2005 Chevrolet Uplander Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
We have had our 2005 Uplander for a year and a half now. Its been an ok van, but a couple problems have shown up..some small, others large. We had a problem with the transmission last year banging into gear when leaving a stop, we took it to the mechanic and they fixed a sensor that seemed to be the problem. The banging went away for a year then recently came back, so back to the mechanic we went, they cleaned out the sensor again and the problem went away...but this time for only a week, then back to slamming into gear. we took it to a transmission shop this time and they found metal flakes all through the trans, so its shot. we are having to get it rebuilt...review continues.....
we are also still having problems with the engine pinging (spark knock) which is extremely bad for your engine. we have switched to premium gas but i still pings. hopefully we can get it fixed before it fries the engine. We also had to change the sway bar links because it made an embarrassing rattling noise all the time. I still like the van but its ridiculous how many issues we have had in such a short time. However it is smooth riding and comfortable on trips, the DVD player is nice to have, and overall the van looks nice. Just wish the quality was better, hopefully we can get another 50,000 miles out of it.
poor quality parts! Needs a stronger engine and transmission....needs a/c heat in the back rows too, not just the front. The seats stain too easy..they even stain with water! even with several coats of scotch guard on them. Overall i still like the van...but it could have been better.