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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,413 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 262007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,303 miles


Every morning when I start the car, it "lunges" forward. This has only happened 3 or 4 times during the day but it does happen every morning. I keep the car in the garage so when it does move forward it is only a couple of inches, but when I am in a parking lot, I make sure to leave plenty of room between cars so I do not hit anyone. I have owned this vehicle since Jan. 07 and this just started in November.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #7

May 122002

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Vehicle speed control malfunctioned. When starting vehicle havd to apply additional pressure on the accelator, it seemed to be stuck. This only happend when putting the vehicle in park or reverse. This started happening on May 12, 2005. Dealer looked at vehicle but was going to charge the consumer for repairs. NHTSA action investigation EA02015 dealt with same problem.

- Etna , OH, USA

problem #6

May 152004

Suburban 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Consumer states: Shutting on and off the idle will go low and high and will itself shut off. Had work done to have it repaired, but only lasted a couple of months. Had the smell of gas. Also, seat belts on the second seats are not working properly. Can't pull the seat belts out, they are stuck inside of the wall of the vehicle.

- Pembroke Pines , FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 252003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


Wife experienced severe acceleration, up to 100 mph, and could not stop it. We took the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban in for service. They said they could not find a problem. Than, I experienced the same situation with a severe acceleration. The dealer service people still say they could not find a problem.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 272004

(reported on)


  • 80,000 miles
The vehicle accelerated unexpectedly. The vehicle was being driven at 65 mph then suddenly accelerated to 90 mph. The driver had to shut off engine in order to get the vehicle to stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the driver was told there was no problem, however the mechanic said it was too cold. Provide further details.

- Rigby, ID, USA

problem #3

Dec 292003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Throttle is sticking. Excessive pressure needed to excelerate from idle.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 162002


  • miles
When attempting to accelerate vehicle stalled.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 172002


  • miles
Automatic transmission failed, dealer only "reconditioned" the transmission, I have taken the vehicle back to the dealer for transmission repairs;rubbing, bumping noises from transmission, I hava not trust in this vehicle because of the long history of mechanical problems and defects, I want the manufacturer to replace this vehicle and not wait until a mechanical failure hurt me or my family or innocent people in the road. Please help me. Nlm

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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