really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,083 miles

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problem #10

Nov 072008


  • 77,550 miles
Transmission slipped while driving. I took into the dealer to have them do a full checkup and know they are telling me that my warranty is finished but I think my drive train is warranted longer it says nothing in my paperwork but I want to clarify and it seems that this happens alot and it could be a repeat of the lemon law of 1998.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 182008


  • 37,800 miles
The transmission failed on entering freeway on ramp causing the vehicle to stall while merging with other traffic. Other vehicles swerved, skidded, and honked while I coasted my vehicle to the right shoulder and limped off the freeway.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 102008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,300 miles
I am starting to feel a clunk in the transmission of my 2004 Chevy Tahoe Z71, the gears wine a little but there is this constant clunking sound. I have met a lot of people and they all have the same problem. I know I am not far from having no 1st and 4th gears etc.. I bought the SUV used and I took it to the Chevy dealer for a bumper to bumper inspection. I do not drive hard. The people I talk to said it is a common part and there is actually a bulletin out on this. Chevy will not have it but other transmission shops do.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 182007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,849 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe transmission problems third time back to dealer first time @ 21K miles second time @ 37K miles both times the transmission has been replaced car is beening towed back today June 18 2007 three days after I got the car back from second transmission.

- Cold Spring, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 182004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Tahoe engine revved without transmission engaging** the consumer stated the transmission didn't engage when it was placed in reverse. The consumer believes there is a defect in the transmission. The consumer stated the vehicle shifted into 4-wheel drive on its own on several occasions. Updated

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #5

May 292006

Tahoe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked with the parking brake was engaged and the keys removed from the ignition, the contact opened the front left door to retrieve an object, when it began to roll backwards down the driveway. The vehicle continued over the embankment with the contact and crashed into a tree bring the vehicle to a stop. The contact was ejected from the vehicle prior to hitting the tree. Injuries were incurred to the right elbow. The service dealer and manufacturer were notified. An independent inspector was sent by the manufacturer to investigate. The results of the manufacturer inspector were not shared.

- Medical Lake, WA, USA

problem #4

May 122005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,530 miles
1)events leading up to the failure: During normal city driving, came to a red light and full stop. When it turned green, the brake pedal was released but the vehicle wouldn't move forward. 2) the vehicle wouldn't move and as a press the gas pedal, I could hear the engine rev up but not change, the vehicle wouldn't move. 3) the transmission finally engaged and the vehicle started moving forward about 3-4 seconds after the initial trial.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 252005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,800 miles
While stopping at a red light, light turned green I pushed down the accelarator and engine revved, and nothing happened. Then suddenly the vehicle will jump into gear. I have also noticed the transmission quit noisey. Dealer say's nothing wrong with transmission"??"

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #2

May 312004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission does not always downdhift into first gear when coming to a complete stop and downshifts into first hard after acceleration of vehicle speed increases do to second gear not moving vehicle. Also, when shifter lever is manually placed in first gear tranmission does not remain in first, will automatically upshift into second gear causing towing conditions to become harder.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Feb 042004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
While driving 60 mph the vehicle's rpms revved up. The vehicle would not accelerate any higher that 15 mph. The dealer inspected the vehicle then drained then drained the transmission fluid. The dealer indicated that they needed to replace the transmission. They didn't indicate why they were replacing the transmission or what caused the failure.

- East Weymouth, MA, USA