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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,840 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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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe accessories - interior problems

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 252015


  • 150,000 miles


The cable system to lay down the rear 60/40 split bench rear seat is all messed up. Several of the cables have stretched and or broken off at their connecting points under the seats and in the back of the seats under the upholstery. To add to the problem, the tap pull to pull the bottom of the seat on the 60 side no longer operates properly in order to flip that part of the seat forward. These problems have virtually rendered the third row seats, and or the expanding of the cargo area useless. Not only has this problem rendered the middle and back of the vehicle useless, it is also a safety issue! this problem should be a recall on all these models before someone gets trapped in the back of the vehicle in the instance of a severe wreck, or god forbid a fire. Someone could get trapped and burn to death.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #6

Jun 302009


  • 52,000 miles
The 2nd row seats will not open, preventing access to the 3rd row seats. This is a significant safety concern B/C in the case of an emergency the 3rd row passengers may not be able to exit the vehicle. It appears the cable mechanism that opens the 2nd row seats is defective.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 042014


  • 105,000 miles
When I turn there is a popping noise that can also be felt in the steering wheel also when I am driving and feel a bump. The fuel will at times show a full tank then all of a sudden go to 1/4 tank it changes all the time and is not accurate, I cannot depend on it because I never really know how much fuel it actually has. The driver seat heater got extremely hot and we will not use because are scared it might burn thru the seat since it already left a small burn mark. The problem with the steering wheel on this particular vehicle also did the same on another Chevrolet we had and have researched online and it seems is a big issue with Chevrolet vehicles.

- Corsicana, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 8,600 miles


Back seat behind the driver will not release to lay flat. We have had mechanics look at and only one was able to get it to release. As long as the seat is put gently back into upright position it will work. However, if it is not, it won't budge. At this point it will not release. The other seat works okay for now but we are concerned it may do the same. We believe this is a safety issue. In an emergency we wouldn't be able to get people out of the third seat. Has there been a recall to fix the problem" what can be done about this" thank you for whatever help you may have.

- Prineville, OR, USA

problem #3

Jan 242014


  • 174,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph, the front driver's side seat warmer was activated and an unexpected high amount of heat penetrated through the back of the seat. The contact sustained a heat rash to her back. There was also a small burn mark on the seat back. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 174,000.

- Gouldsboro, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 139,283 miles
Ihave a 2003 Chevy Tahoe and the drivers heated seat comes on by its self you have to manually shut it off.

- Fl, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012010


  • miles
2003 Chevy Tahoe with seat heaters. Heater driver side comes on by itself and can not shut it off. Seat gets extremely hot and I have been told by dealer that we have to replace seat module control cost $500.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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