2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Reviews

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Z-71 5.3 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.3 Automatic
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

Nice when new..

Faults:

Fine for the first 2 years:

Steering shaft replaced at 22,000.

Transmission replaced at 47,150.

Dex cool smell is coming through the cabin. Dealer appointment next week. Also have replaced the battery because it has left me stranded twice. It is sitting dead in my driveway now and I drove it yesterday. I guess there is a electrical drain/short somewhere.

General Comments:

I like the way the vehicle handles/rides, but no I will not buy American again. No excuse for a two year old vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2005

5th Oct 2005, 13:19

Making a statement like, "I'll never buy American again" after one poorly made America car is something like saying "I'll never vote for another president because the one in office is perfoming poorly. If 1 of your "American" children comes up poorly, you would not wish for a foreign child would you? You would wish you had other American children to make you proud.

All OEMs have more than one model. Some models are better than others, and some vehicles of 1 model are better than others. I've owned both foreign and American cars. I had a VW Jetta once that was a poor performer. I could not afford to fix it. So I sold it and bought American. Then the wife wanted a new car. I did not curse all Foreign (German) cars or all American cars for an problems I had. Guess want I drive now; another VW and it runs beautifully! Forgiveness is a powerful verb, no exceptions...

Best of luck to you and those you love. --GCC.

24th Dec 2008, 05:00

We brought a used 2003 Chevy Tahoe and the thing is a piece of junk...

Have computer issues and 4x4 wheel drive problem 6 months after we bought it.. Talk to a lot of people on this one.. People say with the 2003 Tahoe, the computer system is the problem. You can get it fixed for 1200 dollars, but the problem will come back..

28th Jan 2009, 20:32

We bought a used 2003 Z71 in 06 with 43k on it and could not be happier. My wife loves the vehicle as it's roomy, comfortable and handles great for an SUV. We previously had a Explorer, never again.

Only problem is we had to replace the fuel pump at 60k, but I knew beforehand this was a problem so it wasn't a shock to us. Otherwise we have been very happy with vehicle.

There are 80k on it now, so I imagine in the next year brakes will be due, but again, normal replacement parts.

Only one set of tires to date, and I expect we will not have to replace until 100-110k.

I do drive in all conditions; tar, gravel, mud, snow, and I regularly pull large trailers. The 4wd also gets used quite often in spring, fall and winter, so needless to say this is not babied in the least.

When the time comes, I fully intend to purchase another Tahoe.

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3 Liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.3 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance25700 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

The combination of performance, power, style, and comfort makes this the best vehicle I've owned

Faults:

Disc brakes squeak during extended dry weather. This bothers my wife, but not me.

General Comments:

This Tahoe is the best vehicle I have ever owned.

I drive in the Colorado mountains. The 5.3 liter engine performs with ease.

The small turning radius is fantastic, better than most small vehicles.

The seats are very comfortable.

Gas mileage is reasonable for a vehicle or this size and engine.

My sons in their late 20s and early 30s rave about the Bose sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

23rd Jul 2006, 16:51

Agree with everything you stated. Also with the great Bose sound system. Only difference mine is an LT. What's the difference?

21st Sep 2009, 13:13

I also agree with everything that you said, we love our Tahoe too (2005).

My understanding is that the difference between an LS and an LT, is that the LT has more options standard and had leather interior. We also got the 3rd row seats (the jump seats) standard.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews