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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,461 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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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #125

Nov 132014


  • 67,569 miles


Driving along on the highway and the speedometer starts going crazy says I am going 120mph it still doing it auto nation in roswell ga wants $ 600 their is a recall but says my truck is too old but has the right mileage.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #124

Aug 182014


  • 206,530 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact was unable to determine the speed while driving the vehicle. The speedometer indicated 30 mph, but the contact stated that the vehicle was traveling slower. When the contact turned off the vehicle, the speedometer displayed 10 mph. The instrument panel would illuminate, but the fuel gauge, speedometer, oil pressure gauge, and RPM gauge would malfunction. An independent mechanic stated that the entire instrument panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 206,530.

- Hermann , MO, USA

problem #123

Oct 012013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
My speedometer quit working. Beforehand the oil gauge quit working. Only when its hot outside or I have been driving my vehicle for approx 30 mins, the speedometer quits working. I have been the soul owner of this vehicle since I bought it off the lot in 2004. I was never notified of any recalls.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #122

Aug 032011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


First problem is that the instrument cluster stops and starts working at random times not knowing how fast you're going. Chevy said they were familiar with the problem but would only fix it up to 80,000 miles. Not sure what kind of recall dose that. Second problem is when I got a flat tire, I nor the auto roadside assistance man could get the spare tire down. The car stranded until I took the entire wheel off the car and to the repair shop to get fixed and brought it back to re-install it. The dealer has been the only place that can actually get it to unlatch and admits it a bad design. I'm always apprehensive about getting a flat and being stranded.

- Mesquite, NV, USA

problem #121

Jun 052013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 117,005 miles
I was driving down the road all of a sudden the speedometer registered 120 mph, I pulled over to the side of the road and stopped the vehicle, the speedometer was still registering 50 mph. Since that time the speedometer registers various speeds, from 140 to 0 I am not sure what speed I am actually going, I can be parked with the speedometer on 140 or driving with the speedometer on 0.

- Spring Grove, VA, USA

problem #120

Oct 012012


  • 80,000 miles
Last October, while driving my 2004 Chevy Tahoe lt, the tachometer on the instrument cluster failed after an acceleration event and never functioned again. Since it was the tachometer element, it did not raise any significant concern, only disappointment. However, on 3/15/2013, the analog oil pressure gauge needle went all the way to the right ( indicating failure, I assume) and then on 3/30/2013, the speedometer began to function on an intermittent basis and continues to do so. After reading some of the 341 complaints on line, I cannot believe GM gets a pass on a critical safety/legal component like the cluster group and no recall has been issued. In general, what authority does the NHTSA have in coercing auto manufacturers to issue recalls in the U.S.?

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #119

Jul 272011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Instrumentation problem. Speedometer stepper motor does not reset to zero. This results in the inaccurate reporting of vehicle speed. This is a safety hazard. This issue is widely reported throughout the internet. We lent a ton of money to GM and they need to be called to the carpet to remedy these issues promptly.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #118

Mar 212012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 176,800 miles
The RPM and speed gauges on my instrument panel are not working.

- Quitman, TX, USA

problem #117

Nov 032010


  • 78,000 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe speedometer sticks at various speed levels and intermittently will not return to zero when the vehicle is not in motion. Speedometer can stick at excessive speeds indicated on the cluster, this had intermittently effected the cruise control operation. This was a known issue by GM, no recall was provided. My vehicle is over 80,000 (82,500) miles. Issue started with my vehicle at about 78K, but was not brought in by me to GM because there was not an announced recall. GM decided to replace the clusters for customers who had the defect occur between 70 and 80K, with a charge for the labor, not the part. Given the fact this is a safety issue (speed indication and intermittent cruise control, GM should provide full replacement, parts and labor.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #116

Dec 052010

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
2004 Tahoe: Speedometer reads crazy during long trip. Have read about this issue and now it has happened to my Tahoe. It's now a permanent issue and I rely on my gps device to monitor my speed. I'm waiting for the other cluster instruments to fail and then I will have to replace the parts on all. It's pathetic that GM will not recall this as a serious safety issue. It's not like you can drive without this gauge - will GM pay my tickets?

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #115

Dec 082010


  • 68,863 miles


I have a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe with 68,863 miles. The speedometer starting reading 20 miles an hour yesterday when parked. When driving the speedometer is erratic and reads approximately 20-30 miles an hour faster than I believe I am traveling. I have researched and found many reports of this problem. This is a severe safety issue and this defect is a problem the manufacturer should repair at no charge. Recall this vehicle.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #114

Aug 152010


  • 108,000 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe (108K miles) speedometer was stuck at 70 mph, then slowly decreased down to zero. Over the next 3 weeks it became more sporadic and now it only reads "0" all the time. Mechanic wanted to charge me $350 to replace the entire instrument cluster. This is a known defect and Chevy should take responsibility for it.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #113

Sep 012010


  • 75,000 miles
My 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe has a problem with the speedometer not giving accurate readings. It will jump from 0 to 120 mph and stick somewhere in between or give a false mph reading or just go to zero and register nothing. The problem seems prevalent with all Tahoe. GM needs to have a recall and fix this dangerous situation instead of charging everybody $500-$900 when they know they have a serious defect. This problem has been ongoing now for the last 2 years.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #112

Jan 012010


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chevy Tahoe. My instrument panel is messed up. My speedometer does not work, it flutters or pegs out all the way. Now my oil gauge is bottom out. In researching the internet, I see that this is a common problem and that Chevy will only fix it if you have less than 70,000 miles. I have over 100,000 miles on my car and I consider it a safety hazard. 98% of the time I do not know how fast I am really going. I heard that a recall will not be issued because it is not a "safety hazard". well I disagree, because people are not always aware of their fuel level, how fast/slow they are really driving.

- Loomis, CA, USA

problem #111

May 142009

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 99,586 miles
My speedometer failed 5/14/2009 and the gas needle failed shortly afterward. They are completely no reliable.

- Rex, GA, USA

problem #110

Jun 012009


  • 42,000 miles
1. speedometer stopped working on a 2004 Tahoe. 2. occurs - permanently broken. 3. action to correct failure is nothing at this point. Speedometer failure occurred at approximately 42K miles.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #109

Nov 022009


  • 82,000 miles
2004 chevorlet Tahoe speedometer began to show that the speed was to slow than I was going. Now its showing I am going faster than I am. Tonight my speedometer is stuck on 0 mph.

- Vass, NC, USA

problem #108

Mar 122009


  • 85,000 miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe electrical system: Instrument panel.

- Prairie Du Sac, WI, USA

problem #107

Oct 122008


  • 101,200 miles
Electrical system: Instrumental panel.

- Gilbertown, AL, USA

problem #106

Aug 012008


  • 61,000 miles
In Aug 2008 my speedometer started acting improperly. It would work off and on. Then eventually it stopped working all together. I was ok driving on highway because the tachometer was still working. Just recently the tac stopped also. This has to be a safety issue and should be recalled. I am just worried that I pay $600 to get it fixed and it happens again.

- Middletown, DE, USA

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