definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,590 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 102014


  • 88,664 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the driver's side sliding door opened independently and without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the door actuator however, the failure continued to occur on the passenger side. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,664.  

- Shelby, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 022008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 3,650 miles
While driving sliding side doors would open on their own. The dealer has tried to fix it but could not ever get them to quit. I talked to several people with that own a Chevy Uplander van same year and different years they have all had the same problem. I have 2 handicapped grand children, plus 2 dogs, have always been afraid one of them would fall out. Was sitting still one day and the doors opened, one of my dogs ran out in the street under a moving vehicle, he was knocked down but was not injured. There has been many different problems with this van, but nun life threatening as the doors coming open driving down the road, I mentioned to dealer that Chevy should find a permanent fix for the doors, so far never seen recall on a Chevy Uplander for this problem, the other people I talked to said they have never been told that their is a permanent fix for their doors coming open driving down the road. I an 71 years of age and have never bought a foreign vehicle always made in the usa. I have owned Chevy, Buick, Pontiac, Dodge, & Ford, we had considered buying a Chevy again but now that we have had to put up with this dangerous situation with this Chevy we will buy a Dodge or Ford product. I am glad we bailed them out and they are making money now, and would have liked to bought another Chevy, but they haven't done the same for us! I hope no one has been killed or injured with their doors coming open, a lot of people don't complain they just except it and move on. Enough said hope they find a fix for this problem one day before somebody does get killed or injured for life, like what happen with the fuel tanks on the Chevy trucks.

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #7

May 082013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 72,005 miles
The rear driver door will not close. It has been to the dealer three times. The first time they were unable to diagnose. The second time we were charged $80 to clean the contacts. The third time they have recommended replacement of the motor due to an internal timing failure at a cost of over $1000. This door has been used very little since we have owned the van and it poses a potential safety hazard since it closes, the alarm sounds and then the door reopens on its own. The dealer reported that this is a common failure and that there is no way to adjust the timing on the motor without replacement.

- Fairlawn, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 062012


  • miles


The child safety lock on the passenger power sliding door. The switch will slide into place but will not prevent door from opening from inside.

- Fairfield, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 172012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that while driving 28 mph, she applied the brakes and the sliding passenger door detached from the vehicle, falling onto the highway. The dealer was notified, but suggested that there would be a cost to repair the vehicle and the contact felt that it was a manufacturer?S defect. The manufacturer was contacted, but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. The consumer's insurance company stated it was a manufacturers defect and they would not cover the damage. The consumer stated the vehicle has a severe short, which prevented the door from locking, the lights went off on the dash, and a dinging sound, but nothing happened. It was suppose to make a sound when the door opened, but there was no sound. Every 10-11 months the brakes and rotors had to be replaced and the alternator failed. Updated 07/09/12

- Rocklin, CA, USA

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problem #4

Jan 082009


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The sliding passenger doors on both sides of the vehicle opened on their own at various times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times for this failure. The vehicle was repaired and the failure has continued to occur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer five times. The GM manufacturer was contacted and a representative is expected to inspect the failure at a local dealership. The contact was not told when the Chevrolet inspector will diagnose the failure. The failure and current mileages were 31,000.

- Vernon, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 022009


  • 32,000 miles


The rear sliding doors open while driving, do not shut all the time and the alarm telling you the door is open goes off all the time when the doors are closed.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 202009


  • 8,495 miles
Our 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van is utilized to deliver campus mail. This past week the carrier hand was caught in the door while unloading/loading mail. Luckily there was no major damage done to her hand but that may not be the case the next time. There are no locking position on the two sliding side doors. We have to park on inclines. This accident may happen again. I have an older van and it has a locking mechanism. Why wasn't a locking mechanism place on the sliding side doors.

- Carrollton, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 212007


  • 5,500 miles
Driving at 30 mph, vehicle overheated. Stopped van, turned it off, and then restarted after it had time to cool down. Returned home driving at 20 mph (2.4 miles) with the vehicle overheating 3 times during that drive. Vehicle towed to service garage and found: Fan blade broken radiator core damaged-entire radiator replaced head gaskets re-tooled this has not recurred 2. passenger side automatic sliding door has failed numerous times-would not close, and sometimes will not open. (this continues to recur) service center found: Sensors needed replaced motor needed replaced drive belt replaced inside panel replaced 3. windshield wipers not working properly service center found: Relay switch replaced motor replaced.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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