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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,005 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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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe body / paint problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #8

May 022015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


The hatch back, both the glass and the whole tail gate, worked fine until two days ago and now neither one will open. I think this is a huge safety concern. I have kids that ride in the 3rd row seats, and if something was to happen to the front of the vehicle or other doors, my kids would have no way to get out of the back!!

- Casper, WY, USA

problem #7

Jul 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Was driving South on highway 77 when my Tahoe starting to bounce on the front end then starting fish tailing from white line to white line tried to correct and had no steering. Then went off the right side of road and hit a driveway and flipped end over end then back over headed in the opposite way. There was a person watching the accident happened and he stated that the truck was bouncing going down the road then went out of control and flipped. Had Tahoe serviced in March for a popping noise at richard kay superstore in anderson South Carolina where they stated they fixed the problem. Stated was a steering shaft. They replaced it. Callaway wrecker service stated that there was a problem in the front end that was very suspicious. With one of the wheels and where was connected to the frame. This would have been where the bouncing came from where the tire was turned sideways.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
Rear bumper (inside and out) has severe rusting. At first paint bubbled then rusting set in few months later. I called GM and they refused to repair. A 7 year old car should not have this severe rusting. The bumper looks as if belongs to a vintage 30 year old car! just not right and even more so that GM is not taking responsibility for something that seems to be a manufacturer defect!

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 262013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 111,000 miles


Tailgate and rear window will not lock.

- Canistota, SD, USA

problem #4

Dec 242012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 88,236 miles
We purchased our 2005 Tahoe brand new and have kept up with regular maintenance and it has been a great, safe car. For christmas we were out of town visiting family and when we arrived to unload the car, we discovered the lift gate and the glass were stuck in the lock position. We could not get either open to load|unload our luggage and|or gifts. There is no manual key hole in the button, which I find odd that some models of the same year has them and some don"T. I am concerned that since I have a 3rd row of seats, and in my eyes with passengers in the back " they cannot get out if there is an emergency. To me, a recall should be issued for the safety of the individuals who ride in the vehicle and GM should take ownership regardless of warranty or not.

- Springdale, AR, USA

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problem #3

Sep 152012


  • 80,806 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the rear liftgate could not be opened electronically or manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the door latch failed due to defective material. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 80,806.

- Suisun City , CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 212012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the lift gate failed. As a result, whenever the contact attempted to open the lift gate it would not lock in place. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who decided to grease the latch and the lift gate finally locked. The failure recurred and the vehicle was not repaired again. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The failure mileage was 94,000. Updated 10/24/12 updated 11/08/2012

- Ardmore, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 182012


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the rear liftgate glass window became loose. The dealer was notified of the failure who stated that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 125,000.

- Cape Coral , FL, USA

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