Recall Alert: 83,572 GM Trucks, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: About 84,000 GM trucks from the 2011-12 model year, including certain Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs; GMC Sierra pickup trucks and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs and Escalade EXT pickup trucks. Certain 2007-14 models from that group with previous repairs may also need this recall because of defective replacement parts.

The Problem: If the cabin is warm, a faulty ignition lock actuator could cause the key to stick in the Start position when you turn the car on. (That's past the Off, Accessory and Run positions.) If you drive with the key stuck in Start and the cabin temperature falls or you hit a bump, the key could release from the Start position and rotate all the way past Run into the Accessory position. That would turn off the car, disabling important systems like power steering and airbags.

The Fix: The actuator is too large, spokesman Alan Adler told us, and a warm cabin may cause the piece to expand even more. GM dealers (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing if needed, according to The Detroit News. Adler told us GM expects fewer than 500 cars to need the repairs.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Kelsey Mays | January 2, 2015 | Comments (5)

GM to Replace Ignition Keys on Certain New SUVs, Pickup Trucks

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GM will replace the ignition keys in its redesigned full-size SUVs and pickup trucks with a smaller key. The company issued a safety bulletin on Nov. 6 because the automatic transmission's column shifter can inadvertently move the key out of the "run" position if it bumps into it during shifting. Affected models include the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickups, the related 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, the 2014 and 2015 GMC Sierra pickups, and the related 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs.

Related: GM: 58 Percent of U.S. Cars in Ignition Recall Are Fixed

It sounds like another ignition-related problem for an automaker that's seen more than half of the 26.8 million cars recalled in the U.S. during 2014 stem from such issues, but this is much less serious. For starters, it's not a recall. The condition occurs only if you adjust the steering column to its highest point, apply the brakes and move the column shifter between gears — presumably while the car is stopped — so GM maintains it isn't a safety problem. For any owners who experience the issue, dealers will replace the key with a smaller design that doesn't bump the shifter.

By Kelsey Mays | December 4, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 GM Sedans, SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Vans

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Vehicles Affected:
Nearly 100,000 model-year 2013-14 GM vehicles, including Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, Express vans, Impala sedans, Silverado heavy-duty pickup trucks and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, Acadia crossovers, Savana vans and Sierra HD pickups

The Problem: The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 800-462-8782 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 392,000 2014-2015 GM Full-Size Pickups, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 392,500 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, including all four-wheel-drive versions of the 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, model-year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs and model-year 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs

The Problem: According to GM, the transfer case may electronically switch to Neutral without input from the driver. If this happens while a vehicle is in motion, no power will go to the wheels. If the vehicle is stopped or parked, it may roll away if the parking brake is not set. The automaker said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will recalibrate transfer case module software. No notification schedule has been announced.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 and GMC at 866-996-9463 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Chevrolet Suburban: Car Seat Check

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The Chevrolet Suburban gets a more aggressive look for the 2015 model year. This family hauler has three rows of seats and can seat up to nine people when equipped with a three-seat bench in both the first and second rows. For our test, we had a Suburban LTZ that could seat seven, thanks to second-row captain's chairs and standard bucket seats in the front row.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | June 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

No Joke: We Drove a $73,000 Chevrolet Suburban

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What do you call a $73,000 Suburban? An Escalade.

That joke would've killed around here just a couple of weeks ago, before we got the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ into our test fleet here at Cars.com's Chicago home base and noticed the full-size SUV's extravagant sticker price: $72,835, including a $995 destination charge. The discovery was met with unanimous disbelief and a chorus of incredulous voices demanding to know, "Whaaaat?" Yes, it would seem that this non-luxury nameplate can now be purchased at a decidedly luxury price.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban: First Look

We'll get to how you can run up such a high bill in a minute. But first let's consider what else you could buy for roughly that price (without regard for specific body style, features or options) using the Cars.com search feature:

By Matt Schmitz | May 22, 2014 | Comments (34)

GM's Big SUVs Lead Segment in Mileage

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GM has released new EPA fuel economy numbers for its newly refreshed and upgraded Chevrolet and GMC full-size SUVs, and they're leading the segment. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL will come standard with the EcoTec3 all-aluminum 5.3-liter V-8 that debuted in the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra half-ton pickup trucks last year. The new engine produces more power and offers better city and highway fuel economy than either of the previous 5.3-liter V-8 engines (LC9 or LMG) it replaces.

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According to the press release, the new EPA-rated numbers for the Chevy Suburban (and GMC Yukon XL) are 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for two-wheel-drive models, improving the previous engine's numbers by 7 and 9 percent, respectively. Four-wheel-drive models for both the 2015 Yukon XL and Suburban are 15/22. Shorter wheelbase Tahoe and Yukon models with two-wheel drive have an EPA rating of 16/23, with four-wheel-drive models rated at 16/22.

By Mark Williams | February 24, 2014 | Comments (14)

Will the 2015 GM Full-Size SUVs Have a Hybrid Version?

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By Rick Popely | November 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's another truck-tastic week on our list of most-watched videos. Last week's No. 4 — in which PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams gets the scoop on the Ford's 2015 Power Stroke engine from technical specialist David Ives at the 2013 State Fair of Texas — motors into first place. Meanwhile, the week's only non-truck offering, our 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited all-wheel-drive exhaust-note video, makes itself heard at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
4. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

OK, we're going to level with you: If you're not into trucks or don't care to mess with Texas, you can stop reading now. In a rare total turnover of our roster of most-watched videos, all five feature either pickup trucks or full-size SUVs, and four of them were shot at the 2013 State Fair of Texas. Each of the Detroit Three automakers is well-represented as PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams and Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen get a look at new truck offerings from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford — with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty leading the pack at No. 1. Check out what was popular:

1. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

4. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power

5. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

By Matt Schmitz | October 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

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