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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,251 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban transmission problems

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 092010

(reported on)

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Chevrolet Suburban. Consumer states defective speedometer. Consumer sent in duplicate letter on 3/25/2010. The consumer stated the speedometer was stuck at 120 mph. The consumer was informed her vehicle was not a part of the recall, as her vehicle identification did not fall within the range. The second problem with the vehicle was the transmission. The consumer stated the vehicle had to be towed to the dealer, due to the interal failure of the transmission. Updated 04/12/10.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #10

Jan 162010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 46,202 miles
My 2005 Suburban chev. Has 46,000 and the transmission will not shift between 3rd and 4th gear. The dealer said this is fairly normal to happen. It is not included in the power train warranty. The cost to repair is $3000 to $4000. The car started making an awful noise, the instrument panel said transmission hot. When I pushed on the accelerator the car would not go it just made an awful noise. Thank god I was on a road I could pull over on. The car had to be towed in to the dealer.I have a $50,000 car that can't be driven. Is this a common problem to 2005 Suburban?

- Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

problem #9

Oct 112008


  • 25,122 miles
Transmission failure. As I began accelerating from a stop, in order to make a left turn across opposing traffic lanes, I had a complete failure of forward momentum. The vehicle behind me narrowly missed a rear end accident and opposing traffic was forced to quickly stop as I was left blocking their traffic lane. Vehicle still under warranty with 25,122 miles. Dealer repaired transmission and identified "sprag gear found damaged... clutches also burnt replaced as needed...". possible tsbs 08-07-30-027.

- Belfair, WA, USA

problem #8

Oct 182008


  • 51,100 miles


Transmission needed to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission @ 51,100 miles. Children and other passengers were stranded in pa @ 12:00 am.

- Dunellen, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 062008


  • 69,710 miles
The transmission began slipping; the car would not move from 2nd to 3rd gear; the transmission had to be rebuilt or replaced on 2/06/2008, we had it rebuilt. The vehicle only had 69710 miles. We were in a rural area at the time rather than rush hour traffic. Thank goodness.

- Dexter, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 052007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Transmission hot light came on as traveling the interstate. Pulled over until light went out. Left the interstate, light came on again. As trying to pull off road, truck stopped (engine on, but would not advance forward). Had to replace with another transmission.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 212006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,822 miles


: the contact stated that the vehicle was built with water inside the transmission. The service dealer determined it was rain water. The transmission was cleaned and completely resealed. A cowl water deflector was added to solve this issue in the future. Updated 9/18/2006 -

- Bellaire, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 272006

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,900 miles
: the contact stated while being on an incline and with the gear shifter in drive the vehicle rolls back if the brakes are not applied. Upon inspection the dealership determined this is the way the vehicle was designed. Updated 4/14/2006 -

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Oct 312005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Faulty transmission and pressure pump.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

May 172005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
The vehicle has been in the shop 3 times for transmission problems. The dealer has changed different parts, however the problem continued.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

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