This revised version of the Tahoe has its good points, but the SUV remains a big hulk that handles clumsily and thirsts for gasoline. On the upside, it delivers readily available power, rides pretty well, its cavernous cabin stays quiet and it offers generous second-row seating. The six-speed automatic transmission also brings some improvement in acceleration and fuel economy. Towing heavy loads is another forte.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Metal shavings compromised entire system."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"Made of very loud noise when turning on and would not cool seemed to also affect engine performance"

Sheilah A., OK (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"High pitch squeal"

Scott L., AR (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Repeated servicing has failed to enable a/c system to keep up with outside temperatures over 85 degrees. It blows coolish air but not cool enough. Told by dealer it is working fine. Not good enough for central Florida."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"The front and rear evaporator cores leaked and the service tech had very hard time finding them and then repairing then. This was in large part his lack of skill/knowledge even working at the dealer."

Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Parking light shorted out"

Donald C., SC (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"In order to replace headlight bulbs, have to remove fender liner, loosen grill and bumper, over 1 hr shop labor. At shop rates around here, over $200 to replace 2 headlight bulbs. Ridiculous."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wire failure for rear wiper. Short above headliner"

Charles A., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"rear wiper hatch not working blows fuse"

Charles A., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door panel handle broke, because it is plastic, bought new front driver door panel."

John A., TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Door handle broke made of cheap plastic in a 60k suv"

John A., TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Corrosion from road salts on cast aluminum wheels. All wheels were replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"sensor failure"

R S., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"warning light did its job and we addressed the sensor failure"

R S., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Airbag light activated telling us that no air bag was enabled for the front passenger side."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 6.0-L V8 hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"calipers locked causing premature failure which damaged rotors"

Everett B., SC (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"I replaced the pads and rotors myself without issue."

Thomas K., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"Salt environment in the Michigan winters causes the rotors to delaminate/crumble which in turn causes the pads to wear unevenly. I replaced the rotors and pads with parts from Autozone and Advance Auto Parts."

Thomas K., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The engine knock was what I determined as mild roughness in the engine. There were not two problems, just the knocking/roughness apparently caused by the two bad spark plugs."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"oil pressure sensor leak"

P K., WV (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water enters vehicle floorboard from unknown source"

Mark-Mary P., LA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3-L V8)

"water can be heard sloshing around in door"

Charles A., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Original plus 2 more and I had pay to install even with warranty"

Douglas P., WI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The malfunction indicator on the dash was on steadily and the engine was running mildly rough. Local shop located the problem as two spark plugs. They replaced them. Engine now running well."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"General Motors charges more than $200.00 to update the route information. Cheaper to buy a Garmin!!!"

Mike M., MO (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Radio

"Radio turns off and restarts occasionally for no reason"

Mike M., MO (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The right side passenger door fills with water when it rains."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

"Had to replace passenger front door handle. Interior mechanism that locks door had broken."

Tom S., TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Loud noise in 4 wheel drive. Believe it was differential"

Scott L., AR (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Making a squealing noise"

Scott L., AR (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Extremely rough ride - replaced both shocks and struts and enjoying the smoother ride"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Front anti sway bar assembly broke at the connection on the driver's side of the vehicle. Replace entire front sway bar assembly"

David C., CO (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Very upset that we had to have transmission rebuilt cost for new is same price but only 1 year guarantee so we chose rebuild with life time guarantee"

Sheilah A., OK (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"My fuel pump went out on me with absolutely no warning , kind of pissed me off. But what really pissed me off was the $936.00 price tag to fix the car"

Janet T., OH (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Dec 02 2016
A short circuit increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit vehicles manufactured August 24, 2009, to December 1, 2013. The affected vehicles, equipped with special equipment options for police or government service, may experience corrosion of the under-hood cooling fan assembly due to fluid intrusion, which may result in an electrical short circuit.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fan motor and shroud, extend the wiring and re-orient the fan motor to reduce the risk of corrosion, free of charge. The recall began on September 7, 2017. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 16145.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V868000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 49927
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 01 2014
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM¿s number for this recall is 14515.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V614000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 106307
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Jan 02 2013
As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the OFF position. The vehicle may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury.
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect", and FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention." The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on January 21, 2013. Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
General Motors' number for this recall is 12331.Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 54686
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