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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,084 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Apr 012014


  • 32,000 miles


Lost brakes pedal went to floor. Brake lines rusted out. Had vehicle towed to dealership for repair. Stainless steel brake lines and fuel lines should never rust !!! General Motors is liable for this problem and should make repair immediately.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 212014


  • 45,000 miles
I was leaving work and I was coming to a junction, applied my brakes and nothing happened, I was slowly going into the middle of the road and a car was coming towards me, I had to accelerate to get in front of him, to avoid him hitting me. I got to the main junction which is on a hill and I pressed very hard on the brakes and it finally stopped. I drove 2 miles an hour for about 100 ft and turned into a gas station. I called a tow truck and while waiting fluid was leaking from the front of the car. The tow truck man got under the car and said all my brake lines were rusted and leaking. I was lucky there was not a lot of traffic on the road. Why are the brake lines rusted. Is there a recall on these brake lines.

- Smithsville, TN, USA

problem #14

Feb 172014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 217,456 miles
My mechanic informed me today that my brake lines were very corroded and in danger of a catastrophic failure.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #13

Dec 042013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 200,342 miles


A few weeks ago I was traveling down hwy 60 in southwest Missouri and the "reduced engine power" light came on. The vehicle immediately slowed to about 4-5 miles per hour and I was unable to accelerate. I crawled to the next exit where I barely made it up the incline and into a gas station. We checked the gas, oil, battery, etc. I turned off the vehicle and when I started it up again, it seemed fine. I continued home. The next day I took it to a mechanic who said that it all checked out perfectly and there was nothing wrong. This has happened 12-15 times in the last month and every time I take it to the mechanic, he tells me that the computer is not "throwing codes" and there is nothing wrong. This is not a figment of my imagination. This keeps happening. The most recent "episode" was last night. We took the boat down to the river to go gigging at night. When I went to pull the trailer up the boat ramp and park the vehicle, the "reduced engine power" light again came on and I could not pull up the hill. Every time I attempted it, the light came on and I actually went backwards towards the river!! my children were in the vehicle and I was scared we would be trapped it something further malfunctioned and we rolled back into the deep cold water!!! from what I have now researched GM is aware of this problem and I do not understand why a problem this potentially deadly has not been dealt with! I am not the first owner of this vehicle and have never had a problem like this. I am a single mother of three beautiful boys and I am scared to drive my car because of this. I cannot put them in a potentially deadly situation. So our only vehicle sits and waits in our driveway leaving me stranded a lot until GM can come up with a solution on their dime. This isn't fair that a problem is know and no one at GM will fix it. Please help fix this before someone dies!

- Mountain Grove, MO, USA

problem #12

Jan 062014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 1,000,000 miles
Tried to stop, brake pedal went to floor. Brake lines at the frame under driver's side rusted through. Truck had to be towed, and all brake lines replaced.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #11

Oct 222013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 43,961 miles
I bought a 2004 Chevy Tahoe August 2013- I maybe drove it twice a week for maybe 3 to the screw up with the dealership and insurance company I was canceled in September up until October 22 the truck sat in my drive way. Finally was able to drive it. Drove it one day, I was driving back after filling my tank. I'm coming up to a red light with a motorcycle in front of me. I began applying the brakes and I'm approaching the motorcycle in front of me. When I try to apply the brakes, I'm pushing them all the way to the floor and I'm not stopping. I know at this point I don't have brakes. I swerve to avoid rear ending the motorcycle. I almost hit on coming cars. Then I'm able to apply what was left of the brakes to get the car to stop. When I put the Tahoe it to park that's when the brake light comes on. I get out and I see nothing but brake fluid pouring out of the front driver side. I look underneath the truck(SUV) and the entire brake lines where rotted and the entire underneath the truck was rusted.

- Browns Mills , NJ, USA

problem #10

Aug 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 107,000 miles


ABS light came on. While braking to enter an on-ramp, steering wheel jerked and passenger side front wheel almost broke off.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #9

Mar 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chevy Tahoe, Z71. All brake and fuel lines are severely corroded. Appear to be seeping fluid.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #8

Jun 152011


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph and depressing the brakes, the brakes would not respond. The contact continued to depress the brake pedal until the brakes became responsive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. Where the technician advised that the brake hydro boost exhibited a leak and would require replacement. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 04V045000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but was advised by the manufacturer that the failure and stated the VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 312012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
Service brake system light came on while driving 25-30 mph checked for possible recalls and found (recall 04004) contact GM directly which stated that my vehicle was not included in this recall and refered to to file the incident GM stated that recalls are based on information from this website and not directly from the manufacturer.

- Lagrange, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 282012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 79,800 miles


As I applied my brakes to stop for traffic in front of me my brakes failed causing me to hit the vehicle in front of me. There had been no warning that the brake system had an issue but upon inspection of the brake lines that come out of the master cylinder it appears that one of these stainless steel lines has failed.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 212012


  • 50,000 miles
Brake pedal completely depressed and all brake fluid spilled out on driveway. I looked under vehicle and all brake line were visible highly corroded. I've been maintaining vehicles for 50 years and have never seen a failure like this. The brake lines had the appearance of cars 30 years old but were heavily pitted and corroded. I don't want to hear a GM excuse of road salt wear and tear ! this is inexcusable!

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 242012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal dropped to the floor board after being engaged. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the brake lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. There was an investigation NHTSA action number: EA11001 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings) that may be related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 042012

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
My brake lines burst and began leaking brake fluid as I put my car in gear and began backing out of my driveway. I crawled under the car and the lines looked corroded. I live in Delaware and purchased the car in northern New Jersey.

- Townsend, DE, USA

problem #2

May 012012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the brakes were applied and she heard a fluttering noise. In addition, the vehicle would pull to the right. The contact had the brakes replaced. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was told the wheel sensor needed to be replaced. The wheel sensor was replaced. The mechanic disconnected the ABS and the fluttering ceased. Afterward when the contact applied the brakes the steering would become tight but only when turning to the left. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 136,000.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 082012


  • 83,784 miles
Applied brakes after another driver cut me off and the brakes failed. Check brake system appeared in the odometer along with the ABS light.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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