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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,890 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jan 012007

Tahoe

  • 65,000 miles

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

There a noticable shaking when it coming to a stop and sometimes it will turn off. It also turns off when making a right / left turn and sometimes even when truck is running. There a click noise then turning. Also window's will get stuck and will not go up completely and now the left side windows are completely dead (do not go up or down).

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #22

Jan 242009

Tahoe

  • 148,000 miles
Jan 24, 09 vehicle was traveling N on co 145, preparing to turn left onto co 184. Driver heard a "pop" in the steering column. When she began the turn, the steering wheel would not turn. She then performed an emergency stop and came to rest near a guardrail in an oncoming traffic lane. She backed the vehicle out of the opposing lane and turned the steering wheel to the right. The steering wheel then released and she was able to turn onto 184 and exit the roadway. The steering wheel anti-theft lock no longer operates, and it appears that this device has failed. It also appears that pieces from this device became lodged in rotating parts of the steering system.

- Lewis, CO, USA

problem #21

Jan 012004

Tahoe

  • 200,000 miles
Had knocking in front end fixed at dealer. One year later returned. Something in the steering when backing out of driveway. Told it was not unsafe to drive. With all the complaints, I am surprised GM is doing nothing about this.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #20

May 052008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles

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

There is a weak feeling and a knocking in the steering box or steering column in the vehicle. It feels unstable like the car's front end could fall apart at any minute.

- Monrovia , CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 272006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Continuing problem with the steering shaft of my 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. Steering shaft and front end "popping" and looseness continue even after replacement. Dealerships know about this problem and have been instructed by GM service to no longer replace the steering shaft as this "fix" is not working. They are currently unsure how to fix the problem. In the mean time owners have a vehicle that drives as if it is going to fall apart in the front end. The Tahoe handles badly over rough road and cornering making it difficult to steer at times especially at hi-way speed.

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #18

Dec 012006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The steering locks up when I turn left in my 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. If this had happened during an evasive maneuver the results could have been catastrophic. I haven't had it fixed yet, but I don't believe it was the result of damage done by me.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #17

Oct 022006

(reported on)

Tahoe

  • miles

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

2003 Tahoe power steering failed while making a left turn. The input shaft from the pulley had come off.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 172006

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
I have replaced the I-shaft 2 times on my 2003 Tahoe. GM is not offering any type of replacement or help in fixing this issue

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #15

Apr 012006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,104 miles
: the contact stated there was a rattling noise in the steering column while driving at 50 mph. The vehicle was towed to a service dealer, where they determined the steering had locked. The vehicle has not yet been returned to the contact. Updated on 05/16/2006-

- Aguas Buenas, PR, USA

problem #14

Mar 162006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 25mph a clunking noise came from the steering shaft. Afterwards, the steering wheel and accelerator pedal vibrated. The vibration and noise occurred while driving straight or coasting, not while making turns. The problem occurred in January 2005 the first time. The dealership replaced the steering wheel shaft, which remedy the problem until now. The vehicle has not been inspected for the current vibration.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 012005

Tahoe

  • miles

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

Consumer 2003 Chevy Tahoe had a problem in the steering that caused an accident.

- Granger, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 112004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
GM is aware of a steering and suspension problem but will not fix the problem there are already multiple complaints and it will probably take a fatality to recall these issues.

- Granger, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 032005

Tahoe

  • miles
2003 Tahoe developed a noise in the steering.** answer required***. the consumer was told be Chevrolet there is currently no fix for the problem.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #10

Nov 202004

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Purchased vehicle in 04 with less than 20,000 miles. Within a few weeks, heard popping noise from front end and could feel a vibration when driving. Tokk vehicle in for repairs, added lubricant to front end and noise/vibration stopped for a few months. Repeated the lubricant proces two more times. Now replacing tie rods.

- Glenpool, OK, USA

problem #9

Aug 262004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,862 miles
The steering shaft and front suspension was replaced. The airbags did not deploy when the vehicle rolled over. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice for a popping noise and loose steering. The steering shaft was removed and lubed and the front lower crossmember was tightened. The consumer's son was driving the vehicle when he lost control. The vehicle rolled over twice, end over end the side over side one and a half times. The consumer requested to be notified of how many of these steering, braking and or other problems incurred with this make/model.

- Granger, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 112004

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering made popping noises and the steering felt loose. The dealer replaced the steering shaft and front suspension. The vehicle rolled over twice and the air bags did not deploy.

- Granger, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 202004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Clunking noise and feel in steering - loose steering.

- Riner, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 132004

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the steering wheel vibrated uncontrollably. The consumer drove to the dealer to have it inspected and the mechanic informed the consumer that the steering rack and pinion shaft needed to be replaced. Please fill in additional information.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 272004

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering loose/wobbly since buying vehicle. In for repair numerous times. At first told something was leaking, then replaced steering shaft thing, then told it was just the way the Tahoe drives. This week was told they "tweaked" the alignment and were going to push it beyond what Chevrolet normally recommends. Picked vehicle up and they had put two new tires on rear of vehicle in addition to alignment. I don't trust the steering and since they still say that is just the way it drives, not sure why they keep repairing things if that "is just the way the Tahoe drives".

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 272004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Popping sound in steering. Chevorlet tried to fix the problem by lubrication on two occasions, but symptoms returned.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

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