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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,358 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 062015


  • 104,430 miles


While my wife was driving to work, and without any sort of issue to provoke it, the ignition came out of the run or on position, causing the vehicle to abruptly shut off. I did some research and found that this was the same ignition as all the other vehicles that have been recalled, yet this one was not on the list. Luckily she had her wits about her and pulled into the center turn lane. But the issue persisted, generally only when trying to start the vehicle or when shifting the vehicle into different gears (park, reverse, drive, etc.). it cost me $312 to fix this issue between parts and labor

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 012014


  • 98,000 miles
Transmission has shifted hard occasionally. Now the transmission when shifting from first to second delays the shift almost as if it is in neutral. Eventually it finds seconds and continues driving fine. Chevy dealer says "everything is within specs" but to replace the "possible problem" part it is $2000 plus. I have read hundreds of other complains about the same issues. However no recall to be seen.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #2

May 202012

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
A driver parked her vehicle such that the rear of her vehicle was facing downhill. She thought she placed the vehicle in park and turned the ignition off. She left the key in the ignition and began to clean the interior of the vehicle from the front passenger side. Her two year old son was standing on the drivers seat. While she was cleaning the interior, she heard a click and the vehicle began to roll backwards. She was unable to stop the vehicle from rolling backwards. She was injured by stationary objects located outside and along the path of the moving vehicle. A review of the operation of the gear shift lever found the following: In this vehicle, it was possible to position the gear shift lever between the park and reverse positions. In this intermediate position, the gear shift lever engaged the parking pawl in the transmission system which prevented the vehicle from moving. However, the gear shift lever was not locked in position, and the lever was movable. A force was necessary to overcome the resistance holding the lever in the intermediate position. The force could have been caused by lever contact or vehicle jostling. The lever moved, and the parking pawl released the wheels allowing the vehicle to move. In normal park mode, the operator may place the gear shift lever in park and the lever will lock. In order to take the vehicle out of park, the ignition key needs to be in either the accessory or run position and the brake pedal must be depressed. A driver may then move the unlocked gear shift lever out of park. The vehicle cannot be taken out of park without first intentionally depressing the brake pedal. It was possible to bypass this process in this vehicle. The gear shift lever could be placed in an intermediate position between park and reverse where the wheels were locked, but the lever was not locked.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202009


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. He stated that intermittently the brakes and traction control activated; which caused the engine to shut off. He was able to restart the vehicle and resume normal operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired six times; however, the repairs have not remedied the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 68,000.

- Beaver Creek, OH, USA

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