2004 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban 2004

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 153 repairs.
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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (31%)

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Chart based on 132 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

295-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

Chevrolet Tahoe in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Feb 2011
Jul 2010

73500 mi
Rear axle broke and had to be replaced. Sway bar was not tighted after axle was replaced. 
Sep 2010

75000 mi

US $777
Had a fuel injection cleaning done. New spark plugs replaced, new air filter and new serpentine belts. Truck was "missing" when I was accelerating, the fuel injection cleaning and new spark plugs fixed the problem. 
Dec 2010

79000 mi

US $522
Rear heater was blowing cold air. Door blend actuator was replaced. Rear heater was still blowing cold air. Control module was bad and it was replaced and that fixed the problem. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Georgia, United States
May 2012 - Oct 2014
Sep 2012

148000 mi

US $51
Replaced downstream oxygen sensor due to heater circuit failure in original, which was throwing an OBDII code. 
Jan 2013

151000 mi

US $160
Battery not charging warning in DIC, replaced alternator. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Texas, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Jul 2011

80000 mi

US $650
Replaced drivers side wheel bearing assembly. Four wheel alignment 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Washington, United States
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

99000 mi

US $76
Water pump failed 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2014
Jan 2008

48000 mi
1. Center Steering Column Replaced 2. DVD Player Replaced 
Dec 2012

105000 mi

US $1200
Stepper motors for air control replaced. 

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

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

Chevrolet Tahoe in Alabama, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2012
Jan 2012

US $475
I had to replace the turn signal multi-function switch for the second time-every four years. This time when signaling right, all four lights would flash. Last time, the right turn signal quit. Had to replace Y pipe and both catalytic converters. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2013
Jun 2012

118000 mi

US $245
Emergency Brake Pads and adjustment needed. Bad design by GM 
Apr 2013

120000 mi
Changed the Mode Actuator for A/C 
Chevrolet Tahoe in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Oct 2011

111000 mi

US $10
Light Bulb in lower driving light 
Dec 2012

125000 mi

US $200
fan control for heater HEATED SEAT REMAINING ON 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - May 2017
Apr 2012

120000 mi

US $650
Fuel pump replaced 
Dec 2012

130000 mi

US $700
oil pump 
Sep 2013

140000 mi

US $600
slipping. complete flush and fluid change took care of it. 
Jan 2014

142000 mi

US $1300
rebuild required 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Oregon, United States
Jan 2007 - Aug 2011
May 2007

24000 mi
Coating on upper dash panel flaking off. 
Jun 2007

25000 mi
Coating on upper dash panel flaking off. Dash replaced 
Sep 2007

26000 mi
Front end noise. Dealer lubricated ball joints. 
Apr 2008

32000 mi
Steering shaft replaced due to 'clunk' during suspension motion. Speedometer failed. 
May 2008

38000 mi
Replaced Instrument panel for a second time. 
Mar 2009

51000 mi

US $140
Water pump failed. Drivers heated seat failed.  
Feb 2010

60000 mi
Loud noise from passengers front suspension. Replaced with new upper shock insulator per TSB. Driver's seat frame broken. Driver's seat frame broken. Loud noise from passengers front suspension. Replaced with new upper shock insulator per TSB. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2012 - Jan 2017
Feb 2014

284400 mi

US $30
Blinker relay would flash 4-ways when left signal used if the car was on for more than an hour. New relay ordered and installed, took about 5 minutes. 
Feb 2015

294000 mi
Gauge cluster Door handle replaced 
Chevrolet Tahoe in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2014 - Oct 2017
Jun 2015

142000 mi

US $175
Fan clutch was not letting the AC function correctly. Not pulling enough air through radiator. 
Dec 2016

187000 mi

US $1360
Transfer case went out 
Oct 2017

205000 mi

US $20
Thermostat replaced 
Chevrolet Tahoe in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2012

107700 mi

US $103
Wheel tire pressure monitoring system module failed 
Jun 2013

115000 mi

US $39
Replaced idler pully on 2004 Suburban with 115000 miles. Replaced with Gates which is original mfg for GM. 
Mar 2016

126000 mi

US $60
SPARE TIRE WOULD NOT COME DOWN DUE TO SECONDARY LOCKING DEVICE BEING FROZE. LUBRICATED IT FOR 3 DAYS THEN BOUGHT TOOL TO BREAK IT FREE.COMMON PROBLEM ALL 2002-2007 GM TRUCKS. 
Oct 2016

129200 mi
Parking brake had no adjustment left. Adjusters frozen and had to be disassembled and lubricated Headliner starting to separate at edges in front 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Illinois, United States
Jul 2007 - Apr 2009
Sep 2007

87000 mi

US $130
Hesitation, new fuel filter and air filter, back to normal 
Apr 2009

129000 mi
small fuild leak in brake line - at power booster 
Chevrolet Tahoe in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2018
Oct 2010

96000 mi

US $1000
Recall on instrument panel cluster...speedometer was sticking and not registering correct speed. Recall had been extended to 70k miles but since mine just occurred at 95k, they only paid for part of it. Other work done was 100k service. 
Oct 2011

110500 mi

US $100
Tire pressure monitoring sensor went bad in rear right tire. warning light was on. replaced sensor. 
Jun 2012

125000 mi

US $352
Replaced L/F hub bearing assembly Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor went bad 
Jan 2015

122700 mi

US $400
replaced leaking water pump 
May 2015

173000 mi

US $2200
had to completely rebuild transmission 
Nov 2016

193700 mi

US $400
replaced alternator 
Mar 2018

212000 mi

US $250
There was a drain on the battery that we had to locate and found it in the rear Entertainment System. Fix was to pull the fuse for the rear Entertainment System. I consider the repair unsuccessful because I Will have to manually insert if I want to use it during a trip. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in West Virginia, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2015
Jan 2011

112000 mi

US $85
washer tank leaking. bought washer tank off ebay and replaced 
Mar 2011

118000 mi

US $400
front wheel bearings went bad 
Jul 2011

134000 mi

US $269
replaced shocks on all 4 wheels 
Nov 2011

154000 mi
replace front hubs 
Dec 2011

159000 mi

US $325
replace module on 4wd transfer case 
Oct 2012

199700 mi
replaced idler arm and control and pitman arm 
Jan 2013

208000 mi

US $3100
replaced transfer case,transfer case control module 4wd switch 
Aug 2013

237000 mi

US $60
replaced inner tie rod ends 
Apr 2014

263800 mi

US $760
replace both front wheel bearings replace O2 sensors 
May 2015

307000 mi
replaced shocks 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Oregon, United States
Jul 2008 - Oct 2010
Apr 2010

117000 mi

US $400
Water pump. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Texas, United States
Dec 2015 - Jul 2018
Feb 2018

229000 mi

US $325
Had to replace original alternator. Battery also had to be replaced, which was over 6 years old. 
Jul 2018

232000 mi

US $750
Reduced engine power. Catalytic converters are clogged. Replaced both catalytic converters. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Washington, United States
May 2009 - Aug 2011
Sep 2009

87000 mi

US $650
Short in front passenger seat motor resulting in dead battery within 24 hours.  High pitch squeaking sound from left front tire. Defective shock. Replaced both front shocks. No more squeaking. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Jan 2018
Jun 2010

140000 mi

US $315
REPLACED FAULTY MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR AND MAP SENSOR 
Jul 2011

158000 mi
Replaced water pump and thermostats, flushed radiator. Temp had gone to HOT. After adding 1.5 gallons of water returned to normal. Water pump was leaking. Replaced low-pressure switch on AC, which had been cutting off intermittently. 
Nov 2011

163000 mi

US $571
Replaced 2 front wheel hub bearings & ABS sensors 
Mar 2012

168000 mi

US $616
New Delco alternator and Delco battery. Able to jump start it. 
Feb 2013

184200 mi

US $307
Replace intake manifold gasket 
Mar 2013

185000 mi

US $77
Replaced purge solenoid valve at 185,247 on 03/01/13 (Evaporative Emission Canister Purge Solenoid Valve / AC Delco Part Number: 214-1105) 
Apr 2013

185800 mi

US $24
Replaced vapor canister purge valve at 186,885 on 04/02/13(Evaporation Emission Canister Purge Solenoid Valve / AC Delco Part Number: 214-646) 
Jul 2013

191200 mi

US $75
Check ABS ground wire, clean contacts. Replaced Vent Valve in rear at gas tank 
Apr 2014

204800 mi
Several trips to shop to turn off CHECK ENGINE light. We've replaced every emmission control system part code called for but light continues to come on periodically. Even done smoke test. Best guess? very, very slow leak. 
Sep 2014

213000 mi

US $414
Replaced Oil Pan Gasket & Cooler Line Block-off Plate 
Oct 2014

214000 mi

US $1366
Replace water pump, thermostat & fluid Removed transfer case and transmission and replaced rear main seal, transfer seal and other gaskets. 
Nov 2015

234900 mi

US $354
Installed 4 Monroe Reflex SHOCKS at 233,829 on 11/19/15 
Feb 2016

239900 mi

US $230
Replaced ABS Brakes MODULE at 240,269 on 02/25/16 
Apr 2016

242800 mi

US $107
GM 12597567 Evaporator Emission Canister Purge Solenoid Valve at 224,124 on 04/06/16. This was second time. Previous was at 186,885 on 04/02/13. 
Feb 2017

259000 mi

US $388
Installed Steering SHAFT (Part 19329330) and BEARING (Part 88963617) at 257,260 on 01/16/17 
Apr 2017

263527 mi

US $273
Replaced freeze plug & coolant Replaced A/C belt 
Chevrolet Tahoe in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

115000 mi

US $325
Minor EVAP leak. Fuel sensor was broken and had to be replaced. 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Wisconsin, United States
May 2009 - Dec 2016
Jul 2009

103000 mi

US $250
Replaced rear axle seals that were leaking.  R&R front and rear bumpers because of corrosion. 
Jul 2012

137800 mi

US $150
Replaced shocks 
Dec 2013

156000 mi

US $140
Hot-Cold Actuator for rear heat 
Jun 2014

159000 mi

US $600
Front Wheel Bearing Assembly, new front rotors, new brake pads both front and back 
Chevrolet Tahoe in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2007 - Nov 2008
Apr 2008

43400 mi

C $344
O2 SENSOR FAILURE-CONFIRMED AFTER CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. 
Sep 2008

45260 mi

C $425
Intermediate steering column replaced. 

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 4.8L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

Chevrolet Tahoe in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

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 
Chevrolet Tahoe in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2014 - Nov 2017
Sep 2015

188000 mi

US $400
check engine light was on. bad noc sensor had 2 new sensors and wiring harness installed. check engine light cleared 
Apr 2016

198500 mi

US $400
Front right wheel bearing Heat shield on muffler cracked 
Jun 2017

213000 mi

US $329
Alternator stopped working while driving Power steering pump failed 
Chevrolet Tahoe in California, United States
Jul 2016 - Apr 2018
Mar 2018

85000 mi

US $25
Several dash guages quit working, including speedometer, volts and oil pressure. Purchased new GM stepper motors and installed myself. Work was relatively easy and took less than one hour. Only tools needed were sauder iron and sauder sucker, besides screw driver. 

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Suburban in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2012
Jul 2011

90000 mi

US $1
A/C compressor failed 
Feb 2012

97100 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

Chevrolet Suburban in Delaware, United States
Feb 2007 - Jan 2008
May 2007

45000 mi

US $270
Replace intermediate steering shaft with 3rd after 2nd one had been replaced under warranty at 20k miles and the steering was clunking and rattling horribly once again. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Alaska, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

175000 mi

US $1800
Tranny rebuild 
Aug 2015

175000 mi

US $1300
All Upper & lower ball joints, idler & pitman arms. 
Oct 2015

176200 mi

US $802
Diagnosed & replaced intake manifold gasket. 
Jul 2017

186000 mi

US $25
Ac recharged. But it’s still working only intermittently, not sure what the issue is. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
Jun 2012

67000 mi

US $540
Stability sensor went off. Front driver's side wheel bearing bad. Replaced that. had alignment done as well. 
Aug 2012

69000 mi

US $540
Drivers' side wheel bearing shelled apart. Replaced with Moog aftermarket assembly. Had alignment done, too. 
Sep 2012

74000 mi

US $330
Bad window regulator. Replaced 

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

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

Chevrolet Suburban in Washington, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

176000 mi

US $250
Power steering pump 
Apr 2017

173000 mi

US $30
PCV valve replacement // stepper motor replacement (2). Oil, filter, tires, alignment. 
Chevrolet Suburban in North Carolina, United States
May 2010 - Nov 2013
Apr 2011

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 
Nov 2013

130000 mi

US $3450
Transmission replaced with factory certified re- manufactured transmission at Chevrolet dealer. Failed in middle of traffic, not prior warning. Only the first two gears still worked. Also replaced Front Tie-Rod and (1) boot on front drive train. Transmission replaced with factory certified re- manufactured transmission at Chevrolet dealer. Also replaced Front Tie-Rod and (1) boot on front drive train. 
Chevrolet Suburban in California, United States
May 2013 - Oct 2017
Aug 2017

115000 mi

US $75
Transfer case lower clutch lever pivot pin fell out of transfer case for unknown reason. Has never been removed. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

62000 mi
Surface rust on bumpers, elsewhere, when sold. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Virginia, United States
Feb 2018 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

165000 mi

US $750
Idiot repair shop replaced all sorts of blend doors, but MISSED the leaking low side service port. I finally changed shops, and second shop found the leak, replaced service port and recharged the system. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Virginia, United States
Aug 2008 - Sep 2017
Jul 2012

99700 mi

US $500
Replaced components that distribute cold air into various parts of the cabin 
Jul 2017

159000 mi

US $1600
Cooling system...water pump replacement. Including preventive replacement of drive belt, thermostat and tensioner Right front axle seal leaking badly...replaced axle seal and related components Replacement parking brake pads and hardware. 
Sep 2017

163000 mi

US $450
Front driver side wheel bearing/hub assembly was replaced Water pump failed....leaking antifreeze 
Chevrolet Suburban in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2010 - Nov 2011
Jun 2010

96720 mi

C $1600
Transmission had been slipping for the last 2 years and I finally decided to change the transmission. 
Jun 2011

104160 mi

C $100
changed the right side wheel bearing after installation of 22 inch wheels and tires 
Chevrolet Suburban in Texas, United States
Jul 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

176000 mi

US $100
Vacuum leak. Replaced MAF sensor, PCV fitting, and intake manifold gaskets. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Texas, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2015

162300 mi

US $250
intake leak caused dreaded po171 code. replaced gasket. 
Nov 2016

173800 mi

US $200
Rear hvac blend door actustor failed. Replaced door actuator and control module. 
Feb 2017

177000 mi

US $65
Wheel speed sensor failed causing abs light to illuminate 
Jun 2017

182000 mi
Rear differential Pinion and Carrier bearings started howling while towing our RV. Upon disassembly bearings were rough and ground down. Replace every bearing and seal on the rear differential 
Dec 2017

183456 mi
leak at rear seal on 5.3l v8. rear main seal was replaced during previous visit for transmission rebuild but leak from rear of engine wasn't fixed with replacement of rear main seal. This visit the trans was removed and the entire rear main cover seal and rear main seal was replaced. This was under warranty and I paid nothing. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

129500 mi

US $350
Replaced water pump due to leakage of coolant. 
Chevrolet Suburban in Michigan, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2013

216100 mi

US $450
Replaced shock absorbers 
Nov 2013

220000 mi

US $327
Replaced water pump 
Mar 2015

252000 mi

US $432
Temperature control actuator had to be replaced. Even though the driver side was set to 74 degrees it was blowing out cold air. 
May 2015

254000 mi

US $450
Vent system activator had to be replaced. This is part of the individual climate control system. 
May 2017

278000 mi

US $2400
Transmission whined and slipped and no reverse. Wheel bearings replaced 
Chevrolet Suburban in Minnesota, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

114000 mi

US $1100
Corrosion on lift gate 
Chevrolet Suburban in South Carolina, United States
Apr 2010 - Nov 2010
Nov 2010

165000 mi
Sold with one tire pressure sensor unrepaired. 

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

180-horsepower 4.3L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Chevrolet Suburban in Alabama, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Dec 2012

198000 mi

US $1300
throttle body replaced. didn't fix stalling out problem. alternator replaced, battery replaced. fixed stalling problem, but still doesn't start on the first try. 
Sep 2013

216000 mi

US $500
throttle body replaced. needed because original repair was done incorrectly. 
Jan 2014

US $400
water pump 
Jun 2014

230000 mi

US $999
REPLACE ENTIRE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER 

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban 4dr SUV, ext.

Chevrolet Suburban in Oregon, United States
Jan 2015 - Jul 2018
Jul 2016

144000 mi

US $250
Bad hose 

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