Print this page Notes: Engines shouldn't need a new quart of oil every 500-1000 miles, but for thousands of Suburban owners that's exactly what's happening. Engine oil consumption on aluminum block engines with Active Fuel Management (AFM) is out of control and owners are left looking for answers.

The most likely culprit is an uncovered AFM valve which, in many cases, can be covered under warranty. The problem is the issues don't stop there and many owners have been told by GM just to buy a new engine. Take one guess who they want to pick up the tab.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
21 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,646 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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2007 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #19

Feb 012011


  • 75,000 miles


The chrome surface of the inside driver and front passenger door handles peeled, causing very sharp surfaces, which cut our hands like a razor blade.

- Castle Rock, WA, USA

problem #18

Feb 012010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Coating on interior door handles peel and causes cuts on hands.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 012010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Just using the door handle to get into my Suburban on the passenger side like any reasonable person, not roughly or bearing weight, and the plastic handle broke and pulled out on one end. Same breakage occurred with rear door as well when one of my children was opening the door. Made the folks at our local Chevrolet service shop aware while having my oil changed and they quoted a price ~$245. No offer to help covering any part and this was while my full warranty was still active. The folks that work there are kind and helpful. What I am trying to convey is that I don't think they were being rude, it was just not something they were approved to cover. I couldn't believe that such a luxury vehicle would have plastic handles that broke off so easily and that for the quality and reputation the company doesn't want their product to look like a luxury product. People will be seen driving a vehicle with their name on it and the door handles are hanging off. It worries me to consider what safety issues could arise if someone were not able to get inside the car in an emergent situation.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #16

Jan 012012


  • miles


The door handles have cut three members of my family because the metal is peeling off of the plastic. Seat belts are falling apart and at least 3 of them do not latch at all. This is very dangerous. There definitely should be a recall especially for the seat belts. Air bag light is constantly on and the dealer of course wants to "fix" it and states that if there is a crash that it may not work properly.........this after I had the top half of the engine rebuilt due to oil consumption problem. Then there is the tire pressure monitor which apparently has issues after having new tires put on my car. Nothing but problems with this hunk of junk. Will never buy another Chevy vehicle.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #15

Nov 212011

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The passenger side rear door, interior door handle has peeled. My son lacerated his finger on the peeling chrome plating. This seems to be a common problem among GM owners and an obvious poor manufacture in several models with a definite need to replace all the interior handles. This is a hazard that has been brought to your attention on other models and I am unable to see a resolution. It appears all the investigations have been closed.

- Corona, CA, USA

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problem #14

Jun 012011

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 41,529 miles
In November 1008 the driver's side outside chrome door handle began coming loose from the door. It was replaced under warranty, failed part #25960525. Now, in June 2011, the rear driver's side outside chrome door handle is coming loose from the door. Will take it to the dealer when we return from a scheduled trip.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #13

Jun 012009

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


Door handles are separating from the body. Pose a departure failure at highway speeds. 3 of 4 door handles are coming off.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 132011


  • miles
On April 13, 2011 I cut me finger on the inside door handle trying to open my 2007 Chevy Suburban. The metal part seemed to have peeled up and I cut my finger on it.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 042011


  • 57,000 miles
I attempted to open my driver side door. The chrome is beginning to peel off and it sliced into my middle finger. My wife cut her finger on the chrome handle yesterday.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #10

Oct 222010


  • 52,000 miles
2007 Chevy Suburban - inside door handles - chrome peeling off and cutting hands and fingers! potential to occur every time you open the door!

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #9

Sep 092010


  • 63,000 miles


There is a recall for the chrome door handles on the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, but I am having the same problem with the chrome in my 2007 Chevrolet Suburban. The dealer says the Suburban is not part of the recall even though it is the exact same problem in almost the same car. This recall needs to be expanded. I have had two people cut their hands on my door handle, and I'm going to just sand it down myself or wrap it with duct tape.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 302010


  • 55,434 miles
2007 Chevrolet Suburban interior door handles are peeling the top layer of metal off. This metal exposes extremely sharp surfaces. Two members of my family have cut their fingers on the door handles.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #7

Aug 202010


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Suburban, inside door handles cut hands and fingers of family members. GM dealer will not warranty repairs to the handles and wants to charge for the defect.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 282008


  • 17,000 miles
Purchased new and own a 2007 Chevy Suburban. We have cut our hands several times opening the driver side door when pulling the inside door handle inward. This has been caused by the peeling fake chrome plastic that covers the inside handle. This peeling fake chrome creates a sharp edge as it peels off that is directly positioned to rub across one's fingers as you pull the door handle in toward you to open the door.

- Eden, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 072010


  • 37,000 miles
Inside right and left door handle chrome plating coming off causing sharp edge, resulting in cuts.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 252009


  • 65,000 miles
Chrome coating on interior door handles peeled and presented a sharp edge that caused several minor cuts to fingers on various dates.

- Villas, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 102010


  • 32,000 miles
The chrome on front passenger interior door handle is peeling off, creating a sharp edge that I have cut myself on when opening the door. Other passengers have cut themselves on it as well.

- Delhi, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 102009


  • 25,312 miles
Cut finger on door of 2007 Suburban due to failure of plastic chrome on interior driver door handle. Other handles in car are also failing. Reported to dealer and they reported numerous complaints and failures as well as other cut hands and fingers which should indicate a design flaw.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #1

Aug 312009


  • 70,000 miles
Chrome on door handles razor sharp edges and cut fingers and hands!

- Donnellson, IA, USA

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