1998 Chevrolet Tahoe Lt 4dr 4x4 from North America - Comments

26th Feb 2005, 03:26

I currently have 128,000 miles on my 98' 2 door Tahoe LS.

The fuel pump has been making a whining noise since 78k miles, but I have not replaced it even though I was told by a Chevy tech that it was bad. That was 50k miles ago.

Three months ago I was told by a Chevy tech that the intake manifold was leaking. On further inspection, myself, I found that the leak was from a coolant hose.

The tech also advised me that my belt tensioner was gone. Again, I made an adjustment on it and it works just fine.

Are we beginning to see at trend here?

The hinges for the mirror covers on the sun-visors have broken.

Neither of the front doors opens easily with the key.

Both of the leather front seats have cracked and deteriorated.

I have had problems with the transfer case, but found that the culprit was a blown fuse. The last time was going over Mt. Shasta in a whiteout; not fun.

I have never gotten more than 30k out of a set of tires. (Good Year, Big O or Firestone) however, I have done some extreme 4 wheeling so that can be explained to some extent.

I will replace the rear brakes this week and have replaced the front brake pads twice and gone through 4 batteries.

This may sound like a long list, but bear in mind that after 128,000 miles I have never been stranded.

...and I still get 19 mpg on the highway.

Bob.

3rd May 2005, 21:20

I just recently bought a 1998 Chevy Tahoe. It was a one owner truck. It has over 200,000 miles on it. It has been all over the United States. The previous owner travelled to work with it. Then he sold it to his son, whom is a good friend of mine.

I believe I got a good one. The power is remarkable for as many miles as it has. I love the interior; I just wish it had leather seats. The only thing that gives me trouble is the power mirrors. But then again, my 1995 Silverado truck does too.

I cannot beat the ride. It rides like a Cadillac. I do wish that it did sit up higher. I feel general motors makes the best vehicles, for I have owned several of them, and not a one has left me stranded. All of them have had high miles at the time I purchased them.

My favorite so far is my Tahoe. Built like a rock. GRP.

11th Nov 2005, 18:43

I have a 1998 Chevy Tahoe that I bought used with 78,000 miles on it. I have put 50,000 miles on it in the 4 years that I have owned it and it has brought me nothing, but misery! I call it the Thousand Dollar Baby because just about every time I have had it in the shop it has cost me $1000.

Many of the problems are the same problems that others who own or who have owned this SUV or its sister, the GMC Yukon, have experienced. After I bought it, the transfer case began leaking oil and I had that repaired. A year later, the intake manifold began leaking - a very expensive repair - but not the most expensive I was to learn. A year after that, the fuel pump went and left me stranded (consider yourself lucky, Bob). $600 bucks there. I've replaced both the front and rear brakes, the alternator,... it's just too painful to recount all of the little things! But the crown jewel is the overhaul of the transfer case that I just had done. That cost me $1100.

Despite my brand loyalty to GM products, this experience has "driven" me away. So, if anyone is interested I have a 1998 Chevy Tahoe for sale that has a lot of new parts in it!!

23rd Apr 2006, 13:41

I have a 1998 Tahoe LT, 4 door. I bought it with 98,000 miles on it and now has 108,000. I really enjoy the comfort that it provides and also enjoy the smooth ride. Besides the normal oil changes and such, I have had to put in one rear u-joint. My fuel mileage is decent, still getting 19mpg. I really enjoy my truck.

31st May 2006, 12:53

I own a 99 Chevy Tahoe. The truck currently has 137,000 miles on the odometer. Replaced the fuel pump at 121,000 miles. Performed the service myself - pump cost $120. No other complaints. Truck has performed great. Have driven it all over the US and Canada. Gas mileage is good, 17 city and 21 highway. My family has owned other makes (Ford, Dodge, Toyota) and we believe GM builds the best. Perform almost all maintenance myself to save money. Stick to the recommended schedules. I expect to drive this truck until it has 300,000 miles on it.

2nd Jun 2006, 15:45

I own a 1999 Yukon SUV 4x4 bought it with 35,000 miles, I have driven all over the S.E. US, and it now has 225,000 plus miles on the (BODY).

At 195,000 miles I had to replace a motor that the dealer said it had sticky values, because they could never find the problem; all plugs on the right side would continually get black oil on them and it would barely go.

I installed a new motor and have 34,000 on it, but I also put a new transmission in it because the dealer could not find out why it was skipping in passing gear. It was not the transmission causing the skipping, it was moisture in the electrical system. After removing the moisture it ran OK. The sensor system had to be replaced, the air conditioner would not blow, and the windshield wiper motor stopped working (new motor), fuel pump went out (new one), I put new idle arms, new brakes, new shocks.

I have now put to much money into my Yukon to get rid of it since about everything is new. It recently has started idling a little rough had fuel injectors cleaned and fuel filter changed, but still occasionally will idle rough. Yes! I thought I wanted a Yukon 4x4, but this one has really taught me a lesson. Would I buy another Yukon SUV!!!

24th Jun 2006, 22:02

I have a 1998 Tahoe and it has been nothing but a problem, especially the brakes.

I love the ride, it is nice and smooth, but it has left me stranded more than any other vehicle I have owned.

My son totaled my 1992 Sierra pick up, which was without question the best vehicle I have ever owned, Wish I had it back.

After 5 years with the Tahoe, I won't have it much longer. Just had to replace the water pump tonight, it won't be in my driveway much longer, I'm going to cut my losses.

22nd Jan 2007, 14:46

I am the original owner of a 1998 2 door Tahoe 4x4 that currently has 195,000 miles. I have had to replace the water pump, alternator, U joints, oil lines to cooler, and master cylinder.

The first set of tires lasted 35K, but got 98K out of a new set of Michelins along with an alignment at a shop that specializes in alignments. I repeated the exercise when I got new tires again.

Brakes have always been an issue. Some pads go really quick others last longer. I think the rear adjustment doesn't automatically adjust as well as it should. I now adjust them by hand when I rotate tires. Ever notice how the adjustment holes don't line up with the adjustment wheel on this vehicle?

Had to replace the transmission at 120K, I wouldn't go through that exercise at the dealer again.

Current issues are disappearing coolant, (probably notorious intake manifold leak), recurring SES light due to EGR not closing completely, and some play in the steering that is disturbing. Most likely a pitman/idler or steering sensor issue. Just need to get a round to it.

This is my favorite ride of all time and I can't find anything to replace it that won't deplete my savings. I need to keep it running and with the exception of the transmission I have found all of the problems to fall in the category of reasonable and expected.