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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,303 miles

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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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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 152007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, went to have it inspected and the emergency brakes failed. I never used them so how can they be worn out? also, when I went to adjust the cable, it was already adjusted all the way that it could go. It should not have been adjusted out all the way. This came like this from the factory and I bought it new. Now the garage want $300 to replace the emergency brakes which are different than the disc pad brakes. They even said that the rotor might be worn out also. This is ridiculous! that's another $300 plus labor.

- Crystal City, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The consumer stated the emergency brake cables has failed completely. Please provide additional information.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 102004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,500 miles
My parking brakes failed the annual safety inspection. I was told it was a problem with a cable and that if not fixed could cause damage to a rotor. Fortunately, I have an extended warranty to help pay the cost. However, it seems the parking brake on this vehicle has always been weak since purchase. Yet it has passed the safety inspection in the past.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 182004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,016 miles
The consumer indicated that the parking brake failed and would not hold the vehicle when it was parked on a hill. The dealership inspected vehicle several times, and the mechanic advised the consumer that they replaced the mechanical part, but the problem was never resolved. The rear brakes were replaced with factory parts. The consumer requested reimbursement. The A/C was inoperative, the vehicle would pull to the right while in motion and the brake shoes were worn and scored the rear rotors.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 122003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Emergency brakes - missing parts new from factory. (non functioning) yr and vehicle - 2001 Tahoe 1500 I have all records on this vehicle from new. The emergency brakes on this truck, is missing the "actuating pin"(one passenger side) which allows the brake emergency shoe (inside the rotor) to expand when the cable is pulled. This caused only one rear wheel to work, ......wearing out the shoe and scoring the rotor..............(the other rotor and shoe are still new). Since the vehicle has over 36,600 miles, it is out of warranty. What is more important is how many other, Tahoe, Suburban etc. Are missing "actuating pins" inside the adjuster, rendering it useless. In the case of a brake failure, the E-brakes would be useless. This has been this way since new......I have the diagrams from GM showing the missing part, and photos of my brakes with the missing part (please note the part is inside an enclosed piston........not able to get lost, also one shoe is completely gone the other is still new.

- Chappaqua, NY, USA

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