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I have had 10 suburbans 1973 thru 2004 and this is my last one. It has 83,000 miles on it --i did buy this one used ---recently I have had the valves ground because of the plastic intake manifolds expand and contract --about 1 1/2 years ago I had a fuel pump installed---the radio amp went out last week --- and the speedometer went out about 2 months ago--- I went ... Read More
no we still did not find a sollution we had it back at the dealer ship 3 times for the problem.they fixed everything else but the problem.we just got it so the dealer fixed it under warrenty but did mention they put over 6000 in it but it stills does it.I almost got rearended twice due to this problem.what the world is going on.
No, I still have not been able to get help with this issue. I have had people suggest going through a refactoring. This is supposed to update all the electronics in your car. Not sure how much it costs or if it is even possible. Very frustrating that not even a Chevrolet dealer knows what the heck you are talking about but it is definately a real problem. Any luck on ... Read More
I have a 2004 Tahoe LT with the 5.3 flex fuel engine, that I bought new. I have the very same problem that you have described. At about 40,000 miles, I noticed that coolant was always being added when I had the oil changed at a 'quick lube' shop. This got worse by 80,000 miles. The dealer did a pressure test and found no leak or drop in the pressure. I ... Read More
2004 Chevy Suburban -no codes!! -air bag light is on & controls on steering wheel not working -As I stated: no codes and the controls on the steering wheel work but are not transmitting past the steering wheel(this was check today at Car Toys) -Initially thought that the clock spring was bad but the cruise and horn work fine. -I have looked for wiring diagram for under driver's seat because: 2 ... Read More
I'm having the same problem with my 2004 Suburban. Did you ever find out what was causing the problem?
My personal experience with 2004 Suburban... battery going dead. 1st battery lasted about 6 years. 2nd battery (Bosch brand from Pep Boys Auto Store) lasted about 1-1/2 yrs. 3rd battery (Bosch brand from Pep Boys) went dead about 3 days. (I have a battery charger at my house where I was recharging it... which would last about 3 day max) Finally took to Chevy dealer to diagnose. ($90) They couldn't find ... Read More
My 2004 suburban stalled after I passed a car on my way home from a trip. Then it just shut completely down right while I was driving. I let the suburban sit for about 5 minutes and it started up again. At that point, as long as I didn't go into the overdrive passing gear, it seemed to do fine. It is almost like there is a sensor that tells it ... Read More
Mariah GM Customer Service: Hello and Thank You for your interest in my issue. The Tahoe came thru the service event with a Rebuilt Transfer Case that was installed due failure of the in-service part @ the upper gear which ruptured the rear housing cover, there was also a shaft that was replaced as part of this portion of the repair. My wife was @ 65 to 70 mph when the ... Read More
I can't say for sure if your vehicle problems are the same as we have but our 2004 Suburban has had the cluster panel replaced several times. You might check to see if it's the same issue. What I can say is that it causes the battery to completely drain... in one year a brand new battery had no life left in it and isn't rechargeable. The cluster panel has eventually ... Read More
Same problem with a 2004 Silverado 2500 HD 6.0 liter. Getting ready to install third battery since first of this year. If you solve this problem, let me know. I'll do the same for you if I can figure it out.
We bought our 2004 Chevy suburban is 2009 and it ran fine for about 1.5 years. In December 2010 the batteries started to die. We replaced the battery and thought maybe that was the problem. Three week later the battery dies, so we replace it again..Took it to the auto shop in March 2011 and they stated it's just a bad battery and I asked what about the alternator??..They acted like ... Read More
Jenn1974: Have you found the bullion and how did or what was the fix on your suburban. This information will help me with my continuing 2007 burb problems. My first Suburban was a 2000, 2nd was a 2004 Z71, and the 3rd is a 2007 LTZ. My 2004 has 86,000 miles, and I have not had any problems. We still have it. The 2007 was bought in May 2006, and Iím ... Read More
At about 38,000 mile my suburban's driver door lock began to fail. I took it in to the dealer and discovered it was a $250 + repair. Shortly after that the drivers side passenger door began to fail and now all 4 doors are failing. So I am looking at about $1000.00 to repair all doors and it only has 42,000 miles on it. I am very disapointed in the craftsmanship ... Read More
I have a 2004 Chevy Suburban 1500 LT with the Autoride suspension. I also have an obstruction in my garage that prevents me from getting the Suburban into it. If I could lower it an inch or so, I'd have no issue. As it stands, I'm stuck parking on the street in the snow. Is there any way to instruct the suspension to go to its lowest level temporarily, so that ... Read More
I went thru 3 battery's in 1 1/2 yrs. tested all the fuses to see where the drain was coming from. found some wires under drivers seat that had gotten drug into the track and chewed up the outer casing. so we loosely ties up those so it could not happen again. but after months another dead battery. I had 3 battery shops looking into it. and another 4 mechanics trying ... Read More
At first when I stop at a light or stop sign and start to go again my 2004 chevy Suburban truck stalls and don"t want to go and the traction control indicator light comes on, I have to take my foot of the gas then reapply pressure to the pedal for it to drive normally. Now the 4 wheel drive won't turn off when I push the button in and if ... Read More
I have a 2011 GMC Yukon XL with 750 miles on it and it has shuddered badly off and on since I got it. The tire have been replace and its been aligned. It comes and goes but my wife notices it and she can tell the difference between a new Lamborghini and and old Ford Escort! Did I spell Lamborghini correctly??? Anyway, I wrote down all the possible causes for ... Read More
Cormier Chevrolet could not find or fix the problem. This cost me 3 days of car rental plus their diagnosis labor charge. I took my Suburban to a local auto repair shop and within 1 day they determined that I had a defective battery, even though it was only 3 weeks old. I switched to a different brand of battery and the problem was fixed !!! My original battery was a ... Read More
matmulcahy, How did things go at the dealer? Christina GM Customer Service
I have a 2007 Chevy Suburban and have occasional discharge of my battery. I have had to have it jump about 3 times now Mechanic told me there a notice of some sort and that it requires my computer to be reprogramed Cost $85 they will work on it tomorrow. I will update then
I have a 2004 Chevrolet suburban Z71, i was driving back from a trip in the afternoon and suddenly the truck just wouldn't accelerate anymore and was just running to a halt and suddenly stopped. I tried starting the car immediately but it will just cranked and not start so i just waited for a about 30-40 minutes and afterward it started and i continued driving and the same thing happened ... Read More
I have the same issue with my 2004 suburban I was told the 5.3 came through with heads that were poorly casted and they developed cracks around 100,000 mi. Sure enough mine started drinking antifreeze at about 105,000 I was told the best remedy is that spending 3000 dollars on a new motor makes more sense than 2,400 on new heads for an old motor. That said, I bought two bottles ... Read More
Well I got my Suburban back. The Chevrolet Dealer said they tried but ultimately, no luck at all finding the electrical short. However, they jiggled some wire under the hood, said their meter spiked for a second. And the battery did not go dead anymore for the 4 days they had the truck. They were honest and did not charge me too much for the exploratory repairs.
My 2004 Chevy Suburban has been draining the battery to dead overnight if I leave it unstarted for about 12 hours. Have jump started successfully. Replaced battery with brand new one. It too went completely dead overnight. Suspect an electrical short so I dropped it off at the Chevy dealer who has had it now for 3 days. When I get it back, I will post here what they found out. ... Read More
Are you aware of a cluster problem with 04 Tahoe's? I own a 04 Tahoe and the gauges became erratic. Over time all my gauges were effected and I had to have the cluster replaced. That is when I learned of the wide spread problem. I had it replaced about a year ago, and at that time, there was a "discount" for the cluster depending on the miles on the vehicle. ... Read More
That is EXACTLY what my Suburban did when I had the battery replaced. I took it to a GM dealership, really nice guy, explained to me that when you shut your car off the computer automatically goes to default. The default is Heat and Defrost. So my controls were stuck but only on the passenger side. So he kept, turning the knob to lower and raise the temperature...shutting my car off ... Read More
I have a 2003 Chevy Suburban LT with AutoRide that seems to have developed a chronic issue since the 80-90K mile mark with the AutoRide System. I got a "Service Ride Control" message (roughly 81K mile) and had the Level Ride Compressor Assembly replaced per the GM Service folks @ $640. Within 6-8 months, the same message came on and the GM Service folks said the compressor failed (solenoid specifically) and ... Read More
I am currently trying to get my 2004 Chevy Suburban fixed. The speedometer sporadically acted up for about a year...worse in the winter and on long trips...But now is all over the place, but never where it belongs. Sometimes the speedometer says I am going 120+mph, sometimes under 10mph. It is fairly unnerving, not knowing your speed!! So.... Now my gas gauge is apparently acting up, too. I ran out of ... Read More
Spedometer on my 2004 Tahoe Z71 with 85000 miles started sticking and acting eratic today. I did some searching and found a post on another site that listed a "silent recall" from Chev from back in 2007. It should be a crime that Chev was not required by law to publish this info to all owners of these vehicles back in 2007. Anyway, I have copied it below. You might use ... Read More
check fuel pump or clogged filter, many issues w/pumps.
I have a 5.3 chevy suburban and when I try and turn if over it seems to crank, but won't fire right away. Once I get it started, it runs out fine...I noticed also if I just turn the key to the run position and not start it right away and then turn it to the start position it pops right away. I had it in the shop getting the tires ... Read More
Try the Chevrolet Suburban Noises and Sounds discussion. tidester, host SUVs and Smart Shopper
I have a 2004 surburan.I have a rattling noise in the steering.sounds as though something is loose.the chevy dealer ship mechanic said it is the steering knuckle at the fire wall.common to all1500 vehicle in the early 2000 models.and is expensive to replace,any input
If you don't mind me asking....Where did you ship that to get it fixed? I'm having the same issue with my fathers 2004 Chevrolet Suburban.
Hi - first post here at Edmunds. We have a 02 Tahoe that I bought in 04, taken it to Israel, back to Texas, to The Netherlands and now back to here in Wash, DC. Mileage is almost at 90k and it runs great. Besides normal oil changes, I've replaced the intermediate steering shaft (that was driving me crazy in Israel when turning), replaced the brake pads/all discs and rear calipers ... Read More
Hello Marvaq - I too have a 2004 Suburban LT w/Autoride. I currently have 105,000 miles on it. It has been as trouble free as any import that I have owned. If I would have read these message boards when I was looking I would not have purchased one - But I'm glad I did. I've changed the oil every 3K - not whating for the change oil light to appear. ... Read More
Hi, I have a 2004 Suburban Z71 with 53,000 Miles. The car is in great shape and I love it. The only problem that the car had was the bearings, this happened close to 40,000 miles (out of waranty). The GM changed the bearings and I asked them to pay part of it as this problem should not happen so soon. GM paid for the labor and I did pay the ... Read More
I don't think anyone ever suggested that the battery would go dead after 20 minutes of playing the radio. What many of the manufacturers have done, is set their body management computers to turn off power when the key is turned off....after some 'reasonable' period of time. So somebody then defines 'reasonable', and picked whatever they picked (and I'm taking your word for it that it's 20 minutes). I haven't gone ... Read More
Replace the broken part in the transmission, most likely.
I have 48,000 on my '04 Suburban, today while driving it just all of a sudden made grinding/fluttering sound and then fell out of gear. The engine revs fine and there is no fluid leaking anywhere. I worked it through all the gears but it would not move forward. I had to have it towed. Any opinions on what might be the cause of this?
I don't know if this has been listed somewhere previously but I just wanted to pass some info along. I have an 04 Tahoe and I found the "speedometer letter" that a lot of people were talking about. The vehicles in my letter that are covered are, QUOTE from letter; "If this condition occurs on your 2003 or 2004 model year Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV or Escalade EXT: Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, ... Read More
Hi Everyone, after my experiences with my 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, I do not think the Big Three should be bailed out. If this is the quality of vehicle we can expect, then I am all for NOT bailing them out. I have a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban with only 40k miles. I paid $30K for it brand new and it was just paid off this month. I have had a small coolant ... Read More
I had the same issue on my 2003 Suburban at 42K in fall 2005. I was going 45 MPH and the speedo was at 120 MPH, as well the fuel gage bounced between half-full and empty. Cost me $414.38 to replace the cluster because it was out of 36K warranty. Flash forward 2 years to 4 Oct 07, I get a letter from GM on my husband's 2004 Silverado stating the ... Read More
I own a 2004 Suburban and I had three problems with my horn due to the contacts were not touching each other, so the dealer had to modify the contacts to touch each other..
Dynamax turbo mufflers. flowmaster performance without the flowmaster noise. Used them on my old 78 suburban 4x4 back in the day. It was quick off the line & not much louder than stock. Chevy engines dont like backpressure like some other brands' V8's do, so increasing the pipe diameter a little bit could be useful too. Hope that helps ya!
I have a 2004 Suburban, AWD, 5.3 Flex Fuel eng and was wondering if anyone can expound on the credibility of performance chips to increase Fuel Mileage (i.e. do they work)?
I got into a 5-1/2 year lease on my 2004 Chevy Suburban. Monthly payment is $643 a month. The lease is up in 12 months. Mileage is 53,000 miles, which is right on target. I am wondering if I can trade it in early. When should I do it? How much cash will be due to keep to vehicle? Is that a firm number?
i have a 2001 blazer that will not start after i filled up my tank and added fuel system cleaner i went through my rig with a fine tooth comb could not find the problem ,gave me no code had to take it into the shop then i drove my harley to exact same gas station unaware filled up then bam same exact problem needless to say how i feel right ... Read More
You may want to check in over at the Your E85 Flex Fuel Experience discussion and see if anyone lurking there has had problems.
I have over 48,000 miles on my vehicle and have used E85 before without any problems, but went back to 87 due to better mileage. Now, I just use E85 to clean out the water in the system now and then. Well, this last tank (last week) of E85 has caused me starting and stuttering problems. Today, I needed AAA to jump start my vehicle as my battery went dead while ... Read More
Does the GM notice apply to 2003 models or just 2004? I have a 2003 Chevy Suburban w/ the same problem. Is the instrument cluster the same in both years?
I own a 2004 Chevy Suburban and the speedometer went haywire at just over 36,100 miles. We bought it in 2003 so the warranty ran out last December. I called the dealership I purchased the vehicle from and asked how they are handling the repair of the defective speedometers. I also e-mailed the customer relations department and spoke to them by phone (Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-1020). The service manager ... Read More
I just took my 2003 Tahoe (55,000 miles) in for the same thing. The mechanic found a bulletin from Chevrolet that discusses the problem and the solution. He printed it out for me. I am trying to find it online right now...but haven't yet. Basically, the 2002-2004 Tahoes/Suburbans have faulty air conditioning compressors. And they seize up. I thought it was just the A/C belt, and I replaced that, but I ... Read More
There are three or four posts here where people have had a similar problem, but no good solution has been posted that I can find. Here's one suggestion: mitzij, "Chevy Tahoe" #4486, 12 Apr 2004 9:56 am If you click on the Chevrolet Suburban & Tahoe link above, you can do a search just on the Tahoe for dome light and see the other posts. The search box is at the ... Read More
I am trying to find out what were the correct tires to have been originally installed on a 2004 Suburban LS 1500 4x4 with 17" wheels (assembled in Mexico and delivered to North Carolina, if that matters). I purchased this vehicle new in June 2004, and it currently has 22,000 miles. Twice I have taken it to the dealership because of uneven tire wear and cupping, and have paid for alignments ... Read More
Suits filed over GM speedometers By David Bowermaster Seattle Times staff reporter Kevin Zwicker knew something was wrong when the speedometer on his 2004 Chevy Suburban indicated he was going 10 mph, even though he was driving at or near the speed limit on Interstate 5. Zwicker's speedometer failed completely in April 2006. But General Motors did not replace it for free because the truck was outside the standard three-year, 36,000-mile ... Read More
I am an actual Chevrolet Dealer and Silver Birch is the ONLY Silver color available at all on the Tahoe Suburban from 2004 to 2007!
Nice Paint Job. I also like the Chrome Bumper and Wood inserts. I had the same color paint on my 1978 Chevy Cheyenne 1/2 ton. I bought it new and had it painted shortly afterwards. I polished and buffed it out shortly after it was painted and it came up with this awesome maroon color. I've never seen it since, until now that is. Where did you get the wood inserts ... Read More
Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem. 2004 4WD 1500 Suburban with 36K miles and you could hear "clicking" noise--similar to the days when rocks used to get into wheel covers. First noticed noise about 2 weeks ago. Took vehicle to the dealer and was told the "inspection" plug, not the drain or fill plug was missing and all the fluid had been ejected. Local Chevy Service Manager said ... Read More
There's some "brake pull" posts over in the Tahoe discussion that may help. Here's one: bochev, "Chevy Tahoe" #4294, 9 Jan 2004 5:07 pm This link has some suggestions about brake pads and suspension issues. (Salem Boys Auto) Steve, Host
I own a 2004 2500 chevy suburban with the 8.1 liter and the 4:10 rear end and autoride with every option. the car tows our horse trailer like it is not even there and we have never had any problems with it at all. gas though is not that good. we avaerage exactly 10.2 miles to the gallon but it is worth it for the power you have with the car. ... Read More
I have a 2004 Suburban. Love it. 18 mpg at 75 mph. No problem. Worth every bit. I have a 2001 Impala. My son's car. 29 mpg highway. very nice car. radio reception sucks. That's my only problem with it. I have a 1996 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4 18 mpg all day long. 135,000 miles and no troubles.
I just purchased one yesterday I have always been a GM truck fan previously owned Tahoes,Suburbans,Yukons&Denalis.My favorite was always my Tahoe 2002 Z71. Now purchased the new 2007 Tahoe I figured what better way to fully try the truck out than to buy it. Yes it does not have that Rugged Good old Tahoe look but it has its own personality. Alot of nice improvements but a few minor things which ... Read More
Did you ever get this figured out? I have the same issues on a 2004 model. Any innformation you can provide will be appreciated.... Thanks ... JJ
I've got the same problem w/my 2004! I realized the "chirping" noise at about 33k miles. Seems to be coming from somewhere up front most of the time. I've heard it come from the rear as well. Recently the noise has been prolonged for about 2-3 seconds and has gotten louder. I thought maybe it was the wheels when in motion, but figured it wasn't when I heard the noise numerous ... Read More
The 2004 Yukon/XL/Tahoe/Suburban will all get the new pickup nose. 2003 models remain the same as the 2002. GMC and Chevy have different noses, and what you see on the '03 GMC Sierra is what will be on the '04 Yukon/XL, just like the '04 Tahoe/suburban will have the same nose as the '03 Silverado. Hope that helps.