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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,328 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

May 092012


  • 50,000 miles


The door actuators went out on my car. The vehicle is all factory settings. I believe it is a manufacturer issue or electrical. Doors not lock using key fob or power locks button. Have to manually lock.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #57

Mar 142016


  • miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Tahoe ltz and the door locks just quit working one day. On all 4 doors!! the key fob will not lock or unlock the doors nor will the lock or unlock button in the car will work. I feel this is a major safety concern. What if you are stopped at a red light with no way to lock your doors and someone jumps in your car with you with a gun! I have two small children and this is a major concern for me! please issue a recall for the door locks.

- Oakland, TN, USA

problem #56

Jul 012012


  • 50,000 miles
Dash has 2 large cracks above the instrument panel and another one at the passenger airbag. During operation, stabilitrak light comes on, all gauges go to zero, doors begin locking/unlocking, vehicle loses power, radio goes out and clock resets, lights flash, and battery dies as soon as ignition is turned off. Numerous calls to GM and visits to dealership. No fix as of yet. This has been going on for years. Now odometer has reset to zero.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #55

Aug 072015


  • 179,000 miles


Dash, radio lights not working

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #54

Apr 222015


  • 71,000 miles
I have had my 2008 Chevy Tahoe to the dealers 4 times due to stabilatrack light comes on, then my windows continue to click brake lights quit working windows won't roll up or down and sometimes the vehicle will not start. On the third time they said it was the mega fuse and replaced it. Everything seemed fixed. I parked the car in the garage and pulled it out approximately 7 months later to get to my shelves and when I went to pull it back in the same situation happened again. I have not taken back to the dealer yet due to the extreme costs that I have continued to pay the previous time for it not to be fixed.. it effects the complete electrical system to the vehicle.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #53

Jan 052015


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the battery drained and required replacement every three months. In addition, the engine rpms increased. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on numerous occasions. On one occasion, the dealer replaced the wiring harness that caused the check engine, the battery light and the ABS warning lights illuminated. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- San Jancinto, CA, USA

problem #52

Sep 172014


  • 103,000 miles


Passenger side door lock started having problems. Would work occasionally. Now, it won't work at all. Has to be manually pulled up to unlock and pushed down to lock. I noticed over 450 complaints from others about the actuators going out on theirs too. Seems to be a problem.

- Washington, KS, USA

problem #51

Nov 042014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the theft system failed to deactivate intermittently. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #50

Dec 042014


  • 75,000 miles
There are numerous cracks in the dashboard around the airbag. I am worried if the air bag will prematurely deploy, or will not be able to deploy as designed with the cracks. My vehicle is a 2008 Tahoe ltz. There are countless people with the same issue, with the crack in the same place. I have no idea what is going on with the electrically system and what the cracks might be doing.

- Panama City , FL, USA

problem #49

Jan 082014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The front A/C&heater blower fan quit working, and now it and the rear blower quit blowing again. The first time it happened the front blower electrical connector was completely melted.

- Stigler, OK, USA

problem #48

Jul 142010


  • 30,000 miles


The door lock actuator has failed on my 08 Chevy Tahoe on 3 different occasions. The first time it was the driver side rear door. The two other times were the driver's door. Chevrolet replaced the actuator the first 2 times because it was under warranty.

- Cherokee, AL, USA

problem #47

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 #46

Mar 052014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that after taking the vehicle to the dealer for NHTSA campaign number: 10V240000, (electrical system), the contact was informed that the heated washer module would be permanently disabled and removed from the vehicle. The contact indicated that by removing the heated washer fluid module from the vehicle, he would be unable to remove ice from the windshield during icy weather conditions. The heated washer module was an added expense when the vehicle was purchased. The dealer confirmed that they would not honor the recall repair until they revised the vehicle so that no one could install any type of heated washer modules in the vehicle. The contact requested that the dealer replace the module with a NHTSA approved replacement module but the dealer refused. The contact had not experienced a failure. Remailed customer request 11/06/2014

- Island, TX, USA

problem #45

Feb 222012


  • miles
I had just pulled up in the driveway at my residence heading inside an I heard a noise from the vechile! when I went to see the side airbags on both side deployed! I called insurance company and they didn't cover it so contacted GM an they decided to send someone out to the place where the truck was towed! now GM decided it was a electrical problem with the sensor an they gonna fix it! the truck could be ready anytime now they were waiting on a backorder part to come in. Im still thinking if this vehicle if safe for me an my family.

- Edgard, LA, USA

problem #44

Sep 022013


  • 82,000 miles
I own a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe 4X4, I purchased it with 80000 miles on it. When I start the car or I am driving all my gauges on my instrument cluster pass beyond the maximum level, even my speedometer sometimes I will be going 40mph but it is marking 80mph. My temperature gauge, my battery gauge, my fuel indicator gauge, even my oil pressure gauge stopped working. The worst part is that my prndl and info center also disappear while I am driving and they re- sometimes after few minutes sometimes for days. The dealer said they have no fix for this, other mechanics said that GM has this issue on most of their trucks and SUVS. I think this issue is very unsafe for drivers especially when all your gauges stop working or work improperly or disappear from your screen, I believe this can be dangerous to drivers as well as other people on the road and GM should find a fix for it. Thank you

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #43

Oct 052013


  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle won't start, dashboard lights all activated randomly, battery not problem, all electrical not working, windshield wipers randomly activated. Vehicle towed to dealership. This is the second time this has happened in 2 months. Last time, battery was jumped and car worked for 2 months. Battery checked 2 different times after, battery is good. Had doorlock problems 5 times since purchase of this vehicle in 2008. Covered under warranty first 4 times, and reimbursed on 5th time. This vehicle has had multiple electrical, sensor problems since purchase. I have never had this many problems with Chevy before. Reading other comments, this seems to be an issue for others as well. Is there a recall for this problem" doesn't seem like other customers have received satisfaction with their issues either. What is Chevy doing to resolve" vehicle is at Chevy dealer now, awaiting response. If this was to occur while driving and all electrical shut off, this would be an accident waiting to happen.

- Gillette, WY, USA

problem #42

Oct 012010

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
A few years ago all three door locks went at the same time on my 2008 Tahoe. I told my dealer this seems very unusual. Asked if there is a recall and he shrugged his shoulders. I am not sure of the exact date other than to tell you it was a few years ago. A few months ago left blinker wont work. Took to dealer again. Said to bring it back as they needed more time to work on it and think I needed an entire new fuse box. Saturday Oct. 5, 2013 headlights came on while parked in parking lot. Next day it was totally dead. Tried charging it and headlights came on and would not shut off. Had to disconnect fuses and battery. Weird messages keep popping up on dashboard such as check tire pressure. It will say rear but actually it is the front. Sometimes it isn't any tire that is low. Called Chevy customer service and asked why there is no recall and they said it is your responsibility to do so. I researched and found 454 messages from people who have the same electrical problems. Chevy said to contact you.

- Sweet Valley, PA, USA

problem #41

Jul 232013


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated the engine failed to start. In addition, the clock would independently reset and there was an overpowering odor within the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 08V441000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 78,000.

- Ammon , ID, USA

problem #40

Jul 012011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Rear passenger door electric lock actuator failed resulting in no way to open the door without manually unlocking it from the inside. In the even of an emergency, there would be no way to open the door from outside of the vehicle or from the lock switch on the driver door. In addition, there is no key lock on this door from the outside. I have learned that this is a very common problem on 2008 Chevrolet, which has cost consumers a huge amount of money in addition to subjecting them to serious safety concerns. I was the victim of a theft when a passenger did not manually lock the door and several days later when I was parked in a parking garage someone entered my vehicle and stole personal property. This would not have occurred if the lock actuator had functioned properly and locked the door when I locked the others. To date, Chevrolet has acknowledged this issue but refused to do anything to correct it without an approximate charge of $300 - $400 per door.

- Brooklandville, MD, USA

problem #39

Jun 142013


  • 52,000 miles
Power locks are failing for second time after replacing. The actuators do not last over 2 years. Each door costs $300 to repair. There are thousands of posts on the internet with this problem in multiple models and years. This needs to be a recall.

- Trophy Club, TX, USA

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