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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,816 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 182006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,281 miles


We have a 2001 Chevy Suburban with 26281 miles on it. On March 18 2006 we went on a 200 mile, round trip ride. Brakes were fine then. No indication of anything wrong. Stopping distance was the same no brake light illuminated on vehicle no noises coming from brakes at all. Everything seemed fine. March 19,2006 : backing out of our driveway to go to church. Stepped on brakes heard awful grinding noise. At this point the stopping distance did increase substantially and every time the brakes were depressed they would grind. Took to garage on Monday to have looked at. Needed to rotors and brake shoes installed on the rear of vehicle. At twenty six thousand miles this shouldn't have happened. Chevrolet said it is due to road salt but have lived in Maine my whole life and have only had a rotor job done once before on a car with 1100000 miles on it. The dealer shere we bought the vehicle is 75 miles away, so I didn't feel safe driving the 75 miles to have the vehicle repaired there. They say talk to Chevrolet to reimbursement and Chevrolet says since warranty expired May 30 2005 and that I didn't take it to the dealer they will not cover any of the repair cost. Rotors should not be wearing out at 26000 miles. This is a safety issue that Chevrolet should be looking into.

- Calais, ME, USA

problem #4

Aug 042005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,800 miles
While slowing down the ABS brakes do not hold. The vehicle will not stop even if pumping the brakes. This happens when going 10 mph or slower. No ABS warning light comes on. The consume R found out that the same vehicle was being recalled in Canada for the same problem. Dealer asked him about the ABS light coming on, and told him to bring vehicle in next week. He contacted the manufacturer and filed a complaint. Rotors and pads were replaced 8 months ago. The caller thought the dealer should have checked the ABS system when replacing the rotors and pads. He has had only one close call, and was very careful when he driving. The caller stated that T every third time he hit the brakes they failed.

- East China, MI, USA

problem #3

May 192004

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Consumer took vehicle to have a state inspection done and found that the parking brake was not holding the vehicle. It was taken to the Chevrolet dealer, and they found that the parking brake shoes were worn out, and both brake rotors needed to be replaced.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 232003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I took my 2001 Suburban to have a state inspection done and found that the parking brake was not holding. I then took the vehicle to the Chevrolet dealer and they found that the parking brake shoes were worn all the way down and both rotors needed replacement because they were rusted inside and the parking bake shoes would not hold. I only have 37000 miles on the vehicle. The dealer was only willing to split the cost of the rotors and the installation of the rotors even though the parking bake wore out after only 37000 miles or even less. The dealer reported that the parking brake should last longer than 37000 miles. I am the only person who drives this vehicle and the parking brake was never left on while driving. There is a defect on the engineering of the parking brake system that it wears out this fast with only being used when the vehicle is parked.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 102001


  • miles
Vehicle has shut off several times while traveling at highway speed. After coasting to the shoulder and several attempts, the truck restarts. The truck also sputters during acceleration. The dealer has replaced the crankshaft sensor several times and has replaced four warped rotors that caused the brakes to be spongy. Two of the power window motors have been replaced due to inoperative windows. The oil level in the truck drops between (frequent) visits to the dealership. The low oil indicator light first illuminated when the truck had only been driven 3900 miles. The dealership can't find a leak.

- Upatoi, GA, USA

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