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Chevrolet Tahoe Speedometer or Other Instrument Panel Gauge May Work Erratically

Chevrolet Tahoe Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 118,670 mi (15,500 mi - 260,000 mi)


The speedometer or other instrument panel gauge may begin to work erratically at times. Our technicians tell us that the instrument cluster must be sent to a repair facility to correct this fault. The warranty has been extended on some of these units to 7 years or 70,000 miles.

  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    i had the same problem and found a guy that for about a 150.00 he pulled the dash and replaced all the gauge units - seems the original gauges fuel and speed etc have a small motor unit that drys out n cracks so it doesnt work first sometimes then more n more - after 2 failed speed n oil i looked into it and now it works great again - was a real easy fix if you know how to remove the solder right n solder em back on also finding teh little motor part would be a hasle - or you can have teh dealer just replace the whole unit instead for 400-600 , but pay a guy to do it lots less stress n time ( took him about 30 min to replace all 6 )

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  •  Rookie

    My panel cluster gauge needle function is shot to hell. Nothing works. Took it to the dealer and will have to keep my car for 2 days, will replace the panle but I have to pay 300.00 for labor. I called GM and found out absolutely nothing. Guess I will have to pay.

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  • Visitor, , 186,247 mi

    I was driving home from a trip and about 1 hour into the drive, the speedometer just starting reading the wrong speed. I was on the highway at 65 mph and the next time I looked down...without slowing read 20mph. It stayed that way...until I stopped for gas. After I stopped the car and turned it off to pump gas, it started working again when I got back on the road. It has only happened this once so I haven't looked into fixing it yet.

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    Speedometer stopped working. Fixed cluster by replacing server inside cluster. Ordered repair parts on internet.

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  • Visitor, , 260,000 mi

    First the oil pressure gauge quit then the whole entire instrument stopped.

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  •  Rookie

    The speedometer became uncalibrated and I use my GPS to go the correct speed. Yes this was ghetto but free. The problem self corrected itself about a week later. Then about two weeks later ALL the gauges fuel, battery etc. went out. New instrument panel 468.00 plus labor and a one year warranty or 12,000 miles, done at my local Chevy dealer. Not sure why they can't guarantee their work past a year. Leaves me with little faith in the workmanship just saying.

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  • Visitor, , 103,000 mi

    Speedometer stopped functioning, most likely a bad stepper motor based on how it is acting. You can get a new instrument cluster for ~$190 and install yourself or go to the dealer who want $595 for the cluster without installation. You can replace the motor itself but it is much more work than just swapping the cluster. Plus my wife has a 2005 which did the same thing and then all the other gauges quit working as well and I replaced her's at that time.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Got a letter thought it was a recall didn't read small print. It was acting up some at that time. My husband had cancer going through treatment and I didnt have time to be without a car. I called dealership they said it should be acting erractic and to bring it in then. Ha I did by then to many miles and they wanted too Many $$$$$ ordered the part on line and installed myself. I will know better next time.

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  •  Rookie

    Speedometer indicates incorrect speed and records 10 when the vehicle is stopped.
    Sometimes it is ok, other times i could be going 65 and it will indicate 40mph.
    I sent my instrument cluster to $247 and it was repaired within a week and
    saved me $600. It will also take care of your gage problems. I highly recommend it.

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