really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,076 miles

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problem #28

Jun 042021


  • miles
The hatch door slammed down without any warning when I was unloading grocery. After that happened the hatch door will not go up all the way, but ascends half way an goes back down. I have a video on my phone. Before this incident, we had problems with the hatch going up but coming right back down without warning.

- Loris , SC, USA

problem #27

Nov 112019


  • 75,000 miles
I purchased this Traverse back in October of 2019. I had it 2 months and it started winding and the power steering was making an awful noise I called the dealer I purchased it from cash for cars I'm graham, North Carolina and they told me there's nothing they can do. Also the rear seat belts in the back seat fell apart within a week of having it. I paid 13,000 dollars for the SUV and I just want it safe for my children.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #26

Jan 232020


  • 100,132 miles
The check engine light popped up in the morning and two hours later the car was idling and started to shake while idling. The traction control light turned on and the check engine light started to flash and the message center said service the stabilitrak and then the vehicle stalled. As I am driving down the road you can feel the vehicle losing power.

- Earlville, NY, USA

problem #25

Dec 152019


  • 94,610 miles
Whining and winding sound on acceleration at all speeds..rumbling noise from engine. Strut leaking and front suspension issues. This turned out to be transmission and torque converter. Along with pto pinion seal, crankshaft seal, water pump, harmonic balancer, struts, sway bar links, and drive belt.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #24

Dec 252019


  • 100,000 miles
I was driving at about 50mph the check traction control lights came on the check stabilitrack came on then it said traction control on then off my vehicle lost power and I couldnt steer. Luckily no cars were coming on the dark winding road I was on as I was stuck no lights or anything.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #23

Jun 012018


  • miles
The ac evaporator has been leaking for years, and it has taken several refills of freon to locate the issue. Freon is being blown into the cabin which is a toxic substance. While driving the air vents blow out a fog from the leak. Eventually the freon runs out and the cabin heats up causing drowsiness while driving. I am fixing the issue by replacing the evaporator, but it will probably wear out again and cause health concerns to my family and I. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322165.php

- Wamego, KS, USA

problem #22

Aug 012019


  • 77,000 miles
I will be driving down the road, either on highway or city street and all of a sudden a warning light comes on that says service stabilitrak/reduce engine power/traction control. The next day it will run fine.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #21

Jul 282019


  • 148,000 miles
I have a 2012 Chevy Traverse, ive only owned it less than 2 years and had issues with service stabilitrack/traction control at least 6 times. When this happens the car looses power, my check engine light comes on, ive even had black smoke come out of my hood and tail pipe trying to keep it running on the highway so my family and I werent killed. I have taken it to the dealership and the codes it throws makes no sense. After they wipe the codes, let it sit its fine for a few weeks. I know im not the only Traverse owner with this issue, is it going to take a family dying on a major highway, or a child being killed because their parents lost power in their only car in traffic and a truck hit them. Please please fix this issue. I dont wanna die because I bought a Traverse. I cant afford another car payment right now.

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #20

Aug 142019


  • 125,000 miles
Takata recall driving down the road and traction control off, stabilitrak service, and ABS light came on. Engine light also. Sick in tired of throwing money into this Traverse. I love the SUV but I can't afford all of this mechanical issues.

- Ellsworth, IL, USA

problem #19

Jul 032018


  • 175,000 miles
Back hatch does not stay open, will suddenly fall and hit you in the head. Other 2012 have already been recalled for the same issue

- Lamar, OK, USA

problem #18

Jun 142019


  • 70,000 miles
My car has been very well taken care of and still is only at 70,000 miles. Prior to a 1000 mile road time with my husband and two children I went in for a regular maintenance and to prep for the trip. After getting back my struts went out, apparently a Chevy defect. After paying upwards of $1,000 to replace and check everything we headed on the road. No less that 60 miles from home, while going 65 on the freeway, my car lost all power. Power steering, ac, the whole thing just shut down! we barely made it to the side of the freeway to be safe from the traffic, again, my children are in this car in 90+ degree weather on the side of a freeway! I am now in the process and finding out that Chevy, american made crap, has had this happen before to families, putting them at risk, leaving them stranded and has not done any recalls on this dangerous matter. The car didn't slow down, it lost power, it lost everything and we would have be slammed by multiple other cars if my husband didn't make a fast move off the freeway. How can a long time, again american, car manufacturer produce such a defective vehicle that can't even make it to 100K miles? so now I am paying on a vehicle that I don't even know what will cost because I have to tow it to someone while still making payments. Do not buy Chevy!

- Central Point, OR, USA

problem #17

Feb 142019


  • 158,000 miles
When I turn my air on and my speed limit hits 25 miles per hr my car shakes at a neighborhood street and it was really scary on the freeway cause I swerved to the right cause it was shaking so bad. Then when I let go of my gas for 5 seconds to stop the shaking it stalls and I have to push the gas pump at least 3 times to make it drive. It also smells like my gas is leaking and it is worse when I turn left or right. I'm afraid it might catch on fire. My headlights would go off for a couple of days sometimes for a week but would turn on all of a sudden and they are brand new headlights. My airbag light would go off and on every other week. Its just frustrating having this car cause there is always something different on the dash board saying something is wrong with the car.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jul 062018


  • 91,018 miles
Ac does not work properly, freon leakingout in 2018. Serviced several times in 2018 ( a minimum of 3 times) for this problem (blowing hot air instead of cold) supposedly addressed but continues to be a problem in 2019. Seems to be a widespread problem across the board. Help

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #15

Jan 012019


  • 175,000 miles
Lift gate falls and will hit head if standing under the gate while open. Other 2012 are already under recall

- Lamar, OK, USA

problem #14

Nov 162018


  • 148,030 miles
The first night when the temperature dropped below 40 degrees my car wouldn't start so I replaced my battery spending $188 for a brand new battery. The very next morning the car still wouldn't start so I got someone to jump me off. It cranked with no issue. When I put the car in drive it would not accelerate beyond 35mph. I then attempted to turn around and go home and my car would only reverse and would no longer move in the drive selection. In neutral the car locked up and wouldn't drive. I eventually drove in reverse illegally down the highway in morning rush hour traffic. I enventuallt made it home and let my car sit for an hour while calling for assistance. When I went back to restart the car is acting as if the battery is dead. This was not only dangerous with 4 children inside but unsafe to be stuck in traffic will no way to accelerate in drive. My car will no longer crank without a jump I took it to a mechanic who stated that he couldn't see the issue and recommended that I simply trade it in which isn't an option currently.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #13

Nov 262014


  • 33,000 miles
I have had many ongoing issues since car purchase. Electrical, air conditioning and injector issues. Car does not seem safe. Lights go out every few months whilde driving when it is dark. This is very dangerous. 1st replacement on light was done while under warrant, however, Chevy dealer failed to address the issues causing the light to burn out and simply changed light out. It has been continuous with us changing lights, brake lights and headlights. Car would lose power and jerk as well as had gears problems while traveling on a fwy with cars going an average og 60 mph. Car would not auto shift above 20-30 mph. Gas smell upon start of vehicle and the list goes on. Stuck open evap purge solenoid setting ses light cac case 8-2106770252 dalila lopez--- scanned ECM found code P0300 P0496.performed diagnosis. Performed injector balance test found bank 1 injector out of specs.replaced 1 3 5 injectors. It seems that there is a possibility that the injector issues may have caused other problem with the vehicle which cannot be denied nor confirmed. An oil pan gasket has been leaking as well when less than 90,000 miles. Safety has been an ongoing concern. I am requesting that the electrical issues that have not been resolved since the 1st light went out in 2014 to be resolved at gms cost. In addition I am asking that the oil pan gasket replacement be done at GM cost. In addition, I am requesting reimbursement of my down payment of $10,000 on my vehicle.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 112018


  • 62,000 miles
"takata recall" when I was driving home I had my check engine light come on and the traction control disengaged and the same time. It also reduced engine power (it also said it was on the dash board) however with no warning started to slow too quickly while I was dribing down street which speed limit is 50 mph. As I had another vehicle behind me who had to switch quickly to next lane. Once I made it home I did some research on this issue and their hundreds of complaints of the same problem... I never seen so many of the same issue with the same manufacturer... I have 3 children and are mostly with me when I'm on the road. Luckily I left them home this time. And no one got hurt. However, this is a major safety concern...I strongly believe if this would have happen on my way to work during rush hour on the highway. I would have had a different outcome. Please look in to this a.S.a.P.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 012017


  • 50,000 miles
When it is cold outside there is no sound in the Traverse. No music, back up waning, or turn signal noise. The care has to warm up to make sound.

- Fairfield, IA, USA

problem #10

Apr 222017


  • 56,000 miles
At 59,346 the air conditioning quit blowing cold air. I had to have the discharge line replaced for $408. This looks to be a common problem.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 072017


  • 95,000 miles
The power lift gate falls prematurely. I click the button to open it and it goes up. But as soon as it gets fully lifted, it immediately goes back down. I've seen where there is a recall campaign #15V415000 on Traverses produced July 6, 2008 - February 28, 2012. My VIN, however, isn't listed in that recall for some reason. It is doing exactly what the recall lists on all of these other Traverses. I'd just like to be able to take my car to our local Chevrolet dealership and have them fix it with the open recall.

- Midway, WV, USA

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