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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,714 miles

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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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2001 Chevrolet Suburban drivetrain problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #7

May 062004


  • 10,000 miles


I was driving on the NJ turnpike near exit 10, travelling to boston. Ahead, all traffic was stopped in both the inner and outer set of lanes. As I decelerated, I heard a noise and the truck jerked slightly. When I tried to pull off the road into the service lane, I had no transmission and had to drift to the shoulder. I was told there was a catastrophic failure of the transmission and it had to be completely rebuilt (under warranty). When the vehicle had around 70,000 miles (about 2 years ago, 2013), the transmission failed again and had to be completely rebuilt again. Pathetic. The vehicle currently has 83,000 mi on it.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was shifted into drive and the vehicle failed to move forward. The contact also stated that the brake warning light illuminated. On another occasion while driving at approximately 5 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The mechanic also stated that the anti lock brake system failed and unknown parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the anti lock brake system failure but the fuel pump was not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 05V155000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- West Brook, CT, USA

problem #5

Nov 242012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
I have a 2001 1500 Chevy Suburban that I purchased brand new. It was 109,000 miles on it. My transmission went out with no warning at 50,000 miles. We fought with dealership and manufacturer and had them replace it with a new one. Well guess what" I have appr. 59,000 on this transmission and it just went out on us on our thanksgiving trip. We were 4 hrs. From home when it started going out. When we were 3 hrs. From home we lost 3rd gear and drove in 2nd at 40 miles per hr. Stopping several times along the way to let it cool down. We made it 2 hrs from home and made the decision to park it somewhere it will be safe to leave it overnight. Thank god our son was following us in his vehicle to give us a ride home. The following day we had to return to tow it home. I am beyond livid. This vehicle is only driven in town and the occasional vacation or road trip. It has a tow pkg but hasn't been used to pull things. It has always been meticulously maintained by my husband that is a mechanic. This vehicle has never been misused or abused. So what is the problem with Chevrolet Suburban's? we have had absolutely no other issues with it and have loved this vehicle. I have researched and noticed I am not the only one with this issue.. what is the problem? how does Chevrolet plan on handling this issue? three transmissions in one vehicle with that low of mileage is ridiculous. Chevrolet you are producing faulty products. There is no excuse for 2 transmissions going on a 3rd, in a vehicle with that low of mileage... third transmission, really" I have always loved and promoted Chevrolet, but not any more. The taxpayers bailed Chevrolet out of bankruptcy and you still screw over the consumer. If anyone else has had any issues like this please let me know. I am furious that I have to have a 3rd, yes 3rd transmission in a vehicle with under 110,000 miles on it....

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #4

May 232012


  • 160,000 miles


I just fix my head gasket from leaking 2 weeks later the transmission gave out a week later the sensor gave out then the other sensor knock sensor 2 then the sensor pump gave out too with in 6 months and cost me about 4000 after tax Chevy.

- Garden Grove , CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 282009


  • 125,000 miles
2001 Chevy Suburban 1500 lt, 5.7 stalling problem. Stalls at low idle rounding corners, and in parking lots entering and exiting space. Runs fine at normal speed. No stalling during regular highway speed driving unless slowing to round a corner.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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problem #2

Oct 012004


  • miles
Re; problems with GM about defective transmission on 2001 chev Suburban. *bfthe transmission locking mechanism in the transmission failed which resulted in an accident.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 182003


  • 40,000 miles
While in park, the vehicle began to roll backwards into an embankment. Will be taking vehicle to dealership to have mechanic determine cause of the rollback. Please provide additional information.

- Dalton, GA, USA

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