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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,040 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Aug 122006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. The steering linkage is making a noise when you turn. The dealership told me it was a design flaw on all GM vehicles for a 5 year period. They would not replace the part at no cost because it was not a recall. I have a fear the linkage may fail.

- Ruston, LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 172004

Tahoe 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
A dull thumping noise was heard starting a couple months ago. It occurred any time the steering wheel was turned, even the slightest. Very annoying! as it got worse I took it to my local Chevrolet dealer and was told it needed a "supplemental steering shaft" (part #88963611/shaft). That part is on national back order and I was told by the dealer's service dept that it may take four weeks to get it.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 172004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
When vehicle is traveling straight or in a turn there is a slight bump in the steering wheel almost like the steering wheel is lose.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 022002

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 200 miles
The owner heard a "clunking" sound when backing out of driveway. While traveling on freeway, the owner noticed some play in the steering wheel and tried to pull over. The truck failed to respond to the turning of the steering wheel. The truck was looked at by a mechanic who stated that the steering linkage had failed.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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