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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,400 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Suburban drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 162004

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


My 1998 1500, 2 wd Chevy Suburban lost a bolt in the differential. Bolt held a pin, when the pin worked loose, the rearend locked up, putting my car into a spin. Fortunately I was only going 25 mph, and no one was hurt.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 242000

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Transmission failure at 32000 miles - radiator replaced at 54000 - water pump- differential and transmission mounts replaced now driver side door will not open from inside and windshield wipers do not work.

- Mentone, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 052002

(reported on)

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Chevrolet has brushed me off severerl times by saying I never brought the vehicle in to a GM dealer for brakes the first time I ddidnt feel I was obligated to go to GM I went to brake max this is a big problem and Chevy wont fess up and help the public the truck is to big for the brake system made for this application.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Differential serviced, causing rear end vibration. Mjs

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998


  • miles
I had problems with the brakes once. They just filled up the brake fluid. 2nd time they replaced the master cylinder. I had problems with the electrical. They said it was the wiring harness at the engine.I had problems with the air conditioning. Took it in two or three times for that. They replaced some switches. Then had to take it in again and they replaced the rear airconditioner. We purchased this truck to pull a 20 ft trailer the trailer weighs 4200 lb. The Suburban has a 3.73 differential and the trailering pkg. Plus post traction or whatever thety call it now! we went on a vacation in Nov. Planning on being home the 1st of the year. Our !St differential broke outside of frederick md. It was replaced. Upon trying to return home the 2nd differential broke! it was replaced in louisville ky. Continuning our Venture home. The 3rd differential went out in mobile ala. They gave me a very difficult time. Told me it was my fault. I was either going too fast of the trailer was too heavy. Neither acusations were true! upon finally arriving home (almost) the 4th differential went out and replaced. I have lost all faith & trust in this vechicle. Am scared to death to take it on the road. My husband is 67 years old and has dreamed of his retirement all his life. Now we are stuck with a Suburban we don't dare take on the road for fear of it breaking down again. Chevrolet refused to do anything about it. The garage we purchased it from has been very nice. However, they also have been no help in this issue! any help you can give pertaining to Chevrolet replacing my Suburban wouyld be greatly appreciated.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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