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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,506 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #51

Oct 182005

(reported on)

Tahoe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer 2001 Tahoe brake did not catch, took vehicle to the dealer and was told that the rotors were damaged and brake pads needed to be replaced. ** received 10-18-05*** the consumer was told a clip that was used to hold the pads was not very sturdy which caused the pads to shake and wear out prematurely. The emergency brake would not grab even though the consumer had never used it before. The consumer was told the reason why the rotors were damaged was because the emergency brake was never used and it was considered a wear and tear item. Customer service informed the consumer that the emergency brake must be used periodically so that it would center the pads and keep them lasting longer.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #50

Oct 102004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,300 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe I could not get my car inspected because the parking brake would not work.I took it to my repair shop and found the factory parking brake clips that hold the brake shoe in alignment were not designed properly. They now have an upgrade clip after the fact. The brake shoe causes $200 or more in damage to the rotor and pads and more concerning than that is you don't know you have a problem until the parking brake doesn't work! General Motors does not take this serious enough to have a recall or warranty the repair this is a dangerous situation. People don't know about this problem. Thank you david.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #49

Sep 162005

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My complaint has to do with the running lights and the brake system for the 2001 Chevy Tahoe. I have had my running lights replace numerous times and there is an apparent short in the wiring connection that will have to be fixed. My parking and ABS brake lights keep coming on even though the braking system has been replaced and the lines have been flushed. These lights go off once the car is restarted, but sometimes come back on. This will be my second trip to the mechanic to see what the problem with my brakes is. I think this is ridiculous because I have already spent several hundred dollars that I didn't have, in order to ensure my children's safety. Now after reading about the parking brake, who knows how much more I will have to spend to have it checked to see if that is the problem? since there are parking brake issues, the vehicles should have been recalled at the cost of the company, not the consumer.

- Lugoff, SC, USA

problem #48

Aug 302005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Chevrolet Tahoe emergency brake wore out pre-maturely at 18,000 miles of freeway driving. Always parked on level ground and kept in a garage. When taken to the dealership they said brakes were not covered under warranty and that this was normal. They wanted over $300 to replace the brake shoes in the separate emergency brake drums. This is more than a complete brake job on that car typically costs.

- Goleta, CA, USA

problem #47

Jul 282005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Consumer file a compliant regarding a parking brake failure. Contacted General Motors and spoke with tiffany. Called 800-222-1820. General Motors called the service center for this issue. Spoken to the service manager, and his response was to given\ the mileage on the vehicle, which was 80,000 miles. Expected the brake pads to wear down or be replaced. When engaging the parking brake the vehicle went in a roll ing motion. The brake pads should still be in good because consumer did not use the parking brake.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #46

Jul 252005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
The emergency brake on my 2001 Chevy Tahoe was diagnosed as having worn completely down to the metal. I was unaware of this situation since I rarely need to use the parking brake. I will have to replace this item at a cost of approx. $275. I understand that several other 2001 Tahoe have experienced the same problem. I will hold onto the old part for awhile once the repair is completed.

- Rosharon, TX, USA

problem #45

Jul 202002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Chevrolet Tahoe parking brake defect: Each year now for the last 3 years I have had to replace the parking brake shoes on my 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe due to the poor design of the parking brake system. The current design allows the brake shoe (1 piece) to shift position within the drum cylinder resulting in premature wear and eventually brake pad failure. I understand that GM is aware of this problem but refuses to take steps to correct the defect. I feel that this is a safety issue that needs to be addressed and corrected immediately. My vehicle will not pass the annual vehicle safecty inspection at this time due to the faulty parking brake system. It costs me about $350 annually to have the parking brake pads replaced. Please have this safety problem fixed before someone is seriouly injured or killed. I do have the previous worn pads if needed for review.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #44

Jun 272005

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Parking brake failed inspection and has never worked right since the time of purchase. Parking brake pedal goes to the floor and will not hold the vehicle in drive, neutral, or reverse. Estimated cost for repair is $400. Repairs have not been made yet. It makes me very angry to read all of the complaints regarding the parking brake and all of the money people are having to pay to fix it temporarily. What makes me even more angry is that General Motors/chevrolett seems to be aware of this problem and is not taking the responsibility to fix it. Does there have to be a death first?

- Amissville, VA, USA

problem #43

May 152005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Consumer's wife pulled into driveway which had a small incline and applied brakes to park, and this particular style of emergency brake failed. Felt it was worn out. Had to be replaced by owner. No problems since the replacement, but felt it was poorly designed by GM.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #42

May 052005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Parking brake was defective. Nothing happened before failure. Emergency brake did not hold. Upon inspection it was found to have a problem. Has to have brake pads replaced before it can be inspected.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #41

May 012005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Parking brake on 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe has failed, and dealer is unable to repair it. Dealer is aware of this problem because it is common to this vehicle, but stated that GM has not developed a fix. We have spent several hundred dollars to repair the brake over the last couple of years without success. Unfortunately, now we have to rely on the automatic transmission to hold the vehicle in place when parked on hills. I always use the parking brake with my other vehicles and have not experienced any problems like this. Parking brake certainly would be unable to stop the vehicle in an emergency if the primary brakes failed. I certainly believe that GM should make it a priority to find a solution to this problem and recall the effected vehicles.

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #40

Apr 062005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The parking brake goes to the floor when consumer presses it down. This could cause the vehicle to roll back on a hill. Manufacturer was contacted by consumer.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #39

Feb 182002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Faulty emergency brake.

- Lexington, TX, USA

problem #38

Apr 162005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe: During Texas required safety testing the parking brake has been found to be non-functional due to abnormal wear for the second time in three years. This requires hundreds of dollars in repairs each time.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #37

Mar 212005

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Consumer complained about a parking brake problem. The parking brake will not hold. Owner has to take the vehicle into the dealer for an adjustment to the parking brake every 5,000 miles. Owner contacted the manufacturer and dealer, and owner was told that the parking brake has been redesigned, and to bring it in for an evaluation. Provide further details.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #36

Feb 052005

Tahoe

  • miles
Scraping noise from the rear of vehicle determined to be park brake shoe contacting drum when parking brake not applied. Was previously repaired under warranty with re-designed parts, but failed again. Parking brake does not hold.

- Raleigh, NY, USA

problem #35

Dec 302004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was purchased used with 21000 miles. Parking brake was'nt operable and was repaired by dealer to close sale. Parking brake inoperable 30000 miles later. Needs left rear hub replaced, right rear was salvageable. Dealer stated it was not repairable under extended warranty. During repairs I searched web and found it was not just my vehicle.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #34

Apr 102004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2001 Chevy Tahoe parking brake failed - worn completely through in 35,000 miles. Premature wear also damaged brake rotors. Parking brake was completely inoperable. Same issue occurred again October 29, 2004. Next set of completely new rear main and parking brakes wore completely through within 6,000 miles.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #33

Feb 102004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
For a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe regarding the parking/emergency brake. This brake has been adjusted no more than three times since it was new, the first time being at about 15000 miles. It is now non-functional and the pedal presses easily to the floor. We feel this problem is a design defect as a parking brake should not 'wear out' this quickly.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #32

Oct 142004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,900 miles
Premature emrgency brake failure on 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. I have noticed a very loud "metal to metal" noise. Upon inspection it was found that the "emergency" brake was worn out. Research on the internet revealed other complaints of this nature on 2001 Tahoe.

- Mount Carmel, TN, USA

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