I have owned 5 mini vans and this is the 5th and last. It is so comfortable and seats 7! The kids can watch movies or hook their xbox up to it. It has 2 household plugs in it, a compressor with an air hose! No matter how much weight there is in it, it adjusts in the rear and it is never sagged down. I have folded the seats down and put a full size refrigerator in it. It sits up high like an SUV, but, I LOVE the sliding doors in parking lots and the garage. It is front wheel drive, but, goes through snow like a charm!
This is the car my family bought used a few years ago, and I wish they had done research first. It is better than the '98 Venture we had, but not by much. I will address build quality first, and frankly the build quality is disappointing. Basically the whole interior is hard plastic (the dashboard of my grandmother's '96 Bonneville is softer), and there are noticeable gaps between many of the panels. There is padding on the upper door panels, but it is very minimal. Fortunately, we have not had problems with the power doors like other people have. We have, however, experienced the very common light flicker problem.
This car drives poorly. It crashes over bumps in the road and the entire interior rattles. There is also a lot of wind noise at highway speeds. Acceleration isn't actually that bad, because although the engine is somewhat underpowered, it can get the car going if you just push the RPMs a little. Another thing, though, is that the transmission isn't particularly smooth when shifting.
Interior comfort isn't terrible. The third-row seats are kind of stiff, but I don't think they've ever really been used. The other two rows of seats have full-size cushions, which is nice, but there is no lumbar support and no kind of adjustment for it. Additionally, like I mentioned before, padding on the front doors is minimal. Legroom in the second row is barely enough, and the third row actually has more legroom than the second.
This car has also developed several problems that compromise safety. The wheels are beginning to corrode, I believe, resulting in a slow tire leak (a common problem here in Minnesota, where we heavily salt our roads in the winter). We had to have the steering done because it was starting to leak fluid. The most recent problem is one that we've had before. The brakes go crazy, the traction control kicks in when it's not needed, and sometimes the ABS/traction control lights come on and the information screen flashes "service ABS", "service traction control", and "service stability system".
Other miscellaneous things include: somewhat sub-par gas mileage (about 17 mpg), the unimpressive CD player (randomly stops working), and visibility (hindered by full-size rear headrests and thick C-pillars).
This car has not aged well while we've had it. Being a minivan, of course it gets driven often. But that also means problems can develop more quickly. The problems I mentioned aren't even all of the problems we've had since we got it. Those are just the recent problems and I fear we may encounter more. Even my mother, who mostly just wants a car that will get her from A to B, is getting frustrated. If you own a Terraza, Uplander, Montana, or Relay, please be careful and, if you are able, maybe find a different vehicle?
UPDATE: I've owned it for 3 years now and I still love it. It has had a few problems though. This chassis (terraza, relay, Uplander, and SV6) is notorious for wheel bearings going. I've been through two bearings on the front, both sides and on the back, one time, both sides. Ridiculous right? I'm handy, so they're easy enough to change, but come on.... seriously? Twice in 3 years?! Also, I had an ongoing issue with the ABS/traction/stability system light triggering. Took me a while to figure out - but it ended up being as simple as changing the wire harness that runs from the wheel hub to the computer. The wire is cheap and gets brittle over time and even though it looks "ok" the tiny wires inside fray and trip the system - haven't had an issue since replacing a couple years ago.
The stereo had weird road/static noises and I didn't like the stock deck anyway so I upgraded to a Kenwood GPS/DVD deck and it's been fantastic ever since as the stock speakers/sound is actually really decent. Hope this helps other owners. Despite the problems I really do still love driving it. Everything else about it has been great!
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I just bought my Terraza recently. It has been maintained so well that I'm pretty sure a family of ghosts drove it. It smells like new car, not a stain or a worn spot to be found. At a low 90,000km it looks as though it could have 10km on the clock - so I'm very excited just at how clean it is.
In my time driving it, my only complaint is the transmission. Sometimes it doesn't seem to know what it wants to do. I stomp it for power on the highway and it launches into 6000rpm and sounds like it's about to explode. A little scary - I don't want to face a tranny rebuild so soon in our relationship. Aside from that, driving around town and so forth, she's the smoothest ride I've ever owned.
I was drawn to the Buick Terraza because it had lots of bells and whistles and low miles (29K). I have owned this vehicle for a little over 2 years and it has been nothing but a pain. Have replaced Wheel Hub Assemblies and control arms twice. Replaced lift gate struts at 50k. Automatic door stopped working and warning bell continuously dings while driving unless fuse for radio is pulled. ABS, Stability Control and Traction Control warning lights come on for no reason. DVD player gets hot to the touch. Plastic molding on the doors has come off. I have regular & scheduled maintenance done and drive it with respect. Do yourself a favor stay away from this vehicle.
Dvd player, wood grain, roomy, nice interior, not bad gas mileage, cup holders.
I'm just glad they don't make this vehicle any longer. Electrical
and front end issues. Major design flaws in those areas.
1)Oil leak between transmission and engine. 2)Electrical problems:Alternator and battery replaced because headlights and interior lights were dimming and going bright.3) Radio replaced due to background noise. DVD player had background noise still after noise suppressor added to +12Volt line.4) Stability control module replaced. 5) Electronic brake module replaced. 6) Power window control module replaced due to retaining clips broken. 7) Wind noise present: replaced sliding door molding. Still had it. 8) Ground effects coming off. 9) Something rolling around loose in steering wheel. Most failures occurred by 16,000 miles. The rest occurred before 30,000 miles. Do not trust this van!!
1) DVD Player. 2) Backup sensors. 3)Duel powered sliding doors. 4)Remote engine start.
1) Better drink holders. Drink holders could not accommodate different cup sizes and 20oz drinks. 2) Entrance to 3rd row seats needs improvement. 3) Better storage of 3rd row seats. They take up to much room when laid down. 4) Space between front seats and 2nd row seats is not adequate.