The 2013 model year Chevy Traverse is among the vehicles that are most likely to need a full transmission replacement at some point in their lifetime, according to a new study conducted by Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports says it “analyzed data on older models” from its Annual Auto Surveys in order to see “which major systems can lead to expensive repairs and identify the models that have a significant risk.” The publication found that transmissions were among the most problematic major vehicle components, with transmission issues occurring “with surprising frequency at a certain age and mileage,” on select vehicles. Among these vehicles was the 2013 model-year Chevy Traverse, which typically experiences transmission problems between 110,000 miles and 135,500 miles.
The complexity of transmissions, along with how difficult they are to repair, makes recurring transmission problems a major red flag for used car shoppers looking to put a Chevy Traverse in their driveway.
“Transmission problems can lead to a range of issues such as overheating, slipping gears, and holding on to a gear for too long,” said Consumer Reports chief mechanic, John Ibbotson. “Ultimately, minor concerns can lead to catastrophic failure, leaving the car undrivable. A transmission rebuild or replacement is an expensive project that takes time, and not every repair shop will be experienced to tackle this job, adding to the inconvenience.”
Consumer Reports did not say what kind of transmission problems 2013 Chevy Traverse owners experienced. These vehicles were sold with only one transmission option, the 6T75 six-speed automatic, which was built at the GM Warren Transmission plant in Michigan between 2006 and 2016. The only available engine in the 2013 model-year Traverse was the 3.6L LLT V6, which is factory rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Other vehicles that often experience transmission problems, according to the study, include the 2013 Nissan Sentra, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014 Ford Focus, 2019 Kia Forte, 2013 Nissan Murano, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2014 Infiniti QX60, 2011 Nissan Rogue and 2016 Nissan Altima.