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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,222 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Suburban transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 142010

Suburban

  • 194,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle would shift into four-wheel drive independently. The vehicle became stuck in automatic four wheel drive and the contact stated that the vehicle felt as if the wheels were attempting to lock. In addition, the contact stated that he was unable to accelerate past 40 mph. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired. The failure mileage was 194,000 and the current mileage 194,882.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #8

Dec 172004

Suburban

  • miles
Stopped on roadway to pick up a part that had fallen out of the truck traveling in front of me. I put my 1998 Chevy Suburban in park and popped the rear hatch. I remember hearing the rear hatch click and now realize that the hatch won't release unless the truck is in park. I walked behind my truck to pick up the part. After I picked it up, I was knocked down by the force of my truck. The truck must have slipped out of gear after I'd put it in park. I recently read about a similar incident in the local newspaper, where this happened to someone else with this type of vehicle. The truck rolled over me, and I was trapped under it. A man came and drove the truck off me. I suffered a deep cut to the back of my head, the meat was ripped off my leg, I shattered the T-12 vertebra in my back and the disks above and below were compressed.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #7

Feb 092005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle drove erratically. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer, and mechanic determined that sun gear reaction shell needed to be replaced from the transmission.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #6

Mar 242000

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission failure at 32000 miles - radiator replaced at 54000 - water pump- differential and transmission mounts replaced now driver side door will not open from inside and windshield wipers do not work.

- Mentone, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012003

Suburban 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Windshield wipers experienced the same defect as stated in recall 03 V 159 000, this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN. The wipers had become inoperative at times, the brakes were soft, the wheel cylinders were found leaking, and the shoes cracked. Transmission fluid leaked, and the tail shaft seal was replaced.

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 022001

Suburban

  • miles
Wires keep getting cut by the car harness, why are the wires located in the harness? this is getting dangerous driving without brake lights is a hazard. The fuel line / pump has never worked correctly, and who ever heard of a transmission going out at 50,000 miles. Please note I have never towed anything with this car and I am a very careful female driver without any accidents or speeding tickets, oil is changed every 3,000 miles, all highway driving. Please help! this car is a disaster and a hazard. The leaking fuel line could have killed me, no brake lights...obvious issue. Thank you! liz zimmer.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 142000

Suburban 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission gears were ripped apart - like metal fatigue. Pieces cracked off. Truck was only driven - never used for towing. Mostly highway driving - no offroading. Transmission broke up - manufacturing defect.... (tiresize: 265/75R16)( dot number: Tire size: 265/75R16 )

- Clark, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 242000

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This vehicle was used as a passenger vehicle, never pulled anything more than a small trailer with riding mower, or dirt bikes. It was not used to plow snow or off road. It was a large family sedan that was used on the highway day in and day out. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Kenton, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 211999

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles
Transmission failure.

- Baxter, MN, USA

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