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The Most Frustrating Chevy Suburban Complaints

Everyone loves their Chevy Suburban, right? Wrong! Some people have faced a few frustrating Chevy Suburban issues that made them call it quits and walk away to go with the GMC Yukon or Ford Expedition instead. 

The Most Common Chevy Suburban Complaints 

AC And Heater Issues 

The 2015 Chevy Suburban, in particular, seemed to be plagued with air conditioning issues. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe had similar complaints as well. 

Chevy Suburban
Credit: Chevrolet

Very early on, before 60k miles, drivers had to deal with their AC suddenly not working. Also, if it broke after 60k miles, then it was no longer under warranty. 

After paying around $950 to have their AC fixed, the issue wasn’t solved. Some drivers had their AC brake twice in a single year. 

This model had a widespread compressor problem that Chevy acknowledged, but refused to take responsibility for. 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban
2021 Chevrolet Suburban | Chevrolet

Some drivers are still frustrated that there was no recall for this issue, even though the compressor was addressed and corrected on the 2018 Suburban. 

The Brakes Fail

One concerning issue with the Chevy Suburban includes a variety of brake problems. Some people dealt with their brakes being incredibly stiff and difficult to use right after purchasing their Suburbans. 

Other drivers randomly lost braking power in traffic. They couldn’t get their Tahoe to stop at red lights or while trying to avoid accidents.

The brake pedal would get smashed against the floor and still couldn’t provide stopping power. 

Chevy refused to take responsibility for this problem and charged drivers around $1,300 to try and address the issue. 

Suspension Issues 

Another Chevy Suburban issue includes suspension problems that leave drivers feeling carsick and bouncing. 

Some drivers had issues with their steering wheels locking up after their Suburban was put in drive. They would have to put the SUV in reverse and restart it to unlock it. 

The new 2021 Chevy Suburban unveiling
The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The steering wheel also seemed to make clicking noises and became unresponsive at various speeds and while braking. These issues occurred even while the brake and power steering fluids were at normal levels. 

Other drivers had issues with their front struts leaking fluid well before their Suburbans reached 100k miles. They noted that the ride was incredibly rough and bumpy. Also, their SUVs seemed to wear through tires quickly. 

When the magnetic struts had to be replaced within the first year of driving their Suburbans, owners had to eat the $4k repair costs. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and Suburban High Country
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and Suburban High Country | Chevrolet

Electrical Problems 

Electrical problems also frustrate Suburban drivers. All of a sudden, the power liftgate might break, and the power locks become unresponsive. 

Some drivers found that their Suburban would suddenly have no power at all. The radio, lights, and more failed to come on or would randomly go out. 

The 2021 Chevy Suburban on display at an auto show
The 2021 Chevy Suburban | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Sometimes the digital display lights would randomly start to blink on and off for no apparent reason. Also, they would continuously stay illuminated no matter what. 

Replacing the battery and wiring multiple times seemed to have no effect, as drivers continued to battle these weird issues. 

The media display would still flash, and it became impossible for drivers to start their Suburbans, even when they were jumped.