NHTSA — Structure: Body: Door Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,967 miles

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2006 Buick Terraza body / paint problems

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2006 Buick Terraza Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 102011


  • 15,000 miles


The automatic sliding doors won't close. It opens up again when the closing slide door touches the frame. This happens every a few days!! very frustrating. And I saw there are 4 or 5 similar compliant reports on this already. So looks like it does happens on a number of vehicles already, not an isolated incident.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #5

May 152013


  • 140,000 miles
In 2013 had my passenger slider door fixed for not opening half the time or it would just open. I took it in and got it fix cost me $800 and the same day got it fixed the driver door did the same thing and the dealer finally got it to shut but still having problems with it opening all my it self and then we have a hard time getting it to close. I seen alot of complaints about these doors just wondering if any problems are with a recall.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 282006


  • 2,500 miles
It is probably a shorter list to list what we haven't had trouble with, but here goes. 1. the back power sliding doors will open and shut at will. Driving down the road, parted in the grocery store parking lot, etc. The neighborhood kids regularly come over to tell me my doors are open. My husband almost missed a flight because he spent to much time trying to fight with the door to stay shut. They have replaced almost every part of the doors several times, but was told by the dealership that last time I took it in they didn't know what to do now. 2. door locks will lock and unlock at will. One day it locked my 1 year old and 3 year old in the van when it was 107. It locked them in from the time it took me to walk from the passenger side to the driver's side. It finally unlocked on its own after not quite 10 min. My children would be dead if it hadn't already been cooled on the inside, but they wouldn't have lasted much longer. The dealership states that they can't duplicate the problem and don't know what to do to correct. 3. noise in steering column. Rack and pinion replaced, another repair done. The repairs last about 5 - 10K miles. 4. transmissions slips. They did a reset of something, but transmissions still slips, but the dealership states that the transmission is fine. 5. fuel gauge. It has always floated, was told that was how GM makes their gauges until I took it the last time to the dealership and now they state that it is a fuel sensor, but it is out of factory warranty and they never even looked at it before as they always told me that it was functioning as designed.

- Sachse, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 302007

Terraza 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,800 miles


The contacts father owns a 2006 Buick Terraza. The side sliding door opened and would not close. The door would slide, however; it would not latch. The dealer aligned the door and corrected the failure. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 4,800 miles.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052006

Terraza 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,500 miles
- the contact stated that she filed a complaint with NHTSA last year, and would like to file another. The contact stated that she is still having same problems with her 2006 Buick Terraza. The contact filed a complaint for 2 components on her vehicle. The first problem is for her sliding door. She stated that when opening the sliding door it stayed open. The contact stated she has had 4 injuries with this door. The contact stated that she has taken the vehicle to dealership for her door not staying opening on at least 5 occasion. The dealership, allen tillery Buick GMC stated that this is a manufacturer problem. The contact stated that she has filed a complaint with the manufacture and will submit the file# with the hard copy. The dealership did check out other vehicles on his lot and found that none of the Buick Terraza have the same failure. The second issues is with her fuel line. She stated that if the vehicle is on a hill and has less than a half of a tank of gas the vehicle will stall. The contact stated that the vehicle has stalled out on an incline on several occasions. The contact stated that the dealership did replace the fuel pump in the summer of 2006 and pressurized the vehicle and was unable to duplicate the failure. The dealership mechanic did inform the contact that this is a characteristic of this vehicle. Updated 02/27/07

- Hotsprings, AR, USA

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problem #1

Mar 262006


  • miles
The power sliding doors on the Buick terazza van continually reopen when they are closed. This is a security issue as on more than one occasion the door has opened as we walked away from the van on a parking lot. The service department claimed they cleaned the contacts and there was nothing wrong with the operation of the doors. This problem of the doors reopening still exists.

- Kutztown, PA, USA

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