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:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,134 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.

2007 Chevrolet Suburban engine problems

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2007 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 152012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 78,268 miles


2007 Suburban vehicle came to a stop 25ft behind several stopped cars at a red light. Without provocation, the vehicle strongly accelerated/surged forward while the brakes were engaged. Driver continued to attempt to stop the vehicle by repeatedly hitting the brake pedal, but with no success. Passenger in vehicle reported seeing drivers foot on the brake. Vehicle accelerated forward into the back of another vehicle which was then pushed into a third. All three vehicles suffered damage. Airbags failed to deploy in Suburban despite level of impact. Vehicle was taken to Chevrolet dealer for complete diagnostic. Results inconclusive; no data errors recorded in computers and no apparent mechanical attribute could be found relating to vehicle action. Action could not be repeated by technician. Vehicle released to owner. No explanation could be given as to this action. Dealer did not follow up or continue investigation.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012006

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2007 Suburban that has no acceleration when merging into traffic or when passing. Potential rear collision on interstate highways. Engine tapping is moderate to severe, sounds like metal to metal impact. Have filed a complaint to GM, and was told they are aware of the problems. They offered to pay one month's truck payment as compensation for the problems. Just before parking when vehicle is in slow roll it will suddenly lunge forward. Vehicle is definitely a lemon.

- Millersville, MD, USA

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