After about a decade, Chevrolet has finally replaced the first-generation Traverse three-row crossover with a new model that delivers on room, comfort, refinement and connectivity. Not only is it competitive with popular three-row SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander, it beats them in their own game. And it also serves as a viable alternative to the full-sized Chevy Suburban.
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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 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 2018 Chevrolet Traverse owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"The shift linkage needed to be replaced because it had to be forced to go into park."

Steve V., MI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"I would put the car in Park and turn off the engine, but the car would give me an error message that the car was not in park. I was not able to lock the car when this message was given, although I could still drive the car. I had to turn it on, put it in drive, put it in park, turn it off, and repeat until the message disappeared."

Jenny D., PA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Part of the recommend fix for transmission slippage."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Hesitation shifting from 0 to 40 mph"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 3.6-L V6)

"Rough shifting in lower gears when accelerating and it was mostly when in the 2wd mode. Replacing the transmission fluid has resolved the issue."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Vehicle shudders when shifting but is not consistent, does it 80+% of the time. Been problematic determining the cause, Chevrolet is in process of getting parts to change out torque converter, hope it fixes it.. makes you feel like do I have a lemon, other wise great vehicle I love. Have been getting 29 mpg on trips, fantastic.. fix the shuddering!"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Rough shifting at all speeds."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"The traverse has two peculiar issues with the transmission. One is the sensor (I’m guessing) when I start the car and then take off immediately after starting. It hesitates when I put it in reverse or drive before the engine and transmission sync. I have to reapply brake and wait for the car to actually engage the trans and take off. So, I start car and let it sync before taking off. Second, more serious, is that on mountains / steep grades for several miles the transmission heats up horribly going up a mountain ( can smell the overheated transmission when in low 2nd gear) for the drive up. When going down the mountain, I put it in low to get the transmission to assist in slowing the speed, but it doesn’t work. It’s like I left it drive or put it in neutral. I end up riding the brakes. All the way down the mountain. We have a cabin in Hiawassee, GA in the Appalachian mountains. Out here in Texas we have no steep grades around here and beside the hesitation it works great and gets great gas mileage on flat ground. It’s not very good driving through mountains."

Slade M., TX (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"While driving the transmission would slip into and out of neutral."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"At times, the transmission would slip from a higher gear to a lower gear."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"one time stopped shifting properly-check engine alert verified trans. problem.Told by dealer that engineers are working on a solution.Only happened once and corrected inself"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"when running and in park then shifting to drive, would not move, had to put in park again then shift to drive. Corrected by program update"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"#5 sensor failed."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"transmission stuck in 2nd gear"

James T., NE (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission pump was replaced along with the transmission as they believe that a pump-related pressure buildup is what caused the transmission failure."

Anonymous, NE (2018 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

Android Auto

"Map blanks out, restores, blanks repeatedly, finally blanks out."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"The unit appears to have glitches that causes it to freeze, then zip randomly through various screens and radio channels. Once the vehicle is shut down/off, the unit appears to reset to normal for a while."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Entering the address is not user friendly. I'm forced to use specific fields first like street or city and the smart find is not always helpful. Voice recognition is not good."

Louis C., IL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"difficult to get setup and particularly difficult to save addresses."

Matt O., CO (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Radio will randomly jump to one station no matter how many times I change it. The only fix is to stop and restart the car. The radio menu screen also changes when this issue occurs and will not allow me to change to any other view."

Louis C., IL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The system doesn’t seem to be as compatible with my Apple I-Phone as it is with my wife’s android phone."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

Electrical failure

"Could not get vehicle to go forward or reverse, engine rpms racing, appears to be a software problem"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 3.6-L V6)

"soon after purchase the air stopped working-dealer replaced a sensor"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"It took almost 4 months to identify the problem of repeated failures to start and/or inability to drive more than 30 mph. They finally replaced the electronic control module and fuse block."

Richard H., NC (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Problem with shifter. It did not recognize that the vehicle was in park, so I could not turn it off."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

"Rattle coming from front console"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"A persistent high pitch noise whenever the blower(fan) is on"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Back seats rattle. Have taken it to be repaired but still rattle at times."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Seats rattled in forward position."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"After performing 4 recall procedures they finally had to put in a new torque converter."

Steve V., MI (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At 9000 miles, the transmission began to shift erratically at highway speed on I-55 to Chicago. Car than started dropping out of gear completely. Stopped, turned engine off, then restarted. Car would pull away slowly would be not stay in gear past 1500 rpm. And then tranny would disengage, then re-engage constantly. Had to pull into truck stop as engine light came on. Nightmare on what I considered a new car. 9-speed tranny had completely failed and would not shift out of 1st gear. Had towed to nearest dealer. Inspection showed 6-7-8-9 gears were messed up, 4-5 gears were coming apart. Dealer got GM powertrain division involved and they counseled how to repair the transmission. It was complete rebuild. Mechanic thinks the valve body was defective, and GM had issued a bulletin about this in early 2018. In the end, the car was repaired and has been ok since, but still shifts roughly in lower gears and it hunts for gears at times like it's confused what gear to be in."

Steve B., IL (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission sometimes not shifting out of park. Took in; no codes found. Addressed a TSR that wasn’t a 100% match (shift cable replacement). Went to pick up car; on drive away from dealership, the transmission started acting up causing major sputtering/hesitation. Pulled off road and shut car off; started back up and it wouldn’t move (SES illuminated). Had to have it towed 1/2 mile back to dealership. Transmission had failed."

Anonymous, NE (2018 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Moisture in left tail light. Replaced under warranty."

Vern H., MD (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"loose connection was fixed quickly"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"do not work anymore"

Eric B., QC (2018 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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"A very strong wind blew door out of my hand and sprung the hinge causing damage to the door and fender."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Glass defects

"Weather stripping underneath the windshield started coming out"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 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

Engine harness

"Vehicle's engine light came multiple times in the first few days of ownership. After 1st 4 days, including one engine light reset, car was kept for two days to replace some type of engine harness. Issue seems to be resolved for now. Note at no time did the vehicle not perform. Just that the check engine light came on which should never happen in a brand new car."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)
Starter

"the auto-start / auto-stop feature in new cars is annoying. there is no easy way for a driver to disable it in chevy's...wouldn't buy the vehicle again because of it."

Matt O., CO (2018 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"the fuel level sensor (gas gauge) quit working. Had to take it to the dealership for repair. they had to order the part. Took three weeks to get it in stock. took 2 1/2 hours to replace the sensor. Fuel gauge works fine now."

Stephen B., TX (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

"Mass air Sensor had some dirt in it. We live on a gravel road."

Gary S., NE (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"After the electronic control module and fuse block were replaced, we heard a rattling noise. They determined that muffler baffles were causing the noise. It took about a month for them to get a new muffler, because GM had changed the part number."

Richard H., NC (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 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

"Right front wheel well trim started coming off. Was repaired by the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 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

Parking brake

"Parking brake light shows brake problem. the hydraulic push button brake wouldn't engage. vehicle still drivable. had to take traverser to dealer twice. Parking brake hydraulic actuator replaced twice."

Raul B., TX (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 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

Heater system

"Uneven heating experience"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 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

"replaced O2 sensor"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Oct 29 2020
Missing bolts on the start-stop accumulator endcap could result in a transmission oil leak and may progress to a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash. A transmission fluid leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Chevrolet Cruze and Buick LaCrosse, 2018-2020 Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, 2019-2020 Buick Encore, Buick Enclave, Cadillac XT4, Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Acadia, and 2020 Cadillac XT6 vehicles. The start/stop accumulator endcap may have missing bolts.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the start-stop transmission accumulator and replace it if any bolts are missing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 14, 2020. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-888-988-7267, Buick Customer service at 1-866-608-8080, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N202313440.
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: 20V668000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 194105
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