really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,987 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 012016


  • 181,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. While driving approximately 25 mph, the power steering failed and the radio became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 181,000.

- Marion, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 242014


  • 102,000 miles
Wife was driving on rd hit pot hole key shut off no steering no brakes contacted GM they give file number to contact dealer they said you pay first to get it fix not checking to see if it was bad don't know what to do.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 152011

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 99,261 miles
On December 15, 2011, a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander was driven on a side street at approximately 25 mph. Without warning, the wheel jerked out of the driver's hand and the vehicle struck a parked vehicle and came to a stop. No one was injured. A forensic engineering investigation revealed that the failure of the right steering knuckle was the sole cause of this incident. The part number on the front of the bottom portion of the steering knuckle is "intermediate 0472 98 U/w R". the casting number on the rear of the bottom portion of the steering knuckle is "0800 561 220". NHTSA campaign id number: 09E005000 refers to failure of steering knuckles manufactured by dorman products, Inc. This recall states that, "a potential material or design defect could result in the steering knuckle breaking in the hub area." The hub area is also the area where the intermediate steering knuckle fractured in this incident.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 052007


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated the driver and passenger side sliding doors continue opening when the vehicle was shut off. She also experienced vibration in the steering wheel. The dealer is currently repairing the vehicle. The manufacturer was unable to offer any assistance. The failure has occurred intermittently. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #4

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 #3

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 #2

Jan 072007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 19,600 miles
Steering somtimes very very hard to turn. Power steering also makes noise. My wife was driving and she told me she could hardly even turn the steering wheel. She said she was scared that it might happen again.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052005

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33 miles
Vehicle drives satisfactory within city limits. Highway driving appears to be highly unstable. Vehicle has excessive swaying and poor handling. Incident is not isolated, it continues to be a problem with each circumstance. I do not feel that my passengers nor myself are safe while driving on the highway with this vehicle. Problem was reported to the dealership and GM immediately but issue was dismissed. This vehicle is a 7 passenger minivan. This is not a truck.

- Monson, MA, USA

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