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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 3
Average Mileage:
79,235 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.

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Nov 232010


  • 81,000 miles


On November 23, 2010 we were traveling on I-95 just outside of Washington DC when we were in some heavy traffic. We needed to stop quickly & the brake pedal on our 2001 Chevy Tahoe lt went to the floor. We were able to stop but when we were able to get off to get gas & check on the brakes we noticed brake fluid leaking from the rear of the Tahoe. Was able to get to a brake shop when we found out the brake lines were corroded. The shop figured something must have hit the brake line while we were driving & since they were rusting it ruptured the line. We ended up having to spend the night in fredricksburg, va & paying $1,500 to just get the rear lines fixed so we could continue our trip to myrtle beach. We still need to get the front lines changed but we don't have the money to get them fixed at this time. So the Tahoe sits in our driveway until we can afford to get it fixed.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #18

Sep 122010


  • 145,000 miles
The right rear brake line cracked and failed, causing brake failure 3 times in 18 months. The first time it was repaired at the dealer. The second time it was replaced at the dealer. The third and most recent, it was repaired at a truckstop in the New Mexico desert.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 012007


  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2001 Chevy Tahoe that has the brake / ABS lights coming on while driving. After learning about earlier recall I took my vehicle into a dealership and told them about the problem. The lights did not come on for awhile but started to light up again. I feel the dealership did a 'quick-fix'. I would like to know why I was not contacted about this recall when I have brought my vehicle in before with a previous recall.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #16

Jun 262009


  • 130,000 miles


05V379000 service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock. Recall date 8/29/05 my 2001 Chevy Tahoe is activating my antilock brakes while trying to stop. I have come close to several accidents. I bought it used in February of 2006. I called GM and they will not honor their recall and fix my Tahoe. I do not feel safe driving it and I have a small child. I want to know what I can do to have my Tahoe fixed. I do not have the money to pay for it to be fixed. GM should honor their recalls and fix this problem. What can I do?

- Columbia Heights, MN, USA

problem #15

Jan 012007


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving 15 mph or attempting to come to a stop, the ABS engage automatically and cause difficulty stopping. The contact must apply a significant amount of pressure on the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The failure has been occurring for almost two years, but has recently become progressively worse. The vehicle has not yet been taken to the dealer. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000, NHTSA action number PE05020 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock), although the failures were identical. The contact believes that the recall should apply to his vehicle. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 127,000.

- Blue Field, VA, USA

problem #14

Oct 192008


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. While the vehicle was parked in the garage for two days, it caught fire. The contact extinguished the flames. A mechanic inspected the vehicle and stated that the fire was caused by the brake relay system. The current and failure mileages were 62,000.

- Mission Vaiejo, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 292008


  • 85,000 miles


The dealer recommended that I replace my anti-lock brake system (ABS) because my light would come on for no reason. They wanted $2300 but Goodyear did it for $2,086.19. After researching, this has been an on-going problem for Tahoe's. I would like to be reimburse. Repairs: 1 E.B.C.M (ABS control module) labor & parts $163.40 1 88964302-hyd valve assy $710.88 1 ABS pressure modulator assy/88982287 $970.40 1 brake fluid exchange-dot 3 $ $66.46 parts: $1697.10 labor $214.04 shop fee $25 7.75% tax $150.05 $2,086.19

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 112008


  • 103,000 miles
Driving at under 10mph going to brake, anti-lock brakes kick in when unnecessary which caused me to be unable to brake properly and crash into the vehicle in front of me.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #11

Jun 072006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,572 miles
While driving on an interstate from New Jersey, the ABS light activated on my vehicle. I was informed by a mechanic to pull the fuse to prevent the ABS pump from being ruined. Upon doing so, the brake failure light activated. My concern was that if an additional problem arouse we would not have any warning. Researching I found GM has a recall for this problem in approximately twenty states, but not in SC. I feel this is an across the board safety problem that should warrant a recall of all vehicles on the recall. This repair is very expensive, and GM should be responsible for the repair regardless of the location of the vehicle. This is a very important safety recall that research shows these faulty ABS systems are all over the country, not just in salt belt states.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #10

Jun 142006

Tahoe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering becomes difficult when turning into a parking place or turning left at slow speeds. There is a recall for this same issue for my make of vehicle (Tahoe) but not for the year (2001). It is id 04V045000. No repairs have been done.

- Tyngsboro, MA, USA

problem #9

Oct 182005

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer 2001 Tahoe brake did not catch, took vehicle to the dealer and was told that the rotors were damaged and brake pads needed to be replaced. ** received 10-18-05*** the consumer was told a clip that was used to hold the pads was not very sturdy which caused the pads to shake and wear out prematurely. The emergency brake would not grab even though the consumer had never used it before. The consumer was told the reason why the rotors were damaged was because the emergency brake was never used and it was considered a wear and tear item. Customer service informed the consumer that the emergency brake must be used periodically so that it would center the pads and keep them lasting longer.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My complaint has to do with the running lights and the brake system for the 2001 Chevy Tahoe. I have had my running lights replace numerous times and there is an apparent short in the wiring connection that will have to be fixed. My parking and ABS brake lights keep coming on even though the braking system has been replaced and the lines have been flushed. These lights go off once the car is restarted, but sometimes come back on. This will be my second trip to the mechanic to see what the problem with my brakes is. I think this is ridiculous because I have already spent several hundred dollars that I didn't have, in order to ensure my children's safety. Now after reading about the parking brake, who knows how much more I will have to spend to have it checked to see if that is the problem? since there are parking brake issues, the vehicles should have been recalled at the cost of the company, not the consumer.

- Lugoff, SC, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Apr 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
When traveling at low speeds, the braking system has failed. It usually occurs within the first couple of minutes of driving. It has probably happened 6 or 7 times over the course of owning the vehicle (3 years). No lights are on. When you press the brake, it goes further than normal, and then it finally works after taking several extra feet to stop. It happens irregularly, so we can't duplicate it for service.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 032003


  • 38,000 miles
While driving 40 mph driver hit the brakes suddenly and vehicle hit the curb and rolled twice. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. People were ejected from the vehicle. As a result, they died.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 302003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer stated that brake system has failed 3 times within 1 year.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102003

(reported on)

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has been serviced 4 times for malfunction of the brakes. Manufacturer notified but not willing to do anything. Consumer feels vehicle is unsafe.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 092003

(reported on)

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at speeds above 50 mph the front end and the steering wheel will shake violently. At the same time the brake pedal pulsates and is very firm. Vehicle has to be brought to a complete stop to return it to help eliminate the shaking. Dealership has been notified but feels this condition is not a problem.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 122002

(reported on)

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brakes were being applied, the pedal would travel further than normal. Mr although the problem could not be duplicated, the dealer stated that if the ABS light did not not illuminate, then there was not a problem.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

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