really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,797 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #20

Aug 012014


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph making a right turn, the driver side sliding door suddenly open causing the warning alarm to activate in the vehicle. The contact indicated that the problem had occurred on multiple occasions. Also, the contact indicated while the vehicle was parked and after closing the sliding doors on either side, the doors would erroneously unlatch and open. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #19

Sep 292006


  • 4,500 miles
Sliding doors would start to automatically open on road and later on freeway. Now, when wear seat belt it catches on seat control and starts to move seat.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 172012


  • 4,200 miles
I bought my Uplander at dealership milage was at 24,000. The door would open and not close we finally got this fixed I hope. Just yesterday at milage 45,000 we had to replace tie rod on passenger side. Found out that it did not have grease pin on it called manufactor and they say someone had to have replaced it. I do not believe it had ever been replaced and this is what is causing tire wear and vibrations in the Uplanders which also could cause accidents even deaths. Also when driving all lights will go off until you hit brakes I have had diagnotics checked to see if anything would show up. Nothing does. So this is a major concern also. There seems to be the same problems listed from almost everyone and some of these things could cost consumers their life or their families. While I like the Uplander I am concerned that the safety issues are not being handled by manufactor and no one seems to care. What will it take to make this vehicle safe.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 062010


  • 11,000 miles


I bought my 2006 Uplander used. A week or two after buying it, the passenger back sliding door began giving me problems. It will seem to be closing all the way and then pop back open. I have never taken off when this happens, but I am very observant about it and with a small child I refuse to endanger him in any way. I thought that maybe this was just a fluke and didn't take it to be seen about. I still have not, because my warranty is out and I don't have the money to pay for an expensive fix. I was researching new vehicles, when I started thinking about not just the one or two times, but the 10's and possible 100's of times this has happened and wonder, "will I be stuck with a vehicle that could jeopardize my child, husband's and my safety." I think that it is not a good testament to safety when there are so many people with this problem and nothing has been done to recall and fix it. I beg of you. Please get these vehicles fixed or take them off the road.

- Almo, KY, USA

problem #16

Nov 062009

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Rear passenger sliding door opens while driving. Motor dies. Motor replaced. Rear passenger sliding door opens while driving. Motor dies. Motor replaced. Rear passenger sliding door opens while driving. Motor dies. Motor replaced. Car won't turnover to start car without holding down the gas pedal. Had parts replaced. Car won't turnover to start car without holding down the gas pedal. Had parts replaced. Car won't turnover to start car without holding down the gas pedal. Had parts replaced.

- White Lake, MI, USA

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problem #15

Jun 012011

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Power sliding doors on both sides fail to latch closed. Open door bell dings even when door is firmly latched. Door opens by itself while traveling down the road.

- Harlan, IA, USA

problem #14

Jul 122011


  • miles


2006 Chevy Uplander. Transmission slipping in low gear. Most noticeable when coming to a stop and starting again. Not recommended to pull out into traffic because you don't know if you are going to move or not. Also noticeable when going from reverse to drive. Happens at least once or twice a day for the last week now. Dumped some lucas transmission treatment into it the other day, seems to be better for the time being. Also drivers rear sliding door is wacked. Just gave up on it.

- Millville, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jun 302011


  • 68,000 miles
Auto sliding door on my 2006 Chevy Uplander will open when driving while my kids are sitting by the door on the highway, will not close, open when car is off when ever parked.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #12

Nov 292006


  • 14,873 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. While driving approximately 5 mph on normal road conditions, the anti-lock braking system began to fully engage for a brief moment unexpectedly. The contact stated that the traction control, ABS and vehicle stability control warning indicators would illuminate intermittently. In addition, the driver and passenger automatic sliding door would not operate properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer numerous times for the failures where the sliding doors, steering shaft, yaw sensor, sir module and hub bearings were replaced yet all except the sliding door failure recurred. Most recently, the contact stated that when driving the automatic sliding door chime would activate continuously. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 14,873.

- Snow Hill , MD, USA

problem #11

Feb 122011

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 38,400 miles
The motor to the rear latch on the driver side sliding door does not appear strong enough to pull in, bolt shut and lock the hasp over the rear staple. Door requires an external "hip check" or strong push on the rear of the door to hear a "click" that confirms that the door is locked shut. Without this action, the door may repeatedly reopen, up to 20-30 attempts, each time emitting an alarm that makes the vehicle unable to drive. This issue was first raised to the dealer within the first year of purchase, has been repeatedly raised to the dealer, up to a half dozen times over the course of the last two years, and was raised to the manufacturer within the past year. Each submission results in the dealer not being able to reproduce the phenomena or fix the problem. The door safety alarm is imperfect as there have been many times the door closes, the alarm is not activated, but the rear of the door appears closed. Later however, after some driving, the rear of the door appears slightly ajar, possibly due to the normal jostling experienced during driving. The unsecured door is often first detected when the driver hears street traffic while driving. This sound is similar to the sound coming from a slightly open window. If not noticed during driving, the slight opening of the rear portion of the sliding door is also visually noticeable by looking at the door from the rear of the van.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 222008


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that whenever the vehicle was parked on an incline, the fuel level indicator would display that the fuel tank was empty and the vehicle would not start. In addition, the brakes were worn prematurely, the ABS warning light would illuminate intermittently, both driver and passenger sliding doors were malfunctioned and the headlights would fail intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times in regards to the failure but to no avail. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 062010


  • miles
We purchased a 2006 Chevy Uplander about 3 months ago. My husband works third shift and as he was leaving work he noticed the door was wide open. He shut it thinking he must have forgotten to do so before and proceeded to drive home. On his way home at about 45 mph the door flies open. Since he has gotten home the door is repeatedly opening and closing itself even if it is locked.

- York, SC, USA

problem #8

Mar 282009

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. While driving at any speed, the rear driver's side sliding door suddenly opens. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the doors were becoming very difficult to close. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the sliding door module needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 57,000. Updated 09/18/09. The fist time the consumer went to the dealership, they put a motor in the door on the drivers side rear sliding door and could not find a problem with the passenger rear sliding door. The second time, they were unable to find a problem. Updated 09/18/09,

- Wallace, NC, USA

problem #7

Sep 112006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,264 miles
Purchased in Jan 06. By Sept 11, 2006 steering wheel became tight and heard noise under car when driving. Steering shaft was binding and had to be replaced; could not locate noise. Said may be related to steering shaft. Sept 20, 2006, took car back to dealership for noise under van again; was told E-brake cable was hitting rear suspension. February 11, 2007, had to replace front worn tires with only 23, 275 miles on car and have an alignment. March 9, 2007, traction control and ABS lights coming on as well as vehicle shaking. Was told front brakes were 100% worn and back brakes were 80% worn and would not be replaced under warranty because this was normal wear and tear.(only had 23,989 miles on van). April 19, 2007, heard noised while driving, heard something like a spring pop, service engine light was coming on, and it was stalling when trying to start. Both sway bars had to be replaced, spring pop was related to sway bars, and they could not find a problem related to the last two. Now a year later with only 39,000, I have to take my car in for new brakes again. And my front tires are worn and need to be replaced again!!!!! I also had problems with my doors not closing; after they wiped off the little magnets at the bottom sometimes they still don't want to close.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Feb 072008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,755 miles
I have had an ongoing problem with my van sliding doors not opening, opening when you don't want them to (driving, parked). It has become more common and I was driving up a steep incline and the door went flying open. Most of the time the doors open when I am driving uphill.

- Syracuse`, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 282006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The passenger automatic door on the drivers side opens without warning while driving, it has shut on my daughter, and it is misaligned. It is unpredicatable as to when this will happen. I have had it in for service 11 times just for the door. My stability and traction system has been in 3 times, and my whole steering component has been replaced. I am concerned about the door the most as I have two children.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 122007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,450 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. While pumping gas in the vehicle, the contact's five year old child was able to open the door, which failed to remain shut. The contact had to hold the door with the pump nozzle before she was able to close the door. On another occasion, she stated that the door automatically opened by itself. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 19,000 and failure mileage was 13,450.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #3

May 012007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. When the contact attempted to open the electric sliding door on the driver side, it moved back and forth without locking in position. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage is 16,000 and failure mileage was 14,500.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

May 202006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The van is equipped with dual power sliding doors. I have had multiple repairs completed and they still do not function properly. On two occasions, they shut on one of my children, once causing a 5" X 2" bruise on my 8 year old and once causing my 5 year old to limp on a sore ankle for 2 days. Additionally, every time I hit a bump, it disconnects from the sensors and sets off an alarm. My primary concern, however, was when I was driving 50 mph and the rear passenger door opened by itself. No one was injured, but it was very frightening. This is not a safe vehicle.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 042006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
: the contact stated that the driver's side sliding door slid shut as the contact's child entered the vehicle. The contact was walking around to the other side of the vehicle, when the sliding door slid shut pinning the child to the door causing injury to the chest wall, face, scalp, and spine. There were no problems prior to the incident. The dealership determined that the sliding door catches were worn down after one year and new door catches were replaced.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

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