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Chevy Tahoe Stabilitrak Problems

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  • My first post here too and I'm sorry to make it. We have a 2008 suburban LTZ purchased used 4+ years ago which now has 115k miles on it. My wife loves the car. In December we had the same problems many others have had - ticking, misfires, SES light on, stabilitrac light on, etc. My local garage said it could be lifters and the cam shaft so I took it to the dealer. They replaced the throttle body, spark plugs, wires, did a fuel service and got me back on the road for $1,200. Was happy not to have an engine problem even after paying a pretty penny... for the time being. This weekend the ticking came back and Sunday night was incredibly loud so we took it to the dealer Monday morning. They said the #1 lifter had collapsed and recommended that all be repaired ($3,500) and if the camshaft was worn the total would be $4,700. Or, they wrote on my recommended services fax that I could "Replace engine (new engine may be better option than repair)." I like our dealer and the service manager has been good over the years but this was too much for me especially after 10 minutes on the internet reveals a gazillion stories that are all the same. At any rate, I called GM and they contacted me right away on Wednesday morning. I explained my situation to the customer service rep and asked for some assistance with the repair. She told me that the car was out of warranty and they would not help share with the cost. I told her that I knew I was out of warranty but that this was a very common issue that surely GM was aware of and they should be willing to help. She then told me that I had bought the car used and it "would have made a difference" if I was the original owner. Never mind that I bought it from a Chevy dealer. I get the message - I am a second class owner. I asked to speak to her supervisor and she said someone would call within 24 hours. It's been longer than that (by a half day) and no call back. Further evidence on how common this thing is... I work in a small office with 6 other people, one of whom has a Suburban like me. I was complaining to her about my issue and she said that she had all the lifters repaired on hers too. I'm really hoping GM will help, but if they don't, any advice on whether to repair or trade the car in?
  • tiredofmychevytiredofmychevy Posts: 1
    edited January 19
    I have read every single post. All 9 pages. I have a chevy avalanche 07. Bought it last February. Was in the shop for lifters two weeks later. I had the traction control problems too!  Everything all of you are saying. My truck now has 97000. I bought it with 70000. Yes I drive a lot. The traction control problem started Thursday night,  it is now Monday and I was just told my engine is not fixable. I guess I throw a shaft if that makes sense. I bought it again with 70000 11 months ago. I treaded my truck great. Never any 4 wheel, never any hi speeds. Just high way at 65. I had a 2002 gmc 1500 before this truck and sold it for $3500 with 230000. My truck did not make 100000. I always talked ford down but even their worst stories are not as bad as this. My truck has had about $8000 worth of repairs in 11 months. Four lifters were done 10 months ago. I am done with gm. And the gm representatives that pop up every few post are fake and just there to make people think something is happening. The two things I got from this form is. Do not but a gm from 2003 to 2013. And gm will never own up it what they did wrong. You think this is only a few million worth of mess ups you are dead wrong. The [non-permissible content removed] up by gm is hundreds of millions of dollars. We are paying that!  Us!  I am looking forward to giving ford a chance. I now have a$16000 loan with a blown engine that will cost me $7-8000 to fix. From my local gm dealer.  The sad part " I read this form before I bought it". I thought all of you were full of it. I am sorry for thinking that now. You live and learn and that us what I am doing. Do not buy you will regret it I guarantee it 
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