Used 2009 Chevrolet Traverse LT in Dulles, VA for Sale
Reviews for 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Worst car I've ever had
This car has been the worst vehicle I've ever owned. I've had to have it towed multiple times because of engine issues, fluid leaking etc.. Currently the vehicle is being worked on to repair the same engine issues it had a year and a half ago. There are MULTIPLE known issues with the 2009 Traverse with there being a GM warranty in place to cover those issues even though the car is so old. Luckily I got the extended warranty when I purchased the vehicle and that has covered non known issues but I've still had to pay a $100 deductible each time. Est. the warranty company has paid more than $10k in repairs on this car since 2015. The 09 GMC Acadia is the sister of the Traverse and has the same issues. I would avoid this car like the plague.
Good stylish people hauler
Overall, good car, lots of space, love the 8 seats. A little concern about the 6th speed transmission (read below) and the Voice recognition system. It's the same length as the Tahoe and seats the same, but feels and rides like a smaller car. Engine: The little 3.6 has some good pep, but I wonder how it will be when towing. (I wish they offered a V8.) I've read many complaints about the MPG on the Traverse, stating it's not what Chevy says it is. Two things to consider: (1) the MPG specs from the dealer are rarely true for even the best of drivers, (2) considering that this is a 7 or 8 seater, the mileage is pretty good (16-22). If you're looking for a people hauler and not a trailer or boat hauler, this is a good car. Suspension: It handles well and rides smoothly on the highway. Interior Space: It has a decent amount of space behind the 3rd row seat, and a generous storage bin in the back for emergency supplies, jumper cables, etc. The leg room and head room is better than our last crossover. Add-ons: You will want to get the back-up sensors or camera as it is hard to see the back corners when backing up. I wish we could have found one with leather seats and a bench seat in the middle (needed the bench seat because we have two car seats and several older kids who need to get in the back). However, the leather ones we saw either were bucket seats or the LTZ model (out of our $ range). The DVD and voice recognition system is nice, but only necessary if you like satellite radio. Styling: Awesome. We get a lot of compliments about the looks and color. Concerns/Complaints: 1-Bluetooth isn't always installed, even if the voice recog. system says so. We were told it was installed tried using it and found out after visiting the dealer that the systems all use/say the same prompts, regardless of whether you have it. The only other way to get it is (other than getting something installed in your car on your own) is to use Onstar. Onstar is pricey, ranging from $18-28 a month. 2- The transmission has this weird little shudder in 6th gear on the highway (55mph+). Chevy did a recall for this, which they only reprogrammed the computer, and it didn't help. Currently, it still does it and it's annoying because I'm not sure if it's serious or, as one service tech told me, it's "what that car does". 3-This is a general concern I have with most newer cars, but this car is designed to worked on and maintained by the dealer. They're taking most of the home mechanic out of the equation. For example, the manual states that if the battery needs replacing, take it to the dealer. It doesn't even tell you where the battery is (it's not in the engine compartment, its in the floor behind the passenger front seat, found that out from another owner). Another example, the manual doesn't give a mileage for changing oil. Instead, the car itself tells you when to change the oil.
The Traverse is one of the nicest cruising vehicles I've driven. Plenty of room for our growing family, and very comfortable front seats. The two rear rows don't provide much cushion. Cabin space is ample, with very little road noise. Rear window visibility is much talked about, but not really an issue. The Traverse handles nicely and feels good even in Washinton DC traffic. Easy to parallel park. A few issues I seen include: high idle after cold start and a little chattering when turning the steering wheel. Fuel economy is okay for a vehicle of this size. Highway mileage is 23, city is between 15-17.
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