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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,800 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 182014


  • 140,000 miles


I am the original owner of a 1997 Chevy Tahoe. The other day while listening to the expanding recall of GM vehicles I tried to remove my key from the ignition switch. To my surprise once the vehicle is started I can remove my key, shift into any gear and drive without a key in the ignition. Maybe this is due to the age of the vehicle, but it has only 148000 miles on it. Thought you would be interested to know. Could video this issue if you are further interested.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 032012


  • miles
I bought this car at car hop in arlington tx. I was sold it with no brake lights, no hazards, bad tires, bad brakes, one of the back doors will not open, bad battery, bad inspection, no cover for fuel filter, driver side door will not open, keeps dying, spare tire flew off on highway and brakes went out while my kids and I were driving. I am a disabled mother of two and they knew they gave me a bad car. The first I had 5 kids with me and it was a Kia mini van didnt even make it home, they had to come tow it. Then thay gave me this Tahoe. Please help me I have no other car and it scares me and they will not help me. I am paying every month on this vehicale and went all the way to corporate. They sent me to their mehcanic and he even wrote a E-mail describing the condition and still did not care car hop. Please help me!!!!!! god bless.

- Glenn Heights, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The power window on the driver's side of the vehicle will stop working all of a sudden. It is not all of the time, but sometimes, when I have the window down, and I push the power switch to close or open the window it will not work. This could lead to a very serious problem, if for some reason I am unable to open the door and then the window will not go down. We live in Michigan and you recently recalled vehicles because of a problem with the master power window switch causing fires in the driver's side door, which ended up melting and/or burning the door. There must be corrosion of the wiring in my vehicle that is causing the problem with my window. I know that your recall was not for the same year as my vehicle, but it sounds like the exact same problem and I don't want to end up having my car door catch on fire, especially if me or my family are in it, or if it is parked in our garage it could burn our entire house down. When we purchased this vehicle from the dealership it was brand new, and there have been no other owners.

- Owosso, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The windshield wipers intermittently fail on my 1997 chev Tahoe. Also, have experienced temporary power loss of electrical components. Observable affected components are the windshield wipers, all dashboard lights, head lamps and interior lights, accompanied by buzzing sounds. Has occurred more than once. Has caused near accidents during rainy weather and in poorly lit roadways.

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 092003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The vehicle seemed to be running perfectly, no leaks or smells or warning, 65mphin cruise control and engine caught fire. I was towing a very light trailer, empty. I had a fire extinguisher but it was not able to stop the fire. 1997 Tahoe, 97,000 approx miles, bought used summer 03. Previously a federal vehicle in well maintained condition as far as I could tell.

- El Centro, CA, USA

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