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CHEVROLET SUBURBAN - 1988 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 30 complaints filed for the 1988 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 1988 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 1988 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Engine And Engine Cooling (2) Power Train (3) Service Brakes Hydraulic (4) Tires (8) Visibility (1)
Equipment (1) Seat Belts (2) Steering (1) Vehicle Speed Control (1) Wheels (1)
Fuel System Gasoline (3) Seats (4) Structure (3)

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STEERING

4/1/2014 - ARLINGTON, WA
IT WAS NOTICED THAT THE P/S GEARBOX WAS SEPARATING FROM ITS MOUNT ON THE VEHICLE FRAME AS THE STEERING WHEEL WAS MOVED. THE STEERING BECAME LOOSER. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE U-CHANNEL FRAME WAS CRACKED OUT IN THE AREAS OF 3 OF THE 4 POWER STEERING GEARBOX MOUNTS. THESE CRACKS HAD TO BE WELDED. A YEAR AN A HALF LATER A CHECK OF THE WELDS WAS MADE FROM UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE AND A NEW CRACK WAS FOUND. THERE WAS NO COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE DOUBLER/STIFFENER REPAIR PLATE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR MODEL. THE FRAME SHOULD NOT CRACK UNDER NORMAL USE.

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TIRES

7/8/2008 - SAN DIEGO, CA
I PURCHASED FOUR PREMIUM BRIDGESTONE TIRES ($168 EACH). TWO OF THESE HAVE NOW FAILED PREMATURELY DUE TO CATASTROPHIC TREAD SEPARATION. THE FIRST WAS AT 29,000 MILES, THE SECOND AT 32,000 MILES. BOTH STILL HAD PLENTY OF TREAD DEPTH REMAINING. I BELIEVE THAT MY SAFETY IS AT RISK WITH THE TWO REMAINING TIRES. THESE TIRES WERE NEVER DRIVEN OFF-ROAD, AND WERE WELL CARED FOR PRIOR TO SUDDEN FAILURE. THE TIRE MODEL WAS BRIDGESTONE R273SWP.

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TIRES

11/9/2007 - SAN DIEGO, CA
PURCHASED FOUR BRIDGESTONE R273 SWP PREMIUM TIRES IN 2001 ($168 EACH) FROM BRIDGESTONE DEALER. VEHICLE IS 1988 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN, USED FOR ON-ROAD USE ONLY. VEHICLE IS GARAGED DAILY, ONLY DRIVEN ~5000 MILES PER YEAR. TIRE SIZE IS 235-85R16E. TOTAL MILEAGE ON TIRES IS 29,000 MILES. ESTIMATED REMAINING TREAD LIFE 50% (9/32"). LEFT REAR TIRE SUDDENLY HAD TREAD SEPARATION WHILE DRIVING ON FREEWAY. TIRE DID NOT LOSE AIR, BUT TREAD SEPARATED FROM CASING AND STEEL BELTS WERE VISIBLE FOR APPROX 6-8" IN AREA OF SEPARATION. THERE WAS NO PUNCTURE OR ANY OTHER VISIBLE EVIDENCE FOR CAUSE OF FAILURE. DEALER REPLACED TIRE FOR FREE, ONLY CHARGING FOR BALANCE/ETC. HOWEVER, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE OTHER THREE TIRES. HAS THERE BEEN ANY HISTORY OF FAILURES/RECALLS ON THIS TIRE? SHOULD I INSIST THAT BRIDGESTONE REPLACE THE REMAINING THREE TIRES FOR FREE?

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SEATS

2/13/2006 - MOHNTON, PA
: THE CONTACT STATED WHILE SITTING IN THE VEHICLE THE DRIVER'S SEAT BOLT FRACTURED CAUSING THE SEAT TO FALL BACKWARD. AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP REPLACED THE BOLT.

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TIRES: TREAD/BELT

5/12/2005 - WHITE PLAINS, NY
DT CONTACT STATES HE PURCHASED A SET OF GENERAL TIRES, ONE OF THE TIRES DEVELOPED A HUGE FLAT SPOT AFTER 7,000 MILES OF DRIVING. THE MANUFACTURER STATED THE FLAT SPOT WAS NOT COVERED IN THE WARRANTY. THE CONTACT STATES EVERY TIME THE WHEEL IS TURNED THERE IS VIBRATION. THE TIRES ARE REGULARLY MAINTAINED. CONTACT FEELS THAT THERE IS A DEFECT IN CONSTRUCTION OF THE TIRES.

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SEATS: FRONT ASSEMBLY: RECLINER

5/12/2003 - FULLERTON, CA
SINGLE BOLT THAT ATTACHES SEAT BACK TO SEAT BASE FAILED, CAUSING SEAT BACK TO FALL BACK LEAVING ME LOOKING AT THE CEILING. I WAS STOPPED WHEN THIS HAPPENED. HAD I BEEN DRIVING THEIR WOULD CERTAINLY BEEN A LOSS OF CONTROL AND SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATHS COULD HAVE RESULTED. THE DESIGN OF THIS SEAT IS AWFUL. ON THE ADJUSTMENT SIDE THERE ARE TWO BOLTS ATTACHING THE SEAT BACK TO THE SEAT BOTTOM. IF EITHER BOLT FAILS THE SEAT BACK COLLAPSES WITHOUT WARNING.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: ENGINE: GASOLINE

5/13/2002 - CARROLLTON, TX
WHILE DRIVING, VEHICLE STALLS OUT, TOOK VEHICLE TO DEALERSHIP 4 TIMES, AND HAD ENGINE REPLACED. HOWEVER, PROBLEM STILL OCCURRING. CONSUMER STATED THERE WAS WATER IN AIR THE FLITER HOUSING AND VEHICLE OVERHEATED AND DIED, ALSO NOTICES A RATTLING COMING FROM RIGHT HAND SIDE OF VEHICLE WHEN ENGINE IS RUNNING. DEALER REPLACED ENGINE WIH USED ENGINE.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: POWER ASSIST

8/21/2001 - LONA LINDDA, CA
WHEN DEPRESSING BRAKE PEDAL A HISSING NOISE IS HEARD AND THE BRAKE PEDAL TRAVELS TO FLOORBOARD, CAUSING EXTENDED STOPPING DISTANCE. SERVICE TECHNICIAN STATED BRAKE BOOSTER NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. PLEASE PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: ANTILOCK

8/21/2001 - LONA LINDDA, CA
WHEN DEPRESSING BRAKE PEDAL A HISSING NOISE IS HEARD AND THE BRAKE PEDAL TRAVELS TO FLOORBOARD, CAUSING EXTENDED STOPPING DISTANCE. SERVICE TECHNICIAN STATED BRAKE BOOSTER NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. PLEASE PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION.

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TIRES: SIDEWALL

7/5/2001 - EMMAUS, PA
FIRESTONE, FR480, P235/75R15 DOT VNH, REPLACEMENT TIRES WITH 20000 MILES ON A 1988, CHEVROLET, SUBURBAN. WHILE DRIVING 30-35 MPH RIGHT REAR TIRE DEVELOPED A SPLIT NEAR TREAD LINE OF TIRE. ON JULY 3 2001 WHILE DRIVING 30-35 MPH , RIGHT FRONT TIRE DEVELOPED A SPLIT NEAR TREAD OF TIRE. NO ACCIDENT.

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