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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,440 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jan 052007


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated the driver and passenger side sliding doors continue opening when the vehicle was shut off. She also experienced vibration in the steering wheel. The dealer is currently repairing the vehicle. The manufacturer was unable to offer any assistance. The failure has occurred intermittently. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #26

Jan 102006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,776 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. Shortly after the vehicle was purchased, the rear passenger side door opens and/or cracks partially. The dealer stated that the door latch does not fully release; therefore, they replaced the actuator. The failure recurred after the repair was performed and has worsened. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 27,776 and current mileage was 27,876.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #25

Jan 102008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet up lander. While driving (mph unknown) the rear door opened without warning. The dealer stated that the BCM could have caused the failure. They repaired the BCM; however, the failure continued to occur. The dealer stated the connectors needed to be cleaned. They cleaned the connectors; however, the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 43,000 and current mileage was 46,000.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 282007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,573 miles


The rear sliding door on the drivers side opens when vehicle is parked and engine is off. It also opens when I enter the drivers side as I close the drivers door. Yesterday it opened about 4 times within seconds before I finally got it to stop. If I leave the vehicle in the garage unlocked it will open sometime later after I have gone into the house. The only way I can keep it from opening is to make sure it is locked. I am afraid it is going to open while I am in motion.

- Clatskanie, OR, USA

problem #23

Feb 012007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
One day I got into my vehicle and the driver side rear sliding door wouldn't latch all of the way. After about 10 attempts to get the door to latch completely, it finally did. But while on the road, I heard the warning sound letting me know that my driver side rear sliding door was ajar. The door didn't completely open, but was cracked as I was driving. I had taken my vehicle to get another repair done under warranty and I asked them if they could fix the sliding door problem as well. They had decided that it was the seals and replaced all of them, but the problem has occurred since then and now my warranty has expired and I don't know why this is still occurring.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

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problem #22

Oct 122007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Since purchasing this vehicle in January of 2006 we have been required to make extensive repairs on an on going basis. The vehicle has to be aligned & balanced almost monthly which has resulted in us replacing the tires on 3 different occasions. The brakes have been replaced twice and the rotors have been turned twice in the past year. The most recent incident occurred 3 wks ago when my wife was driving home on a 55 mph 2 lane road when suddenly the check engine & check oil light came on. The vehicle just stopped. Upon towing it to a local auto repair shop we were informed the timing belt broke which warped the cam shaft. GM would do nothing until we towed it again, this time to a GM dealership. The vehicle was found to have extensive problems from the engine, to the timing belt, camp shaft, pistons, plugs and much more.

- Valley Falls, KS, USA

problem #21

Oct 172007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I would like to make a report about my Chevy Uplander. I have taken my vehicle at least 5 times to the GM dealer about my automatic sliding doors being fixed. I can lock the doors and go into a store and come out and the door will be wide open. I will close the doors and it will close and then it will ding and open back up. Recently we went on a trip to orlando, fl. And we stopped to use the restroom when we came back out the door would not close. My husband physically had to shut it and it wouldn't stop dinging. My husband called our dealership again and they sent us to a place in gainesville, fl. They told us it was a relay switch gone bad they unplugged it, our dealership asked if we would bring it back to them and they would fix it. When we brought it back they stated that all it was the keyless entry pad was not working. I don't want to be riding down the road with my 4 year old and 7 year and have my doors open and something happen to them. Please help!

- Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #20

Aug 152007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,043 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The sliding door on the rear driver side would not stay latched. The contact called the dealer and manufacturer and they stated that she was responsible for having the door repaired. The vehicle has been in the shop six times now for the latch failure and the door opening on its own. Each time the vehicle was retrieved from the dealer, they stated that it was repaired when it was not. When the button was pressed to close the door, it would begin to shut and an alarm would sound; however, it would not shut and flew open while driving. The instrument panel does not indicate that the door is ajar. The rear passenger side door is beginning to experience the same failure. Neither the weather nor the speed were factors. The current mileage was 51,800 and failure mileage was 49,043. The dealer stated the vehicle would not start, check brake condition, and humming noise left front hub area. Updated 12/12/07

- Stilwell, OK, USA

problem #19

Aug 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,231 miles
The right rear power sliding door on my 2006 Chevrolet Uplander will not shut properly. It will start to latch, then pop back open. It has also popped open while driving, causing me to have to pull over and attempt to close it.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 012007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both passenger sliding doors have malfunctioned on numerous times. Problems include failure to close properly. On one occasion the left passenger sliding door opened while driving through town. Other times the door will not open, may open but will not shut at all. The most common problem involves the sliding doors starting to close then stopping and opening back. Often several tries are needed to get the door closed. On other occasions the "beeping" alarm associated with the doors will go off and not stop for more than 10 minutes - even after the car has been turned off. The van has been in the shop about 9 or 10 times over the past year. Each time a different remedy is offered (replacing door latches, weather stripping, etc) to no avail. Now Chevrolet will not work on it unless the problem is presenting itself at the time we take it.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #17

Jul 012006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


The car intermittently tries to start the crank keeps turning but does not start. As well as I was traveling on freeway with a big rig on the side of me and the car stalled and steering locked. Thank god I managed to glide over to the exit lane. I was terrified as was my passenger. When I looked at the gauges I noticed I was out of gas, but I had just put in $20. Chevy sent out tow truck to give me gas, but car still would not start. Finally hours later car was taken to Chevy. When Uplander was finished they said it was electrical short due to water in lines. Weather was great no rain or puddles anywhere. Uplander almost stalled on another night lights dimmed and tires stopped, but then it worked fine. Strange very!!! driver side sliding door opens or shuts when it wants. My daughter was in her car seat and I pushed button to close door she put her foot up towards door and it shut and locked. Luckily her tennis shoes were a little big so only minor bruising occurred. However my daughter is terrified of car. Also I have already put 6 new tires on car because they were bald at 13,000 miles first time. Tires in front are bald again. Uplander is not stable to drive on highway.

- Lake View Terrace, CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the electronic sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle were closed and locked, but opened without force or prior warning. The contact stated that the doors were difficult to close once they were opened. The dealer stated that the failure was unidentifiable. The VIN, engine size, powertrain, and number of cylinders were unavailable. The current mileage was 20,000 and failure mileage was 7,000.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 022005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the power sliding door opens while the vehicle is being driven. The failure occurs while driving between 5 and 45 mph. The vehicle has been to the dealer three times while it was still under warranty. The dealer claims that the vehicle is repaired after each visit, but the failure continues to occur. Occasionally, the door opens by itself and when the button is pressed to close it, the door begins to close and then reopens. The current mileage was 43,000 and failure mileage was 2,000.

- Morrilton, AR, USA

problem #14

Jul 242007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have had several issues with the doors not closing and have taken the vehicle in several times. The service dept. Couldn't duplicate the problem. Apparently GM knows about the problem because the last time we were in there they told us there was an internal service bulletin about re-routing wires and possible module replacement, all of which was done to our vehicle. It is going back in again 7-27-07 for the same problem. Our Uplander also has a problem of the door locks rapidly locking and unlocking at various times while driving, and all of the lights will flicker and dim. One instance while driving at night all lights went out briefly and came back on, extremely dangerous! something has to be done. We live in Michigan, you'd think there wouldn't be a problem in the motor city.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #13

Dec 182005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 650 miles
Power sliding passenger door does not function properly. Erratic opening and closing causing van to say door is open when it is not. Door has opened on it's own when the vehicle was in motion; backing out of the driveway. Van currently not in use because door continuously inoperable.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 282007


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Uplander. Ordered directly from GM new. Automatic sliding doors inadvertently slide open, repeatedly close and re-open, oftentimes will not close at all, automatic system fails, most importantly, we were told when we bought the vehicle that it was made with a device that would prevent it from opening while driving. This is false - this door opens while the car is in motion!!!! I have repeatedly had the vehicle in for service regarding this problem and they continue to tell me that they cannot see where the failure is occurring, they say, "well, we've cleaned the sensors, lubed the track and it should be fine now". however it will continue to malfunction the minute I leave the service area.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 012005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the vehicle's doors open and close by themselves. The failure has occurred approximately three to four times since the vehicle was purchased. The dealer advised her to take an emory board and file the contacts down. On occasion, the open door indicator will chime when she shuts the doors. The contact must re-open and close the doors numerous times in order for the indicator to deactivate. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 36,000 and failure mileage was 15.

- Cassel Berry , FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 012005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Automatic door on 2005 Chevrolet Uplander malfunctionede. The door poppe D back open when closed. I have taken it in for repairs 3 times. Filed with with fl lemon law in June 06. The company reported to by attorney that itwas not a safety issue.

- Sanford , FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the automatic passenger side rear door opens on its own after it has been closed. She took the vehicle to the dealer, but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The current mileage is 16,000 and failure mileage was 12,000. The dealer did witness the problem. Updated 09/26/07

- Furn Park, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 082006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,084 miles
In purchasing the Uplander the salesman demonstrated the safety feature of the blocking of sliding side doors by sticking his arm in the path of the door (well before it shut) and the door stopping and retracting. In demonstrating this feature to my grandchildren I placed my hand in the way of the driver side sliding rear door and allowed it to close on my hand, the door did not retract and trapped me there with my hand in the door. It was painful to say the least and my grandchildren were the only ones that could push the button to open the door. I reported the mishap to the salesman at the Chevy dealers but nothing was ever done. The problem as I see it is that any small child trying to keep the door from closing would reach for the door and in doing so would place his hand in the door in the same position I was in when I demonstrated this "safety feature" to my grand children. This feature apparently works only when the door is sliding forward and not when it is closing.

- Ashland, KS, USA

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