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#2258 of 2927 Re: Buick Terraza [tisco]
Sep 12, 2005 (5:48 pm)
I purchased a 2005 Buick Terraza and to my dismay 3 days later I noticed that the vehicle pulls to the right. I thought this was a simple alignment problem so I took it into the dealer.
They checked everything over and could not find the problem. It was not alignment
problems. The dealer called GM and GM stated they are aware that the vehicle is pulling to the right as they have had noted complaints. They stated they are looking into the problem but there is no solution at this time.
You will also find the 2006 does the pull as well. They seem to think it may lay in with the traction control. I have turned off my traction control and the vehicle does not pull as much to the right.
GM said check bad at a later time for a resolution.
#2259 of 2927 Re: Buick Terraza [lilolbrenn]
Sep 14, 2005 (6:39 pm)
Our Terraza is now about 9 months old and has never had a pull off center. It is one of the nicer driving vehicles we've had for road trips. Don't let GM off the hook, drive some other ones if the dealer has some. I can't believe this can't be fixed. I'm suspicious of the steering gear as the problem, not alignment. It could also be a bad tire I guess.
#2260 of 2927 Re: Buick Terraza [lilolbrenn]
Sep 15, 2005 (4:46 pm)
Good luck, and let me know if the dealer finds a solution to the problem, I have been complaining about the pull since mine was new. Dealer is not being cooperative and claims it is road crown, the funny thing about it though is if the road crowns towards the left van drives strait. I am baffled, a friend of mine said maybe that there is a proportioning valve in the rack and pinion that may need to be checked, but I do not have an illustrated parts manual to see if the Terraza has a proportioning valve. Anyone else have a GM mini van that seems to steer right all the time??
Sep 21, 2005 (11:49 am)
Have not been here in a while. Just thought I would let everyone know my Uplander is still running A-ok. My wife drove home from the cottage we were renting last week and I sat in the back and watched a DVD movie. This was great as I was not feeling well and I got to enjoy a movie my wife had no interest in. Since our kids are gone from home, we don't really need the DVD, but maybe some day we will have grandchildren.
Anyway, still enjoying the van. See a lot of them around now so they must be selling ok though some are rentals no doubt. Anyone seen or driven a 3.9L version yet?
Sep 22, 2005 (7:23 pm)
Ok Folks! Here ya go! I have had my uplander since mid January and now have 6700 miles on it. The flickering headlights issue has been taken care of by the dealer. Well I have some new material to share with you folks.In the past few weeks the engine would not start. The battery was ok, the starter sounded normal, and the engine was turning over, but not starting. This was intermittant and happened a few times. A few times too many with 2 kids in the back. Also the electric sliding doors were getting stupid and sometimes were confused whether we wanted to get in or out.Pull the handle and the motor would hum (both sides!!). The most annoying to me was the engine noise at 2100rpm and sometimes during take off. Sounds almost like an exhaust leak but no I dont think so. I took my Uplander into the dealer yesterday to get these items taken care of so that I could get some sleep at night. They completed the reapirs and are as follows in the order listed above. This is exactly from the dealer"updated calibrations for pcm, reprogrammed pcm with updated calibrations". For the electric doors"code b1292 stored in history.Cleared code out for sliding doors and recalibrated doors.For the engine noise" found bulletin for updated pcv valve hose to prevent noise on acceleration. replaced this hose.Bulletin # 05-06-01-005a. Stay with me now folks it gets better. I picked my Uplander today and on the way home I stopped to get it washed. I stepped out and noticed a dent and scratches down to the metal on the front driver side quarter panel.I headed BACK to the dealer and now it sits patiently in the body shop. Is anyone feeling my pain.. I will let you all know if the paint matches. Take care
Sep 23, 2005 (5:03 am)
You would think they would be honest if they damaged your vehicle rather than just give it back and hope you wouldn't notice. UG!
#2264 of 2927 Re: Listen Up [mobile1]
Sep 23, 2005 (9:08 am)
That is a bit disturbing. What is the manufacture date on yours? We've had our LT since May 31 (mfg Dec 7 '04) and have almost 6k on it with no mechanical issues with the engine or doors. I am glad to know about the bulletin on the PVC hose. GM must be only repairing where there is an issue. I haven't received anything from them on this.
Overall, we're still very happy with our decision to buy the Uplander. We average 20 mpg in town with properly inflated tires and 24/25 with higway driving. I still think it's the best looking minivan on the road and most people who see it make some sort of comment. I think this van, like the G6 has been slow catching on, but is starting to be noticed. It's hard to change your image overnight, but at least GM is trying to do so.
#2265 of 2927 Re: Listen Up [genmtrfan]
Sep 23, 2005 (4:01 pm)
I agree. We had an '02 Tahoe and liked well.Then we made the mistake and bought an Avalanch. At that time we had only one child and we decided to have another. The Avalanch was a great vehicle, but absolutely not practical with a 2yr old and one on the way. My wife is the primary driver of our Uplander and she tells me that this is her favorite so far. She loves it! I can't wait until those Good Year tires wear out. I bet the ride would be a bit smoother with a better tire. Every time I take it to the local car wash people have to check it out. I know some don't like the new look but it sure looks better to me than anything else in it's class. Good luck with yours and I'll keep you posted on the quality of the repairs. By the way, the paint matched!!
#2266 of 2927 Re: Listen Up [genmtrfan]
Sep 23, 2005 (4:06 pm)
I will get back to you on the date. It's hard to see it when it's never here in the driveway. I will have to go down to Wal-Mart to find out for you. Take Care.
#2267 of 2927 Re: Buick Terraza
Sep 27, 2005 (3:28 pm)
Just an update on the Terraza's...I've got about 9,000 miles now...bought it in Feb. 2005. My dealer is great! I bring it in for service, and any problems he takes care of. Which leads me to the latest. I noticed a "clicking" sound from the front end, sort of like a loose shock absorber. Well, New York City is known for its' pot-holes, so the stabilizer links were wearing out. The dealer replaced them... no charge, of course. Then, my sons heard a hissing noise from the back. The dealer found that the hose from the air pump to the rear shocks was kinked. The dealer replaced it...no charge. It's still the nicest car I've ever had (I'm 67), and the grand children love the DVD player. I get about 27 MPG on the highway at about 65 MPH, and about 20 MPG around the city.