2009 Chevrolet Traverse Chevrolet Traverse 2009

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 254 repairs.
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2009 Chevrolet Traverse engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 22 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

66000 mi

US $500
Ignition coil #5 failed, had it replaced along with original battery. 
86700 mi

US $386
Replaced ignition coil pack 5. Didn't fix the problem. Replaced coil pack 6, which fixed it. 
16000 mi Check engine light diagnosed as timing chain issue. Dealer ordered three timing chains for replacement. 
17700 mi Replaced timing chains. 
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

45700 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. 
75000 mi

US $300
Engine and transmission mount points wear out 
57660 mi

C $450
Check engine lit up because of a faulty purge solenoid on the gas tank 
53000 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. 
55500 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. 
79700 mi Replaced water pump under warranty 
81000 mi

US $280
Check Engine light code was emission system vent solenoid. 
50000 mi

US $230
I noted hesitation to dealer, computer revealed multiple events, so they recommended fuel injector cleaning. Seemed to fixed the problem. 
67000 mi Water pump started leaking thru weep hole. Puddle underneath. Dealer replaced water pump under warranty. 
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. 
78300 mi

US $100
Diagnosed carbon build-up and misfires. Did not have $250 service. 
38500 mi Time belt had stretched and had to be replaced.  
103300 mi

US $750
Check engine light was on and engine was running roughly. Faulty fuel injector was replaced. 
92420 mi

C $2300
Muffler leaking. 
50000 mi

US $500
Lost a lot of coolant as I was pulling into the driveway. I had the car towed to dealer and the Water Pump was replace under the 5yr/60,000mi Powertrain Warranty. 
91940 mi

C $560
Leaking valve cover, spark plug miss firing. 
12400 mi engine light on dashboard 
90000 mi

US $30
Emissions related sensor 
14000 mi Crank position sensor caused the check engine light to come on. 
28000 mi Stretched timing chains Check engine light related to stretched timing chains 
25000 mi Timing chain stretched. Engine was removed from car, timing chains were replaced, engine was put back into car. 
47500 mi timing chain cover gasket 
67000 mi water pump failed. Replaced under warranty. 
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. 
10000 mi

US $40
Trans shifting problem, sloppy shifting. Followed TSB and reprogrammed transmission, now working great. 
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 
17740 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. 
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. 
48500 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. 
56700 mi

US $100
Water pump leaking, replaced. 
103000 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. 
23000 mi Timing chain replacement 
30000 mi SES light came on and scanned code P0008. Took it to dealer and they applied TSB. 
58500 mi Engine Timing Chain replaced under warranty 

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4dr SUV

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

84000 mi Reprogrammed computer for check engine code. 
86000 mi Timing chain and associated components replaced. Water pump replaced as well. 
97300 mi

US $300
Cracked Head bad o2 sensor 
30000 mi timing belt/chain needed to be replaced 
6000 mi Check engine light. Sensor on transmission replaced under warranty. 
81000 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. 
68300 mi

US $130
water pump 
29000 mi One week later, got an error code on the emissions system. Had the solenoid valve replaced. 
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. 
74000 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. 
137700 mi

US $764
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 

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