Print this page Notes: There are a fair-number of power steering related complaints which is a continuation of problems from the previous model year. Considering the problem tends to happen beyond the standard warranty (73k+) it's best to avoid this vehicle or at least be prepared for the $1,300+ repair.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,034 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.

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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 012012


  • 100 miles


After purchasing the vehicle we noticed that the mirror was developing a dark film which kept getting worse. It is now very difficult to see out of the mirror. It has gotten so bad that it is now a safety issue. We are now afraid to drive it because of the possibility of an accident and so it is now parked in the garage and not being driven.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 242016


  • 44,472 miles
The windshield wipers are inconsistent at turning on when not in the off position. If they turned on, they would stay on until the vehicle was turned off. The only way to ensure the windshield wipers came on (and stayed on) at any requested wiper speed was to have your high beams on. If you turned your high beams on, the dashboard light would come on. If you turned your wipers on, the high beam dashboard light would go out (yet the high beams would still remain on).

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 312015


  • miles
Just like other complaints I have read on this car year and model, the air conditioner on the front seat passenger side blew hot air out when air was on, then it blew hot air out both before it broke completely. I agree with other customers, that this should not happen in a 4 year old car. They want 1500 to fix. Also, the two pumps went out that pump out the washer fluid, they said it was an electrical issue, this is a four year old vehicle, it should not be having so many electrical issues happening. They want another $500 to fix it. Both this are hudge concerns given it is a 4 year old car and there are many similar complaints. It is definitely a safety concern.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012015


  • 81,540 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated the front driver side window failed to close. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,540. The VIN was not available. Djr

- Richmond, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 122014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 56,678 miles
I went to turn on my windshield wipers because it was raining and the only speed that would work was the fastest speed. Nothing else works except when you turn them on all the way.

- Gilbertsville, NY, USA

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problem #2

May 042014


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that the windshield wipers failed to work. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but no failure was found. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 082012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 47,450 miles
The contact rented a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration power, as well as traction control. The vehicle was able to be driven to the dealer where it was confirmed that the throttle body failed. The contact also stated that the windshield wipers failed due to cold weather temperatures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 47,450 and the current mileage was 47,950. The consumer stated the dash displayed a message that said trak sys failed, soon followed by another message indicating the engine power had been reduced. The vehicle went from 60 mph to approximately 20 mph and the engine began to shudder with a feeling of loss of firing cylinders, and loss of vehicle steering control. The consumer called the renal car company, and he was advised to shut the vehicle off, wait 15 seconds and restart it. Over the next two miles the consumer could not get the vehicle to go over 15 mph and the trak came back on with the shuddering of the engine.

- Upland, CA, USA

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