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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,461 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jul 012015


  • 60,000 miles


The dashboard on my Chevy Tahoe is cracking. It began with one very small crack and now it has spread to the airbag compartment. The cracks have become so bad that the airbag compartment on the passenger side has begun to protrude above the surface of the dashboard.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #24

May 142014


  • miles
Dashboard has 3 large cracks. Started as a small stress crack then spread throughout the dash. This is a known problem with the 08-14 GM vehicles ( Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche) this happened as the car was stationary. This is very unsafe as the crack can spread and/or break during driving, GM needs to address this major concern

- Rye Brook, NY, USA

problem #23

Jul 102016


  • miles
Dashboard has cracked adjacent to corner of passenger side airbag panel and along top of driver side instrument cluster panel. Cracks were noticed upon entering vehicle after it being parked in front of home overnight. The cracked dashboard is a safety concern in that shards of the plastic may break off during an accident and/or during deployment of the airbags, impaling the passengers.

- Boulder Creek, CA, USA

problem #22

Mar 032015


  • miles


Have two area on my, dash board where. Cracks are located, running from the steering to the passage side. Never use any cleaning products, just a damp towel.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 112016


  • 55,000 miles
There is a crack in the dash that extends from the passenger side airbag area. I am concerned with the fact that if the airbag were to deploy it could propel plastic material into the cabin and at the passengers.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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problem #20

Mar 102016


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact noticed cracks on the dashboard towards the front passenger side near the air bag components and cracks on the driver side near the gauges. The dealer and manufacturer stated that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The manufacturer provided no repair solution other than stating to take the vehicle to the dealer for repair. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #19

Oct 302013


  • miles


The truck was having dry start ups winter or summer..could hear the lifters tapping really hard until oil hits it, ,lifters collasped on right side now the left is doing the same and warranty wont fix..also the leveling pump keeps going out and this it rhe second one in two years that had to be replaced..also the driver mirror will not role in so when I park noone wont hit it..also dash is craxk over the passenger side and driver side air bags..also the transmission is slipping into second gear and it rumbles inside when it drops to 4 cylinder..

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #18

Mar 242015


  • 78,000 miles
Dashboard is cracking around the airbag and on top of the odometer/ speed and is a safety issue if passenger side airbag goes off. Potential for it to shoot plastic shrapnel into cabin and it's occupants. I have children and I feel unsecured riding my truck.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 152016


  • 135,000 miles
Dash cracked while stationary. Very common. Potential to become projectile during accident.

- Springville, IN, USA

problem #16

Feb 092014


  • 54,398 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the dashboard of the vehicle was fractured in several places, which could cause injuries. The vehicle was diagnosed, but not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 54,398.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #15

Jan 092015


  • miles


Dash has cracked in multiple places. First crack is on right side of dash, top left of the air bag panel. Second crack is on left side of dash over the instrument panel. Most people don't think about a cracked dash being dangerous. However, if the airbags are deployed, fragments could become projectiles that can harm passengers. Chevrolet/GM needs to make this right.

- Bourg, LA, USA

problem #14

Jan 072015


  • miles
Dashboard cracking in several different places, even beside passenger airbag.

- Corinth, MS, USA

problem #13

Dec 272015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
My dashboard recently cracked on its own in several locations including around the passenger side airbag and in front of the drivers console. It seems as if this is some sort of defect in the manufacturing process. It split all the way through. My main concern is the pieces next to the airbag may become projectiles if the airbags were to ever be deployed. GM and Chevrolet dealerships refuse to address the issue after numerous complaints.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #12

Mar 142015


  • 75,000 miles
The door handles on my Tahoe have broken off at the post in the door. This is a common occurence for this model according to the data on the internet. The plastic handle easily breaks off from the metal post over time. This is not from excessive use or force this is just a design flaw with inferior materials. Both the passenger and driver side handles have broken off. The situation just contuinued to get worse over the last year. This vehicle is garaged 90% of the time only being driven as a pleasure vehicle. The doors broke when the vehicle was parked.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #11

Jul 012015


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the vehicle developed a crack on the dashboard near the air bag. The dashboard began to disintegrate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the failure was a common issue with the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was not available.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 072015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving at 25 mph, the contact noticed that there were multiple cracks on the dashboard where the air bags were located. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 182014


  • 47,000 miles
The outside door handles are cheap and defective. Just replaced one and another is breaking apart. Replaced the handle at the dealer who told me they are replacing a lot of them!

- St Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #8

Oct 012013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that there was a fracture across the dashboard. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 87,000 and the current mileage was 98,000. Updated 05/19/14 updated 06/24/14 updated 06/25/2014

- Alice, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 012012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Dashboard cracked in several places above airbags creating very sharp, jagged edges. This poses a major safety concern as the exposed sharp plastic edges can and have cut fingers and could also damage the airbag in the event of a crash.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 292011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 39,600 miles
The "chrome" outside door handles broke. They are cheaply made. We are currently in need of repair for the second replacement set.

- Chickasha, OK, USA

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