Print this page Notes: It's roomy, but very poor gas mileage for its class.

The EPA estimates 14MPG around town, but you'd be lucky to break double digits if you like A/C or have any hills in your town.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,314 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 012016


  • 56,000 miles


Dash is cracked over instrument panel, and 2 spots over the passenger side airbag. The cracks get bigger everyday and makes the dash rattle. Bought in 2016 and the cracks just keep getting worse. Along with the drivers side door handle that cracked inside.

- Grand Saline, TX, USA

problem #19

Nov 112017


  • 75,474 miles
This week the temperature fluctuated drastically. My Tahoe was in the garage for 2 solid days. I pulled it out the next two days and drove to work like any normal day but the temperatures were cold in the mornings and warmed up through the day. Today we pulled the Tahoe out of the garage, got in to go to church and noticed that the dash had cracked in the upper corner of the airbag compartment towards the air vent. I am very concerned that should I be in an accident and the airbag deploy, that shards of plastic would break and be impelled through the vehicle possible harming my family.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #18

Apr 062016


  • 41,000 miles
The dashboard has cracked right beside the airbag. This is a safety hazard in my eyes.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #17

Jun 152017

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,429 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the dashboard prematurely cracked and was deteriorated from the instrument panel gauges to the center of the dashboard. The contact was unable to determine if the failure could affect any components near the front of the dashboard. The dealer (lakeside Chevrolet, 2005 S goliad St, rockwall, tx 75087, (972) 961-7103) was notified of the failure. The contact was waiting on the manufacturer to provide a solution. The dealer indicated that the dashboard needed to be replaced there was no campaign to provide a remedy from the manufacturer the failure mileage was not available. Updated 07/27/17

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #16

Jun 032017


  • 76,000 miles
After 5 years of garage kept vehicle, purchased a new car to be kept in garage, only 2 days of having this SUV outside the dash cracks, very disappointed on GM customer service I have 6 yr 100000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. I worry about where the crack is right by the passenger in dash airbag

- Sorrento, FL, USA

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problem #15

Apr 232017


  • 61,477 miles
Cracking dash board, passenger side above air bag on upper left side. Noticed it was cracked after making several trips in vehicle.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 012017


  • 73,000 miles


Cracked dash near airbag. Cracks appearing along dashboard. If airbag deploys, sharp plastic shards will be propelled at high speeds.

- Colleyville, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 152016


  • 38,500 miles
Multiple cracks in dash. Purchased this vehicle used with cracks already present. One crack grew and opened into a hole in front of steering wheel.

- Kensington, OH, USA

problem #12

Nov 142016


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the dashboard had a crack that spread to the air bag area. The dealer diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Eldorado, AR, USA

problem #11

Oct 192016


  • 43,396 miles
Dash I was cleaning the vehicle I noticed that a crack had formed on the passenger side right above the airbag

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

Aug 152016


  • 100,000 miles


My dash board is cracked in two locations, one above the passenger seat airbag. I am concerned that it will cause injury if the air bag is inflated. The vehicle is in excellent condition and has been in no accidents. The dashboard material is defective and has failed.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 012016


  • 42,000 miles
There is a large crack in dashboard above the steering wheel. The vehicle is garage kept and we have found this is a common problem with our model. We feel that in a collision the dash could splinter and sharp edges could cause injuries to driver and passengers. The manufacturer believes this would not happen. However, how can they account for an infinite number of variables in an accident? we were offered a discount for a repair at the dealership, yet the amount was still near $600. It is a safety issue and we shouldn't incur any costs!

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #8

Sep 032016


  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle was stationary and I noticed a crack in the dash board right on the passenger side air bag. Thru some research I came across a pending class action lawsuit for this issue affecting thousands of GM customers. This vehicle has only 35,000 miles on it.

- Cramerton, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 312016


  • miles
2 cracks around front passenger side airbag dash board. Happened within the past month.

- Bells, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 012016


  • 69,000 miles
Rear door are not draining. The drain holes are plugged due to the outside. The rear doors fill up with water.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 062016


  • 91,000 miles
The dashboard on the driver's side above the odometer has cracked, as well as the dashboard on the passenger's side on left hand corner of the airbag. The vehicle is well taken care of and never taken off road. I noticed the cracks when I got into my vehicle one morning. The cracks just seemed to appear overnight.

- Scottsboro, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 202015


  • 59,000 miles
Dash board on drive and passengerside are crack

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 142016


  • 42,000 miles
Two cracks in the dashboard, one major crack above the instrument panel and the other with the passenger airbag. Vehicle only has 42K miles on it and has been meticulously taken care of. Larger crack above instrument panel is spreading, can hear it cracking when driving or staring up the car.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 052016


  • 75,000 miles
One morning I came out to find a 1/4 inch crack in the dashboard in front of the instrument panel. After a couple days it grew to about an inch. I keep the truck in showroom condition and am shocked to find how common this is on $64,000 trucks within 1-3 years of ownership. It's unacceptable. My 1998 Tahoe interior was perfect and it had 300,000 miles. The crack appeared overnight.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 092014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While turning left (Tahoe) with a protected green arrow at an X-shaped intersection, vehicle (Kia sedan) at fault failed to yield and entered the intersection at speeds upwards of 40 mph from the left of the Tahoe. Front-impact collision occurred; due to the shape of the intersection and the velocity of the impact, Tahoe struck passenger side of Kia sedan. Trajectory of impact caused directional changes in upwards of 90* for both vehicles; the force of the primary accident described above also caused mentioned vehicles to collide with left rear of another vehicle (Honda sedan), causing near 360* rotation of the Honda sedan. Due to the force of impact, front & side airbags deployed on both the Kia sedan and the Honda sedan, but failed to deploy on the Tahoe. Scene indicated that the Kia sedan made no attempt to brake or decrease speed prior to collision; posted speed limit at intersection is 40 mph. Force was such that after the collision, Tahoe transmission was in drive, but remained at a complete stop. Damage sustained on the Tahoe include front-end body damage, engine damage (vehicle required towing and was inoperable), and frame damage, at a minimum. In addition, engine service lights as well as onstar vehicle diagnostic reports indicate that the airbag system, antilock braking system, and the stabilitrak stability control system also sustained damage and require attention. Multiple first-responders commented on the oddity that, given the damage sustained by the Tahoe and the velocity at impact, the airbags deployed on all vehicles but the Tahoe.

- The Colony, TX, USA

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