• (4.4) 22 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,506–$11,798
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17
  • Engine: 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 6-9
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

What We Don't Like

  • Exterior dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Ride comfort of Z71
  • Poor rear visibility due to cargo doors

Notable Features

  • Two V-8 choices
  • Autotrac 4WD available
  • Maximum nine-passenger seating
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped
  • Side-impact airbags

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Minor equipment changes mark the 2004 models of Chevrolet’s strong-selling Tahoe full-size sport utility vehicle, which is based on the company’s Silverado pickup truck. The Tahoe is the less-gargantuan kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a near twin called the Yukon. Both models compete against the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.

A tire-pressure monitor is now standard, Hydroboost brakes are installed, and the right-front passenger gets a seat belt reminder. Traction assist and a locking rear differential are available for 2004. The wheels have been redesigned, and 17-inch tires on new five-spoke aluminum wheels are offered for the LT models.

The Tahoe still comes in LS and LT trim levels. A Z71 Off-Road Package that includes a specially tuned suspension and 17-inch all-terrain tires is available for the 4x4 LS.

To most shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one clear advantage over the Suburban: more manageable dimensions. The smaller measurements translate to easier maneuverability. The Tahoe rides a 116-inch wheelbase and measures 196.9 inches long overall — that’s 9 inches shorter than Ford’s Expedition and more than 20 inches shorter than its Suburban sibling. The four-wheel-drive Tahoe stands more than 76 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 8.4 inches. Buyers get the choice of swing-out rear cargo doors or a liftgate.

As many as nine people can fit inside the Tahoe when it is equipped with the optional three-place 50/50-split rear bench seat. The front and middle bench seats also hold three passengers each. Front buckets are optional. The middle and rear seats fold down and can be removed.

The Tahoe holds 104.6 cubic feet of cargo when the middle and rear seats are removed and 16.3 cubic feet when the rear seat is in place. Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with or without a memory feature are available. A driver information center works with 34 functions. Entertainment options include XM Satellite Radio, a rear-seat Panasonic DVD entertainment system and a family of Radio Data System (RDS) radios.

Under the Hood
A 285-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 engine goes into the LS, while the LT gets a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. The 5.3-liter power plant is optional for the LS. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Tahoe may be equipped with either rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages automatically to regain or maintain traction on slippery surfaces. Optional trailer packages give rear-drive models a 7,700-pound towing capacity, while the four-wheel-drive Tahoe can haul 7,400 pounds.

All-disc antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is optional on models equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine.

Driving Impressions
From behind the wheel, both the Tahoe and its Yukon cousin come across as tolerable in size for most journeys. Not only is the Tahoe easy to drive, but it can actually be enjoyable. It is roomy and comfortable inside.

The Tahoe maneuvers better than its external dimensions suggest. Its performance is abundant and the ride is reasonably smooth, but the action gets harsher if a model is equipped with the Z71 Off-Road Package. In offroad treks and trailer-towing tasks, the Z71 delivers a wholly satisfying experience.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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