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2005 Chevrolet Uplander

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Brakes -- Verified

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The high pressure power steering hose will commonly leak fluid and should be replaced if this is the case.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Corrosion at the fuel tank to body harness may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate or a crank no start condition. This corrosion issue is most commonly caused by a water leak inside the vehicle. Any damaged wiring or connectors will require replacement.

2005 Chevrolet Uplander Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 5, 2005

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The outboard release handle on a second row bucket seat may be activated during a side impact crash. This could cause the rear seat latches to disengage, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Dealers will remove the seat latch release handle and install a plastic cap to eliminate this side impact safety concern. This recall is expected to begin on April 5, 2005. The General Motors recall number is 05015.

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Brakes, November 14, 2005

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Certain sport utility vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Safety Standard # 135 "Passenger Car Brake Systems" To meet the standard, vehicles must not move for 5 minutes when stopped on a steep hill with the parking brake applied and the vehicle in neutral. Some of these vehicles failed this test. When the parking brake is released the driver may notice unintended braking while accelerating, decelerating or coasting. This could lead to unintended vehicle movement and cause an accident. The dealer will inspect each rear parking brake caliper and replace free of charge if slippage is noticed. The GM recall # is 05059

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Questions and Answers

amc, 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, North Highlands, CA

Hot, very hot(as if the heater is on) air is coming from my air conditioning? the back vents cold air is coming out, but front vents extremely hot air is coming out...

moandtina, 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, Clermont, FL

My right rear wheel is making a scraping noise. I jacked the car up and rotated the tire and it makes a consistent scraping noise at certain point in the wheel rotation. Are there rotors on the rea...

julm36, 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, Chardon, OH

What is wrong with my Uplander if I can start it with the first crank in the morning everytime but anytime after that during the day it will not crank over until I push on the gas pedal?

amejia, 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, Pampa, TX

i have cheaked the fuses under the hood what else could it be?

redlegs8, 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, Tipp City, OH

It has a 3.8L, I think it would be possible to change them just by reaching over the engine, but was looking for other insight.

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2005 Chevrolet Uplander Reviews

This van is so, so the power door quit working on the passenger side. Your able to open it, only if you want to hear it ding really loud and not turn off. The ac quit and I've had it checked several times and they can't find anything leaking etc.Like most people I've replaced the rotators three times and brakes. However, after researching I found the size they have on there is to small. Once I upgraded to the next size I haven't had any issues. My motor broke on the rear wind shield wiper. I feel as though I've stuck more money in repairs for the van then it's worth.

Bought our Uplander used with 72,000 on it. WORST PURCHASE I EVER MADE! We spend at least as much on the vehicle each month IN RECURRING REPAIRS as we spend on monthly loan payments. I wish someone would steal this vehicle, but after about 2 days, they would probably bring it back! I used to be a Chevy man, but I wouldn't wish this piece of crap on my worst enemy! If this is an example of Chevy's best, they should get out of the automotive industry! Can you say LEMON. Even the Chevrolet certified mechanics can't figure this thing out. BUY FOREIGN!

We have a 2005 Uplander, when purchased it had 18,000 miles on it. We have had it for 5 years and now have 108,000 miles.
The good: I really like the van and my kids love the dvd system. I have driven the van from Kansas to Connecticut and back and from Kansas to Florida and back. It gets pretty good gas mileage about 18mpg in town and about 22mpg highway. Seems to have plenty of power, and haven't had any major problems (except a leak) I love the power doors, and everything else.

The Bad: I have had some recurring issues with the drives side automatic door. One time it wouldn't shut, other times it wouldn't open. Kind of has a mind of its own. After replacing virtually everything mechanical on it, I haven't had any trouble. My powersteering pump apparently has a leak and is throwing power steering fluid all over the right side of my engine. When I back up, it sometimes makes a loud noise...I think it might be my suspension? Everything is difficult to get to under the hood. Even the battery. In order to change the battery they have to take off a metal bar and take the cover off the fuse box. When I had the spark plugs changed, they had to actually go in through my dash to change 3 of them. I have the leather wrapped seats and the material in the inside of the seat stains very easily.


I've had this vehicle since 2005 and it has 100,000 miles on it. I've had few issues with it running well, other than changing the oil and brakes. Great gas mileage and super comfortable. I notice that it's a bit bouncier as it ages, but that's to be expected. I also think the brakes pulse too much. I, too, have had issues with the right rear sliding door. Absent these issues, it's been a work horse and held up very well. Here's to the next 100,000!

I bought this van used, and I must say it's been a good one. It's not the best van out there, but it is one of the most affordable. It's definitely been worth the money.

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