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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,028 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.

1996 Chevrolet Tahoe electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 202013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 80 miles


My husband was driving our 1996 Tahoe when it just stopped! we found that the key had shut off while driving. We were in the middle of a thruway when everyone was driving 60 mph. A very dangerous situation indeed. This has happened 3 times in the year I've owned the vehicle. We are also having a problem with the wipers working intermittently and sometimes get stuck in the middle of the windshield or jumping across the windshield pop, pop, pop.etc.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 302007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,087 miles
Occasionally when starting the truck there is a misfire/backfire from the engine where grey smoke permeates through the dashboard into the cabin of the truck. Smoke also comes from under the hood of the truck. Dealership could not duplicate misfire/backfire. This happens a few times a month.

- Maryland, MD, USA

problem #4

Feb 242005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
About 6 weeks ago I submitted documentation regarding the extensive repairs I had to do on my 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe. However, I have not received anything on the matter. At this time I would like to know if the paperwork was received, if there is a number I should call to follow up or is there another way I can check on the status of complaint. Thanks for any assistance.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 082005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer was having trouble with electrical system. The exterior and interior lights inadvertently fail and cease working. Consumer took the vehicle to a dealer to determine the cause; however, the dealer was unable to locate the problem. The consumer is still experiencing unexpected failure with the lighting system. Also, check engine light was on. Dealer could not determine why the light was on. Fuel pump had to be replaced twice within the past year. The blinker and turn signals have to be replaced frequently. Coolant leaked into the engine and it had to be replaced. Air bag warning light illuminated. Starter was replaced. The steering wheel shook. The dealer replaced the idler arm and drag link. Water pump leaked. Power steering pump leaked. Brake cable broke. Pinion seal leaked. Master cylinder leaked.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 032004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
Electrical fire started in the driver's side door of '96 Chevrolet Tahoe during the night while car was parked in very cold temperatures after blizzard with heavy snowfall. Interior of SUV was destroyed along with contents.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 092000


  • miles
There was an electrical burning smell coming from vehicle. Also, headlights & signals would not work if steering wheel & column was tilted. Sometimes headlights/ windshield wipers & signals would go hay wire. Vehicle is at the shop.

- Plano, TX, USA

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