2005 Chevrolet Uplander Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I wrote a review about a year ago when we first purchased our uplander at 78,000 miles...it now has just under 90,000 and some of my opinions of the van have changed...all in all its a nice van. In the past year we have had to change some sensor by the gas tank which required the mechanics to drop the entire gas tank. we also had to replace the rear brakes because they were down to the metal but the van never even gave us warning that they were so low. then we had to have the exhaust shield fixed because it rattled when we closed the doors. Also the front struts rattle constantly, the transmission acts wierd and doesnt always shift smooth even with new fluid, and now the engine is pinging.
i do like the interior up front. there is nice looking woodgrain and fake leather accents with stitching on the doors, it just looks nice. the back however looks very plain. I like the ride, its nice and smooth although around corners it leans too much. the gas mileage is decent for a vehicle of this size, we get anywhere from 18.5-19.5 in the city and on the highway i have achieved 29.9 mpg one trip, but usually only get 26 which is still very good i think.
Improve the build quality! it rattles on bumpy roads like crazy. I honestly think the transmission is going to be the next thing to break, it acts like it wont stay in overdrive, and sometimes it shifts hard, and sometimes it shifts extremely slow, it just acts wierd. also i think its ridiculous that the engine is pinging at such a low mileage. i put in 93 octane gas yesterday and im hoping that will help because pinging will destroy the engine if not fixed. it also needs better suspension, its smooth but when turning the whole car leans and the front struts rattle constantly!! also the steering squeels when turning and grinds ocationaly..again its just an ok van, like most chevys, just ok.