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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,145 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.

2003 Chevrolet Suburban suspension problems

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2003 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 042002

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 10 miles


Looking for a consumer recall report. No incident occurred. Attempted to register with data base.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 122003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. The same day the vehicle was purchased, the contact attempted to apply the parking brake and the vehicle rolled forward. The vehicle has been to the repair shop three times and each time the mechanic stated that everything was fine. The emergency brake has not worked since the vehicle was purchased. The current mileage was 62,000 and failure mileage was 1. the consumer stated the sunroof leaked, a blown fuse was replaced. The temperature gauge in the rear view mirror was inoperative, the dealer tightened the connection, there was a rattle coming from thee left side of the vehicle when going over bumps in the road. Updated 10/24/07.

- French Village, MO, USA

problem #5

Sep 122003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Numerous problems, replaced steering shaft, inner tie rods, front shock absorbers, idler arm and relay rod, power steering pump and gear assembly. The consumer stated that the steering wheel leads itself and essentially locks into a hard right or left turn and rarely automatically releases from the turn by itself. Continued problems with the front end alignment. The four tires were cupped.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #4

May 202004

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving 40 mph vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that vehicle needed an alignment. However, the problem recurred. The consumer had the front end aligned and the front shock replaced but the problem is intermittent.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 062003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
2003 chevrloet Suburban, possibly other SUVS and trucks based on the same or similar chassis (e.g. Silverado) according to personal research:

vehicle is very difficult to control with regards to steering at freeway speeds and sometimes even at low speeds at the slightest influence of "external forces" such as wind, road grooves, road uneveness. Feels like bumpsteer, but with the ability of wind or turbulence from passing large truck to induce it. Essentially vehicle darts left and right no matter the steering input. Does not occur on straight smooth roads. Has happened since purchasing vehicle. Took to dealer multiple times and nothing has improved nor has any real diagnosis been made (they refuse to if you insist). Has occured since the first day of purchasing vehicle.

exact same problem with 2002 Silverado, discussed and resolved on

other very similar NHTSA complaints/ODI: Complaint # 10045857 "consumer purchased 2003 Chevrolet Suburban has repeadedly taken vehicle to dealer due to the vehicle suddenly pulling into on coming traffic when mild winds occur."

complaint # 10058005 "while driving at any speed and while making right or left steering became loose"

complaint # 10025081 (2003 Silverado) "while driving the vehicle pulled to the left. The consumer was concerned that the vehicle may become difficult to control."

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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problem #2

Nov 242003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
2003 Suburban rolled over in road after trying to avoid chair that was obstructing middle lane.

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Consumer purchased 2003 Chevrolet Suburban has repeadedly taken vehicle to dealer due to the vehicle suddenly pulling into on coming traffic when mild winds occur.

- Mission, TX, USA

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