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2009 Chevrolet Traverse repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 250 repairs.
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2009 Chevrolet Traverse engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (56%)

Chart based on 59 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

16000 mi Check engine light diagnosed as timing chain issue. Dealer ordered three timing chains for replacement. 
16800 mi Replaced timing chains. 
66000 mi

US $500
Ignition coil #5 failed, had it replaced along with original battery. 
84000 mi

US $386
Replaced ignition coil pack 5. Didn't fix the problem. Replaced coil pack 6, which fixed it. 
65000 mi

US $1350
Water pump, O2 sensors, and thermostat all required replacement. 

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4dr SUV

281-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

78300 mi Replaced water pump under warranty 
38500.0 mi Time belt had stretched and had to be replaced.  
103400 mi

US $750
Check engine light was on and engine was running roughly. Faulty fuel injector was replaced. 
30000 mi SES light came on and scanned code P0008. Took it to dealer and they applied TSB. 
58000 mi Engine Timing Chain replaced under warranty 
78200 mi

US $100
Diagnosed carbon build-up and misfires. Did not have $250 service. 
23000 mi Timing chain replacement 
28000 mi Stretched timing chains Check engine light related to stretched timing chains 
91640 mi

C $560
Leaking valve cover, spark plug miss firing. 
88900 mi

US $30
Emissions related sensor 
45500 mi

US $300
Water pump replaced due leak after. 
54000 mi

US $300
Low potency on low revolutions. Ignition coil #4 damaged. Also replace spark plugs. 
58000 mi

US $150
Ignition coils #3 and #5 damaged 
74000 mi

US $65
Joint seal damaged on exhaust system. Loss of engine power because that. 
74500 mi

US $300
Engine and transmission mount points wear out 
52700 mi Discovered large pool of red fluid under my car. Took it to local dealer and was told it was the water pump, which was under a recall. 
55300 mi

US $150
Check engine light came on. Took vehicle to auto part store for free diagnosis and was told 1 of the 4 oxygen sensors was bad. Purchased new sensor and replaced the part myself. 
58000 mi

US $175
There are four O2 sensors in the Traverse. I have no replaced two. 2 down, 2 to go. 
57660 mi

C $450
Check engine lit up because of a faulty purge solenoid on the gas tank 
81000 mi

US $280
Check Engine light code was emission system vent solenoid. 
8000 mi Cam actuator fouled due to "dirty oil" after 8k miles. Oil life meter indicated another 15% oil life. Actuator replaced under warranty. 
20000 mi Replaced engine valve actuator for 2nd time due to sludging. Oil-life indicator not reliable. Mechanic recommended switching to synthetic oil to reduce sludging. 
12400 mi engine light on dashboard 
50000 mi

US $230
I noted hesitation to dealer, computer revealed multiple events, so they recommended fuel injector cleaning. Seemed to fixed the problem. 
66500 mi Water pump started leaking thru weep hole. Puddle underneath. Dealer replaced water pump under warranty. 
46500 mi timing chain cover gasket 
67000 mi water pump failed. Replaced under warranty. 
20400 mi The oil change life sensor had to be reprogrammed. 
24700 mi Timing chain stretched. Engine was removed from car, timing chains were replaced, engine was put back into car. 
32000 mi The vehicle was due for an oil change (computer said 5% and the "change oil" message was displayed). After changing the oil, the check engine light has not come back on. Possible that fresh oil fixed the problem. 
47700 mi Check engine codes indicated problem codes from the crankshaft position sensor and camshaft position sensor. Diagnosis is worn timing chain. 
50000 mi Replaced timing chain under manufacturer's 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. 
55800 mi

US $100
Water pump leaking, replaced. 
102000 mi

US $410
Leak in radiator tank. Radiator replaced. (Attached to A/C condensor, so removal and replacement of freon is part of the job). 3.5 hours labor. 
6200 mi irregular shift pattern in transmission...still not fixed...have to take back for further investigation into problem 
14260 mi

C $210
mass airflow sensor 
17340 mi same as usual...shifting just isn't smooth...the dealer thinks its computer problem..i think it's torque converter problem. i will try their latest fix and see what happens 
19840 mi Poor shifting still a problem. Had dealer put computer back tom original setting. New setting was causing poor fuel economy. Will have to move to next level with GM to resolve this problem. 
91420 mi

C $2300
Muffler leaking. 
38000 mi Replaced leaking water pump. Had to take back to dealer twice. First install had bad gasket I was told. 
39000 mi Water pump leaking. had to return to dealer twice, first time repairs attempted still leaked. 
10000 mi

US $40
Trans shifting problem, sloppy shifting. Followed TSB and reprogrammed transmission, now working great. 

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4dr SUV

281-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

29000 mi One week later, got an error code on the emissions system. Had the solenoid valve replaced. 
81000 mi

US $100
Got an oil pressure low, stop engine immediately. Oil was added but mechanic said it was the communication system acting up. 
68400 mi

US $130
water pump 
29000 mi timing belt/chain needed to be replaced 
30000 mi

US $278
Leaking Gas Cap. Gas Cap Replaced 
76000 mi

US $110
Plate cover on torque bar that connects engine place wrong causing clank sound when accelerating. 
6000 mi Check engine light. Sensor on transmission replaced under warranty. 
12400 mi 'Service All Wheel Drive' message briefly appeared on DIC as well as message 'All Wheel Drive Off'. No other warning lights on. Dealer unable to replicate. Have since seen 'Service All Wheel Drive' message again. 
80800 mi Started running rough. Engine light blinked, indicating serious problem. Design issue with spark plug tubes causing oil leak in head. Head re-machined for new tubes. 
84300 mi Reprogrammed computer for check engine code. 
86000 mi Timing chain and associated components replaced. Water pump replaced as well. 
98000 mi

US $300
Cracked Head bad o2 sensor 
104200 mi

US $90
Oil leak from intake manifold. When the head was replaced the dealer didn't install the gasket that seals the intake manifold correctly. 
65000 mi

US $92
Traverse would not start. Determined the issue was a FUEL PUMP CONTROL MODULE. It took two towed trips to the dealer to find out the problem. Called GM Customer Service. They offered Good Will Warranty. Accepted and appreciated. 
70000 mi AWD system MASS AIR FLOW DEVICE needed to be replaced. The DIC system in Traverse alerted to the problem, message that Stabilitrak disabled. 
72500 mi Stabilitrak error message back after 3 weeks. The wiring from the Mass Air Flow device was too short. Dealer lengthened the wiring to prevent shorts. Problem solved. Very Happy. 
133000 mi

US $638
Original Water pump failed at 133K Miles. Check engine light on. Detemined that the Valve covers have to be replaced. Oil leaking into Fuel injection syetem causing Emissons. 
89000 mi CEL. First two trips to dealers replace oil cap and clean fuel system. Then say valve cover gaskets failed, possibly caused by clogged PCV. Allowed air to be sucked into engine, upset emissions. After repair by indy gas mileage has gone up. Check engine lite has come on and will not go off after repeated efforts. Now they have discovered that one side of the Engine burns leaner than the other. Shop took car to dealer, which found a partially clogged screen in one of the fuel rails. 

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