I'm considering buying a minivan and I've heard good things about the Chevrolet Uplander. But just out of curiosity though, what problems should I expect if I go through with the purchase? I really like Chevy cars, so I'm hoping that I wouldn't have many issues with the Uplander.
The most commonly reported problems regarding the Chevrolet Uplander involve the transmission and the power sliding doors. Some complaints were about the transmission losing power during drives going uphill, while some say that the transmission slips or shifts so hard that it almost feels like the rear bumper just got hit. Those problems in the transmission are more evident on the 2005 and 2006 model years, so you might want to steer away from purchasing one of those two. And if you have children or carry kids most of the time, then you might want to be more cautious of the 2005 Uplander as complaints regarding the power sliding doors being unsafe have become quite a handful. Try going for the later models, which have considerably less issues and are more updated.
My family loves camping and going on road trips. Is there a way on how we can save some fuel without compromising the performance of our Uplander? It really is the perfect ride for us and does well off road.
There are lots of ways on how you can save on fuel while at the same time even improve your vehicle's performance. The easiest way would be to make sure that you have your car regularly maintained. Sending it to the mechanic at least once every six months would ensure that everything is working as it should, especially the engine, and that any underlying problem would be immediately taken care of before it causes complications. Keeping your tires inflated up to their prescribed pressure would also significantly help with your fuel economy as your vehicle would have better traction on the road without costing more power from your engine. And when you're driving around the mountains, move slowly while going uphill and just speed up on the way down. There's really no sense trying to defy gravity by forcing your way up and waste energy in the process.
My kids normally sleep with the lights off in their rooms, but when we travel and have to occasionally stay on the side of the road, they prefer to keep all the lights on while we take a nap. Is there a way that my children could sleep comfortably without the car battery taking so much toll?
If you'll always keep the lights on whenever you sleep inside your car, then your battery would really be drained a lot faster than normal. But since you can't help not to turn on the lights, then you should just replace all the cabin lighting with LEDs. With LED lights, you'll be able to save up to 300 watts of energy compared to those little bulbs installed in your car. And if you're switching to LED, then might as well include your instrumentation lighting, brakes lights, and signal lights.