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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,366 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 172008


  • 70,000 miles


My 2003 Chevy Tahoe Z71 transmission failed while driving. The transmission would not engage at all after the incident. Vehicle had approx. 70,000 miles. The transmission was repaired at the GM dealership. I still have the parts available. GM dealer nor the Chevy customer service line would acknowledge this as a issue on the Tahoe. The incident occurred in a main road with significant traffic - it had the potential to be a safety issue as I was making a left hand turn when the incident occurred. 4L60 transmission.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 292008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,261 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the transmission was slipping. The dealer stated that a new transmission was needed before it failed completely. The failure and current mileages were less than 47,261. Updated 12/16/08 updated 12/18/0

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #5

May 202006


  • 36,000 miles
We have problems with the running lights, dash gauges not working properly. Now the engines is starting to idle roughly and make noises. We got a notice letting us know that there was a recall on a part that runs all of the dash gauges. Some kind of computer thing. I went into the dealership and they told me my car had too many miles to honor the recall and I would have to pay for it!. lets see, we wait long enough for miles to get past 100,000 miles and then they don't have to fix all the vehicles. I can see another Tahoe coming down the road and one of the running lights is always out. We have a 2003 Tahoe. The dash coating started pealing and they wouldn't cover it being replaced. I had less than 60,000 miles at that time. They said that the extended warranty didn't cover this. The Tahoe is shifting real rough at times and will speed up on it's own at times. This shifting happens at least once a day. The gauges don't work at all. (fuel, oil pressure, and sometimes the RPM won't work at all).

- Clifton, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 072005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact stated a device on the transmission broke due to cold temperatures causing the speedometer to be inoperative. The dealer informed the contact there were no recalls and advised her to call the manufacturer. The manufacturer offered no free remedy.

- Thomas, OK, USA

problem #3

Jun 142004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,300 miles
Consumer complained about excessive vibration. Nechanic replaced engine mounts/ tansmission, and intermittent steering shaft, but vibration continued. There was no final solution.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front passenger seat heater comes on by itself. Blinker sensor will tell me that the blinker is on when it isn't. cd/radio lights blink on and off. Rear passenger window rolls down by itself. Fuel guage does not work properly and will often say it's full when it's empty or it's empty when it's full or half a tank when it is empty. Fuel injectors keep clogging up with carbon. Transmission failure from stop and delay acceleration while driving.

- Elk City, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 122003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the key was in the "start" position, the vehicle was shifted from park. The consumer's 4 year child changed the gear and caused the vehicle to roll into a ditch.

- Morristown, TN, USA

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