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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,386 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban fuel system problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 222011

Suburban 8-cyl

  • miles


Since my last major repair which was July 2010 when my radiator and timing belt had malfunction, which I paid $653.34 for repairs, the surburban began to stall after my last oil change at the dealership which was 10/04/2011. The vehicle would stall each time the ignition key was turned, then it would stall completely after a couple of tries. Now, the 2001 Suburban 1500 vehicle of mine would have a fuel leakage and the engine stalls with no restart. I told the dealership after my oil change this problem occurred right as we were leaving the dealership, but my husband and I were told it was due to the recent oil change. Now the problem still exist with no restart and the dealership said to bring it back with a $90 fee to examine the vehicle which they believe its the fuel pump. I believe this should've been observed the day of the oil change when we initially observe the problem. It seems each time we have the vehicle oil change a problem occur the same day, inwhich its costly to us. This problem continues to exist now with no start and the dealership charges us each time after the oil change to determine what the problem is which as previously stated, occurs after each timely oil change.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #11

Sep 292011


  • 141,229 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that the vehicle would either stall while driving various speeds or fail to start. An independent mechanic examined the vehicle and stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 05V155000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 141,229.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 132011


  • miles
2001 Chevy Suburban fuel gauge reading empty when it is not empty. Smell of fuel and burning coming from car. Fuel gauge floating, shoeing empty, full, half full.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012010


  • 143,000 miles


First incident: Veh. Would crank but not start. Turned out to be fuel delivery fuse. Replaced, and ran fine for several weeks. Second incident: Driving at approx. 55 mph, vehicle lost power, started sputtering as if out of gas although it was 1/4 full. Unable to exceed 25 mph due to little/no power. Was towed to autoparts store, cleared codes, veh ran fine for about 2 days, then lost power. Towed home. Looked up info on internet, found recalls for fuel pump. Called local Chevy dealership, inquired about recall, was told that recall was only on half-ton Suburban and since mine is 3/4 ton, it was not covered by recall. I replaced fuel module myself and discovered the covering of the wires inside the fuel module assembly had melted, allowing the bare wires to rub against each other, shorting out the fuel delivery system (which likely caused the blown fuse to begin with). I am very upset that my Suburban is not covered by the recall, even though it is virtually the same system as what is in the the 1/2 ton Suburban, and the same problem exists (as evidenced by not only my own experience, but many others' experiences as well). I am extremely disturbed that under the right circumstances, fuel vapors, plus spark of bare wires touching, could ignite, causing fire and/or explosion. Possibly with my family of six in the vehicle.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #8

Nov 132009


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 2500. For several days, he smelled fuel and after he added fuel to tank he was receiving and inaccurate fuel level reading. The dealer stated that there were no recalls related to the failure. The manufacturer stated that there were not enough complaints to issue a recall for his year, make and model vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 88,000.

- Tabernacle, NJ, USA

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problem #7

Feb 172009


  • 188,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. In August of 2004, at 99,551 miles, the engine stalled while driving 55 mph. The vehicle shut off suddenly and was towed to a repair shop. The contact paid for the fuel pump and fuel filter to be replaced. In July of 2008, the fuel pump and fuel filter were replaced for the second time. The failure involved two defective fuel pumps that were placed on the vehicle. The first was replaced by a second defective pump. After the second replacement, the fuel pump failed again and the shop reimbursed the contact. The manufacturer did not assist. The contact decided to purchase a fourth fuel pump that was installed by an independent repair shop on July 1, 2008. There had been no other failures because the vehicle cannot have less than a quarter of a tank of fuel. Otherwise, there will be failures with the engine cranking and stalling due to the pump losing pressure from the lack of fuel circulation. The current and failure mileages were 188,000.

- Attapulgus, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 152008


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. While driving less than 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the fuel pump and filter failed and could be replaced at an estimated cost of $1,100. The failure and current mileages were 130,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 272008


  • 102,000 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Suburban. In regards to GM recall 05027, my vehicle is a 2500 series. I experienced a fuel tank leak. After dealer removed tank they found over heated wiring in the fuel pump module. I appeared to be the same problem as the recall, however they said the recall only covered the 1500 series. I phoned GM and they are looking into it. It didn't sound promising. I hope GM is aware the problem exists in the 2500. I felt fortunate to have avoided a fire as the leak was severe if tank was over 3/4 full. The fuel gauge was also inaccurate. Please forward this information along.

- Esko, MN, USA

problem #4

Sep 222008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 2500. The contact noticed excessive gasoline leaking from the fuel tank. The leakage occurred continuously and without warning. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was excluded from the recall due to the mileage on the vehicle; however, the failures were identical. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The NHTSA campaign id number and mileages were unknown.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #3

Jul 202007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle new in 2001. On July 20, 2007 on an out of town family/work trip, I refilled the fuel tank and traveled another 88 miles to my final destination, upon arrival I smelled gas, but saw no problems. The next morning I was scheduled to attend and event and went out to start the truck and found a hole in the asphalt driveway, approximately 3 feet in diameter, and discovered fuel leaking from the middle of my truck. I removed the gas tank protective cover and fuel spilled everywhere. I found a local mechanic that traveled to my location, he and 2 others worked all day and found that the lock ring that holds the fuel pump assembly to the tank was only lightly connected. Repairs were made and I traveled back home. 8/13/07 my wife filled the tank 3/4's full and the tank leaked fuel all over again. The fuel is leaking from the tank where the fuel pump assembly is connected.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,400 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. While driving on the highway on September 15, 2005 vehicle the fuel module melted wires that tripped the circuit breaker which shut the car off. The failure occurred under the hood. No crash reported. Vehicle did go into other lanes. A recall was issued for the fuel module but the recall kit was not available. The dealer replaced the old faulty module with a new faulty module which mean that the consumer's vehicle could stall again. The dealer doesn't know when the recall kit will arrive.

- Knotts Island , NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 012003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Twice, consumer noticed a line of gas on the ground in parking lot coming from the vehicle. Once was leaking from the fuel pump module connector and once from a faulty seal between the fuel tank sending unit and the gas tank. This problem only occurred when the tank was full.

- Damascus, MD, USA

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