2005 Chevrolet Uplander Consumer Review: Disappointing (Borderline LEMO

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Disappointing (Borderline LEMON)
By dandrews on


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


Just under 4000 miles. Transmission, radiator and converter replaced (three times in the shop, one more and it's an official lemon). The transmission started acting up with less than 500 miles on the vehicle. Almost caused 2 accidents. New one works wonderfully so far. PCV valve is whistling on acceleration, needs replacement (per GM service bulletin). DVD player makes clicking sound in speakers when accelerating. Intermittent problems with radio and power sliding door. Rear seats are heavy and awkward to remove. No power liftgate option. Middle windows on side doors do not open. Only ONE built-in child seat on ONE trim level. Without headphones, everyone listens to DVD.

Best Features

Built-in child seat (Dodge only puts them in their lowest trim level Caravan, no one else makes them). STANDARD DVD. Fold-up and tumble-forward middle row captains chairs. Driver info center. With new transmission, drives very smooth. 20 MPG city on regular (last car was Jetta - 19 MPG on premium).

Worst Features

Rear seat HVAC controls somewhere other than DVD player. Another rear child seat, both available on all trims. Wired headphone access somewhere other than DVD unit. Longer warranty than 3 years/36000 miles. Make a vehicle that works and maybe, GM, you wouldn't have to "give away your discount" to sell them.
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