Suburban Speedometer Repair


Suburbans have been available continuously since 1934. This 1941 “Caryall” is a third generation model.

Available since 1934, the Suburban, Chevy’s large SUV, is the longest-running automobile nameplate currently in production, and it has consistently been one of GM’s most popular vehicles. Now in its 12th generation, the Suburban has had its ups and downs, and each generation has its strengths and weaknesses. This is where our story begins.

Suburbans two generations ago (2000-2006), particularly those made in 2003*, 2004*, 2005 and 2006, had the spectacular weakness of instrument panels that had a bad habit of failing after a few years on the road.  Now, this was not a problem exclusive to Suburbans.  The Suburban’s nearly identical twin, the GMC Yukon, as well as a host of other GM vehicles, all tend to suffer from meter and gauge failure.

Suburban Speedometer RepairThough a 2008 court ruling required GM to replace the instrument clusters in models up to a certain age and mileage reading, almost all vehicles that qualified under measure now fall outside the limit of fewer than 7 years in service.

This means that owners of Suburbans and other GM vehicles who experience instrument failure now must pay for the necessary repairs (we count a speedometer and fuel gauge among your car’s necessities) out of pocket. At the dealership, this commonly runs as much as $500-600 and more. At Dr. Speedometer? Less than half that, tops.

We can repair your Chevy Suburban’s speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge as well as the oil temp, water temp, and battery voltage indicators, plus pretty much any other gauge in your cluster, usually with about a one week turnaround time from your door to ours and back again better than new. We’ll even pay for shipping both ways and send you detailed instructions on how to remove, pack up, and reinstall your instrument panel.

If your Suburban’s instrument cluster has stopped working some or all of the time, call our direct line at 1-800-405-1056, email us , or just click through to our order page now.

*Please note that instrument clusters on Suburbans made in 2003 and 2004 sometimes experience total cluster power failure (all gauges quite at same time), which may result in an additional repair charge. Read this Notice Concerning Power Failure to learn more.

Messages from happy Suburban owners:


I received my instrument cluster and it looked perfect, like brand new. Once installed it worked even better than it looked. I will definitely refer you to everyone I know.

Thank you very much!

Ken Miller
2003 Suburban
San Jose, CA

Hi Fred,

Got my instrument cluster back on Thursday. Put it back in on Friday.  All works great. You can definitely tell that all the bulbs were replaced as well.  The cluster is quite bright.
Perhaps the most time consuming part of the repair was physically just shipping it to you.
Thanks a lot.  You saved me bunch of dough and the bag of m&m’s was a great touch.

Bruce Weinstein
Manassas, VA
‘04 Suburban

Dear Fred,

I wanted to shoot you an email and let you know how grateful we are to have found your website and to be able to utilize your services in regard to our instrument cluster.

We have had it back for say a month or so now it is great to know how fast I am actually going, especially since I drive a lot of strictly regulated road to and from work. I have to admit though, I am still trying to remember that it actually works again, I still find myself check my tachometer to check my speed.

Just let me say thank you once again!! And hopefully I won’t need to utilize the warranty with you, but am very thankful to know that it is there for us.

Dwight/ Lisa Kensil
Pitman, NJ
‘03 Suburban