really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,778 miles

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problem #9

Sep 172006


  • miles
1996 Suburban caught on fire during Transport due to a mechanical failure.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 152003

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
I have replaced the intake manifold gasket twice now for my 1996 Chevrolet Suburban. Both times it has cost me over $650. Both mechanics told me that they see these at least twice a week on the 5.7 engines. They knew exactly what was wrong. They actually laughed when I asked them if it was set up as a recall item for this engine.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 202002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and without warning the vehicle will shut off causing consumer to pull over. Dealer notified.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 122002


  • miles
Consumer states the engine gasket and the intake manifold are deteriorate. Dealer has inspected an replaced parts.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 162001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
1) major coolant leak from intake/cyl head gasket (left rear of motor) (2) engine trouble light indicates tc 1870 code problem in transmission valve body (3)windshield wipers work intermitently safety hazard (4) A/C dash lights cycle on and off when A/C button is pushed on but fan motor is shut off. All problems are "common" per dealership service writer

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

May 041999


  • miles
Temprature guage runs hot while at high speeds, due to gasket and thermostat failures.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 101999


  • miles
While driving at various speeds on the highway, vehicle would shut off or stall out without warning. When trying to pass trucks or vehicles, vehicle stalled. Was nearly run over by 18-wheeler. When it happened, vehicle has been towed to dealership numerous times. Mechanic replaced the driver (5), injector pump(4), lifter pump(2), main brain(5) & the receiver sensors(5). The computer system would sometimes allow vehicle to restart. Problem is not getting better. Vehicle was bought new. Owner very upset. Dealership working with owner. Warren roosevelt dealership in canajoharie NY.

- Sprakers, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 281999

(reported on)


  • miles
Transmission 3 problems with parts replaced, upper control arm became loose on 3rd visit parts replaced, rear doord binding, oil cooler adapter and oil pan loose, rear a coil replaced, water pump replaced, power steering pump replaced, cooling hose into manifold broke was replaced,

- Hickory Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 311996

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket failed.

- Seal Beach, CA, USA