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Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (4%)

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Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (13%)

$1000 - $2499 (25%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 130 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

355-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD

1000 mi Shifted to 4wd by itself. Stuck in 4wd. 
2300 mi Battery voltage drops while driving. Battery dead overnight. Dealer has not been able to duplicate problem. Updated transfer control module software. 
5000 mi Shifted to 4wd by itself. Stuck in 4wd. 

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2010 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD

184000 mi

US $20
4WD, ATC fuse blown 

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2009 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

77500 mi rear axle leaking 

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2009 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

310-horsepower 5.3L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

17800 mi Had tech check transmission not down shifting properly when comeing to a stop. Engine stays reved up for a second or 2. 

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

332-horsepower 6.0L V8 Hybrid 4-speed 2-mode automatic 4WD w/low range

27000 mi transfer case output seal leak. Replace Seal 
32000 mi Replace slip yoke, rear transfer case seal, universal joint. 

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

192000 mi

US $3000
Rear diff exploded. Airbag sensor ABS sensors. Knock in engine. 
49000 mi Bad U-Joint was replaced under warranty 
63240 mi

C $300
Both front axle seals replaced under warranty. Flushed and replaced fluids in front and rear diff and transfer case.  
54500 mi Transmission lost gears 1, 4 and R. Entire transmission was replaced under factory power train warranty. Replacement was completed and vehicle returned in 22 hours. Quite amazing. 
80380 mi

C $500
Replace passenger front cv boot 
25964 mi Transmission fluid leak, transmission removed to replace pump seal. Rear Window Defroster terminal separated from window at solder joint, terminal lug resoldered. Weather seal at top of rear liftgate separating, replaced with new seal. 
55700 mi Mfg defect on 1st repair and dealer error (seal) on 2nd repair. 

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2008 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

33000 mi Transmission rebuilt to fix significant/long power loss between shifts. If it were a manual transmission it would have felt like someone was riding the clutch between every shift. 
76700 mi Rear axle oil seals failed, discovered during brake pad & rotor replacement. 

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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

55000 mi Rear differential bearings failed destroying ring and pinion. GM replaced all bearings, gears, and limited slip under 5yr/100K mile powertrain warranty. 
43000 mi Transmission would slip once warmed up going from first to second gear. Clutch assemblies replaced. 
44700 mi No third gear, rough switching between first and second. Sensor replaced. 

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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

178700 mi

US $1500
trans went out cause was determined to be front sprag. Rebuilt entire transmission with better than new parts. 
105000 mi

US $427
One of the transmission cooler line showing signs of leaking 
115000 mi

US $1500
The Service Four Wheel Drive light lit. The switch and module had to be replaced. From what I understand from the dealer this is a known failure point. 
120000 mi

US $3500
The transmission would not shift into third gear. It was a hard problem and required the dealer to install a GM certified transmission. 
192300 mi

US $3000
Shaft seal. Also the water pumps and a few cosmetic issues 
65300 mi Excessive vibration at speed 
68500 mi Transmission Oil Cooler Lines leaking at radiator. 
83543 mi

US $218
Dealership replaced right front axle seal and housing gasket. 
92000 mi

US $1437
Right front hub loose and separating. Hub replaced. Left front axel seal leaking slightly - did not replace this trip. Leaking left front axle seal replaced. Leaking power steering gear replaced. Leaking transmission cooler lines replaced. 
95000 mi

US $66
Rear U-Joint was squeaking with acceleration. Replaced rear U-Joint. 
107000 mi

US $1400
gear carrier came loose in transfer case and wore hole in transfer case--caused trans oil leak 
154000 mi

US $1150
LR axle seal leaking 
59000 mi Front Right seal 
69000 mi

US $1800
Bearings on ring gear assembly in rear end worn out, all new bearings, seals, gears needed. 

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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban

Engine not specified

120000 mi

US $1100
Complete transmission overhaul. Extensive wear and damage. 

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2007 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

366-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

104560 mi

C $160
oil cooler pipe leak , replace 2 oil cooler transmission 

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2007 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

320-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

80600 mi

C $75
Autotrac 4WD system intermittently quits working. Dealer cleaned and tightened connections at fuse box but that did nothing. Vehicle has had this problem intermittently since new. Still not fixed. 
81840 mi Autotrac 4WD system still intermittently quit working when sold. 
63240 mi

C $460
Replaced rear u-joints 
70060 mi Replaced u-joint that had been replaced back in March or April. Turned out to be faulty machining from manufacturer and dealer did it at no charge without hesitation. 
43000 mi Universal joint, rear propeller shaft 
55000 mi transmission 
65700 mi

US $400
Torn front lefy CV joint boot was replaced. 
69000 mi Right front CV joint boot tore, 
71000 mi Replaced right front axle and CV joint 
27000 mi Service 4WD message in DIC when in Auto, 4HI or 4LO. code C0378 present. Dealer advised that vehicle should not be driven on dry pavement with 4WD engaged. Service 4WD message in DIC. Code C0378 present indicating issue with front axle actuator. Dealer replaced the front axle actuator after successfully replicating issue. 
48000 mi Noise from front end when driving. Dealer replaced pass side half shaft and wheel bearing assembly. Replaced carrier bearings in front diff. 
22940 mi

$500
Transmission Control Module cable was defective so there was no communication to the computer which caused the car to enter a safe mode with the transmission shifting only to third gear. 

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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

108000 mi

US $200
Transfer case not shifting properly 
126000 mi transfer case shift motor failed 
77000 mi

US $1500
Had to rebuild front end transmission 
169000 mi

US $46
Service 4WD message and Stability Control Off message with Traction Control off light on. Replaced encoder sensor on t-case. 
86000 mi

US $279
Replacement of driveline u -joints 

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

143000 mi

US $250
U-joints on drive train. 

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

74000 mi

US $712
Axle seals leaking. 
104160 mi

C $2500
Front left wheel shudders severely and makes clunking noises while turning. Likely a wheel bearing or CV joint issue. 
134700 mi

US $3100
Transmission completely failed, needing replacement. 
139000 mi

US $3
"Service 4WD" message displayed. Researched online and then cleaned the encoder motor sensor on the transfer case. $800 dealer repair completed for the cost of cleaner and electrical grease. :) 
145000 mi

US $42
Replace 4WD sensor in t-case 

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban

Engine not specified

53000 mi

US $2900
Something (I can't remember what they called it) broke sending pieces of metal into transmission tearing it apart. Broke down out of town in busy Friday shore traffic. Got towed, thanks to AAA. Rebuilt transmission. 
110000 mi

US $589
Z71/4WD Front Differential seals. Differential flush. 

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

92000 mi

US $306
Leaking rear axle seals contaminated the parking brake shoes. The repair price, and time, includes the dealer diagnosing the problem. I performed the seal and brake shoe repair. 
93000 mi

US $227
front axle CV joints were clicking. push-button 4WD switch on dashboard 
99000 mi

US $485
Transfer case developed "pump rub" in which the tabs of the internal oil pump wear one or more holes in the magnesium tail housing. 
125000 mi

US $600
replace transfer case actuator motor 

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

114000 mi

US $2286
Transmission Rebuild 
124000 mi Service 4wd light came up on display but is intermittent 
129500 mi

US $182
Replaced encoder motor assembly with new one to solve 4wd issue. 
136000 mi

US $50
Service 4WD light came on a few hundred miles after replacing the switch. 
124000 mi

US $1400
Transmission fluid line replaced, was leaking. 
144000 mi

US $300
transmission fluid Lines were leaking 
110000 mi

US $1500
Replace front differential 
138000 mi

US $2900
Transmission began to slip and had to be replaced with a remanufactured unit. 
108000 mi

US $75
4x4 was not shifting or shifting itself, changed unit on side of transfer case myself & 4x4 is up & running. 2nd time since owning truck! 
145700 mi

US $22
Transfer case oil pump wore hole through case, GM doesnt care! I tempoarily stopped leak but need new case & oil pump update. NOT FROM GM! 
108000 mi Transfer Case Replacement 
84000 mi

US $200
rear ujoints replaced 
113300 mi

US $900
Rear pinion bearing replaced and sides replaced as preventative maint. 

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

73700 mi

US $1300
Rear axle broke and had to be replaced. 

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

140000 mi

US $600
slipping. complete flush and fluid change took care of it. 
142000 mi

US $1300
rebuild required 
214000 mi

US $1366
Removed transfer case and transmission and replaced rear main seal, transfer seal and other gaskets. 
154000 mi replace front hubs 
159000 mi

US $325
replace module on 4wd transfer case 
208000 mi

US $3100
replaced transfer case,transfer case control module 4wd switch 
173700 mi

US $2200
had to completely rebuild transmission 
103000 mi

US $250
Replaced rear axle seals that were leaking.  

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

148000 mi

US $1500
3rd gear failure.. if you lose 3rd gear you have lost over drive as well.. mechanic tells me known weakness in Tahoe although engine is extremely solid 

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban

Engine not specified

98000 mi

US $2600
3RD GEAR FAILED IN TRANSMISSION 

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

175000 mi

US $1800
Tranny rebuild 

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

96720 mi

C $1600
Transmission had been slipping for the last 2 years and I finally decided to change the transmission. 
109000 mi

US $2950
Replaced (4wd) transfer case $1950.00. Also replaced noisy bearings in front differential. $1000.00. The transfer case had a pin hole and was leaking fluid. This is a common problem with high mileage transfer cases on many full size GM truc 
130000 mi

US $3450
Transmission replaced with factory certified re- manufactured transmission at Chevrolet dealer. Also replaced Front Tie-Rod and (1) boot on front drive train. 

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

98600 mi

US $1700
Rear axle complete rebuild. 
100300 mi

US $2100
total rebuild of transmission 
100379 mi

US $400
replaced both front wheel hubs. 
189000 mi

US $1100
broken band transmission 

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

114000 mi

US $800
CV joint was leaking oil. Seal was repaired. 
154500 mi

US $600
transfer case leak 
79000 mi

US $135
Universal joint required replacement. 

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban

Engine not specified

186000 mi

C $4000
Replaced the rear axle 

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

134000 mi

US $1320
Front axle seal leak 
141000 mi

US $2000
Transfer Case rear output shaft seal leak 
61000 mi

US $800
Right front axle seal. 

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2003 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

101000 mi

US $550
Replaced transmission seals, due to leaking 
105000 mi

US $75
Slow shifts under moderate acceleration. Drained transmission fluid and dropped the pan. Found significant wear particles and clogged filter. Replaced filter and fluid. Shifts quicker, hoping that fixed the issue. 
119000 mi

US $200
Line to transmission cooler sheared off and needed to be replaced. 
123000 mi

US $300
Transmission leak again - hose into transmission cooler broke off, replaced both inflow and outflow flanges, replaced transmission fluid 
91760 mi

C $300
Both u-joints replaced. 
113460 mi

C $500
Transmission cooling line leak. 

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

152700 mi

US $65
replaced all 4 drive shaft u joints 
153300 mi

US $1500
Replaced driver and pass CV shaft 
166000 mi

US $1000
Replaced pinion bearings 
205000 mi

US $275
Solenoid pack needed replacement. Check engine light was only symptom, caught it early before further damage. 
71000 mi

US $630
Both front axle seals and the front, lower, left ball-joint were replaced. The seals were leaking and the ball-joint boot had torn. 
77000 mi

US $230
Front differential breather (vent) valve was bad, fluid was leaking everywhere. Replaced, fluid refilled. Front differential leaking again. Breather valve was replaced entirely instead of just tightened (as apparently they had done previously). Fluid refilled again. 
190000 mi Transmission slipping and leaking 
190000 mi

US $1870
Rear gear housing broken (inside) - gear assembly replaced. 

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

155000 mi

US $100
The dealership "fixed" a rear differential leak and less than 3 weeks later in rush hour traffic suddenly lost the ability to control my rear wheels! Scary...had to be towed to the dealership where they fixed again. 

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder hybrid automatic 4WD

61000 mi

US $800
4 wheel drive unit failed. 

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

141300 mi

US $1500
Planetary gear in transmission replaced. 
149300 mi

US $1500
Planetary gear in transmission replaced second time within 4 months. 
187000 mi

US $280
Replaced U Joints. 
204000 mi

US $800
Rear axle seals 
216000 mi

US $700
Main seal leaking Axle damaged; axle and seal replaced 

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

215000 mi

US $4000
Rebuilt the transmission - Put a shift kit in for towing. 
108000 mi

US $400
Chirping/ squealing from sharp turns at low to moderate speed. They suggested that the fluids in the 4wd system needed to be changed 

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

167000 mi

US $2000
Transmission needed to be replaced. 
176000 mi

US $2100
Second Transmission repair since car was new. lost 2nd and 3rd gear. 
193700 mi

US $2000
The 4L60E trans was slipping when in second gear. I purchased a remanu trans and converter to install for 1500.00 5 year 100,000 mile warr.  Also did a pump fix kit for the NP246 transfer case had a lot of wear but no leak. Replaced front u-joints. 
97000 mi

US $1600
Transfer case on my Suburban 2500 split and began to leak fluid under load due to towing. I had the case refilled and coated with silicone. The leak was reduced. I made it home and took the vehicle to my independent mechanic to repair. 

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban

Engine not specified

176000 mi

US $355
coolant lines replaced 

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

150000 mi

US $50
Vibration in the middle of the vehicle at 70 mph. 

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

103000 mi

US $1800
Rebuild Transmission 
112500 mi

US $1500
Differential rebuild 
167000 mi

US $850
4x4 motor was replaced 

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2000 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

150040 mi

C $2400
Output shaft of trans spun inside clutch losing 2nd and 4th. and reverse 

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2000 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

255-horsepower 5.7L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

135000 mi

US $70
Fourwheel drive quit working. Selector switch in dash failed. 

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2000 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

285-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

91000 mi

US $350
Tailshaft (?) leaking. replaced seals, fixed problem. 
122300 mi

US $1200
Rear diff grinding. Gears were misaligned and damaged. Replaced. 
134000 mi

US $4700
Transmission slipping, not shifting as good. A lot of the work to correct the rear main seal leak would have to be done again when transmission was replaced, so I had a rebuilt transmission put in at the same time. Transfer case related errors on notification screen. Transfer case select switch flaky, sometimes inoperable. 

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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

181000 mi

US $20
Front driveshaft rear u-joint failed 
114000 mi

US $280
Passenger front CV axle replaced because boot was cracked and falling apart. 
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. 
127000 mi

US $70
Right Front CV boot sliced and oil flipping in wheel well. Entire half shaft / CV joint and boot replaced. 
132000 mi

US $1200
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. 
156700 mi

US $70
Torn CV boot on passenger side. Found it was time and cost effective to replace with a new shaft. 
157700 mi

US $2100
Transmission replaced. Reverse, 2nd, and 4th gear failed. 
143000 mi

US $50
replaced transfer case rear seal and fluid 
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. 
119500 mi

US $3000
Replaced transfer case, $2,500 from Jasper. 
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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