really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,223 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

Jun 032015


  • 92,739 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving 45 mph, the traction and electronic stability control warning lights illuminated. The instrument panel failed and the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure was not found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,739.

- Dawson Springs, KY, USA

problem #8

Mar 022015


  • 32,700 miles
Driving when car beeps 4 times and control lights come on saying traction control off, stability control off, engine power low. Slows the car down to 15-20 mph. Very dangerous as there is very little time to respond. Luckily, I wasn't going very fast to begin with, but on the highway it could be disastrous. It slows the engine and cannot go any faster.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 192014


  • 37,000 miles


First incident I was driving at approximately 60 mph, when I got a check engine light, service stabile track, and the cruise kicked off, the vehicle slowed and started to chug. I pulled over, shut the vehicle off. Checked the oil etc, and restarted, it seemed fine. A couple of weeks later, I was at a stop light when it did the same thing, except this time the vehicle shut off. I have had three more occurances with this and they seem to be getting closer together. Something needs to be done about this as it is a real cause for concern. I have read the forums and many who have the same issue that I have. I do not feel safe in this vehicle, and dread transporting my family in it at this time.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 202014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
A week ago my Traverse started making a grinding noise, and I thought it was the brakes so I took it to our mechanic who checked all four wheels and determined the brakes were fine. He said it was possibly a rock or something causing the noise and it stopped for a few days. This morning I was pulling into a parking spot at work and the steering froze up completely and the brakes did not want to work either. I almost hit the car I was parking next to! I'm so glad that didn't happen in the middle of traffic or a main street or it could have been a lot worse. Very scary, but what would cause this" will GM be looking into this before someone gets really hurt or has a major accident" taking back to the mechanic Wednesday to check the steering pump.... not happy.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

Apr 182013


  • 22,200 miles
Stabilitrac and traction control and engine light was flashing... kept misfiring, took the vehicle to the dealership and I am still as of September 17 having the same issue... there has been no resolution.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 262014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 47,687 miles


While driving my children to school a warning light came on to check power charging system but then it went off. A few minutes later my air conditioning shut off and the power saving mode light came on followed a few minutes by the battery warning light. Later that evening I had my husband follow me to a nearby auto shop to have the car checked out. The air would not even come on and I drove less than 2 miles to the shop. Near the auto shop after having the car checked out and told to replace the battery I attempted to drive home with the intent to return the next day since it was closing time and no work could be done. The car experienced a complete power failure at a major intersection. The alternator had failed on a car less than 3 years old and under 50,000 miles. I have done research and this is a fairly common issue with the 2012 Traverse and is not considered a flaw or cause for concern or recall. Does someone need to die before this problem is addressed?

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 302014


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that after shifting into drive, the vehicle erroneously accelerated and crashed into a telephone pole. The contact sustained back, hip, and knee injuries while the passenger sustained lung contusions from the air bag deployment. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 012013


  • 5,800 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that he applied the brakes however, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The contact removed his foot from the brakes and the vehicle began to function normally. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,800. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fortworth, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 142012


  • miles
2012 Chevrolet Traverse. Consumer writes in regards to speedometer and gps the consumer stated he set the cruise control for less than 75 mph and his garmin gps nuvi confirmed the same speed. However, he was cited for speeding. The sheriff stated his radar was much more accurate than his speedometer and gps.

- Stamford, CT, USA

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