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JRF

Milton, Canada

#1 Oct 7, 2008
Just purchased a new uplander - was a demo with 30K on it. The battery saver light keeps coming on and vehicle battery is totally dead a few days later. Dealer has replaced battery and it is now starting to do it again - only 7 days later
Dealer checked it again, says nothing is draining new battery but battery saver light still comes on occasionally?
Any ideas?
Ernie

Buffalo, NY

#2 Feb 25, 2009
We purchased a 2007 uplander in Feb 2008. In April we went out in the AM in April and low and behold..it would not start...had it jumped and took it in to the Dealer who said they could not find anything wrong with it and that we left something on that casued the battery to go dead...This happened again in October 2008 and this they said that the battery would not hold a charge the right way...they gave us a new battery....zoom ahead to feb 2009 and the same thing happens again...had it towed in to the dealer and they still can't tell us what the problem is...something is very wrong if they cannot find it...
William

Orlando, FL

#3 Mar 7, 2009
We have a 2007 Uplander with 14,000 miles which did the same thing twice. The dealer claims all is working properly, and provided bulletin #02-06-03-008D, document #2170220 which just stated a lot of common knowledge such as not park the van for 30 days and expect it to start. Ours would die after 2 - 4 days. Using an amp meter I discovered that something draws about 5 amps at a whim. This could be our OnStar system or a dozen other things. We don't have power sliding doors, heated seats, DVD player, side airbags or traction control. In addition to taking it to another dealer, I'm planning to keep jumper cables and a good battery close by!
Dennis

Charleston, SC

#4 Jun 17, 2009
I had this happen a few months back and it turned out the after market security system was at fault. It was disabled and problem solved. Until this week. Dead again. And jumper cables aren't working either.
Jack

Lake Grove, NY

#5 Sep 3, 2010
I have an 2006 Uplander and I am having a similar problem with my battery. I purchased the vehicle brand new in 2006 and the 6 year battery has died FIVE times in this past year, and it has only been 4 years. The dealer has never never been helpful and they always claim that there is either nothing wrong with it, or that it is not covered under the warranty (despite the warranty I purchased OR the USELESS extended warranty they convince you that you need).
BETTY FAULKNER

AOL

#6 Nov 10, 2010
I purchase 2008 Chevy Uplander and almost having it for two years CHARGING SYSTEM FAILURE comes up.
I replaced the battery and it held the charge for a short period of time. Then the alternator blew and when the mechanic replaced it he said, "That's the first time I have seen a new car that is only two years old where the alternator has blown and it is totally black on the inside like it had a fire in it."

PROBLEM: When the alternator was replaced the mechanic couldn't put in the codes for the PCM to get it running correctly. WHY? Dealerships won't release the code to fix the problem unless you go to the delearship and pay a large amount of money for them doing it.

GM is producing Chevy Uplanders where the alternators go out or the BCM or PCM has to be replaced and the brakes on most of the Uplanders have to be replaced repeatedly no matter what you do or how expensive parts you get for the replacement. These complaints start from the year 2005 to present day.

I can't understand how come the American consumer is putting up with kind of treatment from GM. We the consumers keep GM in business by buying their bad quality vehicles, which we don't know until after the purchase, with our hard earned money that keeps GM in business.

WHO SUFFERS FROM THESE VEHICLES? IT'S THE AMERICAN CONSUMER.

WHO IS DOING THIS TO THE AMERICAN CONSUMER? IT IS AN AMERICAN COMPANY LIKE GM THAT IS GIVING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FAULTY VEHICLES FOR THE ALMIGHTLY DOLLAR. GM DOESN'T CARE WHAT THEY DO TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND AFTER SPEAKING TO THE CORPORATE OFFICE THEY DON'T CARE AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THEY DON'T CARE.

SO EVERYONE SHOULD CONTACT THE FCC AND THE NEW VEHICLE BOARD IN YOUR STATE. CONTACTING THE FCC (FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION) WITH THE COMPLAINTS ON THESE FAULTY VEHICLES FROM GM, THE FCC CAN DEMAND A RECALL, A LITIGATION, AND THE RETURN OF THE MONEY THAT WE SPENT ON THE REPAIR OF THESE VEHICLEX.

DON'T DELAY CONTACT THE FCC TODAY. I HAVE AND SO HAS OTHERS. IT'S TIME TO PUT THESE CORPORATIONS IN THEIR PLACE AND DEMAND FOR QUALITY VEHICLES. THIS IS ONE REASON WHY MOST AMERICAN'S WON'T BUY AMERICAN MADE CARS-THEY ARE MADE WITH THE COMPANY IN MIND TO GET MORE MONEY FROM THE AMERICAN CONSUMER.
Mike B

Kitchener, Canada

#7 Dec 26, 2010
I have a 2006 Uplander and am having the same issue with my battery. Keeps on dieing every few months. If I dont drive it for a few days- the battery will probably be dead. I had a Venture and traded for an Uplander- bad choice, this is the last GM I buy. I`m tired of bad service, dealers who take your money without fixing the problem and a company that does not stand by their vehicles. Rest in peace and I hope next time GM goes belly up, they`ll stay belly up without the help of tax payers.
ron

Lewiston, ME

#8 Mar 14, 2011
I have a 2008 uplander, all the same problems, charging system failure. New battery , alternator, blah blah. Was a loose bolt and wire on starter that was not allowing whole system to function properly. Has been 10 months, still good.
Rosa

Miami, FL

#9 Oct 26, 2011
2007 chevy uplander... Same problem battery. Went to walmart bought a new battery and technician replaced it but it won't start now and as they have disclaimers they are not responsible for damage.... Didn't realize that these vehicle are plainly made to not function right...
Jacob

Alpharetta, GA

#10 Nov 7, 2011
Mine is a 2006 Uplander with over 184k miles on it. At the beginning the two relatively new batteries that I alternately used could not start the vehicle so I needed to jump -start it every morning, and after several days, multiple times a day. Then the "Charging System Failure" message started to appear, which kills the van after "Baterry Saver" warning. I changed both the battery and the alternator anyways although both of them passed the test. All the problems: the dying of the power, the warnings, and the puzzlement have gone so far. The mechanic said the problem was the alternator, working Ok one moment and NOT ok other times thus giving false info when tested and in running the car. It has been a week and the vehicle runs ok.
Clyde

Tulsa, OK

#11 Apr 21, 2012
ron wrote:
I have a 2008 uplander, all the same problems, charging system failure. New battery , alternator, blah blah. Was a loose bolt and wire on starter that was not allowing whole system to function properly. Has been 10 months, still good.
I also have a 2008 Uplander that is on the 4th Battery and all the same problems. If it sets for anytime without being driven the battery will be dead. I need to look at the starter. Thanks!
Oscar

United States

#12 Sep 23, 2012
I have an O7 uplander that is killing the battery the headlights flicker engine throttles up for no reason I'm very disapointed with my Chevy !
Bill

Gilbert, AZ

#13 Nov 2, 2012
I have a 2007 chevy junker uplander. I thought it was the battery. New battery two weeks latter same problem. when I move the shift lever and release the park brake it seems to start altho reluctantly.
I watch the charge rate of the battery which is between 13.1 and 14.1 volts while running indicating alternator is working. I haven't had it to a shop yet. I think I am just going to trade it off. But the problem is definitely not battery but rather electrical. I believe in the steering column
pissedoff

United States

#14 Nov 9, 2012
I have had my battery go dead several times
requiring a jump or recharge of the battery. Then the starter would not engage on a full charge. Then tried to start up and all my instrument lights went nuts. Had to change the throttle body sensor now the radio and clock lights dont work after their repair chevy dealer says that they didnt do anything tough luck buy a radio. no I will buy a new car and it wont be a GM product
John W

Owosso, MI

#15 Nov 12, 2012
I have a 2007 Uplander, bought it new. After one year the battery died, I had left nothing on. Checked with the dealer, didn't find aything. What about the option on the car that senses a draw on the battery and shuts things down to allow you enough power to start your car. No answer. Battery has gone dead several times now. Now they say I need a new battery, I can believe that now, but it is not going to fix the problem.
MAC

United States

#16 Nov 17, 2012
I too have an uplander 07' and it sucks cause not only im still paying for it but i have to pay for a battery too! Wtf..i bought a new battery and its still doing the same problem. Dying on me! GM should have thorughly checked his problem before going out the market. I am very sad, pissed off customer. Im thinking of never, ever purchasing a GM Vehicle again.Please GM, If you dont do anything about this issue, your customers will! Take a look at the responses from your customer!
Bill in AZ

Gilbert, AZ

#17 Nov 20, 2012
Ernie wrote:
We purchased a 2007 uplander in Feb 2008. In April we went out in the AM in April and low and behold..it would not start...had it jumped and took it in to the Dealer who said they could not find anything wrong with it and that we left something on that casued the battery to go dead...This happened again in October 2008 and this they said that the battery would not hold a charge the right way...they gave us a new battery....zoom ahead to feb 2009 and the same thing happens again...had it towed in to the dealer and they still can't tell us what the problem is...something is very wrong if they cannot find it...
I read (maybe in here) that the connection to the back of the starter might be loose. I checked and sure enough! Problems: Battery seemed to die but checked out ok, Alternater check out ok, won't start, just clicks, then starts and works ok for a while until finally won't start at all. I replaced the battery (it was 3 yrs old anyway) and because it was new it helped for a couple of days. lights were dimming for a couple seconds at night going down the road intermittenly.
Solution I went under toward the back of the engine. The wire connection to the back of the solonoid was loose and showed signs of overheating. I put the vehicle on ramps so I could fit under it, disconnected pos. battery terminal (10mm wrench) underneath I disconnected the wire harness fron the solonoid (one clip facing you) and with a 13mm socket and a ratchet with a small head tightened the bolt holding the main battery cable to the starter solonoid. Quick fix to get a mechanic to do it without a tow or another battery or a jump start, Hook a bungie cord to the wire and hook it to the the undercarriage and go to a shop before it burns down. If the cable/connector is turned it could be shorting or arcing causing lights to go on and off on the dash (just my thinking anyway)
Bill in AZ

Gilbert, AZ

#18 Nov 20, 2012
Oscar wrote:
I have an O7 uplander that is killing the battery the headlights flicker engine throttles up for no reason I'm very disapointed with my Chevy !
Check the wire going to the back of the starter. Same thing happened to me and when I tightened it the problems went away.
Bill in AZ

Gilbert, AZ

#19 Nov 20, 2012
MAC wrote:
I too have an uplander 07' and it sucks cause not only im still paying for it but i have to pay for a battery too! Wtf..i bought a new battery and its still doing the same problem. Dying on me! GM should have thorughly checked his problem before going out the market. I am very sad, pissed off customer. Im thinking of never, ever purchasing a GM Vehicle again.Please GM, If you dont do anything about this issue, your customers will! Take a look at the responses from your customer!
Check the cable connection to the back of the starter located at the back of the engine. This was a VERY lazy autoworkers problem during assembly. I hope it cost them jobs...
Bill in AZ

Gilbert, AZ

#20 Nov 20, 2012
John W wrote:
I have a 2007 Uplander, bought it new. After one year the battery died, I had left nothing on. Checked with the dealer, didn't find aything. What about the option on the car that senses a draw on the battery and shuts things down to allow you enough power to start your car. No answer. Battery has gone dead several times now. Now they say I need a new battery, I can believe that now, but it is not going to fix the problem.
I had ALL these same problems!! one time while it was acting up the alarm went off and all the lights were blinking on and off with no way to shut it off. Turns out the battery connection was loose on the back of the starter. I tightened it and all these problems went away. Battery disconect 10mm nut on back of starter 13mm must remove a small wire harness connection before you can get a wrench on it one clip facing down.

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