2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Air Bags, Brake and Engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Chevrolet’s newest slogan is “Chevy Runs Deep,” and apparently, so do the complaints regarding the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe. This full-size SUV is purchased by many busy families to haul children. For that purpose, it’s important to know that it is a safe vehicle. The trouble is, many drivers are complaining about dangerous things. There’s a massive recall on the air bags and the brakes seem to be defective as well.

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Problems with the Air Bags

Many vehicles were hit with a massive recall because of the air bags, and the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe was one of them. This SUV wasn’t immune to numerous complaints from consumers hoping to get the issue resolved.

Just read what this owner said on the NHTSA website. “I first received notice of the recall in July 2016. As of today, November 21, 2017, when I spoke with the dealer, there is still not a plan to rectify the situation/replace the faulty airbag. Takata has now filed bankruptcy. They’ve had at least 18 months to work on a remedy but as of yet there is none. I doubt there will be…”

GM acknowledges another recall with NHTSA campaign number 16V651000. Apparently, it affects more than 3.5 million vehicles, which is just scary. The trouble appears to be faulty air bag sensing and diagnostic module software which hindersthe deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners. GM is supposed to be reflashing the SDM software, but we can’t confirm that everyone has had that done. So, these vehicles didn’t just suffer from the Takata trouble, but also software that stops the air bags from deploying. Have you ever heard of so many air bag issues?

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Chevy Tahoe Air Bag Problems:

TAKATA RECALL. THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 CHEVROLET TAHOE. THE CONTACT RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 16V383000 (AIR BAGS); HOWEVER, THE PARTS TO DO THE REPAIR WERE UNAVAILABLE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MANUFACTURER EXCEEDED A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE RECALL REPAIR. WEBB CHEVROLET WAS CONTACTED AND STATED THAT THE PARTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE RECALL REMEDY. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE ISSUE AND WAS NOT ABLE TO CONFIRM WHEN THE PARTS WERE TO BECOME AVAILABLE. THE CONTACT HAD NOT EXPERIENCED A FAILURE. VIN TOOL CONFIRMS PARTS NOT AVAILABLE

TAKATA RECALL – I AM STILL DRIVING MY CHEVY TAHOE WITH THIS ISSUE WITH GM STILL SAYING NO REMEDY IS AVAILABLE? CAN I DEMAND WHERE I PURCHASED MY CAR FROM TO CHANGE THE FAULTY AIR BAGS OR TO REPURCHASE AT FMV?

Problems with the Engine

If the air bags aren’t going to work, maybe the engine will be good? Wrong! The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe has some serious issues with its engine as well. In fact, pages of complaints can be found online describing performance issues with the engine, along with strange noises and a lack of performance.

One owner wrote this on the NHTSA website, “The engine block is a deep rust color. Engine is extremely hot even hours later after parking. There is a thick black sludge that is on nearly every part under the truck. I started hearing a ticking noise that sped up as my driving speed increases. This issue occurs often but not daily. As well as when turning into my driveway it makes a high pitched popping noise (the sound is similar to a small rock being flung onto the aluminum wheel). I also hear grinding noises when making a sharp turn. Metal against metal is as best as I can describe it. I decided to look under the hood and check the oil level and it appears fine.”

At this time, GM has 80 Service Bulletins related to the engine. That’s a lot of communication on this powertrain and signifies big problems. One that caught our attention was #PIT5404E. It talks about a squeak, chirp, whistle or rattle noise from the rear of the Tahoe. This comes in conjunction with a vibration exhaust tone. The problem seems to relate to the Passive Exhaust Valve, which might be caused by a leak. On the 4.3L and 5.3L engines, it might require replacement, that is unless you enjoy driving your own version of a band. All these noises combined must be quite the experience.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Chevy Tahoe Engine Problems:

 I WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE ON THE MAIN STREETS MY VEHICLE KEPT HESITATING AND JUMPING AS I WOULD HAVE TO STOP IN TRAFFIC THEN MOVE AGAIN WHEN I PRESSED ON THE GAS. THEN AS I WAS WAITING TO MAKE A LEFT TURN IN TRAFFIC, MY VEHICLE STALLED THEN ALLOWED ME TO GO. THEN SUDDENLY MY ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. I THEN RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM THE ONSTAR NOTIFICATION STATING THE DIAGNOSTIC DETECTED AN ISSUE WITH MY ENGINE AND MY TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

2017 CHEVY TAHOE ENGINE VIBRATION WHEN THE VEHICLE IS IN IDLE OR BELOW 500 RPMS. THE VECHICLE FEELS LIKE IS GOING TO SHUTOFF AND IT STRUGLES TO TURN ON FROM A COLD START. THIS HAPPENS WHEN THE VECHILE IS STATIONARY.

Problems with the Brakes

When you get behind the wheel of a family vehicle, you expect it to stop when you push on the brakes. After all, you have precious cargo with you. Sadly, the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe might not perform as well as you would expect.

One owner took to the NHTSA website to complain about the brakes. This person wrote, “Driving in traffic slow speed, brakes went to floor, lost power brakes, possibly vacuum pressure. Very hard to stop vehicle. Brakes worked after driving at a higher speed while attempting to exit the road. This is a brake booster/vacuum loss issue in my opinion. This is a 1 year old vehicle. This shouldn’t not be happening. I have video of this happening.”

GM discusses the situation through Special Coverage Announcement N182202780. It talks about customers requiring more brake effort to stop the vehicle. Even though they mark the bulletin “Urgent” and they are replacing the vacuum pump and belt, they are still trying to brush the condition under the rug. In fact, when all is said and done, they make sure to bold the statement, “Please understand that even if the vehicle exhibits this condition, it meets all federal motor vehicle safety standards for brake performance.” Do you really believe that the automaker is replacing all of the parts out of the kindness of their hearts? We don’t think so either.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Chevy Tahoe Brake Problems:

HARD BRAKE PEDAL RESULTING IN LITTLE OR NO STOPPING POWER WHEN APPLYING THE BRAKES AT LOW SPEED. TO GET THE VEHICLE TO STOP, YOU MUST STOMP ON THE PEDAL AS HARD AS YOU CAN. THE SITUATION TYPICALLY OCCURS WHEN PARKING. THE BRAKE APPLICATION OR TWO ARE FINE, BUT AFTER THAT THE BRAKES FAIL. THIS SAME ISSUE APPEARS TO BE WELL DOCUMENTED UNDER NHTSA ID NUMBER 10081053 AND GM PIT5361B, HOWEVER THOSE DO NOT INCLUDE THE 2017 MODEL YEAR, AND I AM SEEING WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE EXACT SAME ISSUE ON MY 2017 TAHOE.

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  • Gentry

    We’ve had to replace all 3 transmission solenoids & now having to have the transmission rebuilt on our 2017 Tahoe. Left my family stranded on the road on vacation. There goes about $4,000 down the drain, not to mention renting a vehicle while it’s being fixed, extra night in hotel, towing fees, etc.

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