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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,910 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #104

Jun 012008


  • miles


My speedometer will become jerky and show various random speeds (commonly 0 mph and 30 mph) while I am driving. This can be very dangerous when the speedometer reads a speed that is nowhere close to the actual speed that the vehicle is moving. (additionally, my fuel gauge sticks at various times.) initially, this occurred only a couple of times, but has now become more frequent. I have contacted my local dealer to discuss the repair of this defect and I was told that because my vehicle now has over 70,000 miles that I must pay the full cost of repair. As I believe that this is a critical safety issue, I feel that Chevrolet should repair my safety defect regardless of mileage.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #103

Oct 112008


  • 95,000 miles
My speedometer randomly quits working. Sometimes it says my car is going 0 mph when it is clearly in motion. Other times it says it is going 70 mph when it is in park. The trouble is I have to guess what speed I really am going and hope I am correct. This has been happening since October of 2008. Currently I've not had it fixed because my mechanic was unable to diagnose the problem because it didn't happen when it was in the shop.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #102

May 012009


  • 114,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure on 2003 Chevy Tahoe. Speedometer failure. Speed registers 60-80 mph faster than actual speed. Chevrolet is aware of problem and has a "program" to replace on vehicles up to 80K miles only (increased from previous 70K miles). This replacement should apply to all affected Tahoe, regardless of mileage, as it could present a safety hazard and certainly presents a vehicle inspection problem. The speed reading problem occurs daily, with each drive.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #101

Jan 222009


  • 127,198 miles


Around mid October of 2008 I financed the vehicle through a lot called auto concepts in jacksonville North Carolina and the speedometer started raising to 30 mph sitting still around late January of 2009 and it will go all over the meter accept where it is supposed to. I will refuse to make any payments for speeding tickets as long as I am following with surrounding vehicles until my speedometer gets fixed.

- Hubert, NC, USA

problem #100

Jan 012009


  • 78,000 miles
At the beginning of the year, my 2003 Chevy Tahoe lt truck, experienced different speeds according to the speedometer. At one point it said I was going 130 mph when I was parked. Then the speedometer stopped working all together. I also started to notice the other gauges, fluctuate. I was told by GM to get it fixed by a authorized dealer. I got the repair done for $491. I then called GM back, and they refused to pay for the fix, because I was "over the 70000" mile limit. I explained that this was a safety issue, as for a while I had no speedometer at all or engine temp or tach. Chevy refused to talk to me and simply told me it was my problem. I spoke to several people at GM and they all told me different stories and refused to listen and call me back. I am now stuck with the bill and GM doesn't care about the serious safety concern one bit.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #99

Dec 012008


  • 90,000 miles
Speedometer stopped working completely - serious safety concern with defect. Contacted dealership, was advised that they have had too many complaints about this issue and have had to start turning people away. They want $500 to fix problem but admit that this is defect.

- Saint Johns, FL, USA

problem #98

Feb 062009


  • 98,000 miles


I have a 2003 Chevy Tahoe and the gas gauge stopped working. The dealership says I have to change the cluster which is bad, this will cost $500. It is well known that there are problems with the cluster on these vehicles, I even received a letter from GM offering a replacement if it failed before 70K miles, at the time I had 80K miles and had no problem with the cluster, however it did fail at 98K miles. If they know there is a problem shouldn't they fix it without limitations on mileage. I also have a steering column shaft that needs to be changed, this will cost $250. I have already changed it, the dealership says that there were many issues with this part. The first fix was to change the shaft, which they did, then the second answer to the problem was to grease the shaft and then when that did not resolve their issues the current answer is to change the shaft again. Keep in mind this was their series of solutions to this issue on multiple vehicles, it is a known problem and now I have to pay to fix it.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #97

Jan 122009


  • 94,000 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. Speedometer went out at 94,000 miles. GM is aware of faulty instrument panel. Won't replace part, at their cost, due to 7 year/70,000 mile limitation.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #96

Jun 142008


  • miles
My speedometer is pinned at 120 mph, I called the dealer and they said I have to pay to fix it, it is a known problem with so many people complaining about this.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #95

Dec 312008


  • miles
Received recall notice on instrument cluster. Fuel gauge had been inaccurate since day one - thought this was my solution to the problem. Joe holland Chevrolet replaced cluster on 1-21-08. Did not fix problem with fuel gauge. On or near 12-31-08, engine hour meter zeroed itself and started over. Went to joe holland on 1-6-09 - explained problem and was told the person I needed to talk to was not there. They would have him call me. No one called. When back to dealership on 1-14-09. Same story - person I needed to talk to not there. They will have him call. Jim barnhart called later that day. He said the cost to check this out is $75. If problem is in cluster, they may be able to get the fix repaired under warranty. If problem is in any other component, I must pay for the diagnostic check and for any other repairs that might be needed.

- Scott Depot, WV, USA

problem #94

Dec 212008


  • miles


I have a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, the speedometer does not work, from what I have been reading this seems to be a common problem with this vehicle, also it's my understanding that GM is fully aware of the problem but is not will to do anything about it, like many others I fell this could be a safety issue, any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #93

Dec 142008


  • 73,000 miles
2003 Chevy Tahoe speedometer stopped working.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #92

Oct 012008


  • 85,000 miles
Speedometer works erratically, false speed reading or completely stops working.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #91

May 152008


  • 100,000 miles
Speedometer doesn't work properly. Will show any thing from 60 to 120 when going 10 mph. Will work for short periods of time. This is a safety hazard. I am a fraid to use cruise. It will get some one killed. GM needs to do a recall on this. They think they have financial problems now just wait till all the law suites start coming in. The manufacture who made the faulty parts need to be held accountable. Please help 1000's of us consumers.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

problem #90

Sep 302008


  • 65,000 miles
I bought a 2003 Chevy Tahoe in Aug 2003. The speedometer started going haywire in the past month around 60-65000 miles. It sticks, jumps, and reads sometimes 30 mph off. It will even erad 10mph when stopped. I called Chevy and they want to charge me 400+ to have it fixed. This is dangerous and GMC should take care of the problem. I received a speeding ticket a few months ago, saying I was speeding and I explained to the officer I was not and of course I still lost this conversation. So now I have to gauge myself with traffic to know how fast I am going. I will take it in to get fixed this week, since I have 2 small children, I cant afford an accident or any more tickets. I hope Chevy will reimburse me.

- Mchenry , IL, USA

problem #89

Sep 272008


  • 100,300 miles
The speedometer on my 2003 Chevy Tahoe had been sticking. I took it to the dealership and was informed that there was a class action suit against GM motors. I was also told that my vehicle was not under the since my vehicle fell outside of the " approved mileage". I was told by another owner of a similar vehicles, was told to make a complain because the suite should cover the part for the life of the vehicle, which I hope is not 70K miles, because that is a lot of money to pay for a vehicle that only has a life span of 70K miles.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #88

Jan 012007


  • 95,000 miles
The speedometer does not work. GM states that there is a defect and they will repair the speedometer motor, but only if the vehicle has less than 70K miles. Mine did not break until 95K miles and I was not even aware that there was a widespread problem with these speedometers until it broke.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #87

Jan 102008


  • 79,000 miles
2003 Chevy Tahoe, speedometer stopped working properly. It gets stuck in you spot or on "0". I haven't call to get service cause it would cost to much. I received a legal letter regarding a lawsuit filed in California. No accident has occurred as of yet due to the problem.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #86

May 252008


  • 76,000 miles
At 75,000 miles of normal driving the speedometer is not correctly registering present speed. Most often excessively high. However an un reliable speedometer is un safe for driving in the mountains as speed entering curves needs to be register correctly for safety. I nearly had a bad accident! form the numerous complaints and law suites at the following site Chevrolet needs to do something! please, please do something. Thanks!

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #85

Oct 292007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 79,800 miles
Speedometer quick working properly. It registers at 120 mph at all times, even when in park.

- Oak View, CA, USA

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