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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,301 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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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #9

May 092015


  • 125,000 miles


Driver fell asleep ran into the back of a semi truck, airbag did not deploy. Vehicle was a total loss.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #8

Apr 072015


  • 74,654 miles
Bought Tahoe in 2006, noticed had to push brake peddle hard when stopping, told several different dealers about it, told it was normal.different people drove it and also said you really had to push hard to stop.I changed tires last year and asked them about the brakes, I was told that there was trouble on the 2006 Tahoe.

- Smithton, IL, USA

problem #7

Sep 022013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 101,294 miles
2006 Tahoe rear liftgate/glass will not open. Owners manual states to insert key to unlock. I feel that correct parts were not supplied during build process and this is major safety issue when no interior manual release installed. Other vehicles have manual trunk release and feel this should be recalled by GM and corrected. Also the part is dealer item only so repair is significantly higher.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 212013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


2006 Chevrolet Tahoe tail gate will not open. The key fob is the only way to unlock it-there is no key lock on the outside of the tailgate, and to my utter shock---no interior latch to unlock the tailgate from the inside. There is also absolutely no way to unlock the window separately from the tail gate. This is a serious safety hazard. I have read numerous other complaints regarding this identical issue-and am absolutely shocked that this is not a recall issue-a recall needs to be done immediately--before someone becomes trapped in a car accident or vehicle fire. Very disappointed Chevrolet has done nothing to date to solve this very dangerous problem!! I now have a vehicle that is useless-and Chevrolet needs to do whatever is necessary to resolve his defective and faulty equipment---immediately!

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 112013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the rear deck cargo door could not be unlocked electronically. The dealer advised that the cargo door was not designed to do open electronically. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Waldoboro, ME, USA

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problem #4

Sep 012012


  • 90,000 miles
The rear hatch door actuator when not working properly will not allow the window or the rear hatch door to unlock. This is a hazard in case of an auto accident.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #3

May 062012


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated the rear hatch lock failed and could not be opened automatically. The rear hatch did not have a lock that could be unlocked manually. A passenger in the rear of the vehicle was unable to get out due to the failure. The fire department was called in order to remove the passenger from the rear seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the rear hatch actuator was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #2

May 282012


  • 182,762 miles
2006 Chevy Tahoe rear hatch will not unlock/open. This is the second time that this has occurred with this vehicle. First time repaired by the dealership where it was purchased new after the warranty expired -- expensive repair. Now facing having to have costly repair again and the vehicle is less than 7 years old. This is a keyless entry and poses a serious safety issue as there is no way to open the hatch from the inside or the outside of the vehicle. I do not have the VIN at this time.

- Pike Road, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 082011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
Tailgate or back glass cannot be opened. They are locked, fuse good. Slight click can be heard when try to open, but does not work. This is an electric lock and no way to open manually. When search on the internet hundreds of complaints could be found about the same problem. This is definitely a problem in the design. Hundreds of vehicles from 2005 to 2007 have experienced the same problem. I have seen recalls even for child safety sticker. I wonder why there is no recall for this problem.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

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