hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,009 miles

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problem #20

Feb 092017


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving approximately 25 mph uphill, the vehicle lost traction control and acceleration. The service stabilitrack and engine power reduced warning indicators illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle home. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Sothwick, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 282014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel without warning. The noise grew louder and the speed increased. The contact stated that when it rained the traction control warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #18

May 012015


  • miles
Letter from congressman gosar on behalf of constituent re 2011 Chevy Traverse multiple recalls (attn: Stephen briggs). The consumer stated her vehicle had three major safety recalls regarding the air bags, seat belts and water pump. Recently, while driving the stabiltrak service traction control light illuminated, followed by the engine powering down and the engine light illuminated, at which point the vehicle decelerated from 65 mph to less than 5 mph.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #17

Sep 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving approximately 60 mph, the service stabilitrac, traction control off, and engine power reduced messages suddenly displayed and the vehicle decelerated to approximately 20 mph. The failure recurred on multiple occasions and the vehicle was taken to the dealer several times. The contact indicated that the dealer replaced a computer and throttle body, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000....updated 06/09/15 the consumer also stated fluids were leaking from the vehicle. Updated 06/25/15

- Ledyard, CT, USA

problem #16

Feb 172015


  • 65,057 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The traction control warning light illuminated and stability track off, service stability track, traction control off, service traction control, engine power is reduced was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 65,057.

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 092015

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 66,729 miles
Vehicle had error messages, service traction control, traction control is off, service stabilitrax, engine power is reduced. Vehicle was slow to accelerate and experienced decreased speed. Vehicle vibrating while idling. Was told by dealer not to continue to drive the vehicle because others with same error messages stalled out while driving the vehicle, could not get the car restarted and had to be towed. The sudden slow acceleration and decreased speed are safety issues which need to be addressed by GMC before someone gets killed or seriously injured. Dealership said codes were P2176, P0121 and P0221 all related to tps sensor. Replaced throttle body, total cost $607.42. Not covered under power train warranty or extended warranty. According to a blog, in approximately 2009 GMC stopped covering the throttle body under the power train warranty even though vehicles manufactured after 2009 continue to have the same issues. Additionally, blogs indicate that even when the problem gets fixed by the dealer (at the owner's expense), the same issue tends to arise again. This issue needs to be addressed with a recall by GMC as soon as possible with the owner's duly compensated for any costs they may have incurred.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jan 092015


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the electronic stability control, traction control and the engine power reduced warning lights illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle independently reduced power. The contact merged to the side of the road where the vehicle was turn off and restarted however, the warning indicator remained illuminated. The dealer was made contacted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Albertson, NY, USA

problem #13

Dec 022014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
While driving 2011 Traverse the service traction control warning light came on. The service the stabilitrak light came on. While continuing to drive the car completely lost engine power. I was not able to accelerate. Had to pull over to the side of the road and wait 2-3 minutes. Restarted the car. Drove a few more miles down the road and happened again. No power at all in the engine. Could not accelerate. Pulled over to the side of the road and restarted. Was able to get to the dealer. Was told it was a throttle body control system that had to be replaced. While researching online appears to be a known problem at GM dating back to their 2004 models. No recalls have been issued but the problems continue.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #12

Dec 022014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I was entering onto the freeway when my stabilitrack turned off by itself and my engine power was reduced. I was very nearly rear-ended as my car couldn't safely accelerate (accelerate at all really) as I was coming onto the freeway. A search on problems similar to this appears very prevalent within the Chevy line of vehicles, especially the Traverse. This is a very serious issue and was very unsafe where it occurred. It almost caused. It's very disappointing to see how many people are experiencing this same issue and Chevy hasn't issued any kind of recall to try and fix it.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #11

Nov 272014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving approximately 70 mph, the traction control warning light illuminated and the engine speed reduced to approximately 15 mph. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to the part not being available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #10

Feb 142014


  • 34,000 miles
Received service stabilitrak and traction control off errors 4 times since Feb 2014. Dealer has "fixed" 3 times.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 012014


  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Traverse. Consumer writes in regards to issues with the traction control features. The consumer stated when decreasing acceleration, approaching a curve or stop sign, the transmission down shifted causing the vehicle to go into an uncontrollable skid with the front wheels actually locking up. Also, when he applied the brake, when he approached a curve or stop sign, the ABS over-reacted, which caused the vehicle to go into a skid. Both incidents happened while driving on snow covered roads. When it first happened, he went though the stop sin and ended up in a ditch when going around two moderate curves at slow speed. The consumer read the owner's manual and discovered the traction control could be turned off by flipping a switch. After doing so, the vehicle performed flawlessly with slippery conditions and continued to do so as long as the traction control was turned off. The problem was amplified by the fact, the traction control was automatically on when the vehicle was started.

- Beaver Dam, WI, USA

problem #8

Jul 122013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 83,988 miles
June 2014. Was driving on city expressway when suddenly "service stabilitrack/traction control system off" came on. Our SUV suddenly started losing power. Took truck to Chevrolet dealer service dept. Service performed. Tech said he found nothing wrong. Did note that I had other recalls pending on vehicle. July 2014. Was driving on interstate 40 at 11 P.M. and was 80 miles from home. I was driving alone. Suddenly "service stabilitrack/traction control system off" came on. SUV started losing power. Was unable to get above 65. At some points RPM was high then loss of power. SUV felt as if it was trying to cut off. Have read in a forum (rums.edmunds.com/discussion/14979/Chevrolet/Traverse/Chevy-Traverse-stabilitrak-traction-control-problems/P4) that this is happening to a lot of Traverses. We purchased this SUV two years ago and really like it as it's perfect for me as I have to Transport my disabled iraqi war veteran husband to and from his va medicals and we travel the interstate a lot. Is this another issue that GM needs to add to its recall? we love our vehicle but now have a serious concern about this vehicle's safety.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #7

Mar 052014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Traveling at 70 mph, suddenely traction control light came on, then engine powered down, I find that this is a common problem with this car, why isn't something being done. This has happened 4 times since March 5, 2014. At shop now will cost me over $500 to replace the throttle control. This needs to be a recall.

- Quincy, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 072014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
While traveling on the highway heading to the airport, we were going approximately 60mph.the engine light came on and truck began to power down. The traction control/stabili track light also came on and we were losing speed and could not accelerate. With other vehicles around us were going 60mph or more we had to try and get off highway to side of road before our truck lost power all together. We then shut off the truck let it sit for few minutes and then turned truck back on. We were then able to pull back on to highway at full speed. It happened a two more times before we were able to reach our destination. Three days later we were back in our truck leaving the airport heading home and within 5 minutes of being on the road our truck began to power down again, check engine light came on and stabili track light also came on. We had to again pull over but this time at least 5 times before we were able to make it home. It was a very dangerous and scary ordeal. We contacted atlantic Chevy about the problem and we brought truck in a week later due to the fact that they said they did not have a loaner vehicle available for us. We were told that it was the throttle body and we were not covered since we were past our 3yr/36,000 miles warranty. After much research, we have found that we are one of many other GM customers who have had the same situation with their vehicle powering down in the middle of driving. This is not just a random problem with our vehicle but appears to be a defective problem with the part. Customers are being expected to pay for this to be fixed when in fact it should be a recall on the part or it should be covered under the federal emissions warranty. I hope by us filing this complaint that it will be looked into further and that it will be handled in the way that satisfies all general motor customers who have had to deal with this problem. Thank you.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 212013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 74,050 miles
This vehicle at random times tells you that you need to service you stailitrak and traction control and reduces power which is dangerous because of the fact it loses power and when you want to pass your not able to. Even if your climbing a small little hill it will barely climb which puts others at risk of crashing especially in icy or dangerous conditions, or maybe even worse. This is a good family hauler, but not when it reduces power and puts others at risk.

- Worthington, MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 092013


  • 61,900 miles
Driving on the highway and all of a sudden there was an alert on the dashboard saying that "traction control off" then immediately after another alert came on stating that "engine power has been reduced". I was unable to accelerate fully. I turned the car off and back on and it reset it but the same alerts came back on minutes later. The next day I took it to the dealership and they said the throttle body had to be replaced. This seems to be a common occurrence for these vehicles and after researching online I have found hundreds of others that have had the same problem. This is extremely dangerous and Chevy/GM should seriously consider recalling this part.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 182013


  • 38,000 miles
Was at target one evening and noticed a sweet unusual smell coming from the Traverse. I took a look underneath the car and noticed pink substance dripping from the engine. Upon leaving target I noticed that the arm on the temperature gauge was higher than normal. I drove 40mph for a mile and the gauge shot up to the top. I was 25 minutes from home. I had to stop 6 times to let the engine cool down in order to make it home and I had all four of my kids in the car with me as well. It totally freaked them out. I had to rent a car for the weekend as I needed transportation to get around. I had a company that will come to your home to fix your car. Found out it was my fuel pump. After 4 hours of labor and $400 later it was fixed. Four months later, today May 10, 2013 as I'm driving home from work, the car begins to beep and the traction control light and ABS light comes on and service stabilitrak system and traction control off displays in the display window. It seemed as if it was hard to accelerate as well. This is the 2nd thing that is probably going to be fairly expensive to fix that has happened to this car. It is the weekend and now have to try and find a place to take my car and have it serviced. Seeing now that there have been several complaints with this specific component on the car, Chevrolet needs to recall this car and fix this. This is very dangerous and could cause an accident. I think it's ridiculous to have to continue to pay for things that continue to break down on this vehicle. I am a single parent and cannot continue to financially be able to do this.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 082012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 47,450 miles
The contact rented a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration power, as well as traction control. The vehicle was able to be driven to the dealer where it was confirmed that the throttle body failed. The contact also stated that the windshield wipers failed due to cold weather temperatures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 47,450 and the current mileage was 47,950. The consumer stated the dash displayed a message that said trak sys failed, soon followed by another message indicating the engine power had been reduced. The vehicle went from 60 mph to approximately 20 mph and the engine began to shudder with a feeling of loss of firing cylinders, and loss of vehicle steering control. The consumer called the renal car company, and he was advised to shut the vehicle off, wait 15 seconds and restart it. Over the next two miles the consumer could not get the vehicle to go over 15 mph and the trak came back on with the shuddering of the engine.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 242011


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated the vehicle lost power while shifting into third and fourth gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test that indicated the failure was located in the transmission module. The dealer replaced the transmission module, but the failure was not corrected. The vehicle continued to lose power while shifting into third and fourth gear, and the stability control light illuminated. The VIN information was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated the transmissions was equipped with six speeds and was designed to lose speed. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 9,081.

- Mccordesville , IN, USA