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#132 of 143 Excellent towing platform
Jul 20, 2012 (6:44 pm)
Traded in my beloved and venerable Trailblazer on a used 2009 Chevy Traverse w. 24,000 miles.
And so far, I am very happy.
This vehicle drives very well ... just very transparent. It is a larger vehicle, but it handles more like a station wagon which, when you think about it, is what it is. I have historically been a station wagon guy before they became hard to find. The vehicle I got has more bells and whistles than I know what to do with, but I am getting used to them, including the power lift gate. The kids love the rear seat entertainment package and their own exclusive sunroof. All I really wanted to get for sure in terms of options was leather, a sunroof and heated seats (didn't want to lose those from my TB) for the Wisconsin winter. I wound up with that and more just because that was the vehicle that seemed like the best deal at the time.
We opted for this vehicle over the Equinox due to the tow rating of 5,000 pounds and some change. And we do have the towing package!
The vehicle tows our Coleman Fairview pop up camper without feeling it. The overall capacity and the trailer switch, which changes the shift points to allow for more low end torque for towing, could make this the go-to vehicle for folks who need more than 3,500 pounds of towing capacity but don't need the grunt of a pickup. This tow rating gives us a comfortable degree of headroom to tow a camper with a 2,000 pound dry weight, plus its contents and the family. Many of you who tow may not want to pull anything close to the rated limit. And if you have a boat, a pop up camper or other midsized load, the Traverse could be a great option.
We also considered the Honda Ridgeline and various crew cab pickups, but since we do have a dog, a vehicle that would not have a designated safe riding area for the labradoodle didn't seem like a good idea.
I am finding that by using the fuel effiency monitor, I am changing my driving habits and riding the gas less to get better mpg. I am getting 20mpg plus on the highway, and look forward to better mileage overall than my Trailblazer.
#133 of 143 Re: Abysmal Fuel Mileage - 2011 AWD LTZ [tomme12]
Sep 25, 2012 (12:41 am)
I have a 2009 Traverse Lt. Bought new sept 09. I was also disapointed by 15mpg! My dealer told me it had to break in. At about 12k it got better and now with 42k it get 16.7 mpg avg with a good mix of city & hwy. You can reset most of the readings by pressing the "chk" button after you select the reading. When I do that I found mpg on hwy goes up to 52mpg and quickly drops to an hwy only avg of 27mpg. I have Fwd Lt1 model. I would love more mileage I would gladly give up 50hp to gain 5-10 more mpg. Other than that the Traverse has been great! The only other problem is poor design of drivers floor mat. The little button ripped out of the floor and caused floor mat to get stuck under gas pedal and would not release pedal. Almost crashed! They just need 2 hooks under seat, which would allow easy removal for cleaning. If GM is monitoring this thread, please make changes.
#134 of 143 Re: Abysmal Fuel Mileage - 2011 AWD LTZ [dlaube]
Sep 25, 2012 (5:24 am)
Good morning dlaube,
Thank you for your feedback on the Equinox! If you had wanted for us to create a formal product suggestion, we'd be happy to do so. Please contact us at socialmediagm.com with more details (including your name and contact information, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and details of your suggestion(s)). We will document your recommendations and they will then be available to the appropriate departments.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
Nov 14, 2012 (1:42 pm)
If you are a parent of young children (at least one under 12 years old) who owns the latest model Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe or Chevy Traverse, a reporter would like for you to fill out a survey, due by December 1, 2012, for use in a print publication. Please email PRedmunds.com no later than Friday, November 30, 2012 for a copy of the survey.
#136 of 143 Re: TRAVERSE DYING WHILE DRIVING [khos13]
Mar 22, 2013 (1:43 pm)
I have a 2010 Traverse that died 5 days ago while driving with my 4 year old. No lights or indicators at all. Towed to the dealership. They say I need a new engine, which should be covered under my 5 year/100000 mile warranty (I have 41000 miles). We have changed the oil ourselves (dealership is 45 minutes from home) regularly and utilize the Onstar GM Oil Life system recommendations. Diagnostics from 3 weeks ago said no maintenance issues. The dealership is still trying to decide if they will cover it under warranty. Any advice?? It's been awfully frustrating as I am without a vehicle at this moment!
#137 of 143 Re: TRAVERSE DYING WHILE DRIVING [rdrivers]
Mar 25, 2013 (8:17 am)
We're sorry to hear that you are in this frustrating situation, rdrivers. If you would like for us to check into anything further, please email us at sociamediagm.com with more details (including your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
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#138 of 143 A/C and warranty
Apr 02, 2013 (7:14 am)
I just drove from Michigan to South Carolina ,cold weather to warm,and found that the AC is working. I hit 36,000 miles on the way down. The dealerships say tough luck. When I press the AC button I get three light flashes. Any ideas?
#139 of 143 ADdition to AC and warranty
Apr 02, 2013 (7:15 am)
Correction, the AC is NOT working.
#140 of 143 Re: ADdition to AC and warranty [healer1]
Apr 02, 2013 (8:36 am)
Did you turn on the fan before you turned on the a/c?
#141 of 143 Re: ADdition to AC and warranty [dlaube]
Apr 02, 2013 (4:28 pm)
yes, the fan was on.I wonder if itcould be a sensor.