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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,143 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Suburban electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 282019


  • 178,000 miles


I stopped to get gas anc cut my truck off. I got back in it and cut it on an drove about 30 yards I noticed a smell like burning wires. So I cut it off got out checked the outside the smell is only on the inside. Then I popped the hood an smelled the same smell. I pushed it and parked it. My clicker is not working to unlock or lock it, the lights will not go off and it makes the ringing sound as if the driver door is open even when it's not. I took the battery out to see if it was that but its fully charged.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 222011


  • 197,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, he heard a loud noise coming from the engine and the vehicle began to vibrate. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed burned wires near the fuel pump. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 197,000.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Jun 152003


  • 139,000 miles
When it began to rain, I turned on the wiper switch to have nothing happen but a soft buzzing noise. This has been ongoing and intermittent, since it began shortly after I purchased the vehicle in may of 2003. I now find there was a recall for this, but I was never notified and now will have to pay for the repair out of pocket. GM recall no. 03023. GM refuses to help as the recall has been "closed", and their records indicate the repair was made. I owned the vehicle during that entire time. It was not repaired!

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 162005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles


This morning hit the brakes coming down the hill and engine shut down, could not control steering and brakes didn't work either. The electric and power failure, couldn't do anything with the vehicle. It hasn't be checked by dealer yet.

- Fort Washingotn, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 022002

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
ABS failure, electrical failure and front and rear brake failure. This correspondence is not available via.I believe the letter may have been misplaced while in transition from dimms to artemis via tran tech employees. The power windows and air condition failed. There was a violent gear change between 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive. The battery leaked and also the cables were corroded, there was a loud noise from the steering column, the consumer experienced complete steering failure while making a left turn.

- Unkown, DC, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multiple electrical malfunctions in dash including shorting in fuse panel, headlights, heating controls, windshield wiper controls, sound system, and interior lighting controls, leading to erratic or failed operation of such controls with visible signs of wiring damage and complete meltdown (I.e. heating controls/sound system).

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 071999


  • miles
Vehicle experiences continued electrical failures, several repair attempts however not rectified. Mjs

- Muscoda, WI, USA

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