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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV


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Chevrolet Tahoe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.8 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 285 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • With room for up to nine passengers, gutsy V8 engines and a long list of available options, it's no wonder the Tahoe is the best-selling full-size sport-ute on the market.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong engines, roomy and versatile interior, numerous available amenities.

  • Cons

    Spotty build quality, interior materials could use improvement.

  • What's New for 2004

    Chevrolet offers revised 16- and 17-inch aluminum wheels, and 17-inch all-season tires are now optional on LT models. Other new features…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (257 total reviews)

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Transmission needed replacement at 81,000

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Vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 4A)

Transmission failed at 81,000. Transmission fluid flushed and transfer case fluid serviced at 47,000 miles by Chevy dealer at a cost of $235.00. Service representative told me that the seal between the transmission and (I believe he said) the transfer case failed and the transmission fluid went into the transfer case. Caused transmission fluid to be three quarts low from the internal leak. Even though no fluid ever leaked out of the vehicle, the GM representative said it was my fault because the transmission fluid should have been checked at each oil change. The transmission failed while I was driving down the highway. Total cost of GM remanufactured transmission $3,922 installed.

Known defects

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Vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 4A)

This GM vehicle has suffered from some of the "known defects" by GM. The instrument cluster has been replaced under warranty, fuel pump became weak and been replaced, the actuators that control the airflow into the cabin become flaky and will start blowing hot air out (you have turn off the car and restart-I've gotten good at doing this while going down the road). The final straw with this vehicle - excessive porosity in the cylinder heads (again, a known issue with GM supplier's CasTech heads) allows steady leaks into the valve train and gets mixed in with the oil. It has gotten bad (1 gal/month) and now at 105,000 miles, this vehicle has to go unless GM steps up. TBD.

High quality comfortable suv

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Vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 4A)

I've had my Tahoe for 3.5 years and it has never had any problem of any kind-- I've put 78k miles on it. This fantastic vehicle has the most comfortable 1st and 2nd row seats I've ever seen. The third row, although it has lots of padding, does not have very much leg room, it's great for children. The ride and handling are very good. One high point of this sturdy SUV is it's AMAZINGLY EXCELLENT TRACTION. While other vehicles are spinning around and slipping off the road, this vehicle charges ahead with utter confidence. Good visibility is another high point.

Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 18
  • highway
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Full 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

What's New for 2004

Chevrolet offers revised 16- and 17-inch aluminum wheels, and 17-inch all-season tires are now optional on LT models. Other new features include a tire-pressure monitor and Hydroboost brakes that provide more reserve stopping power and decreased pedal effort, according to Chevrolet. A traction assist feature is available on two-wheel-drive Tahoes equipped with a locking rear differential. The trailering package includes a 7-to-4 pin brake wiring adapter. Finally, for added safety, there is now a front-passenger seatbelt reminder.

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I have been having something draining my battery from 2008. I have had many mechanics go thru all my fuses. none of my factory fuses are the cause. I am on battery # 6. the last one only lasted 3 1/2?...

OK I know this truck is kinda old but new to me the heated seats won't work they may come on for 30secs tops and to add injury to insult I bought this thing not knowing it did not have an owners manu?...

We're looking hard at the 2015 Tahoes. Had a question about the 4WD modes but can't seem to get the straight answer. Felt it may be better to come ask from people that aren't employed at the dealers...