really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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problem #7

Nov 112010


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe. While the vehicle was parked, the contact stated that the front right and left frame rails for the air bag sensor were separating and rotting. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the parts for repair were no longer manufactured. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 140,000.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #6

Feb 082005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was having trouble with electrical system. The exterior and interior lights inadvertently fail and cease working. Consumer took the vehicle to a dealer to determine the cause; however, the dealer was unable to locate the problem. The consumer is still experiencing unexpected failure with the lighting system. Also, check engine light was on. Dealer could not determine why the light was on. Fuel pump had to be replaced twice within the past year. The blinker and turn signals have to be replaced frequently. Coolant leaked into the engine and it had to be replaced. Air bag warning light illuminated. Starter was replaced. The steering wheel shook. The dealer replaced the idler arm and drag link. Water pump leaked. Power steering pump leaked. Brake cable broke. Pinion seal leaked. Master cylinder leaked.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #5

Oct 192002

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Crashed 1996 Tahoe going about 45 mph, no airbags deployed, causing head injury. Not sure of date it was fall of 2002.

- Ada, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 121999


  • miles
No summary.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 102001


  • miles
Air bag failed to deploy during frontal collision at about 30 mph, the driver sustained major whiplash.

- Fields Landing, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 282001

(reported on)

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit a tree head-on at 40mph, and neither driver's side nor passenger's side airbags deployed. Vehicle was totaled. There were three injuries.

- Litchfield, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 052000

Tahoe 4WD

  • miles
Wiring harness has corrosion in it up near the firewall. Appears that the wiring harness was defective (damaged) during the assembly process. Corrosion on ground side of air bag arming circuit means that in a collision the air bag will not deploy. Dealer says that this is not a warranty item. Corrosion in the air bag arming circuit could also cause it to deploy when it should not, leading to an accident. Isn't there unlimited warranty on safety systems and pollution control systems?

- Roseville, MN, USA