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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,571 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 192014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


I ran out of gas on the freeway going 65 mph with my 5 year old son in the car. Apparently when a Chevy Tahoe runs out of gas it shuts down the entire electrical system including power steering as well. I'm unsure of this ------> but it seems like the brakes are affected too. I had a very difficult time merging over to the right hand shoulder of the highway (I had to cross three lanes and merge with on-ramp traffic), given that I had very little steering control and had to use as much momentum as I already had to get off the road to safety, without being hit by someone traveling over 50mph. Plus other cars were not letting me over. I can see this becoming a very dangerous situation. GM just recalled a bunch of Tahoe years for this issue but not my year (2002). I would like to see them address this issue in my vehicle, but right now the mechanic at the dealership told me there are "currently no recalls on [my] vehicle" and I would have to pay out of pocket to diagnose/fix this problem. Also when I first got my car in 2009 I was waiting in line to board a ferry boat in Washington state, and turned the engine off, had the car in neutral, I thought I would "coast" down the ramp, this is when I first learned that this make/model does not steer or brake properly when the engine is off/dead. There was no incident at this time because I was only going 5 mph but I definitely felt that I did not have control of the vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 162011


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the low coolant warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the cylinder heads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Yorbalinda , CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 102006


  • 65,000 miles
About 2 years ago I noticed engine coolant on my garage floor. After investigating I found that the leak was coming from the storage reservoir rather than the radiator. I also noticed that my windshield washer fluid was also leaking onto the garage floor. I took my Tahoe into a dealer. I explained the problems, they conducted their evaluations and I was then told that it would cost approximately $450 to repair both problems. I could only afford to fix one problem so I chose the coolant leak. They "fixed" the leak...for about $250. The coolant reservoir leak reappeared several months later. The Tahoe was then out of warranty and apparently to fix these issues it takes lots of time and expertise. These problems are becoming expensive and continue to be annoying. I am being told now that the problems arise from the fluid containers rubbing against their mounting boxes which is creating holes in the containers. Any suggestions? steve mullis

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #4

Sep 132005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The contact stated truck stalled at 60 mph. No lights came on, it just cut out. It usually restarted after the second time. When parking the truck and letting it sit overnight with of tank of gas it will not start the next day until the contact put more gas into the tank. As long as vehicle did not sit overnight it will usually restart. The contact noticed this happening at 90,000 miles. He knew someone else who had the exact same problem.

- Branchburg, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 012003


  • miles
Problems with suspension, brakes, and gas gauge giving out an improper reading. Few days after vehicle was being serviced, consumer noticed a fuel smell coming from vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer which they found out that the gas cap wasn't tight. Also, whicle putting fuel, gas tank burst spilling fuel to the consumer. In addition, consumer experienced stalling, suspension squeaks, and fuel related problems.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 172003

(reported on)


  • 15,000 miles
While driving at any speed and without warning the vehicle would suddenly stall out. The dealership replaced the fuel pump twice but the problem still exist.

- Watauga, SD, USA

problem #1

Dec 022002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Periodically, when the car is started from a stopped position, the engine will rev and the car does not go. Seems like something in transmission is slipping. Have taken to the dealer and they cannot locate a problem.

- Coppell, TX, USA

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