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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
127,025 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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1998 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 042016


  • miles


Brake line failed after med to heavy braking, leaving little to no brake as pedal went to the floor.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 092015


  • 201,100 miles
Drove vehicle to a local establishment, all was find. When I returned, started the truck, pushed brake pedal to put the car into reverse and it went to the floor. Pumped the pedal twice to see if brakes would return and they did not. Inspected underneath and saw brake fluid. Had the truck towed to a local garage and they had to replace a "rotted" line that had burst. This is an extreme safety hazard, had the vehicle been in motion this could have resulted in a severe accident. I know there are discussion of brake issues starting in the 1999 models, but this is the exact same in the 1998!

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 212014


  • 182,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal failed. The contact mentioned that the ABS and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated the ABS sensor, the inner and outer bearings and the caliber needed to be replaced. The vehicle has been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 182,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 012012

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
My wife was traveling back from a friends house with our two and seven year old kids, and the brakes failed she was able to run the truck off the road as to not hit anybody or anything, and was able to stop it, after adding brake fluid and starting the vehicle again, I realized there was fluid coming out of the back of the truck, I saw the metal brake lines are corroded, while the rubber lines seem to be ok. I do not have the type of money to fix a problem of this magnitude, with five children and my wife not working, I think that a vehicle like this shouldn't have failed us like this.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

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