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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Cargo

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Cargo Review

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As Chevrolet's only minivan, one would expect the 2008 Uplander to stand apart from the crowd. It doesn't. Newer vans from Honda, Chrysler and Kia provide more interior room, more powerful engines and more safety features. The Uplander is not without its own merits, however, and does offer some admirable features. The interior is one of the nicest you'll find in any minivan, and includes a long list of standard equipment belying the vehicle's starting price near $22,000. Chevrolet also offers a number of mobility options, including the Sit-N-Lift second-row mobility seat that rotates and extends outward to make it easier for those with mobility difficulties to get into and out of the vehicle, a very thoughtful feature.

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In the world of minivans, the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander slots squarely into the entry-level family hauling segment. Priced competitively and loaded with standard features, the Uplander is well-suited to the needs of small families.

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Though it can seat seven, the Uplander's narrow design makes it a bit tight in the areas of hip and shoulder room. The Uplander does not offer side-curtain airbags for the rear-most passengers.

What's New for 2008

StabiliTrak electronic stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system and XM Satellite Radio are made standard on all trim levels.

Driving the Uplander Cargo

Driving Impressions The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander's 240-horsepower 3.9-liter V6 is a vast improvement over the previous 3.5-liter engine. It offers excellent low-end torque and passing power as well as smooth and vibration-free...

operation. The front-wheel-drive layout works well for this type of vehicle, providing good traction in rain and snow. The 3.9-liter V6 increases the Uplander's tow rating to 3,500 pounds. Steering and braking have been greatly improved over GM's last generation of minivans, on which the Uplander is based. The smaller size and narrower footprint might make the Uplander a little easier to maneuver than the larger offerings from Nissan, Chrysler and Honda.
Favorite Features

DVD Entertainment System
The optional DVD entertainment system is attached to a set of overhead-mounted rails, allowing you to add movable modules for extra storage.

Remote Start
Optional remote start lets you start the vehicle from as far away as 500 feet.

2008 Chevrolet Uplander Cargo Details
Interior

GM says it is dedicated to improving the interior quality of its cars, and the Chevrolet Uplander proves it. French-stitched seams on the door panels and seats, a gorgeous dash and instrument cluster design and a hefty dose of sound deadening insulation make life with the Uplander a thoroughly pleasant experience. Although the narrow interior feels a bit cramped with three abreast, those who can get by with second-row captain's chair seating should find the Uplander quite livable. A host of nice features, including DVD entertainment, go a long way toward keeping the kids occupied.

Exterior

The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander's long hood and added C-pillar are intended to make it look more like an SUV than a minivan. Although the sliding side doors betray the Uplander's minivan origins, the overall look is quite appealing. The Uplander offers some distinct advantages over the traditional SUV, such as its low step-in height and easily accessible roof rack. Chevrolet has added larger 17-inch wheels to give the Uplander a sportier appearance, another nice touch not found on the average minivan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Uplander comes standard with a 3.9-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, front air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), OnStar, power locks, power windows, dual sliding side doors, automatic headlamp control, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, tilt wheel and full wheel covers.

Optional Equipment

Options are dependent upon trim level, and include an extended-length model, sport suspension, dual heated power mirrors, power sliding side door, flip-down DVD player with rear audio controls (standard on LT), second-row captain's chair seating (standard on LT), first and second-row side-impact airbags, cruise control, remote start, leather seats and a tow package.

Under the Hood

The Chevrolet Uplander's 3.9-liter engine suits the minivan environment well. Equipped with variable valve timing and GM's active intake technology, the 3.9-liter V6 is capable of delivering nearly 90 percent of its power between 1800 and 5800 rpm. Available on fleet vehicles only, the Flex Fuel technology allows the Uplander to run on a gasoline/ethanol mix. Ethanol is a domestically produced, renewable energy source made from corn, and because it burns cleaner than gasoline, the lower emissions can help reduce the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

3.9-liter V6 Flex Fuel
240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 (E85), 16/23 (Gasoline)

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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.1
Out of 10

Based on 394 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    6.5/10
    Quality
    6.3/10
  • Reliability
    6.8/10
    Performance
    6.8/10
  • Comfort
    7.0/10
    Styling
    7.1/10

It deserves much better ratings

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car for families with kids or dogs or both"

Cons: "Really miss a center console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"It's a van. That's what it is; that's what it was designed to be; that's how you have to look at it. It's a good van, with lots of space, decent power, and pretty good looks. It may even have been a forerunner to the cross-overs you see everywhere today. It gets good gas mileage - 20 in town, 25 on the highway, it's dependable, and it's comfortable. I wish it had a center console; it has armrests instead. I wish it had a few more fancy dashboard indicators - like outside temp - it doesn't. But it does tell you what time it is, how far you have gone and what your average gas mileage is, and how much tire pressure is in each tire. It has Traction Control and whenever I start off too quickly on gravel, it tells me that the Traction Control is active. I like it. I'm going to miss it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Not my favorite car but it functions

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "fits 7 and the kids stuff, dvd player"

Cons: "decreased value fast! vehicle has "quirks""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I would not buy another. It functions properly and fits my family (and all the kids stuff) but definitely not my favorite vehicle ever."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Nothing but problems from beginning

By on Friday, November 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "DVD Player worked great; pretty good mileage"

Cons: "manufacturer problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Brakes squealed. Returned to dealer 12 times for repair. Heat stopped when idle. GM said this was normal.Left power door in rear unrepairable. Problem in design. Run from this vehicle. Had a Chevy Venture and loved it. Bought 7 GM vehicles (personal and work) in past 10 years. Because of my total disappointment in GM now, last vehicle was a JEEP."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Exceptional Value, Comfort, Reliability

By on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability, Utility, Comfort"

Cons: "Sliding Doors, Radio - Both easily fixed."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Seems that if one's people mover car isn't a Toyota or Honda, it's no good. Laugh out loud! This vehicle delivers true value, comfort, reliability, and utility. We take it everywhere. It has leather interior and DVD entertainment system. Ok, after 8 years and 120,000 we've had some issues, but it's been typical maintenance. The one gotcha has been the automatic sliding doors. They don't work always, and when they fail to operate as expected, it's most inconvenient. It was getting to be a huge issue for us. Solution? We took it over to our local garage (not Chevy) and he spent 90 minutes (it took that long) to essentially disconnect the automatic doors. No more problem. Oh, and we have some worn leather on the driver's arm rest. Oh, and the radio is possessed. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Solution? Re upholster the leather arm rest and replace the radio with a Bluetooth radio. See how easy these dumb problems are to fix? And i-n-e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. Folks, we took a test drive in a 2013 Sienna the other day figuring it might be time to let the ole girl go. We both felt like we were riding in our Uplander. Very little difference. If you're looking for reliability, utility and comfort, don't hesitate to get one of these "totally out of vogue" mini-vans. My guess is you can put 200,000 miles on the engine easily. We hope to find out."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

something was always going wrong with it

By on Friday, August 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good bit of space with it"

Cons: "gas guzzler,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I didn't like the fact that not long after we got it, one of the sliding doors started not working right. the vehicle was expensive to get anything fixed."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

has over 185,000 miles only regular maint

By on Friday, July 19, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very Dependable as long as maintained properly"

Cons: "Back hatch handle? Big Deal!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"bought new in 2005 lots of long 12 hr trips so very comfortable. Required regular maintenance only. Oil-brakes-fluids, tires etc. Back hatch handle Did break more than once. We rigged it. Check engine light will come on if fuel cap is not screwed on all the way. Used it to haul lots of loads moving etc. Lots of room. We never had a problem with the transmission or any electrical or doors as stated by other owners. Oil was changed on a regular basis and Ethanol Fuel is avoided in our vehicles. Has over 185,000 miles still going like a champ."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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