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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,896 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Jan 022008

Suburban

  • miles

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

The speedometer in my Suburban 2003 will not return to zero when I stop. Therefore, it reads higher speeds than actual due to this offset. This morning I had it past 120 mph while driving slower than other cars on the highway. I searched the internet and it looks a common problem. Why it is not a recall. Speed is safety, is in it" why NHTSA is keeping silent"

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #38

Dec 232007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,800 miles
Common speedometer problem on my 2003 Suburban (79K miles). Gauge reads erratic incorrect speeds. Pulling the ipc/dic fuse resets the gauge temporarily. Many, many complaints about this issue can be found, yet no recall has been issued.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #37

Nov 152007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Speedometer reads 120 when stopped. Works when it wants, but right now the speedo is buried as far as it can go. Dealer wants $500 to fix when they know the stepper motors are bad. Very unsafe!!!

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #36

Nov 212007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

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

I almost got hit by another driver because of the problem with the speedometer on my 2003 Suburban Z71 the speedometer read now when is park from 35 miles to 75 miles and when im driving sometimes it reads 0 or 120 miles doesn't work how is supposed to.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #35

Dec 022007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,920 miles
Speedometer defective, jerky behavior, incorrect speed displayed, not returning to zero when car is stationary.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #34

Nov 172007

Suburban

  • miles
Speedometer sticks cant ever tell what speed I am traveling at. This seems to be a common problem why wont they recall them!

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #33

Nov 172007

Suburban

  • miles

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

I have a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with the instrument panel acting erratic. It states that I have 0 oil pressure and that I am doing 100 mph when I am actually doing 40 mph. The tachometer is sticking at 2.1 RPM. I have searched the internet for solutions and have ran into thousands of posting the same problems with GM vehicles. Who should I send all of my speeding tickets to?

- Haven, KS, USA

problem #32

Jun 012006

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. While driving at any speed, the speedometer would display inaccurate readings. The contact stated that this was an intermittent failure. The dealer stated that the motors inside the speedometer failed. As of October 30, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 49,000.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #31

Jul 012007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Speedometer failure. The speedometer on my 2003 Chevrolet Suburban does not register the correct speed. It either does not move at all or randomly jumps from 0 to 120 or off the register and then may get stuck in any position for lengthy periods of time.

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #30

Sep 152007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Speedometer clicking, sticking. This happened without any warning. Started acting erratic. Stopped vehicle and speedometer showed 80 mph. Started driving slowly and registered 110 mph. Through research on internet found many had same issue. Can turn off engine and restart multiple times to get speedometer back to zero, however, within a short amount of time it is stuck back on a higher speed when stopped. Cannot tell what the correct speed of the vehicle due to this problem.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #29

Mar 012007

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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

Without warning my speedometer constantly says I am going 120/hr. This seems to be an important instrument to drive your Suburban. To repair this instrument runs approximately $600 and from my understanding there have been thousands of Suburban that have encountered this problem.

- Homer Glen , IL, USA

problem #28

Jun 012005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2003 Suburban Z71 speedometer fails to read properly. Usually shows slower than actual speed.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #27

Jul 222007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,600 miles
Speedometer stuck while driving at highway speed home from Wisconsin and keeps going up until it tops out around 140 mph. Speedometer does not go down when decelerating. When shut off needle returns to about 70 mph and does the same thing. Cannot determine what speed vehicle is traveling.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #26

Jun 172007

Suburban

  • miles
My speedometer on my Chevy Suburban is malfunctioning. I can't tell how fast I am really going - pretty dangerous if you ask me!

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #25

Jan 102007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban that the speedometer has quit working in. Chevrolet refuses to take care of the problem. I have researched this online and found many others having the same problem, some have even filed lawsuits. This item is extremely costly and I can not afford to replace it, nor do I feel that I should. I think the manufacturer should recall them and take care of the problem.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #24

Feb 162007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,500 miles
Instrument cluster: At any given time, the speedometer will stop registering the vehicle's speed and go past the maximum speed (120mph in this case). When you stop, the speedometer usually stops on approximately 80 or 90 mph depending on the speed you were originally traveling. Also, the oil pressure gauge does not show the accurate reading. The oil pressure gauge will all of a sudden go down to zero, or max out at 80 and stay there. It takes several days for the speedometer to go back down to zero, or several times cranking the vehicle and turning off the ignition to get the speedometer to go back to zero, causing premature wear on the ignition components and starter.

- Burgaw, NC, USA

problem #23

Apr 152007

Suburban 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
About 18 months I had the instrument cluster on the 03 Chevrolet Suburban. I was told then that this is a very common thing with Chevrolet brand clusters. Well, apparently it is. It has happened again. Only now, all of my stepper motors need replacement this time. I can be driving down the road about what I believe is 60 mph, but my speedometer measures 120 mph. I will get this fixed this week, but I believe Chevrolet ought to recall these. If you look online or talk to enough repair shops, you will quickly find out that this seems to be a chronic problem. As such, you will also see vendors online, or ebay etc selling repair services. To me, any misreading of speedometer is a very serious safety issue and ought to be fixed by the manufacturer under a recall.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #22

Aug 012006

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The 2003 Chevy Suburban has an intermittent, recurring issue with the cluster that causes it to short out. There are many examples of this problem from other customers listed on the internet. In my personal experience, this problem results in electronic failures that present themselves in these ways: 1) the speedometer either fails to operate or displays the max speed. 2) when turning off the vehicle, the radio will automatically turn on and begin playing as your exiting the vehicle 3) when placing the key in the ignition, the automatic seat will begin moving by itself, does not remember the previous settings and will force you into the steering wheel. I could not stop the seat from jamming me into the steering wheel. When I contacted the dealership, they knew exactly what the problem was without even looking at the car. The reason they know about it is because they have replaced so many of them already. When I contacted GM, all they would do is offer me a one time service of $200 which would not apply to fixing the faulty cluster.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #21

Dec 102006

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,500 miles
I have a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban which has experience several episodes of speedometer malfunction while driving on the interstate. Usually, the speedometer will malfunction when disengaging the cruise control, speeding up or stopping. After 1-2 days the speedometer will gradually return to baseline. The malfunction has caused me to assume that I was driving slower than I was which has resulting in a high risk for accidents.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #20

Jan 102007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Speedometer stick and jumps. Only way to resolve is to pull fuse or start/stop ignition repeatedly until it reaches 0. it then works for a while and then does it again. The starting/stopping the ignition surely is not good for started. It first started back in January and continues to happen.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

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