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4.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,190 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 152006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,500 miles

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

Bought a used 01 Suburban on 9/10/06 it has 826000 miles on it. The day after I bought it driving down the road 30 mph, the truck stalled. I put it in neutral, still rolling and attempted to restart 2 or 3 times. It finally started. It has also done it at a dead stop at the bank drive through. This time it didn't restart until I pulled the key and reinserted it and it started. As of today 9/19/06 it has done it at least 7 times. I took it to Chevrolet they said possible crank position sensor?

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 132006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Vehicle would die randomly while operating causing loss of steering and braking. Usually occurred at low speeds (like in traffic) and re-starting required lengthy cranking. This is the second time this problem has come up while I've owned the vehicle with the same correction, replacing the crank position sensor. I have the old part.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Aug 162006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Car will die at highway speed, leading to loss of power steering and power braking. 2001 Chevy Suburban with 8.1L engine. This sounds the same as open complaint NHTSA action number: PE06016.

- Covington, WA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles

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

We bought a 2001 Chevy Suburban, brand new. Since we owned it, the air conditioner motor failed the first month, front left shock pops when turning, driver's seat warmer doesn't work (possible faulty switch), the 5.3 liter engine knocks and pings like crazy even when using 93 octane fuel on a steady basis. The front passenger seat was found to have cracked seat rails but dealer had no replacement rails, have to order them. Gas gauge doesn't read right (when on the red line it still has 6 gallons in the tank or 20% fuel left) the thing is a piece of crap! GM didn't give a darn either. If you call to complain you get the run around. This is their top of the line passenger truck (Suburban lt) and definitely not something they should be proud of. I definitely will not buy another, my parents just bought a new Ford Expedition since they saw all the crap breaking on this thing. Other friends have also not GM after seeing first hand my brand new lemon. Another friend of mine is on his 3rd replacement motor for his camaro window. He bought ac delco motors each time and they all stopped working within one year. All of these products, including my Suburban are being made in Mexico I just found out. I think that they must have a big problem with quality control down there or their sampling size is nil. Well I hope GM has made a bundle of profits off nafta because they've definitely lost at least 7 sales that I know of due to my $40,000 piece of crap. I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone. I have heard of others complaining of the same pings/knocks in their 5.3 liter GM engines. Does anyone know of a class action lawsuit regarding this? oh and the emergency brake is way too loose.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 012002

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Chevrolet has not offered to repair this defect under warranty.no safety defect listed.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 102001

Suburban

  • 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

problem #2

May 022001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
# 1. the day after I first puchased and picked up my vehicle it smoke us out of the parking garage on our vacation in oceanside, ca. #2 the brakes were very spongy and not anything like the one I demoed when I found this vehicle. I almost had an accident on route to oceanside. The last two trips in this has not been fixed and I had to rent a car again. # 3 about the 3 rd. Day into our new vehicle I noticed the parking brake wouldn, T always hold the vehicle, even after putting it in gear, with the brake fully applied it would fail but not all the time. # 4 after reporting the smoking problem, (still on-going) I had a no oil pressure warning and notice the gage didn't respond for about 10 seconds after starting the engine, then I had pressure but a constant low oil warning kept appearing on the message center. This is when it only had 1400 miles on it. I noticed some oil spots forming where I parked, I crawled under near the right rear side of the motor to find oil dripping from the engine and off the suspension near the engine. Its now been in 3 times for smoking, leaks and various other engine noises (lifters, right bank). # 5 the vehicle has pulled to the right since new. I called them, they said wait till you get a few miles on it so everything breaks in. Wrong answer. I checked the tire pressure. It was uneven on all tires, mind you they were supposed to check this before I purchased the vehicle. Average psi 30, should be 40-44psi cold. It helped but still pulled to the right. At 5000 miles I personally rotated the tires, this still didn't fix it. Upon bringing it in for all the formentioned and last problem which by the way required renting a car twice they finally took a look at it and know it pulls to the left and the steering wheel is no longer level. # 6 the right bucket seat won't lock in at the hinge point properly. They said there was a fix coming for the engine and the seat from the factory but as of yet nothing from Chevy or the dealership.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #1

May 022001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
# 1. the day after I first puchased and picked up my vehicle it smoke us out of the parking garage on our vacation in oceanside, ca. #2 the brakes were very spongy and not anything like the one I demoed when I found this vehicle. I almost had an accident on route to oceanside. The last two trips in this has not been fixed and I had to rent a car again. # 3 about the 3 rd. Day into our new vehicle I noticed the parking brake wouldn, T always hold the vehicle, even after putting it in gear, with the brake fully applied it would fail but not all the time. # 4 after reporting the smoking problem, (still on-going) I had a no oil pressure warning and notice the gage didn't respond for about 10 seconds after starting the engine, then I had pressure but a constant low oil warning kept appearing on the message center. This is when it only had 1400 miles on it. I noticed some oil spots forming where I parked, I crawled under near the right rear side of the motor to find oil dripping from the engine and off the suspension near the engine. Its now been in 3 times for smoking, leaks and various other engine noises (lifters, right bank). # 5 the vehicle has pulled to the right since new. I called them, they said wait till you get a few miles on it so everything breaks in. Wrong answer. I checked the tire pressure. It was uneven on all tires, mind you they were supposed to check this before I purchased the vehicle. Average psi 30, should be 40-44psi cold. It helped but still pulled to the right. At 5000 miles I personally rotated the tires, this still didn't fix it. Upon bringing it in for all the formentioned and last problem which by the way required renting a car twice they finally took a look at it and know it pulls to the left and the steering wheel is no longer level. # 6 the right bucket seat won't lock in at the hinge point properly. They said there was a fix coming for the engine and the seat from the factory but as of yet nothing from Chevy or the dealership.

- Glendale, CA, USA

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