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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,220 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 112011

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 178,100 miles


While driving at approximately 65 mph on an interstate, the sun roof on my 2004 Chevrolet Suburban ripped off narrowly missing the car following us. The sun roof was closed at time of the incident. Other than what sounded like an air leak, there was no warning or other indication of problems. The sun roof has rarely been opened since the car was purchased and definitely had not been opened in the past 2 years at least.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 152009


  • 98,000 miles
Back glass of the 2004 Chevy Suburban disengage from the vehicle. This is very dangerous it could come off while driving and strike another vehicle or worse it could fall on somebody causing serious injuries.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 102009


  • 80,000 miles
Trunk will not open. Locks automatically while driving then will not unlock. There is no manual way to open the trunk, hence no escape in the event of an accident.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 012008


  • 40,000 miles
We own a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban with approximately 50,000 current miles. We purchased the vehicle used at 20,000 miles. At some point after 36000 we started noticing a "clunking" in the steering column when we would turn the wheel. I an employed at a school and it has had to have this same problem repaired on 3 of it's 2004 Chevrolet 1500 Suburban, each with just over the 36,000 warranty mileage. Each cost about $370 to repair.

- Eldorado, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 152005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Incidents regarding tires and/or frame issues not sure.

- Freeport, NY, USA

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