Have had my Traverse LTZ for 11 months now (7800 miles) The handling characteristics are superb and a joy to drive on a trip. Gas mileage is another thing, the sticker says I should get 17mpg town and 24mpg highway. This is completely false, I have NEVER gotten more than 16.5mpg overall after a trip (town and highway) and 19.7 on highway driving (3 hour trip). The air conditioner has never worked since day one. I took a 4 hour highway trip three weeks after purchasing my Traverse and the air conditioner would shut down (blow heat instead of cold air) after about 25 to 30 minutes of driving. The dealer said it was a thermostat and replaced that. The air conditioner would work fine if you didn't drive the Traverse more than 20 minutes. However two months later I took another trip (3 hour) and the air conditioner did the same thing, (86 degree F day) the air conditioner would (on cue) turn to hot air after 25 to 30 minutes on the road. The blower fan was making a lot of noise but only minute hot air came out of the air vents making our trip miserable. I could turn off the highway park my Traverse and wait 5 minutes then restart the car and the air conditioner would work properly but only for another 30 minutes then repeat the hot air thing. The dealer removed the dash (big project) and replaced or refitted the actuator doors. However the air conditioning did the same thing on a recent trip June '10, cold air vents turned out warm air after 30 minutes of driving. It seemed this happened when the dash temperature was so hot you could hardly touch it without burning your fingers. (so much windshield the sun beats down on the dash) Our dash being black (color) it draws in the heat. Of course the dealer says the hot dash has nothing to do with the air conditioner problem! But he can't dispute the fact that the air conditioner problems us usually happening when driving into the sun! When I took my LTZ back this week (air conditioner problems again) I noticed that there were plastic pieces laying on the front floor mats ... the dealer said it was broken blower fan blades and replaced the blower fan and blades. The dealer said the AC system HVAC case drain was clogged and they removed the clog (second time in few months). Also replaced the AC EVAP sensor. The dealer replaced the above in Aug '09 and again in June '10. Also all four exterior side moldings came loose and the dealer had to replace all four. Not sure if I made a good choice in purchasing the Chevy Traverse.
This is hands down the most comfortable, easy driving, good on gas mileage vehicle that I've ever owned and I've had a lot of cars in my 61 years ! I LOVE IT !!!
Because it rides nice and smooth