The huge Suburban might not be politically correct, but it has been the vehicle of choice for large families, or those who need heavy-duty towing and off-road capabilities for quite some time. Suburban seats up to nine (though more commonly seven or eight) with plenty of room for luggage. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet interior and a well-mannered V8 engine. However, handling is ungainly and fuel economy is poor.
Alerts
There are 2 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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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2008 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

Body control module

"have replaced tree of the door actuators"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Cruise control

"quit working 1yr after purchase. Dealership yanked by General Motors. Nearest service 120 miles away. Very difficult to get alpointment so never fixed"

Benjamin S., NM (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Cruise control intermittent problems started about a year ago anytime the weather was wet/humid or cold. Problem then exacerbated to cruise control only working in hot sunny weather and never in cold, wet, or humid weather. As of six months ago, cr"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"sensor quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Stopped working due to electrical short."

D M., WY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Day time runing lites"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Most all Suburbans and Chev. p/u you see driving down the road have the left side daytime running light burned out. They obviously have an issue with them and it is quite an operation to replace it."

Ronald B., WA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Gauges

"Gas, oil, amp & temp gauges all failed"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Oil pressure sensor was not reading accurately, gauge showed zero oil pressure. A screen in oil had clogged, causing pressure reading to be zero. Screen was replaced."

Joseph G., GA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"We have had constant problem with the passenger side headlight flickering off and on as well as not working at all. We have had times when other electrical components stop working and then come back on such as door locks, window controls, radio, system lights, etc"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"Dimming lights quit working 1 yr after purchase. Nearest Chev dealership 120 miles away. Made supreme effort to get fixed. Service department was rude and incompetent. Problem reoccured shortly after"

Benjamin S., NM (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"The keyless system failed to work resulting in the need to manually enter the car."

Richard B., FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Two different doors stopped locking with keyless entry system, had to have dealer install new actuators"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Electric rear door failure, had to install new motor"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure gauge is continuously on even though there is not a pressure problem."

Richard B., FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"left rear monitor bad, fluctuates between 1 pound of air and 80-90 lbs, neither of which is correct, again causing repeated messages to appear on the dash console that have to frequently be cleared in order to see other items. another issue"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Light is always on but tires are gook"

R P., IL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"wrong readings"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Continual issues with sensors which have to be recalibrated by a shop"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"despite numerous resets by dealer, tire pressure returns to alert mode in less than a week."

Anonymous, AR (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"repeated warning to service tire pressure system required replacing 2 sensors. Now another sensor or two have failed and need to be replaced."

Robert B., TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Warning lights

"Total electrical meltdown. Eats batteries. Radio unit fails often"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear window washer has not functioned in several years"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

"Valve lifter on #6 cylinder failed, also had to replace valve cover to fix oil USge problem"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Lifter needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Engine has been burning oil since about 80,000 miles. Had it supposedly fixed under warranty at around 90000. Still burns around a quart per 2000 miles, they denied warranty at 115000"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT)

"I think due to the engine that shuts down 4 cylinders while cruising on highway, caused the lifters and rollers to fail on one of the cylinders"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"Cylinder head was no longer lifting"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"At 104.000 miles had to replace lifters"

James C., SC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Using oil...replaced piston rings and valves and other associated engine components all under extended factory warranty"

Charles M., CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"new engine replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Loud knocking, misfiring cylinder. Plugs and wires replaced. Repaired for $1K. Problem reoccurred next day after 200 miles then needed to replace lifters, ignition coils and cam shaft. $4K Total cost $5K. Runs good but no answer on what initia"

David G., SC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Ran out of oil. Wasn't told the 5.3 burns oil at highway speeds. GM fixed the pistons & rings a few years later. Still my fault, not the car. Regularly serviced but drove too long without checking oil level"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"We currently have a collapsed lifter in the 4th cylinder. This happened during or when the throttle body control went bad as well. Some sources say this is a recurring problem with the Vortec 5.3L engines. The mechanic stated the engine is very clean with no sediment or buildup inside the engine"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"2nd engine rebuild due AFM malfunction"

Tracie M., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"One chamber not getting oil required replacement"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"Active Fuel management valve lifters, replace all and camshaft 2 times in 14 months"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"The pullley that keeps tension on the belt has warn out"

Anonymous, VA (2008 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

Doors or sliding doors

"I have replaced three of my four door handles because they have broken during cold weather. Apparently, the door handle mount which is made of plastic becomes weak during cold weather and can crack and break. The door handle then becomes loose and"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Both rear door handles malfunctioned and had to be replaced. Both front interior door handles delaminated and had to be taped to be safe"

Gary S., FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

"We had a 1998 Suburban and as it reached ~120k the first thing to go was the electric locks and windows - same on a 10 year newer model"

Nan S., VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Difficulty with rear and middle seat locking mechanisms"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Have had to replace all 4 door handles & locks. Fell apart all about 6 months to a year apart. I think default"

David D., AL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"Exterior door handles break easily"

Ronald B., WA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Exterior door handle keep breaking. Door lock inoperative"

Ray P., IL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"all 4 door lock actuators went bad. 3 out of 4 door handles broke."

David S., WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The outside door handles are plastic and break often."

Ronald B., WA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Sunroof

"Leaked. Had to replace seal"

David G., SC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Electronic lift gate began intermittently, then consistently failing. After multiple failed repair attempts, resolution was to repair part of the wiring harness"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Windows

"Window switches have failed"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Driver side passenger window won't go up or down. Had to tape it in up position"

Gregg K., CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"It has always been difficult to fill up, especially when outside air temperature below freezing. Gas does not drain properly from fill tube and shuts off the pump sensors in the fuel nozzle"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Engine computer

"O2 sensor was bad. Was charged a fee just to read the computer and check engine light, with a separate fee for repairs. Still took several visits and several "readings" before they replaced the faulty O2 sensor"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"burns excessive oil. knock in engine-dealer says I need a rebuild/valve job."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Same with 2018 Impala. Cannot use flex fuel cause engine to knock. Vehicle does not run well wth this type of fuel. Dealer states flex fuel is bad for vehicle do not use."

Edward C., WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Probably related to AFM malfunction"

Tracie M., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Engine mounts

"Engine mounts were worn out, causing excess vibration and noises. Performed repairs myself and it took about 8 hours."

Paul W., AZ (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"3 of 4 engine mounts failing. probably normal at approximately 150000 miles"

James H., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"engine burns oil, need to add oil constantly , been told it is a known prob that chevy wont fix"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Repair and still uses oil"

Anonymous, AR (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"The engine uses a quart of oil every 1200 miles.It doesn't leak."

Eugene L., MN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

"The paint is dull, one door handle fell off, the silver "contact paper" that is on the plastic door handles is buckling and peeling to the point where I have to be careful not to cut myself every time I open the passenger side door, and the trim is l"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"This problem was addressed by dealership on numerous occasions but the remedy was always "short-lived". These side moldings repeated come unglued. Is the glue? Are the moldings so warped that the glue doesn't hold? Essentially, this has been a pr"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash has cracked in 3 places with $1,000 repair estimate. Cracks appear to be caused by defective product"

Gary S., FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Interior right molding between windshield and four came loose without being touched or damaged"

Gregg K., CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"There is no bodily damage. The paint has peeled and bubbled (especially on the bumpers). Minor rusting underneath that has been addressed - but not the cause of peeling paint"

Nan S., VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Chrome wheels began peeling/flaking and developed slow leaks (won't seal). They have to be replaced (~$500 each)"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Paint peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Paint peeling on door handles only"

Harry A., MS (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"excessive rust spots for a 10yr old vehicle. Moldings beginning to peel off doors."

Todd T., WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"Apparently this model year GM tried some "Eco-friendly" paint. It has 3 areas that have almost completely rusted through! My 2006 Buick Lucerne, which is older and has more miles is totally fine!"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-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

Bushings

"Front wheel bearings went bad, had to be replaced."

Joseph G., GA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"I assume it may have been normal wear and tear but cost a pretty penny to repair."

Edward C., WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The air suspension leaked at 80,000 miles or thereabouts. Very expensive repair, as had to replace the air shocks and the air pump"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"replaced electronic shocks and compressor"

Michael B., MO (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Rear air shocks were leaking and behaving differently from the way they've worked for over 7 years. We took it in and had shocks replaced. Issue still persists, but dealer now says it is working as designed. We don't agree"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"Air suspension compressor failed. Vehicle does not level itself when heavily loaded"

Jim B., ME (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Very expensive and can only get Chevy parts"

Kerri F., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"The tie rods were worn out"

Jesse S., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Broken but couldn't tell until started making a sound, so wore out brake pads and rotor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"squeeking"

Charles B., MI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"b low engine"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"I have had to replace the brake pads and rotors 2 times since I purchased the vehicle"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"Front rotor bearing on both front wheels"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Vehicle goes through rotors fast. rear end is worst, warps quickly"

Stephen C., VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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)

"Evaporation controls had to be replaced because of leaks in the fuel supply system."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Had a short in one my evap sensors. Check engine light constantly on and poor gas mileage"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"It took the repair shop 3 tries to determine the charcoal canister was bad and they replaced it with a bad one as well. Not blaming the car."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"throttle position senor and unit required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Throttle body had to be replaced."

Jim B., ME (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Intermittent starting, no fuel to the injectors. Vehicle would stall while idling"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"fuel tank sensor/gas cap. replaced cap ($12), but to replace the fuel tank sensor is several hundred because to do so the tank has to be removed. poor design and too expensive, so I now have to drive with the idiot light on all the time"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera failed for the second time in only 7 years"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS would not retain addresses in address book or stay in local region from day to day. Destination had to be re-entered every time engine was turned off. Region changed frequently to the NE despite our being in the MS"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"When selecting a GPS destination, the user has to first choose a region of the country. Each time I select my local region (New England) for a GPS route, when I'm done it reverts back to the Mid-Atlantic region every time. Also, the clock is always 1 hour behind except during daylight savings time. It can be reset, but as soon as the vehicle is turned off, it reverts back"

Jim B., ME (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"losing info in address book, losing destination info when turning engine off requiring re-entry."

Robert B., TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"it does not work any longer"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Speakers

"In the door speakers do not work. OnStar is unintelligible"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to purchase a new transmission, cost $3,500"

Samantha J., NH (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"Transmission developed a fluid leak and required a costly $1500 repair."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"Poor design transmission fluid line cracked. Was told by repair shop it was very common in the car. They knew right wear to look and show me"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-L V8)

"Transmission fixed under warentee but trans lines no To replaced ot offer to replace given by service tech"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Pulling a trailer down the road the transmission started leaking oil a lot...it broke."

Eugene L., MN (2008 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

"the connection to the front drive needs to be replaced, also affects cruis control making in inoperable"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Differential

"Front differential needs to be replaced due to excessive metal found in the fluid. Cause unknown."

Todd T., WI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"Third occasion of driveline vibrations and whirring noise coming from drivetrain near rear end of vehicle. Previous two occasions, the problem was repaired with parts replaced under warranty. Problem recently returned once again, even after parts ha"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"The problem occurred in the axle gear bearings, the bearings worn prematurely."

Delmas S., NC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

"Stability Control and traction are a recurrent issue with this vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2008 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plug cracked and made engine misfire. It also made the charge light come on even though the charge system was working fine. It also tripped the check engine light and gave several false codes before giving the correct misfire code"

Ronald B., WA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"spark plug fouling probably due to oil. also burns excessive oil. also had an oil pressure switch failure"

Christopher L., NH (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"engine missing and spark plug was fouled replaced 1 plug"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Radiator hose broke"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Radiator

"both of the radiator hoses broke away from the engine at the same time"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Thermostat

"thermostat failed. after $700 repair problem reccured requiring another $200 for sending unit/module"

James H., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-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

"Sunroof seal and drain lines failed during carwash. Quite dramatic rain forest experience."

David G., SC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear door accumulated debris in bottom of cavity, plugged drain holes, rain water accumulated in door. Dealer charged high price to correct, but didn't actually fix the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The airbag malfunction light has been on and it has been taken in for repairs at a certified GM dealership and they still have not been able to fix it."

Charlie W., NC (2008 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

Climate System

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 04 2010
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
OWNERS 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 <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1365070
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Aug 28 2008
THIS MAY CAUSE OTHER ELECTRICAL FEATURES TO MALFUNCTION, CREATE AN ODOR, OR CAUSE SMOKE INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 857,735 MY 2006-2008 BUICK LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MY 2007-2008 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL, SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MY 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WIPER WASHER FLUID SYSTEM. A SHORT CIRCUIT ON THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE WASHER FLUID HEATER MAY OVERHEAT THE CONTROL-CIRCUIT GROUND WIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A WIRE HARNESS WITH AN IN-LINE FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080; CADILLAC AT 1-800-982-2339 OR HTTP://WWW.CADILLAC.COM; CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876 OR HTTP://WWW.SATURN.COM, GMC AT 1-866-996-9436; OR HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493; OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08048. 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 <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V441000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 857735
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