Originally Posted by Black_Ops
Being that i bought my first TB this past saturday, I was curious as to what problems you all have run into with this vehicle. I did look at carcomplaints.com and wow...I really am starting to worry that I have made the wrong choice. Either way, the vehicle is still at low miles (46K) and is under 2 yr 24K mile warranty. But, I am just curious. Any help or suggestion is greatly appreciated.
Wife and I bought our 2002 TB at the end of 2004 with only 24,000mi. There was a recall on the brake light bulbs when we purchased it, so they replaced them. I think I've replaced them about half a dozen times since. First of the major issues was the remote key fobs quit working, then the rear wiper slowly stopped working on all speeds, followed by the rear defroster and finally the license plate bulbs. Every time I talked to the dealer, they said it was probably the liftgate module ($400) and for me to bring it in. I could see the dollar signs spinning in their eyes, so, I just did without, until the license plate bulbs quit working. To make a long story short, 4 of the 5 wires to the liftgate were broken. After soldering them, EVERYTHING started working again. I dodged the $400+ labor bullet, that time.
Occasionally the "service 4whl drive light would come on, then go out. Then it would go into 4whl drive without the selector being moved from 2whl drive, then back again. Best gas mileage was 14-15mpg. At around 80,000 miles, the trans went! They rebuilt the trans, put in a new pump in the transfer case and a new computer module, complete with having it programmed at a Chevy dealer, at the cost of close to $2,000. Gas mileage jumped up to 17mpg City and even got 21mpg on a trip, after getting the trans fixed. It would go into 4whl drive by itself, but not as often, so we just kept driving it. After about 50-60,000 miles, I took it to another trans shop, closer to home. He said it needed another computer module. Cost: $600!!! Worked great til this past winter. Put itself into &()_** 4whl drive high and wouldn't come out. Next morning, I started it and it was in 4whl LOW!!!!!. I disconnected the batter and reset the computer. When I started it after that, it was back in 2whl drive. Went to the dealer and purchased something I should have replaced when it first started acting up....THE SELECTOR SWITCH!! (Parts guy said they sell alot of them!!!!! Hmmm, kinda like the ignitions switch they are recalling??????)
After going up north to visit relatives, the clutch fan went. It sounded like a SUPER TURBO DIESEL on the trip back. Cost:$200 and I replaced it, myself!!
Last problem that I can recall is the left front wheel bearing. Steering wheel felt like it had a tuning fork against it. I would come and go, until it got to the point there it was vibrating all the time. I also had the shocks, struts and new tires put on the vehicle at that time, as well. After it was replaced, it was smooth as silk It now has 170,000 miles and I think I've fixed all the goblins and gremlins in this rolling abortion, but the wife is STILL happy and I'm relieved!!!
Good Luck with yours,