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Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, Van
#1219 of 2927 Re: [montanafan #1211]
May 24, 2004 (7:44 pm)
I spoke to Chevrolet Customer Support again today and they indicated from their documentation that the 2005 Uplander and Montana srv6 will be built with a regular and extended wheelbase in US. They also said the Saturn Relay and Buick Terrazo(sp) look to be available only in the extended length. I hope their right because I can't fit an extended length van in my garage. Planned start of production date is supposed to be Sept. 27.
May 25, 2004 (5:07 am)
Chevrolet Customer Assistance is incorrect about at least the Montana SV6. Pontiac as recently as this month, in a product info update I was shown, has stated that the SV6 will be offered only in Extended Wheelbase with seven-passenger seating in both FWD and AWD. Again that should mean at least the USA.
Chevrolet's web site dosen't mention two lengths.
Also, everything I have read talks about one seating configuration, 7 passenger with fold flat third row with convenience center. This seating configuration is not currently available with the regular wheelbase models because the lack of space behind the third row. That would also have to be the case for the next generation.
May 25, 2004 (10:23 am)
Lots of people like SWB vans for many reasons. GM would be stupid to get rid of them. They should at least have the Chevy version available in the U.S. Pontiac and Chevy will have SWB in Canada for sure.
Alpha, I was actually talking C$, sorry. Stripped Siennas go for C$32K here but most on the lot seem to be in the C$35-40K slot. I see well equipped Chevy Ventures EWB with alloys advertised for $26K and change.
May 25, 2004 (10:26 am)
Ah, that explains it!
May 30, 2004 (8:06 am)
Longer wheel base won't fit in my garage (due to the stairs going down to the basement) which is one of the reasons we looked at the GM vans. If they didn't have them we would have bought a Chrysler van.
I don't suspect I am alone with this issue. GM should make SWB for both the US and Canada or they will loose market share. I also see more and more new developments that have houses with very small garages compared to the older homes. SWB vans may even be a growth segment.
#1224 of 2927 Re: [vanman1 #1223]
May 30, 2004 (10:42 am)
That's where the European Micro-Vans fit in, if they ever come here.
Jun 08, 2004 (8:36 am)
Ya, that Zaffira or something that is sold in Europe would make a great Saturn van. Lots of small garages these days in the burbs. Land is getting expensive and houses are getting squeezed!
Jun 08, 2004 (10:50 am)
lots are getting smaller. I live on .8 of an acre in a twelve year old house. The brand new houses in town only have about a quarter of an acre, some even less! Plus the builders are charging more for less house. In my area, a house with no brick and a small two car garage goes for around $300,000. Those microvans would really help with the tight garages. I can only fit my Odyssey since I have an extra deep two car garage.
Jun 09, 2004 (10:33 am)
Yep.. the houses in the Toronto area seem to be about 10 ft. apart these days. Small lots squished together with tiny garages and big price tags. Average house price is around $275K these days, ouch. Most of the new ones are $300K+ here also.
#1228 of 2927 Fixer Uppers
Jun 09, 2004 (10:43 am)
can be bought in my area in the lower $200K range. Nice houses are in the upper $200K range and lower $300K range.