2010 Chevrolet Traverse Long Term Road Test

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2010 Chevy Traverse: A Look Underneath

July 03, 2012

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Bet you forgot we even had this thing in our fleet. Well, we do. And it's time to put it on our 2-post Rotary Lift and look at its not so shiny side.

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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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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: 10,000-mile Service

November 01, 2010

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We dropped out 2010 Chevrolet Traverse off at Chevrolet Santa Monica for its 10,000-mile service and more. The more consisted of: a second row seat belt recall (#10243), a loose side door molding and a leaking sunroof. These would require the Traverse stay overnight.

All items were fixed to our satisfaction. The oil change ran us 46 bucks. The seat belt was repaired per the recall. Our leaky sunroof was the result of a clogged drain tube, which was cleaned out for proper drainage. And the loose door molding, well, that part had to be special ordered. For the time being it was removed. When it arrives, we'll have it installed.

Days out of Service: 1

Total Cost: $46.41

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,367 miles

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2010 Chevy Traverse: Trouble With Trim

October 13, 2010

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That....probably shouldn't do that.

What you're seeing here is the passenger side rear door halfway opened on our long term 2010 Chevy Traverse. That chrome thing gouging up the paint? Not supposed to do that.

This chrome trim piece is de-gluing itself at both ends and while the trailing edge (not pictured) isn't really hurting anything flopping about in the breeze, the leading edge catches on the front door and does nasty things to the paint.

But don't worry, I fixed it.

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Something I Noticed

September 10, 2010

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Here's a spare shot I had laying around after my suspension walkaround of the 2010 Chevy Traverse.

That's the plastic fuel tank (green), hanging beneath the floor. It's low enough that this "rub rail" (yellow) has been fitted so the tank is not quite the lowest point.

And then there's this...

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse: Suspension Walkaround

July 07, 2010

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You never got to see the Lambda-platform underpinnings of the 2008 Buick Enclave we used to have in the fleet because, at that point, I hadn't yet begun my suspension walkaround series.

No problem. Our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse gives us another chance because it also rides on the same Lambda platform, as do the GMC Acadia and discontinued Saturn Outlook. And prototype examples of a yet-to-be-released Cadillac Lambda SUV are almost certainly running around behind the fences of GM's various proving grounds.

All of this means the Lambda platform is still very relevant. Let's have a look.

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse in VA is:

$123 per month*
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