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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,700 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 162015


  • 147,000 miles


The rear seat release cable is faulty and I was unable to get out of the back compartment (after the door hatch was closed). This is hazardous because the third row seating area is back there, and without a means of easy release a passenger might be trapped in an emergency.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #4

Jun 222009

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 102,500 miles
I have been seeing commercials about airbags not deploying on Chevy vehicles. My daughter was killed in my 04 Chevy Tahoe where the airbags did not deploy. She was thrown from the vehicle and also another person was in the car as well. Airbags on the drivers or passengers side did not deploy. The truck flipped several times. The drivers seat also lifted up and was split in to. We asked the investigators and our insurance company to check into why the airbags did not deploy and they said it was normal, but we knew otherwise. They did not take any further action.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #3

Nov 162009


  • miles
The seat heater on the driver's seat gets too hot, my brother was badly burned on a road trip very quickly, instant huge blister, he couldn't adjust the heat being unfamiliar with my Tahoe and there was no where to pull over safely.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 092009


  • 69,000 miles
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71. 69K miles. Driver's power seat and both front seat heaters failed simultaneously. Found burned orange wire in connector at rear of driver's seat burned and connector melted at orange wire location. Also saw area on orange wire that appeared to be a location where wire was pinched by seat adjuster mechanism. Repair of wire and relocation of harness away from seat mechanical parts cured the problem.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 55-60 mph on normal road conditions, the four wheel drive activated without assistance. The four wheel drive mechanism failed to respond when the contact attempted to deactivate the system. The four wheel drive warning indicator illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. Recently, the front driver's and passenger side seats failed to recline backwards. In addition, there was water leaking from the sunroof near the passenger side sun visor. Finally, the passenger side power window and heated seat failed to operate. The VIN and mileages were unknown.

- Elkhorn, KY, USA

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