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The long-running Chevrolet Suburban is a very useful SUV. The addition of electronic stability control as a standard feature makes it a more attractive option for some potential buyers. Three-row SUVs are popular alternatives to minivans, but the third-row seat is usually a compromise. Often, the seat is very uncomfortable and cargo space is reduced to accommodate the seat.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2006 Chevrolet Suburban has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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

Headlights

“Headlights are shorting out. Replacements last for a few months and have to be replaced again”

Anonymous, AK (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

“high mount stop inop”

Gary P., UT (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

“Glass covers on both fog lights has fallen out thus necessitating replacement of the fixtures. Expensive and unnecessary”

James P., WA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

“Light bulbs in radio and steering wheel burning out. Replacing radio bulbs requires dis-assembly of radio, desoldering old bulbs, and soldering new ones in. Haven't tried to replace steering wheel bulbs yet. Bad design”

Tim P., PA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

“Keyless entry does not lock the lift gate or glass anymore. About half the time it does not lock the car and requires manual locking”

Anonymous, AK (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

“Driver side passenger door lock has failed. Expensive to fix and a real nuisance to not fix”

James P., WA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

“One monitor stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

“Rear washer tubing stopped working properly”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

“Rear wiper is non-functional”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“back door molding is coming loose. Second time this has occurred”

Stephen M., PA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Rust

“Both front and rear bumpers have shown rust spots/areas for a few years now but recently one section about 4"x4" on the rear bumper fell out leaving a hole in the bumper”

Peter L., CO (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint peeling on roof by windshield. 4 x8 area”

Gary P., UT (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

“Had a bearing out in the front differential requiring replacement of all bearings, ring and pinion”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

“Electronic 4WD sensor in transfer case failed”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Differential

“Differential bearings failed”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 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

Air or water leaks

“Water leak from rear windshield”

Chris S., IL (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

“as vehicle ages, it appears to be noisier when driving especially at higher speeds”

Marjory B., WI (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Total failure of transmission”

Robert R., WA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.3-L V8)

“Transmission ju st stopped working, No notice. Driving along and it was as if I knocked the transmission into neutral”

Paul H., NY (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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

Shocks or struts

“Original shocks were on the vehicle at 160,000 miles. Changed out shocks”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“Front right wheel bearing loose and required replacement. Front left required replacement a year or so ago when the wheel sensor failed”

Tim P., PA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 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

“Had to replace brakes and rotors at 60k miles Pad where changed at 35000”

Stephen M., PA (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“Excessive rust on brake lines that could lead to premature failure. Had this happen on 2004 silverado, reported to NTSB”

Chris S., IL (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The handle on the inside of the lift gate broke off when I pulled on it to close the gate”

Peter L., CO (2006 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Started leaking”

Anonymous, SD (2006 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.

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
WHEELS:CAP/COVER/HUB
Dec 17 2007
WHEEL SEPARATION CAN RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN FEDERAL-MOGUL REPLACEMENT WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLIES WITH THE BRAND NAMES: NATIONAL, CARQUEST P/NOS. 515020, 515021, 515025, 515053, 515054, 515059, AND 515060, SHIPPED BETWEEN JANUARY 23, 2006, AND DECEMBER 20, 2007, SOLD FOR LIGHT DUTY AND MEDIUM DUTY TRUCKS. THE INBOARD RETENTION NUT USED TO MAINTAIN HUB BEARING ASSEMBLY CAN LOOSEN RESULTING IN AN ABS LIGHT INDICATION, NOISE, AND/OR WHEEL SEPARATION.
What should you do:
FEDERAL-MOGUL WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMERS AND WILL REPLACE THE HUB ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 7, 2008. OWNERS CAN CONTACT FEDERAL-MOGUL TOLL-FREE AT 877-489-6659.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO REPLACEMENT NATIONAL, CARQUEST WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLIES AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY GENERAL MOTORS OR FORD.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07E106000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 130000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Aug 03 2006
IF THE DAMPER COMES LOOSE, A FUEL LEAK MAY RESULT. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH AN 8.1L V8 (RPO L8-VIN G) ENGINE HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE ENGINE FUEL RAIL PULSE DAMPER RETAINER CLIP MAY FRACTURE RESULTING IN INADEQUATE RETENTION OF THE DAMPER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ENGINE FUEL RAIL PULSE DAMPER RETAINER CLIP FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC TRUCKS AT 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 06080.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V289000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 38439
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Dec 07 2005
A MISPRINTED LABEL COULD LEAD TO IMPROPER VEHICLE LOADING SPECIFICATIONS OR TIRE INFLATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN A TIRE FAILURE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SHIPPED WITH TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION LABELS LISTING AN INACCCURATE VEHICLE CAPACITY WEIGHT.
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH CORRECTED LABELS AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. AT THE CUSTOMER'S OPTION, A DEALER CAN INSTALL THE LABEL FOR THEM. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493, PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, OR ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 05109.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V552000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 32068
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