This Texas-size wagon becomes your home-on-wheels on a long cross country trip. Ride, handling and braking are much improved over its truck-like predecessor. The Suburban seats eight comfortably with room for their luggage. Parking is still awkward and fuel economy is not great.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard 2000-2002, available 2006, standard from 2010. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Road Test

This Texas-size wagon becomes your home-on-wheels on a long cross country trip. Ride, handling and braking are much improved over its truck-like predecessor. The Suburban seats eight comfortably with room for their luggage. Parking is still awkward and fuel economy is not great.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (285 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“A/C compressor failed. Compressor, belt and belt tensioner were replaced by non dealer mechanics shop”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“The system needs recharging every spring. If there's a slow leak, we can't find it”

Richard P., CT (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.2-L V8)

“We had to get a new one”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“AC stopped working. Blower worked but no cold air”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“My A/C went out, I am not positive it was the condenser or the compressor, but something major had to be replaced. Not really unusual for a car that age I guess”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.2-L V8)

“Had a leak in lower corner”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Heated seats come on randomly while driving, although I am not touching anything. Very frustrating because it is hard to see the lights for the "heated seats on" indicator during the day & out of the blue I just feel extreme heat. Since it is hot muc”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.2-L V8)
Heater system

“Heater system does not heat well. Cannot get car very warm in cold weather”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“metal tube from front of vehicle to rear heater core carrying coolant rubbed against vehicle body and began leaking. vehicle length tube no longer manufactured. Mechanic used heater tubing to replace leaking section of metal tube. problem solved”

Mike K., CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“after you turn the heat/cool knob to hot, it will not respond if you turn it back to cold until you have turned off the ignition and let it sit for about ten minutes”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“unsure of leak area 1. leak at low side inlet valve core 2. Unsure”

R K., AZ (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Base 5.2-L V8)

“Refrigerant leak requires re-charge of system 1-2 times a year for a/c to work”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Periodically get engine check light that when checked always shows code for catalytic converter possible problems. Pressure drop across catalytic converters is high but less than one (1) psi so continue to drive. Check engine light seems to come &”

Bernard B., OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel Guage was included with new fuel pump but is inaccurage. Need to use trip odometer to guage miles till empty”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“The fuel pump went out this winter. It was unexpected. I have had very few mechanical problems with this car. It was more expensive to fix then we anticipated”

Kristin E., WA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Original Fuel pump quit working and was bad at 235000 miles”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“The Fuel pump is a royal pain to fix. Its in the Gas tank which must be removed in order to replace the fuel pump. Way too much effort for a simple repair”

Dan S., ID (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Fuel pump failed suddenly and completely. Required tow to shop”

Thomas A., MI (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Fuel pump needed replacement”

Thomas H., AL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“fuel pump is not maintaining proper pressure in fuel line, causing delayed and multiple starts. Too expensive at $1000 to replace for a $6000 car”

Anonymous, OK (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Fuel pump failed”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Fuel pump died while driving the car. Had to be towed to dealers”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“brakes chatter & light goes on in dash”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“This was the 2nd time in the lifetime of this suburban that the ABS motor went out”

Mike W., CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Front wheel sensors corroded”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Antilock has for 5+ yrs occasionally released braking on a wheel after hitting a bump during braking. Finally got it solved by replacing front right hub - which included the speed sensor. problem solved”

Mike K., CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“The ABS sensor has failed and ABS is no longer functional”

Anonymous, MA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Back brakes worn out. Normal”

Randy W., TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Brakes with 101000 miles of ware”

James R., FL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Normal break wear turned to rotor wear because of my neglect, therefore replaced all on front: rotors, calipers, and pads”

Bernard B., OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“This is same premature wear problem. The rear rotors were replaced as part of normal maintenance and after a year they were already wearing out. The mechanic could not explain the abnormal wear but installed higher performance rotors as the replacement and there have been no further issues”

D C., NJ (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“I had to replace the rear rotors on the Suburban after having replaced them the year before due to excessive wear. The mechanic could not explin it but installed higher performance rotors when replacing them and there have been no further issues”

D C., NJ (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“replaced all tensioner pulleys”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
Oil leaks

“Can't find where oil is leaking from”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Needs seals according to auto tech”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“oil pan, and rear oil seal leak significantly”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Base 5.2-L V8)

“Transfer case”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“The seals on the front diffenrual needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, AK (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Its a slow leak that has yet to be diagnosed”

Anonymous, CO (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.2-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“driver's door hinge and locking system has been replaced twice”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Glass defects

“Windshield adhesive failed. Replaced windshield”

Laird N., IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Lock on the back hatch did not work”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Rear barn door remote operation of latch failed due to failure of small motor in locking mechanism. Repaired it myself with a $8 motor. Very detailed and technical repair. Dealer would be $400”

Randy W., TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“1, power window failed”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Three out of four power windows have failed. One has failed twice. Cheap plastic parts used in window mechanisms!”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Mirrors

“Auto dimming outside mirror on driver's side got too dark so I replaced it”

Randy W., TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering pumps and hoses

“This was a sudden failure as well. I went to dinner at a local restaurant with friends. When we went to leave, as I backed out of the parking space, the steering was unbelievably heavy and ultimately I couldn't get enough leverage to steer properly,”

David C., NJ (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“rear out adjust compressor went out and the the shocks developed problems and they would stay inflated now. And we had replaced the compressor for $1200.00 and the air bags on the shocks failed after and was an additional $1000.00 to repair”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Tie rods

“driver side tie rod/s broke/wore out requiring $1500 in repair costs”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
Ball joints

“They get old and wear out. Especially, the off highway driving you do”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Poor design. Weak. Common problem to develop cracks and break”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“Repacked both front end bearings”

Daniel R., NC (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“chalking on roof and mud guards”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Clear coat and base paint (grey) have deteriorated on the top and side of vehicle. The top surface is beginning to rust”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Rust

“despite maintaining rust has eaten the body away, mostly in the last 12 months”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Rear quarter-panels rusting on both sides. Normal for winter climates and salted roads”

Laird N., IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Lower body panels rusted through (car has been driven in Vermont every winter. Has seen a lot of salt)”

J B., PA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission failed and had to be replaced”

Dean A., NY (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“It was a surprise. The truck was working fine and i was going to bible study with a friend and just a few miles from home, the transmission started to slip. With 2 more miles it had failed completely. I had no other warning. I had it replaced quickly”

David C., NJ (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“Original transmission finally failed at 350,000 miles. It was a champion. Rebuilt the transmission and have driven over 16000 miles since without problem”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“I experienced a transmission failure, resulting in transmission replacement”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Original transmission with 220xxx miles wasn't shifting as it should. Would not shift beyond second gear. Replaced it with a reman transmission”

Anonymous, OK (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Driveshaft bearings started falling out; loss of driveshaft was eminent. Driveshaft was replaced at my cost”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“Front transfer case bad. Rebuilt for $1500”

Randy W., TX (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
Differential

“Had to replace with a remanufactured differential”

Carroll N., NC (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Transfer case

“Transfer case failure caused loss of 4WD and shorting of fuses”

Anonymous, MA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“older model suburbans have an extremely dangerous situation where the vehicle just turns off while driving and you have nothing: no brakes, steering anything...won't recall it though. weird”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“Continuous issues with warning lights on Anti-lock brakes. I believe in order to get this to quick coming on, no matter how often the brakes are looked at and reset the light continues to come on”

Anonymous, SD (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Interior lights

“Interior light switch experienced a short such that dash lights/gauges were not lighted at times”

Thomas H., AL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Had to replace radiator due leak”

R K., AZ (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Base 5.2-L V8)

“See previous comments”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

“need replace”

Raylene W., NE (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“head gasket leak”

James A., AR (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“The head in the radiator cracked causing coolant to leak into the motor oil and into my engine. I had to order a new GMC reman engine for $7,200 (pats,labor, and tax)”

Mike W., CA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

“228000 miles required engine replacement”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Drivers side floor mat wet after rain”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“Bad rattle caused by failing of rear parking brake linings”

John F., WI (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

“faulty crankshaft position sensor. repaired for $80”

Stephen P., MO (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.2-L V8)
Ignition switch

“Problem was with a 2001 Blazer s10 Ignition switch had to be replaced and the radiator was leaking now the door hinge bushings on the driver side needs replacement and needs the intake manifold gasket needs replacement,”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Had a joint come loose”

Anonymous, NE (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
Pipes

“Had a joint come loose”

Anonymous, NE (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD player hasn't worked for years”

Anonymous, CO (2001 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.2-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Needs a seal, according to auto tech”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.2-L V8)
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