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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,461 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #105

Aug 012008


  • 80,000 miles


Speedometer cluster was not reading correctly, then eventually it just stopped working all together. Pulled over multiple times due to not knowing the speed I am traveling.

- Lavergne, TN, USA

problem #104

Jul 032008


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving 10 mph, the speedometer displayed 60 mph. The failure occurred intermittently. The dealer stated that because there was a service bulletin regarding the failure and the mileage on the vehicle exceeded 80,000, no compensation would be provided. The manufacturer agreed with the dealer. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 77,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

- Roseville , CA, USA

problem #103

Apr 112009


  • 57,000 miles
Looked down at the speedometer and it read 90 mph when I was only going about 55 mph. Then when stopped it doesn't go to zero it stays at around 25-35 mph, standing still.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #102

Jan 012008


  • 80,000 miles


The speedometer in my 2004 Tahoe has been reading erratic speeds. This started at about 80,000 miles, called GM they said they would replace if under 70,000 miles. Need help!

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #101

Nov 252008


  • 76,000 miles
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe speedometer cluster failed around thanksgiving 2008 while I was out of state and not near a Chevrolet dealership. I was over the extended cover allowance on miles. Speedometer clusters on several makes and models for Chevrolet vehicles are having this problem and Chevrolet is not recalling them. Speedometer only works sometimes. Half of the speedometer is light up while other half is not. Speedometer shows 20 miles an hour when traveling at least 60 miles per hour.

- Texas City, TX, USA

problem #100

Jan 012009


  • 71,000 miles
My speedometer has been freezing up and not working properly lately. Sometimes, especially when it's cold out, the speedometer will stay at 0 mph and not even move - once it does get going, it go up, but when I come to a complete stop, it won't go back to 0 - it may stop at 20 or 30. Sometime, the speedometer will even exceed the max speed on the dash and I know I'm not going that fast. This problem seems to be a reoccuring issue with many users of a '04 Chevy Tahoe - I would think this would warrant a recall if this many people are having the same problem. I have heard GM had sent out a letter addressing this issue, but will only cover it if there's 70,000 or less on the vehicle - what do the people do if they are over that mark, we shouldn't have to pay for this - especially if everyone is having the same problem - this seems to be a safety issue as well. What can be done?

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #99

Jan 142009


  • 65,000 miles


I own a 2004 Chevy Tahoe. On January 14, 2009, my speedometer started malfunctioning. At first, when I would start the car and drive, it would work but after about 10 min. It would start indicating the wrong speed. It's now been a few days and the speedometer isn't working correctly at all. When I'm driving approx. 30 miles per hr., the needle reads 120 mph. I won't be able to get my vehicle into the dealership until next the looks of all the complaints, this seems to be a problem with many 2004 Tahoe owners. I was hoping this was a recalled item.

- Boise , ID, USA

problem #98

Jan 192009


  • 71,255 miles
I own a used 2004 Chevy Tahoe and have recently started having speedometer problems, I was told by the dealership that this was a covered item to fix free of charge because of some special class action, but however my Tahoe has just over 72,000 miles that it is now not covered. Please explain to me why it is not covered. Thanks jill owens

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #97

Jan 012006


  • 50,000 miles
2004 Tahoe (now 81,000 mi) - sticking/misreading speedometer. Problem first appeared infrequently approx 3 years ago. It now happens every time I drive after dark and over 65mpr (interstate travel). I have noticed that if anything else is in use at the moment (A/C, dvd player, passenger lighting, windshield wipers, dashlighting) the speedometer always sticks. Resetting it requires me to restart the vehicle (depending on where speedometer stuck) up to 20 times. (it resets 5 mpr at a time) I used to be able to pull the fuse and replace it for a quick fix, those days are long gone.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #96

Apr 152008


  • 135,069 miles
Instrument panel malfunctions by sticking while driving and not returning to zero when the car is turned off. In order to get the speedometer to zero out you have to turn the car on and off until the needle drops to zero. Other times the instrument panel fails to register any values. I called Chevrolet customer assistance center they referred me to the dealership which wants to charge me $ 500 for the part and an amount to be determined in labor ($200-300) to replace the instrument cluster. This appears to be a known defect for model years 2003-2007. Several complaints have been filed in court. Northern district of ca. One such matter. Hundreds, if not thousands of defective instrument panels have been cited by the case filing and the listing on several public websites that include the NHTSA website. The NHTSA cites in reports that in 2005 30% of accidents leading to fatalities are speed related crashes; the same reference lists 13,113 lives were lost. Considering this assessment by the NHTSA - I find this matter not subject to full recall or further detailed investigation an alarming issue. Due to the instrument panel being a vital measuring device for the operator this becomes a significant safety and concern for all consumers who are on roads where these vehicles are used not just the owners.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #95

Nov 012008


  • 90,000 miles


Speedometer started sticking after reaching mileage of 90,000. Got stuck at apx.70 mph and after driving awhile it increased to 120 pointing South even while at a stand still. Then oil and gas gauge started to error. Dealership cost over $500 to repair an instrument cluster. Never notified, heard of recall, or informed of problem from dealer or manufacturer until problem started. Searched internet and learned of other owners with same problem. Called GM and they stated something about a settlement but it was too late as my vehicle didn't error until after some deadline. I'm baffled as to why some owners were excluded if problems didn't exist at the time GM rectified others. Is it the owners fault that the vehicle didn't error before this so called unfair time line? if I had known about the GM replacement sooner, maybe I should have just had it replaced before it errored......will never purchase another GM vehicle again as their practices are not helpful to their customers.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #94

Nov 242008


  • 82,000 miles
Speedometer is malfunctioning by sticking while driving and not returning to zero when the car is turned off. In order to get the speedometer to zero out you have to turn the car on and off until the needle drops to zero. I called Chevrolet customer assistance center they referred me to the dealership which wants to charge me $ 600 to replace the speedometer that shouldn't have malfunctioned in the first place.

- Oceanside , CA, USA

problem #93

Dec 042008


  • 82,000 miles
Speedometer went haywire it started to get stuck while driving. Then when the car is turned off it doesn't zero out. In order to get the needle to return to zero you have to turn the car on and off until it drop to zero. I called the Chevrolet customer service center they referred me to the dealership and the want to charge me $ 600 to fix the problem that shouldn't have happened in the first place.

- Oceanside , CA, USA

problem #92

Oct 202008


  • 73,000 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe speedometer failure, while driving speedometer stopped working, went way past 0 and would not show speed while driving, turned vehicle off still not working once turning it back on. Just purchased vehicle and dealer said to check recalls, nothing listed about this problem but found website discussing lawsuit about this problem on alot of vehicles.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #91

Oct 262008


  • 78,000 miles
My speedometer is has started acting up. It says that I am going 90 when I am sitting still. It happens everytime I drive my car. I have not tried to have it fixed yet.

- Bonifay, FL, USA

problem #90

Feb 202008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,600 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe with 33,605 miles and speedometer has stopped functioning, rest of instrument panel working fine.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #89

Jun 152007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Tachometer & speedometer failed at approx. 75,000 & 80,000 respectively. Speedometer failure presents a safety hazard. Intermittent failure of lights on dashboard system.

- Huffman, TX, USA

problem #88

Mar 042008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Faulty speedometer.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #87

Feb 122008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
My Tahoe that has 59,000 miles, the speedometer started sticking and now has quit. The speedometer now reads O. checked all fuses no blown ones to be found. Mechanic tells me its common place with the Tahoe and very expensive to fix.

- Corning, AR, USA

problem #86

Feb 092008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,300 miles
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe speedometer just quit working yesterday on a road trip. No indicating circumstances lead up to failure. Speedometer continues to rise until it reaches 120 mph and just stays there. Dealer says they will not repair because vehicle is over 70K miles, even though they have known about the issue for years. Please advise.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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