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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban repairs by problem area

Chart based on 108 repairs.

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban repair cost distribution

Chart based on 34 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

Chevrolet in Kansas, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2011
Jun 2010

109000 mi

US $48
The suburban did not start. When I turned the key, just a click. Tapped on the starter, sub then started and backed into garage for repairs. Pulled the starter and took to Alternator & Starter Co. Replaced defective solenoid. 
Sep 2011

117000 mi

US $650
Airbag module replaced. 
Oct 2011

117000 mi

US $175
Replaced all 5 door lock actuators. Back door did not work at all and other doors intermittent with both fob and switches.  

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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Chevrolet in Oregon, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

128000 mi

US $19
Cracked water fitting on intake manifold. Removed threads with easy-out and replaced fitting. 
Chevrolet in Ohio, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2012
Jan 2011

119000 mi

US $120
The rear seal of transfer case failed; all fluid lost. New seal installed, fluid replaced but this is temporary. Need to have new transfer case installed before I take this vehicle any distance. Still running, local use only. 
Feb 2011

119500 mi

US $3000
Replaced transfer case, $2,500 from Jasper. Also replaced a wheel bearing, $500. 
Nov 2011

123500 mi

US $3400
Repaired accumulating rust along bottom of every door including rear cargo doors. Replaced right front door. Plan to keep truck on road another 10 years. 
Feb 2012

125300 mi

US $300
Broken exhaust manifold bolt. 
Chevrolet in Colorado, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2014
Mar 2011

132000 mi

US $1450
Radiator leaking at seams where the metal meets the plastic. Radiator replaced. Tensioner pulley bearings blown. Replaced tensioner pulley. Gov-lock blew(rear axle carrier) and grooved ring and pinon. It did not damage the axle shafts or axle tubing. Rented vehicle for the time it was in the shop. Shop ordered and installed a open carrier, ring, pinon, seals and hardware. 
Jul 2011

134000 mi

US $36
Starter solenoid would not release. Banged on solenoid and got it started. Drove to pick up part and then home to repair. Replaced starter solenoid on starter motor. Fixed. Driver side back door window not working at all. Will fix later. 
Sep 2011

141000 mi
Driver side back door window repaired. 
Apr 2012

155000 mi
Drivers window has quit working. Will not go down or up. When the button is pressed, it makes a clicking noise in the door. Minor diagnostics done. Cause as of yet is unknown. Will update when time to investigate further. 
May 2012

155500 mi

US $70
I got around to repairing the drivers window. The window motor had quit working. Replaced the regulator and window motor. As for the rear drivers side window, it started working again just before the drivers window went out in April 
Oct 2012

156700 mi

US $70
Torn CV boot on passenger side. Found it was time and cost effective to replace with a new shaft. The (sway) bar bushings and end linkage bushings were worn out. Replace the 2 (sway) bar bushings and installed new end linkage and end linkage bushings. 
Jan 2013

159000 mi

US $202
Brake lights quit working except for center high mount brake light, rear turn signals quit, wipers sometimes wouldn't stop, headlights cut out here and there and the sound of the blinkers blinking would tick without the turn signals on. 
Jun 2013

165000 mi

US $134
Installed new multifunction switch (the turn signal multifunction lever on steering column), installed new circuit boards for both rear tail lights and installed a new headlight switch. This fixed the unsuccessful repair January 2013. 
Nov 2013

169000 mi

US $58
Antifreeze leak @the plastic T & Y connectors(after 10years plastic is brittle)& while replacing connectors,Heater Water Shutoff Valve fell apart. Went to replace it & the new 1 also broke(poor design)Overrode valve,new hoses & connectors 
Chevrolet in Ohio, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2009

165000 mi

US $1400
very tiny radiator leak near the top of the driver's side. Living with it as the leak is near the top of radiator and fluid does not continue to leak out past current level. Actuators for the door locks failed on all doors. Happened over 2 month period. Replaced all actuators about 4 years previously. They seem to last 4 years as we replaced them 4 years after original sale. 
Mar 2010

172000 mi

US $150
Replace lock actuators 
Chevrolet in Illinois, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2015
Jul 2010

181000 mi

US $20
Front driveshaft rear u-joint failed Leak in rear AC high pressure line 
Dec 2010

186000 mi

US $5
Trace on climate control circuit board burned up. Cause unknown, repaired unit. Is functioning normally now. Replaced by friend who is adept in repairing PCB's and most electronics to the component. Blower Motor drawing excessive current. Burned up switch. Replaced switch, but need to replace motor or clean carbon tracking inside motor. Currently monitoring the issue. 
Mar 2012

196000 mi

US $100
Right side catalytic converter plugged 
Mar 2014

199000 mi

US $50
Rusted rear brake line 
Jan 2015

204000 mi
AC leak is in the rear AC system behind the right rear tire and has pin holes. Estimated $750 for the one piece pipe to replace it from the dealer and many hours of labor to put it in. We gave up trying to fix it. 
Chevrolet in Idaho, United States
Jan 2010 - Oct 2013
Feb 2010

114000 mi

US $280
Passenger front CV axle replaced because boot was cracked and falling apart. 
Apr 2010

115000 mi

US $306
left front ABS speed sensor replaced rear door and spare tire were squeaking from road vibration. Spare tightened down and rear door latch adjusted. 
Sep 2010

119000 mi

US $350
Front driveshaft seals leaking at differential and at transfer case. Both seals replaced. Likely cause was failed U-joint mechanic discovered and both were replaced. 
Jul 2011

127000 mi

US $70
Right Front CV boot sliced and oil flipping in wheel well. Entire half shaft / CV joint and boot replaced. 
Aug 2011

128000 mi

US $500
Transmission not shifting out of 1st. Engine light on. Usually occurs in the morning, but in the afternoon the light goes off and it works fine. Shop could not duplicate problem, but read the code. I replaced the throttle position sensor. oxygen sensor code. Not sure which of the 4. check engine light on, transmission would not shift out of first gear until 3500 rpm and then would not shift out of second. replaced throttle position sensor twice and two oxygen sensors that were coding bad. 
Jan 2012

135000 mi

US $125
Inspection showed front wheel movement. Replaced pitman and idler arms. Realigned. 
Feb 2012

140000 mi
would not start. Replaced a plugged fuel filter and replaced all spark plugs. runs great. 
May 2012

141500 mi

US $543
condenser hose replaced and system recharged 
Oct 2012

144300 mi

US $857
Difficult starting. Replaced fuel filter and fuel pump. fuel pressure regulator and leaking coolant fitting 
Dec 2012

145000 mi

US $180
starter clicking but not turning. Replaced starter. Battery was corroded. Cleaned Battery. front passenger interior door handle broke off 
Jul 2013

149000 mi

US $25
Exterior Door handle broken on passenger front door CD Player not reading disks Wipers not stopping when turned off. Pausing at odd places in delay mode. 
Oct 2013

151000 mi

US $550
Front control arm noise - replaced shocks 
Chevrolet in California, United States
Jul 2009 - Jan 2011
Aug 2009

100000 mi

US $26
Steering position sensor, bought on ebay $26, took the steering column apart, fixed in the driveway in under 40minutes. You would turn the wheel 20 degrees off center, it would "snap" to the right, kind of like if you hit a patch of ice, no resistance. 
Aug 2010

106000 mi

US $500
Oil cooler lines leaking 
Sep 2010

111000 mi

US $30
Steering position sensor AGAIN. Replaced it several thousand miles ago with a new part. Problem came back a couple of months ago. Replaced with another new part.  
Jan 2011

112000 mi

US $125
Alternator charging intermittently, had it diagnosed as a bad diode at O'reilly's, replaced it myself, solved problem. 
Chevrolet in Michigan, United States
Jul 2009 - May 2011
Dec 2009

116000 mi

US $330
Check engine light on, determined to be EGR valve. Mechanic cleaned it and it now works fine, no light. Also had the front end aligned and tires rotated and balanced. 
Apr 2010

121000 mi

US $253
Rear A/C lines leaking. Shop replaced lines and recharged refrigerant. 
Sep 2010

125000 mi

US $500
Rear A/C lines replaced. They were leaking and the A/C did not work. Power door lock solenoids all went bad due to one being bad for awhile and too much current burning up the others. Replaced 3/5 with new parts. Other doors are manual lock now. 
Dec 2010

126000 mi

US $151
Original battery finally went bad. Oil changed also. There's a little clunk in the rear end but the mechanic said U-joints are fine, the diff has some play. 

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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chevrolet in Virginia, United States
Jul 2009 - Jan 2011
Nov 2010

141000 mi

US $365
alternator needed to be replaced.  Also leak in engine block-added "stop leak". 

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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban Repair Histories

69 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban. 27 of these members (39.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 108 repairs to 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburbans--an average of 1.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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