The huge Suburban might not be politically correct, but it has been the vehicle of choice for families who won't fit in a minivan or another SUV, or for those who need heavy-duty towing or offroading capabilities. It can seat nine (though more commonly seven or eight) with plenty of room for luggage. A comfortable ride, quiet interior, and a well-mannered V8 engine are among the key attributes.
Alerts
There are 4 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.

Overall Reliability
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Drive System
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Electric System
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Climate 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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2013 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Engine is making a belt squeaking noise like the power steering is going out"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Driver's side rear door intermittent rattle"

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Shoulder harness rollers in door rattle on rough roads."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 6.0-L V8)

"I've had to replace the rear opening window twice. For the price we paid for the vehicle it should be quieter than it is."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Replaced windshield"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"For the price paid, the suburban should be quieter."

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

Ball joints

"At the same time as the stabilizer bar was fixed they also determined that I needed new ball joints since the play was outside the accepted range. That problem was not critical but I had it done because the overall front end suspension had started to feel a bit "loose". With the replacement of the ball joints the front suspension felt much more solid and has continued to do so."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"They became sloopy as the repair guy indicated."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I was on a trip and began to have a popping noise whenever I went over even the slightest bump. I was enroute from Texas to Kentucky and was a little anxious about it but the steering seemed responsive and nothing was a problem other than the noise. When I took the car to the dealer they found that I needed a new stabilizer bar."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"I think the Tie Rod ends and Ball Joints are most likely just a part of owning a vehicle with higher mileage."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Front driver's side failed costing over $1,000 to repair"

Phillip P., TN (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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

"Premature wear was allowing oil to blow by. The dealership ate part of the cost but it still cost me $3,000"

John R., KY (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Not sure if correct nomenclature but something with cylinders and oil blowing past. It was several thousand dollars to repair. Allegedly the dealer gave me a break of several thousand because I am a long time customer and have them do all service."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Number 7 cylinder went bad and long block engine was put in"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Variable cylinder system malfunction. Fixed under warranty"

Aaron G., VA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"They had to replace a cam at 31000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

"Plastic body parts around back lift gate loose a rattle"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The door side molding has rusted on both sides"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT)

"Suburban is black. White spots on hood and fenders"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"GM does a poor job on moldings. EVERY, yes, EVERY Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon has the molding go bad. To get these replaced and painted is $750.00. We have had a 2010, 2011 (Yukon), 2012, and 2013 Suburban and all have this issue. Annoying, but it won't leave you on the side of the road."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Passenger side front was sticking"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake pads and rotors replaced"

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"vibration. rust on pads/rotor"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Squeaking

"Brakes"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Day light running light lamp had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"The left rear wiring harness failed. They didn't want to cover it on the extended Bumper to Bumper warranty but several phone calls later did"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Horn

"When remote locked horn frequently activates without cause"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"Bad GM software is the issue. Dealership spent many hours that I paid for a sent a GM engineer (cost $5000.00) to never fix / resolve. They noted it was out of production and a software bug."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-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

"Inside door handle broke. (Bad design) The only way to repair is to replace the entire door panel"

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"1) Exterior door handle inside parts broke. Door would not open. 2) Interior driver side door panel used to close the door disintegrated. Plastic pieces inside flimsy."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"the rear hatch would not move up or stay up"

Anonymous, CT (2013 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

"It got stuck in 4WD and I had to take it to the dealer to get it fixed. They said there will soon be a recall for the problem"

Jim G., CT (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Differential

"Pinion seal was leaking"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Traction control

"Dash indicates traction control needs maintenance but have not had it fixed yet."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 6.0-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Dealership misdiagnosed. While they thought the catalytic converter was bad, they should have replaced the MAP sensor - wasted $2800.00."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Passenger seat sensor that informs vehicle airbags that passenger in seat or not so as to activate airbag for front passenger deployment as designed."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

A/C compressor

"Wasn't cooling"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban)

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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"directions that are given are way off, they cant find problem"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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

Coil

"Engine started running rough. Check engine light came on and it wouldn't accelerate properly. Diagnosed as bad coil. Several hundred to repair."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"The engine mounts broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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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
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AIR BAGS
Feb 05, 2021
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC, TX, PR, AS, GU, the MP, and VI or "Zone A." Additionally GM is recalling certain 2011-2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, Yukon XL and 2011-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AZ, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, and WV or "Zone B." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2010-2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL and 2010-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with non-desiccated passenger frontal inflators containing phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212328800.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V054000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1778128
AIR BAGS
Feb 05, 2021
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2010 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212328790.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V053000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 692526
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 01, 2014
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM¿s number for this recall is 14515.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V614000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 106307
POWER TRAIN, STEERING
Jan 02, 2013
As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the OFF position. The vehicle may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury.
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect", and FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention." The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on January 21, 2013. Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
General Motors' number for this recall is 12331.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 www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 54686
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