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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,950 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,900 miles


Transmission: I believe the part is called the reverse drum in the transmission. The car would not reverse and had a difficult time shifting from 1rst to 2nd. The first transmission went out at 32,700 miles and replaced by GM (under warranty) with rebuilt transmission from factory per GM, for same problem, shifting and reverse. Since car manufactured in 1997 this is it's third transmission and it has less than 66K miles on it and is used 99% of the time for open road trips only. When I had this problem again I was driving on an open highway (road trip). Per repair shop mechanic: Reverse drum was defective, cheaply built and constructed to fail. Also, my vehicle transmission was the mechanic's 16th Chevrolet transmission repair for the same problem on Chevrolet vehicles in the last couple of years. He knew what the problem was when I explained what had happened re: Noises, and how it drove, reverse etc... and he verified same by the transmission check and work performed. He saved the part for me, which I have in my possession. GM would not participate in any of the cost of repairs since I decided not to let them tear the transmission down @ $300 cost to me to determine the problem, and, if I decided I wanted someone else to do the work, they would have to come pick the broken down transmission and haul it away to work on it. In the event I would have the dealer do the work, then it would have cost me approx. $3,000 worst case scenario, and maybe GM would assist but not sure if they would help or not or at what level. Since they repaired the first transmission and it went out at approx. 32K miles after that, I did not have a comfort level that they would do a good job or that it would be repaired. I was stuck on a road in the early evening with my elderly mother and my sister in the vehicle with me upon our return from a day and evening trip to ruidoso nm, located approx. 2.5 hours from my residence when the transmission went out.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #1

Mar 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Transmission started to shift real hard from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gears after driving on highway for 30 minutes. Drove this way for 3 years. Had trans rebuilt June 2003 at 68K miles and went on road trip 900 miles and problems started while on my vacation trip. Had to have the valvebody replaced at the cost of $400 while on vacation. I was told that was why my transmission burned up time. Brakes started when the dealer replaced a leaking master cylinder. I brought it back for a spongy / low pedal and was told there was nothing wrong and there was nothing GM would do about it. Still stuck with spongy / low pedal

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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