2001 86,000 miles Suburban Transmission Failure


Asked by Jun 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi Everybody, I bought a 2001 Suburban One Owner with 85,000 miles at the beginning
of the year. I barely put a few thousand miles on it before a horrible grinding noise hit just
as I was coming off the Freeway. I attempted to diagnose it with the help of a few well
meaning friends and thought it was the front bearing. Nope, took it to Firestone to be
diagnosed and they quoted me $1150 for a new differential. Luckily I drove it across the
street to another mechanic who assured me it was not the differential and to get it to a
tranny shop asap. I attempted to drive it the 2 miles home and barely got there, it was
grinding and jumping in and out of gear at this point, sounded like it was ripping itself
apart. I'm short of funds at this point and will be taking it in for a full diagnostic soon. I'm
being given tentative quotes anywhere from $1800 to $2600 for a rebuild. Can anyone
give any advice as to a good plan of action? Should I buy a recon tranny myself and just
pay to have the old taken out and the new one installed?

5 Answers


that would be the cheaper option. getting yours rebuilt however would leave you with a warranty whereas buying a used trans would not have a warranty unless you bought one from autozone or somewhere like that then you would have a warranty.

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76chevyman thanks for the reply. I will keep that in mind vis-a-vis the warranty. Does it defo sound like a hard part issue you think?

Bob Beaman

A rebuilt transmissions from a Chevrolet dealer has a pretty good warranty and is usually fairly priced. Check with a local dealership for an estimate.

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Bob Beaman

Avoiding some of the fix it quick transmission shops can save you money and grief. Some of them are good and some are not and there is no good way for you to test them out.


Yes I have a buddy that is going thru the same thing right now his truck makes the same noises

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