Lousy Dipstick Access - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Lousy Dipstick Access

January 27, 2011

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I suppose General Motors figured Chevrolet Traverse owners would be in such a sleep-deprived, zombified, parental state that they'd never bother checking the oil. But oil change intervals are long on this crossover SUV -- the Traverse had its first service at 10,000 miles and isn't due to go back until 20,000 miles.

So it's not inconceivable to think that a certain percentage of owners would have the presence of mind to check the oil before setting out on a long road trip.

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And this simple act is a hassle in the Traverse. Yep, Chevrolet gets points for putting a strut on the hood so you don't need a prop rod. But the dipstick tube is way short, so you have to reach down 5-6 inches to grab the yellow ring. In addition to worrying about getting your hand dirty (if you didn't don work gloves), you have to take care not to burn yourself on any of the warm metal bits.

Mind you, I still checked the oil. The level was fine. But it wouldn't have taken much effort on some engineer's part to make this a easier task.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor


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