By Fritz G Heinrich on
2005 Chevrolet Uplander LT AWD 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
The test drive impressed us und we continue to like the car with one major exception. We noticed that like with many cars today the doors look automatically. We do not consider this safe and we told this the sales person. We were told that it is possible to program the controls that the doors do not lock automatically. The operating manual confirmed this. But in reality, this vehicle or the control software version does not allow the automatic door locking do be disabled. The dealer could not do it. Chevrolet/GM Customer Assistance Center claimed that this cannot be done as it increases the company's liability regarding security, trading safety against security in our opinion.
OnStar offers a lot: Roadside assistance to the point that they notice an accident with air bag activated and can locate the vehicle for help. The hands free calling is of great quality, although at $0.40 per minute it is mostly for emergency calls. Many more options do not fit in this space.
As written above: Our main issue is the automatic locking of the doors, it is not safe and while this is not a Pinto, fires in accidents do still happen. The Operating Manual should be less complicated and up to date. The tire rotation schematic is for diagonal tires, more than 20 years in the past