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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,011 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 222015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact started the vehicle and shifted the gear lever however, the gear lever position indicator failed to illuminate. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V055000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated when attempting to shift in reverse, the vehicle moved forward due to the gear illumination panel not illuminating properly. The failure occurred frequently. The vehicle was not taken the dealer for diagnosis or repair. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 05V055000 (power train) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 152013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,500 miles
Approximately 1 year ago the gear shift indicator began to be dimmer than the other dash displays. The dealership said nothing was wrong. Since then it is now no longer visible and it is not possible to visually determine what gear the vehicle is in. I have been told that it is not covered under GM recall 05023 (NHTSA 05V055000).

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Feb 192014


  • 115,200 miles
After attending my nephew's high school basket ball game, my daughter and I returned to the Tahoe in the school parking lot. I started the vehicle and put the transmission into drive and started to roll when the brake pedal went to the floor. I engaged the emergency brake to stop and thankfully stopped the Tahoe before hitting anyone or any other vehicle in the lot. Looking at the owners manual and the dash lights, I realized the vehicle needed to be towed. The mechanic informed me the brake line running along the frame rail to the rear was corroded and needed replacing. After completing this task and while bleeding the system a front line went for the same reason, corrosion. I had all lines (front & back) replaced at a cost of over $800. Talking with the mechanic, it appears to be a common occurrence in the Tahoe, Silverado and similar GM vehicles.

- Southwick, MA, USA

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problem #5

Jun 112013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 180,213 miles
Have had mystery coolant leak for some time and after months of losing antifreeze I find out that it is very likely that I have a cracked head due to poor casting. A problem that General Motors is fully aware of. I think that the manufacturer should have issued a recall long ago to remedy this problem.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #4

Sep 032013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


I own a 2005 Chevy Tahoe I bought new. Last year in 2012 the fuel lines coming out of the fuel pump rotted out and I had to replace the whole pump. Early this year (2013) the transmission lines rotted out and all had to be replaced, in September this year (2013) the brake lines rotted out and had to be replaced. Lucky for me I was just leaving my driveway. I am very disappointed with this GM vehicle. I don't know if I would ever buy a GM vehicle again.

- Freeport, PA, 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

Oct 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated while traveling at an unknown speed the gear shift indicator light failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that the instrument cluster had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V055000 (power train:manual transmission:shift pattern indicator). The failure and current mileage was unavailable.

- Sykesville, MD, 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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