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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,677 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe fuel system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 282011


  • miles


I have changed the fuel pump 3 times with in one year.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #13

Oct 162011


  • miles
I can be going down the highway running 65-70 mph and the reduced engine power light will come on and reduces my speed to 10 mph! I pull over, disconnect the battery cable and replace it, then I could continue for another week or so. Finally, I left the diagonstic computer in my truck and was able to capture the code P1125. The mechanic said to replace the throttle body. That was done in October. It ran fine for a while, but it started doing it again. The throttle body was replaced again! now, two months later, it's doing it again! no one can seem to fix the problem. Meanwhile, I am a female who travels the highways everyday going back and forth to work and I have been in several dangerous situations due to this problem that will not stop! as of now, I can not drive my truck and having to rely on carpooling again until it's fixed for the third time in the past 6 months. It also appears that several people are having the same problem with no results. Someone is going to get killed if this is not addressed soon!

- Sandston, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 152010

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 99,880 miles
The gas gauge reads 1/4 full when out of gas. Once on highway and once at home. Now I fill up at when gauge reads 1/2 full.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 102011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 127,623 miles


Vehicle fuel system quit on hwy at 60 mph...I was able to get to shoulder of the hwy due to skillful driving. After cooling down the vehicle started was able to drive 20 miles when it quit again. This happened several times. Each time I was able to get off the hwy. Finally I had to get the Tahoe towed to be repaired.

- Titusville, , FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 152009

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. I've run out of gas on three occasions because the vehicle gauge on the dash will report the gas tank has 1/4 tank left, the vehicle digital range will report the same thing, but the car runs out of gas. I have to fill up the vehicle when the gas gauge reads 1/2 full out of fear that the gauge is lower than it actually. Twice I've run out of gas on I-295 in heavy traffic and was forced to negotiate a harrowing maneuver to leave the center lane of the three lane highway to get to the shoulder as the car was not under power.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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problem #9

Nov 202010

Tahoe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the speedometer would intermittently read inaccurate speeds. For instance, when driving 10 mph, the vehicle would read that the contact was traveling over 50 mph and vice versa. The contact had previously received notification of a manufacturer's extended warranty offer for vehicles experiencing the failure with less than 70,000 accumulated miles. The contact stated that because his vehicle was over 70,000 miles they would not be liable for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 120,000. Updated 08/19/11

- Acampo, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles


In Nov of 2008 we started having problems with the speedometer. Took it to our dealer and they replaced the ipc and it did not fix the problem, after we got the Tahoe back we started having problems with the cruise control as well. The speedometer becomes jerky and if we use the cruise the Tahoe speeds up and we have to turn cruise off to stop it from speeding out of control. Also when the speedometer becomes jerky the service brake system alarm goes off after it makes it hard to stop. (we have almost rear ended someone several times.)recently 12-2009 our service engine light is on. We have taken the Tahoe to our dealer and replaced several parts and nothing seems to make these problems go away. Please help as we have three kids and one on the way. The parts we have replaced are as follows: The front brake sensor and hub, the instrument panel cluster, ebc electronic brake control module and the fuel filter. Which is everything recommended by our dealer. I just want it fixed!!!!

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #7

May 152008


  • 35,015 miles
A scheduled oil change on my 2003 Chevy Tahoe revealed broken metal pieces. Cormier Chevrolet who is my service/purchase dealer determined that the debris came from 3 broken rocker arms. Cormier made the necessary repairs under warranty, however, 3 months later the same problem manifested itself again. This time cormier replaced all 16 rocker arms, but I had to pay a $100 deductible. I feel the necessary repairs were caused by defective assembly and/or parts. Especially when my vehicle is driven 98% of the time on local roads only, and has just 35,015 total miles and was purchased brand new.

- Harbor City, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 042007


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 65 mph, the speedometer and fuel gauges displayed inaccurate readings. The failures occurred intermittently and without warning. There was a recall on the odometer and the contact recently received a recall notice after the vehicle's mileage exceeded 70,000. The contact was displeased to know that the vehicle was excluded due to the excessive mileage. The VIN and recall number were unknown. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 126,000.

- Spanishfork, UT, USA

problem #5

Jun 152007


  • 70,000 miles
Car has troubles starting at a half tank. Won't start when under half tank, even if there is gas in tank.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


Since January of 2006, the speedometer has failed numerous times. While standing still it will register any speed above 30 or while traveling at highway speeds it will register 0 mph. The tachometer has failed to work three times and the gas gauge has registered half a tank while it takes 20 gallons to fill the 25 gallon tank. Last year I had the intermediate steering shaft replaced before the warranty ran out because it was clunking. It is now starting to clunk again!! the vehicle has 50,000 miles on it. I just received a warning for speeding, 54 in a 45mph because I can"T tell how fast I am going!!!!!!

- Chandler, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Fuel gauge is defective for about 1 year now.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 112003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153 miles
Hesitation in starting, vehicle registered no gas when it had full tank. Started in Aug 2003 through July 2004. Was put in shop on 5 occasions, and was told nothing was wrong. July 2004 my vehicle wouldn't start. My fuel level sensor, and gauge were out. Parts were finally replaced but was told they would go out again without warning.

- Roland, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,813 miles
While vehicle was parked in my driveway - for approximately 30 hours - it lost almost 1/2 tank of gas. Spouse (a mechanic for 25 years) identified an obvious fuel leak on the vehicle, but dealership inspection stated they found nothing, that there were no "codes" identified, thus no failure.

- N Las Vegas, NV, USA

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