RIDGECREST, CA, CALIFORNIA -- WARNING: 2007 LTZ Tahoe has Design Defect. OK...now that I've got your attention, let me explain. I've been a loyal Chevy/GM owner for 30yrs and an engineer by profession. I currently own 2 Chevy/GM trucks and just recently purchased a 2007 Tahoe, LTZ in March.
My issue: I recently took a 2500 mile round trip pulling an enclosed Utility Trailer which is approx 14' H, 8' W, 16' L. The window seal on the rear hatch was compromised by the airflow over the roof and hitting the face of the trailer (assume vacuum). As a result, EXCESS (nerve racking) wind/road noise was experienced and you could actually see daylight between the window and seal. This condition only happens when pulling the trailer either loaded or empty.
I have contacted our local dealer and his research through GM's database does not show this as a problem...am I the first? And the response he's gotten from GM technical is: We're not fixing the problem...have the customer consider buying a roof mounted wind deflector. Good idea for 2 reasons...gas mileage improvement and now...hopefully a reduction in road noise through the rear window.
Now my issue. I just paid over $45,000 dollars for a vehicle that is supposedly designed for both luxury and functionality (actually working the 4X4, pulling trailers, etc). Wouldn't one expect that under these conditions, the proud owner would still have the quiet ride of luxury? Especially since GM did such an excellent job on the Trailer/Towing package features. Is this a detailed missed or is my Tahoe the lone exception?
So, besides this issue...I'm very happy with my new 2007 Tahoe LTZ and it performed fairly well pulling the trailer (1000 lb tongue weight, 5000 lb total weight). I pulled the trailer from Southern Cal to North East Wyo and normally ran 70-75mph on open semi flat roads. Overall trip MPG was 8.6.
In closing....next trip home I'll shelve the Tahoe luxury if I need to pull the trailer and will use our 2001 3/4 ton Duramax Diesel. Can't beat the power and the trip home is uphill all the way.
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!
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 their answer was only that I had to foot the bill for the determination of the problem and if it is found 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 ** transmission on my fairly brand new truck. I will be back in touch with GM tomorrow and from what I've read on this site "good luck" getting any compensation from them once your warranty expires. Chevy built like a rock, huh??
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Can a transmission's sunshell simply break when the car is at a full stop? I know that it had a lot of premature wear and tear but WE WERE NOT MOVING!! We were at a red light when boozy the clown hit us. Now he doesn't want to own up to his mistake.
According to State Farm it was a coincidence that our sunshell happened to break at the moment drunk boy slammed into our Tahoe. The lush is hanging on tight to what State Farm has said. Chevy won't even give me anything in writing to state that the part isn't faulty or even that there aren't any recalls. "Go to the dealer" is their favorite response. Terrible customer service. I take that back: NO customer service! They don't DO anything except tell you that they can't help you! We loved that Tahoe. But after this nightmare we went out and bought a 2006 Nissan Armada.
MEDFORD, OREGON -- Our old GMC gave up in Yuma, AZ on the way home to Oregon and we had to buy a NEW car. We paid over $45k for it. When I got the car back to Oregon, I took it into Airport Chevrolet in Medford to get 13 items fixed under the new car warranty. I was told by the selling dealer in Yuma if it was in over 2 hours I should get a free loaner. They refused to give me a loaner, saying, "If you purchased it from us, we would give you something to drive right away". I even purchased an extended warranty that said I am supposed to get a free loaner.
A call to GM was no help at all. They said it was up to the dealer. SO MUCH FOR SERVICE AFTER THE SALE ON GM PRODUCTS. Mr. Goodwrench is just there to screw the customers. General Motors and Airport Chevrolet in Medford, Oregon should be avoided at all costs. Once they get your money, your goose is cooked.
On our way to my son's wrestling tournament we got a flat tire on our 2003 Z71 Tahoe. In a hurry I changed it myself and found that the wheel hoist retainer will not fit through the wheel opening in the stock Z71 wheels. This forced us to drive under unsafe circumstances with passengers in each other's laps as we had to fold down the third seat to make space for the flat. On page 5-83 in the 2003 Tahoe owner's manual GM states that having the wheel in the car could cause injury, but they make no provision to put it anywhere else.
Calls to On-Star, GM roadside assistance and three local dealers offered us no solution. There is no way to make this work. Returning from the tournament we had even more passengers so we had to find someone kind enough to transport our wheel for us.
A visit to our dealer confirmed that this wheel cannot be stored as the manual requires (for safe operation) so our third seat option cannot be used simultaneously with the spare tire. The local area rep gave our dealer pathetic excuses like, "we can't think of everything" and "there is no way to design an adaptor that will work for both a steel wheel and an alloy wheel" (even though the manual says it does). This is total BS, my 1992 Toyota 4-Runner had just that and GM thinks it's OK to pass their engineers off as that lame.
At this time, no one is returning my calls and all other Z71 owners with these wheels are in the same position. I am going to start contacting consumer groups and will try to go on the air with Clark Howard if no solution is offered quickly.
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA -- 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??