10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,602 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #44

Dec 202012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Replaced brakes on rear of Tahoe go to bleed them a hard brake line busted. Looked at leaking area nothing but rust caked brake lines.could have been bad if I was driving when this happened.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #43

Feb 222014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
When I was pull a trailer down to a red lights my brakes went to the floor and had swerve to not hit the cars in front of me I got it on the side of the rood then the brake light cam on it scared the hell out of me my daughter was not with me she is two if some thing happened it would have devastated me or hurt some one I was pulling a trailer that 1000 tractor.

- Millersville, PA, USA

problem #42

Feb 122014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
At low speed the antilock brakes are activating for no reason. This vehicle was part of the recall performed in 2006. The issues have returned and the dealership will not support any repairs unless I pay for them. The recall was performed at 36,000 miles the vehicle has 95,000 on it now.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #41

Sep 072012

Tahoe

  • 89,000 miles
While approaching a stop sign at a "T" intersection on a local set of residential roads, the brakes completely failed on my Tahoe. I did not have enough pedal to stop for the stop sign and blew through the intersection, thankfully without striking any cars. Upon inspection I found brake fluid streaming from the brake line where it was mounted to the frame at the left rear wheel well. I was able to pump up the brakes enough to limp the 3 miles at about 20 mph back to my house for a repair. I was quite dismayed to learn of all the problems that exist with rusted GM truck brake lines. I plan to replace the entire set this spring with a set of stainless steel ones but really would prefer that GM do it, since they are the ones who made the brake lines out of substandard materials to begin with.

- Bel Air , MD, USA

problem #40

Jan 152013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have an 02 Chevy Tahoe with only 70,000 miles on it garage kept was driving down the road one day and brake pedal went right to the floor almost crashed brake fluid all over the floor we looked under the vehicle and it was total rust and corroded I called the dealer to see if there was a recall they said that this is a known problem and I said that it should be a recall I almost got killed we take care of our vehicles very well and garage kept I can't afford the price of the brake lines or the labor I think that this should be recalled immediately I have read all the testimonials I don't understand what is the hold up on the recall it should be done immediately.

- Columbia, PA, USA

problem #39

Feb 072014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
EA11001 brake pedal suddenly went to the floor during braking, hit pole. Repair center showed me a batch of rusted brake lines entering the ABS box underneath the drivers side door. There was fluid leaking from that group of lines, four of them together. Searching the internet, I have found there are thousands of complaints and news shows about this issue and yet, you have done little. Why " I have two of these vehicles grey [xxx] and green [xxx] and they both have this issue! - wtf " and they do not work with 1/2 the system as stated in EA11001 - the pedal goes to the floor! this is severely dangerous! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #38

Feb 072014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
EA11001 brake pedal suddenly went to the floor during braking, hit pole. Repair center showed me a batch of rusted brake lines entering the ABS box underneath the drivers side door. There was fluid leaking from that group of lines, four of them together. Searching the internet, I have found there are thousands of complaints and news shows about this issue and yet, you have done little. Why " I have two of these vehicles grey [xxx] and green [xxx] and they both have this issue! - wtf " and they do not work with 1/2 the system as stated in EA11001 - the pedal goes to the floor! this is severely dangerous! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #37

Jan 102014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Coming to a stop the brakes kind of slipped and car would not stop as it should. ABS light also came on. And also made a grinding noise.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #36

Jul 192013

Tahoe

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the brakes became inoperable. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake line was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #35

Dec 282012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Had vehicle inspected. Mechanic, who is very good, told me brake lines starting to rust. This latest inspection showed issue getting worse. Was told eventually will have to be replaces. Expensive.

- Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

problem #34

Sep 012013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
When driving at low speed and coming to a stop the ABS light comes on and the brakes slip and grind where it takes twice as long to stop the car. I have had the car looked at and was told all pads and rotors are fine also told it could possibly be a problem with the the ABS system.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #33

Nov 292012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
I came out of my house, started my truck to warm it up. Then I drove to the corner of my block, and my brakes suddenly went all the way to the floor. I proceeded to add brake fluid not sure what the problem was. There was no response after pumping the brakes multiple times, my vehicle is an 02 Chevy Tahoe. So I drove the car very slowly and cautiously back to the house. I looked up this problem on the internet. When I found that their were problems surrounding the speed sensor and breaking of this vehicle. I could have been getting on the highway when this occurred on thanksgiving day.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #32

Nov 042013

Tahoe

  • miles
I was driving down my street doing 20 mph when I came to a red light and the brake pedal went down to the floor enabling me to stop. After pumping the brakes I realized that I couldn't slow down this is when I used my emergency brakes. After making a U-turn to come back to my home, I looked under the rear driver side tire and seen that the line was leaking and it was all rusteed. I was terrified because I had my 7 week old daughter in the vehicle with me. Then I did some research and found that I was not the only person with this problem.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #31

Oct 262013

Tahoe

  • 17,600 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while testing the parking brake at 6000 rpms or higher, the brake would not hold the vehicle in place. The contact stated that if he needed to apply the parking brake while driving 60 mph or higher, the brakes would fail. The contact had not spoken to the dealer or manufacturer about the failure. The failure and current mileage was 176,000. The VIN was not available.

- Pinehurst, NC, USA

problem #30

Sep 112013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he applied the brake and the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle failed to decelerate and there was an extreme increase in stopping time. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that one of the brake lines suffered from severe corrosion and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 134,000...updated 10-22-13

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #29

May 082013

Tahoe

  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the ABS system activated, causing the vehicle to stop unexpectedly. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer could not identify a defect with the vehicle. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. 05V103000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but the contact did not call the manufacturer to confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #28

Aug 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 99,345 miles
I was driving on a 2 lane road in millersville Maryland, I hit my brakes and the pedal went to the floor. I had no brakes. I was able to avoid other vehicles and made a turn onto another road that had an incline. The vehicle finally stopped. I looked around the vehicle and saw that brake fluid was leaking from the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who determined that a driver's side rear brake line had rusted through and leaked brake fluid. I was extremely lucky not to have crashed myself or injured other drivers. Very, very dangerous situation.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #27

Aug 202013

Tahoe

  • 60,205 miles
I was towing a 4200 lbs travel trailer leaving for a vacation trip. While traveling down a hill the brake pedal went to the floor. Near total brake failure. I applied the emergency trailer brake and used low gear to stop. I just avoided hitting a stopped car in the intersection in front of me due to the traffic light being red. I brought my 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe ls to mavis tire. They showed me the brake lines under the truck. All four lines were rotted out and had to be replaced for a cost of around $1300 if this is a problem with 1998-2004 GM full size SUV's and pick-up's, other owners better beware!

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #26

Aug 102013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 113,400 miles
In the past month I have had to replace brake lines on my 2002 Chevy Tahoe. The vehicle is originally from Michigan and I know things rust there, but this is ridiculous! driving down the road and no warning or warning light. The pedal just goes down to the floor without any resistance and when the fluid is out then on only then does the brake light warning come on. This past time I ended up putting it in a ditch to avoid hitting another vehicle! from all the posts on the internet I see that this is a recurring problem and a definitely safety issue!!! fortunately I have taken defensive driving courses through law enforcement training and had a bit more savvy as to how to handle this type of situation. How about the little old lady that has no idea what to do"?? now, again for the third time it has to go into the shop to replace faulty and corroded brake lines!!! shouldn't something be done if this is such a re-curring problem with GM and the Chevy trucks"

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #25

Aug 042013

Tahoe

  • 115,000 miles
Brake lines are severely corroded on this vehicle and my wife almost crashed because of the complete loss of braking from rotten tubing.

- Sandown, NH, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »