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Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, Van
#2763 of 2927 '06 Saturn Relay 3
Dec 16, 2006 (10:10 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 2927 Re: This is it for CSV's [genmtrfan]
Jan 10, 2007 (12:53 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.
Jan 18, 2007 (7:44 am)
2005-2006 Buick Terraza: Reliability
Here's a good link and list of know problems with the GM vans. In this case the Buick. I am sure it fits true for all of its sister models.
Check-engine light: The check engine light may come on due to failure of the EGR valve. The Delphi valve is to be replaced with a Seimens valve kit and have the PCM flashed. (2005-06)
Electrical problem: The PCM was being replaced for a defective chip under a voluntary emissions recall because it affected the fuel pump and EGR system. (2005)
Electrical problem: If the OnStar system quits or won't come on (no power), but comes back to life if the fuse is removed for five minutes, the vehicle communications interface module must be replaced or else the problem will recur. (2005-06)
Engine noise: A whistling noise from the 3.5L engine during acceleration is corrected by replacing the PCV tube. (2005)
Engine stalling: The engine may not start, may start then quit, and/or assorted warning lights may glow because the wiring connector under the driver seat may get wet and the contacts corrode. (2005-06)
Fuel gauge: The engine may not start or may stall because the tank is empty yet the gauge shows fuel remaining, or the fuel gauge will not show full after refilling due to sulfur corrosion of the fuel level sender and if after treating with Fuel System Cleaner PLUS the problem remains, the sender may need to be replaced. (2005-06)
Headlights: The headlights and interior lights may flicker requiring replacement of the alternator. (2005)
Horn: The horn may require extra pressure on some spots of the steering wheel pad. Softer springs are available to retrofit. (2005-06)
Consumer Guide® Estimated Repair Costs
This table lists costs of likely repairs for comparison with other vehicles. The dollar amount includes the cost of the part(s) and labor (based on $50 per hour) for the typical repair without extras or add-ons. Like the pricing information, replacement costs can vary widely depending on region. Expect charges at a new-car dealership to be slightly higher.
Item Name Repair Cost
A/C Compressor $855
Automatic Transmission or Transaxle $3,240
Clutch, Pressure Plate, Bearing
Constant Velocity Joints $1,520
Exhaust System $540
Shocks and/or Struts $930
Timing Chain or Belt $760
NHTSA Recall History
2005 Terraza: The emergency brake may not fully disengage when released, causing unintended braking while accelerating, decelerating, or coasting. Dealer will inspect the parking brake lever and replace the rear brake calipers as necessary.
2005 Terraza: When parking brake is released, driver may notice unintended braking while accelerating, decelerating or coasting, accompanied by noise from rear of car.
2006 Terraza: Some vehicles may have a misprinted tire and loading label that lists inaccurate capacity weights. Dealer will replace the label.
#2768 of 2927 Re: Uplander Stupid Glitches [gagre]
Jan 19, 2007 (3:17 pm)
Haven't been to the forum for quite a while but I too had the same experience with my brakes as I drove through the Allegheny Mountains in PA. However, when the downward incline is not so great, the brakes work fine--and they run normally on relatively level ground.
#2772 of 2927 Re: 99 Transport (Montana) [99transportonr]
Jan 22, 2007 (10:00 am)
That vintage van, up to 2000, has problems with the EPC (electronic pressure control)solinoid. The part is around $100.00, but the labor is almost 7 hours. The transaxle side cover hase to be removed and that process is quite involved. The problem can be verified by checking for trouble codes first and following the flow chart for the circuit. The problem you describe I would give a 99% chance of it being the EPC solinoid. My service facility changed quite a few of these solinoids. For the most part though, that transaxle was dependable.