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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,750 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 172004

(reported on)

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles


The consumer was informed the passenger air bag sensor wouldn't activate the air bags for 80 pounds or less, but it did when their 62 pound child was in the seat. Other problem are as followed: Driver's door experienced intermittent rattles, steering vibrations/grinding when turned to left, sunroof leaked heavily when it rained or when going through the car wash, dash lights were inoperative, headlights were inoperative, vehicle did not shift when in 4 wheel drive, window molding was loose, stereo lights flickered, seat memory in the driver's seat would not move to preset memory positions and would not move forward when the ignition key was removed, and the front power window along with the rear passenger window were inoperative.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #3

Dec 162003


  • 6,000 miles
While driving at any speed 4-wheel drive disengaged on its own. Soon after, consumer engaged the 4-wheel drive and a service 4-wheel drive light came on. When 4-wheel drive light came on 4-wheel drive disengaged. Dealer was aware of the problem, but could not resolve it.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Aug 202003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
4 wheel drive light came on and would not engage. The dealer told the consumer it was a software problem. The consumer thought the problem was resolved until a couple of weeks later when he attempted to place the vehicle in reverse and it did not engage. After trying a second time if engaged and the 4-wheel drive light illuminated again and the vehicle failed to go into 4-wheel drive. The consumer was finally told that the manufacturer did not have a fix for the malfunction of the 4-wheel drive. The vehicle had other problems such as a rattling noise coming from the glove compartment, the remote keyless entry was inoperative, there was a thumping sound coming from the drivers side when the consumer made a turn, the emblem fell off the back of the truck, the seat mechanism did not work and there was in the drivers side running board.

- Silverado, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 042003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the veh automatically switches into 4 wheel drive for no reason. Then the computer gernerated message center advises to service 4WD. This veh has less than 4000 miles on it and it has done this several times and been in the shop for this also

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

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