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    Well I finally got around to checking out the new GM minivans and what a disappointment! I have driven a Venture for the last four years and GM vehicles for as long as I can remember. I visited my local dealer with great expectations for a new Uplander and what I found was a vehicle with a new front end and a poorly designed interior. The access to the third seat in my Venture was a trial but the new van is impossible. The uneven floor that is produced when the second and third row seats are folded makes for very little space and makes it difficult to load and unload. I am over six feet tall and when I sat in the drivers seat my head was rubbing the roof. I am sad to have to say that I will pass on the GM versions of the minivans and move to a Honda this time. I just hope that by the time I am ready for a change GM will have come up with a fresh new idea and not a re-tread of something old.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    Quote Originally Posted by Armour
    Well I finally got around to checking out the new GM minivans and what a disappointment! I have driven a Venture for the last four years and GM vehicles for as long as I can remember. I visited my local dealer with great expectations for a new Uplander and what I found was a vehicle with a new front end and a poorly designed interior. The access to the third seat in my Venture was a trial but the new van is impossible. The uneven floor that is produced when the second and third row seats are folded makes for very little space and makes it difficult to load and unload. I am over six feet tall and when I sat in the drivers seat my head was rubbing the roof. I am sad to have to say that I will pass on the GM versions of the minivans and move to a Honda this time. I just hope that by the time I am ready for a change GM will have come up with a fresh new idea and not a re-tread of something old.
    Another GM loyalist lost to Honda

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    If you like the Venture, you can probably get a new 2005 model somewhere if you look hard enough. There may be a few remaining 2005 Montana's (non-SV6) as well.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

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    Another GM loyalist lost to Honda
    Can you blame him? Those vans that GM introduced are lousy. They truly can win the title "Worst Van in Class".

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    Buying an Odyssey? Every oil change will be an adventure. Will my car catch fire? Since owning minivans since 89, my choice would still be the Dodges. With 174,000 miles on the 89 and 50,000 miles on the 98, I have had no disappointments. Since 98, I have had the van in for oil changes and I bought a new battery (to be safe) this year. And, with the 7 year/70,000 mile warranty, I have never felt like I was going to be left stranded. As a stretch for a complaint, the 98 (with the 3.8L) could be a mite peppier.

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    I think its fair for GMIers to concede: Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, and Nissan make much better minivans.

    Its hard to be a GM fan when they put products out like that.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    The CSV minivans are upgly as heck, especially the Uplander.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    Quote Originally Posted by Armour
    Well I finally got around to checking out the new GM minivans and what a disappointment! I have driven a Venture for the last four years and GM vehicles for as long as I can remember. I visited my local dealer with great expectations for a new Uplander and what I found was a vehicle with a new front end and a poorly designed interior. The access to the third seat in my Venture was a trial but the new van is impossible. The uneven floor that is produced when the second and third row seats are folded makes for very little space and makes it difficult to load and unload. I am over six feet tall and when I sat in the drivers seat my head was rubbing the roof. I am sad to have to say that I will pass on the GM versions of the minivans and move to a Honda this time. I just hope that by the time I am ready for a change GM will have come up with a fresh new idea and not a re-tread of something old.
    So you registered on this site to cry about a mini van?Go and buy your Honda junk.

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    Father in law is a longtime GM man, bought a Chrysler T&C several years ago. Then bought another. Says his next one will be the same thing if they still make them. Have to admit, for a van, for a Mopar, pretty slick machine. Local dealer gives top notch excellent service to boot, a big plus these days. Worth a look.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    Quote Originally Posted by lynch mob
    So you registered on this site to cry about a mini van?Go and buy your Honda junk.
    Umm, he has a right to express his opinion.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    Domestic vans DO suck. The domestics better the import vans in NO categories, although they do have certain features:
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    Standard DVD

    However, no nav, flat folding third row, and uncomfortable 2nd and 3rd row seats. AWD is now on Sienna.

    I love GM, but I love my Sienna just as much. I don't like nearly all other Toyota's, though.

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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    Just saw an Uplander, and I like them more every time I see them! AT least from the front. It's clear thwey didn't have much money to spend on the rear! That got me thinking... how much did they spend on the SV6, Relay and Terazza versions? Sure, the big development costs went into changes for the four of them, but I bet a fair chunk went to differentiating them. Even though they're only grilles and badges and wheels, I'm sure the costs associated with the four models aren't ignorable. That said, I have to wonder what one Uplander that got all the development money would be like. Surely they could have tinkered with the rear a bit, or done some better work with the folding seats or something. I just can't help but think they spread the money too thinly acorss the 4 brands, where perhaps focusing their resources would have built a better van.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griswold44
    Can you blame him? Those vans that GM introduced are lousy. They truly can win the title "Worst Van in Class".

    No, the Kia Sedona should earn this designation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01IntrigueGX
    No, the Kia Sedona should earn this designation.
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    Re: Minivan Disappointment

    Quote Originally Posted by member12
    I think its fair for GMIers to concede: Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, and Nissan make much better minivans.

    Its hard to be a GM fan when they put products out like that.
    I think Nissan's is better by default because the GM vans suck.

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