Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Print this page Notes: This might be the Tahoe sweet spot. The 2013 has a great safety rating (as long as you don't roll it over), tons of room and few complaints. What it doesn't have is the interior accessory problems of the older or newer generations.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,578 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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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe electrical problems

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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 022016


  • 89,867 miles


While driving around 60 mph the car does a massive shake. Check engine light comes on, stabilization turns off, traction controls turns off and engine power is reduced first to 10mph and could not get more than 30mph. I was almost hit by an 18 wheeler due to my sudden stop. The SUV is now in engine power reduced mode.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #5

May 052016


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle hesitated and lost power as if it would stall without warning. The air bag light illuminated and the vehicle did not respond when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact also stated that the radio powered on and off. The doors locked and unlocked on their own. The contact pulled the vehicle over, waited a few minutes, and proceeded to drive. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042016


  • 42,000 miles
My wife and I bought a vehicle from cardenas superstore in pharr, tx. We've been to them 4 times, in which they've sent our Tahoe to the local GM/Chevrolet dealer in our area. Generally, when the weather is warm, stabilitrak and traction control will disable and we will see a series of warning lights. The ABS warning light will go off, the air conditioner temperature will rise to a warm temp, the locks will start unlocking and locking randomly, hard transmission jerks between first and second gear, and little power when trying to increase speed. The first time we went, they said they couldn't find a problem. The second time we went, they clean out all the fuel modules, the third time they couldn't find anything wrong. And finally, on the fourth try, the dealer couldn't find any issues so they put di-electric grease on some of the wiring. Two days later it started acting up again. A reason they may have trouble finding any issues is that after the vehicle is off for some time, it will start up and run without any issue. I've managed to get it over to the local autozone while all the panel was going off, and power loss, and they mentioned a few possible issues. The vehicles voltage regulator may be bad, as well as loss of communcation from the ECM and many sensors(fuel pump, transmission, etc...). we are lucky that we bought an extended warranty on the vehicle or this could have become very costly for us. But none the less, safety is of a concern when driving the Tahoe. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated. -robert neeley

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 202015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Over a period of 2 weeks, about 4 times, while driving in traffic including freeway. A sudden lost of all power, dash goes blank while door locks lock and unlock, in a blinking sequence. This happens in a time period up to 10 seconds, then the car continues driving with no problems or indicator warning lights. Took to dealer they test drove and put on computer, and nothing happened. Left it there 2 weeks no results. In blogs there are suggestions that when this happens to others, that it is possible that computer resets itself and wipes memory clean, because of power loss. They to take to mechanic nothing shows up. This is similar symptoms reported on recall #14515, but my car is 1 year older. It involves the chassis computer. My question here is if the computer is different from my make and model. This is a serious problem 2 of the 4 times this happened I was pulling on to freeway or changing lanes losing power. My daughter drives this car with her 2 twins in back seat. I have now exhausted all I can for a remedy with GM, the dealer who can not detect any problem. Started a case file with GM # [xxx]. no remedy or resolution. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 132014


  • 10,400 miles
Vehicle does not hold charge to battery. Will not start.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 132014


  • 7,200 miles
I was driving up a grade during a snow storm and when I tried to select 4WD I had to take my eyes off the road to find the 4WD control knob, which is hidden behind the steering wheel. I consider this a serious problem because I nearly wrecked while trying to locate the 4WD control knob. I blame this on faulty engineering by GM!

- Keyser, WV, USA

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