hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,244 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 142016

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 94,500 miles


We have been having an issue intermittently where the "service stability system" message flashes on the message panel. When this happens our brakes lock up at the same time. This is an extremely scary situation when driving on the interstate or in heavy traffic. We have taken this vehicle in to the dealer to have this checked and they were not able to replicate the issue, therefore we were advised nothing was wrong. I feel that this is a huge safety issue with the number of complaints that have been filed on this issue alone, and I think this warrants a recall on this vehicle because the brakes locking up at inopportune and unexpected times will surely cost lives at some point. We are in a position where we still have a loan on this vehicle for 3 more years and cannot enjoy it for fear of driving the vehicle and this awful thing happening, and we cannot get it fixed because the dealer can't find the problem.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 062016


  • miles
This vehicle need to be recalled, I read alot from other people, and I am having the same problem, tire blow, odor of gas, I have kids and this is not a safe car, my kids have asthma and I can not have a car like this, this is damages and nit a safe van, 2008 chev Uplander need to be off the market. I drive this car smelling gas and gas is all over the road and highways. This need to be on recall

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 312015


  • 136,630 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that while driving, the ABS and the traction control warning lights illuminated. In addition, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ABS braking system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 136,630.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #9

Apr 052015

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


Had this car about a year and then the problems started to show up. My ABS/traction control started to show up on my dash board and then go away. This has happened roughly 4-5 times but never thought to get it checked out. On 4-2-2015 is when the problems showed its ugly head. My brakes started acting up, front passenger side caliper started sticking and brakes not fully engaging to stop the car unless hit again in rapped braking. I bought over 400 dollars in replacements (calipers, pads as well as rotors) to have the issue resolved. Everything was fine until 4-5-2015 when I put my kids into the car and attempted to start it. My brake pedal froze up wouldn't fully engage and all 4 of my brakes froze up. Had to get the car towed home to have a closer look at the damage. What I found out is that there was a lot of pressure build up that shot out like compressed air once the bleed valve was released but still no disengage of the breaks nor the pedal. With not dealing with a issue like this, I called some friends and was informed that there was a major recall for this particular issue since there is nothing that can be done with out some major repairs as well as time. Thank god my brakes did not freeze while I was on the highway with my family in the far or it could have been a lot worse.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Mar 052015


  • 64,500 miles
On 08/04/14 I took my 2008 Chevy Uplander to local Chevrolet dealer ([xxx]) due to ABS and traction control were appear on the screen. The tech diagnosed that 2 problems were found faulty left front hub/bearing assembly and wiring harness. The tech replaced and fixed the issues. And this year on 03/05/15 I have the same lights appear on my screen again (ABS & traction control) and I did the same thing took to Chevrolet dealer ([xxx]) the tech diagnose the same issues occur again. I refuse too have them fix and would like GM start recall all 2008 Chevy Uplander due to hub/bearing assembly and wiring harness problems since the cost of fixing these issues are between $650 - $700. Is pretty expensive for person that live on paycheck by paycheck each week. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- North Chili, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 042014


  • 96,000 miles
While driving down the road, brakes locked up on vehicle. Problem has repeated itself several times since. When this happens, vehicle pulls to the left. We are no longer driving vehicle due to safety concern.

- Patoka, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 242011


  • 101,009 miles


I have had nothing but problems with this car. I have had brake issues the front sensor wires got snagged and shut down while driving. It had turned on and off a few times once as I slammed on the brakes, I almost rear ended the car in front of me. The fuel system has needed a new wire harness that had burnt up at 108,000 miles, the tuning port needed to be replaced around the same time as well as an evap canister. Now at 140,000 miles the transmission went out. They have blocked me from reporting on facebook how the cars are awful but I am now writing everyone I can about the autos they pass of as american car.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 182014

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 84,795 miles
This vehicle is suffering an intermittent driver information center notification... stating, .... check ABS brake system, check traction control system, check stability control system.... all the corresponding system dash lights are then on. I also believe I have smelled an odor in my car... a faint smell of something burnt...

- St. Charles, IL, USA

problem #4

May 082013


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. The contact stated that the brakes on the vehicle made a squeaking sound. The dealer replaced the brake pads three times within two years. The vehicle was not repaired again and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

May 142013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Drove the van home that same night, before we pulled in the drive way, the van over heated, the brakes had a spongy feel to them after 15 mins of driving, temperature gauge never went pass the half way make when the red indicator came on the van totally shut down no power, I almost flip the van over. I have replace the brake twice in 3 weeks of each other.then light on the dash came on when temperature were cold, rainy, foggy, out side, and when it got hot temperature out side the dash light at night time started to flicker on and off, then about 30 seconds later the dash lights stayed off and never came back on. Also the van started to have engine not wanted to turn over, and would also loss all power to vehicle leaving us stranded out in horrible weather conditions outside with are children.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 172010

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Alternator went out, rear passenger door fell off the top hinge hit the payment, brakes started falling again.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 292012

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 51,500 miles
Brakes intermittently apply themselves without warning. Happened previous to this incident several times at lower speeds. I'm not sure if brake lights activate when this happens making this a highly dangerous situation. Dealer had vehicle three weeks, charged for labor and parts, then stated that they thought they had the problem fixed but couldn't get the automatic traction control light to go out or the dic to not display service stability system. Vehicle was okay for about four weeks then brakes started activating at low speed again. Contacted GM, they refuse to help because vehicle has "branded" title. Suggested I take it back to same dealer and pay them to diagnose a problem they can't fix.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

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