General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean it’s out of the big family-vehicle market, as the Chevrolet Traverse demonstrates. Test results for our Traverse test vehicle also apply to the GMC Acadia, which differs only in styling details. Very spacious inside, Traverse comfortably seats up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row.
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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.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Characters are too small on display screen would like a bigger font”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Infotainment system regularly freezes and/or goes black”

George H., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Froze sometimes but this was repaired”

Kurt E., MD (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“The system would reboot every 30-60 seconds”

Mark B., AB (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“The My Link system shuts down at random causing the screen to go blank and then either restart or stays off until you turn it back on. This problem has existed in these vehicles since 2013 and Chevrolet has not found a remedy for this problem. This affects the turn signals and Onstar operation also, which I deem a SAFETY concern”

Robert S., GA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Screen went black. I turned off radio and turned back on and it came back on. Reported it to dealer and their response was "system needed updating". Has not happened since. At another time all readouts have come on and shown multiple problems and th”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Unit failed - Chev replaced at no cost except for labor”

Richard H., MA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Screen goes almost blank and cannot follow. Scary in heavy traffic trying to navigate heavey traffic and exits”

Anonymous, AR (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Sometimes it pairs easily and sometimes it goes off and is very very difficult to put on”

Anonymous, AR (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“You have to disconnect one to get the other to work”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“3rd repair and if two phones are linked it still ignores primary phone. Voice clarity is very poor at times. 2009 Traverse had none of these issues”

Darrell W., NY (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

“doesn't understand commands all the time and no pass through voice to smartphone”

Kurt E., MD (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

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

“Started leaking freon”

John H., FL (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Failed”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“Was blowing out hot air despite temp set to 69 degrees”

C B., TX (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Rear unit failed. Had to replace Motor and unit”

Murphy W., FL (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“The rear evaporator developed a refrigerant leak. The dealer had the replacement parts in stock..this is certainly indicative that this particular issue is quite common. The dealer also replaced the rear evaporator fan motor due to a recall”

Edward F., AZ (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Had to have freon added after unit ceased cooling”

Richard S., NC (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“The ac wasn't blowing enough cold air. The dealer put dye in it to help find a leak. After a month there hasn't been an issue so I haven't taken it back. It was still under warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Air conditioning would not hold charge. Chevy replaced front condenser and it still lost refrigerant. Replaced the rear condenser and it is operating fine”

David E., PA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

Gauges

“Gas gauge would stop working, then work after several restarts”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Could not get the washer fluid to come out on the back windshield”

Ken H., NY (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
12V power plug

“power not working at 12v outlets”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Body control module

“recallissued”

Doug L., MN (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Cruise control

“Bad ground wires causing vehicle to jerk and act erratically when braking and accelerating”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Took car in three times finally took it to local mechanic and he fixed it!”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Chevrolet Traverse Unsure 3.6-L V6)
USB port

“sometimes will not charge iPod, will shut off iPod and will start iPod by itself”

Doug L., MN (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 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.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“There was a chip in the corner of the passenger outside mirror”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“recall seatbelt anchor”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Sunroof

“never sealed at factory: advisory, window rear almost blew off and had to be sealed in after water leaks”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“struts weak”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Windows

“wind noise dealer cannot get out”

Alvin P., TN (2014 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

“Rubber molding on drivers door was torn on the side”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“door trim/seal bulges in one place”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Driver side window and armrest were lose and required dealer to order new parts”

Curtis L., MN (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“The paint chips very easily”

Donna F., FL (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 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

Antilock system (ABS)

“ABS malfunctioned at slow speed”

George H., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“The warning light came on but eventually went off without intervention”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“I've owned many vehicles and driven them in the same way and under the same conditions. With this vehicle, all braked pads and rotors needed to be replaced at under 40,000 miles due to excessive wear. Every other vehicle I've ever owned has gone at least twice that distance before requiring replacement”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“On four occasions, my brakes did not engage until I pumped the pedal”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

Tie rods

“outer left tie rod worn due to bad roads and winter driving”

Gary R., CA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Alignment

“Wheel aimed left quite a bit to drive straight”

Curtis L., MN (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“weak rear springs bottom out with weight in the third row”

Robert L., MA (2014 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Check engine light came on. First service stated the fuel cap was not on correctly. A few days later it came back on and they had to replace some parts”

Vito M., FL (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Check Engine light on. Oxygen sensor. Check Engine light on again. Dealer having difficulty finding reason”

Wayne S., DE (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“THERE WAS A RECALL THAT WAS RELATED TO THE SENSOR INSIDE THE GAS TANK AND THEY DID NOT HAVE THE PART AVAILABLE. WHEN IT FINALLY CAME, THE SOFTWARE USED WAS NOT UPDATED AND THEY HAD PROBLEMS INSTALLING IT AND PROGRAMMING IT”

Efrain M., NC (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 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

Squeaks or rattles

“the interior part of the brakes. I have taken in numerous times for squeaking noises every time you press on the brake. after or during the 1st year we purchased. We purchased in 2013 July, Noise appeard in Oct2013 and then in 2015 was corrected. But now its 2017 the noise has return. I belive the part is faulty or went the weather is warmer I notice it makes more noise. I m not bother to fix this time and I will deal with it”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)

“Wind noise from driver side windows/doors, sun roof noise at all open positions. Dealer states it's normal road noise”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Radio and bluetooth didn't perform correctly”

Anonymous, IA (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

“Wireless connection is horribly slow, navigation screens are confusing. Navigation system is slow and poor compared to Garmin. Blue tooth phone connections ignore primary phone and require removing and re-installing phones”

Darrell W., NY (2014 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

Rough shifting

“auto trans. down shifting rough”

Alvin P., TN (2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Faulty sensor was repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2014 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

Drive System

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
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
SEAT BELTS
May 20 2014
If the steel cable becomes fatigued and separates, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the seat occupant increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured June 6, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 9, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through March 18, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue and separate over time.
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair and replace the lap pretensioner, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. An interim notice will be mailed to owners in July 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners once parts become available. The recall for the 2009-2010 model years began on July 11, 2014. The interim letter for the 2011-2014 model years were distributed on July 11, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14187.
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: 14V266000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1339355
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Apr 30 2014
An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The recall began on June 27, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007.
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: 14V223000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 51640
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Feb 21 2014
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
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: 14V092000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 355
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