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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
52,959 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

Feb 162015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,450 miles


2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 79450 miles, purchased truck new in 2006. Speedometer erratic for a few weeks and now shows anywhere from 0-120+ mph sitting still or driving. To dealer on 3/5/2015 with 80730 miles. After complaining dealer quoted me $400 down from $535 to replace instrument cluster. Chevrolet said they will not help me at all but issued me a file and referenced their bulletin #. there are over 600 pages of complaints about this problem. Definite safety issue, this will be my last GM product ever.

- Ludlow, MA, USA

problem #57

Mar 292014


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. When the vehicle was started, the instrument panel became inoperable intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #56

Jun 152011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The speedometer only works intermittently. It will seem to be reporting the correct speed then changes to a speed we could not be going. Usually under reporting the correct speed. We will be going between 50 and 60 mph and it will read 30. This has been going on for several years and we have tried to compensate by using the tachometer but lately I don't feel I can trust it either. The repair is between $400 and $500 and I now read others are having the same problem. I'm sure there are many others like me who have not reported this issue because I only found out about this site today.

- Interlachen, FL, USA

problem #55

Dec 112013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 154,900 miles


Our speedometer does not tell us how fast we are going all the time. Most of the time it is fine but occasionally it will register a different speed than what we are traveling. Sometimes it says we are going slower than what we are actually going and sometimes it says we are going faster than we are going.

- Montrose, CO, USA

problem #54

Nov 292012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 72,685 miles
While driving speedometer stays at 0. instrument cluster is malfunctioning.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #53

Jul 022012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Speedometer stopped working or will display false speeds from 0 while driving on highway to 120 while driving on surface streets. While researching this problem I have found many other 2005 Chevy Tahoe owners experiencing the same problem.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #52

Dec 012011


  • 110,000 miles


The speedometer would not decrease speed, and but would register an increase, and consequently would not reflect actual speed. I could correct problem by repeatedly starting vehicle, until eventually it just would no longer register a change in speed at all. Now I have no idea what speed my vehicle is traveling.

- Montgomery, , AL, USA

problem #51

Jan 042012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2005 Tahoe which I bought new. About 5-6 months ago my speedometer went out. I didn't have the funds at the time and let it go even though I felt it was a safety issue. I received no letter from GM that they were having this problem until today. I brought my car into my local Goodyear place and they were going to charge me hundreds of dollars to fix it. My sister, who had worked at GM, had me call the Chevrolet dealership jack burford in richmond, Kentucky. They said they'd give me a new cluster but that I would have to pay for the labor ($130), I then called gn at 800-222-1020 and talked with a woman named[xxx]. she told me that they did not have a recall on that issue but a "special policy". also, it was good only for cars with less than 80,000 miles. Mine has 97,000. They're still going to fix it though but it makes me upset that they didn't notify me about this problem and that I have to pay for the labor. The policy apparently went into effect in 2005, when I purchased the vehicle and expires in July, 2012. I wonder if other people have had this problem and, if so, since this is potentially a safety issue, should the cars be recalled? thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Berea,, KY, USA

problem #50

Nov 012010


  • 43,000 miles
Fuel gauge on 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe does not accurately report fuel level.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #49

Jan 302011


  • miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Tahoe. The speedometer stops working in the middle of the road and starts showing wrong speeds. This is a serious security issue as you suddenly lost in the middle of traffic because you do not know how fast you are traveling. I was checking online and there are thousands of such complaints. I think dot should seriously look into this issue as a safety issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #48

Nov 172010


  • 68,000 miles


2005 Chevrolet Tahoe dash gauges-speedometer erratic, gives false reading and eventually gets stuck at 120 mph, reset by removing "dic"(dash instrument cluster) fuse and starting vehicle then replacing fuse (found this in a blog about this problem), fixes for unspecified amount of time before failing again. This is a known problem and should be mandatory recall by manufacture, as of now only a "voluntary" class action suite settlement to repair at 7 years or 70,000 miles. Most units fail on, around or after this. This is a huge safety concern. I did not realize I was going over 70 mph in a 55 mph zone as my speedometer was reading 45 mph at this specific malfunction, I turned on my gps to verify because I felt I was going much faster than my speedometer was reading and the gps read over 70 mph!. please demand a recall for these acknowledged problems by GM for 2003 thru 2007 model years! this is due to faulty gauge motors installed by the maker. I contacted GM and they said recalls are governed by the state therefore it was not recalled and only repair at the specified date mileage range in the service bulletin. This is a complete sham, the customer should not have to incur expense because of a known faulty item used in manufacturing. Where is the accountability for these people?....please help!

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #47

Dec 152010

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
Speedometer, tachometer, and oil pressure gauge on my 2005 Chevy Tahoe stopped working. All of them began to operate sporadically before they stopped completely stopped working. Not only is it extremely dangerous for the speedometer to not work correctly, as it should, but it also leaves me to bear the burden of a financial loss of speeding tickets or any accidents that were caused by its failure. First, the oil pressure gauge stopped work, then the tachometer, and then the speedometer. All of them did the same thing when they stopped working, so I began to think there maybe a bigger problem. Once I started doing some research on-line, I found there was a huge population of 2003-2005 GM vehicle owners affected by this defect. There obviously should have been a recall and probably some lawsuits as well. Please help me.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #46

Dec 282010


  • 62,000 miles
While driving through town the speedometer on my Tahoe was saying I was going 90 mph. After cycling the key on and off several times it was working correctly, then while traveling down the interstate the speedometer quit working completely being stuck on 67 mph no matter what speed I was going, causing me to get flipped off several times by fellow drivers. Eventually the needle started moving again but said I was going 120 when I was going 60 on my gps.

- Mendota, IL, USA

problem #45

Feb 132010


  • 63,000 miles
Erratic speedometer indications, speedometer stuck on 120mph while driving at a speed calibrated by memory using the tachometer. The same complaints submitted by multiple purchasers of this vehicle for years that the problem is apparently a dash cluster for consumer paid replacement of$450.

- Centreville, AL, USA

problem #44

Feb 012010


  • 80,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Tahoe has developed a problem with the speedometer. The gauge reads 20-30 mph faster than it should and then it eventually pegs out at 120 mph. It will return to 0 after the switch is cycled on/off but it's impossible to know your speed when it's malfunctioning.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #43

Jan 132010


  • 55,000 miles
My speedometer on my 2005 Chevy Tahoe Z71 4X4 stops working intermittently shows we are going way slower or 0 when we are driving.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #42

Dec 232009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact observed the speedometer displayed incorrect reading, regardless of the speed being traveled. In addition, failure occurred with the fuel gauge which resulted in an inaccurate reading at any given fuel level capacity. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #41

Dec 182009


  • 98,789 miles
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. Speedometer failure. The speedometer is stuck at 20 mph. Personal research has led me to believe that Chevrolet has acknowledged a defect in drive motors within the instrument panel from a parts manufacturer in 10 models produced from 2003 to 2007. This is a definite safety hazard that Chevrolet needs to address via a recall of all effected models.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #40

Oct 012009


  • 61,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe under 70K miles. My speedometer quit working. I found out that GM issued a specials program to fix the instrument panel on 03, 04 and some 05 Tahoe if they are under 70K miles. My VIN number was outside the lot of approved VIN's. I contacted GM customer service and was led to believe they would provide some coverage for my repairs if the GM mechanic could verify that the problem with my speedometer was the exact problem being recalled. After one week of phone messages from GM that they were working towards a resolve, I was denied any coverage. My complaint is lack of ownership of the problem with my Tahoe by GM. The mechanic at our local GM dealer verified to GM that my instrument panel was the exact defect that was being recalled. I was still denied and was told by the customer relations department that the speedometer not working was due to the previous owner? this was such a ludicrous statement by customer service. We are now forced with fixing the speedometer at our expense even though it was proven to be the fault of General Motors. I am filing a complain with the better business bureau as well.

- Nathrop, CO, USA

problem #39

Jan 062009


  • 100,000 miles
Speedometer quit working on 2005 gmac Tahoe. Stuck on 120 mph.. have no idea how fast I am driving due to speedometer not working. Appears to be a common issue in gmac trucks, however gmac won't repair the part if the vehicle has more than 70,000 miles on it.

- Herald, CA, USA

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