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Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, Van
#2755 of 2925 Re: 2006 Chevrolet Uplander LT 4D Pass Ext Van [vtaylor]
Nov 20, 2006 (5:10 pm)
I own a 2005 Buick Terraza CXL. It now has 24,000 miles on it. I paid (actually leased it)for about $28,000. I think it's the best car I've ever owned...I'm 68, my 1st car was a '40 DeSoto...so there's a lot of cars in between. Any "problems" that I've had have been taken care, cheerfully, by my dealer. If it wasn't a good car I wouldn't keep it...especially with my wife and 7 grandchildren in it. Good luck, I hope this helps.
#2756 of 2925 Re: Harmonica like sound [incommunicado]
Nov 22, 2006 (7:37 pm)
We have the same problem on our 2006 Relay and I know I guy with an 05 that it happens to as well. I did an experiment and it seems to pause when the wipers are vertical so I'm considering a bug deflector to change the air flow.
#2757 of 2925 Howling windshield sound
Nov 22, 2006 (8:06 pm)
On our 06 Relay 2 at highway speed we get the same sound described elsewhere in these posts as train whistle and harmonica like. Anyone successfully found a solution? We have the falling off weatherstripping as well but no electrical or start issues to date. Do they just make drawing s and build these without anyone ever testing them?
Reading these posts I'm scared to buy GM after this one goes!
#2758 of 2925 DVD problems with '06 Montana SV6
Nov 27, 2006 (3:14 pm)
We have an '06 SV6 and have had a irritating issue with the DVD player since we purchased the van (new). It will skip and pause randomly on bought/prerecorded DVD's and will implode on itself if you try and play MOST burnt/backed up DVD's (in our old Caravan, we kept backup copies of our kids DVD collection in the van so the good ones would not get wrecked).
Anyways, I can ~understand~ the copied ones having issues, tho I am not happy about it... but the continuing issue with the originals is frustrating. I've done my own trouble shooting and the problem does not involve: the vehicle moving (or not), excessive heat (or cold), particular movie houses (Disney, etc...), damage to the discs.
We have had the van into 2 local dealers here in the city 2x for the problem, but have had no luck getting it resolved for 2 reasons (I think): 1. the problem is sporatic so they have a hard time pinpointing it and 2. the a/v functions repairs of the van are outsourced to a 3rd party shop in the city.
IS there any outstanding DVD issues we should be aware of that I can discuss with the dealer to this end?
Thanks in advance!
#2759 of 2925 Re: 2006 Chevrolet Uplander LT 4D Pass Ext Van [vtaylor]
Dec 01, 2006 (9:21 pm)
I have a 2005 Uplander LT AWD and I recently had to have the transmission replaced at 11000 miles (under warranty). I wasn't very happy about this and when I called customer relations at Chevrolet, they were not very helpful. I do have other problems with the van: delay from R to D, starter keeps going after I let go of the key, and my passenger automatic door sometimes doesn't shut and latch. Good luck.
#2760 of 2925 This is it for CSV's
Dec 03, 2006 (4:42 pm)
I just read that GM will not re-design the current vans in 2009 as planned. I'm really disappointed. Given the much-improved vehicles it has been turning out lately, I think it could have been a great vehicle. Perhaps market pressures are just too great with the tide turning toward SUV's.
While the current generation has had its issues, I don't think they're bad vehicles. They are significantly improved over the last generation. Great new interior, good looks (subjective), new engine choices, nice electronics, and a comparatively low price.
Despite having a few things repaired under warranty, I really like our Uplander LT after 1.5 years and 27,000 miles. It's perfect for our family of 6. On a recent trip across the state, we achieved 25 mpg. I'll never understand why these vans haven't sold better, especially now that the 3.9 is standard equipment. No, they aren't class leading in every category, but they're not far off and GM has adjusted the price accordingly. Besides that, the styling is unique and I like the looks of the models with the silver roof rails. Safety is the one black mark. while they get great front crash scores, I don't think that these vans offer full side curtain airbags in all rows. Perhaps this is a bigger selling point than I think.
In several years we'll probably replace our Uplander with one of the new lambda vehicles (Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave). They're almost as spacious, although they don't have the sliding doors. Perhaps given GM's current financial situation, they made the right decision, but I just hate to see them admit defeat, which is essentially what they're doing.
#2761 of 2925 Re: This is it for CSV's [genmtrfan]
Dec 09, 2006 (5:30 pm)
genmtrfan, I could not agree with you more. Although I've had a few bugs that have needed to be ironed out (which all have been taken care of), I have been very satisfied with my '05 Buick Terraza. Hard to believe that they would phase out a model after only 3 years. I believe there is still a need for minivans, and we decided on the Terraza after comparing gas mileage with many of the SUVs. This will only swing more minivan customers to Ford and Chrysler. We previously owned a '01 Olds Silhouette and once again, we will own a model that is being phased out. I intend on keeping the Terraza for a few years. Here's hoping the new CSV's will have the same capacity as the minivans.
Dec 12, 2006 (8:21 pm)
Hi bought a 99 Transport 2yrs ago, this summer was out of town visiting friends and trany starting jerking and hard shifting. I checked fluid it was a bit low ( no signs of leaks at all?) has me wondering.Topped it up, has been fine with the exception of a little hard shifting a few times. Had trany fluid flushed a month ago now its got worse. Anyone pulled one apart before any tips, anyone had one replaced? how much? any help would be nice
#2763 of 2925 '06 Saturn Relay 3
Dec 16, 2006 (11:10 pm)
After reading all of the recent posts I thought I would just check in and compare notes. I bought a Saturn Relay 3 (2006) model in October. After the purchace I drove it out to Vermont, from Washington State, and back, a round trip of 7,600 miles. I purchased the version with AWD, as I carry a 400lb powerchair in the back and needed the auto leveling system. I have only one power sliding door, (I wished I could have gotten two of them,) and both front seats are power.
So far at 12,000 miles or so, I have had no problems. None. The only light flicker I notice is the dash lights will flicker when under hard acceration. I suspect the alternator/regulator cannot keep track of the load when all of the lights are on, radio, AC, etc. and then have a sudden RPM change...
But so far no rattles, no whistles, no rotor problems, AC works good (note here: I talked with the service rep about low output and he stated that at some temps, i.e. below 40 or so, the AC just wont run) and have some problems with clearing fog from the windows (see previous note).
All said and done I would buy it again.
#2764 of 2925 Re: This is it for CSV's [genmtrfan]
Jan 10, 2007 (1:53 pm)
I totally agree! I'm currently driving a Pontiac Montana, and am very impressed. I may be a bit biased because I've been a minivan fan since the outset. In my opinion the Montana is an exceptionally responsive and well thought-out vehicle, and given the low price tag it's a tremendous value. Unfortunately, GM mangement has made the decision to abandon the CSV market. I don't know all the factors, but I do know it's typical for GM to kill a program just about the time they "get it right." What's even more ironic is that actually people see the Montana as a crossover. For GM's sake I hope there are lots of buyers looking to spend an additional $10,000 to replace their Uplanders and Montanas.