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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,033 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 232015


  • 135,000 miles


When operating the vehicle the stability system light comes on and the vehicle steering becomes wobbly.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #5

May 202014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Brake line to rear ruptured causing brake fluid to leak out. Could not drive vehicle without brakes. Had it towed to Chevrolet dealer for repair. Repair cost was in excess of $1,300.

- Watersmeet, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 262014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 77,200 miles
When releasing the emergency brake I heard a loud snapping noise. I noticed that the release lever was very lose and my emergency brake had not fully disengaged. I had just picked my kids up from school when this happened. I was still able to drive at a slow speed with an annoying chime going off since the break had not fully disengaged. My husband being a mechanic looked at the release lever when he pulled on it the lever along with the bicycle brake wire came off. I could not believe GM used such a cheap wire. This wire had snapped and started unraveling. If I would have pressed on the emergency brake again I would not have been able to drive. We ordered a new oem part that my husband will be putting in. This is on top of all the other repairs that have been made on our Tahoe last year our transfer case went while I was driving 72000 miles on the SUV. The transfer case had to change along with having our transmission rebuilt. Our stability control message was going on and off. I haven't seen this message for awhile now. Only one light is working on the steering wheel these lights burnt out on our third year of ownership. A year ago while driving my kids to school the truck completely shut down no warning just shut down. I had to put it in park to restart it. I called the dealership close by they said they had never heard of this happening but next time it happens bring it in. This was our first brand new car purchase back in 2005, we own two other cars that were pre-owned both BMW they are over 20 years old and we have not had half the problems we have seen with our Tahoe. This will be our last american made vehicle we will purchase BMW, Mercedes, or Toyota will be our next family vehicle. We will not purchase another GM. Quality and dependability is definitely not a priority.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 312012


  • 85,000 miles


Truck shifts into 4 low and stability control shuts off for no apparent reason. Dangerous at the least. Heard of many cases of the same issue. Replaced switch, still has issue.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 132012

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The "service stability" warning message displayed, ABS warning light, tc tire deflation, and brake failure light. The first failure occurred on or about February 13, 2012. I took the vehicle to the Chevrolet dealership immediately and the repair was completed by March 27, 2012 after 3 attempts. The computer tester was alleged to show that the ebcm had failed and was replaced. This did not clear the defect and the same warnings continued when ever the car was washed or became wet from rain. The defect was said to be in the wire that powered the ebcm in the proximity of the firewall. The wire was stated to be frayed. When the wire was replaced the problem was corrected. I am concerned that the wire may have been damaged from abrasion near the firewall combined with corrosion from road salt. This could have lead to failure of the ABS, airbags, and stability control at a time when it is most needed.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 102010


  • miles
Last year I notice that the traction active warning would go on and there was a humming noise that would follow. This would happen throughout the first few months. Around may of last year it started happening more often, as I was driving the truck would suddenly stop and turn off on its own after traction warning came on. Also after having stopped at a traffic light the traction warning would come on when accelerating to go. This has happened now everyday since may of last year. I have researched this online to see if this is happening to any other owners of Tahoe and it has. From what I have read cheverolet has not been able to fix this problem. I have been fortunate not to be rear ended by another car but I have had some close calls. I have read that other drivers have turned off their "stabilitrak control". I have tried this and it does help to some extent but this is not the solution to the problem. Cheverolet knows of the problem and they have not issued a recall for this problem. Other drivers have brought their SUV in for repairs and had the speed sensors replaced. When they drive their SUV after the so call repair, the problem still continues. I believe the issue is the transfer case. Due to that every time this problem would start the noise would come from right under the driver seat. Even with the "stabilitrak control" being turned off the humming and rumbling of gear sounds right under the seat. This is a dangerous situation when driving 30 to 40 mph the SUV coming to a stop and turning off. Several people wrote that this happened at hwy speed. This has been my fear. Cheverolet should officially recall Tahoe with this issue. In Canada a recall was put out due to a similar situation. Why is it that this hasn't been done here and owners in the us have to pay for repairs that have not solved the problem.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

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