Chevrolet Suburban owners have reported 71 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
I have a 2007 Chevrolet 4wd Suburban LS that has its transmission rebuilt because the truck just won't go. It has 34k plus miles and 42 month old. I wanted to know if this is common on this kind of vehicle and why did it happen.
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The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle would shift into four-wheel drive independently. The vehicle became stuck in automatic four wheel drive and the contact stated that the vehicle felt as if the wheels were attempting to lock. In addition, the contact stated that he was unable to accelerate past 40 mph. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired. The failure mileage was 194,000 and the current mileage 194,882.
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Transmission needed to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission @ 51,100 miles. Children and other passengers were stranded in PA @ 12:00 am.
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The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban. Shortly after the vehicle received a transmission flush, it would not move forward in the drive position after being placed into reverse. The following day, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced three plates, a valve, filter kit, and a gasket kit. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred less than a year later after another transmission flush was performed. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to hesitate and the engine revved, but the vehicle was losing speed. She drove to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the transmission was not shifting past first gear. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer that performed the original repair, but they stated that it was no longer under warranty and was not their responsibility. Through online research, the contact found numerous complaints about this same defect. She believes that a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 65,414 and current mileage was 123,000.
I have a 2002 Suburban that since I purchased it in 2002 I have been complaining about the transmission not shifting right. Every time I brought it in it would be in the dealership for less than a day and I would be told that everything is okay. Now my warranty is up and my transmission is broke. I have no reverse, and it does not want to down shift on any forward gear. I called a trans shop in my area and they stated that with chevy Suburbans of my year (give and take 3years both ways) there is a very common problem with the seal in the trans that it wears too soon and trans oil leaks while driving down the road - the owner does not even notice it - because it gets blown away while driving. This to me seems like something that should be fixed by the manufacturer. The fact that when I called the trans shop (atomic transmissions) they new right away what happened.
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Transmission hot light came on as traveling the interstate. Pulled over until light went out. Left the interstate, light came on again. As trying to pull off road, truck stopped (engine on, but would not advance forward). Had to replace with another transmission.
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The transmission locks up intermittently at various speeds. As a result, the vehicle becomes difficult to shift. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that unless the failure occurs frequently, they were unable to get an analysis. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The contact has been to two different dealers. Chevrolet stated that nothing could be done. The failure mileage was 4,000 and current mileage was 12,500.
No event leading to failure. Heard clunk - tranmission went out
48,000 miles. Vehicle has never towed anything. Replaced transmission - shop now says rear differntial also bad.
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Transmission on a 2001 chevy Suburban with 76000 miles failed while on expressway almost caused an accident.
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: the contact stated that the vehicle was built with water inside the transmission. The service dealer determined it was rain water. The transmission was cleaned and completely resealed. A cowl water deflector was added to solve this issue in the future. Updated 9/18/2006 -.
: the contact stated while being on an incline and with the gear shifter in drive the vehicle rolls back if the brakes are not applied. Upon inspection the dealership determined this is the way the vehicle was designed. Updated 4/14/2006 -.
Faulty transmission and pressure pump.
I purchased a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban in late 2005. We are currently on our third transmission with this vehicle. The first one locked up at 20 m miles and was replaced under warranty. The second failed at about 98 m and cost us about $2500 to replace as gm only offered a 1 yr. Warranty on replacement transmissions at that time. I'm already concerned about the third transmission as it occasionally has trouble dropping into first upon stopping. I think gm has a problem here that they are failing to own up to. My only consolation is this transmission has a three year warranty.
: the contact stated that the 2005 Chevrolet Suburban has no quick exit from the third seat and the tailgate. It takes too much force to open from the inside. The vehicle is so long the side view mirrors do not show the road very well even after adjustments are made. The brakes on the vehicle take too much force to stop the vehicle in an emergency. Lastly, the pickup on the transmission is sluggish which is a concern in emergency conditions when accelerating from a stopped position. The contact spoke with the dealer, and was referred to the manufacturer because all issues are with the design of the vehicle.
The vehicle has been in the shop 3 times for transmission problems. The dealer has changed different parts, however the problem continued.
I purchased a new 2003 Chevrolet Suburban in December of 2003. On may 13, 2005, the transmission began to fail rapidly. The automatic transmission will not easily shift into second gear and reverse gear does not function at all. The car came with a 3 year 36,000 mile power train warranty and I have put 48,000 miles on it in the eighteen months that I've owned it. 98% of the miles on the odometer are highway miles. I have towed a boat exactly 4 times. I took the car to a Chevrolet dealer who indicated that the transmission needed to be replaced at a cost of $2452. 00 Chevrolet has offered to pay for the parts & wants me to pay for the labor-$900. 00 there are two technical safety bulletins relating to this problem- #030730028 "drivetrain "clunks" when stopping" and 00822b, "no second & fouth gears and no reverse".
Transmission does not shift properly in 1st and 2nd gears.
Performed a "kick down" to pass dump truck on highway. After passing the truck and back in my lane of travel the engine over revs to 5000+ rpms and car halts to a stop in front of the dump truck that I just passed, forcing him to swerve and stand on its brakes to avoid rear-ending me. The car now has only two functioning gears, 1st and 2nd. Transmission downshifts into first when trying to shift to 3rd. Car now has 81000 miles, my transmission shop says that my 3rd and 4th gear clutches are gone!!?? and a $1,500+ rebuild is necessary. The shop says its surprised that this happens to a low mileage truck like this. And so am I.
While driving vehicle drove erratically. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer, and mechanic determined that sun gear reaction shell needed to be replaced from the transmission.
When the vehicle is placed in the accessory position, the brake does not have to be pushed on to put into gear. I was on the side of the vehicle and turned away and my 2 year old was able to climb into the front seat, put the key into the ignition and turn it to the accessory position and into gear. The vehicle rolled out the drive up on the curb, hit a mail box and since the door was opened -luckily it did not run into the house. I was under the impression that when that there was a law passed that stated you have to push on the brake to put the vehicle into gear. Luckily no one was driving down the road and hit the vehicle with my children in it. I took it to the dealership and they said it was a towing feature, I personally think this is very dangerous considering the fact that this is a common SUV for people with children and it would be very easy to have this vehicle stolen. I took pictures of the vehicle and paid someone to have this fixed, however; I feel this should be a defect in the 2004 chev. Tahoe and should be covered under warranty damage. Thank you for your time and in the future if this is not recalled or fixed - I will not be purchasing another chev. Vehicle and I know several people who will not be also.
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Purchased 2001 Chevrolet Suburban at the end of August, drove it for 1600 miles and the transmission went out. According to the mechanic, the transmission completely came apart inside. This bothered me because of the position of the transmission and my children in the vehicle, and the possibility of shrapnel coming out of the transmission. This, of course, did not happen but the dealership is refusing to take any responsibility and I have not heard from general motors. The vehicle is less than three years old and has 48000 miles on it.
Vehicle was able switch gears without applying brakes. As a result, the vehicle rolled down the driveway with a four year old child inside. No impact reported.
While driving 20 mph vehicle stopped in motion with engine still running. Vehicle operated in reverse, but not in drive. Dealer was not notified.
Tranmission failed after buying used at 75000 miles. I called gm and check for recall info. They advised me that the original owner brought it back after buying new and had the trans redone. Every 15000 miles the transmission broke again. Then it broke a third time. Fortunatley I had the extended warrenty and didnt have to pay the 2nd and third times. Thought it was the transmission place but after readind other complaints I see its the vehicle. When is gm going to fix this problem when someone dies> when you lose the gear there is a dramatic decline in speed and its hard to steer. Feels like the antilock system kicks in. I should know it has happened 3 times to me. Now im stuck with this junk.
See all problems of the 1997 Chevrolet Suburban.
Gear is easily moved from drive to neutral without depressing the button on gear shift. Dealership and manufacturer were called about the problem.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Transfer Case problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Automatic Transmission Column Shift problems||