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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,412 miles

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problem #40

May 292022


  • miles
Rough starting engine, close to stall while idle and stopped on-road. Check engine light activated. 2016 and 2017 model years of Chevrolet Traverse vehicles were recalled for this exact issue. This condition was covered in: Special Coverage Adjustment N192210240 Evaporative Emissions Purge Valve Replacement. Our experience shows that this recall may not have covered the entirety of this issue. It is ironic that we experienced this exact same problem in a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The GM dealership charged us >$300 to repair. The recall covering the immediately previous model year extended warranty and offered free replacement. I am reaching out to NHSTA to make them aware of the issue with the Purge Valve in the 2018 model year Traverse. I contacted GM and they were not able to help, other than stating the original recall did not cover 2018 model years. We believe that it should also cover the 2018 model year based on our experience.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #39

Mar 302022


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while attempting to turn the vehicle off while parked, the vehicle failed to turn off. The contact stated that a message was displayed on the instrument panel to shift into park(P). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #38

Jul 312021


  • miles
Due to the ems recall it has caused the ABS to malfunction went to two dealerships more than four times was told to pay in order to have my car fixed due to ems recall service provider: Due to the ems recall it has caused the ABS to malfunction per ems recall this can be fixed free of charge. I am being denied by both killeen and temple Chevy dealerships.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #37

Jul 312021


  • miles
Due to the ems recall it has caused the ABS to malfunction went to two dealerships more than four times was told to pay in order to have my car fixed due to ems recall service provider: Due to the ems recall it has caused the ABS to malfunction per ems recall this can be fixed free of charge. I am being denied by both killeen and temple Chevy dealerships.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #36

Jun 292021


  • miles
On June 29, 2021 Unable to turn off vehicle/engine. Started approximately 1 week before on 2 occasions where I finally was able to shut off vehicle. I called dealership/service to get an appointment, but had to go in immediately because it would no longer turn off. Repair was not covered under warranty which was only 4 months past the 3 year warranty and mileage was only 27,637. It cost me just under $450 to repair this. Service advisor at Classic Chevy in Grapevine, TX commented that they had been seeing this problem which they diagnosed as INTERNAL SHIFTER FAULT. (A C/S SHIFT TO PARK MESSAGE COMES ON CLUSTER is noted on the repair invoice.) This was unnerving at the very least, and safety risk. Is this problem under any recall or potential recall?

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #35

Oct 072019


  • 21,685 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated while driving 2 mph and making a turn, the vehicle suddenly loss power and stalled. The contact stated that the vehicle then restarted on its own with the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that no issues were found however, the computer system was reset. The contact stated the failure reoccurred while making a left turn at a stop light. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a case was opened. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 21,685.

- Fox Point,, WI, USA

problem #34

Apr 282021


  • 40,000 miles
When shifting into park and attempting to turn off the car, 80% of the time the vehicle would not register that the car was in park and allow the vehicle to turn off. It would alarm & charm with a message to "shift to park". this is a known manufacturing issues with the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC acadias, and possibly other models of Chevy/GMC. This is a major safety concern as there is no way to know if the vehicle is truly in park and can leave you in scary situations when you cannot turn off the car. We have also been stranded with a dead battery because the "shift to park" chime and message drained the battery. Chevrolet has provided their dealerships with bulletins in how to add a jumper harness and add/replace a switch in the gear shift assembly to correct the issue, but refuse to take accountability. I have had multiple service advisors admit they have had to fix numerous gear shifters and that this is a known issue. A recall needs to be issued on this problem as it is a safety concern for anyone affected. Please address! I am including my receipt on the service I had to pay for to fix this problem. Also an example of one of the technical bulletins Chevrolet has sent their service department.

- Newberry, FL, USA

problem #33

Apr 172021


  • 32,400 miles
Today driving around 35 to 40 mph. Car started to lose speed, engine light, park brake light and dash read engine in reduced speed. Still not safe to drive. 3rd time this has happened and has been to dealership, service dept after each occurance. Not safe.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #32

Apr 132021


  • 32,500 miles
Driving down busy road at about 35 40 miles an hour. Vehicle began to slow down engine light park light started blinking. Drifted into parking lost. Then only engine light was showing. Next a message of engine reduce power was on display. Called dealership stated not to drive and had it towed in. Now no engine light is present. This is the 2nd time something like this has happened. Not safe at all.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #31

Feb 012020


  • 3,600 miles
Purchased a year ago in fl. My windshield came loose twice already where you can see the padding in the dashboard area again. The tire on driver side has to have air in it several times after driving about 20 mins. Pressure keeps reading at 26 and alarm going off with the problem. Husband refills and three days later I move the vehicle and it happens again. Windshield you can hear air leaking from it. Several times when I started my car it had a weird engine noise loud acceleration even when sitting in my driveway. I read no recalls but possible class action pending if you refuse to fix the vehicles. I will be over 36 months before my car reaches 30K miles. I drive to and from doctors, grocery shopping. Casual driving.

- Seffner, FL, USA

problem #30

Feb 242020


  • miles
Shift to park error message while the vehicle is in park. This prevents turning the vechicle off, locking the doors, etc. This problem has been well documented on several thousand vehicles. However, GM has only quietly fixed problem case by case and will not cover under power train warranty. A national recall should be issued asap to fix and replace the shifter. Poses a safety issue as well since it involves a faulty gear shifter.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #29

Oct 152018


  • 7,800 miles
On October 1, 2018 I purchased a new Traverse from kelley Chevrolet of fort wayne Indiana. My question is can the auto stop on my new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse be disabled. I just had a close call involving the auto stop. I was in branson mo on vacation and this place is built on hills and more hills. I had come to a stop on a hillside and the car went to auto stop. When I lifted my foot on the brake so auto stop would not be engaged the engine stopped. I had no brakes or steering of the vehicle and it started rolling backward ' thank goodness there were no cars behind me. The vehicle was rolling toward a very steep hill on the side of the road and with no brakes I could not stop. Instead I pulled hard on the steering wheel and got it crosswise stopped in the middle of the road. It took me several times before I could get the engine started. Auto stop is a pain in the butt and this scared the dickens out of me. Can it be reprogrammed to not work?

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #28

Oct 262019


  • 24,450 miles
Vehicle was stopped on a steep city street behind another vehicle turning left. Vehicle went to move forward and turn left and it shut off and rolled backwards down the steep hill. Wheel could not be turned, brakes could not be pressed, when gas was pressed it did not go forward, it rolled backwards it was like it shut off after being in auto stop mode. Parking brake assist came on automatically and vehicle rolled into a cement pole. Vehicle was able to be restarted. Parking brake would not release. Had to shut off vehicle, restart and tried to release parking brake 5 more times before it released. This vehicle often rolls backwards after being in auto stop mode and the gas needs to be pushed hard in order for it to go forward. This vehicle feels like it slows down when pressing the gas at times and you need to push the gas pedal harder. The brakes squeak often when wet and cold and sometimes when starting the vehicle the brake will not allow you to push it down, you have to push it several times, let up and push it again before the vehicle will start.

- Lake Linden, MI, USA

problem #27

Oct 232019


  • 1,000 miles
2018 Chevy Traverse when decelerating around speeds under 35mph city driving the vehicle will randomly rev up and the RPM will go up to 4000 or 5000 RPM, this also happens while braking. Sometimes the car will jerk forward as if it was going to accelerate and other times it just stays at a high RPM for 5 seconds or less until I either come to a complete stop or try to accelerate and it does not respond. The engine sounds like it is in neutral and the accelerator is being held down. It also does not respond to the gas pedal when it is reving like this, and if I try to accelerate the car will eventually kick into gear and lunge forward. Took it to the dealer withing the first few months of owning it and they could not replicate the issue and said the computer did not return any issue. This problem comes and goes since I bought the car brand new in 2018 and concerns me, because it feels as if the car is accelerating on its own and may cause me to crash.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #26

Aug 012019


  • 37,109 miles
The car does not register when the car is in park after I turn it off. It reads 'shift to park' and I have to spend several minutes jiggling the shifter or restarting the car and going through different gears. It is a very big inconvenience. I took it to the repair shop as it started right after the warranty ran out. They said either the shifter needs to be replaced or the gearbox via a conversation they had with someone they had at Chevy. They were told Chevy and GMC are aware of it being a problem but it's not on a recall level yet.

- Souderton, PA, USA

problem #25

Oct 032017

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
2018 Chevy Traverse. Consumer writes in regards to various defects with vehicle. The consumer stated the autostop became inoperable, a popping sound was heard on the passenger side, parking would not release, and the low engine oil light illuminated. The consumer also stated the radio would not work properly, the rear brake calipers locked up, the gear would not shift into park, the windows inadvertently roll down while the vehicle was off and the dashboard was broken.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #24

Aug 152019


  • 18,450 miles
I have had issues with my 2018 Traverse since December. The problem started around 9,000 miles. I took my vehicle into the dealership and they could not duplicate the issue. I would put the vehicle in drive and the "D" light would blink but the car would not move. In March after several trips to the dealership they finally repaired the vehicle. They removed the transmission and replaced a sensor. The vehicle did not have any issues until July 23rd when driving on a city road the car got stuck in first gear. I was pushing the gas pedal and the car would not go over 20 mph. I took the vehicle in and they replaced the tcm and solenoid sensor. I picked up the vehicle on 8/8 only to return on 8/15 when the car stalled and jerked while I was driving. On 8/16 I spoke with the dealership who informed me Chevrolet advised them to clear the code and return the vehicle to me. This is a known issue to them and the engineering department is working on figuring out the problem. As of 8/18/2019 this vehicle has spent 47 days in the shop for repairs and has 10 repair orders.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #23

Jun 192019


  • miles
Began 6/19, with progressive worsening. When the vehicle is placed into park and shut-off, a warning appears on the info display stating" shift to park". at which point the vehicle keeps all lights on the inside and outside of the vehicle illuminated, the ac stays on, the radio/entertainment display stays on, in addition to a warning beep/chime that is typical when the vehicle is left "on" and you open the door. In other words, our vehicle still thinks it is "on" and "in" gear. In the beginning it would take 2-5 times of turning the vehicle back on and off in order for the warning to go away and the vehicle to shut-off properly. Now, it will no longer shut-off regardless of how many times the engine is restarted and the stick-shift is moved out of park & back. Have resorted to unplugging the battery every time we exit the vehicle to keep it from being drained. The vehicle has also not re-started at all(taking 15 minutes of re-engaging the starter button at its worst). Leaving my wife & toddlers stuck in 100plus degree heat. When it does not re-start, the dash display reads the vehicle at "0 mph" and allows the gears to be shifted. There are numerous other people online stating similar issues. Some have resolved with a change of the shifter mechanism, & others still with continued issues after that. The dealership stated there is only 1 part left in town, and that it is on back-order and they can't get it from the manufacturer(they tried their two nationwide warehouse locations). Not only that, the dealership said we needed to leave the vehicle with them and they would not even "look at it" for up to 1.5 weeks, and that they were out of loaner vehicles. The vehicle is still under warranty, and was purchased certified-used. Nothing has occurred while driving the vehicle or when stopped at a light/stop-sign, but we certainly don't want to find out what "could" happen.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #22

Jun 022019


  • 24,000 miles
From a complete stop when starting off the front end pulls to the right took it to dealer they said its normal... gear shifter wont stay in park..have to start and stop several time.. when pulling off car fills like its shaking and shuddering..

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 162019


  • 34,000 miles
I was driving my car, straight, down our road at about 40 mph when the car suddenly started to shudder, loose power and then then engine stalled (lost steering ability and engine propulsion). If this had happened at a busy intersection, while making a left hande turn, it could have been fatal.

- Byron, MI, USA

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