED TRANSMISSION LINES REPLACED BOOTS, SEALS, FRONT DRIVE AXLES 
91000 mi removed both Front Differential axles to make from AWD to 2WD. Already had Front Differential fixed twice. Was not spending another $2000. Works fine and getting about 40 more miles to a tank of gas. Parts removed not replaced. 

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2004 Buick Rainier Transmission Problems

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