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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,363 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 152015


  • 120,995 miles


I heard a ticking noise in the engine compartment, upon investigation of where the noise was coming from, found a exhaust manifold bolt missing. Research indicates this is a common occurrence on these type vehicles

- Mchenry , IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 262015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the temperature gauge indicator increased displaying that the engine had overheated. In addition, the oil pressure gauge was low. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that both cylinder heads in the engine had cracked and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 102,000...updated 10/21/15 updated 3/21/16

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #9

Mar 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed to illuminate without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the rear passenger and driver side brake lights failed to illuminate intermittently. The bulbs were replaced several times, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle sputtered without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the emission canister needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lineville, AL, USA

problem #8

Jul 182015


  • 133,000 miles


While driving 35 mph to a family function the low oil pressure light came on. The pressure gauge then started changing from 0-80 continously. After google search I found that I should pull over and turn off the engine. I took it to an independent mechanic where he checked the oil and it had the righ amount of oil and he stated that the oil looked good. I take my truck regularly for oil changes and my last one was May 1. 2015. The mechanic told me that it may be the oil pump so we replaced it. The cost for the service was $200. It is now only a few days later and the oil pressure gaige is still going from 0-80.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 102015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving at 25 mph, the contact noticed a knocking noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 192014


  • 83,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Tahoe with 5.3 liter engine. The motor has consumed 2 quarts oil since its last oil change. The vehicle currently has 83000 miles. It is serviced regularly. Chevrolet is well aware of this problem and needs to address it immediately. I am told by my local Chevrolet dealership that it has repaired numerous vehicles because of the oil consumption issue. The cost to repair is between 300 and 3000 dollars. It might need new pistons and rings because of the faulty inexpensive part. Epic fail by Chevy not to alert their customers of this problem.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 032014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that two of the rear exhaust manifold bolts sheared off on both sides of the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the bolts had to be drilled out in order to be replaced. The manufacturer and dealer were made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000. The dealers explanation was an aluminum head versus a cast iron exhaust manifold versus case hardened bolts all expanded and contracted together, which cause a poor design. Updated 08/18/14

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 222012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
Approximately 5:50 P.M. as my daughter and I were driving down a busy road the car stopped without warning. Many of the dashboard lights came on and the steering locked. I was able to crank again to pull it into a business parking lot. I was not completely in the parking space and was concerned about upsetting the flow of traffic for this business, but could not crank the car to get it completely in the parking space. As I was out of town, the vehicle had to be towed approximately 75 miles. When the guy came to tow the car all the lights were still on, steering still locked and unable to start engine up. The guys at the Chevrolet dealership where it was towed started working on the vehicle on Friday morning by closing they still had not figured out the problem with the car. Around lunch time on Monday they realized it was the ignition switch. The part was $49.52 but the labor was costly. I ended up paying $476 to have the vehicle repaired. Really did not feel safe driving the car for quite some time. Can't believe my vehicle will not be covered under this recall when it is the exact same symptoms. My statement on the repair order states, "the customer says the car stopped as she was driving down the road."

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #3

Mar 052014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
The engine has coolant leak at head. GM is aware that the engines were made with faulty heads by a company called castec that are prone to failure in the oil return ports. They have a bulletin but are unwilling to assume any responsibility. This repair is so costly that a complete engine replacement is more feasible. The average time of this repair seems to be only 100,000 miles.

- Cantonment , FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 202012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 216,000 miles
My bolts on my exhaust manifold are breaking off. I have five grand kids that ride in my truck at times. I don't want carbon monoxide coming into my truck. These bolts should not just break off, this is an expensive repair and should be recalled by the manufacturer. I have seen where this has been an on going issue with Chevy and GM trucks. This truck was build with family in mind. Now because of this issue myself and my families safety is at risk.

- Walton, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 282012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I went to the store aprox at 8pm and go back aprox at 915pm and park my car. Aprox at 11pm my neighbors call us and said that my truck was on fire. The fire department said that this started aprox from the engine part.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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