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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,479 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 172010


  • 74,000 miles


Per NHTSA campaign id#07V521000, the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 is subject to this recall by GM. I have experienced the same described problem of vehicle engine stalling and not operative while traveling on the road. I have contacted both GM and GM's local authorized dealership in concord, California. Both refused to honor this recall. Please help before an accident occurred. Thank you.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 052008


  • 139,000 miles
Car stalled suddenly at 40 mph, losing power steering in traffic. After a few minutes the car restarted. Intermittently stalls. While GM has recalled 2001 Suburban for crank position failures in this year model, my particular VIN number was not covered by the recall. I purchased replacement part and corrected the problem. GM refused to reimburse. Very dangerous situation. No wonder GM is in decline with the lack of response to a very strange and dangerous engine stall with absolutely no warning.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 122006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,100 miles
My 2001 Suburban has stalled in traffic twice. I was able to turn the ignition off and then restart the engine both times. I have experienced trouble starting the car as well. Problem goes away if the ignition is switched off and on several times. I am very concerned about the stalling in traffic. The vehicle is large and difficult to control without power steering and brakes. It is also very dangerous to be stalled in rush hour traffic.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 172004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


My 2001 Chevy Suburban 2500 lt has 52000 miles it is burning oil on long trips. It has been in the shop four times for this. Chevy does not want to pay for this problem because it is not a recall as of now. They want my private warranty to pay for this. I also have a fifty dollar deductible that I must pay. There is a tsb on this which I have a copy of. I also think the engine sounds like it has a slight knock. I was told there is a recall on the brakes for rust corrosion which it has been two weeks and I have not received my recall. I am afraid to drive this car. About four months ago, I was driving this vehicle and it would just die. I would lose all power. It was very hard to steer it to the side of the road. Luckily I never had anyone behind me or they would have slammed into me. It was in the shop for this twice. The first time they said it was probably the oil filter so I picked it up and it did it again. I told the service manager I was afraid to drive this truck and if something happens to my family I would sue them well the second time they found the problem it was something with the fuel injector. I am very dissatisfied with this truck and I also feel Chevy is not backing their truck.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #10

May 192004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2001 Suburban. The truck uses 1 qt of motor oil to every 1000 miles. The dealer is fredrick Chevrolet of lebanon, pa. The GM song they sing is that this is normal for a 5.3 engine. I can't believe that this is normal. Does GM have a problem and don't want to own up to it" what about pollution"

- Stevens, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 102001

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
I had a 2001 Chevy Suburban with an oil consumption problem. It used 1 to 2 quarts of oil every 2000 miles. After several complaints to the dealer and GM I was forced to file a lawsuit which was heard by an arbitraitor. I was awarded full msrp vaule of the vehicle while GM maintained their position that nothing was wrong even after failing their oil consumption test. I now have a 2002 2500 Suburban with no problems. The engine in the 2001 1500 Suburban has an oil consumption problem !!! dealer still refuses to refund extended warranty monies.

- Lagrangeville, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 292003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


Engine knocking after start up. Much worse on cold days.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 092001

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Oil consumption, steering column, side door panels, rear-end, seats cracking, front popping noise, steers to right constantly. This has been an ongoing thing since we bought the vehicle new in 2001. We have complained to the consumer reporting Agency here in N.C. and also talked to the dealer and manufacture on numerous occasions. Dealer said they have had several vehicles with oil consumption that they have traded because of it and they just kept telling us it is within manufacture limits. They have tried to fix the oil problem but with no success. Also the steering has been broken down twice because of its problem. The door panels are still not fixed after 2 tries. The rear-end has been worked on 2 times because of differential fluid, the steering wheel still scrubs when turning to the right and the driver's seat is starting to crack. The consumer people in raleigh will not help us after we filled the complaint, they wrote us and told us to hire a lawyer and the manufacture only offered us a $1000 owner/loyalty certificate towards a new vehicle. What is our next step without hiring an attorney?

- Fairview, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 092001

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,600 miles
Vehicle experienced engine power failure. The engine continued to run, there was a rattling/ knocking noise but no power.

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 012003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
There was an engine knocking problem. The dealer and the manufacturer were contacted. The consumer was given a letter that certified that the manufacturer was aware of this problem, and the vehicle was okay to drive. The consumer disagreed, and felt the vehicle was not safe. There was a noise, rubbing sound when the brakes were applied. There were knocks during the initial start of the day, and the window was noisy while operating as the regulator cable was loose.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 172003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle burns 1 to 2 quarts per 1,000 miles driven. Have done 5 oil consumption tests and GM says that although vehicle failed oil consumption test the test were not done properly therefore I must do another. Asked GM what they would do if vehicle failed oil consumption test again and they stated that were not sure. GM refuses to fix oil consumption problem which could lead to serious mechanical failure and possibly bodily harm.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 252002


  • 6,000 miles
When the consumer slowed the vehicle down to make a turn, the engine shut off.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 232003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shuts off on freeway with no advance warning causing loss of power to brakes, steering and all other components. Incident happened on more than one occasion. Dealer could not duplicate or repair problem.

- Montebello, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 102001


  • miles
Vehicle has shut off several times while traveling at highway speed. After coasting to the shoulder and several attempts, the truck restarts. The truck also sputters during acceleration. The dealer has replaced the crankshaft sensor several times and has replaced four warped rotors that caused the brakes to be spongy. Two of the power window motors have been replaced due to inoperative windows. The oil level in the truck drops between (frequent) visits to the dealership. The low oil indicator light first illuminated when the truck had only been driven 3900 miles. The dealership can't find a leak.

- Upatoi, GA, USA

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