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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,117 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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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 032014


  • 83,000 miles


The chrome is peeling on my door handles and have caused cuts for different family members this is bad.

- Oberlin, KS, USA

problem #9

Apr 102012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the rear driver side door could not be unlocked from the outside of the vehicle manually or remotely. The contact indicated that the defect was repaired by the dealer but the failure recurred. The contact also indicated that the arm rest console with climate control for the rear seats became very hot to the touch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 142013

Tahoe 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The chrome plating on the driver interior door handle split at the seam and almost cut my would have if I had not noticed it before I grabbed the door to open it.

- Sylvester , GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 032013


  • 63,000 miles


Driver and passenger side broken exterior door handles (chrome plated). Both door handles pulled away from the door and are broken. Also the chrome plating on all handles are peeling. My research indicates that this is an extremely common problem with this model.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #6

Dec 012008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 0 miles
This is the 3rd time this happens to my vehicle and I get it repaired. When I got my Tahoe with 0 miles it already had this problem and I had it fixed, I thought no big deal of it. Then with time I find out it is a common problem with my vehicle. I did some research and this is a very common and pricey problem. The door locks on my Tahoe go out, they don't go up or down automatically and this is an issue to me because I have children in the back with an unlocked car. Three of my doors are currently out and I don't have $940 to fix it. My passengers are not safe because the door locks are a major problem. Please help us out!

- Olathe, KS, USA

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problem #5

Jun 042012


  • miles
I have a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe ltz which has ~53000 mile on it. I have in the last 2 years replaced 2 door handles and 2 door lock actuators. Dealership actually told me this morning after had 2nd lock actuator replaced that another lock actuator failed. As you could imagine I wanted to explode. I was livid, especially at the cost of replacing these items. I did not have an issue with it before they started looking at the other one. It looked liked they were trying to milk me for money in my opinion. I am astonished that there has not been a recall on these items, as of yet. It is apparent that these parts are defective, especially the lock actuators. Any searches on the web or discussion with any dealer advisors one would realize these parts have issues. The lock actuator issue is the most concerning, especially when you have small children riding in these vehicles. What is it going to take for a recall to occur, someone dying? these parts(possibly chinese made)are failing left and right with replacement costs upwards of $300 or more. These parts are probably being replaced with different manufactured parts but owner would not know. The dealerships do not want to show you the defective parts. Is there a reason there is no recall in respect to the lock actuators?

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152012


  • miles


2008 Chevy Tahoe door handles coming off. Has 79,000 miles on it. Ltz model. This should be a recall cause a lot of people are having problems with this.

- Oxford, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 222011


  • miles
Continuously having to replace door handles on 2008 Chevy Tahoe. Pinches my hand and causes brusing.

- Seymour, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 072011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Door handles on my 2008 Chevy Tahoe broke again for 3rd time. Chevy dealer notes its a issue but says its not covered under warranty since im over my mileage. Please help!

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 292011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,170 miles
Passenger lacerated right hand middle finger on sharp edge of peeling chrome on the top of the rap door handle. The rear doors exhibit some roughness of the chrome overlay indicating probable failure of the bonding on these as well. The drivers door handle was replaced the prior week at the owners expense for the same issue.

- Montoursville, PA, USA

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