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#2834 of 2927 Re: 2005 Buick Terraza Automatic Door problems [rlmiller9]
Mar 29, 2008 (6:13 am)
Thanks. I still have over 20K miles left on a 5 year, 60K, 0 deductible warranty, so I'll keep taking it back until they fix. I believe there might be a TSB on this, just need to research it. Have had it for over 2 years and love all the bells and whistles so no plan on trading it in. I've put 40K on it and the gas mileage is surprisingly good for its size. I knew someone that owned the Saturn Relay and they had all sorts of problems with it. I've been lucky with the Terraza.
#2835 of 2927 Re: 2005 Buick Terraza Automatic Door problems [stobar]
Mar 29, 2008 (6:55 am)
I think they are the same vans?
We actually really liked ours, had the backup helpers, dvd player, roomy. The mileage was good, I just got a bad feeling from it .
Also had a 0% loan which made it even harder to trade, but we used it to (very occasionaly) pull our small boat and that made me even more nervous. I wanted to lease another but they stoped making the saturn version so we went with a sienna.
#2836 of 2927 Re: 2005 Buick Terraza Automatic Door problems [stobar]
Mar 29, 2008 (8:14 am)
I own a 2006 Saturn Relay 3 and the only problem I've had is that intermittenly the Power door (right side) will close, then open slightly and close again like it was reseating or trying to relock... But, other than that, no problems. And, that only happens once or twice a month, maybe. I bought it in October of 2006, and have 28,000 miles on it.
Mar 31, 2008 (9:27 pm)
This month the third wheel bearing went, the rear wiper motor 'burned out', and the front and rear knuckle bushings are shot. Nobody makes replacement bushings apparently, so the whole assemblies needs replacing to the tune of about $1700 altogether. 55K miles, paid off in three months...
Speaking of paid off, has anybody noticed how poor the resale value is on these things? Not even three years old, the $32K vehicle lists on KBB for under $9K. The comparable Toyota does almost 50% better. (yeah, I can see why)
#2838 of 2927 Re: Latest Falling Apart [bill_mcgonigle]
Apr 03, 2008 (2:18 pm)
Is your van AWD? They seem to have had more trouble. How did you know when a wheel bearing was going out? We have 50K on ours and have had to replace a control arm link which was $30. I replaced that myself. That's all the money we've spent on it. We had the typical molding/flickering headlight issues that were fixed under warranty. I haven't heard a lot of people talk about wheel bearings or knuckle bushings on this site. By the way, what is a knuckle bushing?
So far we're very pleased with ours. We're averaging 21 mpg in mixed driving and 25 on trips. From what I read, the Oddessy can't touch that. There is also a droning noise that Oddessy owners are complaining about that cannot be repaired. We'll see how the next 50K goes, but for 23,800 (list of 30,300) I saved a ton of money over the imports. In addition, I think the ride and handling are best in class. The ride is soft, and the handling is sufficient at low speeds and the van feels very stable on the interstate (probably due to the 17" wheels).
So far, we've had no door or DVD issues and believe me with 4 kids, it's not because of lack of use.
The one area I am unhappy about is the lack of curtain airbags in the back. GM should have figured out how to put them in.
#2839 of 2927 Re: 05 Saturn Relay and 3 sets of tires later [bsrice]
Apr 05, 2008 (4:36 am)
Update: After numerous conversations with Saturn 800 #, as a good faith jesture they gave me 1 carpayment check. I went and bought Mich tires all 4 for $800. In the Saturn dealership now getting brakes done and oil change. Having the car aligned Monday by a body shop (that I trust). If these tires start the same thing, I will be back on the line with Saturn and open another ticket. Giving that I am out of warrenty, I will have to start the whole business case over again. I have 2 more years on the damn loan and because it lost so much value in these first 2 I am stuck with it. Saturn won't even buy it back or give me a good trade in amount. Who would want to roll over the balance of a loan from a bad vechicle. 56K on it today 90% highway. Tires shouldn't cup, but guess they do when the cambre is set to -1.3 and is considered inspec.
#2840 of 2927 Re: Latest Falling Apart [genmtrfan]
Apr 05, 2008 (10:01 am)
Yes, AWD. You know the bearings are going when you start to hear first a hum, then a growl, then a grind from one of the wheels. By now we know to get them done at the growl, as it's a potential safety issue (however remote).
I need to look more into this camber issue. If they really were mis-aligning the wheels to cover up a design flaw this would explain all the tire problems and, now I'm wondering, perhaps the bearing wear problems. If the small sample of owners here is anything like the ownership population at large, that's a large class of customers buying lots of tires. Does anybody have a cite on what they did, like a TSB or something?
FWIW, Pontiac still hasn't responded to my complaint; time to send a certified letter, I suppose. Like others I'd rather just be rid of it, but at less than 1/3 of its value 2.5 years in I'm gonna have to live with it and hope for a meteor strike.
#2841 of 2927 Re: Latest Falling Apart [bill_mcgonigle]
Apr 07, 2008 (7:28 pm)
You may be right about the wheels and allignment. We had the same problem with tires. They were shot at 16K. Funny thing is, I replaced them with Yokohama's and now have 35K on them with no problem. Goodyear Integrities are not a very good tire, but still there are many vehicles with them that don't cup.
We're at 50K and had no wheel bearing problems, knock on wood. But, we don't have AWD. Is yours an '05 or '06? Chevy changed the wheels to a 6-bolt pattern in '06. Wonder if that helped? If you ready the reviews, people that bought '07's and '08's are generally happier with the vans. They came with the bigger engine and didn't have many of the issues that the earlier models did.
#2842 of 2927 AM Static, 2005 Terraza
Jun 01, 2008 (4:03 pm)
I have really bad static on AM stations on my 2005 Buick Terraza, FM and CD and XM seem to be OK. Unfortunately, I almost always listen to AM radio because they broadcast the Arizona Diamondback games!
Anyone have a similar problem or know how to fix it?
Is it possible that GM left out all the filters so people would subscribe to XM radio?
#2843 of 2927 AM Radio on Saturn Relay III (2006 Model Yr)
Jun 02, 2008 (9:35 am)
My AM reception is very poor, and has been from day one. I just don't use AM so did not complain/demand repair as it would have been a 100+ mile drive for the warrenty service.