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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,900 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 292004

Suburban

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Catastrophic failure of right front rotor (separated into two pieces) caused complete loss of braking to all wheels and subsequent crash into rear of tractor trailer on highway. Vehicle was totaled.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #9

Jun 292004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
While braking to stop in highway traffic on clear dry day, ABS momentarily activated then released all brakes causing vehicle to rear-end tractor trailer. Subsequent inspection revealed catastrophic failure of right front rotor into two pieces with full hub separation. Pedal remained hard but ABS prevented any braking.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #8

Jan 092002

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles
While driving and when depressing brake pedal heard a grinding noise. Had vehicle serviced. Technician stated rotors needed to be replaced.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 262000

Suburban 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Chevrolet, Suburban 1996, ls 1500, 4 X 4 I have only owned this car 2yrs, I had to put on 5 sets of brakes, 2 sets of rotors, drums, steer knuckles, alternator, windshield wiper motor, battery, differential/axles replaced and air condition unit has fowl smell and the back passager door sticks and won't open most of the time. I bought it as a lease return with 34,900 miles on it. Please help me find out why this car is still being sold. I only drive this Suburban in emergency.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 011997

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake rotors failed, causing noise.

- North Quincy, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 151997

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles
ABS brakes, when applying the brakes in normal conditions, the vehicle made a grinding noise and pedal went the floor, causing extended stopping distance. Dealer replaced brakes and turned rotors.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 081997

Suburban

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes were squeaking and grinding, and consumer had to have the front brakes and the rotors replaced at 40K miles. The dealer has been notified.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 241997

Suburban

  • miles
Consumer noticed excessive brake wear on the front pads/rotors and rear drums due to excessive heat. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Miltitas, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 011996

Suburban

  • miles
ABS, when applying brakes, vehicle pulls very hard to right, in for repair rotors and disc pads in the front.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 011996

Suburban

  • miles
ABS, when applying brakes, vehicle pulls very hard to right, in for repair rotors and disc pads in the front.

- Austin, TX, USA

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