really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,085 miles

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problem #34

Nov 012019


  • 110,000 miles
While driving the vehicle will shudder and lose power, occasionally the vehicle will stall almost like it is attempting to grab gears while down shifting and it will cause the whole vehicle to shake, it has happened so hard I have had to exit the interstate for worry of mine and my passengers safety. The vehicle upon entering will slam into gear and when driving in rural areas the transmission even feels like it is slipping and the car will jerk back and fourth until it grabs a higher gear. I purchased the vehicle in 2018 with just over 100,000 miles and even now the vehicle is only sitting at roughly 132,000 miles and has has regular services to maintain the vehicle. Upon further investigation, the Traverse has several complaints of this same issue including older and newer vehicles, and most have resulted in torque converter/transmission replacement. The vehicle has stalled completely in the middle of intersections while attempting to downshift for take off and has also done so while attempting to merge onto the interstate. The issue was originally noticed towards the end of 2019- to early 2020 and has proceeded to get so bad we no longer trust the integrity of the vehicle for family trips or even to routine doctor appointments for fear of the vehicle stalling in heavy traffic.

- Zeigler, IL, USA

problem #33

Feb 282021


  • 10,700 miles
I was driving on St [xxx] and it was raining I almost hydroplane and my traction light came on and my car started accelerating on it's own I had to pass two cars so I wouldn't hit them and luckily no one was coming towards me my car kept accelerating faster up to 100 mph I slammed on my brakes but my car wouldn't slow down it took 5mins to slow.down to 20 mph I had smoke all around me my car was revving up the rpms and my temperature gauge was hoti seen a road [xxx] and I turned and I put my vehicle in park and tried to shut it off and it wouldn't so I threw it back into drive and then park and shut my ignition off and tried to restart the engine and it wouldn't start after 10 mins of it off I tried the ignition and it started but my brakes had a air sound when I pushed on brake pads and my bf drove my car back home this car is dangerous I looked online and seen it happened to other vehicles and I'm scared to drive my car now I'm lucky I didnt die or kill someone else please assist me bc I dont know what to do the vehicle it's not safe for me to drive since that happened parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fulton, OH, USA

problem #32

Nov 042020


  • 164,160 miles
P0019, P0018 stability track issues and reduce engin power and I was driving when happen and the air bag light won't go off

- Col, OH, USA

problem #31

Jun 162020

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Recently I started having issues with shuddering while driving at certain speeds. First at 40mph and then more recently at higher speeds. Also today the stabiltrack warning light came on stating that it required service. RPM's and speedometer also would fluctuate while driving. There are many videos on youtube that point to the throttle body having oil blow by through the throttle body as there is no check valve to keep this from happening. I will be cleaning the throttle body to see if it fixes the problem. I've also seen that the brake position sensor could be the culprit as well. I replaced the ignition coils after seeing the engine fluctuations, but did not replace the sparks plugs as they were recently replaced under 6K miles ago. This seems to be a long standing and wide dispersed issue with this year, make and model of vehicle. Many have seen the power drop while at highway speeds and this bug could cause the mass damage of a transmission if the vehicle were to automatically downshift while at highway speeds, especially if it were to drop to 2nd gear from 5th or 6th on automatic drive. This needs to be looked into and addressed appropriately.

- Winfield, KS, USA

problem #30

Sep 012019


  • 112,000 miles
While driving the car, the traction control turns off. When this message comes on the driver information panel, the following messages appear: The check engine light comes on, engine power reduced, and service stabilitytrac system. At the same time, when you press the gas pedal, the car does not accelerate. Also, the cruise control does not work. This happens whether you're driving 5 miles an hour or 55+ miles per hour. This is a problem that occurs every time I drive the car. I have noticed that if the temperature is under 40 degrees, it happens more times than when the temperature is greater than 40 degrees. I live in Pennsylvania and the temperature dips very low. I drive a minimum of 300 miles a day M-F and this is a very dangerous flaw. I am reporting this because I have exhausted all of my resources. The only way I have found to reset the traction control, is to pull over, turn the car off, and wait for 3-5 minutes. This will reset the traction control but it does not turn off the check engine light.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #29

Jan 242020


  • 104,939 miles
Was bringing my children home from school and engine light and traction control light came on, reduced my speed and I couldn't keep up with traffic so quickly got off the road. Looked at the dash and saw it said engine power reduced. Turned off the car few seconds and I was able to drive home luckily I wasn't to far.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 172019


  • 138,000 miles
While driving ABS light, traction control light, and service stabitrack came brakes started acting funny and would not accelerate puttered and finally settled out shut off at house and the truck started up and did the same thing

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #27

Jul 102019


  • 124,000 miles
I just purchased this vehicle 2 weeks ago from taylor Chevrolet. It has already been in the dealership twice for some sensor issues that they knew about when it was sold to me and said they were going to fix when "a part came in" they never called so I had to contact them when the truck started having issues. This is where I have the biggest problem I almost lost my life today when a semi almost hit me while driving because the stabilitrak system completely went out which apparently is an issue on these trucks that is not being addressed. The control panel is displaying service stabilitrak and engine losing power. I lost a day of work so far and need my vehicle to maintain my bills and keep my job. This all happened one day after getting my truck back from being serviced

- Romulua, MI, USA

problem #26

Apr 152019


  • miles
The truck loose power and light traction control need services soon and engine luck of power is to go over 20 miles

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #25

Feb 282019


  • 117,000 miles
While driving the kids to school the dash dings and says traction control off, service stabilitrak, engine power is reduced. Then my car would not go over 15mph. I am now afraid to drive this car especially with the kids as it is unsafe.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #24

Feb 092019


  • 114,000 miles
All of a sudden the vehicle displays service stabilitrak, traction control off, engine power reduced. Then the vehicle has very little power to accelerate or navigate hills. When it first happened to me, I pulled out of our driveway and it just wasn't running smoothly and I had very little power to drive forward.

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #23

Jun 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. While operating the vehicle, "reduce engine power" and "stabilitrak" suddenly appeared on the instrument panel. Next, the vehicle decelerated and failed to accelerate properly. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. Feldman Chevrolet of livonia (32570 Plymouth rd, livonia, mi) and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was invalid.

- Van Buren Township, MI, USA

problem #22

Dec 182018

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The first time I was in a restaurant drive thru but sitting idle. Then several codes flashed on my dash about traction control and stabilitrak and limp mode and it started to stink. We towed it to our mechanic and he could not tell what code was causing the issue so he cleared the codes and it ran fine after that. After a couple additional trips to the mechanic, we did have a couple issues seemingly related and he ended up replacing a coil and all the spark plugs. Now, a few months later, my wife was driving up the road to our house and just before turning into our driveway, the same error messages came up on the dash. She turned off the car and called me. When I got home I started the car and got the same results. We had the car towed to our mechanic again. This time when the tow truck arrived, the car did not start. After it arrived at our mechanic, he could not start it, and he could only read one code and it said nondefining code and he could not determine what the problem is. He then cleared the code and it is running fine again. I am very concerned this is going to happen on the highway with my wife driving and she will be seriously hurt. I have read many other complaints of this same issue and cannot believe a recall has not happened. Just look at this: [xxx] I am not seriously considering trading it in for a non Chevy vehicle. Parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Crystal City, MO, USA

problem #21

Nov 202018


  • 67,000 miles
My wife was driving our 2012 Chevy Traverse, received errors "engine power is reduced" and "traction control off". she said the vehicle couldn't go above 20 mph and she was on a 50mph road. She was very frantic with our kids in the car. Drove it to our mechanic who told us it's a fuel pressure sensor issue going to cost $400. Started searching and found many forums with the same problem and appears no one knows what's wrong. Very unsafe. Need a recall. Happening too often.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #20

Oct 252018


  • 120,000 miles
Was driving to work on I-95 North in rush hour traffic and all of a sudden hear ding ding ding then loose power and car goes into limp mode. Service traction control light comes on in dash. Vehicles behind me almost ran into me as my car slowed for no reason and no brake lights. It was very difficult and scary to maneuver to the side of the road. Many angry motorists honking and displaying rude gestures as I got to the side of the road. Had vehicle towed and told was a sensor that caused it. Now 3 later same thing driving home from cheerleading practice with 3 young children in car. I have read many cases of same thing with this type car on Chevy Traverse forums.

- Bealton, VA, USA

problem #19

Oct 112018


  • 115,000 miles
While driving on a on a busy street vehicle- approx 30mph - unexpectedly and without warning this vehicle suddenly decelerated / downshifted to a crawl. We nearly lost control of the car and narrowly avoided several close calls of people behind us. Thankfully we were not on the highway as others have described. Also, door locks began locking and unlocking on their own. Once we got to a safe spot messages on the display began flashing, service stabiltrak; service traction control; park assist off; traction control on; traction control off. Towed this car to the dealer for an exorcism since it was no longer driveable. First thing they did was replace the battery. As they tell it a bad / funky battery might cause bad things to the electronic transmission module. $400 later issues persist. Now I am told I need to replace the transmission outright - $5500. This just can't be right. This is barely 6 year old vehicle with just over $115K. Serviced regularly / without fail. Shame on you Chevrolet. I'm betting no chev exec, dealer or mechanic would ever trust this car for their family vehicle

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #18

Oct 112018


  • 112,000 miles
Pulled out of driveway and check engine started flashing then the traction control said it was off and the stabilization trak service the power of the vechical went down and started shaking. I pulled over and turned the car off waited 15 minutes and tried to start it it hesitated and was dealing rough.. stabilizer control on flashes on the screen and check engine went solid and car seemed fine. I'm now calling the dealer ship to get it in. But I read this is a common problem. Why no recall? D car was shaking.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #17

Mar 292017


  • 90,155 miles
I was driving on a state rd with my toddler when unexpectedly the car began to abruptly slow down. I was almost rear ended by another car that swerved to avoid hitting me. The engine light came on with a message engine power reduced, traction control off, stabilitrack needs servicing. I was in the middle lane and with cars flying by it was terrying trying to pull off safely. The vehicle would not increase in speed when I press down on the accelerator. After pulling off I immediately turned the engine off waited a few minutes and tried to start the engine again but received the same messages. When I put the car in gear it struggled to move. I turned off the engine again and then waited 10 minutes. Upon restarting the engine light came on but no other messages were displayed. I was able to get the vehicle home and took it to the dealership on 3/30/17. When I brought the vehicle in the engine light was no longer on. The service advisors called a few days later and stated they could not duplicate the problem. They only noted that the engine mount needed replacement and this could possibly have caused the problem. My vehicle was out of warranty so I paid believing this would solve the issue. Unfortunately it happened again driving on a city rd and I was nearly struck from behind again and struggled to safely get off the road. This time my husband and 2 other children were in the vehicle. I was able to take pictures of the same dash notifications and after getting it started I drove it straight to the same dealership on 3/17/18. I showed them the pics and was adamant I would not get in the car again unless it was fixed. They assured me it would be fixed this time. A few days later they stated the fuel pump fuel lines and fuel pressure sensor had to be replaced. After my second experience I found several similar complaints. This is a safety issue that needs to be recalled.

- St Johns, FL, USA

problem #16

Jan 312018


  • 85,000 miles
The stability/traction control light comes on and the engine power reduces.when I took to the mechanic nothing shows on the computer as wrong or has been wrong. While this is happening the cruise control wont work and I had to push really hard on gas pedal. This has happened 3 times so far

- Beatrice, NE, USA

problem #15

Oct 112017


  • 88,000 miles
The first occurrence happened 10/11/17 on I-40. My car started "jerking" and all of a sudden the car decelerated to approx 35 mph. The ABS light came on. A ntfcn came on that all of my assists were off (parking, all wheel drive, traction control, stabilitrack). A ntc also appeared that said to service stabilitrak. When I go to press my brake there is a noise in the brake pedal and it "jumps" when I go to press it. We have taken it and had it put on the computer but no codes appear saying there is anything wrong with it. They say the sensors are fine. I have almost been rear-ended several times now. It happens every time I drive my car. I am too afraid to drive my car anymore. It is too dangerous. I can't afford to replace it. No dealer is going to take a faulty car and I can't afford to buy another one. We have researched the problem and found that we are not the only owners having this very same issue but no one seems to have found a resolution for their problem which leaves me very disheartened. Now I am stuck in a car that can't be fixed and I have a car that I can't drive. GM needs to fix this issue before someone gets killed.

- Trenton, NC, USA

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