really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,421 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 242015


  • 93,233 miles


While driving North on dagsboro road I crossed the railroad tracks and the rear axle on the passenger side broke catapulting the vehicle into a telephone pole on the left side of the road and causing the vehicle to turn over two times. I don't know if it was turning end over end or sidewise. The telephone pole broke off at the bottom and also at the top leaving the top hanging on the wires. I didn┐T realize that the left rear tire had come off until the car was being moved to the salvage yard. The state of Delaware uniform collision report indicates that the cause of the accident was inattentive driving. I told cpl albert at the time of the accident that I didn┐T know what happened but I did remember being sleepy and mentioning that I was planning to stop at the smyrna rest area to take a nap. The rest area was at least an hours drive ahead of us so I didn┐T think I was in any immediate danger of falling asleep. I have communicated with cpl albert several times since the accident in an effort to have the reason for the accident changed from inattentive driving to mechanical failure. When I showed the picture of the broken axel to my mechanic he suggested that the car was catapulted on to the telephone pole. I am scheduled to go to the ┐justice of the peace court of the state of deleware in and for sussex county court no. 3,23730 shortly rd. Georgetown de 19947 (302)856-145 ┐ at 9:00 am on Tuesday December 22, 2015 to plead my case. I think it is important to report the problem even if I should lose the case. Updated 02/03/16

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 042014

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 97,474 miles
Vehicle leaned to left when driven at 40 mph or above. Contacted GM hotline and advised to take to dealer for diagnostic. Took vehicle to local dealer on 9/8/2014 (wilson, nc) and was advised that right rear wheel assembly needed replacing. In addition, it was suggested that rear shocks and brake pads be replaced. Total costs were $1035.09. I picked up vehicle on 9/11/2014 and noticed that leaning had diminished but still persisted when road slopes or curves towards the left. Have taken vehicle back to dealer three times and they insist that this is normal although I have never experienced this in the six years that I have owned this van. On most recent visit, service manager took van into shop for about 15 minutes and the problem has worsened with van feeling like a jalopy ride on uneven surfaces. The steering wheel now vibrates and makes a weird grinding noise if turned to more than half way in either direction. I now pray each time I must drive the vehicle because I am not sure that it will not tip over. Neither the dealer nor GM have been able to correct the problem and have made me to feel as though I am overreacting to the situation. I hope this report will help to address this matter for myself and other Uplander owners. Any suggestions you may have are welcomed. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 032009

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I have the 2008 Chevy Uplander model with handicapped lowered floor plan.I can not get out of my van from the inside the passengers side door does not open.I cannot get the side door to open to allow myself to get out of this van myself.this needs to be looked at very important as this is a major problem that needs attention a.S.a.P. please contact me to have this van looked into so I can get in and out on my own as I need to somehow have you fix the door so it can be opened and closed and the main problem is I cannot get the door to open from the inside.thank you. P.S. the door latch will not open manualy and needs attention..

- Freeport , OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 152010


  • miles
Purchase 2008 Chevy Uplander from [xxx], roseville, ca since then I have replaced the battery 3 X's. 17 months later after the purchase charging system failure pops up. Put in the new battery 8/15 it won't hold charge. The alternator has gone they said. There are over hundreds of complaint about the alternators in the Chevy Uplander and Chevy hasn't done recall to fix. My van has been in the shop for over week and the specialist at GM (dave 1-866-790-5600 X1317) said he would get a resolution. I haven't heard from the specialist since 8/19. www.greenflagauto.com/forum/index.php"showtopic=1885, chevroletforum.com/forum/showthread.php?T=21063, www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2008/Chevrolet/Uplander/electrical+system, , www.fixya.com/cars/T2589497-getting_charging_system_failure, www.chevroletforum.com/forum/showthread.php?T=21063, www.justanswer.com/questions/1wl3T-I-have-A-2005-Chevy-Uplander-my-headlights-were-flickering, www.justanswer.com/questions/3wozj-alternator-not-charging-battery-how-can-I-check-the-alternator, www.fixya.com/cars/T4092277-december_2_batteries "by decoblue21 on Feb 09, 2010 since Dec we have had 2 batteries and an alternator replaced in our 2008 Uplander. The battery is constantly loosing amps. And the car has failed to start on a number of occasions. We charge it but eventually the battery just doesn't hold the charge. The really weird thing is that when it's idling it gains amps and when the car is being driven it loses amps.eventually however, it just doesn't even take the charge. No one can figure out what is going on. Do you have any advice" " those are the links. Can you please help me. My van has been at [xxx] for over a week. Month after I had the van charging system failure came on and went off hour later. Chevy said don't worry. Please help me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 242010

Uplander 6-cyl

  • 26,400 miles
Right back passenger door wouldn't close properly 3 days after purchase; took it in for adjustment. 2 years later, during which my baby was sitting next to that door, the latch failed and the door was inoperable. Latch was supposedly fixed. Fuel/oxygen injector failure 3 times; waiting on a part. Taken in for squealing brakes 3 times; was told the brake pads were on recall. 2 years later, I'm still waiting on the brake pads. Anti-lock brake trouble twice, stability control system failure twice, sensor malfunctions on a regular basis, check engine light on a regular basis; each time it is taken to mechanic. I've been told to ignore the problems if the warning goes off the next time I start the car, and to only bring it in if the warnings go on and off a few times. A few times the mechanic has said they can't find anything wrong with it, but the warning lights keep coming back on.

- Huntington, IN, USA

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