2005 Buick Terraza CXL 3.5


There is a reason this vehicle only lasted 3 years


Wheel bearings every 25,000 miles.

Passenger car sized brakes on a 4600lb vehicle don't last.

Headlights flicker.

The biggest complaint is the lack of power. This is the most underpowered vehicle I've ever driven. Put 5 people and some gear in it and it's almost comical. It cannot maintain a steady 70 with any kind of hill. I do get 20 MPG highway as it constantly tries to figure out which gear to be in on cruise control, which isn't bad all things considered. All the bells and whistles work. AWD works great in the snow (when it works that is. Wheel bearing failure takes out the ABS, which takes out the AWD).

General Comments:

There is no way anyone test drove this vehicle or designed it sober.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th June, 2017

27th Jun 2017, 21:24

Or could it be that the Terraza was dropped because minivan sales had long been in decline by 2007, and GM decided to drop the U-body lineup entirely?

You claim no one could have possibly test drove a Terraza, yet you purchased one. Didn't you drive the van before buying it?

2005 Buick Terraza CXL 3.5L V6 SFI


Costly to own


Rebuilt the transmission to find out it did the same thing within 100 miles. Found out that there had been a GM transmission already replaced on it. So we are on # 3 now.

Driver's heated seat gets so hot on the left side that you cannot keep it on.

The sliding door gets confused a lot, or will not open or close.

When using the radio controls on the steering wheel, it does not work properly.

Electrical issues.

Mileage is not good at all. 16 miles per gallon.

We do maintenance every 3,000 miles and winter checks etc.

Have had to replace the tires due to wear.

Back side window only opens sometimes, and then you cannot get it closed.

General Comments:

Sad that all this had to happen, as I really do like the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th February, 2015

2005 Buick Terraza CLX 3.5 liter


It has had two transmissions, and both have shifted erratically due to the vehicle's internal computer malfunction.

Engine main oil seal has failed.

Sliding doors do not operate properly.

Lights flicker due to poor electrical design.

Tires wear out prematurely due to inadequate suspension.

Several handles and knobs have broken under normal use.

Electric heated seats have not operated since 90,000 miles.

Traction control, ABS, and wheel hubs have been an ongoing problem.

Fuel pressurization problems with the fuel tank. This was extremely expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2015

2005 Buick Terraza CXl 3.5


Terraza means why my next van will be from Japan


Multiple electrical problems.




General Comments:

Bought this van new. Quite possibly the worst vehicle we have ever owned. I have kept many vehicles well over 200k miles without half the troubles this has given.

Had to have parts of the wiring harness replaced.

From new has used 2-3 quarts of oil between every oil change.

I am meticulous about maintenance; change the trans fluid and filter regularly with synthetic, and have never had to have an auto tranny rebuilt on any other vehicle except this one at around 70k. Found chunks of metal in the pan.

Warps its front brake rotors on a regular basis.

Have had to replace just about every single component of both the front and rear suspension.

Replaced the alternator, which at least fixed the flickering lights from new.

Probably other stuff I have forgotten.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2013

2005 Buick Terraza CXL 6 cylinder


Love our Terraza!


Engine oil leak at 75000 miles.

Sliding side doors get their "brains scrambled" once in a while, and don't want to operate properly. If you are patient, it always works out OK.

Second set of brakes replaced at 114000 miles (not too bad!).

Driver seat heater element went out at 75000 miles.

Second set of tires replaced at 112000 miles (not bad!).

General Comments:

This is one fine automobile.

I wish GM were building a minivan we could buy today. I just don't know what we will replace it with. Would love to find one just like it with about 50K on it.

The Terraza is very quiet and comfortable on the road trip. It is very comfortable to enter and exit.

The handling is very stable on the road.

The van is roomy, and it is well designed. Our grandkids LOVE the built-in DVD. Don't use the OnStar or the XM radio.

The ultrasonic backup alarm is a must in our next car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2012

26th Apr 2012, 16:43

Replace it with a Buick Enclave!

27th Apr 2012, 18:49

I just bought a brand new Enclave, and love it. The price difference is a bit steep. I do think the Enclave is a lot more appealing than any mini-van though.