really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,804 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 302015


  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. While driving highway speeds, the contact heard an abnormal noise under the vehicle and noticed a bar hanging under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the lower front body tie bar needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #11

May 062008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 27,009 miles
Soon after the purchase of the van I had a problem with to much play in the steering and noise in the front end. I took it back to the dealer and they said they could not verify the problem, so we went back numerous times, finally in 4-20133 they replaced the steering shaft. It seem to be okay for a while but after driving about 2000 miles it was loose again. My warranty has ended so the dealer says I have to pay for another shaft. How many times should this be replaced to be considered safe" has anyone else had this complaint"

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 102013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 89,900 miles
A deer ran across the road. In an effort to avoid a collision, my wife swerved but the vehicle began to spin around and she could not control it by counter steering. My wife struck a post sideway on driver side. The vehicle was declared a total lost by California insurance who has the vehicle.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 312010

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


I bought this van around 2010, the mileage was around 60,000. The first thing I noticed was the light. I was pulled out by the police about my light. I went straight to auto zone and changed it. I have changed my bulbs more than twenty times. I got warnings. Secondly, my remote control have been acting out. I changed the battery several times. It will work for only few hours and stop. I started locking my doors manually, only the passenger door is left to control the button. The worst experience that led me to file this report is the fuel tank and the steering wheel. My van had stopped more than twenty times without warning, each time I bought gas and it will start working. The last experience is still frightening to me. I was driving on a highway at 55M/hr my gauge was showing just below half tank, all of a sudden my van accelerated and sound went off, I immediately made a left turn on a green light to a street that went down the hill. I could not control my van no more, I turned off the key and it went to a stopped with a bang noise. Fire fighters were around that area, they immediately rushed to help and suggested I buy gas which I did and my van started working again.I approached somebody using the same type of van, she said she experienced same issues several times. My daughter had an accident with this van once, I begin to wonder what might have caused it although she said another driver caused it and fled, now even if my gas is showing full tank I will make sure I still buy more.I am scared to give my van to my children to drive.I escaped accident more than four times because of the same issue.I don't drink, never smoke, I use my van mainly to work.recently the rod that holds the tire don't know the name just broke into two without any reason.I was just trying to reverse and I noticed my van will not move. Came down and I saw that. I just replaced my tail light few days ago.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #8

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

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problem #7

May 062010


  • 20,000 miles
Our 2006 Chevy Uplander first starting having problems at about 20,000 miles when our tires (Continental brand that came installed on brand new vehicle from dealer) needed to be replaced due to severe cupping on all 4 tires. We were told it was an alignment issue, so we had the tires replaced and had a 4 wheel alignment. Tires needed to be replaced again at 45,000 miles due to same cupping issue. Again, another 4 wheel alignment was performed. Fuel sensor was reading empty on a full tank of gas and the float was replaced at 16,000 miles. Now at 50,000 miles, sensor reads consistently empty again on a full tank of gas. Severe rattling/vibration from under the vehicle at highway speeds that resonates from between the front driver and passenger seats. (possibly E-brake cable or heat shield?) both front and rear shocks and struts needed to be replaced at 54,000 miles. There is a severe issue concerning the steering. When turning either left or right steering has some slop. The rack and pinion need to be replaced. The electronic stability control sensor, ABS sensor, and traction control sensor all illuminate at random times while normal driving is occurring.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Oct 262007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Sway bar broke 4 times in three years.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #4

Apr 012007

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 9,256 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph. The anti-lock brake system warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for the identical failure on several occasions. There was uncertainty of the repair performed on the vehicle. The failure continued to occur. Additionally, there was a noise coming from the wheel area. The failure mileage was 9,256. The current mileage is 39,000. Updated 4/30/10 the sway bar links were replaced. Updated 10/14/10

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 152006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 13 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Uplander lt and I started to have problems around 3,000 miles of ownership. It started with electrical issues (hard drive entertainment system, gas gauge, dimming lights, radio losing settings, hard starts, service ABS, and service traction control) and gradually moved to mechanical issues (clucking noises " front end, vibrations " front end, steering binding, and grinding noises from the front end). What has been replaced in hopes of fixing the issues are the hard drive to the entertainment system, main computer module (twice and reprogrammed several times), steering column, steering box, rack and pinion, front stabilizing control arms, front brake, front rotors resurfaced, ABS control module (never fixed the service ABS and service traction control). The dealer still can?T explain the grinding noise and is trying to convince me that it is normal characteristics of the van (they actually wrote that in the service report). They can not resolve the service ABS and traction control errors. They can?T resolve the hard starts. The dealer has taken a position that no more diagnostic work will be performed to the front end until I replace a cupped tire (their opinion). I have hired a lemon law attorney to help with my problem.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 132006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 395 miles
-the contact stated that he purchased the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander truck on 04/2006. He would lose control of the steering. He stated that the vehicle started zig zagging across the road. The contact stated that he took the vehicle to the dealership, and they rotated the tires, and replaced the console assembly. The contact stated that Continental tire with size P225/60R17, with dot# ac794blt5005 was taken to sears, and they informed him that the tread on the tires was deteriorating and splitting. The dealership did replace the first tire, but not the other tires, which were having the same problem. The vehicle started making a grinding noise and when turning the steering wheel there would be a loud noise, the contact took the vehicle once again to the dealership and they replaced the steering shaft. The contact stated that they realigned the hood and the hood latch assembly. He also had problems with the power doors. The failure mileage was 395 miles, and the current mileage was 13700. Several days ago an article stated that there were defective tires and the tire tread may cause deadly accidents. There have been problems with the vehicle since he purchased it April 1, 2006. He has an extended warranty, Continental advised him to take the tires to their independent tire dealers; however, the dealer will not replace the remaining defective tires. The tie rod was replaced on December 19, 2007, the driving shaft was replaced on two occasions and the inner tie rod boot was also replaced on October 9, 2006. The bearing and the hub assembly was also replaced on June 21, 2007. The front passenger tire currently has a blister on it. He has also notified General Motors and they have not offered him any assistance. The current mileage was 30,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 152006

Uplander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Clunking sound while traveling over bumps or slightly uneven pavement coming from under van. This clunking sound has gotten gradually worse and much louder since purchasing vehicle. Technician was able to hear the clunking sound but vehicle needs to be brought back in.

- Depew, NY, USA

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