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#125 of 221 Sliding door problem [uplanderguy]
Jan 25, 2010 (4:08 pm)
Below is found within: http://www.baileycar.com/recalls_html.html
Not too sure if manual or "power" doors. But since the doors are opening by themselves while driving down the road (like your van), I would assume "power doors" have this problem.
Long post short... This is a known problem with these doors and it appears GM has little interest in fixing (for all). As a safety recommendation, I would "turn off" the manual door function. Turn its switch off and if necessary, "pull its fuse". Having manual sliding doors (like my van) is much safer then auto-doors, then want to open on their own. Especially while driving down the road.. Hope this helps "save a life".
Drivers of the Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, and Pontiac Montana are complaining about a serious sliding door problem, where the doors will open while the vehicle is in motion. More than two dozen complaints have been received by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, yet there have been no recalls.
Consumers have complained of having the door pop open at speeds exceeding 45mph and most complaints filed have dealt with 2005-2006 models. In the past, service managers from GM dealerships have previously said there is a quick fix for the problem and they have issued a preliminary report on how to fix the issue, blaming it on doors sensors being affected by debris.
However, there are plenty of consumers who are returning to the dealer time and time again, only to hear that the service manager can't diagnose and/or fix the problem.
If you find that you are dealing with an intermittent sliding door problem, be specific as to when the problem is happening.
How fast are you traveling?
What are the road conditions?
What are the weather conditions?
Do you have problems closing the doors?
Does the door lock?
All of this information is very important to the service department when it comes to diagnosing the problem.
Make sure that each time you pick up your vehicle, you receive a repair invoice which clearly outlines your complaints and the repairs.
#126 of 221 Door Problems - SAFETY
Feb 09, 2010 (11:45 am)
I know that there have been numerous posts about the sliding doors - on this site & many others. What I do not understand is why NHTSA only lists 3 issues for the Uplander. That's all that has been reported - 3 TOTAL? Come guys, now that the government owns most of GM stock, shouldn't they hold themselves accountable for this vehicle's electrical / brake / door safety issues?
I've tried (unsuccessfully) to have the door issue resolved numerous times w/ the service dept. Finally I just pulled the fuse & we have to manually operate the very heavy doors. While sometimes the door locks & interior lights intermittantly flicker/ lock / unlock, at least the door does not come open while I'm driving anymore. I'm filing my NHTSA safety complaint today - THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT GM has NOT RESOLVED THIS! (before some child falls prey to a serious injury!)
Toyota has some serious stuff going on. While this may not compare in magnitude, it is still WRONG for GM not to correct their mistakes even if it causes a little problem with their 'image'. Ok, now I'll get off my saop box
#127 of 221 Re: Door Problems - SAFETY [momx8]
Feb 09, 2010 (12:15 pm)
I totally agree with you! I have had issues with my door since about 6 months after I purchased my vehicle. I purchased it new off the show room floor. No one can seem to fix it. I did file a lemon law lawsuit against GM, but since I live in Florida it is proving to be very difficult to get moving. So far GM has offered me an extended warranty for a problem they can not fix under the factory warranty. Of course since this model is no longer manufactured, they will not do a recall. I feel really let down by GM.
#128 of 221 Re: Door Problems - SAFETY [momx8]
Feb 10, 2010 (7:40 pm)
I went through the better business bureau to force GM to take mine back under the lemon laws. My door opened automatically while driving down the highway at 70 mph. GM's reply was that if my children were properly seatbelted in, then I have nothing to worry about. I also filed a complaint with the National Transportation and Safety Board. I never received a response.
Short of a lawsuit, I don't know what else to do. Considering they took back that rolling death trap and made me "whole" (barely), I don't know what else to do.
I now own a Toyota
#129 of 221 Re: Door Problems - SAFETY [njones60]
Feb 11, 2010 (3:36 am)
I had to actually sue GM. They will not take the vehicle back and still can not fix it. I was lucky that the door did not come open on the highway, but it did come open 4 times while driving about 30 mph. I did get a settlement, but it did not even come close to be able to trade my vehicle in for a different one.Since the vehicle is no longer made, it is not worth a can of beans. I owe too much on it to get rid of it. I will not be purchasing a GM ever again!
#130 of 221 Re: Door Problems - SAFETY [chevyjax]
Feb 11, 2010 (10:31 am)
Has the lawsuit been litigated/settled? The Better Business Bureau made them take it back and pay off my loan. But I had put about $7000 down on it when I bought it and I lost most of that. Just the overall way I was treated was the most disgusting part. I spent 9 months with that craptastic vehicle in and out of the repair shop, encountered more than one dangerous situation, and endured the incessant pinging hundreds of times. But, according to GM, as long as my kids wore seat belts, then I shouldn't complain. I'll never own another GM either.
Apr 06, 2010 (9:06 am)
I purchased a 2009 Uplander in July 2009 and starting Aug/Sept I would come out to start it up and there it sat dead. For the first couple of time I thought it was something we had done by leaving something on . Well after boosting the van two or there times over a three month period and paying more attention to what was on and not on I came to find it was nothing to do with us. So I had the vehicle towed in for the first time, I was told they couldn't find anything wrong and I took it home.....my first mistake. Well as you've most likely guessed I've been "TOWED" back, not once not twice but six times now . I've gotten GMC head office involved but that doesn't seem to be helping either. They take it in and then tell me they can't find anything wrong with it. They've only changed the battery in six visits......the van only has 10,000 KM or 6,000 miles . I'd like to sell it but how do you sell someone something you know isn't working right. Has anyone heard of or had this happen to them. Desperate for help!
#132 of 221 Re: Van's always dead [veryconfused]
Apr 06, 2010 (9:22 am)
So you're saying the battery goes dead every couple of weeks? Or is it intermittant?
When I bought my SV6 in 2006 it died on the highway one night. After 1 month in the shop it was discovered that a pin on a wire connector was bent causing the motor to cut out.
#133 of 221 Re: Van's always dead [veryconfused]
Apr 06, 2010 (8:29 pm)
My new 2009 Montana van did that as well. re: If I left it sitting for 3+ days, its battery was dead. For the first GM dealer visit, they said it was a bad battery connection. They removed the battery cables (off the battery), wired brushed them down and re-tightened them down. At that time, they said its Charging system was working great and its battery tested OK as well.
After several more "no start" times, I simply dropped my van off at the dealer Monday AM. I told them, "DO NOT touch it until this Friday AM". They left it untouched (in their parking space outside the shop doors) and that Friday AM, it was a NO start (like I told them). Its battery was completely dead. Since its charging system was re-confirmed, they came to the conclusion that its battery was shot (even though its load after full charge testing fine). re: It would accept a charge but after 3+ days sitting, it would self drain itself. Yet, its green light was showing ok. Within my new van, GM dealer installed a brand new Delco battery, and its been working great ever since. Today, I turn its key and it starts great - like its suppose to.
When it comes to stuff like this, its either: 1 - Battery won't hold a charge, 2 - its charging system is NOT working properly, or 3 - something in the background is draining the battery.
If they "fully charge" your van's battery and "pull OFF one of its battery cables" on Monday AM and same battery is dead on Friday AM, you know its factory battery will NOT hold a charge either. If battery is still fully charged, then something inside the vehicle's electrical system is draining the battery. They need to "pull fuses" to determine what item inside the van is draining a connected battery. Who knows, it could even its its BCM - that's supose to go into SLEEP Mode after 15 minutes of no electrical need within the vehicle. If wondering, simple 12V test tools can confirm if its alternator (battery charging) system is working properly as well.... A GM dealer can easily test these 3 conditions. Especially if you leave your van with them for 5 days (like I did - for its battery problem).
If wondering, my local GM dealer DID offer a free rental vehicle while they investigated my new van's electrical problem as well. I decilined - since our '09 Montana van is our secondary / backup vehicle, and my wife did NOT need our van that specific week.
Hope this helps...
#134 of 221 Lights go on and off while driving
Apr 07, 2010 (5:06 am)
Well it happened again. While driving in the rain on the Interstate when All the lights started to go on and off and then OFF. What a scare to be going 70 and have your lights go off. The headlight switch was in the "Auto" position. I switched to the "Manual on" position which didn't help. Rotating the switch back and forth between positions got the lights back on steady. Chevy dealer installed a new battery and checked the charging system.