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Top Chevy Traverse Problems To Be Aware Of

| by Michelle Yang, Esq.

The Chevy Traverse, a seven-seat luxury SUV known for its budget-friendly appeal, doesn’t come without its share of issues. Though it may seem like an attractive ride at first glance, this model has a reputation for certain reliability issues that you should be aware of.

Since its debut in 2009, Chevy Traverse models have had a number of common problems pop up, affecting everything from the engine to the power steering, and even the electronic stability control (ESC) and brakes.

In this article, we’ll discuss the most common Chevy Traverse problems, particularly focusing on the models from 2017 to 2024.

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Common Chevy Traverse Problems (2017-2024)

Even though Chevrolet is a leading motor vehicle manufacturer, there have been several reported issues with the Chevy Transverse that have had car owners concerned. Here are the most commonly reported problems according to model year.

2017 Chevy Traverse Problems

The 2017 Traverse mostly managed to sidestep major issues, but one problem stood out in particular: premature transmission failure. This problem often emerged around 70,000 miles and manifested as a hard shift, delay in shifting, or, in worst cases, complete transmission failure. It resulted in significant repair costs for owners, sometimes ranging from $3,000 to $4,000.

2018 Chevy Traverse Problems

In 2018, Traverse owners started reporting issues with the powertrain. While less severe than a complete transmission failure, owners complained about irregular shifting patterns and hesitations during acceleration. Additionally, there were also reports of electrical problems, such as issues with the infotainment system, which included unexpected system reboots and unresponsive touch screens.

2019 Chevy Traverse Problems

The 2019 model year saw the emergence of AC/heater issues as a common complaint. Traverse owners were faced with AC systems that blew warm air or simply failed to turn on. Other reported issues included problems with the powertrain similar to those seen in the 2018 model, such as unexpected shifting and hesitations during acceleration.

2020 Chevy Traverse Problems

Owners of the 2020 Chevy Traverse reported the persistence of powertrain issues, similar to the 2018 and 2019 models. Additionally, there were reports of premature brake wear. Owners found their brake pads wearing out unusually fast, in some cases as early as 20,000 miles. This led to increased maintenance costs as brake replacements became a recurring necessity.

2021 Chevy Traverse Problems

The 2021 model year saw a decrease in powertrain issues but an increase in electrical problems. Many owners reported problems with the vehicle’s infotainment system, such as the radio not turning off or the screen suddenly going black. These issues were particularly frustrating as they affected the everyday usability and enjoyment of the vehicle.

2022 Chevy Traverse Problems

For the 2022 Chevy Traverse, the primary complaint revolved around the vehicle’s fuel system. There were multiple reports of poor fuel economy, with the vehicle consuming more gas than the EPA estimates. This resulted in increased running costs for the owners, making it a significant concern.

2023 Chevy Traverse Problems

The 2023 model saw a return of AC/heater issues. Numerous owners reported malfunctions with the vehicle’s heating and cooling system, similar to the problems experienced with the 2019 model. These issues ranged from the AC system blowing warm air to the heater failing during colder months.

2024 Chevy Traverse Expectations

We don’t know for sure what problems the 2024 Chevy Traverse will have, as it is not yet out. However, we can make some educated guesses based on the problems that have affected previous models of the Traverse.

For example, the 2017-2023 Traverses have been known to have problems with the transmission, the AC/heater system, and the brake pads. It is possible that these problems will persist in the 2024 model, or that new problems will arise.

We will have to wait until the 2024 Traverse is released and in the hands of consumers to know for sure what problems it has. However, by being aware of the problems that have affected previous models, potential buyers can be more informed about the risks involved in purchasing a 2024 Traverse.

A Closer Look at The 4 Most Common Chevy Traverse Problems

With a good understanding of what the most troublesome Chevy Traverse models were, let’s take a closer look at some of the main problems so that you can make an informed decision in 2022.

1. Engine Failure and Other Engine Troubles

The reality is that for a vehicle to work efficiently, the engine must function properly. The Chevrolet Traverse has had a lot of engine issues since 2009.

Newer models have been upgraded, and Chevrolet seems to have reduced its Chevy Traverse engine faults to the absolute minimum.

Many people also reported their engine failure, which was typically seen after a particular mileage.

Traction Control and Check Engine Light

The engine’s most significant problems are traction control turning off and the check engine light coming on. Furthermore, many Traverse owners have reported that their vehicles tend to lose power while traveling.

Excessive Oil Consumption and Spark Plug Coil Failure

Users also complained that the Chevrolet Traverse, particularly the early models, tend to consume a large amount of oil, causing performance issues with the vehicle.

At around 48,000 miles, users noted that their spark plug coils would fail, causing misfires and hefty bills to have the coils replaced.

The timing chain in the engine of several older models also needed replacing, which is also costly.

2. Power Steering Problems

Early Chevrolet Traverse models had serious steering problems. This included the steering wheel becoming hard to turn and instances where this feature would not work altogether, which was often because of faulty or damaged parts within the steering rack.

These issues were commonly reported after Chevrolet Traverse vehicles reached approximately 110,000 miles. The truth is that replacing this feature is incredibly expensive, so if you want a vehicle for long-term use, avoid Chevy Traverse models with these issues.

3. Problems with the Brakes

Brakes are an essential component of any motor vehicle, and they play a major role in keeping the occupants of a vehicle safe. When you notice problems with the brakes, it’s crucial to get it checked.

Unfortunately, several Chevy Traverse users reported this problem. Unintentional acceleration, unusual brake noises, pulsing while braking, malfunctioning while the vehicle is in motion, and hydraulic difficulties are among the brake failure reports made by unhappy owners.

Electronic Stability Control Issues

There are also concerns with electronic stability control that fall into the same category as above. Recent brake troubles are a terrifying addition to Chevrolet’s already perilous reputation. ESC is a computer-based system that enhances a car’s stability by sensing and minimizing traction loss. When this system fails to work, the vehicle is at greater risk of spinning out of control.

4. Electrical Problems

The electrical system in a motor vehicle is more important than you may realize. It isn’t just important for operating your stereo system but also plays an integral part in the workings of the vehicle. Electrical issues can result in the vehicle failing to start.

In several model years, owners reported losing power on several systems, including traction loss and the vehicle’s engine light turning on, which raises several safety concerns.

Chevy Traverse: Years To Avoid

Based on the known problems that have affected the Chevy Traverse in recent years, there are a few model years that potential buyers should avoid. These years include:

  • 2017: The 2017 Traverse was the first year of the second generation of the Traverse, and it was plagued by a number of problems, including premature transmission failure.
  • 2018: The 2018 Traverse continued to have problems with the transmission, as well as other issues such as irregular shifting patterns and hesitations during acceleration.
  • 2019: The 2019 Traverse saw the emergence of AC/heater issues as a common complaint.
  • 2020: The 2020 Traverse continued to have problems with the transmission and AC/heater system, as well as new problems such as premature brake wear.

There may be other model years that have not had as many problems, but it is always best to do your research before buying a Traverse.

If you are considering buying a used Chevy Traverse, be sure to have it inspected by a qualified mechanic. This will help you identify any potential problems before you make a purchase. You should also ask the dealer about the vehicle’s warranty coverage. This will protect you in case any of the known problems develop during the warranty period.

What Is the Average Mileage You Can Expect to Get with a Chevy Traverse?

The best way to increase the lifespan of any vehicle is to have it serviced and maintained regularly. Mechanics can often detect problems in advance, so you can avoid any scary or dangerous circumstances when traveling on the road.

The average mileage you can expect from a Chevy Traverse is 200,000 miles. However, this number may be reduced significantly in some of the more troublesome models, like the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse.

Have a Lemon? Give Us a Call!

Car manufacturers and dealers often do little to resolve issues caused by manufacturing defects. If you own a Chevy Traverse and have experienced several issues like the ones mentioned above and have received little to no help from Chevrolet or your dealer, you may have a lemon.

At Cali Lemon Lawyers, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of car owners and aren’t afraid to take on large manufacturers. We hold manufacturers responsible for putting the lives of motorists and their passengers in danger and will fight until you receive the compensation you rightly deserve.

Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers by Prestige Legal Solutions, P.C., for a free consultation to discuss the unique details of your case!

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Comments (8)
  • i had a 2019 traverse, the radio would shut off, come on, phone did not work thru the system, texting was impossible. From may 2021 thru june 2022, the car was in for the radio 6/7 times, it was replaced 3 or 4 times, each time they so fix it….it still acted up or developed a new ailment, i called GM to no avail and I discussed it with the service mgr at my local dealer. I Am very upset with the service that chevy offers, i got rid of the car on 28 nov, 2022, maybe others suffer from this problem also, thers are hundreds of this same problem from 2012 to 2018, so i am told, i am not seeking anything just rather upset

  • We rented a 2022 Chevy Traverse. Chevy has a major oversight in their technology that will allow a running car, with no one in any of the seats, to be locked even with the engine running! The car should NEVER allow the car to be locked in such a situation!

    • Why is that a problem? I wish my car would do that. I leave dogs in the car for short run into the store. I Want my AC on and my doors locked.

  • Jacqueline FosterJones

    My 2015 Chevy traverse water pump burst after a recent replace, the engine overheated causing damage to the gasket and now I need a new engine

  • I have a 2018 Chevy Traverse. Problems I have had are: Being locked out of my vehicle while the key fob was in the vehicle. Shift to park, when going to turn off my vehicle a shift to park light would come on and I would turn it back on, then back off, or so I thought! Came out of store and vehicle still running!! This was more than once. Now it’s in because the steering column completely fell out on the floor, when I went to move the steering column into drive position. At a particular mph setting a revving sound can be heard until I gain speed and move onto next gear…..

  • I,own a 2017 Chevy Traverse and for the last five to six months all we have had is problems with it where we’ve had to put money in it for the timing we’ve had to put a new water pump in it we’ve had to put we’ve had it diagnosed so many times with sensors that keep popping up that shouldn’t even be coming up but they do and now we have to probably put a fuel pump in it it’s just one thing after another now and the stabilizing control keeps coming on that will not go out we are just to the point where we are tired of it it just feels like all we’re doing is sinking more and more money into our vehicle that’s what it just feels like.

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