really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,557 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Feb 202011


  • 121,003 miles


We have had 3 Chevy Uplander vans recently and the power doors like to come open on their own when you are driving at various speeds. This is very dangerous if you have children. The door chime also keeps dinging and making noise even when the door is closed.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #19

May 012005


  • 1,000 miles
Bought mini-van new in 2005 has only 24000 miles on it. It has been back to 2 different dealers 22 times, for electrical issues. The power sliding door's open up themselves sometimes while your are driving sometimes while it is parked.(door's are locked still does it.)have had 5 dvd player's replaced, rear wiper motor replaced,2 radios, heated seat coil, front end parts replaced twice within 2000 miles new tires at 11,000 miles (all 4 ) fuel systemparts replaced, rear axle serviced twice within 1,000 miles, power system repaired 3 times, brakes rotors resurfaced 2 times after only10,000 miles, headlight not working properly (have complained about that 3 times have not found problem, still does it),engine harmonic balancer bolt loose retighten, plus much more.that is the short list.have made claim with better business bureau would not do anything.have filed claims with general motor's talked with 4 upper management personal they have decided the only thing they what to do is offer us a $1000 toward a new general motor's car.the problem with that is I do not what to but another G.M. car or truck because of the way they have handled us with this one. Every 3 month's now the service a.B.S light comes on and then the all-wheel drive is disabled. The van is now out of warranty and we are stuck with this piece of junk having to get fixed every 3 month's. please help us come to some kind of solution, have checked on-line and found a lot of Uplander owner's having the same problem's related to electrical issues so it's not just this one. Thank you.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #18

Feb 192009


  • miles
Lights on my Uplander go out while driving at night. When I bought it in 2005 it happened maybe every 2 months. Now it is twice a week. I can't drive safely at night. Other times they flicker and grow very dim.

- Nunnelly, TN, USA

problem #17

Mar 032006


  • miles


Noise front end while driving repair 3 times same problems today. There is a vibration when slowing down today same problems.never repair.noise front end when taking off can feel and hear a clunk. Clanging sound when shifting into drive or reverse.starter sticking reprogramming same problem. Steering shaft is a problem change 3 times same problems.(repair the parts on did you change it completely ? ).never recall failure. Today same problems poor service only promise.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #16

Oct 152008


  • 15,000 miles
The lights (interior and exterior) will flicker in my 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. It has become an unsafe situation as oncoming traffic think that I am flashing my highbeams at them. I have not replaced the voltage regulator yet, but I am sure this is the problem. GM should issue a recall for this item. My car is past the warranty period (60000 miles), and GM will only repair if I pay full price and labor for this safety item.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

problem #15

Aug 152008


  • 52,000 miles
The automatic doors on our 2005 Chevy Uplander open by themselves, the alarms go off saying they are not shut, and if the driver's side rear door is opened, it takes about a half hour to get it to shut again.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 012008


  • 38,000 miles


When driving my minivan the door on the side will fly open, also the gauges will stop working so you cannot tell how fast you are going, I have had my car in at least 5 times the last year.

- Medford, MN, USA

problem #13

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 #12

Apr 102005


  • 20,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Uplander from a GM dealer in July 2005. I now have 32,167. I took my vehicle in for its normal oil change at 22,000 when the service department said I needed front and brakes and rotors. We replaced the brakes and rotors and my rotors need to replaced again. I also noticed a noise coming from the left front tire I was told that they did not hear the noise and everything was fine. I have taken the van in for dimming on the lights and the vehicle feeling like it is going to stall too many times to count and every time they tell me it is just the way GM vehicles run. I also have a problem with the starter I will crank it and nothing this happens at lease once a day and I have to retry at least two times before the van will start.the steering has been a big issue we have been having problems with the tightness and when I am driving I can feel the back end swaying. The vehicle is unsafe to be driving and with two small children it is extremely scary. After reading all the complaints how is this vehicle still on the road. The issues people are having are extremely dangerous. The dealership I go to has never tried to fix or replace any of the issues with my van. They also tell me its normal and they cannot find anything wrong. I am looking to replace the tires they are bald which is causing the van to hydroplane everytime it rains. The sticker on the inside panel is different from the tires. The tire Goodyear intergrity P225/60R17 states 44 psi with a max load of 1653 lbs. The inside sticker states 35 psi and max load of 1330 lbs. The tire size is extremely hard to find. I have also noticed when we close the sliding doors they do not shut, the latch doesnt catch the door until you slam extremely hard. Then my daughter will try to get out of the vehicle and the child lock will be on when we didn't slide it on. Can someone please do something to stop this

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #11

Jan 082008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
When I let off the accelerator the lights flicker and the blower slows down. Also, sometimes when I try to start it, the engine won't start.

- Mount Olive, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 292007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,079 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that a vehicle merged into traffic from a side road and crashed into his vehicle's passenger side door. The contact was driving 35 mph at the time of the crash. The air bags failed to deploy and the middle row seats reclined backwards. The driver and six passengers were injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was previously taken to the dealer several times for the electrical system, the dashboard, and other equipment. The dealer stated that the electrical failure was corrected. Hinesville police report number 07064548 was filed. The powertrain and dealer information were unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 30,079. The consumer provided Georgia accident report, court documentation, medical documentation, newspaper article pertaining to the accident, pictures of the accident and injuries. The dealer stated reprogram instrument panel. Updated 09/11/07

- Ft Stewart, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 242007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have had several issues with the doors not closing and have taken the vehicle in several times. The service dept. Couldn't duplicate the problem. Apparently GM knows about the problem because the last time we were in there they told us there was an internal service bulletin about re-routing wires and possible module replacement, all of which was done to our vehicle. It is going back in again 7-27-07 for the same problem. Our Uplander also has a problem of the door locks rapidly locking and unlocking at various times while driving, and all of the lights will flicker and dim. One instance while driving at night all lights went out briefly and came back on, extremely dangerous! something has to be done. We live in Michigan, you'd think there wouldn't be a problem in the motor city.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
2005 Chevy Uplander shuts off while driving. Vehicle will not start back up sometimes. Radio and blinkers go off and on. Before vehicle shuts off a service theft system warning message comes up on dash display.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 032006


  • miles
I have a 2005 Uplander that has been back to the dealer four times now for an electrical problem and they tell me now that nothing can be done. The blower fan motor slows down when I am stopping and the head lights dim. The newest problem is that the passenger side auto sliding door open on its own. This has occurred on two different occasions.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #6

Dec 212005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 238 miles
: the contact stated while driving the head lights and the interior lights started flickering. The first time the vehicle was taken to the dealership, it only had two hundred and thirty eight miles on it. Upon inspection, the dealership determined the module computer control body needed to be replaced and the instrument panel was reprogrammed. Even though repairs were made, the vehicle was still experiencing the same type of problems. When the vehicle was taken to the dealership a second time, the sensor in the running day lights and the generator assembly were replaced. After driving the vehicle for a short period of time, the head lights and interior lights began flickering again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership however there were no repairs made. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #5

Jul 132005


  • miles
The rear passenger door of my 2005 Chevy Uplander was open. I started the automatic door (to close). My 22 month old daughter started towards me. I put my hand inside the door to stop her. The door continued to close. I pushed against it with my forearm. The door continued to close, and closed on my hand. My left hand was trapped in the closed door. A part was ordered three months ago, but the door still has not been fixed.

- Ashland, MT, USA

problem #4

Jan 302006

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Uplander radio would stop working. When turning the key in ignition the engine would continue to turn over.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 032006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,281 miles
: the contact stated the headlights dim intermittently. When the accelerator pedal is not being depressed the headlights dim and the heater motor blower slows down. However, when the accelerator pedal is depressed the headlights and heater function normally. The manufacturer determined the computer was defective. Also, the power control module ( PCM) has been replaced, and the alternator was replaced 3 times.

- Shepherd, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 192005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,550 miles
My wife had driven from our home 7 miles away to the maggie moo's ice cream shop. She went in to the store to purchase some ice cream for my kids and her mom who stayed in the vehicle which was left running because of the heat. When she returned she backed the vehicle up with no problem but when she attempted to pull forward she heard the wrongest noise emanate from the front of the vehicle she has ever heard and the vehicle jumped and bumped and came to a grinding halt. I did not think it could have been so bad as she explained to me when I arrived. So I backed the vehicle out of the parking space that she managed to get to and pulled forward. Oh my god! what she had explained to me wasn't even as bad as I experienced. The stability control activation message appeared in the dash display and the antilock brakes on the driver side front wheel began to growl then screeched the vehicle to a grinding halt. I was scared. My kids were thrown around in the car since they had unbuckled their seat belts while eating their ice cream. I made them buckle up and I tried it again. The same result over and over again until I finally got to a parking space. I called Chevrolet to come tow the vehicle in to repair my 2005 Uplander. They called me the next day and informed me that they found no problem and that the error codes pulled from the computer showed not error ever happened. This scares the hell out of me and my wife refuses to drive the vehicle. Our fear of this malfunction occurring at highway speeds could result in catastrophic results. I am in contact with GM but they are so far unwilling to admit or take any action to resolve this safety issue. I need help!!! we all need to know if there is a major problem with the stabilitrak system being deployed on these new vehicles. Please take this up and open an immediate investigation. I am documenting this malfunction everywhere I can think to because no one needs to die because of a defect.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
We were taking vacation last December going thru the mountains and it was very foggy. You could barely see the road and we noticed the headlights and interior lights were flickering. The following week I took it to my dealership to let them fix the problem they did let me know that they were aware of a problem. They showed me a paper stating that gmac was trying to correct the problem. This was last December and it is now June and still no solution. This could cause a accident especially when you are driving in foggy weather. I really hope someone can find a the solution to the problem or I might just take the vehicle to the dealer parking lot and park it until the solution is fixed.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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