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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,910 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #84

Mar 292008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,100 miles

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

I own a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. I noticed in the fall of 2004 that my speedometer was beginning to be wrong - I would be running at 1,900 RPM, which for my vehicle is about 65 mph, but the speedometer would only be showing 40 mph. I took the Tahoe into my dealers service dept where they told me that the speedometer cluster was bad and would have to be replaced. I had an extended warranty, so this was not a problem. A new cluster was replaced on 12/6/04 when the Tahoe had 40,000. I now have over 108,000 miles on it and the replacement speedometer is now doing the same things the old one did. The other night (3/29/08) I was driving home at 1,900 RPM on the tach and the speedometer needle was sitting on 0 mph - now I know I wasn't standing still on the highway! I have heard about many many other Chevy owners with vehicles around the same year as mine having the exact same problem with their speedometers. When is GM going to admit there is a problem and issue a recall so people aren't required to pay $300-$700 (depending upon dealer info) to replace their faulty speedometers. This is a very dangerous problem.

- Paris, IL, USA

problem #83

Jan 012008

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Instrument panel gauges where going out around 60,000 miles. Was quoted around $500 at that time but could not afford it. Now 30,000 miles later I get this recall letter and they will not replace at no charge.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #82

Mar 132008

Tahoe

  • miles
The oil pressure gauge on my 2003 Tahoe recently started climbing and reading extremely excessive oil pressure and not resetting after the key is turned off. I have found the same problem to be recurring on my same model vehicle with other consumers. After conversations with my local dealer and with GM's customer service they reluctantly replaced my instrument cluster free of charge. Thankfully it saved me hundreds of dollars as I was considered out of their warranty being I have 93,000 + miles on my truck and they state they will only honor it for 75000 miles. Thanks GM.

- Lake Placid, FL, USA

problem #81

Mar 052008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

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

The speedometer/gauge on my 2003 Chevy Tahoe is malfunctioning. Chevy is aware of the problem and issued a recall. I went to a Chevy dealer today for repair and the service person explained that my VIN is a part of the recall, but I do not qualify because the recall is for 8 years or 70,000 miles. I have 74,000 miles and I'm expected to pay $650 for this defect. It is my understanding that malfunctioning gauges can be a safety issue, and safety issues are not to be limited to time and mileage parameters. I should not have to pay $650 for Chevy's defective product, when the defect is a safety issue for my vehicle.

- Hyattsville , MD, USA

problem #80

Mar 022008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Today my instrument panel on my 2003 Tahoe did not work when I turned on the truck. I did not know how fast I was going nor if I had any gas in the vehicle. I looked up on the internet and found a quick fix for it. Someone had suggested pulling out the dic (driver instrument cluster) fuse, start the truck, turn truck off, then put the fuse back in and restart the truck again. It reset everything. Thank goodness it worked, however it seems to be a bogus fix that appears to happening to many vehicles of this make and model. According to the chats it seems that many people are spending lots of money to fix this problem, luckily I found the cheap fix...I hope it works.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #79

Feb 141981

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
My 2003 Chevy Tahoe has 100, 100 miles. The speedometer has suddenly been acting up. The needle jerks up/down instead of smooth movement. Occasionally I will be on interstate driving over 50 mph but needle is at 20-30 mph. Just today my needle won't go below 15mph when I am fully stopped & in park. Researching the problem has led me to find many more people are experiencing the same thing with their GMC vehicles from 2003/2004.

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #78

Jan 012006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

For the past few years our speedometer on our 2003 Chevy Tahoe, has been fluctuating incorrect speeds. Some days it would say we were doing 120 mph while driving and even when we were in park. Some days the speedometer would say 0 all the time. In the summer of 2007 in total stopped working, it does not move at all. Since we never know what speed we are driving, we feel this is a safety issue. Chevy feels it is not and will only replace this defective part in vehicles that have less than 70,000. Ours has more than this mileage on it so they said they don't care it is not a safety issue. I have spoken with numerous people who have Chevy's other than Tahoe and are younger that our vehicle and their speedometers do not work either. That is too many people on the roads that have faulty speedometers that do not qualify under there rules.

- Sterling, MA, USA

problem #77

Jan 032008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Speedometer is very sporadic it does not tell the right speeds it will jump to 120mph when im going 25 or 30 mph in my subdivision sometimes it just stop at 40 mph when im sitting at a light or stop sign also I've noticed a large amount of complaints online about this wandering why there is no recall.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #76

Feb 012008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2003 Chevy Tahoe and the oil pressure gauge started to malfunction. Sometimes it goes way past the numbers that are on the gauge. Also just recently, my speedometer began to malfunction as well. I was at a complete stop and it read 25 mph. I had to turn the truck on and off several times to reset it. I have spoken to several Tahoe owners and apparently this has also happened to them. Apparently this is not just a single case. I would like GM to rectify the problem since it is expensive if I pay for the repairs out of my pocket.

- Eagle Pass, TX, USA

problem #75

Nov 012007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe instrument cluster failure causing speedometer to not function properly.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #74

Jan 202008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,625 miles

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

2003 Tahoe, approx. 86,600 miles. The speedometer needle no longer moves when I drive, it is stuck in the fully down position. I am going over 120mph sitting in my driveway. Dealer wanted $300-350 to fix this problem because it is over the 70,000 miles that they are supposedly warranting this through now. Even though it is not even a 5 year old vehicle.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #73

Nov 112007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,652 miles
The speedometer on my 2003 Tahoe acts erratically. The vehicle has approx. 76000 miles on it. I understand this is a widespread problem with many models that Chevy has produced.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #72

Jan 142008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The speedometer on the vehicle instrument panel malfunctions and causes inaccurate readings.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #71

Dec 292006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At first, the fuel gage on our 2003 Tahoe, would only read from 1/2 - entirely full and then would drop into the red when almost empty. This began about a 1 1/2 years after purchasing the car. Then the speedometer would register that the car was going 40 mph while we were at a complete stop or at 0 while we were driving on the freeway. This began happening when the car was about 2 1/2 yrs old. It got progressively worse within 6 mos. We would need to stop, turn off the car and restart it for it to reset itself. However, this would only be temporary and it would begin to read incorrectly within a few minutes. This was a tremendous safety hazard so we took it to our dealership, who called GM and said since the mileage was over 70,000 miles, they would do nothing to fix it. However, we were told that if we had purchased a maintenance agreement in the first place, we would have been covered. This was an unacceptable response to me since we bought the Chevy brand because of its reliability and wouldn't expect a speedometer to problem to begin shortly after purchasing the car.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #70

Jan 042008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The instrument cluster on my 2003 Tahoe is going bad. The cost of repair is arounf ~400.00. I received a letter form GM saying they would extend the warranty for 70K miles. They have known of this issue for a couple of years and are just now offering to cover it after most vehicles are over the 70 K mile limit. I called GM to see if they could work with me on this. They instructed me to get a diagnostic ($60) and then I called to verify problem with them. Then they told me they would not cover any costs.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #69

Dec 232007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,225 miles
The speedometer in my 2003 Chevy Tahoe is faulty. Stopped in park reads 40mhp. Hwy speed reads 120mph. As far as I know, there is no recall as of yet. This needs to be addressed as there has been alot of complaints regarding this issue.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #68

Nov 252007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
We own a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe with approximately 85,00 miles. For at least a year we have been having problems with our cruise control. On several occasions following the disengagement of the cruise control, the speedometer will either continue to rise (up to 120 mph+) or fall down to 0 no matter how fast the vehicle is moving. The only way to get the speedometer working properly again is to pull over, put the car in park and then turn off the engine. On several occasions, this has taken 2 or 3 tries to get the speedometer to reset. We recently received a notification from Chevrolet that "if this condition was occurring" we should bring the vehicle to the dealer for repair. The repair would be free if the mileage was below 75,000. We also called the Chevrolet contact and were told that this repair would not be free since we were over 75,000 miles. My contention is that this is a huge safety issue that Chevrolet should be wholly responsible for regardless of the mileage on the vehicle. Here is an example of the potential danger: I was recently driving my wife and children (ages 2, 4 and 8) in our Tahoe to a baptism in lynchburg. I had the cruise control engaged at 60 mph. I disengaged the cruise control and the speedometer continued to climb to 100+ mph. I carefully pulled over and turned the car off. It took me 3 tries for the speedometer to return to close to 0. I started the vehicle and reentered the highway. The speedometer was reading 60 mph and the other cars on the road were flying by me. I quickly realized that the speedometer was again not working properly. We could easily have been plowed into by an oncoming vehicle.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #67

Dec 222006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The speedometer displays the incorrect speed. When the vehicle was started, the speedometer read 90 mph. The cruise control was activated at 65 mph. The vehicle was pulled over by a police officer, who informed her that she was driving 75 mph. The dealer stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. No repairs were made because the vehicle exceeded 70,000 miles. The failure mileage was 56,000 and current mileage was 84,000.

- Rapid City , SD, USA

problem #66

Apr 052006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Speedometer and oil pressure gauge failure on my 2003 chev Tahoe. Chev has issued a limited scope recall with limitations to mileage or years. If there is a problem with this part, especially a speedometer it should be recalled and replaced.

- Zimmerman, MN, USA

problem #65

Dec 042006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the speedometer dial sticks and displays inaccurate speed while driving 35 mph. The speedometer dial also sticks during deceleration and acceleration. The contact received a letter from GM that stated the gauges will flutter, stick, or become inoperable. The contact spoke with GM and they would not repair the vehicle due to the mileage. The current mileage was 110,603 and failure mileage was 76,000.

- Louiston, ME, USA

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