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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,382 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #57

Aug 082016


  • 170,000 miles


While driving for about 3 minutes on street the Tahoe started to smell like smoke, we then noticed smoke coming out of the air conditioning vents in a matter of seconds there where flames coming out from underneath the glove compartment. The car caught on fire and the air bag deployed. The dash board was completely melted from the fire, the front windshilled shattered with force towards the back of the truck.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #56

Jul 132015


  • 198,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while operating the air condition system in the vehicle, it became inoperable as smoke emitted from the vents. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the wiring harness for the heater unit had melted. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V070000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 198,000. The VIN was not available.

- Sheridan, CA, USA

problem #55

Mar 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed to illuminate without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the rear passenger and driver side brake lights failed to illuminate intermittently. The bulbs were replaced several times, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle sputtered without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the emission canister needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lineville, AL, USA

problem #54

Apr 222011


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The contact also stated that a clicking sound would come from the steering column when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was a possible ignition failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Waikoloe, HI, USA

problem #53

Nov 102014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Rear lift gate will not unlock and it doesn't have a manual release inside nor does it have a key access from outside the vehicle to unlock it. If involved in an accident/wreck someone could be trapped in the vehicle with no way out. Shift indicator light in dash does not illuminate - unable to tell what gear the vehicle is in. Extreme safety hazards! Chevy should be held responsible and issue a recall to prevent someone from being injured.

- Marianna, FL, USA

problem #52

Feb 072015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
On February 7th the driver side airbag spontaneously deployed as my family and I were driving home from the store. We contacted GM to find out if there were any recalls on our vehicle. We were instructed there were not and we should contact GM customer service. On February 11th they had us take our vehicle to a GM dealership where they conducted and investigation to determine why. GM returned our vehicle to us on March 3rd stating the airbag deployment was caused by shorted wires in the wiring harness. Since our vehicle was returned to us we have had several more issues that were not present prior to the airbag deployment. The driver seat is stuck in one position, the rear windows will not work, the rear locks will not work, the fuel system is leaking gas, and the battery is dead, even having to be jump started when it was returned to us. General Motors refuses to do anything to correct the problems, stating these problems are not a manufacturer defect. However, when the airbag blew, while we were driving down the road, there was significant smoke inside the dash, we believe the airbag burnt/shorted the wires after it deployed. GM claim number [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wolcott, IN, USA

problem #51

Aug 102009

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. Fuel pump eruption, due to the smell of coming from the vehicle. The consumer also noticed a leak from under the vehicle. The fuel pump and fuel line needed to be replaced. Also, the window switch was replaced and the key became stuck in the ignition.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #50

Apr 092014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
When attempting to crank vehicle, it just turned over acting like it was not firing. Will finally crank after several attempts. After having issue looked at by a mechanic, he stated that ignition was sending a false signal to cam. Shortly after the odometer started giving a error and cannot get the present mileage any longer. Just learned of this site and was trying to see if others were having the same problems. Have not yet taken to mechanic on issue with odometer.

- Saraland, AL, USA

problem #49

Oct 142014


  • miles
My rear liftgate and window for my 2005 Chevy Tahoe will not unlock. This is a dangerous issue. I've read a blog of almost 300 different owners that are having this is Chevrolet going to be held responsible for this issue" what if there is an accident or fire in the vehicle and people need to escape through the rear liftgate door? is it going to take a death for someone to address this issue instead of charging owners almost $500 to fix this even though it is not our fault"

- Enumclaw, WA, USA

problem #48

Mar 012014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the key failed to turn and start the vehicle after numerous attempts. The vehicle was finally able to start, but the failure recurred. In addition, there was a fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The contact discovered a fuel leak near the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel pump and the fuel lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The initial failure was not diagnosed. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06E043000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #47

Jun 012014


  • 62,000 miles


The liftgate and glass will not unlock and there is no release from the inside so you are trapped if something happens. I have looked to see if there is a recall and there is not. I have contacted GM with no response as well as seeing hundreds of other people post online that are in the same situation. This makes the car a death trap in case of accident, fire, going in water as you cannot get out of the car from the inside if you are in the rear nor can someone run around the back and open the handle to try to get someone out in the case of an emergency. Something needs to be done asap!

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #46

Jun 182014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I was at a red light and the car tried turning off and also I was on the highway and the car started slowing down. The dashboard lights have gone out on the radio and on the steeling wheel as well. I am very scared that this issue with the speed will cause me a fatal accident and I have two kids.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #45

Mar 222012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
Approximately 5:50 P.M. as my daughter and I were driving down a busy road the car stopped without warning. Many of the dashboard lights came on and the steering locked. I was able to crank again to pull it into a business parking lot. I was not completely in the parking space and was concerned about upsetting the flow of traffic for this business, but could not crank the car to get it completely in the parking space. As I was out of town, the vehicle had to be towed approximately 75 miles. When the guy came to tow the car all the lights were still on, steering still locked and unable to start engine up. The guys at the Chevrolet dealership where it was towed started working on the vehicle on Friday morning by closing they still had not figured out the problem with the car. Around lunch time on Monday they realized it was the ignition switch. The part was $49.52 but the labor was costly. I ended up paying $476 to have the vehicle repaired. Really did not feel safe driving the car for quite some time. Can't believe my vehicle will not be covered under this recall when it is the exact same symptoms. My statement on the repair order states, "the customer says the car stopped as she was driving down the road."

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #44

Dec 162013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 83,102 miles
While driving I noticed a smell of something electrical burning. The heater was on so I immediately turned the heater off. A while later when I turned the heat back on the front blower did not work even though the rear blower did. Being and easily replaceable part, my husband took the panel off to remove the blower motor. While trying to get the motor out he found that the wires were melted together and the resistor plug looked burned. We have owned this vehicle since July of 2005 and were not aware of the GM service bulletin regarding the matter until today, December 29, 2013. If it were not for the internet I would not know it now. I am concerned not only because we own two vehicles that my have this problem but that if I had not immediately turned off the unit that my vehicle would have caught fire. How many people are going to be hurt if this is not taken care of or made more public?

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #43

Dec 152011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Tachometer needle fell to 0 while traveling at highway speed. Previous service bulletin was issued with a mileage limit on the repair. Dealership would replace part, however, I would be required to pay for labor hours. Currently, this problem still exists because repair labor would have cost in excess of $400. Also, shift indicator light is now extremely dim and sometimes does not light up at all. There is a recall out for other 2005 Tahoe, however, my VIN number is not included even though I am having the same issue. I called and spoke with GM today and they said that both items would be the same area and that neither could be fixed under a tsb or a recall. Both problems are known to NHTSA and GM, but GM is not willing to fix these known problems due to a mileage issue.

- New Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #42

Jul 242013


  • 100,000 miles
Speedometer froze on 57mph. It seemed to fix itself after a series of startups.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #41

Jul 042013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 116,985 miles
My fan blower stopped working in June. Took my Tahoe to local mechanic, who diagnosed a failed blower resistor. He replaced the resistor on 6/19. About a week later, the fan stopped again. On 7/3 he found the resistor corroded after only two weeks. His parts place replaced the resistor on warranty. On 7/4 the fan blower blew up. 1/3 of the blower cover is missing (chards). I was in reverse in my driveway, with the ac running only a couple of minutes, and her a loud bang and a puff of smoke came out the glove box. GM has special coverage bulletins 11046, 10240 and 10240A on similar problems with similar vehicles, but they say they do not cover the Tahoe.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #40

Nov 102012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the speedometer failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #39

Apr 262013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
Tailgate and rear window will not lock.

- Canistota, SD, USA

problem #38

Dec 282012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I went to the store aprox at 8pm and go back aprox at 915pm and park my car. Aprox at 11pm my neighbors call us and said that my truck was on fire. The fire department said that this started aprox from the engine part.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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