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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,732 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 222014

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. Consumer states problem with vehicle brakes. The consumer stated his daughter was driving the vehicle. His daughter had difficulty stopping the vehicle. When she arrived home, he decided to test drive the vehicle, and soon discovered the brake pedal went down to the floor and he could barely stop the vehicle. The consumer had to add nearly 16 ounces of brake fluid. The consumer took the vehicle to his mechanic, where it was determined the brake lines were rusted and one line was leaking badly. The repair cost, the consumer $1,346.62.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

problem #10

Nov 012010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the brake pedal would depress to the floor whenever the brakes were engaged and it would take repeated heavy pressure to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. An authorized dealer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 04V045000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #9

Oct 242011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the vehicle stalled with out any warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the hydraulic brake system was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 212011


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that when applying the brakes at low speeds, the anti lock braking system would engage and the vehicle would experience an increased stopping distance. An independent mechanic replaced the rotors and brakes, but the failure continued. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where they were in the process of diagnosing the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #7

May 132011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed, the contact noticed brake fluid leaking from the vehicle abnormally. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the two bottom brake lines were worn and had split simultaneously. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000. Updated 06/17/11 updated 2/03/2012

- Centerville, MA, USA

problem #6

May 072011


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving approximately 75 mph she heard a clicking noise followed by the illumination of the anti-lock brake and fuel gauge warning lights on the instrument panel. Moments later the vehicle stalled. Upon restart the vehicle operated as normal. The failure recurred approximately twenty times within a two week period. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The contact planned on taking the vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The contact also expressed concern of NHTSA campaign id numbers: 04V045000 (fuel system, gasoline), 04V045000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 07E106000 (wheels: Cap/cover/hub, which he believed could have possibly contributed to the failure. The VIN was not included in any of the recalls and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- West Cliffe, CO, USA

problem #5

Sep 012009


  • 60,000 miles


My anti-lock brakes are activating at low speeds when there is no apparent reason for them to be doing so.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 052009


  • 77,000 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe power steering failure and simultaneous loss of power brakes! it could have been a disaster if I had been going fast or in heavy traffic!

- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 052008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. A local mechanic stated that the valve O-ring seal fractured. The steering was slightly affected while braking or parking. The vehicle became more difficult to stop and took longer to decelerate than prior to the seal fracture. The failure and current mileages were 88,000. Updated 4/21/08 updated 04/21/08

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
So many... where do I start? 1) at 9,000 mi. Intermediate shaft was replaced due to a popping feeling in the steering, at 16,000 mi. It is doing the same thing again. 2) at 9000 miles the instrument cluster was replaced due to a faulty tach motor making a buzzing/rattling sound, started making noise again at 13,000 miles took to dealer and said there is nothing wrong. 3) headlights flicker on and off on turns has been to the dealer 5 times since it had 9000 mi. 1st 2 times replaced a plug on alternator and said it was fixed, was not then said the found a bad connector still did not fix the problem. The problem still exists contacted GM and they were no help. 4) exhaust has been popping since new and sometimes after cool down sounds like something exploded 5) engine makes a noise when warmed up took in for service at 12000 miles and they cleaned oil pump pickup tube and said the oil pressure was not correct. This did not fix the problem took back in at 15000 and they stated no problem was found I was told the engine noise was normal. 6) the brakes pulsated when new took back at 59 mi. I was told to drive it and it would get better. Started again at 9000 mi. And they turned the rotors. Brakes started making a cracking noise in the front took in 3 times found no problem yet when I picked the vehicle up the last time at 15,000 mi the noise went away only to come back a week later. 7) when idling the vehicle vibrates bad!!!! dash will rattle and you can feel it in the steering wheel. I was told this was normal when the A/C was on yet it's worse when the A/C is off. Now that A/C is making a terrible noise from inside the engine compartment and inside the climate control box area. 8) engine has a miss at idle.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #1

Jan 222004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
Vehicle (2004 Chevrolet Z71 4X4) pulls consistently to the right upon firm brake application (such as from a 65 mph coasting condition). At the same time, the vehicle's rear end swings out to the left making for a very unstable situation. When you let off of the brake pedal the vehicle darts to the left due, I assume, to the left-input on the steering wheel that you've had to sustain to keep the truck in its lane. I drove several loaners from the selling dealer that, to my surprise, all did the exact same thing. Several dealership service department management individuals confirmed that their Z71 were also afflicted. The brake technician at the dealership stated that he found my vehicle "dangerous" and that he would not put his family in it. Dealership service personnel stated that they had contacted Chevrolet technical assistance and were told that Chevrolet was aware of the condition, as they had attempted to cure it in a vehicle they had at the detroit-area manufacturing facility, but were unable. Therefore, since all of these vehicles pull to the right when braking, it must be "normal." No fix to be had. I strongly disagree with the conclusion that it is normal, and have driven in excess of several thousand vehicles as my basis for disagreement. I am at a loss to explain why this condition has not caught the attention of NHTSA, and is not the source of massive complaint by the general public. Anyone else who experiences this condition, please chime in and let your voice be heard.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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