really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,156 miles

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problem #14

Nov 232018


  • 50,000 miles
Engine has been making a clicking sound for the last year. We took it in and they were unable to pinpoint the problem. Within the last couple months the brakes seem mushy when pressed at low speeds, such as driving into the garage or a parking space. We have to push the break pedal down to the floor for the vehicle to stop. We almost ran into the wall in the garage because the vehicle wouldnżT stop when the brakes were pressed. We took it in and they informed us that there was a leak in the brake vacuum pump. Mostly likely this is why the engine has been making a ticking sound, because of the leak.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

problem #13

Nov 232018


  • 56,000 miles
Brakes failed to engage on the vehicle when pressure applied. Occurred multiple times. GM fails to acknowledge this as a known and widespread issue, yet with a simple google search, you can see it has affected numerous people and vehicles. Sounds like a recall should have been issued by now but yet there are none.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 232018


  • 35,000 miles
I have experienced "hard braking" of my vehicle. While traveling at very slow speeds, when I brake - the brake pedal does not go down in its normal fashion. I must apply the brakes very hard, and the vehicle feels like its not going to stop. I had recently read about this problem and document this happened to me on numerous occasions. It happened as recently as yesterday.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 202018


  • 45,000 miles
My 2016 Chevy Tahoe shook so bad at 69-74, mph my husband was scared to ride with me. Took to dealer they kept SUV for 4 days and said it was the tires. I put new tires on but it still rides rough. Now I hear it's because I have 22 in wheels that makes it ride rough. Since the tires have been changed about 2 months now ive been having slow speed brake problems. Iżve almost hit several cars in a parking lot at different times because the brake want stop. Iżve even almost hit my husbands new truck in our driveway. Took it to mechanic, put on machine and now said it's a vac. Pump issue. Iżve had many Tahoe and this one is making me want to get away from Chevy.

- Magnolia, MS, USA

problem #10

Jul 202018


  • 49,631 miles
Brakes failed 3 times, once pulling into parking space, I rolled down a step driveway into street across street and into neighbors yard and once when a tech from dealership was test driving it, he almost hit the building.the vehicle was in motion each incident.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #9

Sep 172018


  • miles
Brakes consistently soft pressure especially on downgrades. Came close to hitting parked cars at traffic lights. Brake was pressed almost to the floor before it stopped. I have taken it into dealership where they have changed pads fixed rotors but still very soft mushy brakes. Many complaints I am reading about this 2016 Tahoe. When parked pressing brake 3 times is when it finally feels like it is in correct position. I owed 2008 Suburban for 10 years and had no problems with the braking system.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 012018


  • miles
Brakes do not work when going at a slow pace. Have taken the car in 2X and they cannot fin anything wrong. Just took in for 3rd time and this time I drove in the car with them. They confirmed they brakes are not working properly.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Sep 062018


  • miles
At slow speeds the vehicle does not brake. To get the vehicle to stop you have to tap them repeatedly very hard for it to acknowledge that you are braking.

- Aubrey, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 192018


  • 48,000 miles
When driving at low speeds, both turning and driving straight, the brake pedal becomes so firm that it cannot be depressed. I am unable to stop the vehicle without pumping the brakes. The dealership is charging $700 to replace the vacuum pump and is familiar with the issue.

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #5

Jul 162018


  • 52,500 miles
While driving at slow speeds or idling, my brake pedal becomes stiff and hard to push, making it very difficult to stop. This has happened mostly when I am pulling in to a parking spot. There was no emergency alert showing.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 172017


  • 47,000 miles
Was involved in a auto accident in Sept 2017 in which I rear ended another vehicle.I was traveling southbound on greenmount road in shiloh il. Coming to a stop at a stoplight at about 30 mph, I was trying to kill a spider so my eyes were off the road but when the collision alert alarm sounded I immedietly hit the brakes which were hard making braking difficult there is no way an impact should have happended. When the collision alert alarm sounds the brake pedals became hard making the stopping of the Chevy Tahoe impossible so I could not avoid rear ending of the vehicle in front of me. Now while driving the Tahoe without the collision alert activated the SUV stops like normal, only when the collision alert is activated does the hard brake pedals occur which to me is the opposite effect.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #3

May 112018


  • 19,540 miles
Loss of brake power at low speeds. Took a long distance, longer than normal for the vehicle to finally stop. Almost hit numerous cars. I had to apply the parking brake in order to avoid hitting a family in the parking lot at disneyland, in anaheim, ca and other cars. Had the Tahoe towed to our dealership, where they replaced the vacuum pump assembly.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102018


  • 42,000 miles
Brakes got hard when driving onto expressway Tahoe has only 42000 miles and heard theres been alot of issues with the vacuum pump what I have read.there needs to be a recall

- Lyford, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 122016

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
As I was driving the error light came on stating there was a camera malfunction. This is a safety camera/system on the front of the truck, which controls the stability control, speed, braking system, electronic bind spot detection, etc.

- Clinton, PA, USA