With over 77 years of continued existence, the Chevrolet Suburban has built a name that is synonymous to performance and reliability. As the pioneer of the sport utility vehicles, the Chevy Suburban is always among the first models that come to mind when people talk about the best large SUVs in the market. As an integral part of the Suburban line, the Chevrolet K2500 Suburban has offered and continues to offer dependable, heavy-duty performance to four-wheel drive enthusiasts all over the world. But even with its history of dependability, there are still a few common issues that Chevy K2500 Suburban owners should take note of.
Some of the most common problems have been linked to the Chevy K2500 Suburban's electrical system. One of these issues involves the K2500's instrument panel. Several owners have reported problems with the various gauges in the instrument cluster. Some of these concerns include stuck or faulty speedometers and gauges that are very difficult to read during the daylight. Faulty electrical systems in some Chevy K2500 Suburbans have also been known to cause issues with the automatic door locks.
About 1,300,000 vehicles from General Motors including several Chevy K2500 Suburbans were recalled by the automaker in 2010 for problems with the heat washer fluid system or HWFS module. This issue have been known to threaten passenger safety by increasing the risk of vehicle fires.
For drivers who often use their Chevy K2500 Suburbans on wet and cold conditions, be wary of the automatic activation of the anti-lock braking system. Several K2500 'Burbs have had concerns with ineffective braking and longer stopping distances because of the failure of the anti-lock braking system. This has prompted General Motors to recall many of their vehicles including the 2001 Suburbans.
There were also instances of service brakes offering very little stopping power, pedals dropping straight to the floor, and brakes that don't react immediately. These faulty brakes have led to several cases of rear-ending and other vehicular crashes.
Another common complaint about Chevy K2500 Suburbans is their excessive oil consumption. Although the consumption falls within GM's ranges, this extra consumption makes Chevy K2500 Suburban owners spend more on frequent oil changes.