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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,747 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe transmission problems

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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #17

Dec 152010


  • 48,000 miles


I was at a stop light, and the problem happened unexpectedly when I pressed on the gas when the light turned green. My car moved forward just slightly, jerked hard to a complete stop, and it wouldn't drive anymore. I was able to get pushed to the side in neutral, but needed a tow to the dealer. The only working gears were R, 3, 2, and 1. bringing it into the dealer, they confirmed there was a problem with the transmission. I had done some research when this happened and noticed that a lot of people had the same problem, all in the same type of scenario where they were at a complete stop. Second issue, not nearly as major is the stabilitrak. The light goes on and off constantly, pretty much from the first year I've had the car. And lastly, the interior chrome door handles have all peeled off and cut me and my passengers several times. The exterior door handles have come loose, the fuel pocket is completely broken, and after a heavy rain, water gets trapped inside the shell of the back door and sloshes around while I'm driving. I have to remove the bottom lining of the door for the trapped water to be released.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 072011

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
2007 Tahoe. Intermediate steering shaft clunk noise. This noise is a nuisance and doesn't feel safe when driving the vehicle. The problem happens intermediately so it is very difficult to diagnose. GM needs to recall this problem and replace the shaft instead of doing temporary grease jobs.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #15

Mar 252009


  • 64,012 miles
02/19/07 mileage: 20,748 vehicle quit pulling itself, trans one way clutch inside 3-4 clutch housing stripped, remove trans.,teardown, replace one way clutch and seals. Flush oil cooler and lines. Install trans. 04/10/07 mileage: 23,292 grinding noise from front end, left front hub bearing loose, replaced left front hub bearing assembly 03/25/09 mileage: 64,012 vehicle quit pulling itself, waiting for tow and diagnosis.

- Van Buren, MO, USA

problem #14

Jan 012008


  • 29,000 miles


Truck rolls back when on incline even while in park, and it does not stop, I also noted truck would not go into V$ mode and was shifting a little rough in lower gears. July of 2008 took to bob stall Chevrolet for oil change and asked for it to be checked (as well as power system) returned to pick up my vehicle and they insisted tranny was fine as there were no error codes. I mentioned power issue and they claimed to not have time to test (they had the truck all day, it was also not on the roll) unsatisfied I returned again with the truck for another issue (moldings) and asked for it to be tested. Received my truck at end of day with moldings fixed but only an assurance my transmission was fine and all was normal, not even mention off battery problem. I returned then a third time to dealer and had to insist they drive the truck and full test transmission. After having my truck a full day I finally was informed that yes my tranny had a problem. Their tranny tech drove it and noted the problem in lower gears and after inspection (opened up transmission) discovered burnt bands. My transmission was rebuilt with 2 clutch packs replaced. Issue of roll back was claimed to be normal. It took several attempts for this issue to be taken care of and I feel the diversion wa sintentional.. a few more miles.. out of warranty.. poof they would have kindly discovered problem then charged me for it. I have also heard of several others with transmission issues and suspect a design or assembly flaw.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #13

Apr 212008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,287 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe. While attempting to place the vehicle into drive, the transmission made a popping noise and the vehicle felt as if it were dragging an object. The contact attempted to park the vehicle, but the transmission would not shift into reverse. He attempted to tow the vehicle in neutral, but the tires would not rotate. The contact was finally able to shift into reverse and the vehicle moved. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer, but the failures still persist. The current and failure mileages were 15,287.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #12

Sep 202006


  • miles
I replaced the transmission in my Chevy Tahoe twice. It is clear that other owners have had the same problems with Tahoe transmissions over the past ten years. What does it take for GM to correct the problem"?" maybe this site can at least help get the word out about these transmissions.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #11

Feb 012008

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,578 miles


I purchased a 2007 Tahoe in Feb. Of 2007. I have had numerous problems to date. The first was the A/C blower went out. Replaced under warranty. The tire pressure monitor was reversed on the two right side tires. Right front was actually the right rear. I have complained to the dealership numerous times about the poor mileage I am getting. 15.1 mpg overall. 60% + of my driving is on the highway. My 2003 Tahoe got much better mileage without the so-called "active fuel management system". then at 27,758 miles, the transmission crapped out while pulling into traffic on a busy road. I like the appearance and features of the Tahoe, but in my opinion, this vehicle is a disaster mechanically. I have bought nothing but GM products for the last 20 years but will now reconsider.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 192007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
On my new Chevy Tahoe, 2007, the transmission has slipped several times (50+) over the last 20,000 miles. Each occurrence was minor and when mentioned to the dealer at normal service intervals was told was common for a truck (I.e. they are stiff when cold, can do that when you go around a corner, etc.) this finally culminated with complete transmission failure while in traffic. The repair offered by Chevy is to just replace the defective part with a like part that the mechanic believes is not different. Hence we swapped a failed defective part with the same design that I must assume will fail again! this is not a fix and only delays the inevitable once again. Maybe next time it will break when passing or out in the middle of no where? the gear is called a sprag gear and all the GM dealerships are silently aware of the problem.

- Lake Elmo, MN, USA

problem #9

Oct 252007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles
The transmission went out on my 2007 Tahoe ltz with 18,500 miles. I coasted to the side of the road. Tahoe would not move in "D", but would in other gears. In "3" I headed to my dealer (about 15 miles away). "3" went out when I had to slow for a light. I then drove in "2" to the dealer. I was told this was the first problem like this they had seen in a 2007. After inspection, I was give technical names of the transmission parts that had torn up inside. I received the Tahoe back in 1 week and was provided a free rental car by Chevrolet. I have nothing but the highest praise for my dealer, but am extremely disappointed in such a major problem in a new vehicle. I am supposed to receive a full copy of all work done for this repair.

- Boonville, IN, USA

problem #8

May 272007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
My 2007 Tahoe has had a transmission/slip/bumping problem and it was first noticed by me about a month after I got it back in April. It has gotten worse the more that I drive it. It has 5900 miles on it and has been to the shop once for the problem. It was not taken care of and now it has been brought to my attention that this is actually a common problem and that it has been made aware of years ago in the older versions. I'm not at all happy about this.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 092007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles


Have an 07 Chevrolet Tahoe. Transmission failed while driving vehicle at 23,000 miles. Must be a common problem. Friend had same problem this summer at 24,000 miles. Many complaints on internet.

- Jonesborough, TN, USA

problem #6

Sep 232007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,475 miles
I have a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, I was driving up to a red light and stopped completely. When the light turned green I pressed on the accelerator and the my truck made a loud knocking noise and would not go forward. It would go in reverse and a lower gear but not in regular drive. I only have 21,000 miles on it and the transmission has given out. I had it towed to the nearest dealership and they are breaking down the transmission to see what exactly the problem is.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 202007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,430 miles
Transmission failure at 25K miles. Driving at low speed and turning a corner when I experienced a sharp shutter of the entire vehicle as though I had run over something that did not allow my wheels to turn. Transmission could be shifted from park to drive but there were no forward or reverse gears.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #4

Sep 112007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1 month after purchase of my 2007 Chevy Tahoe the service engine light came on. I alerted onstar as I was stranded on the road. Onstar indicated through a probe check that my transmission had malfunctioned but the problem would correct itself and the light would go off and I could keep driving the truck. The light went off and I kept driving. Some time later onstar was alerted for the same problems, I was told the same as before by onstar. About 1 year after I bought this Tahoe I was stranded again around 10:30P.M. along side an unsafe highway with my 3 children. Onstar was called and again stated a transmission error that would correct itself and after driving the light should go off. I drove this Tahoe home having to pull off the road several times to allow my transmission temperature to cool to prevent further damage. The next morning the light had gone off and I was on my way to take the Tahoe to the dealership where it was purchased. 5 miles or so from my home the light comes back on and I alert onstar and was told that I needed to drive the truck to my nearest Chevrolet dealership. As I pulled back on the road the transmission stops working immediately as I am sitting in on-comming traffic. I quickly put the truck in reverse as drive will not work any longer to get myself out of harms way. Chevrolet was called and transported my truck to their dealership as this was where it was purchased. My truck stayed in the shop three days as they had to rebuild the transmission. I had to pay for a rental with my own money. After picking my truck up from being repaired I was once again stranded along I-95 with my children 2 hours later. As of today my truck is still waiting to be hauled into Chevrolet.

- Lake View, SC, USA

problem #3

Sep 102007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Transmission slips. Moving from park or reverse to drive - especially in the morning. Transmission slips when hard accelerating. Taken to dealer twice and they are unable to locate a problem. No computer codes. Respond that everything is fine. Updated 10/10/07

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 282007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Under normal, non-towing driving, the 2007 Tahoe (with 27,000 miles) would not go forward when placed into drive. As a result, my family is presently unable to use the vehicle and it was towed to a dealership for repairs. This occurred after the transmission was completely replaced at about 12,000 miles for the same problem.

- Saint Johns, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 222006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,724 miles
Transmission drive gears went out would move only in reverse.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

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