hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,615 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander drivetrain problems

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 022015

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 94,988 miles


Clicking, squeaky, clunky noises in rear suspension. There is a jerk at 20mph, as you drive it keeps jerking as you pick up speed. Stability control system light keeps coming on even after I changed the wheel bearing.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 152012

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Engine cut off with result of loss of power steering and brakes. It happened and continues to happen in wet road condition, especially when going through the smallest of puddles. Resulting loss of any control over vehicle. Engine has kicked back on after a few seconds of uncontrollable coasting. So far I have avoided an accident. But now I do not drive this vehicle in rain or threat of rain.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 212013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
This van has fairly low mileage when the transmission stopped working as we drove on the highway. It was a busy highway and we just barely managed to get off the road. We were so lucky we were not hit by other cars when this happened. The mechanic said the inside sheered off inside the transmission. He showed us the parts (which I still have as proof of the issue that is a problem of GM.). the parts were weak and just ripped apart. Luckily we were not hurt, but this could have been catastrophic. It cost $3800 to repair, and the car was only 2 months out of warranty. Chevy was very uncooperative in getting help.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 012008

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


Transmission went out. Dash light go out, seat belts all of them unlatch by them self, I replaced the brakes 6 times already, emission vapor canister went out, the engine light always on. It all ways say check gas cap, know my van not working. I can't clean any hard codes, passenger right side door unlatch when I was and the bottom half of the door hit the ground on the freeway with my 5 kids in the car, my 20 yr son was sitting by his eight yr old brother. My eight yr old was on the side that came unlatch thank god he un did his brother seat belt and grab him and held on to him tight until I stop the vehicle. The started went out, the back air condition won't work, the passenger right side joint broke, the van over heats all the time which cause the transmission to go out and the starter went I replace transmission starter and thermostat.the van a piece of [xxx] and I want my money back I paid for in cash. I brought the van in 2008 and paid cash for it.I had nothing but problems with it since I brought it in 11/1/2008. The problems started 2 days after I brought the van home. I wish never had gotten it. The [xxx] thing a lemon they need force Chevy to recall the god [xxx] lemon 2008 Chevy Uplander and give me my money back so I can go some were else and by my family a real van, I'm a single mom of 5 children and I need a reliable van, not a piece of [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 272014

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The van was park for about 2 hours. I return and start the engine I move to "D" for drive and the van not go. Only 2,1 speed goes forward. But no drive "D". research show the need a new transmission do to overheating. This issues need to be address by Chevy.

- El Monte, CA, USA

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problem #5

Sep 282013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 55,260 miles
I am at a stop light and put my foot on the gas to go when the light changed and it wouldn't go. The car was sputtering, shaking really hard...I was able to eventually get home. Now I can't even drive the car my Uplander at all because the transmission is out completely. The dealer verified it is the transmission. They are taking it apart to see exactly what went wrong inside the transmission. My powertrain warranty just expired July 31st of this year. I feel that at 55K miles, this is a manufacturers issue. They must have put a bad transmission in the Uplander from the beginning. I feel they should take ownership and make it right. I have 4 kids and need my van to pick them up and so I can get to work. I don't have a lot of money for a huge repair when I trusted that Chevrolet was a good reliable car maker.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 172013

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


My transmission is starting to stutter at high speeds I was told by two different mechanics that this is a common problem and I shouldn't have to pay for it! that Chevy knows about it and should fix the problem as a recall! I owe way too much on the van to put 3000 dollars into a transmission overhaul because of a problem that they knew about a while ago but did not recall it!

- Madison, OH, USA

problem #3

May 082010


  • 55,900 miles
Driving out of a parking lot with a down hill slop and at an angle. The left front wheel made contact with the road first and then the right. As the back wheels made contact with the road the stabilizer control came on and as I started to accelerate either the trans or the brakes locked up throwing every one forward into their seat belts the only way to disengage what ever was locked up was to turn the ignition key off and restart the car the identical problem happened in may of 2008.

- London On., 00, USA

problem #2

Dec 152008


  • 27,000 miles
I own a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander which displays a "service engine light" when driving in rain or snow, on trips more than an hour in length. This problem has occurred on more than twelve occasions, and has been taken to three dealers under warranty for repair. Diagnoses include wrong gas cap, wiring harness short circuit, maf failure, fuel injector fouling, air filter blockage, etc. None of these diagnoses have proven correct, and the problem still exists. The last dealer I took it to told me the problem isn't serious, "the engine light just means that it doesn't meet smog requirements." My state requires echeck before I can register the vehicle, which means that I can't get tags for the vehicle when they expire this year. General Motors refuses to consider any other options for resolving the problem. They have told me I have to go back to the dealer 50, 100 times, as many as necessary to fix the problem. I cannot continue to take time off work and lose use of the car if they cannot fix it. I have made at least twelve trips for these two problems and despite General Motors opinion, I think that is more than reasonable opportunity to fix the car. I also have a noise in the suspension which poses a safety risk but does not prevent me from registering the car. They have also been unable to fix this problem or determine the source.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

May 222008

(reported on)

Uplander 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Uplander with transmission problems. Consumer states when he went down a slight down hill grade, he went down the grade on an angle. The right wheel contacted the road before the left wheel. As the consumer started to accelerate, he heard the stability control activate. The vehicle immediately pitched forward 3 or 4 times. The consumer believed either the transmission was locking up or the front brakes were locking on. The consumer regained control of the vehicle and started to go forward.

- London Ontario, DC, USA

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