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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,728 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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2005 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #7

May 172016


  • 136,210 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. While attempting to use the rear hatch of the vehicle, the rear hatch failed to open. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 136,210.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012011

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Lift gate will not open. Danger of accident and not being able to escape from the rear of the vehicle and cannot manually open.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 262013


  • 225,136 miles
The rear window in the rear lift door has delaminated and cracked at the passenger side of the window causing the window shift. I called General Motors on 3/26/13 at 4pm and talked to a phone rep. The case #[xxx]was given to me by rep. [xxx]@ 866-790-5600 ext.[xxx]. I was advised to go to the chronic chev. Dealer in griffin ga. Where I purchased the vehicle so they could see the situation. The area dist. Manager was called. Bottom line, I was told that they could do nothing as it was due to "age, wear and tear". the dealer said it would cost $862 & $200 to install. They also suggested I could call safelite auto and they would install an after market glass for $462.90, parts & labor. I have seen many complaints online regarding this issue and General Motors will do nothing. I did see the new Suburban and seen changes in the way the window is mounted. Something need to be done! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Meansville, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 042008


  • 48,000 miles


I own a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban, the rear lift gate has a window that is incorporated into the lift gate and can be opened independently there are plastic hinges attaching the glass to the lift gate and one of the two hinges failed and is broken. I have searched the forums on this issue and it appears to be widespread and Chevrolet wants $1000 to replace the glass with the defective hinge.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 202010


  • 60,750 miles
Rear hatch of my 2005 Chevrolet Suburban failed to open. There is no device inside the vehicle to effect escape, if involved in a crash that would affect opening of any of the four side doors, and quick exit mandatory. I am a retired jersey city firefighter, and did not realize the safety issue.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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problem #2

Jul 262009


  • miles
Liftgate does not have a key lock entry and will not unlock using the driver side lock/unlock door panel or the hand held key remote therefore I cannot open it at all. It is extremely frustrating since we got the Suburban for the space but, besides that - in case of an emergency this could be extremely dangerous. There is no manual release. If the front end of the car were damaged and the side doors were unable to be opened there is no way of opening the rear door. I have two small children and this is of great concern to me. I get flashes of a car accident and a fire with my kids trapped inside without being able to open the rear door from outside or inside! I cannot believe there is no manual safety lever! I have seen numerous complaints about this issue with the liftgate not opening on several blogs and websites. All you have to do is type in Suburban rear liftgate won't unlock. Please review as I do feel this should be a recall issue before it affects the safety of consumers.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated that the 2005 Chevrolet Suburban has no quick exit from the third seat and the tailgate. It takes too much force to open from the inside. The vehicle is so long the side view mirrors do not show the road very well even after adjustments are made. The brakes on the vehicle take too much force to stop the vehicle in an emergency. Lastly, the pickup on the transmission is sluggish which is a concern in emergency conditions when accelerating from a stopped position. The contact spoke with the dealer, and was referred to the manufacturer because all issues are with the design of the vehicle.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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