The Chevrolet Traverse can comfortably seat up to eight adults, while leaving good cargo space behind the third row. It rides pleasantly and handles surprisingly well, especially for its size. Drivers and passengers will appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats and well-finished interior. Test results for the Traverse also apply to the GMC Acadia.
Alerts
There are 5 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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 and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Chevrolet Traverse can comfortably seat up to eight adults, while leaving good cargo space behind the third row. It rides pleasantly and handles surprisingly well, especially for its size. Drivers and passengers will appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats and well-finished interior. Test results for the Traverse also apply to the GMC Acadia.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (281 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The compressor is frozen and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"Four year old OEM compressor leaked and had to be replaced for $1200"

Anonymous, AR (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"A/C stopped cooling. Assessment by private mechanic indicates that both upper and lower hoses are leaking and that compressor shut down d/t failsafe mechansm"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"There are five electronic sensors in the heating/cooling system. They are imported from Japan. I've had to replace three of them at almost $500 each. It is a day-long job, and it is 18 mi to the dealer each way. That constitutes a hassle from my perspective, particularly when one of the new units failed within 90 days."

Anonymous, MT (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The "gate" that separates AC and heat failed. One side of the car had AC while the other side had heat."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"I really don't know as my husband handled it."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"THE BLEND DOOR MOROT WENT OUT"

Donald B., IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"AC was always on"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"You could not change the passenger side temperature. We have had to fix this twice"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"There is an issues with controlling the air vents when you switch between heating and cooling. Half of the car will switch and the other half won't"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

"experienced loss of heat and defrost at times . all this happened when the car was three years old.changing the heater control fixed the problem"

Alan E., WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"had to replace the actuator for the passenger side"

Ken B., AL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Repeated Servo failure"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"I have not had any problems with my car except the air conditioner. It just needed to fix fan, but I did spend $1000 for 100,000 mile check up."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"Blower motor ran on high or off."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"This was the second time . First time was under warrenty"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The blower on the front vents stopped working"

Brian T., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Would not heat or cool. Unit replaced"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Heater Stoped Working On Pas. SideCosts Over 600.00 To Fix"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Blower prevented defrost from working"

Anonymous, AR (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"A/C suddenly stopped working. Service advisor said freon leaked out when condenser sprung a leak"

Charles M., TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"damaged by a rock or some large object that required repalcement"

Donald F., MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"this cost me over 2000.00 to get fixed"

John H., NH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Actuator for the air and heat control broke, they replaced it and re-programmed the heating and air. Automatic window controls on the driver side stopped working, switch needs replacing"

Theodore S., FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"Evaporator leaked and had to return to dealer 3 times to get repaired"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Vehicle has been in to the dealership for multiple repairs related to the HVAC system. I have had close to $5,000 worth of work performed on this vehicle due to various issues"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"All working fine tell had 60,000 mile service completed than with in 3 to 4 days evaporator ‘ sprung a leak’"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heater Driver Seat Stoped Working"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Driver Seat did not heat for more than 5-7 minutes before shutting off"

B M., NY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"Could not turn off or turn down heat."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"temp controller valve in front passenger failed and had to be replaced; was not letting warm air on passenger side with heater on during winter months"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Motor on heater door bad. Heater control unit bad"

Alan E., WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"heater system stopped delivering heated air to the passenger side of the car. Dealer indicates cost to repair may be a little (??) or might be other than a little. (??) Not repaired yet"

Edward Y., MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"could not direct heated air to location needed."

Ed Y., FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Could not control where the heated (or cooled) air was delivered."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioning didn't work and replaced valve and recharged it. This is a reoccuring problem that has to be taken care of every couple of years."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Parts of the air conditioning lines have been replaced twice due to refrigerant leaks in the life of the vehicle. Most recently, a full assembly of lines was replaced under my dashboard due to a leak confirmed by my local CHEVROLET dealer and a local mom-and-pop technician. I should note that the CHEVROLET dealer was going to charge over 2x for the same repair."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The high pressure line leaked and had to be replaced. A/c failed to work at all until this repair was completed."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"This was just due to age and corrosion. The car is 10 years old."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Had a leak that was hard to find. Got it fixed and it cost $700.00"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"Caused by condenser failure. Refrigerant leaked out when in sprung a leak"

Charles M., TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Dealer charged me $ 90.00 to put dye in system, but still couldn't locate the leak. I fully think problem will come back this summer. Very frustrating"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

"need a new line"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Recently tried air conditioner and was not getting cold. Dealer looked at it and said multiple leaks in system, but out of 3 year warranty, so $700 to fix. Horrible!!"

Andrew P., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"hose leak"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Had to have refrigerant filled two days ago. Not sure if it will stay fully charged"

Steve R., IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The refrigerant leaked out and the line needed to be replaced once they found the leak."

Ralph S., WA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"They can't find the leak. I have to have in serviced each spring and it lasts through the summer. It's very annoying."

Jim L., IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

"We assume there is a leak in refrigerant as our cooling has stopped working as efficiently as it used to after being recharged. The blower still works, but the air isn't as cool as it should be."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"It has a slow leak. They can't find it's origin, so I have to have it recharged every spring. It is a pain, but I love the vehicle."

Jim L., IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

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

"We've had multiple issues with this now over the course of the last 12 months. And a few different repairs to the system but still making noise."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Rear swing arm bushings were worn. Had to pay out of pocket to get them both changed. $700 plus."

Anonymous, RI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"$1350 Repair steering sys leaks found by dealer at service. Had to pull steering column and replace gearbox"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"There was continual noise as I turned the steering wheel. It sounded like a cable rubbing on something. It turned out to be the steering gear and housing was damaged and leaking ATF. The repair cost about $1,600. The vehicle has 31,100 miles. That"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Heard noise when turned steering wheel, especially when parking. Took in for service. Found leak in power steering. Repaired. Works fine"

Anonymous, DC (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"There is a current recall to fix in place, but we came in a year ago to get fixed and the dealer cost was @$2000. We put up with bad steering for a year until by luck, a recall was sent"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"air in the power steering system that cause 'whining' noise a certain speeds"

Joyce B., KY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering has been replaced just recently, working much better"

Cary D., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The Power Steering unit was replaced 3 times with and after market unit and it leaked all 3 times. Thhe unit was replaced with a GM unit and it has been fine since."

Francis S., MD (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"pump started making noise. dealership installed it and the rack and pinion. too low of milage to go out!! Last GM vehicle I will buy"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace items $1400 for the. Steering $1300 repairs"

John W., IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Steering got very stiff. Harder to make turns etc. Problem solved by GM. Replaced Pump"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The vehicle makes a winding noise at start up and when turning at slow speeds. Dealership diagnostics said dirty fluid, but Traverse forums and technical service bulletins said signs of failing power steering pump. Dealership refused to fix it"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump went bad and had to be replaced"

Dennis H., IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Steering gear wore out for a second time; had to have steering gear replaced as well as a power steering fluid pump"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"replaced pump. Dealer discounted repair $900 - $100"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump went out while driving. Makes it difficult to steer while braking and slow speeds. Dealer covered completely under factory warranty even though the 36/36000 warranty had expired."

Kenny S., CO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"power steering pump failed ( leaked )."

Francis S., MD (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts wore out at 25,000 miles and are not under warranty"

Richard K., MD (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"I've replaced at about 40,000 miles under warranty then at around 80,000 miles and replaced one side again just over 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"premature failure"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"From 10,000 miles through present, the steering gears (rack and pinion) was replaced multiple times (3x). Additionally, the power steering fluid has been replaced a number of times beyond normal replacement frequencies. This has all been due to "roaring" in the steering column while turning."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"rack replaced at same time of power steering and not under warranty. I was very unhappy"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"replaced rack and pinion"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Steering went, we replaced the rack"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Problem with noise is steering column which will require repair, but is covered under warrenty"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Steering gear housing and power steering fluid were replaced due to noise projecting through the steering wheel"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced three times prior to 60,000 miles for leaks, noises and problems"

Richard K., MD (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Had some kind of crack and leak in steering section of car. Don't know details. Disappointed in cost to repair with so few miles on the car"

Ryan L., WA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"There has been a consistent issue with the steering, Recalls and repairs have been done, we love this vehicle - however there is a known defect in the steering - been replaced once before and looks like it is in need to be replaced again, power steer"

Cary D., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"warranty - recall"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Rack and pinion started to leak. Funny noise when steering wheel turned right or left."

Tracey R., NY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"It cost me $2,000 to repair the rack and pinion"

Eddy M., CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"vibration at several speeds, steering box had to be replaced on warrentee"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Steering wheel vibrated when making turns at certain speeds"

Rich M., MO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Original tires wore out at 30000 miles and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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)

"Since the day we purchased the car we have had issues with the locks locking and unlocking on thier own. Systems shutting down on thier own. Check engine light comes on and goes off on its own. Every time any dealer checked it they could not figure it out. I even taped it doing it too prove to them how crazy it was. Will NEVER own another Traverse. After how terrible the customer service has been reluctant to ever own another Chevy"

David B., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Body control module

"Exterior side mirrors moved every time the engine started and would not remain in set position."

Catherine B., AL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Had to replace tail light blubs"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"tail light bulb blew"

Theodore S., FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"The plug in lite harness for my trailer was blowing fuses repeatedly until I eliminated some of the bulbs. This was in a 2013 boat trailer with led lights . It was blowing a 10 amp fuse under the hood."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"I have had to replace a total of 5 sets of headlights in the 6 years I have had the vehicle. They are a time consuming, $150+ repair every time, plus the cost of the lights, as the wheels and inner-liner must be removed to access the lights"

Tony C., OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The last few years they both go out about a month apart. I have replaced each headlight 3 times. You have to take the wheel well off to get to them. Very inconvenient"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Inaccessible. Unable to change myself. Took it to a local garage. They changed it but said they wouldn't do it again"

Ronald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Inaccessibility of changing the Headlights. Not joke you have to remove the front 1/4 of the car to change the light. I paid $145 to have my headlight changed & 3 weeks later paid another $145 to the other headlight changed plus takes 3 hours each"

Douglas C., MD (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"A headlight failed after 3.5 years on the Traverse, and cost over $100 to replace. For Camry, first headlight failure did not occur until 11 years, and only cost about $30 to replace"

Norbert G., MA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"$330 to change headlight lamp because of 80% labor to remove wheel well liner, bumper etc to reach simple bulb replacement."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Burning out bulbs every 3 to 6 months on both hedalights"

Donald F., MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Too hard to replace when they go out"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"drivers seat wont stay on for more than a few seconds at a time"

Joyce B., KY (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"would not start"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"A Tom failed on one wheel and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The sensor component failed, always shows no tire pressure on dashboard. Replacement parts plus labor $400. Couldn't disconnect so just live with it"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Actually, vehicle has a variety of electrical ghosts-annoying malfunctions which come and go. I have not been able to discern a pattern of causation or resolution. Based on my own investigation, I suspect BCM is involved"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Pump does not work"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"It completely failed"

Mark L., LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"There is a sensor in the M/C Vacuum module which fail and took several trips to deal to determine problem. Symptoms were Cruise control failure, traction control warnings. Problem would come and go. 2 months after repair brake fluid was at threshold"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"When having the oil changed they mentioned that the left, rear brake was getting worn. A couple of weeks later, when having tires rotated, they told me the same thing. Both said it wasn't an emergency, but when the second person told me the same thing, I made an appointment to get both rear brakes replaced, just calipers, I think."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Routine brake ware."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"brakes need to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"It wore out before the warranty said it would"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"locked the brakes up twice in a row, had to be carried to the shop"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes pads don't last. Need to monitor them constantly so I don't have to replace routers. This car was a lemon First couple of years it was in the shop more than in my gar9"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"At 20000 miles both rear rotors and brakes had to be replaced because rotors rusted and wore out the pads. Since then rear pads needed to be replaced because of rotor rusting"

Daniel W., MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Brake pads wear out and there is no warning and them I need a new rotors etc. Have to have a complete brake job about every 10000 miles"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The left rear rotor had excessive wear and scoring. Both rear rotors were replaced at my expense. (38000 km/ 23000 mi)"

W M., ON (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"every year it costs me close to $1000 at the dealer they machine one set of brakes and replace the other ie both front get machined and the rear get replaced, the next year the opposite get machined and replaced ie the rear get machined and the front"

Charles T., ON (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"regular safety inspection detected rear brakes worn beyond safe level"

Bruce C., NB (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"They had to be "turned" because they were uneven"

James W., AL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Rotors replaced front"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Received brake light while traveling in mountains country. Was able to find a dealer nearby to diagnose and fix the problem."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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

"Makes buzzing sound when CD or DVD is playing"

Bard L., TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Everything still functions but blank screen prevents changing nav, radio, etc. Turn car off and restart and it comes back on"

Bard L., TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The radio display goes blank. More often as time passes. They tried a software upgrade and it did not help. The backlight in the transmission panel also sometimes goes out. Usually both of these turn back on if I am in the car long enough."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Auxillary port for mp3 player became loose and would not work all the time"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The system stopped working 3 years ago. It is DVD operated and Chevrolet wanted $1200 to replace the system as it was out of warranty. I paid a premium to get it (LTZ edition) when I bought the vehicle. very displeased with GM"

Tony C., OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"GPS stopped working. Replaced the DVD Disk and it ran for about 1 month. Still does not work. A waste of $1200 and Chevrolet would do nothing about it as it was over the 60,000 warranty"

Tony C., OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The in dash navigation went out in 2014. The car was not quite 3 years old when this happened. I took it to Chevrolet and they want $1700 to repair. Amazing! How is it already broken?"

Frederick C., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Stopped working after 60k miles. unbelivable"

Frederick C., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"To get updated maps is prohibitively expensive. Since smart phone GPS's update almost daily, it is a wasted investment."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Left Front and Rear Speakers work infrequently but I'm not sure if the problem starts in the Radio or the Connections between the Radio and the Speakers or if it's just the Speakers"

Anne R., RI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"radio just dies down and goes straight to auxiliary mode"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"Used once since we purchased vehicle. Second time we went to use it, it wouldn’t work."

Anonymous, BC (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"Speakers would cut out or reduce volume on their own. Replaced one speaker and recurred after about two months. Just live with it now"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The speakers work intermittently. Sometimes all 4 door speakers work. Sometimes only 1 or 2 or 3. Most of the time none of the door speakers work. Only the front column tweeters work. Very annoying. Will be the reason that I will get rid of it later this year."

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Left front and rear speakers work infrequently"

Anne R., RI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The climate system totally conked out on us and cosy about $1200 to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Thermostat

"Thermostat stuck causing over heat condition. Also found a cracked thermostat housing."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump started going out and engine was overheating on a trip. Had to keep stopping to let engine cool down. Finally had to have it towed to dealer."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking. Had to replace"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"after replacement of cooling had water pump falure"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace water pump at a about 55000 miles. No warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Water pump went out. Warranty covered replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"slow leak had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"a friend with a year newer had the same problem at about the same mileage"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"cooling system was tested by gmc dealership and said to be ok. On nest trip overheated due to water loss. Took it to my own mechanic and he found water pump leaking and had to replace it. At the same time he found controller in the power steering system bad and replaced that also. That part cost more than the water pump"

G C., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"This is an example of a part that may need to be replaced, but it gets buried in the engine compartment. This makes the labor extraordinarily expensive to replace this part. Very frustrated with lack of access to the engine."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Water pump developed a slow leak, then quit working completely."

Bruce J., TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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

"air leaks"

John H., NH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"One of the hoses leading to the heater core developed a leak at the factory crimp. The hose had partially come out of the crimp on one side. This could have caused the coolant to completely drain out of the system and destroyed the engine"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Coolant leak that causes the smell of coolant to be blown into the vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"Radiator and water-pump failed at 148000 Km."

Anonymous, SK (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The steering wheel squeaks intermittently when making a turn. The dealer can not seem to find the problem. Also, there is a high pitched noise that may be associated with the ventilation system. It is most obvious on the passenger side of the vehicle"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Squeak in steering they can't identify. Want to experiment changing parts"

Ronald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Steering wheel makes noise when turning. Seat squeaked"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Noticed a metal squeal sound, first only braking & backing up, dealer said the brakes were fine. Now in addition to the above there is a squealing sound even in drive"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Steering wheel squeaks constantly"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"when at high speed or over track a rattle like a wiring harness is broken"

Phillip L., FL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"In general this has been o fine vehicle. My major gripe has been a looseness of plastic parts in the interior. On a rough surface, the interior makes buzzing noises. The irony is that the 15 year old Suburban that I traded in on this vehicle was tighter inside. That Suburban, by the way, had the most comfortable front seats of any car that I've owned. And I have owned lots of cars including loaded Buicks..."

Donald B., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Actually road noise. Not enough noise insulation"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Axle failed"

Marilyn C., CA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"At 72,000 miles drive shaft just fell out of the car. Mechanic said the drive shaft was never properly attached during production. Called GM and they did not care"

Tom R., IA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"4 Times the car has entered "Limp" mode. ECM has been replaced twice and the throttle control has been replaced twice"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"left door speaker and driver-operation of electric windows fail intermittently indicating an electrical problem in the wiring in the door"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"vehicle's stability control automatially shut down vehicle"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"traction control light comes on, disables traction control, you then have to have the computer reset at the dealership"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"it was brutal. could not control steering when breaking"

Frederick C., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"automatic shut down"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Loss of power"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"It was linked with something wrong with the throttle body. Changed under warranty."

Anonymous, RI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"ENGINE LIGHT KEEP COMING ON. I HAVE BEEN TO TWO CHEVROLET DEALERS FOR REPAIR AND A OUTSIDE MECHANICS AND THEY THINK THEY FIXED THE PROBLEM AND WITHIN 10 DAYS THE LIGHT IS BACK ON. I HAVE SPENT OVER $1200 DOLLARS AND STILL THE PROBLEM EXIST. MY VEHICLE HAS BEEN IN THE SHOP FOR UPWARD OF WEEK FOR THEM TO RUN THER TESTING. I HAVE EVEN CONTACT CHEVROLET CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THEY WERE NO HELP. I AM AFRAID TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCE, CURRENTLY ONLY BE USED FOR WORK AND HOME."

Ronald R., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Engine would have a loud bump or bang when shifted into forward or reverses. Same if you had to accelerate or let off the gas. Another high dollar repair"

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Car was gentlely driven but required motor mounts to be replaced leaving to kinked AC line discovered later. Part that regulates gas flow replaced twice due to failure of first replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Leaves small spots on driveway; can't detect leak on dipstick. Leak is from Oil filter adapter as near as mechanic can tell. Expect to fix (about $500) next oil change."

Anonymous, OR (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Sudden and heavy oil leak. Turned out to be a pressure sending unit"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The oil pan constantly leaks"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace main oil seal Second time this seal was replaced ,"

Ronald S., NC (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"A couple of oil leaks that took the dealership 3 days to repair ( at 95,000 miles)"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The oil sending unit failed and started to leak. It required a fair amount of removal of other parts of the engine to reach the unit. The labor charge was large to fix a part which actually only cost a few dollars."

Donald B., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Leak required replacement of oil reservoir to fix. Repair would have been expensive if the car did not have an extended warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"was driving about 40 mph, when the engine stop working. Lost all power, and managed to roll to a stop at a convenience store. had it towed to "Goodyear" service store. they said it sounded like it "Threw a Rod". they were able to pull the warranty info on the Traverse and I had 3 months left on the warranty. had it towed to Chevy dealership and they investigated, reviewed and replaced the engine with a new engine shipped from Detroit. I'm very happy with Waldorf Chevy Cadillac, 2298 Crain"

Douglas C., MD (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

"While replacing the spark plugs found oil in the top of the spark plug holes. It was on a tech bulletin but since there was more than 100000 on the car it was not covered by a wrranty."

G C., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Idiot light came on and indicated issue with timing chain. I NEVER had a car's timing chain fail until now. Took to dealer and had a new chain installed with a very large charge. Chain was fixed in one day."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Consulted 3 different mechanics who did not know One another. They are personal friends of mine who gave honest answers as well as price to repair which were all the same. The cost was so much that due to age of vehicle was afraid to invest money. However, there were only 86,000 miles on it. Traded it in at a fraction of cost due to impending repair cost. All 3 mechanic feel that GM should have classified this as a factory recall because they've seen so many of this problem for this particular engine model and size. Should have purchased the Toyota or a Honda instead. Traded the Traverse for the Highlander. Lifelong GM Owner. Not no more because of this hidden defect By GM . Also had a few high dollar repairs on the climate system only because of age instead of mileage at approximately 45k miles."

Anonymous, (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Did not completely fail but check engine light stayed on and was not running smoothly"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"The chain was noisy from the start. Chevrolet denied it was a problem, but then issued a repair campaign later because it was problem"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Check engine light on. Replacing timing chain on 5/20/15"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"I did not have repairs down on the timing belt as it had a cost of over $5,000. I don't feel that the car is worth having that much put into maintenance as I am sure there will be other problems in the future. The mechanic said it would probably be okay as long as I continued to change the oil."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Trim on back door peels up if front door is closed and the back door opens"

Brian T., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"see first note. I didn't know if the rubber gaskets were exterior or interior"

Jim L., IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

"the passenger trim is coming off"

Mark L., LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"rubber gasket on tailgate comes loose and doesn't seal properly. rubber gasket on both drivers side doors is tearing and coming off"

Jim L., IN (2011 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

"the back of the driver seat came off, the exterior trim on the passenger side is coming off"

Mark L., LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Edge of hood’s paint is bubbling and cracked."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Edge of hood is beginning to rusr"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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

Fuel cap

"Check Engine light keeps coming on, but the car runs great"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Erratic reporting of actual gas in tank. Unreliable after I get under 1/2 tank of gas left"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Check Engine light keeps coming on. Vehicle is running fine. Mechanic says it's the fuel injection, but??"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump went out last year. Took to a local shop and got it repaired for $700. How is this broken when the car was barely 3 years old"

Frederick C., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"They needed replaced."

Heather S., PA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

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 coils on cylinder heads 2 and 3 failed and needed to be replaced at 75000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"MECHANICS HAVE CHANGE TWO OF THE COILS AND THE ACCELRATION IS BETTER BUT THE ENGINE LIGHT IS BACK ON."

Ronald R., VA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Remote start causes engine light to come on occasionally. Problem was premature breakdown of spark plugs. This happened 4 times. Had to replace all spark plugs at 35000 miles"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Starter

"No warning, just refused to start while shopping."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The Cat was basically end of life, which caused the check engine light. After replacement, it running just fine again."

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Took to mechanic after experiencing slip. He said that he has done worked on many traverses. In his experience I could look forward to replacing transmission at 90,000. And Steering problems by 12000 miles. The acc hose became disconnected. And it it cost $500 to reconnect. Because of its location"

Susan K., TX (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Performance became erratic. "Jerkiness while driving."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

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.

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