definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,709 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 302016


  • 71,103 miles


I was driving 70mph on the interstate (with my 4 children in tow) my cel, service stabilitrac and reduced engine power lights came on. My speed was reduced to around 45mph. I had two semis behind me, the one directly behind me had to get over very quickly to avoid rear ending me. I put on my hazards and took the next exit approximately 7 miles ahead. Once off the interstate I shut off my vehicle, waited two minutes then restarted, lights and messages still on. I proceeded to drive but could only go around 45mph while my vehicle was not wanting to go. I parked it at work then at lunch I drove it on city streets at 35mph. I parked it again at my work. When I got off I started the car and started driving, no lights or messages. I proceeded to drive to the interstate on my way home. When my vehicle hit 60mph the same thing happened, luckily no vehicles behind me. I got off the interstate and drive 45mph the rest of the way home. My vehicle was parked for a few days. After starting again the same lights and messages appeared. I contacted my dealer and was told my vehicle was not part of the special coverage for this exact issue. I contacted Chevy customer service and was told my VIN/year was not part of the issue and there was nothing they could do knowing this is a known issue and was one of the scariest moments of my life.

- Glenwood, IA, USA

problem #13

Mar 152015


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving various speeds, the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and restarted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the faulty sensors were replaced; however, the failure recurred and the headlights stopped working. The contact had to drive with the high beams activated. The manufacturer did not offer any assistance, except to refer the contact back to the dealer and NHTSA. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 82,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Acme, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 102015


  • miles
2012 Chevy Traverse engine light and traction control light come on. Engine loses power and requires the vehicle to. E restarted to regain power. We have had the vehicle checked by the dealership 3 times for the same reason. The dealership has reset the computer each time. The last time the diagnostic computer the dealer has stated low fuel volume. The traction control and engine light come on the same day usually within an hour or two. The service advisor told us to try hi test ethanol free gas. We did as told with a fuel treatment they put in the tank. The lights still came on. When the Traverse is started in the morning(cold start) the engine runs rough. This vehicle only has 47000 miles on it and was purchased new. We have alway kept the vehicle maintained. Last year the Traverse started using oil a quart or more in 1000 miles when driven on long trips.

- Potsdam, NY, USA

problem #11

May 292016


  • miles


"takata recall" I recently purchased a 2012 Chevrolet taverse with 35,000 miles from supreme Chevrolet Cadillac of plaquemine on 5/23/2016. The engine light has been on for a little over a week now, the "service airbag" shows on the dashboard, the airbag light is on, the steering wheel alignment is off, the passenger window power button on the driver side want roll the window down at times, their is a noise when the air is on and also when I turn it off, and gets worse when I move the steering wheel.. my car was parked in my driveway when I noticed the lights for the airbag and engine, it was in motion when I noticed the button for the window, the steering wheel alignment was off, and the noise being made. Their was a recall on 2012 Chevrolet Traverse in December of 2015 and earlier in 2015, im not sure how long a recall last but if I am gonna pay almost $41,000 for this vehicle I would like for not only myself but my 3 children and fiance to feel safe riding in it. If there is anything else I need to explain feel free to contact me..

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #10

May 022016


  • 56,900 miles
Major saftey risk: My Traverse was well maintained was often filled with soccer kids. The safety failure could have been deadly! while driving, the auto began displaying the following messages in rapid succession: Battery saver active, service battery charging system, service traction control, service stabilitrak. I parked the car to drop of my kids, the car would not start again. After a jump, I headed for the dealer which was 4 miles away. Operations appeared ok initially. On the expressway, the car electronics went out. Not just radio and A/C, but all electrical. I realized that the engine was no longer running while in rush hour traffice on a Chicago expressway. No hazards, no way to lower windows, I was extremely lucky to find a gap in the traffic to get to the side of the road and park. From the shoulder of the expressway, cars continued to fly past me at high speed. This was absolutely chaotic and dangerous. I waited for aaa to arrive. Aaa was forced to tow (my Traverse is front wheel drive) rather than flatbed because without electricity we the car was stuck in park. At the Chevy dealer, they quickly read the error codes and presented me with a $1,400 estimate to replace the alternator. Sharing my frustration and pointing out that this type of catastrophic failure was well beyond any reasonable expectation of a presumably safe vehicle, they found a way to lower the cost to $607. (I do respect and appreciate the service department at the dealership.) this clearly should be a recall issue and Chevy should correct these issues on their dime. I bought the Traverse with the expecatation of safety and reliability. I am now very skeptical and am hessitant to fill this 8 seater with kids the way I used too. Many others have experienced similar failures. This is a potential mortal danger to drivers, passengers and other innocent bystanders!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 052016


  • 76,530 miles
While traveling at 70mph on interstate, the check engine light suddenly went on and I immediately lost power to 5mph with engine running roughly. I limped into Chevrolet dealer who replaced mass air flow sensor and throttle body. Chevrolet claims there is no recall but a friend who has 2001 Traverse was sent letter indicting a possible problem could occur indicating same circumstance-"the engine to run rough, cause the malfunction-indicator lamp/and or reduced power message to illuminate, and reduce the engines power. This condition is very serious and could have bee catastrophic.

- Palos Hills, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 272016


  • 70,000 miles


My wife left for work acouple of mornings and calls me to tell me the traction control light, check engine light and the stabilitrac light came on and the vehicle had trouble driving when she would press on the gas.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 302015

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 20 miles
Car lost engine power while driving over 60mph on the expressway.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 272015

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 91,255 miles
The engine continues to run once ignition is shout off and key is removed.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 152012


  • 28,000 miles
The vehicle makes a grinding noise when braking. When you hit the brakes you also hear a crunching sound from the inside of the car. When attempting to stop you also feel the car jerking. The car has the stabilitrak light come on and when that happens it also says you have lost traction for the vehicle. When this happens the car feels like its gliding and has difficulty stopping. The engine in my car has a noise on the drivers side since the day I purchased the vehicle. At times you can even hear the noise while driving with your windows up.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 032014


  • 24,000 miles


While driving in our Traverse the ignition fell out if the on position killing the engine and locking the steering wheel.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 112014


  • 19,520 miles
I was driving through a parking lot and the stabillitrack light came on, the check engine light flashed and the traction control light came on. The driver center said the traction control shut off and it also stated to service stabillitrack. The engine seemed to slow itself as well. I parked the vehicle and waited a few minutes. The warning lights finally went off on their own and the traction control turned back on, on it's own. The car seemed ok driving home for 2 miles and engine power seemed to return to normal but there seems to be some hesitation in the transmission shifting at low speeds too. I called the dealer and the soonest they can get me in to check the car is Monday. I asked if it was safe to drive and they would not commit to safety or reliability but refused provide any relief until Monday and gave me no offer of a loaner car. I just did some investigating online to research what the cause of this problem might be and it appears that this is a very common problem with this vehicle and it can occur at high speeds on the highway. Many forums list many people with this complaint. I am concerned this could occur again and cause an accident. The problem looks to be intermittent and will occur without warning at any speed. In my opinion this is a safety problem which needs to be taken seriously. I am fearful for my families safety in this vehicle.

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 112014


  • 47,000 miles
Driving on highway, started up hill at 55 mph in traffic. Following alarms came on: Traction control dashboard symbol; stabilitrack off; engine power reduced; traction control disabled. Vehicle immediately slowed to 40 mph and would not go faster. Online forums indicate this is a throttle body or ECU problem, known to GM at least since 2010. It has been handled on an individual basis depending how much the individual customers complain. I regard this as a safety issue since in highway traffic it could lead to a rearend collision at high speed with consequent loss of vehicle control and loss of lives. Believe GM has used search engine optimization to bury the forum discussions on this, but if you search for Chevy Traverse throttle body defect you can easily find it.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 282013


  • 3,600 miles
This vehicle has engine defect, which dangerously stops the car while driven. The Chevrolet dealership tried to repair once but failed. I purchased this vehicle from Chevrolet dealership in November of 2012. On September 28, 2013, the engine of my vehicle suddenly completely stopped running while I was driving it. I brought it back to "mac maik Chevrolet" in houston for examination and repair. On October 11, 2013, the dealership gave it back to me assuring that they repaired it. Two days later, on October 13, 2013, while I was driving on a road, at a speed of approximately 35 mph, the car again suddenly came to a halt, blocking the steering wheel, brakes and entire engine. The car ran into an intersection before it came to full stop in the middle of it. Thankfully, no other car was in the intersection. It was dangerously close to an accident. The dealership now says that they found another problem and again assure that they fixed it. I made a complaint to General Motors, which simply responded that they think it is now fixed. No reasonably prudent person would ever drive this car again. I was in extreme danger twice due to the defect. The dealership and GM do not want to take any action until someone gets into a serious accident.

- Houston, TX, USA

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