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transmission problem already
Posted by Candy725 on 10/15/2003
A couple days ago I noticed that my truck was struggling to move and the gears on my 2001 Chevy Tahoe sounded like they were slow to change out. After nearly breaking my neck trying to reverse the truck because it jerked so hard, I took to it to Maroone Chevrolet to have it checked out. $80 later it was determined by the rocket scientists that there was a problem with my transmission and for $600 they would let the secret out. Of course I was furious. Okay the vehicle has 60,000 miles on it but come on transmission problems already. I called the customer service dept. of GM to voice my frustrations and there answer was only that I had to foot the bill for the determination of the problem and if it is found the this should not have happened to the vehicle this early, they may offer assistance w/cost. Are you kidding me. I paid my $80 and got a second opinion on the problem before I go bankrupt and sure enough $2120 will be the cost to repair the f----d up transmission on my fairly brand new truck.I will be back in touch with GM tomorrow and from what Ive read on this site "good luck" getting any compensation from them once your warranty expires. Chevy built like a rock, huh??

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Posted by Anonymous on 2004-01-12:
GM products are built like a rock--- Sandstone!
Posted by gmc2001 on 2009-07-16:
you replaced your transmission once? i'm on my third one in two yrs ? have to keep it cause its not completly payed for yet , if i had the money i put into transmissions it would have been payed off two yrs ago , just 6 more months then it goes and never buy gmc again
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Defective Transmissions/Shell & Gear
Posted by Mbrooks on 09/28/2004
OKLAHOMA -- I have read the numerous complaints about transmissions failing after the warranties are expired on new GM vehicles. My 2002 Chevy Tahoe had its first transmission failure at 13,800 miles. It was still under warranty and GM would only agree to "replace parts", of course, and not the entire transmission. Now, at 62,000 miles, it has failed again. Same problem. The local dealership tried to rip me off by telling me it was "not repairable" and had to be replaced. GM refuses to help pay any of it. It lost 2nd, 4th, and reverse, but was still driveable. I took it to a local independent transmission shop. The guy gave me tons of info. Said it was a well-known problem that has made him a wealthy man. He even photocopied a service bulletin issued by the "Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Assn" for me. Apparently, GM has known about a weak sun gear shell since at least 2000. The part number is 8683439. The problem is that GM didn't purge the faulty parts from their inventory, although they have updated the part. When it is ordered, you don't know if you are getting the "OLD-BAD" shell or the "NEW-UPDATED" shell. They carry the same part number. You can only tell from the serial number inside the shell. Of course, there has not been a recall. IS ANYBODY ELSE THINKING "POTENTIAL CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT"?! Why can't something be done about this? Probably because it is cheaper to pay for transmission work or a new transmission than the cost of a lawsuit. ANYBODY WITH MONEY, A SIMILAR STORY, OR GOOD LEGAL CONNECTIONS, CONTACT ME!! I will share what I have. We need to find out the extent of this problem. Thanks! Mitzi1017@sbcglobal.net
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Posted by melissa.messner.ni1q on 2004-09-28:
I sent you an email about this too, but for anyone else reading who may have a similar problem...I would find out from the dealership who their regional manager is. When I first started working with the regional manager for my dealership she tried to blow me off, but she has been fairly helpful once she saw I was not going to go away quietly. Make sure to fax them a copy of the article you received, they can't deny a problem if you have proof of it. From there, I wish you luck. I've been fighting with GM for nearly a year because of the problems I have with my Blazer, and they are just now starting to realize there is a problem. I have an appt with a factory rep to come out and look at my car next week, something the regional manager set up for me. Good luck!!!
Posted by johnnyhave on 2004-10-18:
Have a 98' S-10 with the same problem. 31K miles and the sun shell stripped. GM started off telling me to take it to a dealer and there was a possibility of them paying 50-100% of the repair. GM dealers charge almost 2X what a transmission shop would charge so I was quite reluctant and pushed the GM customer service person to tell me what would warrant 50% and what would warrant 100% reimbursement. This service person put me on hold several times and came back with they could not tell me until I took the vehicle to an Authorized Dealer and had a repair technichian tell GM what the cause was. So I rolled the dice and took a chance on GM....WRONG! After the tech said that there was no abuse...THE TRANSMISSION FLUID WAS STILL LIGHT PINK IN COLOR...The GM rep asked me if I would accept 50% of the charge. My response of course was "not now". It was clearly a faulty MFG part. This GM person was going to run it by a supervisor and let me know what they could do. The next day I was told that the best they could offer, since it was a 98 model and 6 years old, was....25%...!!! I have a disdain for attornies, but I have a greater disdain for injustice. Any thing that we can do...I say let's do it. I will be looking into a small claims court suit. GM is a huge company, but those that have been screwed are legion. Let's band together and be reckoned as a force that will NOT go away. Greg Abbott is the Attorney General in Texas and as soon as I get the response from GM as to what they will actually pay for, if not 100%, He is the first person on my list to contact. I do have a legal service that should prove useful in guideing me.
I can be reached at jhavenar@ev1.net or jhavenar@speakeasy.net.
Posted by AJW on 2004-12-06:
Well, misery loves company. I just nursed my '97 Sonoma down to the transmission shop (45,000 mi) due to failure of the sun shell and loss of reverse. I was most surprised by the instant comment I received from each shop I called, namely that this was common knowledge. The GM Service Center didn't even recommend that I bring it in to them, as their automatic response would be a transmission swap for $3,000. That Ford F-150 is looking better all of the time.
Posted by mike2200 on 2005-01-08:
I also have a 2002 Chev Tahoe and have had the trans fail three times most recently yesterday...I am still under warranty and the dealer commented that chev will fix it even if it is over the warranty because it has failed before.....
Posted by nibler on 2005-02-16:
i work for GM and i would be happy to join because my sun sheel has broke twice in my tranny
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2002 Tahoe Transmission
Posted by Rick_3 on 01/08/2004
40778 miles reaction gear set broke. $975 repair on a vehicle I have owned since new for 19 months. GM says out of warranty and won't cover.
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Sold A Lemon - Chevy Tahoe
Posted by Trashy Tahoe on 10/23/2007
NEW YORK -- About 1 month ago, I purchased a 2008 Chevy Tahoe from a Bklyn, NY dealership and it turned out to be a lemon like the rest of them the same year. When the truck was sold to me General Motors forgot to tell me that they had a problem with the fuel pump that when it went bad would take at least 3 months to replace. As of right now my truck is sitting in a Chevy dealership for 3 weeks with no word when this part will even be manufactured. The truck payment is $700 per month and they give you a Chevy Imapala (a $200 per month lease vehicle) to use in the mean time. When they wanted me to purchase the vehicle they were my best friends and now no one wants to know me. There is no customer satisfaction with General Motors. They made their sale with me and no longer have use for me. I have filed complaints with their main offices and have gotten no where. The people who answer the phone won't even give you their names nor give you their bosses names. A large company as itself, General Motors should be ashamed of themselves for their customer service and everyone should be aware of this and not purchase anything from this ungrateful company.

This company is also a company that no one should be feel comfortable investing any of their money in. A few years to come, doing business as so, the word will spread of their reliability and service, and they will be out of business. So please beware of spending your hard earned money with this money hungry company called GENERAL MOTORS......

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Posted by MRM on 2007-10-23:
"When they wanted me to purchase the vehicle they were my best friends and now no one wants to know me."
- Remember this the next time you purchase your next vehicle. All the dealerships care about is you driving off the lot with the vehicle, and not caring about your problems.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-23:
Your state offers you lemon law protection if the vehicle is out of use for more than 30 days within the first 18 months of ownership. Good Luck
Posted by FoggyOne on 2007-10-23:
Listen to dealerdirect.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-23:
Good advice DD I agree.
Posted by dave64 on 2007-10-24:
gm sucks and don't stand behind there products i have bin a chevy person for 20 years. just got rid of my 02 2500hd i was sick of it breaking down and the gm famous quote can't duplicate the problem
Posted by dave64 on 2007-10-24:
i will never buy a gm car or truck again
Posted by Aerocave on 2007-10-24:
I am not trying to lessen your frustration--you have every right to be upset...but, I have to point a few things out:

Do you realize how ridiculous your last paragraph is?...GM employs thousands of people in the US...to wish that GM just "goes out of business" tells me that you do not have a clue about the economy and how big an impact this would have. For starters, that's not going to happen anyway.

Also, I have to say this--3 months to replace a fuel pump? Come on...You have only had the vehicle for a month, according to your post. It is also a bit early to refer to your vehicle as a "lemon." We sell the GMC Yukons at our store, and so far, the quality overall (aside from a few isolated cases) has been good since the re-design.

As Dealer Direct noted, you may have lemon law rights if you are without the vehicle beyond 30 days...However, I seriously doubt that, if your story is accurate, GM will not take other measures to help you out. I disagree with the comment that GM does not care. That is crap.

And finally for all you GM bashers and to address your final comment "...the word will spread about their reliability and service..." These comments are so "five years ago." Do you people ever read? Buick was recently tied with Lexus for the top spot in quality...more GM products are "recommended" by Consumer Reports...At the dealership we are selling Buick Enclaves at list price to people trading in foreign vehicles...GM is building great cars.

All vehicles have issues, we sell Hondas at our store--still great cars--but our warranty work is DOUBLE what it was 5 years ago. Toyota--they have a recall every other week it seems...my point is, a vehicle is a machine and unfortunately, they do break down. And yes, it is frustrating and inconvienent. But the "GM Sucks" and "they don't stand behind their products" thinking is so yesterday...please keep it that way.
Posted by febecoon on 2007-11-26:
Aerocave,What the others say is absolutely true GM does not stan behind their products anymore which is so sad,GM sends deficienty reports only to you dealers not to the consumer A/C compressors that make a Flapping noise,A/C vibration GM is aware of this problem and the engineering dept. is working on a fix, but as said in the report at this time there is no fix, Lug nuts that are sensitive to moisture which causes the to swell and release from the threads.In case you believe I am just spouting words, you mentioned you work at a dealership look at your Document ID#2018529 subject 9/26/2007 HVAC Compressor Flapping Noise-Vibration affected group 2007 GMC Sierra-2007 Chevrolet Silverada----Doc.#2016103 9/21/2007 Subject Black Plastic Lug Cat not retaining Properly. affected models 2007-2008 Chevy Silverado-2005-2007 Silverado classic-2007-2008 GMC Sierra-2005-2007 GMC Sierra Classic. All these and other doc. sent to the dealer for thir eyes only and we should trust them. for me not ever again
Posted by Aerocave on 2007-12-06:
I will look these up...but do you really think GM (or any manufacturer) is going to begin sending out "defiency reports" to customers? We would have every person that owns a Tahoe, regardless of a problem or not, coming in and demanding it be fixed. With all due respect, I really don't think you understand the complexity of vehicles--and what the dealerships go through trying to fix them. You seem to be the kind of customer that adds so much stress to our lives because you have no forgiveness and patience for anything--and when there is a mistake or problem, it is the end of the world. By the way, we call them "Service Bulletins" and they are sent out to help us with the repair when we have several vehicles with the same issue. I sincerely hope you get the problem resolved.
Posted by horrible tahoe on 2008-10-19:
Trashy Tahoe - I completely and totally understand where you are coming from. I just bought a brnd new 2008 LTZ Tahoe, loaded, diamond white. Beautiful car. Unfortunately, the only thing it does is open my garage door. It has been in the shop every week for the past 6 weeks, and it STILL has the same problem!!! It actually has 2 problems - it stalls and turns off while DRIVING AT 40 MPH or stopping, and it spills up the gas every time you try to fill it up. I have shown the GM people this over and over again. What is more, THE CAR SENSORS CORROBORATE THE STORY!!!! They STILL cannot find what is wrong. All that they do is randomly change stuff, hoping that the problem gets fixed. What really sucks, is that I used to be the biggest defended of american made cars. Not anymore. I hired an attorney, and we are going to arbitration soon, to get my money back (thank God for the lemon law, which is very explicit and clear in Florida). To all of you out there thinking about getting a GM product, all I can say is, they are beautiful cars, and if you are lucky enough to get a good one, God bless you. But if you dont, be ready to get a lawyer, cause you will NEVER get any where with the crooked dealers and GM. By the way, I got the Tahoe at Autoway Chevrolet in Clearwater, FL.
Do your research before buying.
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Electrical Problems - Won't start
Posted by Lgoldbeck on 12/09/2004
I have a problem with my Tahoe. Sometimes it won't start at all - no power to anything. Other times it starts and runs fine. Died WHILE I WAS DRIVING it the other night. Took it to the dealer and they found no problem and were unable to duplicate the problem. Anyone else out there having these issues??
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Posted by melissa.messner.ni1q on 2004-12-10:
I've had several transmission/failure to start probelms (among others) with my '03 Chevy Blazer. The dealership has never been able to duplicate the problem, even though the biggest problem happened in front of the service manager while I was there to witness it. Convenient, isn't it, how they can never get the vehicle to duplicate the problem? I wish you luck, right now I've given up and am praying for a tree to fall on my POS.
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-12-21:
I would definatley start at the battery cables and connections, most likely culprit. Good Luck
Posted by bossdawg on 2005-03-27:
i have seen on numerous occasions this very same problem however this does indicate that it is your problem..gm as well as others have an ignition swith that is made of plastic have been for many years however in earlier models the switch was lower on the steering colum anuperated with a rod which meant that the swith was robust when gm moved the swith to the top of the steerinc column they had to make a reduction in size because of location these switches tend to be problematic and will do some very strang things loose power for no reason no start..transmisson shifting problems ..erractic ecm and check eng lights..there are several tsb bullitens out on this go to all dated or related site for mor info..but i would try to get it checked again the hard part si if the guy working on it has never run into this problem he will probly miss it not that he is capable of repairs just this can be spooky
Posted by irwalb on 2006-07-24:
I having similar problems with my 2002 Chevy Tahoe. Sometimes it will start fine and sometimes it is like dead. The alternator and battery seem fine. It hasn't turn off while driving yet...
Posted by Brian on 2014-02-13:
I'm having the same problem with my 04 Tahoe it has done it for a while I've had the starter, battery, and alternator checked and they all check fine most of the time it will boost right off but the other day it wouldn't so we had it towed to a auto elictric shop and when they unloaded it off the rollback it started right up . They check it for a draw and all that and it started every time for 4 days they never could find anything. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated
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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe Is Junk, Don't Ever Buy One!
Posted by Ahlers99 on 03/25/2013
My Tahoe is junk. 64k miles and it needed two new front wheel bearings, over a 1000 bill, I would NEVER buy a Chevy Tahoe again!

This coming from a loyal customer of two Silverado a, s10, and an Olds Cutlass. I have officially switched to Honda. So upset about this!
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Posted by BigAl on 2013-03-26:
If new wheel bearings is costing you $1000 I'd get a new mechanic.
Posted by Maria pizarro on 2013-07-12:
Own a 2006 gmc yukon the power failure engine light is on try to complain with no success:(a $900 repair they need to recall
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Tahoe transmission problem
Posted by Doogy on 12/22/2009
I bought a 2004 chevrolet tahoe new. I have had two major problems that GM would do nothing about. The first was that the front suspension is screwed up and I have gone through 3 sets of tires due to them getting wore out on the outside of the tire. I got the aligned every year with no help. The front suspension makes noise every time I turn, which I was told is normal, and my front end hops when I turn sharp. I was told I have an alignment issue. I get it aligned, it last a few months and does it again. URG!!!! Then at 63,000 miles my transmission goes out. 5 months past warrant. URG AGIAN!!!! $2500 bucks later, I am back on the road. I guess I picked the wrong vehicle to keep for the long haul because I ussually get a new one every 5 years. MY MISTAKE!!! If you have an 2004 tahoe, get rid of it!!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-23:
Well the truck is 5 years old. I'm not saying that it shouldn't last, but you take a gamble with older vehicles.
Posted by Critical_level2 on 2009-12-23:
I have an 04 Tahoe with 130K on it. Still runs like a champ and no issues at all. Mine does make some noise in the suspension, but it is a truck, not a car. Hopping during sharp turns could mean you are taking them too quickly. A Tahoe is a truck, not even close to a car in handling or ride. As far as the alignment going out every few months, either could be from the way you drive, where you drive it (off-road will mess it up), or you could have worn out suspension parts. e
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Posted by Spill on 04/16/2009
Don't buy a Chevy because it will rust before it is 4 years old and GM knows the problem but won't stand behind it. Our Tahoe front bumper is rusting below the plastic piece, badly. Our GM dealer took pictures and sent it in and GM will not stand behind it.

GM loves putting all that plastic on their vehicles. I will NEVER buy another GM again, it will be a Ford!!

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
"I will NEVER buy another GM again, it will be a Ford!!"

Good luck with that plan.
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Posted by Yellow jacket on 12/29/2008
VAN BUREN, ARKANSAS -- I started having speedometer issues with my Tahoe at around 60000 miles. I didn't take it to the dealer because it would correct itself and be okay for 2-3000 miles and would suddenly go jump to 120 mph. I took it in to the GM dealer who told me that there is a recall on 2003 and 2004 Tahoes for the same problem but nothing on the 2005. Sounds like I have the same problem. Why isn't GM doing the same for the 05 models?

Also, I paid over $44000 for my Tahoe but I recently tried to trade for an 08 and got a trade in value of $8700. 3.5 years and I have an investment that's worth 15% of what I gave for it. Shrewd investment! If GM isn't going to do better, they will lose me. I trade every three years but will no longer trade with GM.

I would think some type of guaranteed residual value for repeat buyers would retain business and avoid the CEO begging for taxpayer money to bail GM out. Make sense? If something isn't done, Toyota here I come!
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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-29:
In 3 years there may not be a GM to trade in with. Problems like yours seem to be the reason they are having such a tough time selling their cars in the U.S.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-12-30:
Guess what? When you drive the vehicle off the lot, the value drops immediately. It is called depreciation. Do you think cars appraciate in value like fine wine or real estate? Nope, the value goes down. Even if you bought the car, never touched it and came back an hour later and sold it back, you would lose several thousand dollars. The concept is called REALITY.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-12-30:
An automobile is not an investment. It does not retain or increase in value. Starlord put it right.
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Electrical Problem
Posted by Drummeraz on 12/23/2008
My 2001 Tahoe is experiencing the same problem that has been written about. It will run fine and then just quit. NO POWER at all to any portion of the vehicle. It has quit while driving but it usually happens after being parked.

Has anybody found a solution to this problem?
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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2008-12-23:
"NO POWER at all to any portion of the vehicle." - Based solely on this statement it would have to be a bad circuit breaker at the battery.

Other than that more specific information would be needed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-23:
GM technical service bulletin #00266 may cover your complaint. But to read the details all web sites want money.
Posted by moneybags on 2008-12-23:
Sounds like a computer component....check it out.
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