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I own a red 2014 Traverse. Went into LIMP mode at 303,000 miles. Chevrolet Dealer could not diagnose problem because error codes were erased. So they replaced the PURGE pump ($385) and said "we think we got it". Two days later it happened again and continued to get worse. An example on how I learned to live with the issue... While driving in heavy traffic on a 3-lane interstate at 75mph, I slowly passed several large trucks. Just about the time I pulled in front of them the Traverse went into Limp mode. I put the transmission into neutral, turned on my emergency flashers and turned off the engine. I coasted for a few seconds and restarted the engine. Sometimes it would reset and sometimes it took as many as 5 tries. The nearest truck behind me pulled around me blocking me from moving onto the shoulder of the road. Faster traffic had me blocked on the inside lane. The Traverse finally reset itself and I was able to put it in drive and continue on. My speed at that point was 40mph and a third large truck came right up to my rear bumper and blew his horn.
The second time I took it to another Chevrolet Dealer at 330,000 when it wouldn't reset after dozens of tries. I bought a used white 2014 Traverse off their lot with 55,000 miles on it. They diagnosed the problem on the red Traverse as a bad fuse box under the dash ($1100). I had it fixed and gave the vehicle to a teenage girl who used as a daily driver until it did it again. It went into Limp mode at 332,500 mile while on her way to work at Amazon night shift on the freeway. Stranded on the interstate, she called me and I told her how to get it reset. It worked but after it continued to happen over and over again, she parked it, and then lost her job. I took it back to my local Chevrolet Dealer (3rd attempt) and was told they needed to replace the fuse box under the hood. I had it fixed ($1150) and returned it to the now 18 year old girl who is 7 months pregnant. Her mama told her not to drive that "Death Trap" until she can confirm the issue will not happen again.
My white 2014 Traverse went into Limp mode at 57,000 miles. By this time, I knew what to do and just took my chances. Again, just like the red Traverse, the issue started happening more frequently and would take more than a few tries to get it to reset. At 75,000 miles, I took it to the same local Chevrolet Dealer on the same week as I did the red one. They diagnosed the issue as a corroded-under-the-hood fuse box. The cleaned up the terminals, tighten some connections and placed some di-electric goop on the terminals. ($450). Five days later, while out-of-town on a business trip, it stranded me in Memphis. It would not start and the limp mode came on even though the engine would not start. A wrecker ($130) towed me to the a Memphis Chevrolet Dealer. I rented a car and drove home. That was yesterday and I am waiting to hear from the Memphis Dealer to find out what their diagnosis is.
There is no way that Mama is going to allow her pregnant daughter to drive the red Traverse after this. Counting the rental car and all the repairs so far... I anticipate that I am out over $4000 and still don't have a working dependable vehicle that will not place me and others in danger every time it is driven.
- Ron T.,