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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,249 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 302014


  • 90,000 miles


My liftgate actuator failed, my car was not lockable I was told by GM that because of the age of my car it would not be covered. I was told it was not covered not in stock not order able. I was told to order it on line I did installed and failed in 11 days. The part was sold by doorman made in china. I buy american made products and I'm told by an american company to buy something made in china does that make sense?

- Solana Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

May 192013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 118,220 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy Tahoe that I just bought in Feb. Up till now I have loved it. My rear lift gate/hatch will not open. After trying several times to unlock it, still it wouldn't open. So I climb inside to try and find a manual release button or handle, I find nothing. I decided to pull out the owners manual and look it up. The only way you can access the rear hatch is from the keyless remote that unlocks it. I believe this is a safety issue for several reasons. A crash, be it a rollover, head on, fire or if I plunge into water, you can't get out through the rear access. The latch/lock is broken and thousands of GMC/Chevy owners are having this same issue. Now I can't help out with taking my wheelchair bound grandmother to and from her doctors apt and her errand runs. The latch costs $400 to replace. Just so that it goes out again?? I don't have that kind of money. It's a default mechanism that Chevrolet should fix.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #10

Jul 252011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
When I pressed the power lock opener to unlock all the doors in my Tahoe, the liftgate where the children's seats are located did not unlock automatically. It was then I discovered that there is no emergency or manual way to open the liftgate in the event of the actuator failing! there is no release on the inside and no key slot opener on the outside. A little research told me that this is a common problem with this model of car. I don't understand how there was not a recall on these vehicles that are an obvious danger to children and / or other passengers. An emergency lever or keylock should be mandatory on these vehicles.

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 152011


  • 68,000 miles


2006 lift gate will not open after 68,000 miles, dealer wanted $500 to fix.. what a rip off also a very safety concern for children & pets...also loading short terms should have bought a (T O Y O T a ) they are built to last..end of story.. Chevy sucks.

- Apache Jct., AZ, USA

problem #8

Jul 012011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 83,877 miles
2006 Chevrolet Tahoe w/ 3rd row seating. The liftgate lock failed without any indication that it was going out. This is very fearful for our family for which we have small children who may become trapped and unable to escape this vehicle in the event of an accident. I read 11 complaints online from other consumers with this same matter. Chevrolet are aware that these complaints are out there and know the risk in which are involved. Why should they wait until someone is seriously injured or a death occurs due to a defect on their end. I would hate for this to happen to anyone and I hope that you all can look into this. Not to mention that this particular vehicle doesn't have a key entry to unlock it as well. Please look into recalling what others have identified as the actuator. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Charleston, MO, USA

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problem #7

Apr 242011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Tahoe hatchback & liftgate won't open.

- N/A, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 122010


  • 121,000 miles


Rear liftgate actuator has failed. Safety issue with children in rear of vehicle and lack of access. There are many complaints about this same problem. GM should recall this part asap.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 262010

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
2006 Tahoe rear liftgate will not unlock, nor will window open. It doesn't make any noise. There is no key hole to open manually. My grandchildren often ride in the rear seats, and they would be trapped in a collision. There is no inside handle, either. My sister-in-law has an identical model in which this has also happened. GM should in our estimation, recall and fix this problem. The most efficient fix would be to have key access to unlock.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

problem #4

Nov 202010


  • 67,500 miles
2006 Chevrolet Tahoe liftgate lock actuator quit working at around 67000 miles. There is no manual or key operated way to unlock the liftgate. It failed in the locked position which has the potential to trap someone inside in the event of an emergency. The only way to open was to crawl inside the back end of the vehicle, rip the plastic trim panels off that cover the mechanism, and then move the actuator by hand. When I took to the dealer to check out he wanted over $500 to replace the lock actuator. I read numerous other complaints of this problem on this vehicle.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #3

Jul 012010

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,392 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. While the vehicle was parked, the electronic hatch rear door would not open. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer or mechanic. The vehicle was not been repaired. The contact was concerned since someone could become trapped in the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 67,392 and the current mileage was 67,692. Updated 08/24/10. The rear hatch/liftgate lock function became inoperable in the locked position. The locks are all electric and there is no way to open the back end of the vehicle. Updated 08/25/10

- 9157 Lagrande Street, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 292008


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated the rear lift gate would fail to open. The dealer replaced the lift gate actuator remote control to correct the failure. The failure recurred within two years. The dealer advised having a diagnostic performed before making any repairs. The contact was concerned with the safety of the vehicle in the event of a crash. The failure mileage was approximately 55,326 and the current mileage was approximately 101,000.

- New Braunfells , TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 272008


  • 50,000 miles
The lift gate and the rear window on my 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe will not unlock and therefore cannot be opened. The lift gate unlocks with the keyless remote or the passenger or driver door unlock buttons, neither of which presently opens the tailgate or rear window. There is no way a passenger can exit the vehicle from the tailgate and this is a safety hazard along with a useless cargo area. This failure occurred at 50,000 miles.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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