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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,171 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 142009


  • 90,700 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving 10 mph the front ABS began pulsating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the technicians stated that the ABS hub needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 90,700.

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #6

May 102005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe problem with brakes. Customer stated that he had to run a red light because the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. Mechanic stated there was nothing wrong with it after taking it around the block. The consumer stated stopping distance was poor and the pedal eventually went to the floor. The consumer learned of a recall 1 year later, however he was told his year of vehicle and the stated he resided in was not included.

- Lone Tree, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 202006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles
- the contact stated while driving the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe at 35 mph and while slowing down to a stop sign with foot on the brake pedal the vehicle felt as if it the brakes were being pumped. The brakes would only slow the vehicle, it would not stop it at a slow rate of speed. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who determined that the ABS was inadvertently activating at a lower speed. Updated 02/22/07.

- Harrisville, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 162005

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


The brakes failed to stop the truck when depressed between 10-15 mph upon approaching a traffic light. This resulted in the truck rear ending another vehicle. All the dashboard warning lights and the check engine light started flashing an hour before the brake failure. Also, there was a rattling/thumping noise in the steering wheel when turning. The truck was towed to the dealership, who together with insurance company had to inspect the truck to determine the cause of the brake failure.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #3

May 152004

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Anti lock brake concern: Early this summer I had to suddenly stop on the freeway. It was dry pavement on a completely clear straightaway. The anti lock brakes went into play and the Tahoe was somehow pulled us to the side. My wife said "what the hell was that" "why". I felt the same way. Had we been on ice or a wet surface this could have caused us to loose control completely. It almost felt like we were going to loose control. There is no pulling or concerns however during normal braking. Date below is approximately.

- Savage, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 212003


  • miles
While driving about 55 mph on the highway driver applied the brakes and pedal went all the way down to the floor, and vehicle crashed into a guard rail.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022003

(reported on)


  • miles
While slowing down, consumer states" vehicle suddenly accelerated engine was racing, which resulted in consumer crashing vehicle into a concrete wall. Consumer states foot was pressed to the floor on brake pedal, after hitting wall engine was still racing like wall was stopping it from taking off.

- Exeter, RI, USA

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