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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 9
Average Mileage:
12,436 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 202010

Suburban

  • 179,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact was driving 55 mph when the transmission failed. The contact stated that the transmission would slip intermittently prior to the failure. The dealer advised that the transmission had failed and would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 179,000.

- Luoisville, KY, USA

problem #18

Dec 182004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1996 Chevrolet Suburban developed problems with the brakes, intake manifold, engine cooling, transmission, tires, fuel injectors, fuel consumption and wipers. Consumer stated that the dealer did not do anything but take the battery cable off to reset the computer and the brakes were never looked at.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #17

Aug 102003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,280 miles
Automatic transmission went out while driving on freeway without any warning. Nable to drive vehicle, had to coast to off-ramp. Transmission had to totally replace. Pre-ature wear, metal filling were found and missing part in transmission according to technician.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 042003

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles

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

The vehicles transmission failed and the vehicle caught on fire.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #15

Jun 162001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
1) major coolant leak from intake/cyl head gasket (left rear of motor) (2) engine trouble light indicates tc 1870 code problem in transmission valve body (3)windshield wipers work intermitently safety hazard (4) A/C dash lights cycle on and off when A/C button is pushed on but fan motor is shut off. All problems are "common" per dealership service writer

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

May 042001

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer claims that vehicle cannot be repaired because every time she puts it in repair shop for transmisssion problem, and when she picks it up and drives vehicle for about 1-2 days, it does the same thing. Vehicle not have any power.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #13

Sep 272000

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The transmission itself didn't fail the housing cracked. I was told by Chevy "what did I expect it had over 70,000 miles. I was told by a mechanic that it was a defect.

- Alpha, IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 152000

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
The transmission's housing was too thin and cracked, the catalytic converter cracked in half (not rusted) the exhaust assembly cracked in half (not rusted), Chevrolet was contact and said vehicle was out of warranty and it wasn't there problem. We've kept all defective parts and Chevrolet doesn't want to look at them.

- Alpha, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 011998

Suburban

  • miles
The vehicle makes a humming sound and increases as it accelerates due to the transmission oil pump and the torque converter failure.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #10

Aug 252000

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Post on battery broke off. Battery acid had leaked from the break. Transmission failed, fluid level had been check approximately 10 days prior to failure. Fluid level was fine.

- Tremonton, UT, USA

problem #9

Jul 242000

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Have letter stating that manuf part failed in hub region. No safety defect mentioned in summary.

- Lecanto, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 242000

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced a transmission failure due to a defective hub. Manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that nothing could be done due to vehicle being out of its warranty. Feel free to provide further details.

- Lecanto, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 011999

Suburban

  • miles
No summary.

- Baton Rouge, IA, USA

problem #6

Jun 041996

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 55 mph and without prior warning vehicle shut down, and consumer coasted to the side of the road and tried to start, the vehicle wouldn't go forward or backward due to the transmission going out. This is the 2nd time it has happened on this vehicle.

- Albion, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 121996

Suburban

  • miles
Windshield wipers are working intermittently. Also, when applying the brakes th are grabbing. ABS system is kicking in, and kicking the consumer's foot off the pedal engine check light keep coming on. Transmission is jerking, and vehicle is idling real fast.

- Montgomery, WV, USA

problem #4

Jul 011996

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission has malfunctioned numerous times, which could cause loss of control and crash.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #3

Jan 151999

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
No summary

- Caliente, NV, USA

problem #2

Oct 201998

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
The owner's manual states that you don't even need to change the transmission fluid until 50,000. (and then, only if you pull loads or drive in the mountains.) why should we have to replace the transmission at 50,000. The dealer led us to believe that the transmission and heavy engine were covered to 100,000. Boy, were we gullible.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #1

Aug 011996

Suburban

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

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