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.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

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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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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?
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 (295 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Door ajar switch failed which triggers alarm and interior lights. Minor switch but assembly is costly to replace and requires door disassembly. > $800 to fix."

Brent W., WA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Cruise control

"Stopped working, when problem was fixed it was the high mounted stop light that shorted out and it had a common ground with the cruise control that caused it to stop working."

Michael D., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Replaced the bulbs for the 2 front running lights"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Third (upper) brake light stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Another problem with this series - the daytime running lights leak and cause the bulb to fail repeatedly."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Gauges

"Speedometer, RPM's, Oil Pressure, Fuel Level gauges all had sporadic periods of false readings. Sometimes they worked properly and other times they were either not functioning or readings were not believable."

W D., LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"My speedometer does not work properly It does not tell the correct speed I am going. The other main problem is the heating cooling I only get air blowing out of the defogger in the front of the car"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Entire instrument panel went dead while driving on highway. No gauges, no speedometer, no instrument lights, not anything. Even more dangerous because it happened at night. Panel was replaced once during warranty because gauges were working improperly but not completely dead like this time."

Tom P., NC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"gas gauge does not work now. previously the speedometer and the temp gauges did not work--the have been fixed"

David W., TN (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"on board computer failure has left all gauges non-functional"

Allen N., LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"speedometer quits, gas gauge goes to empty when it wants to"

Marvin W., MI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"All of the gauges quit working from time to time and they cannot figure out why"

Diana R., AZ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"oil pressure gauge stuck at max. speedometer would not reset to zero. was stuck up in the 80 mph range to start. very hard to tell how fast you were going"

Gary B., VT (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The gauges malfunctioned and the instrument panel had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Computerized gauge cluster including speedometer has been replaced three (3) times"

Joseph D., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"step motors go bad in this year model"

Ronald S., NC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"heated seat goes on and off randomly, not too comfortable in warm weather"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"Some Instrument panel lights have failed"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"We have 4 key fobs and only one works. The other three and the one that works have been brought to a CHEVROLET dealer who was unable to get any of the failed ones to work."

W D., LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Was not working for a prolonged period of time. I hate this feature on all vehicles; they are an aggravation. If they would tell me which tire was low (I understand some manufacturers do) it might be useful. I do a walk-around weekly and visually check to see if any tires appear to be significantly low. I finally had two monitors replaced this year."

Tom P., NC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"I have a constant message to check the tire pressure and the dealer and the factory said they did not know what I was talking about. Unresolved issue"

Garland C., SC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"on board computer failure has left tire pressure monitor non-functional"

Allen N., LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

"All of the gauges and lights quit working from time to time and they cannot figure out why"

Diana R., AZ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Gauges stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"pretty much random control - heats when it feels like it; A/C is dead"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"air routing. would blow hot air when in a/c mode right hand only. Also sometime would only route a/c air though windshield defrost vent"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The modulating valves do not work most of the time and the interior temp. cannot be maintained. Very difficult to replace, have to take the dash completely out"

Garland C., SC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"HVAC system blows hot air on the passenger side and cold air on the drivers side: both sides are set to the cold settings with no response"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"AC switches to heat rather than cooling"

Mary M., TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"automatic climate control was blowing heat when it was set to blow cold air"

Russell D., OH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Air conditioner will suddenly blow hot air"

Michael P., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"AC vent for driver side will often change from hot to cold or from cold (AC) to hot air"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"It turns on the heat on one side while cooling on the other. Took it to the dealer several times they kept it a week and it still does the same thing when returned. My neighbor has the same vehicle and he told me he googled it and they told him to"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"the auto climate control knobs do not move the desired temperature correctly.. so you can turn the knob to move temp up and the temp wont change.. The occasionally, for no perceptible reason, the A/c will start blowing heat, but only on the driver's side.. the passenger side is still cold.. to fix this I turn off then back on, and it seems to fix"

Rommel M., FL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Climate control modules (3) went bad and are expensive to replace and hard to get to. In the end I think they could have been reprogramed instead of replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Gets stuck on either all hot or all cold"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"The system went to full heat, but after resstarting car the fault self-corrected. No service needed"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"There are 3 modules in the dash that control the temperature of the air coming out the vents. These are very expensive and have gone bad twice. Onetime I had to have the dash gauges replaced."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"AC does not cool in all the areas...the blowing system has a problem."

Hilda B., SC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"The front seat would not receive cold air although it was Blowing. The driver side was blowing cold air."

Margaret S., TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Seems to be a problem with this series - the blower motor blend door has problems so you get cold air out of the passenger side and heat out of the driver side at the same time."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"I had to replace the fan speed control unit and replace refrigirant ."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"don't work or work intermittently"

Michael P., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Heater system

"Heater was blowing cold air. The actuator had to be replaced and it was 6 hours labor as the dash had to be removed. Very costly repair, and the heat is now ok, but not as good as it used to be"

Mark K., WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Blowers do not operate, but blowers, by testing are functional"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"lengthy diagnosis, probably a temp controller behind dash. Estimated $1200+ to fix"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Recharged system in summer of 2014. Within 1 week A/C was warm again. Have to get leak fixed, scheduling appointment this spring 2015"

Warren H., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-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

Alignment

"The front left HUB unit bearing needed replacement"

Chistopher C., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"vehicle want to drift to left on level road surface Have had alignment done ,wheel bearings checked, rotors checked but do not have dealership close to diagnose problem"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Bushings

"Had to replace bushing and other equipment related to left front wheel. t"

Wayne B., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"got ride control warning. system was okay except that sensor gave false signal. Cost $2,200 to replace shock and sensor"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Compressor for the autoride died. Nearly $900 to replace. Should have lasted longer than it did, given the relativelt low mileage on this vehicle"

Thomas G., MI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Doesn't work properly and traction control has to be switched off to operate the vehicle."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"The leak is actually in the vacuum boost assist on the firewall (the power steering system goes through this device). The power steering pump is working fine. Fluid leak is large and constant topping off of power steering fluid is required to operate the vehicle. Currently waiting on a part. Parts and installation will run approximately $450 or so. Not overly concerning given the 15 years of service and over 149000 miles on the vehicle."

George M., NE (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"air ride shocks stopped working, either because of the pump system or just worn out shocks. way too expensive to fix"

Gary B., VT (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The front shocks are still original but I put some Monroe air shocks at the rear to help level the vehicle while carrying my tools and equipment."

Thomas K., MI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Part in the steering column was replaced. Caused vibration in certain turns"

Jeffrey L., AK (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"linkage is a common problem with this year"

Ronald S., NC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Both tie rods went out within a week of each other"

Lynda H., WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Right front wheel bearing failed. Problem was noticed before any driveabilty issues were evident"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Premature wheel bearing failure also impaired inside tie-rod"

Mark K., WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Both sides went out within a week of each other"

Lynda H., WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-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)

"Wasn't starting, cost about $600 to replace Emission control sensor"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"EEC vent valve failure - expensive to replace since it is on top of the gas tank!"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"unknown. not a major problem"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"vapor canister fell off. this was a minor DYI repair"

Timothy G., LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"simply replaced the valve"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Fuel cap

"Would not stay on. Sensor would say check fuel cap. The only solution was to buy a new one."

Bob S., OR (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"engine light comes on easily"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Very expensive to replace. The gas tank has to be removed to get to the pump. I had to replace the fuel pump twice. they last about 60000 miles."

Michael C., IL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Fuel pump fails approx. every 20,000 miles requiring towing"

Wayne B., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Pressure started dropping a few years back and builds up pressure after cycling ignition twice"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"I have had to clean the MAP sensor twice"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"O2 sensors have been replaced 3x's. Catalytic converter also 3x's"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"I don't remember and don't have the bill to check."

Bob S., OR (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Knock sensor fault caused check engine light."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-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)

"Paint is faded and chalky"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Paint blistered lower body panel both sides of vehicle plus tailgate"

Robert B., VA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Needed new paint job after 12 years, which is not unexpected,given that I park the car outside"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"The paint on the roof just above the windshield started cracking and then flaked off, but just that area only."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"Rust on body panels immediately behind rear wheels both sides. Also paint blistering same area and on tail gate"

Robert B., VA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"External body metal under paint rusting around wheel openings and rear door key lock"

Dick G., ME (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Top rusting at the attachment of the factory installed luggage rack"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Frame rusted to the point of a hole. In VT that is not acceptable and one has to replace the entire frame -can't just repair -in order to pass inspection. Car is a total loss. The quality of this vehicle has overall been absolutely terrible. Will NEV"

Anonymous, VT (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Lower body panel behind wheel well both sides of vehicle rusted out"

Robert B., VA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"My suburban has much more rust (very excessive) compared to other suburbans I see on the road and on car lots"

Mark K., WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"rust on both rocker panels rust on all doors rust on rear lift gate"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Experienced rust around the bottoms of the doors (all 4) and the rear hatch. Not an uncommon issue given the 15 years of service and mileage on a car driven in Nebraska weather. There is also some rusting on the right-side rear area that my body shop professional tells me is a systemic problem with Suburbans as the rear air conditioning system has an internal (inside the body side panel) drain hose that causes all Suburban to rust here. This appears to be a manufacturing defect."

George M., NE (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"New York State uses salt on the roads in the winter, which has ruined my car, If the car resided in a southern state it would still be safe to drive. The frame is severely rusted."

Sam N., NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-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)

"pressure modulation ABS valve"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Dash ABS and brake light on continuously"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"The ABS light would come on and the brakes would pulsate whenever they were applied"

David M., CT (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"light is on for ABS"

Kevin S., ON (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Calipers

"calipers seemed not to grab rotors; had work done to clean up and improve braking. Also calipers, rotors and brake lines (all replaced) very sensitive to winter corrosion.l"

R H B., ME (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake repair included new pads (discs) and rotors on all four wheels"

Robert C., NC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Replaced front brakes @ 134,764. This was the first time I had to replace/repair the front brakes"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"Mechanic unable to adjust parking brake to hold car on moderate hill. Dealer did at cost of $2000"

Drew P., NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"The brake lines to the rear wheels rusted out causing the failure of the brakes. The vehicle had to be transported to a shop for repairs. Many of the brake lines had been replaced in 2012 due to corrosion failure."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"The brake failure was the result of corrosion of the brake lines under the car. All of the other problems with the brakes were also due to corrosion of all the brake components"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Every brake line on the truck rotted out, I have experienced three (3) total brake failures while driving on major highways. Pedal went to the floor because of a break line failing"

Joseph D., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Extensive rusting of the brake lines and calipers resulted in very expensive repairs over the last six years."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-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

4WD/AWD components

"Switch and motor which works the 2 vs 4 wheel drive"

Robert B., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Sensors and hydraulic pump have failed"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"4wd activation motor failed. It did last 14 years and 170,000 miles."

Mike F., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Differential

"differential bearings worn out"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"Had to replace wheel bearings and hubs (all one unit) on both front wheels"

Todd B., IL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Driveshaft universal joint failed, the driveshaft separated at the transmission side and punctured the automatic transmission housing. Additional damage to emission system and muffler required extensive repair/replacement to all mentioned above"

Craig K., AZ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Old car short in rear window. Boise amp stop working. Front fan stop working. Heater door actuator stop working. I fixed them all with help of internet vid."

Robert B., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The electric 4 wheel drive switching system failed."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Traction control

"Related to AWD - has to be disabled to drive vehicle"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Transfer case

"Bearing shaft wobble causing transfer to shift to low range or 4wd on its own"

Robert B., VA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"probably corrosion-related leak - oil blew out and bearings had to be replaced. Mechanic thought gears were ok, but they weren't so now we have a permanent scream in the rear"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Transfer case got a pinhole from a known engineering defect. loses fluid, but at a nearly undetectable rate until it is too late."

Mike F., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Block has a leak that allows cooling fluids to drain into the engine. Cost of engine replacement by dealership is in excess of $7k"

David G., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Cooling fan

"The fan clutch was not functioning properly and had to be replaced"

Bela P., OH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Radiator

"Failed. Expected at 250,000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Thermostat

"Transmission fluid overheats when towing boat in summer heat shutting engine down to prevent damage to engine"

William H., NV (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Water pump

"Engine coolant was leaking on carport. Had to change water pump to a new one. Very costly."

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"just quit operating"

Scott S., TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"had leak, needed to have replaced. unsure of exact problem"

Paul M., MA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-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

"Jammed"

Robert B., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

"Difficult to see what gear car is in"

Harriet L., OK (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Voltmeter display failed, I was told I had to replace whole dash display panel at costs of hundreds of dollars. I did not replace and now just use my own digital voltmeter to assure that I am charging correctly"

R H B., ME (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Electronic issues are as follows: gas gauge and oil pressure gauge do not work. Speedometer is no longer correct. ABS and break lights come on for no reason"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"The entire dash seems to be losing its display and warnings display because the monitors are faulty, not the devices themselves. It is not a fuse issue"

Kelly W., ID (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-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

Locks and latches

"one door does not respond to open - shut"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"Drivers door lock switch sensor sticks in the closed position. Will require dissasembly of the door to replace the switch. Costly repair due to the labor, so I am holding off"

Mark K., WI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Mirrors

"Both external mirror adjustment motors failed. Drivers side glass mirror "fogging", unable to see anything"

Dick G., ME (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Have had to replace the rear hatch window twice since purchase. Attachment points were weak"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle at low speeds"

Robert B., CA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"It appears that the sound has to do with the steering componets"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Passenger front seat door seal has far louder wind noise than ever before"

Kelly W., ID (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Drivers door could seal more tightly to keep noise levels lower"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

"rusted fuel line from tank to engine"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil leaks are still leaking on the carport floor. Estimates are $1,100 and 1,400 to fix. It is a slow leak and I may put a pan on the carport floor to catch he drops of oil."

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Engine was leaking and cost almost $1000 to repair"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Replaced transfer case with rebuilt unit $3000"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"second rebuilt transmission. first one installed by dealer and it amazingly needed replacement month after warranty expired"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Would switch into higher gears"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-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

"Driver side rear exhaust manifold to cyclinder heard bolts broke. $1,600.00"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine completely shut down with no warning--had to be replaced. expensive"

David W., TN (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The engine died and had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"shifting hard in second gear shift indicator in one gear but really in another missed second gear and went in to third twice"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-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

Ignition switch

"Failure to start several times due to ignition/security/other starting issue. Repair shop not able to fully ID problem"

Monica P., ND (2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

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