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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #124

Oct 172013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles


My instrument cluster went bad while driving. I took it to Chevrolet and was told there was a recall on the part but only up to 7years or 70, 000 miles. From what I know, GM was well aware that they made defective instrument cluster and don't want to replace them. I have 6 children to Transport back and forth from school and practice, my speedometer not working is unsafe for my children.

- Seatac , WA, USA

problem #123

May 212009

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The speed gauge was struck on 10 than 20 it stop working all together about two months go. Iam going to get it fix.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #122

Dec 142010

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
Speedometer not working correctly. Shows 50 mph when stopped and 120 mph when on city streets. Was working without any issues and then today it is incorrect. I have searched the internet and noticed this is becoming widespread.

- Santa Paula, CA, USA

problem #121

Oct 042010


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving various speeds the speedometer and fuel gauge malfunctioned. The contact was unable to determine how fast the vehicle was traveling. The manufacturer mailed the contact a letter regarding the defect with the instrument cluster. When the letter was received the contact did not have an issue with the instrument cluster on the vehicle. The letter stated that the manufacturer extended the warranty to seven years from the date that the vehicle was in service or 70,000 miles. The contact exceeded the extended warranty and the dealer will not repair the instrument cluster under the warranty; however, the manufacturer should be responsible for the repairs since this was a known safety issue. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Cottonwood Heights, UT, USA

problem #120

Sep 212010


  • 129,000 miles
-the contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the speedometer functioned intermittently and the failure was progressively becoming worse. The dealer stated that there was no warranty and the contact would be responsible for repair costs. The current and failure mileages were approximately 129,000.

- Antelope , CA, USA

problem #119

Sep 012008


  • 65 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 65 to 70 mph, the speedometer displayed an inaccurate reading of 100 mph. The speed fluctuated regardless of the actual speed that the contact was driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times and the instrument panel was replaced. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was unknown.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #118

Mar 152010


  • 8,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. While traveling at speeds of 60 mph, the contact noticed that the instrument panel had become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the dashboard would need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #117

Apr 032010


  • 855,000 miles
Speedometer on 2003 Chevy Tahoe defective - while driving on the freeway on my way home from work in moderate traffic, I look down and my speedo is displaying over 120mph. This caught me off-guard and I stepped on the brakes, almost getting rear-ended. I called the dealer and they stated that there is a service bulletin out that would cover this safety issue. However since my vehicle has 85K it does not qualify. Upon searching on the internet, this appears to be a major safety issue and it is evident this is a known problem for many years. Dealer wants to charge over $750-$1000 to fix this safety problem! something needs to done!

- Moorpark, CA, USA

problem #116

Mar 232010

(reported on)


  • miles
GM models 2003-2007 light pick-ups and sport utility. Consumer states defective dash clusters. The consumer owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. She stated she experienced a problem with the instrument cluster reading 70 mph also, the water pump failed.

- Mechanicsburg, OH, USA

problem #115

Jan 012009


  • miles
Speedometer suddenly increase not indicating the correct settings.

- Whittier , CA, USA

problem #114

Nov 282009


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. All of the gauges on the instrument control panel have failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The technician stated that since the warranty expired, he was ineligible for a free remedy. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #113

Dec 282009


  • 80,595 miles
2003 Tahoe speedometer displays inaccurate value. Do not know at what speed vehicle is traveling. Doesn't seem to be any common denominator as to what speed it displays and you don't know when it is accurate or not. This is scary! internet search reports a on going problem. What does it take to make this addressed and corrected?

- Norfolk, NE, USA

problem #112

Dec 242009


  • 87,000 miles
Approx. Every other time I drive my 2003 Chevy Tahoe the speedometer misreads. It is usually off by around 20-30 mph under the actual speed of the vehicle. The oil pressure is also affected by dropping to almost zero. I have heard there is a recall for 2005 Silverado with similar problems however I have not found a recall for my vehicle. Thank you.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #111

Dec 132009


  • 119,347 miles
Speedometer on 2003 Chevy Tahoe defective - while driving the other day at 55mph speedometer jumped to over 100 mph. This caught me off-guard and I stepped on the brakes, almost getting rear-ended in moderate traffic. A major safety issue, in my opinion!! now when vehicle is stopped speedometer reading 50 mph. Reading on the web it is evident this is a known problem for many years. Dealer wants to charge over $800 to fix this safety problem!

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #110

Dec 202008


  • 105,000 miles
~6 months ago, my speedometer on my 2003 Chevy Tahoe went to 120mph and stayed there. I am unable to tell how fast I'm going and now my oil pressure gauge has maxed out. I had 105K miles on it at the start of the issue.

- Jackson Center, OH, USA

problem #109

Sep 182009


  • 79,000 miles
2003 Chevy Tahoe, under 80K miles, speedometer "sticks". currently registering 120 mph while sitting still. Takes several days for speedometer to return to zero or show correct speed. Have found multiple descriptions of same issue on many internet forums.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #108

Jul 202009

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 57 mph on normal road conditions the speed odometer displayed inaccurate readings. The vehicle has not been repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000. The current mileage was 116,671. Bl updated 10/5/09 updated 10/07/09

- Olive Branch , MI, USA

problem #107

Jul 012008


  • 60,000 miles
Speedometer registers inaccurate and erratic readings (70 mph at complete stop; 120 mph with movement, sometimes 0 mph with driving). This occurs suddenly and without warning, intermittently, but is becoming more frequent. It has not been repaired at this time due to expense quoted by dealership. Also noted are inaccurate oil pressure readings (pegged pressure readings in high zone). It is not reliably affected by stopping/restarting the vehicle.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #106

Jun 092009


  • 65 miles
Ihave a 2003 Chevy tahoewith less than 41,000 miles on it. Speedometer doesnt work, stock to 120 mph. I heard that some people who have the same problem about their instrument panel called Chevy/GMC and admit that certain vins had defective cluster(including mine)yet they will not recall or replace unless the vehicle has less than 70,000 miles on it, but I called Chevy and they dont admit about this but instead they suggest to bring my truck to a dealer to diagnose what the problem is with my own expenses.right now ive been laid off from my job, cant even pay my mortgage, bills.he.........llppppppp.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #105

Jul 162008


  • miles
I own a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. About a year ago my speedometer and fuel gauge stopped working. I received a speeding ticket because the officer said I was going 5 miles over speed limit. I ran out of gas twice. I called alocal GM dealer who gave me an estimate of 500 dollars. He said he knew what it was but wouldn't tell me the problem. I know of at least 4 other GM owners with same problem. I have been unemployed for 8 months and cannot afford this repair. GM needs to fix this problem.

- Homestead, FL, USA

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