Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

Print this page


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace gasket (2 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012013

Tahoe Z71 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


I am just hearing about the bad heads. My coolant is disappearing and from what I am reading is that it is cracked heads. Guess I will try to trade it in.

- , Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 202011

Tahoe Z71 4x4 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I Heard a knocking sound when started and stopped after a few minutes of warming up. I then noticed smoke coming out of exhaust that wasn't normal. I was driving and engine started to overheat stopped and checked coolant was low saw no leaks. I took to radiator shop replaced gaskets. about a week later was filling up with gas turned ignition on "CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL" warning came on checked with dipstick barely registered on dipstick add a quart took back to quick lube where oil was changed a month earlier they found no leaks. Check engine light had come on was over 100k miles so had plugs and wires replaced engine light stayed off less than 24hrs. I started doing research online and found others having same problem. I called GM Thursday Feb 10, 2011 to file a complaint #71-916749059 they said no "RECALLS" on this problem but there is a service bulletin on this issue. Why if Chevrolet knows this is a problem with the head gaskets not standing behind their product

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

My husband bought the Tahoe last summer and know I found out that there is a factory defect regarding the intake manifold gasket and made worse with the use of the GM approved coolant Dex-Cool. Is there any legal action that can be taken being that this is known to be a factory defect?

- , Mankato, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 042008

Tahoe V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

It looks like this is a documented flaw that CHEVY needs to be paying for.

- , San Ramon, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?