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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,926 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 012013


  • 125,000 miles


It is difficult to pinpoint the first occurrence. Approximately 1 year ago, my wife mentioned that her 2005 Uplander would stall at random times while she was driving. She said there seemed to be no pattern to when it would happen except she was always moving and after stopping it would always restart. We took it to a mechanic who found now issues with the car. I started driving it and never had a problem, until the day I realized that all you had to do was tap the key and it would turn off. I put my wife's keys in and slightly touched her key chain and it turned right off. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Then I read about the GM recall on key cylinders for all these cars built around the same time as mine. I contacted GM and they told me our car didn't qualify for the recall. I then read a recent article stating that our Uplander has one of the recalled cylinders but they deemed it "safe" in our car. Safe is completely inaccurate. Any vehicle that is showing this problem should be fixed at GM's expense.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 062014

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 28,632 miles
The check engine light came on and driveability was affected; reduced acceleration and reduced gas mileage, code 0404. Our technician found that the electrical contacts in the egr valve had failed. Since GM does not produce the replacement parts for this model, a newer egr valve, harness and computer reprogramming was necessary. The GM dealer and Chevy customer service refused to help under our warranty coverage since we were out of the emissions time limit. Our tech indicated that GM has had serious egr valve failures and refuses to acknowledge this design defect except with an obscure tech bulletin. Repairs cost upwards of 800 dollars.

- Crownsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 052010


  • miles
My van will cut off while sitting still in park and also when I try to crank it sometimes it won't crank and then if it does it will cut back off.

- Mount Olive, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 272010


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly stalled she was driving 35 mph without any warning. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 108,000.

- Wagram, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 072007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The transmission failed at 11,000 miles. The mechanic repaired it instead of replacing, it and it continued to leak. The dealer replaced the transmission, and the new one from the manufacturer was also leaking. The vehicle was in the repair shop for 16 days, and the new transmission had to be resealed. When starting the vehicle the ignition was sticking in the start mode for 2 minutes after releasing the key. The passenger automatic sliding door did not latch shut, no warning indicator light appeared nor did it register with onstar as the door was being un latched. When attempting to open the door it will not open because the latch did not engage. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact was concerned about the safety risk involved. The contact filed a complaint with the BBB, and spoken to GM about all of the failures. The gear shiftws very difficult to move from park to reverse. All of the above listed failures occurred frequently. The most recent was the door and the starter. The starter failure occurred 15 to 20 times. The gear shift failed every time the vehicle was driven. The door failed 20 times. The current and failure mileage was 13,000. The engine would crank, but it wouldn't start, the drivers heated seat was inoperative, there was an oil leak from the crankshaft seal, the power sliding door was inoperative. Updated 03/30/07.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

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