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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,534 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 012008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


Transmission went out. Dash light go out, seat belts all of them unlatch by them self, I replaced the brakes 6 times already, emission vapor canister went out, the engine light always on. It all ways say check gas cap, know my van not working. I can't clean any hard codes, passenger right side door unlatch when I was and the bottom half of the door hit the ground on the freeway with my 5 kids in the car, my 20 yr son was sitting by his eight yr old brother. My eight yr old was on the side that came unlatch thank god he un did his brother seat belt and grab him and held on to him tight until I stop the vehicle. The started went out, the back air condition won't work, the passenger right side joint broke, the van over heats all the time which cause the transmission to go out and the starter went I replace transmission starter and thermostat.the van a piece of [xxx] and I want my money back I paid for in cash. I brought the van in 2008 and paid cash for it.I had nothing but problems with it since I brought it in 11/1/2008. The problems started 2 days after I brought the van home. I wish never had gotten it. The [xxx] thing a lemon they need force Chevy to recall the god [xxx] lemon 2008 Chevy Uplander and give me my money back so I can go some were else and by my family a real van, I'm a single mom of 5 children and I need a reliable van, not a piece of [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 172010

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Alternator went out, rear passenger door fell off the top hinge hit the payment, brakes started falling again.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 102010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the sliding doors on both sides would open independently and would not close completely. The contact mentioned that every time he forced the doors to close, the alarm activated and he was unable to disengage it. The dealer was contacted who stated that they were aware of the failure and were unable to find a feasible remedy. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage 60,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Covington , GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 172012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that while driving 28 mph, she applied the brakes and the sliding passenger door detached from the vehicle, falling onto the highway. The dealer was notified, but suggested that there would be a cost to repair the vehicle and the contact felt that it was a manufacturer?S defect. The manufacturer was contacted, but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. The consumer's insurance company stated it was a manufacturers defect and they would not cover the damage. The consumer stated the vehicle has a severe short, which prevented the door from locking, the lights went off on the dash, and a dinging sound, but nothing happened. It was suppose to make a sound when the door opened, but there was no sound. Every 10-11 months the brakes and rotors had to be replaced and the alternator failed. Updated 07/09/12

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 142011

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Uplander which has developed a severe banging of the rear axle through the rear tailing arm bushing the manufacturer is well aware of the failure of the rear trailing arm bushings in this vehicle and with all models with this type of rear axle. The vehicle sounds as if someone is pounding on the bottom of the frame whenever I hit any size bump at any speed. I know that the manufacturer is aware of this specific problem because Chevy has issued a revision to their mechanics repair manual with an addendum numbered pit3323E. Which states that:" If no problems are found with the rear suspension components after thorough diagnosis then replace the rear trailing arm bushings" this addendum goes on to state that "a visual inspection of the rear trailing arm bushings may show no fault" I believe that I should have this defect repaired for free or at a discounted pro rated charge.but, no I am dropping the car off tommorrow to have this repaired at the cost of $ $380. I feel that a T.S.B. should be issued so that owners of these cars should have their repairs done at a fair prorated charge.unfortunately its too late for me because the noise and jarring of the body upon hitting a small pebble in the road has become unbearable and I have to bite the bullet, if only for my own sanity. Oh, P.S. I have replaced two sets of shocks in the rear since the defect was impossible to detect by any means, whether it be a visual inspection or by jacking up the rear and physically manipulating and trying to obsrve the operation and action of the axle to duplicate the noise. No such luck!!!!!!!!

- Belle Harbor, NY, USA

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problem #4

Nov 302009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the rear driver side sliding door would haphazardly open while the vehicle was in motion and could not be closed securely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately eight times for the failure where the dealer replaced several unknown parts and readjusted the alignment, but to no avail. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer so they could inspect the failure and continue with an adequate repair. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 092008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 7,600 miles


Dash indicator shows side sliding door is open, when it is not. Bells ding, inside lights come on, doors become inoperative from inside vehicle. Has occurred approximately 50 times. We have had in shop somewhere between 10 and 15 times, both door modules have been replaced, and body control module now being replaced. Chevrolet states that it doesn't set a trouble code, so they have no record of the occurrences, though service department manager has seen this happen in person. My concern is when this happens, my wife, myself and or children cannot get out of the vehicle, and I feel this is unsafe. Chevrolet does not agree that this is unsafe. I really want to move on to another vehicle, but Chevrolet will not assist. The vehicle is paid for, free and clear, so this is not an issue of owing money and wanting out. Chevrolet should make the vehicle safe, and is not doing anything to ensure this. They have been handling this under warranty, but this last time vehicle is in shop for two weeks - no loaner, no alternative transportation for us.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #2

Oct 142011


  • 53,880 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the rear driver side sliding door opened while the contact was driving 40 mph. The contact stated hat the failure would occur when any road bump was driven over. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer could not identify the problem. The dealer advised that once the problem recurred, to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The failure mileage was 53,880.

- Woodville, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 142010


  • 60,324 miles
1 opened drivers side rear door at day care.. closed door and it feel to the ground. The silver piece that slid on the track on the side of the vehicle completely broke off. I go inside the car to call assistance after picking the door up and putting it in a restin position on the car. I get inside and the doors lock and will not open I could not get out of the car. I go to dealership and they fix it making me pay for only half of the part and no labor. I go pick up my children and the door that was suppose to be fixed will not shut completely but locks and my driver door will not open because it is locking its self. My children were stuck in the car in hot Texas weather with out airconditioning. Luckily the door opened after a minute or so of my pulling and unlocking and locking the door. This was very scary for two reason what if the door falls off while im driving and what if I cant get my kids out ! I will be taking it back in the morning vut it was very scary. 2 twice 3 new piece and hinge put on sliding door.

- Buda , TX, USA

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