hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,373 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #16

Feb 102013


  • 155,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the side door had opened independently on two occasions while the vehicle was in motion. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that there was a relay problem that caused the door to open. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 155,000. Returned by usps. 2nd attempt on 3/15/2013 and 4/9/2013 failed.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #15

Dec 042012

Uplander 6-cyl

  • miles
Both motors are out which is fine but know doors are locked and my doors will not open what am I suppose to do if I get in an accident and my children get stuck in the vehicle. This happened in 6 /2012 too I paid for the one to be opened and 1 week later it did it again so the right passenger door has been stuck since and I think this is ridiculous and a hazard to my children.

- Henry, NE, USA

problem #14

Mar 012009


  • 40,162 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact noticed that the passenger side sliding door opened while the vehicle was in motion, without warning. Also, the failure was exhibited on the driver side sliding door while the vehicle was idle and locked. The dealer made twenty attempts to duplicate the failure but was unsuccessful. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 52,000 and the failure mileage was 40,162.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 042011


  • 120,000 miles


I own a 2005 Chevy Uplander. The passenger rear door doesn't seem to want to close. On a few occasions the door has opened while driving down the road. Other times the door randomly starts beeping and will not stop, even if you turn the van off and get out it still beeps. Is there a recall on the doors of this type of van. I have found many complaints expressing concerns over this same issue.

- Dunlap, TN, USA

problem #12

May 312010

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
ABS light came on after brakes were replaced by Chevrolet mechanic. Took back and was told needed new front wheel hub. Hub was replaced at our expense, and ABS light was reset by Chevrolet certified mechanic. ABS light came back on before left the parking lot, but mechanic said it was okay and he wouldn't worry about it. Left on vacation the next day. Newly replaced brakes made horrible grinding noises all throughout trip. Also began getting intermittent brake warning light, and "service brake system" and "service ABS system" warnings. Crawled under vehicle and found wires to the new wheel hub were broken at wheel hub. Wires were for the wheel rotation sensor, as it was improperly installed. Replaced wheel hub again at our expense, because Chevrolet certified mechanic said first hub wasn't installed improperly, but also said the only way the wires could have become torn would be if it had been installed improperly. ABS light and brake light were out for about one (1) week. Second replacement hub and wiring are still intact, but still have continuous ABS light and intermittent brake light as well as previously mentioned warnings. Different Chevrolet certified mechanic says there is nothing to worry about, only problem is that ABS system will not function, but brakes will still work as if no ABS system were on the vehicle. Also had the same problem with the continuous ABS light on a different Chevrolet vehicle. If Chevy can't make the ABS system work after the brakes are worked on, why continue with the extra expense of putting them on? I now have two(2) Chevrolet ABS systems that their certified mechanics say are in tip top condition, only problem is neither system works. Also, regarding the 2005 Uplander, the driver's side sliding door will not shut properly, resulting in constant warning chimes every time the door is used. Again, Chevy mechanics say nothing is wrong with the door or the system. Maybe Chevy should get out of the car business!

- Holtwood, PA, USA

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problem #11

Sep 052009


  • 49,000 miles
Power sliding doors open / close by themselves at times (usually right door, but sometimes left). Sometimes, when the door has been closed it will reopen & have to be closed manually. At times the door will stay closed, but the 'dinging' noise will continue for the entire time I am driving. There have been occasions when it continued dinging well after the ignition was turned off. We have had it in the shop and 'fixed' a few times. The fix sometimes lasted a week or two. Sometimes, it only lasted a couple of days. We were never able to pinpoint or predict when the malfunction would occur. Finally, we have removed the fuse permanently and only operate the doors manually to prevent a serious injury from occurring to the children. In the rear (3rd) seat, the right seat belt has also retracted & will not release. This happened one day when I was trying to remove a child from the vehicle. He was in a booster seat and strapped in by the seat belt. When I unlatched the belt, it retracted slightly, but would not pull back out. Now it is too tight to place a car seat, booster, or have someone sit there. I have not made the trip to the service department for this situation. No one is allowed to sit it that seat because the safety restraint is not-usable.

- Dyersburg, TN, USA

problem #10

Feb 032009


  • 28,000 miles


In 2005 Chevy Uplander lt AWD automatic sliding doors open and do not close properly while vehicle is in motion. This also causes the audible alarm indicating the doors are unlatched to "ding" or ring. Even after the vehicle is stopped and doors are re-closed this issue persists. This is a huge safety issue in a van that is fairly new with 34,000 miles and used to carry children between activities in local area.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #9

Aug 252005


  • miles
Since purchasing this 2005 Uplander the right passenger automatic sliding door has been a problem. It is being "repaired" again now for the 11th time!! the door will not close or if it does it doesn't latch and juts open at the back. The service dept, either cannot duplicate the problem or cannot fix it, replaced most of the parts and still doesn't work. Contacted GM and now have a case number. Last visit mechanic supposedly tried the door 50/60 times and it worked every time! hasn't worked 90% of the time since 2005. Currently replacing latches for the second time?? rotors have been replaced twice in 4 years, due to defect. Still no recall though....

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 062009


  • 58,800 miles
Yes my 2005 Chevy Uplander ls automatic door opened up while driving. Took it to the shop and they put lubrication on the sensors and ever since then they don't close/open properly (it takes atleast 20 min to close 1 door) or when they do they lock my children in the vehicle. I'm unable to open the door and have to get my children through the driver side door or hatchback.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 202008


  • 85,000 miles
The passenger side sliding door does not close properly. The problem began soon after we purchased the vehicle in Jan 2006 but was not serious. The door would close and then reopen and need to be shut again. In November 2008 the door was stuck in the open position causing the motor to break. After paying for a new motor, not a week later did the motor break again. After this second motor, the door continued to not shut properly, often taking 10 -15 attempts to shut the door. You would push the button and the door would seem like it was closing but not close fully and reopen on its own. Another trip to the dealership, they adjusted the sensor, but the problem continued. We just purchased a new sensor and door latch to try to solve the problem. Thus far the door continues to be a safety risk as it opens when you shut it and does not close properly. Reporting the problem to customer care at GM did not help as they would not take the complaint. The failure to close properly does not happen each and every time, but 4 out of 10 times and then it takes often 10 -15 minutes to get the door to shut securely.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 042008


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. When the contact closes the driver's side sliding doors with her key, the doors automatically reopen. She took the vehicle to the dealer on numerous occasions and they replaced the latches, electrical wiring, and motor; however, the failure still persists. She called the manufacturer and they attempted to provide her with some assistance. The failure mileage was 52,000 and current mileage was 61,000.

- Wagoner, OK, USA

problem #5

Jul 312008


  • 28,000 miles
Unexpected opening of passenger power sliding door. Multiple non-latching and spontaneous opening of passenger power sliding door. Front driver side sway bar replaced twice. Dealership has attempted to fix door on three separate occasions without success.

- Philomath, OR, USA

problem #4

Jun 202008


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact noticed that the rear driver's side electronic sliding door does not properly latch. She must make repeated attempts before the door would lock and, as a result, the door spontaneously opened. She took the vehicle to the dealer on numerous occasions and they reprogrammed the psdm, replaced the motor in the door, and realigned the door. Immediately after the repair, the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 52,000 and current mileage was 58,000.

- Wagoner, OK, USA

problem #3

Jul 132008


  • 25,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Uplander: Automatic doors on driver and passenger side open without warning while parked and while in motion. There are times where I close the door and it pops back open instantly (20 times in a row). Other times the door does not completely lock closed, then while driving the interior lights come on as if the door is open, the "ding" alarm sounds and sometimes the door opens while the vehicle is in motion. This is a safety hazard as I have small children. They are always in seatbelts, but a open door while the vehicle is moving is very alarming. I have taken it to a dealership 2 times and will again take it tomorrow for evaluation.

- Verona, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 112008


  • 3,000 miles
This complaint covers many components of the Chevy Uplander that has spanned over the three years that we have owned the van. All problems are "unable to be diagnosed" by dealerships and Chevy refuses to help us. I have been in contact with Chevy from about the second time that the van went to the shop for electrical problems. We have had electrical problems that vary from the lights flickering to the fans output changing to the radio not allowing you to program in a station on one preset button, we are also currently having an ABS issue and have had a non GM mechanic look at the van and said it is ok. The passenger side auto sliding door does not always automatically open and sometimes does not close either, when you manually shut it will open by itself several times before it stays shut. We are currently and have for some time had a problem with starting the van this is also something that "can't be diagnosed" it has been looked at many times. The problems happens about 15-20 times a week. We did purchase the extended warranty on the van and it is now about up and I am at a loss as to what to do because nobody wants to help even though it is clear I am not the only one. Please let me know if there is any other way to fight this. The drivers sliding door doesn't always unlock either unless done by hand.

- Butler, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 262008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Rear electronic sliding door, primarily the left side, occasionally goes almost closed then just before it latches it goes back open. Usually happens once or twice per week. I cannot depend on it going shut so I have to stand there and watch it until it shuts completely and latches. Before I realized the extent of the problem I came back to the vehicle twice to find the door wide open with several hundred dollars worth of photo equipment on the seat and floorboard. I took it to the dealer numerous times but it never malfunctioned in the shop so they would not do repairs on the doors. I contacted Chevrolet division of General Motors. The Chevrolet representative confirmed that they "have to recreate the problem in the shop" before they will work on it. Chevrolet gave me a problem number for future reference and said if it ever malfunctions in the shop they will work on it. I got the van because of my granddaughters, however, I cannot allow them to open and close the door alone because they forget to watch it close all the way and latch. I can see from the internet that this is a frequent problem with the Uplander, most of the time remaining unresolved. I figure some day there will probably be a class action lawsuit against Chevrolet. If there is I want to be a part of it. I told Chevrolet that if anything is ever stolen out of the van because the door came back open, there will be a lawsuit from me. It happens all the time and last happened this week.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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