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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,848 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.

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe transmission problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 082014


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving at 60 mph, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms and the vehicle failed to slow down. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that coolant was leaking into the transmission. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 072010


  • 92,000 miles
The shift lever position indicator located in the instrument panel cluster does not illuminate at various times. This has happened on and off for a while and I decided to research the issue. I found a similar recall for this model year vehicle on your website, but GM refuses to cover the defect on my VIN. I recently almost hit someone being in the wrong gear. This matches a previous recall id of 05V055000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Feb 122010


  • 37,700 miles
While driving on the freeway, vehicle lost acceleration although gas pedal was engaged. When I released my foot from the pedal, the gear engaged and vehicle continued for a short time before repeating same symptom. Vehicle did not fix itself. Safely coasted to shoulder of freeway. Put vehicle in park. Let it sit a moment and shifted back to drive. Was able to get vehicle off freeway and to safe location, but it continued to slip from gear. It finally stuck in 1st gear and would not shift up.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #5

Nov 252009


  • 114,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, that has over 100,000 miles. I first noticed a problem a few months ago when I was driving and it would seem like the pedal would stick a little bit, but I didn't think anything odd about that. (because I thought maybe might foot wasn't accelerating properly) the day before thanksgiving without warning I was on the highway driving around 65 mph and the vehicle started to drag horribly. I immediately exited the highway and pulled into a gas station to check my transmission fluid, which was full. I took the vehicle to aamco, they placed it on the machine and everything came back fine, however, when the mechanic drove the vehicle he determined it was stuck in 3rd gear. The vehicle repairs total @ $1800 which I don't have especially around the holiday's. the vehicle is now sitting in my garage because I cannot afford to pay for it. I purchased this vehicle when I lived in Georgia in 10/2006, it had 55,000 miles on it at the time with no visible abuse.

- Garfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 232008


  • 48,000 miles
My 2005 leased Chevy Tahoe had approximately 49,000 miles on it when the transmission failed. There was no forewarning. The car performed normally right up to the minute the transmission let go. I was driving 45 mph when a gear exploded and the car was left with only first and third gear. The car was brought to a dealer and GM refused to cover the repair because we had not taken their extended warranty. I was furious because after inspecting the torn down transmission, it was obvious that there was no abuse to the vehicle and that the gear had shattered inside the housing (I have pictures of the inside of the transmission). I first called the GM service 1800 number and they refused to pay for anything. After a week of speaking to agents and supervisors, I was given the name of the local Chevy dealer district manager. I contacted him and after investigating, he offered to pay half the cost (total cost estimated to be $3200). I let the car sit at the dealership for 21 days while I fought with these people. Finally, they agreed to pay for everything but the dealership labor. They also said they would guarantee the rebuilt transmission they were installing for another 100,000 miles - that was of no concern to me since it is a leased vehicle I will be getting rid of as soon as possible! I paid approximately $450 for the repairs and picked up my vehicle after 28 days. It seems to me that if you are willing to stick to your argument and have the ability to leave your vehicle sitting in the dealership repair shop, you can bargain because they know deep down it is a defective part and should last longer on a $38,000 vehicle. If I wasn't 8 months pregnant at the time, I would have let the vehicle sit there until they paid for everything. Ps - it was a boy!!

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 142007


  • 68,583 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the speedometer would remain at 50 mph, even if she was not accelerating. The gauge never displayed zero. While the vehicle was stationary, the speedometer would occasionally display 120 mph. In addition, the transmission was malfunctioning and would slip into gear hard. The entire transmission was rebuilt three times. Even after the transmission was repaired, the speedometer still malfunctioned. It became stuck at 120 mph and never decreased. The contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 05V055000 (power train:manual transmission:shift pattern indicator). The dealer stated that the vehicle would not be repaired because it exceeded 70,000 miles. The manufacturer would not provide any information due to a pending class action suit. The current mileage was approximately 105,000 and failure mileage was 68,583.

- Oak Grove, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 042005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
The contact stated transmission malfunctioned. While driving the wheels intermittently locked. The dealer rebuilt the transmission to try and correct the problem. This did not completely correct the problem. Currently, the vehicle will still slip from drive to neutral without manually being changed. The dealer could not duplicate this specific problem.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 302005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe developed a problem with pulling hard.** answer required***. the dealer stated there was no problem with the vehicle after putting it on a machine. The consumer stated the vehicle jerked violently. The dealer found an update for the PCM.

- Toney, AL, USA

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