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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,385 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 262005

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


My Tahoe has 59,000 miles we have replaced the radio 3 times the air conditioning pump once and now the fuel pump all lumped to about $2200 cash out of pocket.thanks Chevy!

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #9

Oct 302003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact stated the fuel pump malfunctioned twice. This happened while accelerating. The first time he was passing on a two lane road and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, and they replaced the fuel pump under warranty. This happened again approximately two years later. The vehicle had to sit for a while then it started up. The vehicle only went 20 mph when the fuel pump failed. The fuel pump has been replaced a second time.

- Morgan City, LA, USA

problem #8

Sep 242005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,328 miles
My 3003 Chevy Tahoe fuel pump failed vehicle still under warranty. However with 29000 plus miles and after talking to mechanic. Tech explained to me that fuel pump is cooled by gasoline in tank and said to me this is a common problem with newer Chevy I believe this is a defect what happens to us that own vehicle. Out of warranty we broke down on rt 93 passing lane and could have been killed thank god for not! I truly believe this is a safety concern that should be looked into. Thank you.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 212004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The vehicle is a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 four-wheel drive. The intermediate shaft shakes and rattles to the point of having slack in it. He took vehicle to the dealer and they greased it. The second time they greased it again. The third time the dealership replaced the intermediate shaft because it was on a recall. Consumer had to wait a year before they could get the replacement part. The problem has returned even after the part was replaced. The problem was in the same area but, the noise was a little different and it was making a knocking sound. Consumer believed that it may be in the front end differential. Consumer has not contacted the dealership. Also, fuel pump failed. Dealership replaced the fuel pump. There were other problems, but consumer felt they were minor.

- Hensley, AR, USA

problem #6

Mar 212005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My fuel pump failed and had to be replaced with less than 50,000 miles on the car. Symptom was that the car would not start. A fuel pump should last longer than 50,000 on a new car or truck. I think the original pump was defective or there is a design flaw.

- Norman, OK, USA

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problem #5

Oct 312004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,550 miles
While driving vehicle was cut off. Consumer had to coast to the side of the road. Then, vehicle was towed. The fuel pump was found to be defective.

- Carriere, MS, USA

problem #4

Feb 132004


  • miles


Purchased 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe on 1/13/2003. Since then vehicle has been in services over 10 times for engine stalling out or for vehicle trying but not cranking. Fuel pump was to blame at least 3, bad gas has been the blame twice, cpu brain twice and anti-theft system once. As long as vehicle has half tank of gas vehicle runs fine.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 162004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,971 miles
Engine starts and dies out. Sent Tahoe to service 3 times. First problem occurred on 2-16-04. Second problem on 3-16-04, and returned on 3-18-04. Picked up vehicle and on the next morning, the vehicle would not start again. When picked up on the third attempt for repair, service department said it is okay to drive car, they had done a temporary fix, and we needed to keep 1/2 tank of gas until General Motors created a new fuel pump. Vehicle still not fully repaired.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #2

May 102003


  • miles
I have a 2003 Tahoe Chevrolet I have taken it back on two occasions. For a check because when you try to crank vehicle, it hesitate to crank it try turn over the engine. They replaced the fuel pump then the next day it did the very same thing.. do you a a complaint of this..this has been happening since I purchase the vehicle.

- Gordo, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
When I had my 2003 Tahoe for only 6 months, my Tahoe stalled in the road and had to be towed to the dealer. Well, they fixed it and they said it was a defective fuel pump. I would like to know if this has happened with other similar vehicles. Also, I had to bring back my Tahoe to the dealer last week because of a thumping noise in the steering wheel and they said that the steering wheel shaft just needed some lubrication. My concern is that I only had this vehicle for 14 months with 15700 miles on it and I already have problems. Could my vehicle be a lemon? please research about other 2003 Tahoe's if they have had similar problems.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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