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#170 of 607 '03 Suburban electrical/computer issues
Nov 29, 2006 (6:33 am)
Love my 2003 Chevy Suburban Z71 but electrical/computer (?) problems started this past summer. While driving my entire instrument panel went out. Dealer repaired - expensive! And since then, problem after problem. Nothing was wrong before. Horn is out for 2nd time in 3 months, auto locks stop working then start again, control to release back hatch window stopped working, Onstar goes on but no phone calls go through (don't know if this is related or a separate issue). What is happening? I feel like once the dealer repaired the initial problem something has gone wrong. Help!
#171 of 607 Re: '03 Suburban electrical/computer issues [romanhood]
Nov 29, 2006 (8:19 am)
How much $$$ to fix that instrument panel problem? I have had very occasional issues with my 2005 Yukon XL. Once in a great while, when you start the car, none of the gauges or lights on the dash will come on. Sometimes it comes on by itself after putting it in gear (don't worry, I wouldn't drive like that, just wanted to see if it would help), other times if I turn the ignition off and restart everything is fine. It is very rare, but I want it to go away permanently or else happen a lot very soon so I can get it fixed under warranty.
#172 of 607 popping noise in 88 suburban
Nov 29, 2006 (3:10 pm)
and here we go again!
lately our '88 suburban has been having some harsh cold starts, or so my mom says, but it sometimes happens like even 10-30 min after shutting it off. but now, sometimes when we go to start it, i hear this muffled POP, right before the engine starts, then the normal symptoms of a cold start. however, these engine problems have NEVER occurred before the head gasket blew and was replaced.
does anyone know what that noise is and why its doing it?
#173 of 607 Re: 97 sub shifting problems? or Engine? [arrie]
Nov 30, 2006 (1:18 pm)
Just wanted to let you know that eventually the truck failed to start. The problem turned out to be the distributor. It was worn and causing the timing to go out of adjustment. 400$ for the new one and all previous symptoms have disappeared. thanks for your advice anyway.
#174 of 607 Re: Re inquiring: [catam]
Dec 01, 2006 (9:23 am)
Any luck on your problems?
I have similar problems with 4WD but no lights. I had Drive Shop do my u-joints (heck of a lot cheaper than my dealership) and they pointed out my 4WD shaft was not disengaging from transfer case. They said it was one of 3 things, 1) 4WD switch on dash 2) sender unit on transfer case (I think it was) or 3) mechanical problem wih that shaft not returning to original position. They said it was not 1 or 2 but said dealership should be able to figure out if it was 3. Not sure I have it exactly right but I am afraid of having the dealer tell me it cannot be replace without replacing the whole drive unit and costing me many thousands of dollars.
Any ideas? Let me know what you find out on yours.
#175 of 607 07 Suburban already causing problems
Dec 03, 2006 (7:42 am)
I picked up my brand new, 109 miles, beautiful Suburban yesterday (Sat Dec 2). Everything worked great. The salesperson demoed the trinkets and goodies. We drove it home, about 10 miles, and that's when things headed south.
The DIC system flashed, Service Tire Pressure Monitor System, and the tire pressure indicator light illuminated. No tire pressures were given. Once we got home, I found that now neither of the remotes worked at all. I went thru the owners manual and found where the system could "re-learn" the remotes, but that system is locked out and would not do anything. Same for the Tire Pressure System. The "re-learn" feature did nothing.
I have already arranged for the dealership to pick the vehicle up Monday for service and they will leave us a loaner. I really hope that this is something simple, but it does not bode well for long term ownership.
This is my first GM purchase. My parents and friends have owned GM vehicles, namely, an 04 Silverado, and 1999 Suburban. The ridiculous stuff that broke on those vehicles is just that...Ridiculous! My friends Silverado had the speedometer go out right after the warranty expired, like it was on a timer!! My dad's Suburban has stuff like the door handles on two doors have disconnected and you can't open the doors from the inside! My dad takes very good care of his vehicles, so this is not from abuse.
I am really trying to have faith in GM, but what's the deal???
#176 of 607 Re: 07 Suburban already causing problems [wartowne]
Dec 03, 2006 (7:08 pm)
wartowne said: I am really trying to have faith in GM, but what's the deal???
All makes and models have problems. I have owned a lot of GM cars and trucks, Fords, Hondas, and three Mercedes. I have had pretty good service from them all...but all needed fixing from time to time. Be glad that whatever is wrong will be under warranty. All manufacturers are under pressure to keep adding "goodies" to their products. Who needs a tire pressure monitor...that's what guages are for. Who needs trunks that need a motor to close them? Do you really need Nav and DVD in a car? Not in my mind. The more goodies on the car the more problems. And every make and model from every manufacturer has problems. That's a fact.
#177 of 607 Re: Re inquiring: [catam]
Dec 04, 2006 (1:09 am)
Funny you should mention the Service 4WD message! We are looking to replace our 1999 Suburban (gave us many headaches) with a newer model. We looked at and test drove a 2004 Sub today and when we tested the 4WD the same exact thing happend to us. We had a mechanic with us to look over the car, he said he would recommend taking it in, putting it up on blocks and having it looked at closer so we don't buy something and have to spend $$$$$ fixing this problem. We quickly returned the vehicle and left the dealership scratching our heads wondering what the problem could be. I am glad we came accross this forum and saw your post. I am certain the dealer will be calling tomarrow wondering why we ran out! I am looking forward to it!!!
#178 of 607 Re: '03 Suburban electrical/computer issues [romanhood]
Dec 06, 2006 (4:53 pm)
I have an 03 Suburban and recently started to experience a number of odd issues including 1) windshield wipers - would not shut off or change speeds - after turning car off and leaving it off for 15 - 20 minutes, it seem to work again, but then started again after driving for approx 10 - 15 minutes 2) when starting the car when the outside temperature is low, the entire instrument is not working but the heat works, heated seats work (but no display). I am concerned there is a major electrical problem - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#179 of 607 Re: '03 Suburban electrical/computer issues [northcliff]
Dec 06, 2006 (5:47 pm)
I had a problem the other night with my instrument cluster after parking my 03 Subruban outside. The suburban is normally parked inside, so I thought temperature had something to do with it, however parking it inside did not corrrect the problem. I pulled the two 10 amp fuses that correspond to the cluster and cleaned the connectors (the fuses were fine). I reinstalled the fuses and the cluster worked fine. Maybe this is your problem.