2005 Chevrolet Uplander Consumer Review: Honeymoon Over, Divorce Final

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Honeymoon Over, Divorce Final
By Mike on


2005 Chevrolet Uplander LT Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


I first reviewed the van on 06/17/2005. Everything went fine until early October. Banging sound in the rear-end got it in the shop twice for a total of 10 days. Turned out to be a bushing on the torsion bar. Exactly two weeks after getting it out of the shop the engine croaked as I was driving at highway speed, I was stranded about 100 miles from home (OnStar did come through). The fix this time was an engine replacement, in the shop for 13 days. My confidence at this point was very shaken. Eleven days after coming out of the shop, the ABS brake light came on, later that night it would not start. It spent the next 12 days in the shop. Traded in on day 13 for a GMC Yukon XL.

Best Features

OnStar, DVD, interior in general. GM covered one payment, due to all the down time and the dealership helped me get into a different vehicle.

Worst Features

An engine that will run for more than 11,500 miles; have heard of two other Uplanders in my area that have required engine replacements (one had two). To other buyers; follow the old rule-of- thumb, don't buy a new model in its first year.
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