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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
128,535 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace parts on passlock system (1 reports)
  3. theft deterant module (1 reports)
  4. wait for an hour (1 reports)
1999 Chevrolet Suburban engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 062011

Suburban 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles


Three weeks ago Saturday night I made a quick run to the store at about 10 at night. Truck ran just fine. Sunday morning truck wouldn't start. The motor would turn over but the engine would not start. Tuesday night I tried to start the truck for the heck of it and it started right up. Truck ran fine the rest of the week til Sunday morning ready to go to church, same problem truck wont start. I replaced the the starter cause I tried to start it so much I guess I broke it. Then I replaced the spark plugs, the coil and the control module. By the way I just replaced the fuel injector and the fuel pump and fuel filter. Did I mention I just finished paying off the suburban. Some say its the timing chain, I don't know, I checked the rotor while the engine was turning over and the rotor is rotating. I am at a stand still right now I'm sure its some stupid little relay or safety something that wont let it start needless to say I am fed up with Chevy the suburban

- , Killeen, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 122011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,499 miles

This problem has been going on for about a month. At first it seemed like a quick fix, but I have replaced the starter and I am still have the same problem. Every shop I have taken it too can't seem to figure out the problem and get it fixed. I am going to have someone look at the passlock system immediately.

- , Heath, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 302006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

I have the same problem as Laura posted in 08 and followed up on later....I am going have my pass lock system one has been able to find the problem . thanks auto beef.

- , Auburn, AL, canada

problem #6

Jun 012010

Suburban V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


the car will start with a jump, and it idles fine. When I push the gas pedal the car stalls.

what is the solution here???

Update from Jun 3, 2010: the car will start with a jump, and it idles fine. When I push the gas pedal the car stalls.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 232008

Suburban LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,313 miles

This is a follow up on the post I made on January 22, 2008 about my vehicle not starting. I had indicated that Chevrolet had replaced 2 parts that had to do with the Pass lock system and I was hoping that that had fixed it.

I'm happy to report that it did fix it.

They replaced FP# 26049449, case asm 2.188 ($200.45) and FP# 16264955 Module 2.195 ($170.10), there was an additional $304.00 in labor charges.

- , Stayton, OR, USA

problem #4

Jan 222008

Suburban LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

This first occurred 2 years ago and happened about 6 months apart. The engine would turnover then immediately die. Would try several times with no luck. finally let it sit for a couple of hours and then it would start. It started becoming more frequent - as often as once a week.

First they had us replace the fuel pump. Then the wiring harness to the ignition. Then just recently replaced two parts that have to do with the pass lock system. I'm hoping this last fix is it. It is getting expensive to have something that is so unreliable.

We were finally able to get error codes because my check engine light had come on due to the catalytic converter going out - so the codes stayed in the system.

I had the vehicle in the shop numerous times but it would never repeat it for them and they weren't initially getting any error codes on it.

- , Stayton, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 022007

(reported on)

Suburban 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


only a certain mornings vehicle would not run, could try again a few hours later and it would run. Problem very hard to find even for the dealership because of high number of possibilities

- , Marion, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 042007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This problem has really upset my life. I have had it in the shop for this problem probably 20 times and no one has been able to help me. Every time I want to use it, this problem seems to happen.

- , Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 202006

(reported on)


  • 80,000 miles

Engine turns over but does not stay running. Just want to know where to look to fix the problem.

- , West Park, FL, USA

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