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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,475 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Suburban steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 232003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,900 miles


1. 2003 Suburban Z71, rattle and clunk in steering column, nothing loose in the steering just clunking noise while driving. The steering shaft has been replaced 3 times. 2. second row middle seat belt failed to retract and unable to fasten belt without force. Corrected 3. latches located on the back of the second row seats to hold up the third row floor boards when using third row have broken numerous times (latches are plastic which makes no sense) 4. paint on the rear bumper and left by gas tank fill rusted (this was corrected) 5. driver seat motor runs after vehicle turned off. This has been brought to the dealers attention many times and they were unable to duplicate problem. 6. rear access door weather striping stretched. 7. truck failed to start for numerous reasons other then dead battery. Fuel tank pump module went bad. Crank shaft position sensor went bad. The most recent of 1/20/07 has not yet been determined. This is a major problem as the truck is not reliable. Infact my 1994 Ford Explorer is more reliable then this truck problems began in 2003, starting with 2nd row seat belt issues 8. excessive squeaking from front end, numerous complaints made to dealer, belts replaced and pulleys cleaned several times then pulleys readjusted. 9. left rear door failed to open.

- Gillette, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 112005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2003 Chevrolet suburan, 4X4. I purchased this vehicle used 9/2004. It has developed a rattle/clunking noise in the sterring column. I called the dealer, and was informed they have had many complaints about this, and the intermediate steering column needs to be removed and greased, and or replaced. I would think something as important as "steering" column problems would result in a recall. Please help!!

- Coffeyville, KS, USA

problem #2

Jan 032005


  • miles
Steering intermediate shaft defective. The steering column was barely attached by 1 loose pin. No answer required - see response to ODI ref. No. 10109124.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 122004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at any speed and while making right or left steering became loose.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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