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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,465 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 fuel system problems

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 062012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 182,000 miles


The fuel gauge will read the correct amount of fuel until it is about 3/4 to 1/2 a tank then start bouncing up and down then it will go all the way to empty and the fuel light comes on even though it has plenty of fuel. I have been driving down the road with my kids in the car and ran out of gas even though it registers fuel above the red mark and no low fuel light on. I know have ran out of gas several times and fear it might put myself or my family in a bad situation. I don't understand why this is happening and wish someone (GM) would help their loyal customer base. As it appears with more research I do this is a serious ongoing problem that spans different models and years.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 072010


  • 101,000 miles
Driving down interstate truck started to loose speed and died hard to control at 70mph. Had to try and get to the shoulder of road in heavy traffic, very dangerous this has happened to me 3 times tonight being the 3rd time, this needs to be a recall it puts peoples life in danger!

- Paragould, AR, USA

problem #10

Dec 292010


  • 113,000 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Tahoe and about 8 months ago(December 2010) my fuel gauge began to start failing to read proper fuel levels. The problem continued for a couple more weeks until finally the fuel gauge simply wouldn't make a reading at all. I stayed optimistic that the situation would correct itself but no such correction arose. I tried using fuel injection cleaners to possibly resolve the issue but again nothing helped. For the past couple days I have been reading numerous forums and articles on this exact same problem in Chevy vehicles ranging from 2000 to as recent as 08 models. I'm writing this in hopes that a recall can occur that will help solve this issue for the thousands of people that are experiencing the same problem I am. Chevy needs to be liable for the fraudulent manufacturing of vehicles that experience the same issue over and over again. Instead of letting americans shovel out 800 plus dollars in issues that shouldn't be occurring so early in a vehicles life. I have yet to correct this issue in hopes that the government will force Chevy into recalling the vehicles for proper repairs.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 012010


  • 95,000 miles


Due to the error in the fuel gauge(indicating more fuel than the vehicle had) the vehicle ran out of fuel on the interstate with my entire familty on board. This could have been a serious accident as I was unable to exit the freeway and was not given a low fuel indicator light. This error in fuel level could have resulted in serious injury and I request a oem recall to correct gauge or sensor errors, our fuel gauge is still not displaying accurate readings, we do not trust the gaure anylonger. We have also seen "wild gauge swings/listings" at random intervals

- Wichita, SC, USA

problem #8

Mar 052010


  • 121,414 miles
2002 Chevy Tahoe purchased used 11/2006 with 50,000 miles. Gas gauge never went to full. 4/2010 fuel pump was replaced $1000, now it's 7/2010 and gas gauge fluctuates while driving with full tank of gas to empty, car slows down and then suddenly picks back up with gas gauge showing full again. Very unsafe on freeways!! was told by pepboys when they replaced fuel pump that something wasn't working with the computer, oh really, but of course we were told that 9 times out of 10 that it was more than likely the fuel pump and they didn't work on the computer. Cost of repair was probably the deciding factor. Now I feel unsafe while driving because I don't know if the vehicle is going to suddenly slow down while driving on the freeway or anywhere else for that matter. What's up Chevy", what's wrong with the computer?"

- Redlands, CA, USA

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problem #7

Mar 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Fuel pump shuts off while driving, stalling car. Also, car won't start if less than quarter tank of gas.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 042008


  • 62,000 miles


2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L engine-fuel gauge level erratic. Dealer fuel level sensor in tank is the problem, however this is a "normal wear and tear" replacement item at 62,000 miles combined with high sulfur in ak fuels causes it. However, 2001 VW passat had same issue with sulfur and sensor which did warrant a recall action at no cost to owner. Vehicle description: Sulfur in fuel interacts with certain additives found in widely available gasoline causing sulfur to become deposited on the contact points of fuel sending units mounted inside the fuel tank. This could cause the fuel gauge to read full while the fuel tank may not in fact be full or could be empty. Consequence: Running out of fuel without warning while the fuel gauge indicates that there is sufficient fuel in the tank lead to safety problems NHTSA campaign id number : 01V157000. Please look into 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L fuel level sensor issues.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #5

Jun 082008


  • 89,000 miles
2002 Tahoe shuts down at highway speeds. Sit for fifteen minutes starts back up. Only happens in 90+ degree days. Someone is going to get hurt. I've seen numerous complaints in the complaint dbase.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 152005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,165 miles
My 2002 Chevy Tahoe has experienced three fuel pump failures with the last failure being today. It cost me in excess of $ $850 to replace my fuel pump and tank today. All power to the vehicle is lost when the fuel pump has gone out. I believe Chevy should have a recall on this item as I believe it could be a serious problem to loose power if traveling at interstate speed.

- Sarasota, FL, 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

Oct 272003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Leased 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Feb 2002. Serviced from Oct 2003 thru Feb 2004 after a Sept 2003 oil change tire rotation service and conserns of fuel smell and suspension squeaks. Services were performed corrections were done new sending unit installed.October 27,2003 the gas tank on the Tahoe burst when fueling at a gas station requiring fire and police unit to be sent. Vehicle towed to dealership. Vehicle was in service for 3 weeks for safety reasons. I did not want the vehicle back and GM customer assistance gave me false hopes of a release on the lease. I did not recieve any help with these situations and still have the unsafe vehicle. Recently I thought my troubles would be over. I found a vehicle that I want to buy and can trade my lease in with GM's pull ahead program. Because I did not pay 2 of the payments on the Tahoe when I could not use the vehicle and lost my income to pay at that time, my Feb 2002 turn in date has changed to May 2005. This makes me uneligible for the pull ahead even though I have a extenuating circumstance. I did not ask for these problems and do not want to pay for something im not getting. I have lost alot by not having reliable transportation and all I seek is a new good reliable SUV to buy and walk away from this problemed Tahoe, with help from someone GM and the dealership has not helped in any way.

- Livonia, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 072002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
I am a paramedic in St. Charles county Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In the months of November and December 2002 I responded to three crashes involving full size GM trucks. All the vehicles caught fire in the left side of the engine compartment after a moderate to high speed impact. The vehicles were involved in driver side off set impacts that lead to intrusion into the engine compartment. The vehicles were a 2002 4X4 Avalanche, 2001 ext. Cab 4X4 Silverado, and a 2002 4X4 Tahoe. The fire started near the battery and the fuel lines that run along the fram on that side of the vehicle. They also, all had the 5.3L V-8. I was not able to look closely at the Avalanche or Silverado due to taking care of the injured occupants. I did look at the Tahoe engine and it appered that the battery cable had been severed in the crash. All victims were not trapped in the vehicles and the fire was extinguished by the fire departments quickly.I am very concerned due to having three fires in such a short time fram. I run probally 500 vehicle crashes a year and very few result in fires even when the fuel system has obvious leaks. I am very concerned due to having three in about a 2 month time frame. Please contact me if you need more info.

- Moscow Mills, MO, USA

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