The GMC Envoy is a mid-size SUV, produced by General Motors. It was introduced for the 1998 model year. After the first generation Envoy was discontinued after the 2000 model year, but the Envoy was reintroduced and redesigned for the 2002 model year, it was available in the GMC line of vehicles from the 2002 to 2009 model years; the Envoy nameplate had used by GM in Canada during the 1960s, sold only at Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealers. The Envoy first hit dealers' lots in 1997 as a 1998 model and was discontinued after the 2000 model-year, it is similar to the Chevrolet Blazer 4-door, the GMC Jimmy 4-door, the Oldsmobile Bravada, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The Envoy was discontinued after the 2000 model year and was reintroduced and redesigned to replace the Jimmy as GMC's new midsize SUV in 2002; the Bravada was redesigned for 2002 and the TrailBlazer was redesigned for 2002 as well. The Blazer 4-door and the Jimmy 4-door were both discontinued after the 2004 model year and the Blazer 2-door and the Jimmy 2-door were both discontinued after the 2001 model year.
Most of the S-10 and Sonoma trucks which share the same chassis were being discontinued during the 2003, 2004 model years. So both the Jimmy 2-door and the Jimmy 4-door were both discontinued after the 2001 model-year in the United States & Mexico, after the 2005 model-year in Canada; the Envoy had many extra features not available on the regular Jimmy 4-door including: a remote trunk release, heated driver's and passenger's seats in the front seat for both the driver and passenger, as well as a Bose sound system. Optional features included: a power sunroof, a panic alarm, an anti-theft system, a power front driver & passenger seat; the 1998-2000 GMC Envoy had a four-wheel ABS braking system standard as well as standard front driver and passenger airbags. However, the Envoy received a Poor rating in the IIHS frontal offset crash test. Envoy replaced the Jimmy name in GMC's lineup in early 2001 for the 2002 model-year. While it still shared a platform with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the exterior styling is different.
The interior, has a more premium appearance. The SLT trim with DVD entertainment; the Vortec 4200 straight-6 engine was rated at 270 hp and 275 lb⋅ft. This smooth, efficient inline 6 engine was duty tested at WOT for 300k miles before being approved for production 3 years before production started in 2002. Hydroformed and a boxed frame encompasses the GMT-360 platform and it employs either an AWD or a 4x4 Shift On-Demand electrically actuated system with 2hi, A4wd, 4hi, a 2.69:1 4lo reduction ratio. Owners can opt for the automatic rear locking Eaton differential or a standard rear Posi-trac LSD; the venerable 4L60e routes power to the back with rear differential gears varying from 3.23-3.42-3.73-4.10. Twintube Bilstein shock absorbers dampen the IFS up front and the 5-link coil sprung rear solid axle or opt for GM's Auto-ride air suspension. While the 2003 model received a small boost to 275 hp; this rating grew to 291 hp for the 2006 model year with a redesign of the Vortec 4200. All models in the line-up have 4-wheel disc brakes.
A Displacement on Demand 5.3 L V8 was optional only on the Envoy Denali beginning in 2005. The articulating headrests were discontinued, made no longer available beginning for the 2003 model year for both the Envoy and the Envoy XL. Throughout its production run, the Envoy was available in three different trim levels: The base SLE trim level was produced from 2002-2009, included a plentiful amount of standard equipment, including full power equipment, keyless entry, cloth seating surfaces, an A/M-F/M stereo with single-disc CD player, a four-speaker audio system, OnStar, aluminum-alloy wheels, a full-size spare tire with black-painted steel spare wheel, a 65/35 split-folding rear bench seat, Driver Information Center, faux carbon fiber interior trim panels, a cruise control, a dual-zone, manual climate control system, the 4.2L Vortec Inline Six-Cylinder gasoline engine, a four-speed automatic transmission. Optional features included an in-dash, six-disc CD changer, a Bose six-speaker premium amplified audio system, a rear DVD entertainment system by Panasonic, a security system, polished aluminum-alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, dual heated front bucket seats, a power moonroof.
The uplevel SLT trim level, available from 2002-2009, added extra luxury and convenience features to the base SLE trim, including a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, a Bose six-speaker premium amplified audio system, OnStar, polished aluminum-alloy wheels, luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, dual heated front bucket seats, faux wood interior trim panels, a universal garage door opener system with a travel note recorder, a dual-zone, automatic climate control system, a driver's memory system for driver's seat and radio preset settings. Optional features included an in-dash, touchscreen GPS navigation system, a rear DVD entertainment system by Panasonic, a power moonroof; the top-of-the-line Denali trim level, available from 2005-2008, was the most luxurious trim level of the Envoy, adding additional luxury features to the luxurious SLT trim. Additional features included additional faux wood interior trim accents, a two-tone, luxury leather-trimmed interior, a'Denali' emblem for the steering wheel, the 5.3L Vortec V8 gasoline engine, a power single-pane moonroof, unique chrome-plated aluminum-alloy wheels, satellite radio, a chrome mesh front upper grille.
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A pickup truck is a light-duty truck having an enclosed cab and an open cargo area with low sides and tailgate. Once a work tool with few creature comforts, in the 1950s, consumers began purchasing pickups for lifestyle reasons, by the 1990s, less than 15% of owners reported use in work as the pickup truck's primary purpose. Today in North America, the pickup is used like a passenger car and accounts for about 18% of total vehicles sold in the United States. Full-sized pickups and SUVs are an important source of revenue for GM, FCA's Ram, accounting for more than two-thirds of their global pretax earnings, though the vehicles make up just 16% of North American vehicle production; the vehicles have a high profit margin and a high price, with 40% of Ford F-150s selling for US$40,000 or more. The term pickup is of unknown origin, it was used by Studebaker in 1913 and by the 1930s, "pick-up" had become the standard term. In Australia and New Zealand, "ute", short for utility vehicle, is used for both pickups and coupé utilities.
In South Africa, people of all language groups use the term bakkie, a diminutive of bak, Afrikaans for bowl/container, due to the cargo area's similarities with a bowl. In the early days of automobile manufacturing, vehicles were sold as a chassis only, third parties added bodies on top. In 1913, the Galion Allsteel Body Company, an early developer of the pickup and dump truck and installed hauling boxes on modified Ford Model T chassis, from 1917 on the Model TT. Seeking part of this market share, Dodge introduced a 3/4-ton pickup with cab and body constructed of wood in 1924. In 1925, Ford followed up with a Model T-based, steel-bodied, half-ton with an adjustable tailgate and heavy-duty rear springs. Billed as the "Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body", it sold for US$281. In 1928, it was replaced by the Model A which had a closed-cab, safety-glass windshield, roll-up side windows and three-speed transmission. In 1931, Chevrolet produced its first factory-assembled pickup. Ford Australia produced the first Australian "ute" in 1932.
During the Second World War, the United States government halted the production of owned pickup trucks. In the 1950s, consumers began purchasing pickups for lifestyle rather than utilitarian reasons. Car-like, smooth-sided, fenderless trucks were introduced, such as the Chevrolet Fleetside, the Chevrolet El Camino, the Dodge Sweptline, in 1957, Ford's purpose-built Styleside. Pickups began to feature comfort items such as air conditioning. Trucks became more passenger oriented with the introduction of crew cabs in the Toyota Stout and the Hino Briska, was introduced in 1962. Dodge followed with a crew cab in 1963, Ford in 1965, General Motors in 1973. In 1963, the U. S. chicken tax directly curtailed the import of the Volkswagen Type 2, distorting the market in favor of American manufacturers. The tariff directly affected any country seeking to bring light trucks into the U. S. and "squeezed smaller Asian truck companies out of the American pickup market." Over the intervening years, Detroit lobbied to protect the light-truck tariff, thereby reducing pressure on Detroit to introduce vehicles that polluted less and that offered increased fuel economy.
The US government's 1973 Corporate Average Fuel Economy policy sets higher fuel-economy requirements for cars than pickups. CAFE led to the replacement of the station wagon by the minivan, the latter being in the truck category, which allowed it compliance with less-strict emissions standards; this same idea led to the promotion of sport utility vehicles. Pickups, unhindered by the emissions controls regulations on cars, began to replace muscle cars as the performance vehicle of choice; the Dodge Warlock appeared in Dodge's "adult toys" line, along with the Macho Power Wagon and Street Van. The gas guzzler tax, which taxed fuel-inefficient cars while exempting pickup trucks, further distorted the market in favor of pickups. In the 1980s, the compact Mazda B-series, Isuzu Faster, Mitsubishi Forte appeared. Subsequently, American manufacturers built their own compact pickups for the domestic market: the Ford Ranger, the Chevrolet S-10. Minivans make inroads into the pickups' market share. In the 1990s, pickups' market share was further eroded by the popularity of SUVs.
While the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States since 1982, the Ford F-150, or indeed any full-sized pickup truck, is a rare sight in Europe, where high fuel prices and narrow city roads make it difficult to use daily. In America, pickups are favored by a cultural attachment to the style, low fuel prices, taxes and regulations that distort the market in favor of domestically built trucks; as of 2016, the IRS offers tax breaks for "any vehicle equipped with a cargo area... of at least six feet in interior length, not accessible from the passenger compartment". In Europe, pickups represent less than 1% of light vehicles sold, the most popular being the Ford Ranger with 27,300 units sold in 2015. Other models include the Renault Alaskan, the Toyota Hilux; the NOx law and other differing regulations prevent pickups from being imported to Japan, but the Japanese Domestic Market Mitsubishi Triton was available for a limited time. The most-recent pickup truck on sale in Japan is Toyota Hilux.
In China the Great Wall Wingle is exported to Australia. In Thailand pickups manufactured for local sale and export include the Isuzu D-Max and the Mitsubishi Triton. In Latin and South America, the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, VW Amarok, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet S-10, Chevrolet D-20, Chevrolet Montana are sold. In S
An engine or motor is a machine designed to convert one form of energy into mechanical energy. Heat engines, like the internal combustion engine, burn a fuel to create heat, used to do work. Electric motors convert electrical energy into mechanical motion, pneumatic motors use compressed air, clockwork motors in wind-up toys use elastic energy. In biological systems, molecular motors, like myosins in muscles, use chemical energy to create forces and motion; the word engine derives from Old French engin, from the Latin ingenium–the root of the word ingenious. Pre-industrial weapons of war, such as catapults and battering rams, were called siege engines, knowledge of how to construct them was treated as a military secret; the word gin, as in cotton gin, is short for engine. Most mechanical devices invented during the industrial revolution were described as engines—the steam engine being a notable example. However, the original steam engines, such as those by Thomas Savery, were not mechanical engines but pumps.
In this manner, a fire engine in its original form was a water pump, with the engine being transported to the fire by horses. In modern usage, the term engine describes devices, like steam engines and internal combustion engines, that burn or otherwise consume fuel to perform mechanical work by exerting a torque or linear force. Devices converting heat energy into motion are referred to as engines. Examples of engines which exert a torque include the familiar automobile gasoline and diesel engines, as well as turboshafts. Examples of engines which produce thrust include rockets; when the internal combustion engine was invented, the term motor was used to distinguish it from the steam engine—which was in wide use at the time, powering locomotives and other vehicles such as steam rollers. The term motor derives from the Latin verb moto which means to maintain motion, thus a motor is a device. Motor and engine are interchangeable in standard English. In some engineering jargons, the two words have different meanings, in which engine is a device that burns or otherwise consumes fuel, changing its chemical composition, a motor is a device driven by electricity, air, or hydraulic pressure, which does not change the chemical composition of its energy source.
However, rocketry uses the term rocket motor though they consume fuel. A heat engine may serve as a prime mover—a component that transforms the flow or changes in pressure of a fluid into mechanical energy. An automobile powered by an internal combustion engine may make use of various motors and pumps, but all such devices derive their power from the engine. Another way of looking at it is that a motor receives power from an external source, converts it into mechanical energy, while an engine creates power from pressure. Simple machines, such as the club and oar, are prehistoric. More complex engines using human power, animal power, water power, wind power and steam power date back to antiquity. Human power was focused by the use of simple engines, such as the capstan, windlass or treadmill, with ropes and block and tackle arrangements; these were used in cranes and aboard ships in Ancient Greece, as well as in mines, water pumps and siege engines in Ancient Rome. The writers of those times, including Vitruvius and Pliny the Elder, treat these engines as commonplace, so their invention may be more ancient.
By the 1st century AD, cattle and horses were used in mills, driving machines similar to those powered by humans in earlier times. According to Strabo, a water powered mill was built in Kaberia of the kingdom of Mithridates during the 1st century BC. Use of water wheels in mills spread throughout the Roman Empire over the next few centuries; some were quite complex, with aqueducts and sluices to maintain and channel the water, along with systems of gears, or toothed-wheels made of wood and metal to regulate the speed of rotation. More sophisticated small devices, such as the Antikythera Mechanism used complex trains of gears and dials to act as calendars or predict astronomical events. In a poem by Ausonius in the 4th century AD, he mentions a stone-cutting saw powered by water. Hero of Alexandria is credited with many such wind and steam powered machines in the 1st century AD, including the Aeolipile and the vending machine these machines were associated with worship, such as animated altars and automated temple doors.
Medieval Muslim engineers employed gears in mills and water-raising machines, used dams as a source of water power to provide additional power to watermills and water-raising machines. In the medieval Islamic world, such advances made it possible to mechanize many industrial tasks carried out by manual labour. In 1206, al-Jazari employed a crank-conrod system for two of his water-raising machines. A rudimentary steam turbine device was described by Taqi al-Din in 1551 and by Giovanni Branca in 1629. In the 13th century, the solid rocket motor was invented in China. Driven by gunpowder, this simplest form of internal combustion engine was unable to deliver sustained power, but was useful for propelling weaponry at high speeds towards enemies in battle and for fireworks. After invention, this innovation spread throughout Europe; the Watt steam engine was the first type of steam engine to make use of steam at a pressure just above atmospheric to drive the piston he
American Specialty Cars
American Specialty Cars was an automobile supplier of engineered and designed roof systems, body systems and other specialty-vehicle systems for the world’s automakers. The company was headquartered in Warren, Michigan, in the United States and was one of several coach convertible builders. ASC sold assets to its Creative Services division in late 2016 to Roush Industries. In late June 2017, ASC ceased operations, laying off all staff and had tooling and production equipment removed from the manufacturing plant in Lexington, Kentucky; the company was founded by Heinz Prechter in Los Angeles, California as the American Sunroof Company in 1965. The company soon expanded its operations into Detroit by 1967; the company first supplied OEM services for the Ford Motor Company's 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7. In the industry, ASC became well known for converting standard coupe automobiles into convertibles on an OEM basis; the company engineers convertible tops for automakers to build themselves. Other original-equipment firsts for ASC include the powered sunroof.
The company changed its name from American Sunroof Company, in 2004, to highlight its new corporate focus on being a complete specialty-vehicle development partner for the world’s automakers. All employees ceased operations. Major manufacturing operations were sourced to other suppliers Toyota and FCA shutting down production operations. ASC Jeep JL Bag Components ASC Toyota Tacoma Tonneau ASC RAM Tonneau ASC / MV-1 Ramp Systems ASC / Jeep Sky Slider ASC Cosmos ASC TriLite ASC Diamondback ASC-Suzuki Wave Chrysler 300C Helios Toyota Camry Solara Convertible Ford Saleen Mustang "Sky Vu" ASC McLaren Capri ASC McLaren Mustang two-seater Ford EXP BMW Z3 (OEM Convertible "Topstack" supplier to BMW SC plant BMW Z4 Buick GNX Buick Reatta Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet Cavalier Chevrolet SSR Chrysler Cordoba LS Chrysler Executive Dodge Dakota Dodge Mirada CMX Dodge Shadow Infiniti M Mercury Cougar XR7-G Mercury Motorsport Capri - body modifications Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Nissan 240SX Nissan 300ZX Pontiac Firebird Pontiac Grand Am SC/T Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo Grand Prix Pontiac Sunbird Pontiac Sunfire Porsche 944 Convertible Porsche 968 Convertible Saab 900 Rover 800 coupe convertible prototype 1989-1990 Toyota Celica Toyota Paseo Victress Car Company Supplier offers some sunny concepts ASC Incorporated.
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The Isuzu Ascender is a midsize SUV built by General Motors for Isuzu. The 7-passenger Ascender was introduced for the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Isuzu Trooper; the 5-passenger Ascender was introduced for the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Isuzu Rodeo and the Isuzu Axiom. The Isuzu Ascender was never sold in Canada because Isuzu had withdrawn from the Canadian market in 2002; the Ascender is the only one of the six mid-size SUVs, not a GM-branded. The Ascender LWB was dropped after the 2006 model year. Reviews warned of a thin dealer network for warranty repairs, the Kelley Blue Book projected a low resale value similar to the TrailBlazer. However, Isuzu offers a seven-year/75,000-mile powertrain warranty, substantial factory incentives; the Ascender ended production on June 6, 2008, as part of Isuzu's withdrawal from the United States market. The Ascender were both replaced based on the GM Theta platform. 7-passenger versions of both SUVs were indirectly replaced by the GMC Acadia in 2007, based on the GM Lambda platform.
Engines: 2003–2008 4200 4.2 L LL8 I6 2003–2004 5300 5.3 L LM4 V8 2005–2007 5300 5.3 L LH6 V8 with Displacement on Demand In 2012, General Motors and Isuzu recalled more than 258,000 SUVs in the U. S. and Canada to fix door-lock switches that could cause fires. The recall covered Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years; the SUVs were sold or registered in the United States including Hawaii and Alaska and Canada as well. General Motors announced the recall of 316,357 vehicles in late 2014 in North America, to fix malfunctioning headlights. According to the company, a problem in the headlamp driver module could have led to temporary or permanent malfunctioning of the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps; this increased the possibility of an accident. However, the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals and fog lamps are not affected by the issue; the vehicles that were covered under the recall are the 2006–2009 Buick LaCrosse sedans.
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The Oldsmobile Bravada is a front-engine, five-door mid-size SUV manufactured and marketed by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors — across three generations and as a rebadged variant of the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy. It was the only SUV marketed by Oldsmobile; the first generation and second-generation used the GMT330 platform, the third generation used the GMT360 platform. The third generation was the only version offered in Canada; the 1991 Bravada was an upscale version of the then-new 4-door S-Blazer/Jimmy. It was the first truck-based vehicle offered by Oldsmobile since the 1920s, at that time was a United States-only vehicle. Unlike its siblings, the Bravada was only offered with "Smart Trak" all-wheel drive, power equipment, body-colored bumpers and exterior trim, the 4.3 L W-code engine. At the heart of Smart Trak system was the Borg Warner 4472 transfer case, offering 65% rear and 35% front torque with more to the front when it slips. Anti-lock brakes and remote keyless entry were standard.
The 4.3 L V6 engine got a horsepower boost to 200 for 1992. For'92, the Bravada's instrument panel was modified to differ from its siblings. 1993 saw the addition of an overhead console with compass and reading lights. An optional Gold package with gold exterior badging and special gold aluminum wheels was new for'93; this version was produced through 1994. 1991 - 4.3 L LB4 V6, TBI, 160 hp /230 lb·ft 1992–1994 - 4.3 L L35 Vortec 4300 V6, CPFI, 200 hp The first generation Bravada with the 160 hp engine averaged United States Environmental Protection Agency city/highway 17 miles per US gallon /22 miles per US gallon. The second generation with the 200 hp engine averaged 16 miles per US gallon /21 miles per US gallon; the Bravada was refreshed than its platform mates, with no 1995 models produced. The 1996 and 1997 models' body featured more rounded lines than their predecessor; this generation Bravada could be distinguished from the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy by its Oldsmobile-styled body-colored split grille, premium alloy wheels, lower bodyside cladding.
Standard fare including daytime running lamps. The interior styling was more appealing to the eye with less ridges and squares, much like the exterior. In keeping with its premium image, the Bravada's interior was modified and upgraded, to differ from its Chevrolet/GMC siblings; the front bucket seats were similar to those found on the Aurora. Other interior features included standard leather seating, woodgrain trim, its unique center console with a leather-wrapped console shifter. In 1997, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes became the rear spoiler was deleted; as with the previous generation, the Oldsmobile Bravada was available only in 4-door, 5-passenger configuration. Another refreshening occurred in 1998; the "Smart Trak" system now featured the computer controlled NP-136 transfer case, which works more like a traction control. The Bravada was now run RWD in normal operations and only when wheel slip is detected does the "Smart Trak" kick into AWD. A revised interior including dual airbags, heated seats, a new front fascia which included the new Aurora inspired Oldsmobile logo.
OnStar was available in 1999 as a cell phone unit becoming integrated into the rearview mirror in 2001 with available features like hands-free calling and virtual advisor. A Bose sound system was added for 1999 and the fuel injection was updated in 2000, though output remained the same. A new two-tone exterior dubbed the Platinum Edition was made available in 2000; this generation was phased out in 2001 to make way for the new GMT360 Bravada. 1996–2001 - 4.3 L L35 Vortec 4300 V6, SCPI, 191 hp with single exhaust The second generation Bravada EPA city/highway averaged 16 miles per US gallon /21 miles per US gallon. The new 2002 Bravada hit showrooms in February 2001; the third generation Bravada holds the distinction of being both the first GMT360 truck introduced, as well as the last new Oldsmobile model. Like the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, it used the new 270 hp Atlas I6 engine. Rear-wheel drive was available for the first time as well, making this the first rear wheel drive Oldsmobile since the 1992 Custom Cruiser.
The Bravada entered Canada at this time. This was the first Oldsmobile with a straight-6 engine since the Omega of 1976, the only GMT360 not to offer a V8 engine option. Production of the Bravada ended with the demise of the Oldsmobile marque in 2004; the last 500 Bravadas were produced as "Final 500" special editions, each featuring custom seat embroidering and exterior badging inspired by vintage Oldsmobile logos, dark cherry metallic paint, unique chrome alloy wheels, a medallion featuring that particular Bravada's production number, ranging from 1 to 500. The last Bravada, the number 500, rolled off the assembly line on January 12, 2004; the closing of the last factory that manufactured the trucks was the subject of an emotional 2009 HBO documentary - “The Last Truck: Closing of a G. M. Plant”; the Bravada bodyshell was continued by its joint replacements, the 2004-2007 Buick Rainier and the 2005-2009 Saab 9-7X - the latter of which remained in production until December 2008. 2002–2004 LL8 4.2 L I6, 270 hp The third generation Bravada EPA city/highway averaged 15 miles per US
The Buick Rainier was a midsize SUV, manufactured by General Motors and marketed by Buick for model years 2004-2007, replacing the Oldsmobile Bravada. The Rainier was introduced on July 28, 2003 for model year 2004 year, in a 5-door, 5-passenger configuration, yet was one of only five GMT360 SUVs to offer a V8 engine — along with the GMC Envoy Denali, Isuzu Ascender EXT, Saab 9-7X 5.3i and Aero, Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT and SS. Both rear and all-wheel drive models were offered. An upscale CXL trim added XM Satellite Radio. For the 2004 model year only, there was a CXL Plus trim level with a touchscreen navigation system. Buick debuted the QuietTuning sound insulation on the Rainier, where a vehicle's sound dampening featured triple door seals, acoustic laminate glass, thicker sound-absorbing pads on the hood and firewall; the Rainier was discontinued after the 2007 model year and was replaced by the Buick Enclave in 2008. GM would end production of the related Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Saab 9-7X after the 2009 model year.
The last of those three, a white GMC Envoy rolled off the line on December 23, 2008, when the Moraine plant closed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2004 Rainier an overall Marginal score for front impacts while the 2005 and newer models are given an Acceptable score. In side impacts the Rainier was given an overall Marginal score with side airbags present. 2004–2007 LL8 4.2 L I6 2004–2007 5300 5.3 L V8 The Rainier is available in two trim levels: CXL and CXL Plus The Rainier comes with an optional 5300 V8 with 290 horsepower The Rainier comes standard with the 4.2L I6 with 275 Horsepower Rainier has a new 5.3L V8 with 300 Horsepower Rainier's interior was updated including: a wood steering wheel, Chrome Buick Logo, Chrome Shift Handle and parking brake button, Black Gauges with a new font and the addition of chrome trim rings as well chrome A/C vent sliders and the A/C vent sliders have been rubberized CXL plus trim level is removed Rainier removes 2 Colors: Indigo Blue, Augusta Green Rainier adds 2 Colors Titanium Metallic, Deep Sapphire Metallic New 4200 Sfi I6 Produces 291 Horsepower New Front fascia New Displacement On Demand Technology Deactivates 1/2 The Cylinders On the V8 Rainier now comes standard With Stabilitrak Control System with built-in Traction Control Standard Chrome Luggage Side Rails New Chrome Door Handle Rear License Plate Pocket And Liftgate Handle now body-color 2 New Exterior Colors Dark Garnet Metallic And Red Jewel Tintcoat New Standard Auto Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror With 8-Point Compass New, Flatter window and heated seat controls Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System Midnight Blue Metallic And Graphite Metallic Replace Carbon Metallic And Sapphire Metallic Last Year for the Buick Rainier New Vortec 5.3 L V8 With Active Fuel Technology With 302 Horsepower In 2012, General Motors had recalled more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.
S. And Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches; the recall covered Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7X SUVs from the 2006 to the 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U. S. states, Washington, D. C. and in Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter