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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,346 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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2005 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Dec 152008


  • 63,000 miles


2005 Chevrolet Suburban approx. 64,000 miles I have a faulty reading speedometer, which I feel is a safety hazard. I never know how fast I am going. Thankfully I have not had a accident or gotten a speeding ticket yet. I took it in to my mechanic, who tried replacing the speed sensor in the transmission, to no avail. I know there is a recall for 2003 & 2004 models. I tried calling the GM hotline and was told there are no recalls for 2005. I called a local dealer who told me the same thing. I don't know where to go from here. I would like to get it fixed before it reaches 70,000 miles. The dealer did ask if I was the original owner. I assume they would say if I wasn't, they would not fix it. I don't know what that should have to do with anything. What or where do I go from here?

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #19

Feb 012009


  • 80,000 miles
Defective speedometer, have contacted Chevy on several occasions and they refuse to pay for cost. GM recalled same defect on other models except mine which is a 2005 Chevy Suburban. Chevy told me my car exceeded all warranty due to mileage which is in the 80K range. This is a defective part and should be replaced no matter what miles I have on the car. Currently this problem is intermittent so I'm never sure if speedometer is right or wrong. My teenager drives my car and is unable to know what actual speed he's driving. This is potentially dangerous and I cannot afford to repair myself.

- Victor, ID, USA

problem #18

Jan 172009


  • miles
The speedometer on my 2005 Chevrolet Suburban stops working at random times. It started approx. One week ago at 73000 miles. Since it is out of warranty, Chevrolet will not pay. There is a class action lawsuit filed for my vehicle.

- Morrison, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 012008


  • miles


I have a complaint about there not being a recall on my 2005 Chevy Suburban on the instrument panel and electrical components. Sometime earlier this year my speedometer started jumping to higher speeds as I was driving and then got to the point it was going all the way past 120mph. Sometimes it would reset to 0 after the vehicle was turned off. Most recently it has gone past 120 and will not return to the normal functions it should have. It is very dangerous not to know how fast you are going, however, like everyone else I cannot afford the $400-$600 to pay for something that is a manufactures defect obviously! with so many complaints listed exactly the same on this site, it has to be a manufactures defect. Besides the speedometer not working properly, all the instrument lights are starting to go out or not work. Such as the radio on/off switch no longer lights up. Some of the other radio lights do not light up. On the steering wheel, some of the controls do not light up. I cannot believe that I have received a letter letting me know others are also experiencing problems with their Chevy vehicles and they have started a law suite. My vehicle is a 2005 model, but since I bought it in March 2005, so it must have been manufactured before Jan 2005. The letter says it covers up to 2004 models and may later include the 2005 models. As I see it mine is doing exactly the same as everyone else and nothing is being done. Could someone explain what happens next" and when will Chevy be responsible for all these complaints"

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 192008


  • 61,000 miles
I received a letter stating that the speedometer of my model vehicle had a recall (2005 Suburban). I misplaced the letter but decided to take my vehicle in to the dealership but was told that I had to pay $100 deductible. I'm not understanding why the speedometer can not be replaced without presenting the letter.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 132008


  • 48,500 miles
2005 Chevrolet Suburban 48,500 miles speedometer quit working from what I have read online this is a problem with many 2005 Chevy vehicles.

- Adelanto, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 022008


  • 49,024 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Suburban. At a little over 49,000 miles my speedometer needle began to report inaccurate readings while the truck was in motion. After a couple of days the needle fell all the way to the right of the panel and wouldn't move. After getting quote from the dealership to replace new and checking with some area junk yards I learned there were possible recalls on other Chevy trucks and SUV's. once I check on the internet and found numerous people experiencing the same problem. On tonight I called and learned that the 2004 Suburban has a recall but not the 2005 so I opened a case with cheverolet consumer assistance to see about getting my truck fixed as I can't afford $500 to fix a mechanical defect which should be covered Chevrolet expense and not the consumer. I'm now driving around not knowing what speed I'm driving and risking getting a speeding ticket which is another expense. I'm a single mother with 2 kids and this is my only means of transportation.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #13

May 232008


  • 50,000 miles
The speedometer on my 2005 Chevrolet Suburban at 50K miles without warning started to indicate incorrect speeds. The speed readings initially were slower than my actual speed and later as the problem progressed much higher. The initial incorrect speeds were only noticed after friends following me questioned my high rate of speed. My wife drives my 4 children around in this vehicle.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 222008


  • 689,000 miles
My speedometer on my 2005 Chevy Suburban went out and the dealer say it would cause $500 dollars to replace it I thought that was ridiculous I went on line and seen that other people was having the same problem with their GMC vehicles there all to be a recall on the speedometer GMC is getting a bad reputation.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #11

Apr 132008

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,780 miles
Instrument panel failure. Speedometer stuck below 0 (zero). Tire pressure readings keep changing in minutes ranging 20-46. Schedule for replacement of the instrument panel cluster and will cost $450-600.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 072008

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,250 miles


While driving the speedometer began to give erratic readings, the needle bounced around and gave inaccurate information. This initial problem seemed to resolve itself when I stopped and turned the vehicle off and then restarted it. Since the initial incident the problem has been sporadic but becoming more frequent. The vehicle is currently scheduled for service.

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 292008

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,250 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the instrumental panel clusters do not operate properly. While idling at a stop light, the speedometer gauge displayed 10-20 mph. The manufacturer issued a tsb for the 2001-2003 models, but not the 2005. The manufacturer and dealer would not repair the vehicle under the tsb. The instrumental panel was replaced in January of 2008 and the contact paid for the repair. He would like to be reimbursed by the manufacturer. The current mileage was 53,296 and failure mileage was 53,250.updated 04/16/08.

- Zachary, LA, USA

problem #8

Dec 292007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,500 miles
Speedometer would go up when I increased speed but would not go back down when the vehicle slowed down. I was able to get the speedometer to reset to zero by repeatedly starting and turning off the vehicle. Over the course of the next month the needle would do the same thing. I could reset it the same way. As of now its pegged at the bottom and I cannot reset it.

- Mount Holly, NC, USA

problem #7

Dec 252007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,911 miles
Speedometer stick at 65mph, next time I start moving it moves up to 120 mps. Other times it stuck at various speeds. I depend on my speedometer to keep me safe. The first time it happened I almost crashed. Since then I have had a couple of close calls. If you can't rely on your speedometer it is very stressful and dangerous! " please help us fix this dangerous problem". thank you, michael J. sanfilippo

- El Cajon , CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 112007

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Issue with instrument panel (including stereo, lights on panel, instrument gauges), power windows/locks & security system - randomly shuts off. Sometimes the odometer works and other times it does not. The instrument panel gauges all move to the left with the gas light coming on. The tire pressure monitor is activated. Panel indicators come on (engine light, security system, seat belts, etc.). stereo system is completely off with no lights on the panel. The heater/ac system sometimes goes off also. The power windows and locks do not work during these times.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 052008

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chevy Suburban speedometer does not show the right speed. First is was up by 30mph eventually it settled down to 10 mph and that is where its stuck, it does not show my proper speed any more.

- Plaistow, NH, USA

problem #4

Dec 282007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The speedometer on my 2005 Chevy Tahoe has been acting erratically. Sometimes it will work normally. Other times, it will not register at all. Additionally time it will read erroneously when driving traffic speeds. The selection process did not allow me to register a Tahoe, only a Suburban, which is why the vehicle information looks as it does.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 102007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Speedometer operates erratically, sticks when changing speeds, or reads erroneously (e.g. 5 mph on the freeway doing 70 or 100 mph when parked).

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 222007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,357 miles
The speedometer needle began reading higher and higher speeds even though there was no acceleration. When sitting still, the speedometer read 70 mph. The needle will not return to zero, even when the vehicle is parked.I have contacted the dealer and was told it would cost $400 to $500 to repair. I cannot drive the vehicle, not knowing how fast I am going.

- Tipton, IA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012007

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Speedometer was ticking up and down rather than smoothly increasing and decreasing. We used cruise control when on a trip and then the speedometer started malfunctioning. Since this occurred, the speedometer has been stuck past 120 mph on multiple occasions when we were going about 30. This is certainly a safety hazard for which a recall should be issued. This could cause an accident if it malfunctions while you are driving and you are unable to determine how fast you are going. You would tend to drive slower and you could be rear-ended by someone else who was either speeding or doing the correct speed limit. I was surprised to see the number of complaints about this problem and Chevrolet has not stepped up to the plate and acknowledged that it is a manufacturer defect. I found out accidentally that when you start the vehicle, the speedometer resets by 5mph. I would have to start the vehicle repeatedly to get it back to zero. Although this is not good for the starter, this was my only option at the time. I just saw something on the internet that said to put the vehicle in reverse and then try to start it. By doing this it would reset the speedometer by 5mph every time without engaging the starter. This did work, but when I drove the vehicle the next time, the speedometer did not work at all. I tried resetting the speedometer again by putting it in park and starting, but to no avail. After trying many more times to reset by starting the vehicle, the speedometer started to work. This is unacceptable at every level. The consumer should not have to beg and plead to get a manufacturer defect fixed. What will it take to cause Chevrolet to fix this defect, accidents or fatalities? if you look at the website you will see this is a common occurrence.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

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