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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,938 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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2006 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 012013


  • 90,000 miles


My specific vehicle is a 2006 Suburban Z71 4-wheel drive, 1/2-ton SUV. On many Tahoe, Suburban and other General Motors SUV-type vehicles, the lift gate assembly can become stuck in the locked position or in the unlocked (unsecured) position any time the battery has no voltage. In the case of it being locked, the lift gate has no manual means of being opened - no key insertion location whatsoever. (this applies also to the lift-gate glass.) this is indeed a very dangerous situation and should have been resolved many years ago. This could occur in a crash as well as any time the battery is old or has otherwise lost its charge. Elderly folks should not be expected to climb over the rear seats to retrieve things stored 'in the back, ' but even if they could get back there, there is no inside manual opener mechanism to open the rear lift glass or lift gate. There are times when an infirm person might very well have placed babies (or pets) in that rear compartment and if it is not able to be opened, an extreme hazard could occur. Furthermore, replacement of brake lamps, parking lamps, and signal lamps for the rear are all impossible without being able to open the rear lift-gate. Simply put, there should be a manual method for opening the lift glass and the lift gate.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 162013


  • 75,189 miles
The rear liftgate will not unlock with key fob or interior door locks from the driver side or the passenger side doors. There is no way to manually unlock or open the liftgate from inside or outside the vehicle.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 232012

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The lift gate actuator stopped working. We are unable to open the liftgate by using the fob or unlock button on the driver/passenger door. There is no emergency release or key hole on the outside of the liftgate. The only way to unload our cargo is from the rear passenger doors and then remove the panel and release the door latches to open. We were able to "fix" it for a short time, but this resulted in a joy buzzer sound coming from the liftgate actuator everytime the door locked. We were hoping to try locking the door less to try not to wear out the part, but we have only 2 options with locking the doors (when putting into gear or reaching 15 mph) when we would like to choose to not have the doors automatically lock at all. I've found many people online have had the same issue/frustration and no recall has been made.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 152011


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that the vehicle liftgate and rear glass would not open. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer nor was the manufacturer contacted to report the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 67,000.

- Gardnerville , NV, USA

problem #1

May 262010


  • 34,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The rear lift gate failed and could not be opened manually. The contact planned to take the vehicle to the dealership for diagnosis. The failure and the current mileages were 34,500.

- Hainesville, IL, USA

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