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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,287 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Chevrolet Tahoe electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 272016


  • 145,975 miles


Driver side window switch caught fire shortly after use (several hours). A light rain storm came while the windows were down. Some rain entered the inside of the vehicle, some water likely got into the switch assembly. This all happened while vehicle was parked on the curb and ignition was off. I toweled off the interior and switch assembly off, it didn't appear much water entered the switch. The vehicle was parked and "off" this whole time. I turned ignition on to roll windows back up, and promptly turned the ignition back off. Some hours later, the switch assembly caught fire and the vehicle was a total loss. This fire wasn't discovered until the next day as it self-extinguished. The battery was not discharged after the fire, so it was not a dead short in the wiring. I believe the auto-down circuit board or the electric mirror switch was the cause. After the fire, the pass side mirror was fully extended away, at some point the contacts were closed causing the mirror to move, despite the ignition being "off". this happened either during the fire, or the switch was the cause of the fire. The ignition was only "on" for about 30 seconds that whole day prior to the fire, just long enough to roll up the windows.

- Forest Grove, OR, USA

problem #7

Dec 272011


  • 169,324 miles
For the past couple of weeks my Tahoe will crank start but only run for about 1 second then shuts off. After doing some internet research I have found that thousands other GM owners are having the same issue. This problem is very annoying and inconveniencing. Im sure its cost many people there jobs or at minimum gotten them in trouble for being either late or unable to come in to work. I am in the military and the my car wont start doesn't come off very well with my superiors. Something needs to be done about this.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 082011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 322,000 miles
1998 Chevy Tahoe wiring harness from brake pedal. Brake wiring harness moves with brake pedal motion (I.e. when brakes are activated). Over time, this motion causes wires to break resulting in brake light failure.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 272004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While traveling consumer smelled a burnt odor coming from inside of the vehicle. Consumer pulled over, and driver's side door caught on fire. Consumer called the fire department to extinguish the fire. No injuries reported. Vehicle was towed, and totaled by the insurance company.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Nov 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Consumer stated fuel leaked into the main electrical system.

- Monrovia, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Consumer stated fuel leaked into the main electrical system.

- Monrovia, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 172003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Rear tail lights/blinkers burns out constantly - have had to replace housing three times - causes delays and almost a wreck.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 242000

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer for inproperly working back windows, they would not always go up and down, dealer stated the problem was an electrical problem and when consumer picked up vehicle, he said it was fixed, days later the consumer hit the button to put up a back window and smoke started coming from the dashboard, all consumer's exited vehicle and the fire started, vehicle was a total loss.

- Miami Shore, FL, USA

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