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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
19,287 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Traverse fuel system problems

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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 232014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


2011 Chevy Traverse is having fuel gauge issues. GM has a recall out on 2014 models, however my 2011 is experiencing the exact same problem but no recall for that year. Per GM this can result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #6

Aug 232011

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 4,007 miles
Hesitation upon acceleration.incident reported to cox Chevy 08/23/11, maher Chevy 11/02/12,04/16/14 and an accident 06/07/14 with bodily injury hitting a concrete wall.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #5

May 092014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2011 Chevy Traverse fuel gauge is not reading correctly. I fill the gas tank up... it goes up to full and then instantly goes back down. There is a recall on 2014 models... why not this model? being able to see the correct reading of my fuel amount is pretty important to me!

- Greenville, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 282011

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


I ran out of gasoline while driving but the meter said that the tank was half full. Since, I have run out of gasoline a total of 4 times since owning the vehicle. I am the original owner.

- Broadlands, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 182013


  • 38,000 miles
Was at target one evening and noticed a sweet unusual smell coming from the Traverse. I took a look underneath the car and noticed pink substance dripping from the engine. Upon leaving target I noticed that the arm on the temperature gauge was higher than normal. I drove 40mph for a mile and the gauge shot up to the top. I was 25 minutes from home. I had to stop 6 times to let the engine cool down in order to make it home and I had all four of my kids in the car with me as well. It totally freaked them out. I had to rent a car for the weekend as I needed transportation to get around. I had a company that will come to your home to fix your car. Found out it was my fuel pump. After 4 hours of labor and $400 later it was fixed. Four months later, today May 10, 2013 as I'm driving home from work, the car begins to beep and the traction control light and ABS light comes on and service stabilitrak system and traction control off displays in the display window. It seemed as if it was hard to accelerate as well. This is the 2nd thing that is probably going to be fairly expensive to fix that has happened to this car. It is the weekend and now have to try and find a place to take my car and have it serviced. Seeing now that there have been several complaints with this specific component on the car, Chevrolet needs to recall this car and fix this. This is very dangerous and could cause an accident. I think it's ridiculous to have to continue to pay for things that continue to break down on this vehicle. I am a single parent and cannot continue to financially be able to do this.

- Frisco, TX, USA

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problem #2

Sep 022011


  • miles
While in the drive position on a hill at a stop sign or traffic signal, I removed my foot from the brake. The vehicle began to roll back almost hitting the vehicle behind me. It startled me and almost hit the car behind. In the second incident, my wife was pulling back from parking spot which has a slight incline (ground level in front is a bit lower than that in the back). She removed her foot from the brake after trying to park out with the gear 'R', the vehicle now began to roll forward almost hitting a little stone. My wife was terrified. We further tested the vehicle on various hills/inclines both in drive and reverse and it continued to roll in the opposite direction of the engaged gear. Apparently, this is a characteristic of the automatic transmission on this vehicle, and it does not have "hill-hold" or "hill assist". however, since this family SUV carries is being driven by mothers, and this might cause the serious safety issue. I saw there are a lot of complains of the same case, this issue should be brought up and Chevrolet should do some action on this.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032011

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle was traveling East on I-64 in Norfolk, va. Occupants smelt fuel and pulled over. Witnesses advised that immediately pulling over the vehicle was on fire in the engine compartment and within 60 seconds the fire was observed in the front driver passenger seat area. The driver and passenger had moved to the back seat area to try and free a 4 year old child from the car seat. The female passenger then exited the rear driver window suffering critical burns in the fire. The male driver expired in the back seat of the vehicle. Bystanders removed the child.

- Chester, VA, USA

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