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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
77,794 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. replace transmission (2 reports)
2005 Chevrolet Uplander transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles


Bought used with 113,000 miles on it. It was a nice ride for a couple of years with no problems. Now at 134,000 miles the transmission is slipping. Especially after a stop the transition from 1st gear to 2nd hesitates and the RPMs will rev up to 3 or 4 then finally it will jump to 2nd gear. The pause can be anywhere from 3 seconds up to 10 seconds. Brought it in and sure enough the transmission fluid is burnt.

- , Superior, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 012014

Uplander V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

I have had a problem with the transmission shifting into second gear for a few months. I have to accelerate so slow just to have it shift into gear. If I try to accelerate at a normal pace the RPM's just rev up and I have to let off the gas and give it five seconds to shift. Not only is this inconvenient, but with two teenagers learning to drive it is horrible to try to explain how to learn to drive with this problem. I really hope there is a recall because I was told that I can have the transmission flushed but it may ruin the transmission and they won't know until they look at it.

- , Greeneville, TN, USA

problem #7

Sep 112013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Every time I stop at a stoplight or stop sign and start to go my transmission gets really bad. Just last month it's gotten really bad now we are down to one vehicle because it's not safe to drive. That sucks because we have two kids and I need a car to take them to school and activities and my husband needs a car for work which is 40 mins away from our house.

- , Freeport, PA, USA

problem #6

May 142011

Uplander OHV 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,274 miles


Chev seems to be very aware of the problem. That's probably why they stop making them :(

- , Brampton, Ontario, canada

problem #5

Sep 302010

Uplander LT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,123 miles

THIS VAN!!! Im gettin sick of fixing the problem when It won't fix! This van has soo many problem on it, but i put the most annoying problem as my complaint (transmission slipping). Chev uplander 2005 should be on a damn recall list! I pray to God everytime i drive it that i get to my destination and back home again. Grrrr!!! so far we are trying everything, and nothing seems to be fix. I HOPE THEY RECALL THIS VAN!!! Too many problems, not just for me, but for many!

- , Elsipogtog, NB, canada

problem #4

May 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

The transmission is notably going to fail. It makes noise similar to a Manual Transmission when accelerating. (It is also similar to power steering noise when needing fluid ~ no, the power steering has been checked and is fine) I checked the transmission fluid, it is Clean and at the Correct Level. There isn't any logical reason for transmission issues. This is just a continuation of a problem that was notable from early on. The transmission has also not shifted correctly into gear on occasion.

- , Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


It was not completely in gear (when it should've been) and jerked (slipped) into gear. It's been an on going problem that has progressively gotten worse. This vehicle has had Major wiring issues and sensor problems. I am shocked, as I expected more from a Chevy.

- , Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 012006

Uplander LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles

When van has been driven (warmed-up) and have to accelerate quickly into traffic, the transmission jerks really hard between first and second gear along with making a huge clunking noise. There have been times I literally thought I'd dropped the tranny on the road! I've been very careful to try to keep this from happening, waiting tremendous amounts of time before pulling out into traffic. Sometimes it can't be helped.

- , Rockport, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 272007

(reported on)

Uplander LS 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,748 miles

Transmission slips, when shifting and when driving, major issue. Dealers says it is within specs. The transmission has poor shifting qualities. My neighbor has he same Van and his is much better then mine. Chev made very little attempt to fix it right. Also, the transmission whines at low speeds.

- , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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