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Tahoe Lover
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By ttinarp80
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LTZ 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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Chevy Tahoe use to be my favorite but lately I’ve encounter some problems with my suv. Just yesterday, my transmission went out. After coming across this website, I see I am not alone. What I don’t understand is, how could a vehicle, that’s so popular, encounter the same problem on different year model. Why have the same exact problem been going on for so long and GM hasn’t done anything different. I also don’t understand how a transmission go out so suddenly on a.m vehicle that don’t have a lot of miles. My vehicle have 150K miles on it, but yet I still feel as if a major issue as the transmission, shouldn’t have occurred. Even though I’ve always loved Tahoe’s, this will be the last Tahoe I purchase........sorry GM, but in to the next one🤷🏽‍♀️


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super good!!! So worth buying mine!!
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By Nick Voisine
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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I bout the Chevy Tahoe new back in 2012, And I loved it so much that I went with getting a new 2017 one and id have to say I still kinda miss the older model but i had is for a while so I grew attached to it! I got the lt model and I had all that I needed I had some package that got me the captain chairs and the heated seats and a few other features and I loved it and so did my kids getting to watch movies on long car rides!!! I drove this car probably from Tennesee to Texas at least more than a dozen times and had no issue what so ever!!! traded mine in this year with 130k miles and it was still running strong with no maintenance problems just normal stuff like new tires and oil changes! I would so totally recommend this car to any buyer looking for a full-size SUV especially if you get the lt or ltz model with some more goodies than the base model. So if you are in the market for an SUV​ with a few years on it I would totally recommend!!! _Nick


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Trail Blazer James
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By James w jr
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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This a lot of features inside of this 2012 Tahoe you need to know all it's an excellent car and good for family and traveling and it is excellent with the E85 fuel you get more for your miles


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Some Good, Some Bad
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By mythsnake
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LTZ 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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This is the fourth Chevy Tahoe we've owned, with the immediate previous one being a 2004 LTZ. I loved most everything about our 2004, but the 2012...well, it's a love-hate relationship. I love the body style, very sharp looking, and very little metal is visible. However that means lots of plastic, which didn't hold up very well at all in a front end collision a year after getting the vehicle. Radiator busted at low speed impact (about 30 mph) and the truck had to be towed away. Luckily it cost us next to nothing to fix it all, since we were found not-at-fault, otherwise that might have been very costly. This particular iteration of the Tahoe is also a dog in first gear compared to our 2004, but it makes up for that by being a far better towing vehicle than the old one. It powers up the mountain passes while towing our trailer with little trouble whereas with the 2004 we were lucky to do more than 35. Within the first two years, the navigation and entertainment console died and had to be replaced, but that was covered under warranty. The factory tires would squeal when making sharp turns, as if they were rubbing against the lip of the wheel well, but that issue disappeared when we replace those tires with a different brand at 35k miles. And the driver's side of the vehicle sits lower to the ground than the passenger side, though we have yet to investigate the reason. The kids love the rear entertainment system. The fuel economy really sucks, even more so than our 2004, particularly since I use it mostly for taking the kids to and from school. It did very well on our 2k mile camping trip a couple summers ago though, both in gas mileage and reliability.


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If you really need an SUV, choose another vehicle
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By robi3
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV LTZ 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


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I bought a Tahoe, with the towing package as I go cross country 2x times yearly towing a trailer with a gross wt. of 4500 lbs. (well below the wt rating). I also transport sporting equipment to remote areas but do not go off roading. In 36,000 mi, both differentials and rear shocks have had to be replaced, the Bridgestones that came on it handled poorly in even wet conditions and had to be replaced at 30,000 mi. Mileage without a trailer maxes out on the highway at 15, rated 21. Chevy technicians always seem "miffed" by clear symptoms of issues which require return visits for repairs until they find the issue. 3rd row seats tough to remove and store. Worst of 3 similar vehicles I've owned


Best Features

Great interior cargo capacity for general storage, but very few compartments so you will need to be creative for tools and small items. When not in automatic or 4 wheel drive (extremely poor handling) the SUV really is a nice drive when you upgrade the original tires. This vehicle is really well suited for taking four people with lots of cargo on a road trip, all are comfortable, if you can handle the cost of the gas. It really is more of a "soccer mom" vehicle, if you really need the power and performance of a hearty SUV; this is not the one.


Worst Features

Better testing to assure the vehicle really can tow and perform in real 4x4 conditions without mechanical failure. Equip with higher quality tires. Install more cargo compartments for small items storage. Third row seats need to fold flat for storage, not be lifted out and stored externally. Some of the instruments are excluded from view or easy reach by the steering wheel and gear shifter (an issue if you need to use manual trans when towing) ; entertainment system and climate control are a far reach and require looking, not feeling to find.


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