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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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What I don't like about my 2016 LS

I have a 2016 LS Traverse with 10,000 miles on it now and am very disappointed in this $40,000 car.

The road noise is terrible.

The ride is very harsh over any than a very smooth surface.

The seats are hard as rocks.

The drive train whines loudly at 75 MPH or more.

The dealership service manager says the road noise and drive train whine are normal for these cars. Really?

Anyone else dislike their 2016 Traverse for any of these issues?
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I have a 2015 LTZ. Once it was in for service and they gave me a LT1 as a loaner. If the LT1 was my only experience with a Traverse I would never have bought one. It was rough riding and noisy. By contrast my LTZ is quiet and smooth. In fact, it is one of the best riding cars I have ever had. I wouldn't think they would have made that many changes to the basic car except for some of the toys, but there must be some changes.
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You paid $40,000 for a 2016 LS?

I just bought a 2017 2LT for $40,000. It doesn't do any of the things you complain of, at least no IMHO (neither did my 2011 2LT).

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I didn't actually pay $40,000, that was list. I got a pretty good deal on the car but we test drove an LT and had no idea the LS2 would be so inferior. The car we took was brought in from another dealer and when we took delivery unfortunately we weren't on any rough surfaces until we had too many miles to exchange the car before the issues were noted. I look at it as a bait and switch. Thanks for your replies.
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What tires are on it? What is the pressure set at? I know the LS has smaller tires. The LS, LT and LTZ all have the same suspensions, just different tire sizes. The only difference body wise with the LTZ is the second resonator on the left side making it slightly heavier. They should all drive the same. I would check the tires and pressure. My 2010 is still smooth and quiet, even with AT tires on it. Also, are you sure your not hearing the engine? The DI 3.6 has a slight "super charger" whine to it, but nothing related to the transmission.

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The LS's I think have 17s, if anything it should be smoother riding than the others. We have the 20s on our '16 and had 18s on the '10. Both ride pretty similar, and quite smooth. Actually IIRC way back when one of the mags (C/D or MT) did a comparo with the Traverse, it didn't place particularly well against the competition but the ride was universally lauded.

Could be ride and road noise are a byproduct of the cheap tires the LS gets, perhaps replacing with something better quality might help.

The whine though, that shouldn't be. And the seats are hit or miss, they've never bothered me but I wouldn't call them the most comfortable things out there.

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Well, I got the model all wrong, I was thinking of Suburban models rather than Traverse.

What I have, actually is an LT2, not an LS. I claim a Senior moment.....

I have gone so far as to replace the original Goodyear Fortera tires with Bridgestone Dueler Alenza 2 tires. The Alenza tires stopped the car's wandering back and forth in the lane and made it much better driving, it now goes where you steer rather than darting all over the place. The ride was somewhat improved and the road noise a little less although still much too high.

I have run 32 psi waiting for the suspension to break in and soften up which it has, but is still a harsh ride to me. I will now go back to 35 psi.

The whine is very definitely drive train, not engine sound. Thanks for your replies and suggestions.
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2LT rather than LT2............
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^^^ I agree with everything except "they all have same suspension". The LTZ uses different shocks because of the 20" wheels, the valving is different.
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^^^ I agree with everything except "they all have same suspension". The LTZ uses different shocks because of the 20" wheels, the valving is different.
LS, LT and LTZ all use the same suspensions. When I broke a rear spring last year I had asked the dealer if the LTZ's had different suspension components because I was going to upgrade if they did. I was told that there all the same.

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