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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,260 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

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Apr 032005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,920 miles


2001, Chevrolet Tahoe. Having severe anti-lock brake problems at low speed, 3-5 mph. This happens on dry pavement. When coming to a stop the pedal starts to pulsate violently and the vehicle will not stop. This occurs when it is in two wheel drive. The Tahoe is a 4-wheel anti lock. The truck was taken to the dealer. However, they refused to fix the problem. Dealer stated there was nothing wrong with the ABS system. Second dealer which was aware of the problem replaced the front wheel rotation sensors. There have not been any further problems.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #19

Apr 042005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles
I currently own a 2001 Chevy Tahoe lt 4X4 and just had my brakes fixed because of a problem with the design related to the anti-lock sensors. For the past few months I've been having problem when coming to a slow stop the anti locking brakes activate, then having to use the emergency brake to get the SUV to stop. When I had the system reviewed, there were no indications in the various onboard computers that there were any ABS errors, so it was suggested that the brakes will need to be done. I spent over $1000 replacing brake parts and the problem still continued. The next review of the problem, the warranty company suggested that it could be the wheel bearings, but to first try and clean the sensors first. Since the wheel bearings are over $350 each, we had the sensors cleaned. My local mechanic cleaned the sensors and at this point I've not had any more problems. But they told me I will again because of the design of the vehicle. The repair shop that fixed my car is located in so. Burlington, Vermont "autoworks".

- Fairfax, VT, USA

problem #18

Apr 012005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
Anti lock brakes did not hold at low speed. Vehicle crashed into a truck.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #17

Apr 212005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,700 miles


During the past 2 weeks, my ABS has activated when stopping at speeds under 10 miles per hour. This has happened approx 6 times, and is intermittent.

- Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #16

Jan 052004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle jerked forward when brake were applied at low city speed but would not stop vehicle. Vehicle has been serviced several times.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #15

May 012005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Saw your recent article re defective anti-lock brakes. I have had, on numerous occassions, incidents where the anti-lock brakes failed and caused my vehicle to roll much further than normal. These incidents seem to happen if I am applying brakes and either hit a pothole or bump in the roadway while braking.

- Auburn , AL, USA

problem #14

Dec 272004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


The ABS brakes do not stop the vehicle. Once the vehicle was taken to the dealer, the sensor, the rotors, and bearings had to be replaced. The dealer found a technical service bulletin regarding the problem.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 172004

(reported on)

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brakes were applied they would make a noise. When applying the emergency brake on an incline it did not hold.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #12

Feb 152003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
Immediately after application of the anti-loch brakes at low speeds in 2 wheel high mode, the vehicle seems to "lock up" the wheels as if it were in 4 wheel drive. We get severe wheel hop and when we stop the vehicle, then restart it there is a very loud clunking sound. After that the vehicle preforms normally. The problem also goes away if the vehicle is turned off. The vehicle goes into 4 wheel auto, 4 wheel low and 2 wheel high normally at all other times. Again, the problem only happens when the antilock brakes are activated at low speeds (no problem from high speed stops) and it has happened twice in the past 5 minths.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #11

Jan 012002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The problem(s) are as followed: Belt separation from tire (loss control), anti lock brake/loss pedal, pedal height and stopping ability. Scc

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Feb 262002


  • miles


Customer reports emergency braking system failures detected at 11,000 miles, with complete in-operability by 19,000 miles. Dealer/manufacturer only warranties this safety device to 7,500 miles, while "vehicle warranty" states 36,000 miles.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012002

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling in inclement weather tire has no traction. Vehicle will slide while applying brakes. Goodyear, Wrangler, T30/5135-955. Dealership is aware of problem.. consumer states the tires are not adequate for vehicle or braking system is not working properly, which cause the ABS to engage frequently.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #8

Mar 202002

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In cold weather when applying brakes vehicle swerved left into other lane out of control without warning.

- Laclede, ID, USA

problem #7

Jan 152002


  • miles
Whenever brakes are applied in a panic/sudden stop during highway speed of 50 or more it causes extnded stopping distance. Dealer notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 052001

Tahoe 4WD

  • miles
We reported to the dealership 5 times that something was wrong with this vehicle. We took it to an independent auto mechanic who discovered that ABS sytem was failing. We attended an arbitration where our 2001 Tahoe was ruled defective by theharbitrator and Chevrolet was ordered to repurchase it. The repurchase date was Nov. 8. on Nov 5, the ABS lost control and my husband rolled down a 200 ft cliff. We are currently seeking any help we can get.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #5

Nov 172001


  • miles
Vehicle would not stop when brake pedal was applied.pedal pulsated but did not vehicle resulting in accident. Happened on more than one occasion but the last time hit another vehicle. Will sell vehicle if problem not corrected. Dealer says no codes present, could not duplicate problem and never had similar complaint.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012001


  • miles
Brakes failed when trying to slow down. Consumer was traveling at 30-35 mph. When at first consumer tapped the brakes, and then when trying to slow down, vehicle would not stop. Consumer rear ended another vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 072000

Tahoe 4WD

  • miles
Dealer is unable to fix and we are scared to drive the car. The car starts shaking and feels like it is goingto flip.the car goes from 70 to 50 instantly and the brakes get extremely hot.

- Camano Island, WA, USA

problem #2

May 082001


  • miles
While driving would step on brakes and seat belt will not hold body like others vehicles that seat belt will hold.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 072001


  • miles
Intermittently when applying brakes pedal would go to floor and commenced to make a popping sound. Vehicle was taken to dealer shop, and informed that they could not duplicate problem. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Cleveland, NC, USA

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