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CHEVROLET SUBURBAN - 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 438 complaints filed for the 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2001 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 2001 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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SERVICE BRAKES

12/6/2013 - EATON TOWN , NJ
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE REAR BRAKE FAILED TO ENGAGE WHILE DRIVING 40 MPH. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO STOP THE VEHICLE BY USING THE FRONT BRAKE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR INSPECTION WHERE THE CONTACT WAS ADVISED THAT THE REAR BRAKE LINES WERE CORRODED AND LEAKING BRAKE FLUID. THE REAR BRAKE LINES WERE REPLACED. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 165,000.

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ENGINE

12/2/2013 - LYNNWOOD, WA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE FAILED TO START WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC, WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE CAME SHAFT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED BECAUSE THE REPLACEMENT PART WAS NOT READILY AVAILABLE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE PROBLEM. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 124,000. UPDATED 04/15/14 MA

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/2/2013 - LYNNWOOD, WA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE FAILED TO START WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC, WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE CAME SHAFT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED BECAUSE THE REPLACEMENT PART WAS NOT READILY AVAILABLE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE PROBLEM. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 124,000. UPDATED 04/15/14 MA

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SERVICE BRAKES

9/2/2013 - CORTLAND, OH
I HAD JUST ACCELERATED FROM A TRAFFIC LIGHT AND TWO CARS PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF ME. THEY WERE FORCED TO STOP IMMEDIATELY DUE TO A VEHICLE IN FRONT OF THEM MAKING A LEFT TURN. THIS FORCED ME TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY STOP. I JAMMED ON THE BRAKES, THE ANTILOCK SYSTEM ACTIVATED, THE TIRES STARTED TO SQUEAL AND THE BRAKE PEDAL WENT TO THE FLOORBOARD. FORTUNATELY, THE TURNING CAR WAS ABLE TO MAKE HIS TURN AND THE TWO CARS THAT PULL OUT IN FRONT OF ME WERE ABLE TO GET MOVING AND OUT OF THE WAY AS I SLOWLY CAME TO A STOP. I TOOK THE VEHICLE TO THE DEALER AND THEY CHECKED THE BRAKES OUT. THE BRAKE LINE RUPTURED DUE TO RUST. THEY HAD TO REPLACE ALL THE BRAKE LINE DUE TO EXTREME RUST. THEY WERE RUSTIER THAN RUSTY, THEY WERE TRASH. UPON INSPECTION OF THE BRAKE LINES I NOTICED THAT ONLY THE BRAKES LINES WERE EXTREMELY RUSTY. REST OF UNDERSIDE WAS NOT TO RUSTY AT ALL. AS A RETIRED QUALITY SUPERVISOR WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE METAL STAMPING INDUSTRY I AM FULLY CONVINCED THAT SOMETHING IS DEFINITLY NOT RIGHT HERE. THE BRAKE SYSTEM IS A SAFETY RELATED ITEM THE LINES SHOULD NOT RUST OUT AS THESE LINES DID. I BELIEVE THE WRONG MATERIAL WAS USED FOR THESE LINES OR A STEP IN THE RUST PREVENTION PROCESS WAS NOT PERFORMED THAT LED TO THIS PREMATURE RUSTING. BRAKE LINES SHOULD NOT RUST OUT LIKE THESE LINES DID.

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SERVICE BRAKES

7/27/2013 - COLUMBIA, MD
BRAKE PEDAL WENT TO THE FLOOR WHEN APPLIED IN A PARKING LOT. PARKED VEHICLE. UPON RETURN LARGE PUDDLE OF BRAKE FLUID UNDER DRIVERS SIDE FRONT AND BRAKE LINE HAD FAILED. ALL BRAKE LINES ARE VERY CORRODED ON THIS 12 YEAR OLD VEHICLE. IN ADDITION, FUEL LINES ARE ALSO VERY CORRODED BUT HAVE NOT YET FAILED.

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SERVICE BRAKES

6/25/2013 - NEW TRIPOLI, PA
BRAKE PEDAL WENT ALMOST TO FLOOR WHEN APPROACHING A STOP SIGN. STOPPING ABILITY WAS VERY POOR. WE WERE CLOSE TO HOME, SO WE RETURNED HOME. UPON INSPECTION BRAKE FLUID WAS DRIPPING DOWN FRAME RAIL UNDER DRIVERS SEAT, WHERE ABOUT FIVE BRAKE LINES ENTER THE ABS VALVE UNIT. THE BRAKE LINES WERE ALL SEVERELY RUSTED TO THE POINT ONE FAILED. VERY BAD LOCATION FOR THE ABS VALVE, AS THE BRAKE LINES FOLLOW THE FRAME RAIL FROM THE FRONT LEFT WHEEL TO THE ABS UNIT AND ARE PRONE TO COLLECTING ROAD SALT SPRAY. SERVICE ACCESS IS LIMITED AND AWKWARD. THIS SAME FAILURE OCCURRED ON MY 2001 SILVERADO PICKUP IN AUGUST 2010.

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SERVICE BRAKES

5/20/2013 - VILLA HILLS, KY
BRAKE FAILURE. METAL BRAKE LINE BETWEEN MASTER CYLINDER AND CALIPER DEVELOPED A LEAK DUE TO CORROSION OF THE METAL BRAKE LINE. MECHANIC SAID ALL METAL BRAKE LINES WERE RUSTED AND CORRODED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY ON THESE FAULTY LINES. THE REPLACEMENT OF THESE LINES WAS VERY EXPENSIVE AND WAS DEFINITELY A PREMATURE FAILURE IN MY OPINION. LUCKILY MY 20 YEAR OLD SON NOTICED THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS GOING TO THE FLOOR WHILE ON THE INTERSTATE AND WAS ABLE TO SAFELY EXIT THE HIGHWAY. IF THE LINE WOULD HAVE FAILED A FEW MINUTES EARLIER, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CRASH.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

4/9/2013 - LYNNWOOD, WA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WOULD SPORADICALLY BECOME HESITANT TO START. THE VEHICLE WOULD ALSO STALL PERIODICALLY WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED BY THE DEALER AND THE CONTACT WAS ADVISED THAT THE FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY THE CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF FAILURE AND STATED THAT THE PART HAD BEEN DISCONTINUED. THE CONTACT REFERENCED NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 07V521000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING) BUT WAS ADVISED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL CAMPAIGN. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 18,000. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 20,177. UPDATED 06/17/13

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

3/7/2013 - WASXAHACHIE, TX
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE ENGINE FAILED TO START. THE CONTACT HAD TO DEPRESS THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND TURN THE KEY IN ORDER TO START THE ENGINE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A MECHANIC FOR INSPECTION AND THEY STATED THAT THE FUEL PUMP NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 60,000.

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SERVICE BRAKES

1/12/2013 - LEXINGTON, KY
WAS DRIVING VEHICLE ON A 2 LANE PUBLIC ROAD AT APPROXIMATELY 35 MPH WHEN PEDAL SUDDENLY BECAME SOFT AND REQUIRED MANY ACTUATION TO STOP. VEHICLE WAS UNABLE TO STOP IN THE ANTICIPATED DISTANCE AND A COLLISION WITH CROSS-TRAFFIC NEARLY OCCURRED. ON INVESTIGATION, THE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR WAS EMPTY AND THERE WAS LEAKING FROM MULTIPLE BRAKE LINES FROM CORROSION.

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