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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,318 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Uplander steering problems

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2006 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

May 062008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 27,009 miles


Soon after the purchase of the van I had a problem with to much play in the steering and noise in the front end. I took it back to the dealer and they said they could not verify the problem, so we went back numerous times, finally in 4-20133 they replaced the steering shaft. It seem to be okay for a while but after driving about 2000 miles it was loose again. My warranty has ended so the dealer says I have to pay for another shaft. How many times should this be replaced to be considered safe" has anyone else had this complaint"

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #22

May 032010


  • 50,000 miles
Ignition switch will not start engine periodically...stuck in key switch. Have to start vehicle inbetween drive and neutral. Have to roll backwards in vehicle while trying to get gear in drive can only park with vehicle front end at upward slant or vehicle will not start at all. ABS light on and off all the time. Do not know if Uplander van is a Suburban or not, so not sure if on list provided on this form. This been going on for years, and I was told it was a known problem by others, but have not had the ability to get it fixed purchase vehicle in pinehurst North Carolina thank you

- West End, NC, USA

problem #21

Apr 092008


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the tires would require replacement every year. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to determine the cause of the recurring failure. The mechanic stated that the tie rod end needed to be replaced. The tire rod end was replaced however, the failure recurred two years later. The tie rod end was replaced a second time but to no avail. The tie rod end was consistently replaced every year over the course of four years. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Heuvelton, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 012006


  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, there was a loud clunking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The failure was recurring the vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed that the intermediate shaft, rack and pinion would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The repair was made three times but to no avail. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that they would be liable for the repairs if they found that the exact same repair was needed to correct the failure. The vehicle was inspected again and the dealer stated that the bushings were what needed to be replaced. The bushings were replaced however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure multiple times. The approximate failure mileage was 3000.

- Agusta, WI, USA

problem #19

Jun 102013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 89,900 miles
A deer ran across the road. In an effort to avoid a collision, my wife swerved but the vehicle began to spin around and she could not control it by counter steering. My wife struck a post sideway on driver side. The vehicle was declared a total lost by California insurance who has the vehicle.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #18

Jun 172012


  • 4,200 miles
I bought my Uplander at dealership milage was at 24,000. The door would open and not close we finally got this fixed I hope. Just yesterday at milage 45,000 we had to replace tie rod on passenger side. Found out that it did not have grease pin on it called manufactor and they say someone had to have replaced it. I do not believe it had ever been replaced and this is what is causing tire wear and vibrations in the Uplanders which also could cause accidents even deaths. Also when driving all lights will go off until you hit brakes I have had diagnotics checked to see if anything would show up. Nothing does. So this is a major concern also. There seems to be the same problems listed from almost everyone and some of these things could cost consumers their life or their families. While I like the Uplander I am concerned that the safety issues are not being handled by manufactor and no one seems to care. What will it take to make this vehicle safe.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 012011

Uplander 6-cyl

  • miles


This unit when steering input to the left makes a humming noise synonymous to the steering knuckle recall bulletin. When I took it to the dealer for diagnosis they asked for serial number that I provided and they stated my unit is not up for the recall and now what is my recourse?? I have spouse and 3 toddlers and commute daily at 110 km per hour for over 300 km. I am quite worried and afraid if something should fail mechanically as the noise is from the drivers side and puts us in the direct line of oncoming traffic for a potential head on collision and the dealer reps were not at all sympathetic or concerned and just brushed me off without offering an option at the very least. Any help is much appreciated. Thank you.

- Saskatoon Canada, SD, USA

problem #16

Feb 092012

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I bought my 2006 Chevy Uplander used with 74,000 in fall of 2011. While at an busy intersection stop sign, the traction control and stability service lights came on, then all dashboards lights came on and the van stalled. All lights (both interior and exterior) shut off and I couldn't restart vehicle. Road conditions were dry and clear. After rolling onto the side of the road and letting it sit for around 5 minutes, it started and did not have any more problems. The following week, it happened again while driving on the highway. Road conditions were slick and snowy and the traction control and stability lights came on, then there is a "clicking" sound in steering column. The van stalled, started, stalled, and started again on while I am driving down the road. I was able to turn onto a country road and shut it off (basically it died). I waited and restarted to try to get to town. It began happening again and this time I lost control and ended up in a field (luckily no injuries). After getting it out I took it to the dealership (no issues on way there) they hooked it up and there weren't any codes coming through. Tech drove it over 4 days and it never happened to him. Then today as I was driving into town, it happened again. The traction/stability light comes on, you hear a "clicking" sound in the steering column, and it begins to die/start again while continuing to drive. Eventually it just dies. I will let it sit for a time and then restart it. Depending on how long it sits (over an hour is better) it will either continue with issues or drive normally for upto a week before issue begins to reoccur.

- Varna, IL, USA

problem #15

May 062010


  • 20,000 miles
Our 2006 Chevy Uplander first starting having problems at about 20,000 miles when our tires (Continental brand that came installed on brand new vehicle from dealer) needed to be replaced due to severe cupping on all 4 tires. We were told it was an alignment issue, so we had the tires replaced and had a 4 wheel alignment. Tires needed to be replaced again at 45,000 miles due to same cupping issue. Again, another 4 wheel alignment was performed. Fuel sensor was reading empty on a full tank of gas and the float was replaced at 16,000 miles. Now at 50,000 miles, sensor reads consistently empty again on a full tank of gas. Severe rattling/vibration from under the vehicle at highway speeds that resonates from between the front driver and passenger seats. (possibly E-brake cable or heat shield?) both front and rear shocks and struts needed to be replaced at 54,000 miles. There is a severe issue concerning the steering. When turning either left or right steering has some slop. The rack and pinion need to be replaced. The electronic stability control sensor, ABS sensor, and traction control sensor all illuminate at random times while normal driving is occurring.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #14

Feb 042012

Uplander 6-cyl

  • miles
I was hit from behind on February 4, 2012 on campcreek pkwy in college park ga, because my vehicle stalled when I pressed the gas to take off from the red light, it clunks when making turns, it sounds as if something is loose on the front end, and has made these sounds since I've had it, I have had to repair the brakes frequently, the vehicle stalls when driving on the highway, the temperature gauge goes up and down, the transmission stalls. The dash light sometimes goes out, it runs out of gas when parked on an incline.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Mar 152010


  • miles


1st the check engine light keeps coming on and when put on diagnostic code came back PO463. The van wouldn't pass emissions and when you fill up with gas it would say it was empty. There's a loud popping noise sounds like at axle. It does this after you stop at red lights. I was told this had to do with axle and could brake and cause fatal accident, the ABS light keeps coming on and the braking system scared me to death. The doors constantly chime or ding and the doors will open going down the road. I was so upset because I have to Transport my elderly aunt and two children and before I was about to pay to have all this fixed I decided to check out recall. I am so shocked that you can look this up online and they are 1000 documented complaints on all the same problems but yet no recalls. Is it going to take people getting killed to do this. I am praying for something less tragic and trying to save these precious lives. There is research and lawsuits that the Chevrolet Uplanders have a lot of these problems from 2005 to 2008 especially with the doors and like me everyone gets annoyed and unplugs them and have to use them manually but why should we when are still paying for automatic doors. This van is truly unsafe and a lemon. I pray to god everyday to keep me safe while driving and have told my husband if I die while driving this vehicle he should sue!!! updated 01/17/12 the consumer stated GM called and asked her to bring the van in for a diagnostic test. They stated she would have to pay for the test. The fuel sensor was replaced in 2006. However, the consumer stated it had to be replaced again. They also aligned the doors in 2008 which was proof of an ongoing problem. Updated 01/18/12

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #12

Nov 292006


  • 14,873 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. While driving approximately 5 mph on normal road conditions, the anti-lock braking system began to fully engage for a brief moment unexpectedly. The contact stated that the traction control, ABS and vehicle stability control warning indicators would illuminate intermittently. In addition, the driver and passenger automatic sliding door would not operate properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer numerous times for the failures where the sliding doors, steering shaft, yaw sensor, sir module and hub bearings were replaced yet all except the sliding door failure recurred. Most recently, the contact stated that when driving the automatic sliding door chime would activate continuously. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 14,873.

- Snow Hill , MD, USA

problem #11

Nov 162005


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. While driving 50 mph, the steering column shook violently. The contact had to firmly hold the steering wheel. There were no warning lights illuminated prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the front brakes and rotors failed. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $122.07. Seven months later, the failure recurred. The contact managed to safely maneuver the vehicle to her destination. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the two front tires were failing. In addition, the vehicle failed the road force diagnostic test. The failure still persists and has not been remedied. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that no compensation would be provided because there were no current recalls. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 60,000.

- Vassalboro, ME, USA

problem #10

Sep 262008


  • 30,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Chevy Uplander in 12/06 with 20,543 miles on it. I began having problems with the steering about 3,000 miles after purchasing it. It was difficult to steer to the left and there was a grinding noise as I turned. The dealership replaced the steering column. I am having problems again with the steering, and it shakes and makes noise when I pull into parking lots. At about 30,000 miles, the rear sliding doors began to open on their own. When I put the van into reverse and begin to back out of the driveway, the doors sometimes will open. Parked in the driveway and parking lots with no one in the vehicle, the driver's rear door has opened. After I close the doors, they will immediately open, although no buttons have been pushed. Now, at 43,000 miles, the driver's rear sliding door will not close. I pushed the button inside the door as I always have to close it, as well as the overhead button, and the door would not close. Each time I pushed the button, the already open door pulled back as if still trying to open the door. When I tried to manually pull the door closed, it would not close. After 5 minutes of work, I finally got the door closed. The next day, 9/27/08, I experienced the same thing, and on this day as well, a chiming sound rang the entire trip. There is one sound for driving and a different sound for waiting at red lights. The loud ringing never stopped. When I called the dealership, they told me I was no longer under warranty, and will have to pay to have it fixed. I also discovered at 35,000 miles that my tires have worn unevenly on the outside edges of all 4 tires and need to be replaced. Also, the sway bar is in need of repair. I have children ages 2 and 4. I am concerned for their safety.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #9

Feb 162007


  • 30,000 miles
Me and my wife bought a 2006 Chevy Uplander from karmart when we test drove it we noticed a noise in the front end. We asked the salesman what it could be he said our cars are inspected 100 percent and it is not anything to worry about. The car had very low miles on it about 3,600 miles. We drove the car until it had about 33,000 the warranty expires at 36,000 we noticed another loud knock in the front end and it would start shaking really bad when you put on the brakes and I mean scary bad.the lights we also doing a flashing from a really low dim to back to normal that was also something we noticed from time we bought it. We called up speedway Chevrolet in monroe and made an appointment. They took the car in and said it needed a new tie rod and a frontend the alignment was way out.they also replaced the voltage regulator. We went back to pick the car up and they said the front brakes were needing to be replaced and they were wearing uneven I asked him if this could be from the front end problem he said no. I also noticed the tires were wearing uneven and it looked like they were wearing on the outside more. We noticed the same noise was still there as from we took it to les schwab and had the brakes replaced hoping it would fix the problem. It didn't fix the noise so we drove the car another 1,000 miles and started hearing another loud knock. The noise from the dealership was different from the loud knocks that started up. We made another appt. With speedway cheverlet and this time they said there was a recall on the steering box and the bearings on the axles were bad. They replaced the steering box and said it would be a while before they could replace the bearings. The bearing makers were on strike so we waited from July 26 til Aug 13 or 14th to pick it up. We went the whole time with one car and really had a hard time doing so. I feel there was some major safety issues overlooked and they were hoping the warranty would run out.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #8

Jul 052007


  • 33,065 miles
I am still having problems with the steering shaft, power steering rack and the automatic sliding doors. The steering is stiff and there is a rubbing noise in the steering column. This has been attempted to be fixed 4 times now. The steering rack had been replaced twice, the power steering gear, the front sway bar links, and the I-shaft have been replaced. The problem still exists. The automatic sliding doors will not close properly and seem to reopen when closing. This had been attempted to be fixed 5 times. The PSD assembly and rear guild roller, door position, relearn, lube and adjust was performed, new contact plates were installed. The problem still exists.

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 152006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 13 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Uplander lt and I started to have problems around 3,000 miles of ownership. It started with electrical issues (hard drive entertainment system, gas gauge, dimming lights, radio losing settings, hard starts, service ABS, and service traction control) and gradually moved to mechanical issues (clucking noises " front end, vibrations " front end, steering binding, and grinding noises from the front end). What has been replaced in hopes of fixing the issues are the hard drive to the entertainment system, main computer module (twice and reprogrammed several times), steering column, steering box, rack and pinion, front stabilizing control arms, front brake, front rotors resurfaced, ABS control module (never fixed the service ABS and service traction control). The dealer still can?T explain the grinding noise and is trying to convince me that it is normal characteristics of the van (they actually wrote that in the service report). They can not resolve the service ABS and traction control errors. They can?T resolve the hard starts. The dealer has taken a position that no more diagnostic work will be performed to the front end until I replace a cupped tire (their opinion). I have hired a lemon law attorney to help with my problem.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 112006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,264 miles
Purchased in Jan 06. By Sept 11, 2006 steering wheel became tight and heard noise under car when driving. Steering shaft was binding and had to be replaced; could not locate noise. Said may be related to steering shaft. Sept 20, 2006, took car back to dealership for noise under van again; was told E-brake cable was hitting rear suspension. February 11, 2007, had to replace front worn tires with only 23, 275 miles on car and have an alignment. March 9, 2007, traction control and ABS lights coming on as well as vehicle shaking. Was told front brakes were 100% worn and back brakes were 80% worn and would not be replaced under warranty because this was normal wear and tear.(only had 23,989 miles on van). April 19, 2007, heard noised while driving, heard something like a spring pop, service engine light was coming on, and it was stalling when trying to start. Both sway bars had to be replaced, spring pop was related to sway bars, and they could not find a problem related to the last two. Now a year later with only 39,000, I have to take my car in for new brakes again. And my front tires are worn and need to be replaced again!!!!! I also had problems with my doors not closing; after they wiped off the little magnets at the bottom sometimes they still don't want to close.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 012007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevy Uplander. The driver and passenger sliding doors are malfunctioning and the latches are not connecting when the button to lock the vehicle is engaged. The mechanic stated that the vehicle's latches are faulty and that it's unsafe to drive because the doors could open while driving. While driving 25mph and approaching a stop sign, the steering wheel began shaking. The contact is aware of the safety risk involved while her children are seated in the vehicle. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 19,000. Updtaed 09/18/07.

- Sterling, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 282006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The passenger automatic door on the drivers side opens without warning while driving, it has shut on my daughter, and it is misaligned. It is unpredicatable as to when this will happen. I have had it in for service 11 times just for the door. My stability and traction system has been in 3 times, and my whole steering component has been replaced. I am concerned about the door the most as I have two children.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

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