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Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, Van
#2811 of 2925 Re: Not tracking straight [rawiri]
Dec 28, 2007 (2:11 pm)
My 2005 Buick Terraza does the same thing. I bought one in CA and noticed it pulled to the right. I went back to the dealer and had be bring up another van same year make and model. Same thing it pulled to the right.
I went to other car dealerships just out of spike and test drove three different vans all same year make and model. They ALL pulled to the right.
I contacted GM. They told me they are aware of the problem, but are not doing any recalls. They only had 3 complaints so far on file. They have to meet a quota of complaints before the issue a recall. Two years later no recall. I thought they siad it had to do with the traction control.
This is the same issue with the Uplander. GM did replace an entire set of tire for one person because the wear on the tire tread.
My advice is to call GM and/or write to file your complaint. I was #4 on the list.
Hope this helps. If you dont believe me go and test drive your model on a lot. They made the 2006 with the same problem
#2812 of 2925 Re: Not tracking straight [lilolbrenn]
Jan 10, 2008 (1:16 am)
I remember reading that the pulling to the right problem was due to how the vans were shipped. Something about how they are tied down underneath in the front for shipping.
Our 2005 does not pull.
#2813 of 2925 Re: uplander disaster [gmunro]
Jan 14, 2008 (5:16 pm)
You say you had to replace both front wheel bearings...is your 2005 Uplander an all-wheel drive, or not? Mine is not.
What were the symptoms of front wheel bearings needing replacement? Just today I had our dealer replace the steering rack and put four new brake rotors on. It steers and brakes wonderfully, but my wife pointed out that it is making an absolutely new noise, and I agree. When you drive down the road, we now hear a low hum that reduces when you slow down and stops when you stop. Wheel bearings come to mind. I can't get it back in to the shop for a few more days. I'm a particular customer and I'm sure they'll roll their eyes when I come back in there.
#2814 of 2925 Re: uplander disaster [gmunro]
Jan 20, 2008 (2:12 pm)
Sounds like our '05 SV6/AWD. We just had the second front wheel bearing done - the left went at 40K (miles) and the right at 46. The rotors have all been replaced - we've been having pulsing problems since 7K miles, and it's been in probably 6 times. We've had to replace tires every 15K miles - this time I put Nokian WR-SUV with silica and a 50K mile warranty on them to see how it does. Brakes and pads too, but no tie rods or stabilizers (yet?).
It's specific to this vehicle. I drive a '99 Outback and before that a '96 K1500 (which is still around) and we've had none of these kinds of problems with those vehicles. I think the Outback still has its factory wheel bearings at 150K miles and the brakes have been done two or three times with one new set of rotors. The truck has gone 40K since I've had it without needing either, and I plow with it.
Hopefully our kids will be out of the minivan age bracket soon - this unit has the best ground clearance of any AWD minivan, which we need on our road between slow plowing and impressive ruts, but it's a turkey and the 3/36 warranty stinks. It'll be paid off in a few months, thank goodness.
I bought the Pontiac based on my positive experience with the Chevy truck, but I'm unlikely to buy another GM, at least not a truck. My Subaru has been great, and they're advertising that 95% of their vehicles sold in the past 10 years are still on the road, so I think we'll get another one for our next vehicle. If they're just get off their duffs and make a minivan, they couldn't keep 'em in stock in New England.
Jan 22, 2008 (11:43 am)
Do these vans (specifically Terraza) not have power ports in the front for cell phones??? I would have to charge my cell phone in the power port in the cargo area??? I find this hard to believe in a 2007 vehicle!!!
#2816 of 2925 Re: power port? [infinia1]
Jan 22, 2008 (12:43 pm)
No, where'd you get that idea? On my '05 there's a power plug in the bottom of the dash, under the cup holders. It's always-on, which might be good for a cell phone, but a Tom Tom will kill the battery overnight.
Anybody know how to convert one to key-switched? My 36000 mile warranty is well over.
#2817 of 2925 Re: power port? [bill_mcgonigle]
Jan 22, 2008 (1:47 pm)
I swear my new 07 Terraza CXL, purchased 3 days ago, doesn't have one (it's at home with the wife so I can't go check).
Here's what's in the Owner's Manual: "Your vehicle may be equipped with a front accessory power outlet located below the climate controls on the instrument panel. It can be used to plug in electrical equipment such as a cellular telephone or CB radio."
May be equipped??? Ya...well...I don't think mine has one. I'll look again tonight.
What about a tire pressure monitor? I don't think it has that feature either. Even my 99 Regal has that too!
#2818 of 2925 Re: power port? [infinia1]
Jan 22, 2008 (2:15 pm)
Well, check all the way down by the floor - it's not obvious on mine.
If they did take it out - wow! they get some kind of award for the dumbest thing a car company did for '07.
#2819 of 2925 Re: power port? [bill_mcgonigle]
Jan 23, 2008 (12:57 pm)
Ok, ok...I'm an idiot!
I found the power port...hiding...way down by the floor like you said. I was just going by what the owner's manual said, "...located below the climate controls on the instrument panel." Well I guess they ARE below...WAY below. I'm just glad I found it. My wife is happy again.
Now I have to figure out how to program the homelink for the garage door. Thanks bill.
#2820 of 2925 Re: power port? [infinia1]
Jan 23, 2008 (2:50 pm)
I know what you mean - my manuals appear to try to cover as generic a vehicle as they can for as many pages as possible. I mean, for a thirty thousand dollar vehicle they can't very well be expected to write a unique and accurate manual, can they?